Chicago Cubs News for March 3, 2014
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Cubs top Brewers 4-2

Ryan Braun raised his spring training batting average to .800 with a double and a single in three plate appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers during their 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

Castro Sidelined, Arrieta Close to Throwing Off a Mound, Buckner...

Rick Renteria announced Monday that Starlin Castro will miss 7-10 days with a mild right hamstring strain. Castro suffered the injury Sunday trying to steal second base in the first inning. Following the game against the Royals, Castro downplayed the injury and said it was not as bad as the one that cost him around […]The post Castro Sidelined, Arrieta Close to Throwing Off a Mound, Buckner Retires and Cubs Spring Training News appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Reds owner blames media for sagging ticket sales

In our look around the National League Central, the owner of the Cincinnati Reds expresses his frustration over the local media reporting that his team did little or nothing this winter. And could an upcoming Pittsburgh Pirates outfield be the best in team history?

‘Sign-and-flip’ candidate Hammel hopes to stick with Cubs for...

MESA, Ariz. — Jason Hammel already has become a favorite of pitching coach Chris Bosio in just a few weeks as a Cub. “We’re unleashing somebody to be honest with you,” Bosio said as Hammel made his Cubs spring debut starting a “B” game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Hammel also happens to be this year’s annual project for Bosio, a veteran upside guy on a buy-low one-year contract who figures to be worth a couple of valuable young players near the midsummer trade deadline if Bosio is

Recovery time for Starlin Castro’s injured hammy: ‘7 to 10 days’...

MESA, Ariz. — Starlin Castro’s hamstring injury is expected to sideline the All-Star shortstop for “seven to 10 days,” manager Rick Renteria said Monday. But Castro’s lost time could be the first-year manager’s gain, as he gets potentially even more familiar, more quickly, with his middle infielders. “It allows us to just see other guys in that position and open up the ability to recognize if Barney can go over there, and Bonni,” Renteria said, “because a lot of those guys might be playing over

VFTB Radio – Episode 5

In this episode, the guys look at the results of the early spring training games to begin to construct the opening day roster before answering a few mailbag questions, discussing the stat WAR in a new feature called JC Stat of the week, and playing a new

Bill Buckner Retires As Boise Hawks Hitting Coach

Normally, the retirement of a short-season hitting coach wouldn't be worthy of much notice. But Bill Buckner was no ordinary minor league hitting coach. The Boise Hawks announced today that their hitting coach for the past two years, Cubs legend Bill Buckner, is retiring, effective immediately. The reason given is the standard "I want to spend more time with my family" although in this case, I'm sure that Buckner means what he says. In the article linked to above, Buckner said although he stil

New replay system not used in Cubs-Crew contest

Monday's game between the Cubs and Brewers was the first for new manager Rick Renteria to use Major League Baseball's expanded instant-replay review system, which allows managers the right to challenge at least one call.

Baez and Ibarra Lead Cubs to First Win of the Spring – Cubs 4,...

Spring Training Game Four – Cubs 4, Brewers 2 WP – Marcus Hatley (1-0) LP – Mike Fiers (0-1) Save – Alberto Cabrera (1) Javier Baez homered, Eric Jokisch tossed three innings of no-hit, shutout baseball and Walter Ibarra broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh with a two-run single as the Cubs topped the […]The post Baez and Ibarra Lead Cubs to First Win of the Spring – Cubs 4, Brewers 2 appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Cubs Agree to Terms on 2014 Contracts with 19 Pre-Arbitration...

The Cubs announced Monday afternoon the team agreed to terms with the 19 players on the 40-man roster with 0-3 years of Major League service time. The Major League minimum is $500,000 for the 2014 season and the terms on the contracts for Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo were not released. Castillo was paid $503,000 […]The post Cubs Agree to Terms on 2014 Contracts with 19 Pre-Arbitration Players appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Baez dazzles with bat, glove in Cubs victory

Javier Baez's second-inning home run provided an early lead and Walter Ibarra's two-run single in the seventh proved the difference in Chicago's 4-2 win over the Brewers on Monday at Maryvale Baseball Park. It was the Cubs' first victory after three losses to begin the spring.

Cubs 4, Brewers 2: The Javier Baez Question

Well? Should they? SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- I still haven't seen the Cubs win this spring, since I was at the morning "B" game and didn't go to Maryvale to see the Cubs' 4-2 win over the Brewers Monday afternoon, their first victory of 2014. Javier Baez crushed a monstrous home run off Marco Estrada, which led to this tweet: Three ABs are enough to convince me that Javier Baez is a beast. Even his groundouts to second base are loud. — Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 3, 2014 I mean, the gu

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 4, Brewers 2 – March 3, 2014...

The Cubs have won a Cactus League game!

Hammel ready to contribute to Cubs rotation

Jason Hammel has been around enough clubhouses and seen teams that don't care. The right-hander doesn't get that feeling around the Cubs.

