Full Text of Exclusive Mike Bryant Interview, in Which He Reveals Exactly How Kris Bryant Has Adjusted Over Time

Apologies in advance to those of you who’ve already read our four-part interview (link to Part 1, which then links to Part 2, and so on) with Mike Bryant, father of Cubs’ superstar Kris Bryant. If you managed to miss those when they ran, though, you are in for a treat. Over the course of what ended up being roughly a 40-minute conversation, the elder Bryant explained to our Brendan...
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Signs Point to Defensive Growth in Cubs’ Outfield

The Chicago Cubs have received a great deal of praise over the past calendar year for their defense, and it’s with good reason that they’re constantly lauded for what they achieve with the leather. This is especially true of the infield. When you’re talking about a group that includes Gold Glover Anthony Rizzo, a player […]
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Daily Cubs Clip Fix (2/24/17): Cubs on Sloan Park Field for Practice During Mesa World Series Rally

It was a glorious, sunny day at Sloan Park today in Mesa, Arizona. The City of Mesa held a family-friendly fiesta for the world champion Chicago Cubs. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into today and, admittedly, the Cubs weren’t on the actual stage for long. Like maybe two minutes (of which you can watch here). But the culmination of the stunning weather, the Cubs holding batting...
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8 hours ago

Today’s Cubs Lineups

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8 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Majority of lineup fills Bleacher Report Top 100

Bleacher Report recently released its Top 100 players at the start of Spring Training. Needless to say, the Chicago Cubs were very prominent up and down the list, including one name in the Top 3. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but the Chicago Cubs have a lot of talent. I mean, tons […] Chicago Cubs: Majority of lineup fills Bleacher Report Top 100 - Cubbies Crib...
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9 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Is the next pitching project already on the staff?

On Friday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs extended Pedro Strop through 2018, with a team option for 2019. Could this be an indicator of the team’s plans moving forward? Do they already have a plan in place? It’s pure speculation to take the extension of a player–in this case the Chicago Cubs’ Pedro Strop–and predict the […] Chicago Cubs: Is the next pitching project already...
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11 hours ago

Cubs eager to see the Jason Heyward relaunch in Cactus League

Jason Heyward will be one of the most scrutinized players in Mesa after an offseason overhaul that tried to break some of the bad habits in his swing.
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12 hours ago

Signs of Spring As Cubs Get Ready For the Field

It’s been a busy time at school, which is all the more annoying given that we run a Chicago Cubs blog and the Cubs are about to start their exhibition slate.  So, you will have to forgive us if we don’t automatically talk about every transaction as it is tweeted by the horde of beat reporters.  That doesn’t mean we’re not paying attention to things like, for example, Pedro...
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STL: Cubs sign Strop to extension

The SportsTalk Live crew discusses the Cubs extending relief pitcher Pedro Strop through the 2019 season.
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13 hours ago

Javier Baez gets Cubs World Series Champions tattoo

Life is good for Cubs infielder Javier Baez. He’s 24 years old, and will soon be entering his prime, with a World Series ring to boot. That’s not something many players can boast about. Baez wants to make sure he remembers the World Series win, for the rest of his life. And now he’s made a move to make sure of it. The young infielder recently showed off some new ink in spring...
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Maddon on Strop: 'He's always upbeat, he's always ready'

Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about relief pitcher Pedro Strop in the wake of his contract extension.
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14 hours ago

LOOK: Javier Baez gets Cubs World Series tattoo

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez added some ink to his body to help celebrate his team's 2016 World Series win. Baez got a new tattoo on his left arm which reads "2016 World Series Champions" and has the Cubs logo below it. It also features the Commissioner's Trophy right in between the words and logo. Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat tweeted out a picture of the new ink: ...
16 hours ago

Schwarber, Heyward lead off Cubs' spring slate

Jason Heyward will test his swing in a game and Kyle Schwarber will be back in the outfield in the Cubs' Cactus League openers.
16 hours ago

Baez celebrates Cubs' title with new tattoo

Javier Baez will never forget his first World Series championship, and he has a new tattoo on his left shoulder to commemorate it.
16 hours ago

