CHICAGO — When introduced as Chicago Cubs president 14 years ago at Wrigley Field, John McDonough said his “singular” goal was to win the World Series. “Not win the wild card or win the division or win the pennant,” he said. “It’s time to win. It’s time to win the World Series. It’s time to reward these tens of millions of fans who have waited for a long time.” In case he hadn’t made himself …
Posted: November 25, 2020, 10:35 am
The New York Mets have abandoned their search for a president of baseball operations and will instead focus on hiring a general manager who will report to team president Sandy Alderson. In the meantime, Alderson told Luis Rojas on Monday he will return for a second season as manager. ”A person who’s able to relate to his players both in terms of their professional work as well as their personal lives,” Alderson said.
Posted: November 24, 2020, 5:57 am
Could Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant eventually land with the Boston Red Sox via trade or free agency?
Posted: November 23, 2020, 6:28 pm
Mark Cuban is well-known for his role on CNBC’s “Shark Tank,” as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a dispenser of financial and career advice. Here are five other facts about Cuban that may be new to readers. 1\. Mark Cuban The Actor: Cuban has 54 listed producer credits and 26 acting credits on IMDB.Cuban has played himself in animated series and live-action, with guest roles on “The Simpsons,” “The League,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “Billions.”Cuban appeared in five episodes of “Entourage” as himself and was featured in the movie of the same name.Aside from playing himself, Cuban had roles on “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Like Mike 2: Streetball.” Cuban even played the role of President Marcus Robbins in the TV movie “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!”2\. Tried To Grow Sports Empire: Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks in 2000 for $280 million. The team is now worth $2.4 billion, according to Forbes.Cuban tried to acquire a Major League Baseball team on several occasions. He was interested in buying the Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers over the years.He said not getting the Cubs was a blessing in disguise as he would have missed several important years of his kids’ lives with the long MLB season added to the NBA season.Cuban also tried to buy the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins with a group that included NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marion in 2006 for more than $170 million.Related Link: Mark Cuban’s Use It Or Lose It Stimulus Idea: The Sectors That Would Win3\. Cuban Worked At Dairy Queen: Cuban is notorious for criticizing referees and getting large fines. One comment he made about an NBA referee caught the attention of business.”Ed Rush might have been a great ref, but I wouldn’t hire him to manage a Dairy Queen,” Cuban said of the NBA ref in 2002.Dairy Queen, a Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) business, reached out and offered Cuban the chance to work at a local Dairy Queen for one day. The store was so busy they ran out of ice.4\. Cuban Played Rugby In College: While attending Indiana University, Cuban played rugby.He told NBC he got tossed from a game for fighting. He was competitive and would hit people back if they hit him.Cuban said his rugby years led to great friendships.”Once you’re a rugby player, you’re a rugby player for life,” Cuban said.5\. Cuban Was Fired For Closing A Deal: He started his career as a salesperson for a Your Business Software store in Dallas, making $18,000 a year.Less than a year on the job, Cuban chose to close a deal with a prospect at 9 a.m. instead of opening the store and getting it cleaned up. Cuban called in a coworker to open up while he worked on closing the deal. The next day Cuban was fired, sparking his desire to start his own business.Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mark Cuban’s Instagram.See more from Benzinga * Click here for options trades from Benzinga * How To Invest Like Carl Icahn * Robinhood Users Flocked To These Industries During Early Months of Pandemic(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
Posted: November 22, 2020, 6:42 pm
Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com. Follow on Twitter CHICAGO — Seven years after filing the paperwork, Wrigley Field is to be given federal landmark status in the National Register of Historic Places, according to sources. The move will give owners of the Chicago Cubs, the Ricketts family, access to federal income tax credits on the recently completed refurbishing of the 106-year-old ballpark.
Posted: November 19, 2020, 3:03 pm
Epstein always has said he would like to be part of an ownership group, like Derek Jeter with the Miami Marlins. Longtime friend and sportswriter Peter Gammons recently told WSCR-AM 670 that he thought Epstein and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder would make an ownership dream team if they got together to buy the Boston Red Sox. Epstein noted you need “a lot of capital” to buy a professional sports franchise, though he didn’t discount the possibility.
Posted: November 19, 2020, 12:30 am
Now another big one: The Miami Marlins named Kim Ng as their general manager, the first woman hired as a major league GM. She is also the first Asian American GM. It’s a milestone not just for baseball.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 11:45 pm
Epstein replies: “I solve puzzles.” He doesn’t paint houses. He no longer chases Bambinos.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 11:27 pm
Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez have been three of the most important Chicago Cubs since 2015. Of this, there is no doubt. But we now stand in an uncertain situation for the Cubs and baseball as a whole.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 7:40 pm
Today in baseball history: 1914 – The Chicago Cubs name future Hall of Famer Roger Bresnahan as their manager. The former St. Louis Cardinals skipper will be in the dugout for just one year during which Chicago will finish fourth with a 73-80 record. Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson, who hit 16 home runs with 124 RBI and led the National League with a .
Posted: November 18, 2020, 12:00 pm
Epstein, who transformed the long-suffering Cubs and helped bring home a drought-busting championship in 2016, is stepping down after nine seasons as the club’s president of baseball operations, the team announced Tuesday. General Manager Jed Hoyer is being promoted to take Epstein’s place. Epstein said after the season he anticipated remaining on the job for at least one more year, with his contract set to expire in 2021.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 7:39 am