| Jul 18, 2013
Five most interesting teams
1. Pirates: They haven't had a winning season since 1992 but might be the best team in the majors right now. They have pitching, defense and enough hitting with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte. Manager Clint...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 1:21 PM
Despite the fact that he himself plays Wrigley Field 81 times a year, Cubs play-by-play broadcaster Len Kasper said he hasn't given die-hard Cubs fan and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder any tips ahead of his show Friday.
"I don't think I could give...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Baseball has stats for everything. Has anybody figured out the Cubs' team ERA in the eighth inning? It's gotta be in the teens. Ken, Portland, Ore.
Not quite. The Cubs had a 5.42 ERA in eighth innings as of July 10, with an .818 OPS. Not good. But ERA-...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:36 PM
So much can go wrong. Can't-miss guys miss all the time. But suspend your skepticism, excuse some rough edges and Javier Baez's ascending arc screams what Cubs fans have been saying forever — wait till next year.
He is what baseball fans dream...
| Sep 4, 2013
Perry Hill, the Marlins' longtime first-base coach, may have become the first man in uniform to compliment the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. He was happy to find that a small video room was added since his last visit, taking the monitors out of the...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 3:58 PM
On the off chance Cubs fans need some good news right about now, here's a projection that might provide comfort: If President Theo Epstein succeeds in building the "player development machine'' that is his goal, and it later falls apart, he — or his...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 6:23 PM
Who doesn't like to window shop?
That's what I was doing Saturday at Wrigley Field, along with maybe 5,000 hard-core baseball fans and almost 200 scouts. We were watching Alex Jackson, Nick Gordon, Jacob Gatewood, Tyler Kolek and other baseball...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 6:13 AM
The Cubs’ 2013 season has been over for months --- since last year, actually --- so it would seem there’s nothing to see here.
Unless you view this as part of the 2015 spring training, long rumored to be the year the Cubs finally stop...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:02 AM
Starlin Castro is the future of the Cubs.
If you count the prospects the Cubs will get for him when they trade him.
Not now, and maybe not this offseason. Castro’s trade value has dropped like his head on a popup with a man on third.
But I can...
| Aug 17, 2013
Ryne Sandberg always said he just wanted a chance to manage a big league club. He has that now, even if it isn't with the one team he most wanted to manage.
Sandberg's No. 23 flies from the right-field flagpole at Wrigley Field. He would have loved to...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 6:46 AM
Alex Rios is still with the White Sox, so that’s not good for the Sox or Avisail Garcia.
Garcia should be up now. If the right-field headliner in the Jake Peavy trade is that prized, then he ought to be seeing as much major-league pitching as...
| 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...