| Jul 10, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Baseball has stats for everything. Has anybody figured out the Cubs' team ERA in the eighth inning? It's gotta be in the teens. Ken, Portland, Ore.
Not quite. The Cubs had a 5.42 ERA in eighth innings as of July 10, with an .818 OPS. Not good. But ERA-...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 6:27 AM
Talking baseball while congratulating Louisville for getting its men's and women’s teams to the NCAA basketball finals.
1. With the Brewers as the Cubs’ opponent for the home opener, Rob Deer will see some old friends. But will he have time...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 9:39 AM
Talking baseball while wondering if Johnny Oduya and his teammates could get out of bed today.
1. No big-leaguer has been more impressive this week than Ian Krol, the left-hander from Naperville who has given the Nationals another big weapon in the...
| Mar 7, 2013
MESA, Ariz. — Shawn Camp walked into Cubs camp late last March. It was only 10 days before opening day and he knew four people in the room.
Luckily for Camp, one of those four was manager Dale Sveum. And perhaps even better for Camp, there were...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 7:17 PM
The easiest thing for the Cubs to do would have been to let the Astros make their pick for them. But it's a disappointing night at the theater when easy stands in for best, and President Theo Epstein's stable of scouts doesn't work 20-hour days to go...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 5:01 PM
Please tell us why the Cubs can’t let their plus kids play up here and learn together, like Tampa Bay, the Angels, etc. Sixty-year-old Cubs fan. I think it would be exciting to watch. Not the pitchers, of course. Edward Hansen, Hanover Park
| Mar 9, 2013
| 5:05 PM
MESA, Ariz. -- In his first big league camp, 20-year-old Javier Baez is making things look easy.
Baez homered for the second time and went 2-for-3 Saturday in a 9-2 loss to the Indians, increasing his spring average to .360 and his slugging percentage to...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 6:18 PM
MESA, Ariz. -- He's only 20, but even Javier Baez said what he has done the last two days is "amazing."
The Cubs' future shortstop hit a home run Saturday on the first pitch he saw, giving him three homers on three pitches in three straight at-bats.
| Feb 26, 2013
| 7:43 PM
MESA, Ariz. — A persistent father leaned into the Cubs dugout Tuesday at Hohokam Stadium to get Theo Epstein's attention.
For several minutes in excruciating detail, the man asked Epstein's advice in dealing with a son struggling to make his...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:45 PM
MESA, Ariz. -- Baseball America listed four Cubs in its Top 100 prospects list, an indication the organization is showing progress in its rebuilding plan.
Shortstop Javier Baez is ranked No. 16 while outfielders Albert Almora and Jorge Soler are Nos....
| Feb 9, 2013
| 1:52 PM
For 17 seasons, Derek Jeter has been the best reason to keep believing in baseball.
His throwback approach has yielded daily excellence in the middle of the Yankees infield. He has kept life simple off the field, and that never seems to be a bad idea....