2014 Chicago Cubs Thread

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  1. little bear

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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9937521/rick-renteria-hired-chicago-cubs-manager

    Rick Renteria to manage Cubs

    Rick Renteria agreed to a three-year contract with the Chicago Cubs to be their manager on Thursday.
    The deal includes club options for the 2017 and '18 seasons. Terms were not disclosed.

    Renteria, 51, had been the bench coach for the
    San Diego Padres since 2011 after becoming a major league coach in 2008. He played infield for parts of five major league seasons after being drafted 20th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1980.

    Renteria, who retired as a player in 1996 while with the Mexico City Reds, beat out A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta, Dave Martinez and Eric Wedge for the job. A fifth candidate,
    Brad Ausmus, was hired by the Detroit Tigers earlier in the week.

    The Cubs reportedly weren't allowed to interview another candidate,
    Boston Red Sox coach Torey Lovullo, because of an agreement made when the Cubs hired president Theo Epstein in 2011 from the Red Sox.
    Renteria is known as a hands-on teacher and a strong communicator. His ability to speak Spanish is believed to be a plus for the Cubs. Sources familiar with the process say the team was intent on hiring a Latin American manager and/or coaches, something lacking on the previous coaching staff.

    Chicago has several key players of Latin American descent, including shortstop
    Starlin Castro, whose play regressed under former manager Dale Sveum.

    "In order for us to win with this group -- and win consistently -- we must have the best possible environment for young players to learn, develop and thrive at the major league level," Epstein said after Sveum was fired.

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    Gonna be honest with you, I don't know anything about him.

    What's your take on this, Benji? Good move or bad move?

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    I say good move until proven otherwise. No big name manager was going to come here, not with the Cubs in their current state. So, they went with a lesser known guy. There is no telling if this unknown is any better it any worse than another unknown.

    I like what in have read and heard about him. He has the tools, knowledge and experience that could help him be the manager we need or the kids.

    In the end though, time will ultimately tell.
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    Just because I don't know anything about Renteria doesn't mean he's bad but wouldn't have A.J. Hinrich, Eric Wedge or Manny Acta been "better" choices?
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    Maybe, but I dont think Wedge would have been any better. The others are just a roll of the dice
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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/stor...ntroduce-first-official-mascot-modern-history

    Cubs introduce new mascot

    The Chicago Cubs listened to their fans and delivered something the franchise has lacked for most of its 138-year history. No, not a World Series championship, their previous being in 1908.
    On Monday, the Cubs announced the first official mascot in their modern history -- Clark, a "young, friendly Cub" who wears a baseball cap backward and will greet fans as they enter Wrigley Field.

    "The Cubs are thrilled to welcome Clark as the team's official mascot," Cubs senior director of marketing Alison Miller said in a statement. "Clark is a young, friendly Cub who can't wait to interact with our other young Cubs fans. He'll be a welcoming presence for families at Wrigley Field and an excellent ambassador for the team in the community."

    As they prepared for a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field, the Cubs partnered with Northwestern University to conduct a survey and found that there was a desire for the 100-year-old park to be more "family-friendly."

    Clark, named after the Clark and Addison intersection where Wrigley is located, will be introduced during a charity appearance Monday night.

    The Cubs say Clark's great-grandfather Joa was the franchise's original live Bears mascot in 1916.

    The Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are now the only teams in Major League Baseball without official mascots.
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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/10293344/chicago-cubs-not-surprised-backlash-mascot

    Cubs not surprised by criticism

    CHICAGO -- The Cubs weren't surprised by the backlash from the unveiling of their first official mascot of the modern era, but a team spokesman said some critics went too far with reactions on social media.

    "I'm disappointed at some of the unfortunate images that went from negative to despicable," Julian Green, vice president of communications and community affairs, said Tuesday. "There are some folks that had strong reactions to the mascot, but at the same time, there are folks that see what we're trying to do. It's strictly for kids and family entertainment."

    The Cubs unveiled "Clark" -- a Cub bear -- on Monday, and the reaction was swift as the mascot was depicted in unflattering terms on several social media outlets.

    "It is a boisterous platform," Green said of Twitter and other outlets. "We don't think it's a bellwether for things we're trying to accomplish nor should it be for any company. When you look at the chatter on social media, it's a split depending on who you talk to and what media platform you're looking at."
    Green acknowledged that Clark's target audience isn't exactly the age group that would be on Twitter or Facebook.

    "Some of the strong reactions were predictable," he said. "We've been around for 100 years, and we plan on being around another 100 years. As we look to develop the next generation of fans, the mascot will help that. Plus, there were a lot of fans today excited to share the experience with Clark the mascot."

    Green repeated Monday's notion that Clark will have minimal exposure during games, acknowledging some "engagement" but not anything that can be constituted as disruptive to the viewing experience.

    Mostly, Green said the Cubs are glad to have a mascot for young fans like the ones who met with him Monday night at Advocate Illinois Masonic's Pediatric Development Center.

    "Unfortunately, there are those that decided to respond in a way that had nothing to do with the mascot," he said. "When you look at the pictures and videos showing the kids' reactions [Monday] night, it was proof positive that the visions we have for this mascot will be achieved."
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/20906/cubs-sign-former-roy-of-coghlan

    Cubs sign former ROY OF Coghlan

    The Chicago Cubs signed former Rookie of the Year outfielder Chris Coghlan Wednesday to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Coghlan, 28, won the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year with the then-Florida Marlins when he batted .321 with a .390 on-base percentage. He has been limited by injuries since then, averaging just 66 games played over the past four seasons. The Marlins didn't offer him a contract in December, making him a free agent.

