| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:48 PM
Here we go again.
Thanks to a handful of words Theo Epstein didn't say the other day in Milwaukee, it's time for the semi-annual Joe Girardi Watch in the Chicago media and around Midwestern taverns. The default option as the next manager of the Cubs...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 7:36 PM
So much can go wrong. Can't-miss guys miss all the time. But suspend your skepticism, excuse some rough edges and Javier Baez's ascending arc screams what Cubs fans have been saying forever — wait till next year.
He is what baseball fans dream...
| Sep 4, 2013
Perry Hill, the Marlins' longtime first-base coach, may have become the first man in uniform to compliment the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. He was happy to find that a small video room was added since his last visit, taking the monitors out of the...
| Aug 17, 2013
Ryne Sandberg always said he just wanted a chance to manage a big league club. He has that now, even if it isn't with the one team he most wanted to manage.
Sandberg's No. 23 flies from the right-field flagpole at Wrigley Field. He would have loved to...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 10:14 AM
It's been a bad year for Chicago baseball. The city's beloved ball clubs enter the All-Star break a combined 27 games under .500, and any hope created in 2012 on either side of town seems long dead. The 2013 season will be remembered by fans of either...
| May 26, 2013
Lou Piniella was probably sipping a cocktail somewhere Saturday night after watching baseball.
Mike Keenan likely was already preparing for his new job as coach of the KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Russia.
Robin Ventura was keeping an even keel a...
| May 27, 2013
| 9:37 PM
Where have you gone, Carlos Zambrano?
You too, Milton Bradley?
On a night when the city was glued to a hockey game in Detroit, the 17th edition of the City Series began with thousands of empty seats at U.S. Cellular Field, each reflecting Chicago's...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 7:03 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. — And so it begins.
On a cool, sunny Saturday alongside scenic Interstate 10, the Cubs played their first game with real promise since August 2009, when the worm turned for Lou Piniella. It didn't matter, of course, but it did suggest...
| May 15, 2013
| 8:33 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Maybe I should be more on board with the Phillies' new pitching addition.
I keep hearing, "What have they got to lose?"
Even assistant general manager Scott Proefrock downplayed the risk involved in signing veteran starting...
| Feb 1, 2012
No. 16 Nationals: 15th in a series counting down to spring training. Next: Blue Jays
Bryce Harper hasn't played a day in the big leagues, and unfortunately for him there is only one way to go. It is opposite of up.
But if you want to bet on Harper as...
| Jan 20, 2012
En route to 91 losses last season and a radical regime change, the Cubs were outscored by 102 runs. As it happens, half of those can be put down to talent and half of them to playing the game well.
Bill James tracks manufactured runs, both created and...