Cubs 5, Giants 5: Tying One On

This one doesn't count in the standings, but it still would have been nice to win. MESA, Arizona -- Watching a spring-training "B" game brings baseball down to its basics. You can hear everything -- the umpires clearly calling strikes, fielders yelling, "I got it, I got it, I got it!" to call off their teammates, the footfalls on the basepaths... it's a very cool experience. Not so great was the result. The Cubs wound up in a nine-inning, 5-5 tie with the Giants (link opens .pdf to my scorecar

Overflow Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Monday 3/3, 2:05 CT

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Hammel eager to provide veteran leadership on Cubs

Jason Hammel has been around enough clubhouses and seen teams that don't care. The right-hander doesn't get that feeling around the Cubs.

Chicago Cubs Agree to Terms with All 19 Pre-Arb Players

This is largely a standard exercise. All 40-man players are now under contract for 2014.

Since Spring Training is for Fun: Watch Javier Baez Destroy a...

Javy bein' Javy.

First Pitch Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Monday 3/3, 2:05 CT

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Continuing progress, Fujikawa throws off mound

Kyuji Fujikawa threw about 29 pitches on Monday, his third session off a mound, and is continuing to make progress as the Cubs pitcher comes back from Tommy John surgery.

Pre-Gamin’: Cubs v. Brewers (2:05 CT) – Lineup, Broadcast Info,...

You can watch this one on MLB.tv, and it features Javier Baez and Junior Lake, with Eric Jokisch on the hill.

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 03/03/14

Spring Training Game Four: Cubs (0-3) vs. Brewers (3-2) Game Time – 2:05pm CST Coverage – TV: MLB.TV – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Maryvale Baseball Park, Maryvale Eric Jokisch (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Marco Estrada (1-0, 9.00, 2.00) The Cubs kickoff their first full week of Cactus League games with two exhibitions on Monday. The […]The post Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 03/03/14 appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Cubs, Brewers Have First Spring Meeting

All of Monday's game threads can be found in this StoryStream. SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Here's the most interesting thing about today's game: The Brewers and Cubs make a bit of baseball history on Monday afternoon in their Cactus League game. According to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, the contest will be one of several featuring the first use of Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay review system, which allows managers the right to challenge at least one call. The 2:05 p.m. CT game

Cubs vs. Brewers at Maryvale Preview, Monday 3/3, 2:05 CT

The Cubs still seek their first victory of spring 2014. SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Here's the most interesting thing about today's game: The Brewers and Cubs make a bit of baseball history on Monday afternoon in their Cactus League game. According to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, the contest will be one of several featuring the first use of Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay review system, which allows managers the right to challenge at least one call. The 2:05 p.m. CT game can be s

Nerd Alert: An Entirely New Stream of Game Data Will Soon Be...

Almost everything that happens on the field will be quantified.

Starlin out seven to 10 days with hamstring strain

Starlin Castro will be sidelined seven to 10 days because of a mild right hamstring strain, an injury which should not hinder the shortstop from being ready for the regular season.

Javier Baez’s Bat Doesn’t Just Imperil Stationary Cars

Is your ballpark too close to a highway? If so, don't give Baez anything to hit.

Cubs vs. Giants 'B' Game at Mesa, Monday 3/3, 11 a.m. CT

Here's something you will only see in spring training. SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- This ought to be fun. A "B" spring-training game is one where no official statistics are kept, and the game does not count in the standings. These two teams were rained out Saturday afternoon in Mesa, so they are going to play this morning to get some more work in for both teams. The Cubs' lineup for this game is essentially the one that was supposed to play in the rained-out night game at Talking Stick against the D

A Double High-Five for BN Shirts, and a Special Offer

Two BN shirts in front of an Ernie Banks flag? Yup, I'll share that.

God’s Benevolence Watch: Castro OK and Arrieta Ready to Head...

Tentatively good news on both players.

Know Your Enemy: Baltimore Orioles

This series now moves on to the Cubs' interleague opponents. There used to be a joke, when the Cubs were contending last decade and the Orioles were bad, that all the Cubs' rejects would wind up in Baltimore. Beyond the trade of Sammy Sosa to the Orioles back in 2005, ex-Cubs who found their way to Camden Yards since 2000 include Chuck McElroy, Yorkis Perez, Scott Moore, Rocky Cherry, Steve Trachsel (who was then traded back to the Cubs for the aforementioned pair), Freddie Bynum, Luis Montane

Dale Sveum Wouldn’t Change a Thing and Other Bullets

I assume that means other than the ultimate outcome of his short-lived tenure as manager of the Cubs.

When BP’s Jason Parks Visits Cubs Spring Training …

Ah, the prospecty goodness. He's also a fan of the facilities.

MLB Bullets Would Like To Thank The Academy

Big Donkey went to the Oscars. Frank Deford has a really stupid idea and the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a good one. Masahiro Tanaka throws his first pitches of the season and Miguel Sano's season is already over. Sydney is getting ready for Opening Day, which should be a national holiday. I'm not actually back on the site yet. I'm writing you from an alternate dimension. This dimension is exactly the same as the dimensions that you are currently living in, except in this dimension everyone vo

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