| Nov 7, 2013
| 4:31 AM
Rick Renteria, who served the last two seasons as bench coach for the San Diego Padres, will be named later today to succeed the fired Dale Sveum as Chicago Cubs manager, the Tribune confirmed.
Renteria, 51, agreed to a three-year contract. He will be...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 8:17 AM
Masahiro Tanaka chose the Yankees over the Cubs.
Yoenis Cespedes chose the A’s -- the A’s, do you hear me? -- and not the Cubs a couple years ago.
What is Theo Epstein doing wrong?
Or maybe it’s Tom Ricketts’ fault,...
| Jan 23, 2014
According to the Japanese calendar, Wednesday marked the day the Cubs learned they are destined to wait as long as everybody thought for a National League pennant.
Instead, many baseball fans in New York celebrated the Year of Tanaka from Times Square to...
| 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 18, 2014
| 11:05 AM
Someday, Clark the Cub, the Jar Jar Binks of the North Side, the Anne Hathaway of Wrigleyville, the Berenstain Bear of Major League Baseball, will make an ideal Chicago Cubs mascot. Someday. Possibly sooner than we think.
When that day arrives, Clark...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 9:25 PM
In a 30-minute presentation Monday at the esteemed Economic Club of Chicago, Cubs President Theo Epstein dazzled an audience of 800 local movers and shakers with a detailed plan of player development.
Epstein kidded about the club's presumption he would...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:37 PM
On Opening Day of the 1990 season as a member of the Triple-A Calgary Cannons, infielder Rick Renteria was taking ground balls at the end of batting practice in Phoenix when a line drive struck him in the left temple.
The force crushed Renteria's face....
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:38 AM
Why don't the Cubs make a push to get Joe Maddon from the Rays? I think he is, by far, the best manager in baseball and is personally worth 10 to 20 wins a year. He works mostly with young players in Tampa Bay, which obviously will be our core for the...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 7:29 AM
Every team in Chicago has a plan.
Except the White Sox.
The Blackhawks certainly have a plan. They started with a core of young and talented players, surrounded them with depth, hired Hockey Yoda and promoted his son, and put it all in the hands of...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 10:03 AM
Talking baseball while pitying the fools who passed on Peyton Manning in their fantasy leagues:
1. Dale Sveum has been whacked as the Cubs’ manager in a move that Theo Epstein had said could happen. It was messy business but Epstein and Jed...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Starlin Castro is 23. Ditto Anthony Rizzo. They're not exactly going to be old men when the Cubs' best-in-baseball wave of amateur talent starts rolling into Wrigley Field, although they might feel like it.
With University of San Diego slugger Kris...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 10:39 AM
Firing Dale Sveum is Theo Epstein admitting he made a mistake, but not firing Sveum when the future was dying would’ve been a bigger error.
Epstein recently offered a checklist by which Sveum would be evaluated -- stuff such as developing young...