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Recap: Oakland vs. Chicago Cubs

By The Sports Network, 2 years 1 month ago
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Arrieta struck out three in four innings to help the Chicago Cubs to a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. Arrieta gave up four hits and an unearned run for the Cubs, who received three hits and a run scored from Tommy La Stella. Dexter Fowler added a pair of hits and an RBI. Max Muncy had three hits, including a two-run homer for the A's. He...

Chicago Cubs 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 years 1 month ago
After three years of rebuilding the farm system at the expense of the major league roster — and big-league results — the Cubs are back in the hunt for the first time in team president Theo Epstein’s regime. Not “all in,” not “selling out” for 2015, says Epstein, who makes clear the focus is still on a sustained competitive window. But several players...

Recap: Oakland vs. Chicago Cubs

By The Sports Network, 2 years 1 month ago
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Arrieta struck out three in four innings to help the Chicago Cubs to a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. Arrieta gave up four hits and an unearned run for the Cubs, who received three hits and a run scored from Tommy La Stella. Dexter Fowler added a pair of hits and an RBI. Max Muncy had three hits, including a two-run homer for the A's. He...

Joe Maddon's Arrival Signals Next Step in Chicago Cubs' Resurgence

By Athlon Sports, 2 years 1 month ago
The characters in that long-running Windy City disaster known as the Chicago Cubs’ World Series Disappointment are well known to all baseball fans. There is the Billy Goat. And Bartman. The Miracle Mets. Leon Durham and his “Gatorade glove,” not to mention a supporting cast both great (Ernie Banks) and small (Ernie Broglio, part of the infamous Lou Brock trade), all of whom...

Manny, Youkilis join Cubs as consultants

By The Sports Network, 2 years 1 month ago
Mesa, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - On the day position players had to report to spring training, the Chicago Cubs announced the hiring of Manny Ramirez as a hitting consultant and Kevin Youkilis as a scouting and player development consultant. Both players have ties to Cubs president of baseball operation Theo Epstein, who was general manager of the Boston Red Sox when both players were there....

Ranking the Best and Worst MLB Logos

By Athlon Sports, 2 years 1 month ago
Brand equity. Brand awareness. Brand image. These are all economic terms that overlap, exist in a nebulous world and don’t directly impact the bean counters.    As the media world has grown over the last half century, so has the understanding of concepts like advertising, marketing and, of course, branding. So things like tag lines — “I’m loving it...

Cubs avoid arbitration with Strop

By The Sports Network, 2 years 2 months ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop to a one-year contract worth $2.525 million on Thursday to avoid arbitration, according to the team's official website. Strop, 29, had a 2.21 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 61 innings out of Chicago's bullpen in 2014. In 96 innings with the Cubs since a 2013 trade from Baltimore, Strop has a 2.44 ERA and 113...

Report: Cubs ink Fowler to 1-year deal

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed recently-acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler to a one-year contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Fowler will earn $9.5 million over the upcoming season, according to the Chicago Tribune. The 28-year-old veteran was acquired from Houston on Monday in exchange for pitcher Dan Straily and infielder Luis Valbuena. Fowler batted...

Cubs legend Banks dies

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame first baseman and shortstop Ernie Banks passed away Friday at the age of 83. WGN in Chicago reports Banks died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dubbed "Mr. Cub," Banks suited up on Chicago's North Side from 1953-71, slugging 512 home runs over 19 seasons. A 14-time All-Star, he was elected to Cooperstown in 1977. "Words...

Cubs obtain Fowler from Astros

By The Sports Network, 2 years 3 months ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs filled a need for an experienced center fielder on Monday, acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros as part of a three-player trade. The Cubs sent infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily to Houston for Fowler, who hit .276 with eight home runs, 35 RBI, 11 stolen bases and a .375 on-base percentage in his lone season with the...
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