Chicago Cubs extend Pedro Strop through 2018

Adding at least one year of team control, the Chicago Cubs extended Pedro Strop on Friday at a $5.5 million salary for the 2018 season. The deal also includes a team option for 2019 at $6.25 million with a $500,000 buyout. Strop, 31, has been one of the most consistent bullpen arms since coming over […] Chicago Cubs extend Pedro Strop through 2018 - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib...
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19 hours ago

Kyle Schwarber might be the Cubs' next leadoff hitter

Joe Maddon knows that Kyle Schwarber isn’t the traditional major-league leadoff man, but the Cubs manager never has shied away from being unconventional. Schwarber, who surprisingly returned from two torn knee ligaments to make a big impact in Chicago’s World Series win last postseason, has only eight plate appearances as a leadoff man during parts of two seasons with the Cubs...
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21 hours ago


As the sun beats down in Mesa, Arizona, the baby bears are about to embark on their journey to repeat as World Champions when spring games officially kick off tomorrow. Yes, real, live action baseball, is almost back. Oh, what a lovely day. Waiting for the first “play ball!” has seemed to take forever, but […]
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Wade Davis takes over as closer for the Chicago Cubs

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Wade Davis was a promising starting pitcher when he made his major league debut for Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays almost eight years ago. Then he was a reliever, and then a starter again and then a reliever. Now he gets the ball from Maddon once again - only this time as the closer for the Chicago Cubs. Much has changed for Davis over the years, and not much...
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Justin Verlander prefers NL rules

The designated hitter has been around for more than 40 years. Still, it remains one of the more hotly debated topics in baseball. Responding to a question from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer about what rules people would like to see changed, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander offered his two cents.  Verlander made two points here. One is hard to argue with. The other can be...
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Almora, Jay take their friendship to center for the Cubs

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Jon Jay and Albert Almora Jr. are Miami guys, born and raised. Jay played his college ball for Miami, and Almora committed to the Hurricanes before he signed with the Chicago Cubs out of high school. Magic City, right in the middle of Wrigley Field. The Cubs are hoping Jay and Almora can fill their hole in center field after Dexter Fowler became a free agent...
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Cubs' Russell tears up thinking about 2016 accomplishments

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Addison Russell was laying on his mom's bed in the house he bought the family in Pensacola, Florida, with his signing bonus. His Shih Tzu-poodle mix puppy, Oakley, started licking his face. Tears started flowing. ''That's when all the memories from this past year, from spring training to the middle of the season, then the World Series run,'' the Chicago Cubs...
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Sosa compares himself to Jesus talking about PED accusations

Once one of the most feared sluggers in MLB, former Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa is an outsider these days.He was on the outside looking in when the Cubbies finally won the World Series last year, and his relationship with the franchise remains toxic. No jersey retirement for the man who hit 545 of his 609 career home runs while driving in 1,414 runs during his tenure with Chicago...
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Joe Maddon shows off his tricked-out RV

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is living large.In an appearance on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel set to air Tuesday, Feb. 21, Maddon showed off the luxury RV he spends time in, which boasts no less than four TVs, one and a half bathrooms, and heated floors. Maddon’s RV is already the stuff of legend. It’s known as the “Cousin Eddie,” and it was the site of his very first...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Projected outfield depth chart for the Chicago Cubs

The Cubs’ magical 2016 season ended with their first World Series win in 108 years, ending professional sports’ longest lasting title drought. It also marked the end of talented center fielder Dexter Fowler‘s tenure with Chicago. The loss of their leadoff hitter left the Cub’s with a hole in their lineup, but they seem to have faith that Albert Almora can fill Fowler...
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Watch: Kris Bryant got pranked by Greg Maddux, and it was great

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant did not suspect that a hippie-looking guy holding a boom stick was actually Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, but that’s who threw batting practice to the NL MVP during a hilarious prank set up by Red Bull.It all went down at the College of Southern Nevada where Bryant was under the impression that he would be doing an interview during batting practice...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

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