| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:45 PM
MESA, Ariz. -- Baseball America listed four Cubs in its Top 100 prospects list, an indication the organization is showing progress in its rebuilding plan.
Shortstop Javier Baez is ranked No. 16 while outfielders Albert Almora and Jorge Soler are Nos....
| Feb 23, 2013
| 7:03 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. — And so it begins.
On a cool, sunny Saturday alongside scenic Interstate 10, the Cubs played their first game with real promise since August 2009, when the worm turned for Lou Piniella. It didn't matter, of course, but it did suggest...
| May 29, 2013
In the White Sox clubhouse Tuesday, the East Coast teenage right wing within Paul Konerko waxed nostalgic about the sport that still warms his heart if not pays his bills.
"I can go back to every year since I can remember and tell you every Stanley...
| May 29, 2013
| 5:18 PM
Oh, yeah. That's what a curtain call looks like.
You could understand if Wrigley Field fans had forgotten, chugging toward the All-Star break in the fifth season with the ivy-covered walls surrounding a playoff-free zone. But it turns out they remember,...
| May 26, 2013
| 6:31 PM
Starting pitching is everything, right?
After all, the 10 major league teams that had the lowest starters' earned-run average averaged 91 wins last season. This year, eight of the top 10 teams in ERA are winning almost 60 percent of their games,...
| Feb 24, 2013
| 6:33 PM
MESA, Ariz. — He knows what they're saying about him upstairs at Wrigley Field, not to mention at the Cubby Bear and Murphy's Bleachers. He knows he's no longer seen as a candidate to take over center field for the Cubs, not this spring anyway....
| Feb 10, 2013
| 6:01 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Dale Sveum is either an optimist or a guy with big bills to pay. He not only showed up for his second season as the Cubs' manager but somehow seems confident it will be better than his first.
It better be, right?
Sveum has no plans...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 7:49 AM
MESA, Ariz. -- Talking baseball while wondering if Brandt Snedeker is the new Tom Watson:
1. Tony Campana isn’t really gone yet, but I’m already missing him. The Cubs made an unpopular decision Sunday, dropping Campana off the 40-man...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 6:56 PM
MESA, Ariz. — On the eve of their first workout of the spring, the Cubs suffered a setback.
Carlos Marmol arrived.
Another blow is sure to follow in a few days. Alfonso Soriano will walk in the door.
Cubs President Theo Epstein and general...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 5:20 PM
MESA, Ariz. -- One day after manager Dale Sveum cited the need for power, Cuban prospect Jorge Soler put on a long ball display in his first day of spring training with the major league team.
Soler said he hopes to be with the Cubs by next season, though...
| May 7, 2013
| 11:42 AM
I have been a Cubs fan since 1948, so I have seen some poor baseball. However, it is time to release Marmol for the Cubs' good and also for his own good. Bill A., Newburgh, Ind.
I don’t really see that happening, at least not until they exhaust...