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…]

My Most Excellent Cub Game

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Those of you who read my work with regularity know I am a huge, die-hard Cub fan. It’s either a curse or a privilege, depending on your point of view. So when I get the opportunity to head into the city and see a game at iconic, pastoral Wrigley Field, I leap at the chance. Friday was such a day.

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For those of you who have never been to the friendly confines, so named by Cubs legend Ernie Banks, God rest his soul, allow me to paint a picture of its setting. [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…]

MLB Trade Deadline Roulette

By Justin Broyles
PSDC Writer

It’s the MLB All-Star break and this is the time of year where rumors go flying around about who will get dealt. Where will they go? What will teams give up to get superstars? And with the rumor mill up and going, I thought I’d take a look at possible trade targets and where they may be playing in the next few weeks.

David Price

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David Price is the biggest fish in the trade deadline pond. Every contender can use him but not every contender can afford the price the Rays have put on him. After what the Cubs were able to get from the Athletics for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, it will take a king’s ransom to pry Price from the Rays this month. It’ll take most likely two top prospects, one good prospect and a throw in. Add that to the fact that the team that trades for Price will have to take on a huge salary and the pool of possible suitors falls to one team. The Los Angeles Dodgers. They have the prospects to get a deal done and they definitely have the money to pay him. The Dodgers don’t necessarily need a rotation upgrade but adding Price would make that pitching staff unbeatable. So if I was a betting man, I’d put my money on Price wearing Dodger Blue in a few weeks. [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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