| Feb 13, 2014
| 5:31 PM
MESA, Ariz. — President Theo Epstein reinforced faith in his blueprint for the Cubs amid his acknowledgment that other clubs have viewed the franchise in a not-so-favorable light.
"There's a real dichotomy in how the organization is perceived from...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 4:58 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Rick Renteria began his first Cubs' spring training with an eerie calmness usually reserved for librarians, forest rangers and Streets and Sanitation workers.
It's early, but inheriting the high-stress job of managing the most star-...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 5:36 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Several Cubs players took advantage of their new spring training facility by working out Tuesday under sunny skies, three days ahead of the first scheduled workout for pitchers and catchers.
For infielder Donnie Murphy, there's...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 7:51 AM
What happens when Javier Baez comes up? Does Starlin Castro get traded? -- Hank, Rock Island
There are many considerations. Assuming Castro rebounds and Baez earns a major league promotion, I believe Baez would move to second or third base. If Darwin...
| Jan 19, 2014
Theo Epstein seldom shows it, but the pressure to turn the Cubs into a perennial winner reveals itself in the more obvious flecks of gray hair on the guy who turned 40 last month.
Epstein never admits it, but his patience with some of the job's...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 5:45 PM
The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija were on hand for Kerry Wood’s Woody’s Winter Warm-Up fundraiser Friday at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier, but it was former Cub Mark Prior who guests seemed most...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 6:19 AM
The issue of the Wrigley Field renovations came up at the Cubs Convention last weekend.
Or I should say, the lack of renovations came up.
“I think you know what the holdup is,’’ said Crane Kenney, the team wonk in charge of...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Chicago Cubs players, current and former, came together to support the nonprofit Wood Family Foundation's annual Woody's Winter Warm-Up Jan. 17 at Harry Caray's Tavern on Navy Pier.
Retired Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah, welcomed more than...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 11:10 AM
There's no arguing that the Blackhawks are the shining beacon of Chicago sports right now. Really, it's not even close. They have two Stanley Cups in four seasons and everything a franchise needs to be successful:
Players: Duh. Toews. Kane. Sharp....
| Sep 19, 2013
| 7:01 AM
Two games in Milwaukee, two Cubs starting pitchers get into it with the manager and a coach.
One pitcher is overpaid, the other wants to be. Fun. The postgame explanations, of course, were that everybody has a competitive streak and nobody likes losing,...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Let the Joe Girardi talk begin. Good luck. First off, you're not going to get him, Theo Epstein. The Yankees are going to beat you to him, sorry.
I love Epstein's optimism. He says the perception around the league is the Cubs are coming, and coming...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 1:18 PM
Losing a franchise-record 197 games in Theo Epstein's first two seasons as Cubs president didn't hurt the organization as much as Chicago losing confidence in Epstein's plan could.
Losses like that can be harder to quantify and recover from for sports...