The Hardball Times
Learning the Language of the Clubhouse
Darwin Barney was yelling at me. All eyes in the clubhouse were now fixed on me, wondering who let the nerd in.
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Wed Mar 12, 2014
Chicago Cubs Spring Training: Could Javier Baez Really Make Opening Day Roster?
At the beginning of Spring Training this season, it appeared more than a long shot that Chicago Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez would make the team out of camp.
Rockies final score: Arenado, Colorado trounce Cubs, 13-0
The Rockies scored a lot, the Cubs didn't score at all, and happy times were had by every member of the Nolan Arenado and Kyle Parker fan clubs.
Tue Mar 11, 2014
These Cubs are going places - probably by July
At least 20 percent of them will be gone by the end of July - maybe much sooner - if the Theo Plan and recent history are any indication.
Cubs' defense dooms Wood in 13-0 loss
Travis Wood was only two plays away from not allowing a run for the second consecutive start, but the Chicago Cubs' defense deserted him Tuesday.
Cubs 2014: Long year ahead as Chicago awaits prospects
The Cubs' recent descent from mediocrity to abject poverty within the National League Central might incite their followers to adopt the slogan, "Wait 'till next decade."
Bleed Cubbie Blue
Cubs vs. Rockies at Mesa Preview, Tuesday 3/11, 3:05 CT
They have a chance to match that today. Obviously, five wins in a row in spring training means little, but wins are nice no matter where they come.
Sat Mar 08, 2014
3/8 Morning Marquee: Chicago Cubs Split-Squad games, no pressure for Darwin Barney
The Chicago Cubs went 1-1 on Friday afternoon in split squad play with a 7-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians and a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Fri Mar 07, 2014
Bleed Cubbie Blue
Cubs vs. Indians at Mesa and Cubs vs. Angels at Tempe Preview, Friday 3/7, 2:05 CT
Sunshine has returned today and the Cubs will play another split-squad day. Unlike the last one, which had two games rained out, today's games will give quite a few players the chance to show what they can do, before the first round of roster cuts, which I would expect to come early next week.
Position watch on for Cubs' Javier Baez
The long-awaited audition of Javier Baez at second and third base could occur as soon as the end of the week.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
Indians vs. Cubs: Pregame notes and lineups
The Beacon Journal passes the baton today as I, Marla Ridenour, take over for Stephanie Storm.
Wed Mar 05, 2014
The Miami Herald
Cubs' Jeff Samardzija working out the kinks
Through his first two starts of spring training, Jeff Samardzija says he has yet to throw his patented split-finger fastball.
Chicago Cubs: Each Infielder's Chance of Making Opening Day Roster
With plenty of prospects coming up through the minor leagues in the near future, it's imperative the club figures out the current infield.
5 Prospects Who Will Contribute To Chicago Cubs in 2014
While the product at the MLB level leaves plenty to be desired, since Theo Epstein joined the Chicago Cubs three years ago, the minor league system has risen quickly up the ranks.
Tue Mar 04, 2014
Readers' Q&A: Mark Gonzales' Cubs mailbag
This is not a contending team by any stretch, but I can see the potential to flirt with .500 and be listed as a wild-card possibility.
Projecting the Cubs' Final 25-Man Roster at the Start of Spring Training
As spring training gets underway and position battles begin, it's time to look forward to who's in and who's out on the Chicago Cubs ' Opening Day 25-man roster.
OSU's Morrison: a No limit to what this guy can doa
It takes a special player to earn a starting job as a true freshman at one of the nation's elite college baseball programs.
Mon Mar 03, 2014
Javier Baez Continues to Shine at Shortstop For Chicago Cubs
With Starlin Castro sidelined for 7-10 days with a strained hamstring, Javier Baez should see more action than anticipated during early spring games.
Report: Cubs' Starlin Castro out 7-10 days; Barney, Bonifacio options at SS
Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria told Chicago media on Monday morning that shortstop Starlin Castro will spend the next seven to 10 days recovering from a mild hamstring strain, tweets ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rodgers.
Sun Mar 02, 2014
The Miami Herald
Recap: Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City
Mesa, AZ - Mike Moustakas hit a pair of homers to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs in Cactus League action on Sunday.