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Willson Contreras: Cubs May Ignore Mound Visit Rule Changes

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is apparently no fan of Major League Baseball's new rules intended to improve pace of play. "I don't even care," Contreras said Tuesday while indicating he may visit the mound more times than allowed, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com. "

BLEACHER REPORT - 2018-02-21 00:37:01

MLB spring training 2018: Three things on the Cubs' to-do list

The Cubs made a late charge last season to win the National League Central. The 2016 MLB champions will look to return to the World Series after getting bounced by the Dodgers in the 2017 NL Championship Series. The Cubs didn't make a lot of moves this offseason, but they already have the pieces in

MSN.COM - 2018-02-20 18:27:29

Chicago Cubs: 4 things that can stop their World Series aspirations

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)The Chicago Cubs have a solid and determined team headed into the 2018 season. But there are a few potholes that could derail them. The Chicago Cubs are an excited group, one year removed from their World Series championship. Last offseason was punctuated by a cons

CUBBIESCRIB.COM - 2018-02-20 15:25:50

Skip Bayless reveals how a ‘rejuvenated’ LeBron is now a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year

In his discussion with Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor, Skip Bayless reacts to LeBron James' 28-point All-Star game performance. Skip says King James suddenly seems rejuvenated and is now a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year in the NBA. - You know what? It is starting to feel like it just mig

FOX SPORTS - 2018-02-19 18:42:00

Chicago Cubs News: Potential Cubs' All-Stars; Rizzo leads the Cubs

After having seven Chicago Cubs selected to the All-Star Game in 2016, it was a just Wade Davis last season. With the amount of talent, the Cubs should be able to put several on the roster this season. But who will it be? A few of the regular cast like Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are there, but th

CUBBIESCRIB.COM - 2018-02-19 08:00:38

Chicago Cubs: Reliever Shae Simmons is Epstein's latest under-the-radar signing

On Friday, the Chicago Cubs signed right-handed relief pitcher Shae Simmons. He is the latest buy-low option who could become something for Theo Epstein. This one isn't going to break the Internet by any means, but the Chicago Cubs may have found another diamond in the rough in reliever Shae Simmons


Chicago Cubs: One year ago, I accurately predicted a Jake Arrieta decline

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 21: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 21, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)When I said that Jake Arrieta would continue to trend do


Chicago Cubs: Pitching could be this team's biggest strength in 2018

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The Chicago Cubs rode a strong pitching staff to a championship two years ago. Is this year's team capable of following a similar path to success? Note: This is Part III of a three-part series compiling a statistical analysis of the National League Central. The previ


Chicago Cubs: Ticket wars; What would Ohtani have meant?

The Chicago Cubs aren't interested in getting into a ticket war with the Milwaukee Brewers. And what would have changed if the Cubs had gotten Shohei Ohtani? The Chicago Cubs don't want to get into a ticket war with the Milwaukee Brewers. But the Brewers seem to be doing their best to start one. Whe


Jon Lester and Joe Maddon against any changes altering game's pace

MESA, Ariz - Chicago Cubs veteran pitcher Jon Lester sounded off on potential pace of play regulations which will likely be implemented before the upcoming 2018 season. Lester has long been an advocate to leave the game as is. "I think it's a terrible idea," Lester said at the Cubs camp on Friday. "


MLB Opening Day 2018: Schedule for all 30 teams

The 2018 Major League Baseball regular season will begin on March 29 - the earliest Opening Day in league history. In addition to the early start, all 30 MLB teams will be in action on Opening Day this year. The full slate of games begins on ESPN at 12:30 p.m., when the Miami Marlins host the Chicag


Chicago Cubs News: Roster mostly set; Montgomery wants to win

The Chicago Cubs roster is mostly set, but that doesn't mean that their won't be some things to watch over the course of the spring. And while Mike Montgomery wants to start, he wants to win even more. The Chicago Cubs head into camp with most of the roster already in place. There are only a few spo


Anthony Rizzo at Parkland vigil: 'We're all grieving with you'

PARKLAND, Fla. -- A day after the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo called for change. "While I don't have all the answers, I know that something has to change, before this is visited on another community, and another community, and another


Chicago Cubs: Not much drama on this year's roster

As spring training begins, it's hard to find a spot on the Chicago Cubs' roster that isn't spoken for. So what do we have to be excited about this spring? The Chicago Cubs will be going for their fourth consecutive playoff appearance; a feat once thought to be impossible. And all that starts with th


Shooting at alma mater saddens Anthony Rizzo; Steve Kerr calls for change

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, an alumnus of the South Florida high school where officials say at least 17 people have died in a shooting attack, sent his condolences and encouragement Wednesday on Twitter while sounding a note of alarm. Rizzo, who in November donated $150,000 to his alma


Chicago Cubs News: Cubs ready for spring; Grimm and Butler no more?

Pitchers and catchers reported yesterday for the Chicago Cubs, but they weren't the only ones who showed up in Mesa. While the pitchers and catchers got started on some work, several of the hitters made their way to a pre-camp workout. Guys like Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward and Alber


MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand at Start of Spring Training

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand at Start of Spring Training 0 of 30 David J. Phillip/Associated Press Pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training later this week, and among other things, that means it's time for an updated version of our MLB power rankings. These ranki


Yankees, Cubs Rumored to Be Among Teams Interested in Trading for Jake Odorizzi

Tampa Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi is reportedly on the trade block, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Per that report: "All of the attention has been focused on Chris Archer as a possible trade chip for the Rays, but Odorizzi is getting even more attention on the trade market, a


Yu've made Cub Tracks so very happy

Can Yu dig it? Now that we have that out of our system, let us not go gently into that breakfast buffet, but let us stop for the news and a fresh cuppa. As always * means autoplay on (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). Today inbaseball history:1965 - Braves officials, who already intend t


Dodgers: Does a Countermove Need to be Made After Losing Darvish?

The Dodgers were in on Yu Darvish until the very end, but on Saturday he agreed to a six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. Where do the Dodgers turn to after losing out on Darvish? The Dodgers were in on Darvish and reportedly offered him a six-year deal per Jon Heyman, but ultimately he signed with