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Talking baseball while the Bulls keep playing tough defense: 1. One thing about guys who put together baseball teams for a living: They are open-minded in their approach to evaluating talent. They strip away reputations and examine contributions. They...
The Cubs' stealth pursuit of free agent starter Anibal Sanchez appeared to be going smoothly late Thursday afternoon. There were no rumors linking the two, and no real reason to believe the Cubs suddenly would start splurging after spending a...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dale Sveum recently was accidentally shot in the right ear during a quail hunting trip with pal Robin Yount. “He got the bird,” Sveum said. Sveum said Yount was about 50 yards ahead of him on a hill, and Yount lost...
Tags: Dick Cheney, Sports, Baseball, Luis Valbuena, Dale Sveum
The Cubs non-tendered third baseman Ian Stewart and relief pitchers Jaye Chapman and Zach Putnam on Friday night, while offering arbitration to Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Luis Valbuena and James Russell. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said earlier...
Tags: Sports, Shawn Camp, Baseball, Trials, Jaye Chapman
Julius Peppers hung out in the Gold Coast neighborhood following Sunday’s game at Soldier Field, just like he did after the Bears’ previous home game. The Bears defensive end, who dined at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse following his team’...
So much for Anthony Rizzo's victory lap. On the day after Rizzo's critically acclaimed Chicago debut, the Cubs demonstrated nicely what exactly he has gotten himself into. The 17-1 loss to the Mets wasn't quite like that horrific, fireball-generating...
Some would say Scott Baker had a better 2012 than the Cubs. He didn’t make it on the field. Baker experienced elbow pain in spring training and underwent Tommy John surgery in April. Now he’s coming to Chicago to try to help the Cubs while...
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — When your team loses 101 games and you have numerous holes to fill, where does a general manager start? By trying to fill one position for the long term, two positions, all of them? "You have to try to attack them all,...
Tags: Free Agency, Carlos Marmol, Dan Haren, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer
The Cubs experienced another Twitter-related trade fiasco Friday when closer Carlos Marmol allegedly told reporters in the Dominican Republic that he had been dealt to the Angels. The report quickly spread. Angels starter Dan Haren was supposed to be the...
Tags: Sports, Baseball, Twitter, Inc., Dale Sveum, Ryan Dempster
A pitching staff that included Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Carlos Marmol went belly up in 2012, despite prolonged stretches of dominance from those four starters and the closer. The Cubs finished 24th among all major...
Tags: Sports, Shawn Camp, Baseball, Chris Volstad, Lendy Castillo
The Cubs wanted Starlin Castro to be a model citizen, improve his fielding, add a little power and use his speed more often this year. Castro did all of those things to some degree and ultimately was rewarded with a seven-year, $60 million deal, with a...
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Sports, Baseball, Alcides Escobar, Dale Sveum
It may be small consolation, but the Cubs were basically controversy-free in 2012 for the first time in decades. While their 101-loss season goes down as the third-worst in club history, there was no backbiting or visible jealousy in the clubhouse, a...
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Oct 6, 2012 |Story| Chicago Tribune
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