Today in baseball history: 1917 – Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander announces he is ready to retire from professional baseball and join a semipro team if his salary demands are not met. Alexander wants a three-year contract at $15,000 per year. The Major League Rules Committee agrees that pitchers may have access to a rosin bag.
Posted: January 30, 2023, 12:00 pm
The singing of superstar shortstop Dansby Swanson marks a new era for the Chicago Cubs. It signals the rebuild is over and one of the most storied franchises in all of sports is ready to contend again. As starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks pointed out in a recent interview with the Sun-Times, he pointed to the singing of Swanson as a similar move to that of the acquisition of pitcher Jon Lester.
Posted: January 30, 2023, 2:00 am
While most look forward to the NFL conference championship games, chronic sufferers of PSBD — or post-Super Bowl disorder — dread the thought of only one game remaining after Sunday before the long, agonizing wait for the 2023 season. Fortunately there are many other diversions to get you through your post-Super Bowl malaise, including the NBA, March Madness, spring training, sports debate …
Posted: January 29, 2023, 12:30 pm
Evan Altman (Cubs Insider*): Cubs sign former Twins RHP Tyler Duffey to Minors deal. Duffey has appeared in 295 games with 37 starts and had a really excellent run from 2019-21. Maddie Lee (Chicago Sun-Times*): Cubs add catching depth, sign Luis Torrens to minor-league deal with spring-training invite.
Posted: January 28, 2023, 1:00 pm
The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with right-handed reliever Tyler Duffey, according to a report from Patrick Mooney from The Athletic.
Posted: January 28, 2023, 1:24 am
Pete Crow-Armstrong considered among top OF prospects
Posted: January 27, 2023, 4:36 pm
They also can point to the last time a Cubs rookie actually lived up to the spring hype, when third baseman Kris Bryant hit eight home runs in his first 25 Cactus League at-bats in 2015. When manager Joe Maddon worked Bryant out in the outfield in March, Cubs fans hoped he had beaten the odds and would make the team. I’m still here and still standing,” Bryant told reporters.
Posted: January 27, 2023, 12:47 pm
Citing accuser Dutch Leonard’s refusal to appear at the hearings of January 5th, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis issues a lengthy decision clearing Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker of any game-fixing charges. Landis orders the Philadelphia Athletics to reinstate Cobb and the Washington Senators to restore Speaker. Both are then made free agents.
Posted: January 27, 2023, 12:00 pm
I have never played with any of the other guys that were signed by the Cubs this offseason, but I played against them and have such a high respect for all of them,” Mancini said Monday during his introductory video conference. That’s a huge step and a huge message that maybe this won’t be a long process, and I think we can get things turned around really quickly. The Cubs felt like the right fit for Mancini throughout the free-agent process.
Posted: January 27, 2023, 2:44 am
Three Cubs prospects, headlines by outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, were named to MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects list. Two other Cubs outfielders were also named to the Top 100: Kevin Alcántara was named 87th and Brennen Davis came in at number 92. Crow-Armstrong was a first-round pick of the Mets in 2020 out of Harvard-Westlake school in Los Angeles.
Posted: January 27, 2023, 12:56 am
Eventually the two sides ended the strike by agreeing on a “compensation pool” that would work this way: The compromise that was reached following the strike was to set up a free agent compensation draft, through which a team losing a top-notch free agent would get to pick a player from a pool of players made available by the other Major League teams.
Posted: January 26, 2023, 7:00 pm
The Cubs bolstered their catching depth by signing Luis Torrens to a minor-league contract with a spring training invitation, a deal the club announced Thursday. Torrens’ offensive production slipped this past season, his OPS dropping from . in 2021 to .
Posted: January 26, 2023, 5:52 pm
Getting a few more hits through the right side will get his batting average and confidence up. He’s young enough and athletic enough to pull it off. Key stat: Bellinger can’t hit elevated pitches.
Posted: January 26, 2023, 4:42 pm
A longtime Chicago Cubs fan, Lin Brehmer was honored to be asked to moderate a panel discussion at the 2015 Cubs Convention. It was Joe Maddon’s official introduction to Cubs fans, and Brehmer wanted the new skipper to know exactly what he was in for in Chicago. Joe, a lot of high-priced managers have come through the Cubs organization over the years,” Brehmer said.
Posted: January 26, 2023, 1:21 pm
Drew Smyly is extremely bullish on Dansby Swanson, advocating for him to come to the Cubs during the offseason.
Posted: January 25, 2023, 2:43 am
The Chicago Cubs made a series of roster moves to boost their farm system on Tuesday, signing pitcher Jordan Holloway and outrighting pitchers Manuel Rodrguez and Anthony Kay to Triple-A Iowa.
Posted: January 24, 2023, 11:50 pm
Though he only joined the General Assembly in 2019, Buckner, a self-styled progressive Democrat, has jumped into some of Springfield’s hottest issues, serving as one of the lead negotiators on the state’s clean energy package and the SAFE-T Act, sponsoring legislation that requires serialization of so-called “ghost-guns” illegal and allows college athletes to be paid for use of their name and …
Posted: January 24, 2023, 5:00 pm
Cubs infielder Nick Madrigal will take reps at third base, according to president Jed Hoyer.
Posted: January 24, 2023, 4:28 pm
Peoria is home to a very rich and proud sports tradition of broadcasters and sports journalists.
Posted: January 24, 2023, 3:42 pm
Former Chicago Cubs broadcaster Chip Caray will reportedly become the new TV play-by-play voice of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Posted: January 24, 2023, 12:18 am