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Chicago Cubs: No reason to believe this group isn't up to the challenge Despite projections to the contrary, the Chicago Cubs have more than enough talent to not just compete, but make another deep October run this season. It's…

Chicago Cubs Surprise Pediatric Patients With Spring Training Trip CHICAGO - Seven pediatric patients were surprised with an invitation to Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona. The Chicago Cubs partnered with Advocate Children's Hospital and American Airlines to sponsor the all expenses-paid trip.

Joe Maddon Not Expecting Other Additions to the Roster But from the manager's perspective, he can see what's in front of him, and there's plenty there to put together a quality 25-man roster.

The Cubs Aren't Mad About the PECOTA Predictions, They're Actually Laughing About It Not mad, actually laughing.

Cubs' owner Tom Ricketts: I don't think there's any collusion Ricketts tried to dispell the notion that MLB owners are colluding against the players.

Tom Ricketts on Cubs payroll situation: 'We don't have any more' money Chairman Tom Ricketts explains the Cubs payroll and why they haven't spent much money this winter follwing a disappointing end to the 2018 season.

Kris Bryant Says His Shoulder is Good, and Says He Didn't Say Anything Wrong About St. Louis A bit of important news, and a bit of heck-yeah-don't-take-it-back-Kris.

Chicago Cubs: Long ago, Catalina Island was the place to be Purchased Catalina Island. Not long after, he gained a majority stock in the Chica…

Wrigley Field construction update: February 18 It’s still cold in Chicago, but the sun peeked out from behind the clouds at the 1060 Project today.

Ricketts on new Cubs TV network: "Having our own channel is the next step in becoming the best organization in the world" Having our own channel is the next step in becomming the best organization in the world. MESA, Ariz. - The Cubs payroll has been a hot-button issue all winter. The team spent big last winter on a free agent class led by Yu Darvish, then went out and won 95 games.

Tom Ricketts Speaks: No More Money, Nature of the Budget, His Father's Interest in the Cubs, More The Cubs' owner and chairman gets into the many hot topics of the day. So much heat.

Ichiro Wants to Play Until He's At Least 50 Years Old! There's no guarantee he'll spend the entire season with the Mariners, BUT their GM, Jerry Dipoto, vowed to have him on the roster for at least the two games the Mariners are playing against the Oakland A's in Japan to open up the 2019 season. But how about after that?

Chicago Cubs: Who will join Pedro Strop and Brad Brach in the bullpen? The Chicago Cubs will hold a competition in Spring Training for numerous bullpen openings, but who will be available to take the mound in relief when the s…

Know your enemy: Cincinnati Reds Each spring, I write a series of articles giving my impressions of the Cubs' opponents for the season. That's a total of 20 articles - the 14 other N.L. teams and the six A.L. teams the Cubs will face. I don't pretend to know everything about these teams, but I hope to give you a good overview of the clubs the Cubs will play in 2019.

Cubs' Kris Bryant laughs off backlash to 'St. Louis is boring' comment Yadi Molina's angry reaction was "too strong" and missed the context, said Bryant, who laughed at John Brebbia's "Cry me a river, loser" response.

Kris Bryant at camp, revisits St. Louis talk It did not take long for Kris Bryant's comments inside a packed Sheraton Grand Chicago last month to make their way to Saint Louis. His audience of blue-and-white-clad Cubs fans was laughing and cheering, but the Cardinals players who caught wind of his remarks most certainly were not.

Cubs, White Sox spring training report: Check out Ian Happ's new whip Happ is driving a 2019 Polaris Slingshot SLR. He showed off his new whip on social media. "Be on the lookout I'll be rolling around AZ," Happ warned on Twitter Sunday. He also asked on Instagram if anyone needed a ride.

The Cubs' war against PECOTA's 2019 projections rages on It's just about him wanting to get into the lineup." Happ has only played 263.1 innings at second base in the majors and the Cubs would like to see him grow as a defender, though they understand he needs reps to continue to develop.

Cubs Getting Motivated by the Projections That Doubt Them Hey, it's a competitive division and the Cubs did little to improve over last year when they struggled at the end. Maybe they will have a rough go of it this year. Maybe not. Either way, they aren't about to let the projections bother them:. HA HA HA… oh.

OTD 2004: Greg Maddux returns to the Cubs On this day in 2004, Greg Maddux agreed to return to the North Side after spending 11 seasons with the Braves.

That sinking feeling: Cubs' Brandon Kintzler 'getting back to what I do best' The Cub reliever, who struggled after a trade to the Cubs last summer, puts team analytics aside to focus on pounding his "power sinker" this year.

Quintana's Control Fix, Duensing's Diet, Wainwright's Strike Comments, and Other Bullets Ah, so there was* a reason for his terrible control through July.

Cubs Quick Hits: Jose Quintana's Fastball Spin Rate Among Lowest in MLB Jose Quintana's fastball whiff rate is usually well above league average despite mediocre velocity. Asked to theorize on his effectiveness, you might guess batters miss his four-seamer because it has a high spin rate. Nope. Quintana's four-seamer spin rate is actually among the lowest in MLB, better than just six percent of pitchers last season.

The Rundown: Cubs First Full-Squad Practice Today, Harper Mania Intensifies, Manfred Downplays Free Agency Crisis, Craft Beer Reviews Things were relatively quiet on social media until yesterday afternoon when Jon Heyman decided to rustle up the dying embers of this winter's hot stove.

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