Chicago Cubs News for March 1, 2014
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Cubs Prospects All The Talk Early In Spring Training

Before Spring Training began it was obvious the top prospects in the system would be the focus in Cubs Camp and throughout the Cactus League games until they were reassigned or optioned down to minor league camp. And Kris Bryant’s mammoth home run Friday just added to the buzz. Theo Epstein and Jeff Samardzija spent […]The post Cubs Prospects All The Talk Early In Spring Training appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Darwin Barney sticks with his day job: No more movies

MESA, Ariz. — Adam Dunn has nothing on Darwin Barney when it comes to cinematic achievement — except maybe for that invitation to the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Barney had an actual supporting role in a movie, got an actor’s credit for it that Dunn never got and has his own bio page on the popular movie-info website imdb.com — complete with a trailer that features him. Barney lost his first, great shot at an Oscar to Christoph Waltz of “Inglourious Basterds” in 2009 because, he said, “I was

Jeff Samardzija wants kids to play if they’re ready

MESA, Ariz. — Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija didn’t have to see the one-inning showcase Friday for the team’s top prospects to influence his strong opinions of their talent — and when he’d like to see them on a big-league field when he’s pitching. Checking all development boxes? Taking service time into account? Waiting? Not if they’re ready to compete in the big leagues right away, Samardzija said. “You’ve got to come with all your bullets in the major leagues,” said the most tenured Cub in the clubh

Rain Washes Away Cubs Day-Night Split Squad Games

The Cubs lost two practice games Saturday due to heavy rains in the Phoenix area. The game against the Giants at Cubs Park (2:05pm CST) was cancelled after it was determined the field could not be played on. And the nightcap at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (8:10pm CST) was cancelled due to heavy […]The post Rain Washes Away Cubs Day-Night Split Squad Games appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Cubs, Diamondbacks Rained Out At Talking Stick

Are you having a bit of déjà vu? SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- This time, I did the right thing. With radars lighting up in all kinds of shades of green and yellow and orange and red, heading right toward Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, I decided to wait and see before heading to the ballpark. It was the right decision: Tonight's game cancelled. Cubs shutout 2x today by rain. — Len Kasper (@LenKasper) March 2, 2014 So, two full teams' worth of spring-training Cubs did not get to play Saturday

Cubs, Diamondbacks Play Under The Lights

The Cubs will play their first spring night game Saturday, weather permitting. Cubs lineup: Bonifacio 2B, Lake CF, Castro SS, Roberts 1B, Bryant 3B, Soler RF, Olt DH, Coghlan LF, Whiteside C Diamondbacks lineup: Calhoun RF, Trout CF, Pujols 1B, Freese 3B, Kendrick 2B, Ibanez DH, Iannetta C, Aybar SS, Shuck LF Edwin Jackson gets tonight's start for the Cubs. Tonight's game is on cubs.com with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie. MLB.com Gameday Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today

Cubs vs. Diamondbacks at Talking Stick Preview, Saturday 3/1,...

The Cubs were supposed to play two games today. Instead, they'll have just one, once again, weather permitting. SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Okay, let's try this again. The Cubs will attempt to get one of their two scheduled games today in, this time against the Diamondbacks at Talking Stick, the fine new complex the D'backs share with the Rockies. Scattered storms are still in the forecast and this afternoon's Brewers/D'backs game at Talking Stick was delayed by rain and was ended after five inn

The WGN Cubs Song Is In the Can!

With fabulous contributions from BCB readers, the WGN Cubs contest song is finally finished! BCB's Danny Rockett dreams of having his original song played before every Cubs game. Will he win? Thank you all for your opinions, contributions, and encouragement. When the poll results were finally tallied, nearly 60 percent of you said the song was good enough to enter the contest with, just over a quarter felt "Meh" about it, and 16 percent said the song made you "wish you were a Sox fan." With num

Rain washes out both Sox, Cubs

The spring training game between the San Francisco Giants and a split squad of Cubs was rained out Saturday.A short but steady downpour fell about a half-hour before the scheduled start. Managers Rick Renteria of the Cubs and Bruce Bochy of the Giants repeatedly inspected the field and determined conditions were unplayable. And Saturday's scheduled exhibition game between the Cleveland Indians and White Sox was also called off.

Lake getting plenty of work adjusting to outfield

The Cubs are making sure Junior Lake doesn't waste any time. To help him feel more comfortable in the outfield, they've asked Lake to "power shag" during batting practice and take advantage of any balls hit his way.

