It Is Still Baseball Season

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Hi everyone, my name is Joe and I’m a Cub fan. (everyone) Hi Joe.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

By now you are all familiar with the history. 107 years without a World Series championship. The black cat. The billy goat. (Which is an awesome Chicago tavern if you are ever in town)

Bartman. Poor kid. It wasn’t his fault. Get over it Cubs fans. The error on the double play ball by Alex Gonzalez opened the floodgates on that chilly October night. And Mark Prior’s weak mental makeup. [Read more…]

2015 MLB Predictions

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

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Baseball season kicks off on Sunday night with the Cubs and Cardinals in the first ever opening night game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are teeming with hope this year, as with every year. This year though, the hope actually has some actual talent with which to base itself on. This isn’t another Cubs story though, these are my predictions for the upcoming baseball season. Division races, wild cards and the World Series. As a bonus I’m throwing in the individual postseason awards. So sit back, take a look and then let me know what you think. Play ball! [Read more…]

Jon Lester to Cubs with a Twist

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staffer & Chicago Guru

Prior to the big decision relative to baseball’s hot stove season; which team will “win” the Jon Lester sweepstakes, I have a reason other than making the Cubs an instant contender in a very winnable division for them to be interested in this year’s free agent diamond.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Teams have varying, often unique reasons for throwing truckloads of cash at that player that will move them from average to elite, or to help carry on a dynasty, a word I use loosely. A key bat in the middle of the lineup, a solid closer or a top of the line starter all are worthy reasons for expenditure of the filthiest kind in the world of Major League Baseball. [Read more…]

2014 MLB Team Preview: Chicago Cubs

By Bobby Roberts
AmericasWhiteBoy.com

The Chicago Cubs are in the middle of a long-term rebuilding plan. They are building the team through the draft and their farm system is now one of the best in baseball. Many of those prospects are still a year away, so many Cubs fans are already looking ahead to the 2015 season.

Photo Credit: MLB.com

Photo Credit: MLB.com

Expect the Cubs roster to looks drastically different by the end of the season. Jeff Samardzija may even be traded before the All-Star Break.

New manager Rick Renteria takes over a team of mostly cheap role players keeping seats warm until Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant are ready to appear in the Majors.

Can Starlin Castro regain his All-Star form? Will Anthony Rizzo make a leap forward and become a better all-around hitter?

Here is the 2014 MLB season preview for the Chicago Cubs.

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2013 MLB Team Preview: Chicago Cubs

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Mid-season call up Jorge Soler homers on the first pitch he sees in a Major League game to lead the Cubs to victory over the Cardinals, vaulting them into first place in the National League Central. They would not look back as the unlikely 2013 season comes to a close with the Cubs in the playoffs, completing the greatest worst to first comeback in history.

Wait! What? I was dreaming? Oh OK, maybe so, but this small scene in a quiet moment of reflection epitomizes Cubs President Theo Epstein’s vision for the ball club going forward. Young talent gleaned through shrewd trades and the draft have left the Cubs with about half of a Major League lineup and youngsters such as Soler, Javier Baez, (no relation to Joan) Albert Almora along with a plethora of left and right handed arms give Cubs fans hope. Not “lightning in a bottle” hope, but the foundation of a solid, top to bottom organization where everyone is on the same page. Why they are even considering auditioning folks before sticking them in the booth during the seventh inning stretch rather than having Jeff Gordon up there referring to Wrigley “Stadium.” And I still say the Ozzy Osbourne version of “Take me out to the ballgame” is the best ever.

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Connecting the Dots: From Latin America to MLB

By Lawrence Dushenski
PSDC Contributor 

Baseball is a crazy sport. Well maybe not, but at least the way in which some of the best players in the world find their way to the major leagues is crazy.

Since the doors to Cuba were closed, the Dominican Republic has become a hotbed for some of the most talented baseball players in the world. Despite a population of not even ten million, the country has produced elite baseball players for years. From Albert Pujols to Manny Ramirez, Dominican baseball players are amongst the best in the world.

But making the trip to majors in not always an easy one. While Dominican players are free to sign with major league clubs once they turn 16, Cubans are not offered the same privilege. Despite being a hotbed for talent, Cubans must make their way out of the country and establish residency in a nearby nation in order to be available on the open market.  [Read more…]