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Talking baseball while hoping Alshon Jeffery learns to use his size: 1. Yes, the Cubs came close to landing a big fish last week. But now that Anibal Sanchez has re-enlisted with the Tigers, thanks to Mike Ilitch finding a spare $32 million during the...
FORT MYERS, Fla. — As he starts his job as the Red Sox's manager, Bobby Valentine gets to be one part Tommy Lasorda, two parts James Carville and three parts the guy who walks behind the elephants in the circus parade. And he loves every minute of...
If you believe the 2013 Cubs were built to stink -- spoiler alert: they were -- then you had to like Edwin Jackson’s miserable start in Monday’s home opener and Starlin Castro’s aggravating last out that was a wind shift from turning...
Look out, below. The Rangers, who not so long ago were morphing into the Yankees, are coming down to Earth before our eyes. Barring some diplomacy worthy of a great secretary of state, Nolan Ryan is on his way out of the organization. He feels...
Talking baseball while wondering if LeBron James and his kingsmen are taking the Bulls seriously. 1. When the Cubs get around to trading Alfonso Soriano, it would be ideal to have a homegrown replacement ready. There are none in sight, however, as Brett...
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 few...
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...
Tags: Javier Baez , Baseball, Ray Flaherty, Ryan Dempster, Tyler Colvin
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...
Two of the biggest stories in Cubs camp Monday involved Tony Campana and Alfonso Soriano. The former is leaving, while the latter would do so only grudgingly, and both represent object lessons for Cubs fans and management. Actually, Campana and...
Tags: Anthony Rizzo, Alfonso Soriano, Carl Crawford, Jed Hoyer , Baseball
Talking baseball while hoping that it’s not a bad sign that the Blackhawks had to go into overtime to beat the Wild in their playoff opener: 1. Yoenis Cespedes was the guy last year. This time around, Hyun-jin Ryu is the guy. Just as Cespedes...
You almost never can boil a baseball season down to one game, let alone one pitch. But when I break down what happened to the White Sox down the stretch in 2012, when a potentially great season for rookie manager Robin Ventura turned into a learning...
Talking baseball while wishing we could fast forward to first-round games in the NCAA basketball tournament: 1. No matter what Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney were suggesting before Michael Bourn’s deal with Cleveland was finalized Monday, the Cubs...
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