Caray remembered on day of 100th birthday

The seventh-inning stretch would've had a little more meaning at Saturday's Cubs game. March 1 would've been Harry Caray's 100th birthday. Cubs fans didn't get a chance to sing as Saturday's game at Cubs Park against the Giants was called because of rain and unplayable conditions.

Cubs liking prospects' attitudes, performance

Jeff Samardzija is like Cubs fans. He can't wait to watch Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler play.

Wright shrugs off first Cactus League outing

Wesley Wright knows it's early in Spring Training, so the Cubs reliever won't lose too much sleep over his line in his first Cactus League game.

Weather scuttles Cubs' game against Giants

Saturday's Cactus League game between the Cubs and Giants was canceled because of rain.

MLB: Analyze This!

If you are into statistical analysis of baseball, you should be in stat heaven today. Many of you are much more into statistical analysis of baseball than I am. That's not to say I don't appreciate advanced metrics, just that I know there are many who know it better than I do. For you, there's big news today, from MLB Advanced Media: The goal is to revolutionize the way people evaluate baseball, by presenting for the first time the tools that connect all actions that happen on a field to de

Cubs, Giants Rained Out At Cubs Park In Mesa

It had not rained in the Phoenix area for more than two months -- not even a sprinkle. Today, there was a downpour. MESA, Arizona -- The Giants and Cubs were rained out of what is supposed to be the first of a split-squad afternoon for the Cubs; they will -- weather permitting -- take on the Diamondbacks at Talking Stick tonight. Let me tell you about this rain, which, although there was a forecast for storms in the area much of the day Saturday, was somewhat of a surprise. You could see the sto

First Pitch Thread: Cubs vs. Giants, Saturday 3/1, 2:05 CT

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Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/01/14

Spring Training Game Three: Cubs (SS) (0-2) vs. Giants (1-2) Game Time – 2:05pm CST Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Travis Wood (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Matt Cain (0-0, -.–, -.–) Spring Training Game Four: Cubs (SS) (0-2) vs. Diamondbacks (SS) (2-2) Game Time – 8:10pm CST Coverage […]The post Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/01/14 appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Pre-Gamin’: Giants v. Cubs (2:05 CT), Cubs v. DBacks (8:10 CT)...

Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson are to start today, and lots of prospects will be in action. Unless it rains.

Cubs Face Giants In First Of 2 Split-Squad Games

Weather permitting, the Cubs will play a day game and a night game Saturday. Cubs lineup: Alcantara 2B, Valbuena 3B, Rizzo 1B, Ruggiano CF, Castillo C, Valaika SS, Kottaras DH, McDonald LF, Cunningham RF Giants lineup: Calhoun RF, Trout CF, Pujols 1B, Freese 3B, Kendrick 2B, Ibanez DH, Iannetta C, Aybar SS, Shuck LF Today's game is on cubs.com with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie. MLB.com Gameday Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today. For spring-training games, we'll have a fir

Cubs vs. Giants at Mesa Preview, Saturday 3/1, 2:05 CT

It's been raining off and on Saturday morning in the Valley of the Sun, but as of now, this afternoon's Cubs/Giants game is still scheduled. SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Weather permitting (how many times have you heard that phrase Saturday morning?), the Cubs will play two games today, at Mesa against the Giants this afternoon, tonight against the Diamondbacks at Talking Stick. Since you are reading this post, the game(s) are still on as of posting time. Here's an article by Jesse Rogers about Tra

Know Your Enemy: San Diego Padres

The Padres, like the Cubs, stood pretty much pat this past winter. The San Diego Padres have had just one winning season since 2006 -- that's 2010, when the Cubs helped keep them out of the playoffs by taking three of four from them in San Diego in the season's final week. They have finished 76-86 each of the last two years; despite that, Bud Black keeps on keeping on as manager, now in his eighth season. That makes him the fourth-longest-tenured current manager (in his current position), behi

Mike Olt’s Sore Shoulder Not a Huge Concern, and the Love is...

There seems to be an uptick in buzz around Olt, even as he has yet to start at third this Spring.

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good Prospects? And Other Bullets...

No, it's not a Cubs prospect this time. It's studly Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano, who is having surgery.

Fan Foils By The Numbers: Danny Jackson

In this week's Fan Foils, we call on the phrase "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." If I told you the Cubs had just signed a lefthanded starting pitcher entering his age-29 season who had helped win the World Series twice and had strung together 4.9, 3.2, 4.7, and 4.9 WAR seasons, you'd surely be "Dancing in the streets of (insert your town)" as Harry was fond of saying. Well, with a little more context, that's exactly what the Cubs did entering the 1991 season. They signed

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