    Coghlan joins a crowded outfield with another former Marlin, Justin Ruggiano, acquired in a trade with Miami earlier this offseason, along with Junior Lake, Nate Schierholtz, Ryan Sweeney, Darnell McDonald, Brett Jackson and Matt Szczur.


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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/20900/samardzija-wood-file-for-arbitration

    Samardzija, Wood file for arbitration

    CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood were among eight players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday.

    Other Cubs to file were infielders Darwin Barney and Luis Valbuena, outfielders Justin Ruggiano and Nate Schierholtz and pitchers Pedro Strop and James Russell.

    Samardzija might be the most interesting case, as he has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason. There's been no indication a long-term deal is in the works, as both sides remain far apart. However, the likelihood of Samardzija actually going before an arbiter is still unlikely, as both the team and player insist there's a good working relationship between them. The expectation is that Samardzija will sign a one-year deal, which would still place him on the trade block by midseason. He made $2.64 million last season and will be due for a raise despite a rough second half in which his ERA balloon to 4.34.

    Wood is also in line for a raise in his first year of eligibility for arbitration after making $527,500 in 2013, just over the minimum salary. He vaulted near the top of the National League among starters after giving up only 163 hits in 200 innings pitched.

    Barney is also a first-time arbitration-eligible player, but his salary might not be easily computed considering his .208 batting average but Gold Glove status as a second baseman. He won the award in 2012 and was a finalist in 2013.

    Teams and players will exchange salary figures on Friday, and arbitration hearings are set to take place the first three weeks of February. At any time the sides can agree on a deal, otherwise an arbiter will choose one salary or the other and the player is then bound to that figure for one year. No Cubs player has gone to arbitration since the new front office took over after the 2011 season.
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    Yankees sign Tanaka seven years, $155M.

    Should Cubs fans be disappointed?
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    nah, hard for tanaka to not want to goto NY a larger more international city, the Yanks a better more historical team, that also has better facilities AND gave him a full 7yr deal for more money, and a 4 year exit clause.
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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/10344029/travis-wood-chicago-cubs-agree-one-year-deal

    Travis Wood, Cubs agree on deal

    The Chicago Cubs and pitcher Travis Wood avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal Friday. The contract is worth $3.9 million, a source told ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers.
    Wood, 26, made his first All-Star team last season, posting a 3.11 ERA in 32 starts. He was just 9-12 but had 24 quality starts, fourth-best in the National League. Wood made $527,500 in 2013, just over the minimum salary.

    The Cubs avoided arbitration last week with outfielder Nate Schierholtz, infielder Luis Valbuena and relievers James Russell and Pedro Strop by signing them to one-year deals. Jeff Samardzija, Darwin Barney and Justin Ruggiano have not come to agreements with the Cubs and have exchanged salary figures in advance of arbitration hearings in early February. Deals can still be struck between now and the hearings, and even during the hearings.

    No Cubs player has gone to arbitration since the new front office took over after the 2011 season.
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    It is going to be a fun two seasons. Baez, Bryant, Soler, Almora ect will all be mixed in over the next two years
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    What do you say about the Yankees signing Tanaka? And Matt Garza going to Milwaukee?
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    Overpay on both IMO.

    Big loss on Tanaka, but the Yanks gave that 7th year, the opt out and the full NTC. Those were the deciding factors.

    Garza is a good pitcher, but when he went to Texas he fell apart. His numbers and injury history are not really worth 13M a year. Maybe 11-12... but not 13. Not for four years
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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/stor...e-year-deal-chicago-cubs-avoiding-arbitration

    Jeff Samardzija gets $5.345M deal


    CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija has agreed to terms with the team on a one-year, $5.345 million contract for 2014, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

    Samardzija, 29, was 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA last season. He submitted a salary proposal of $6.2 million for arbitration; the team was asking for $4.4 million. They settled on a number just above the middle of those two figures.

    The Cubs and Samardzija have been unable to come to terms on a long-term deal. The right-hander is set to become a free agent after the 2015 season. They've settled on one-year deals each of the last two offseasons.

    With his signing, the Cubs avoided arbitration with all eligible players. They haven't had an arbitration hearing since Theo Epstein took over as team president and Jed Hoyer as general manager in 2011.
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/22189/travis-wood-to-start-home-opener

    Travis Wood to start home opener

    MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria announced his starting rotation for the first week of the season, tabbing lefty Travis Wood to pitch in the home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, April 4.

    Previously, it was announced that Jeff Samardzija will pitch the season opener in Pittsburgh on March 31, followed by Edwin Jackson and then Jason Hammel before the Cubs come home to face the Phillies. Renteria likes the matchup of the southpaw Wood against a Phillies lineup that features dangerous lefties, including veterans Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

    Renteria didn’t declare a starter after the top four, but all indications are the Cubs will need a fifth one Sunday, April 6. That could be lefty Chris Rusin throwing against the Phillies for the same reason Wood is throwing Friday in that series. Carlos Villanueva is also a candidate.

    Wood was the Cubs lone All-Star last season.


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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/22185/javier-baez-among-cubs-seven-cuts

    Javier Baez among Cubs' seven cuts

    MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs top prospect Javier Baez was one of seven cuts made Saturday as the Cubs pared their roster to 37 entering the final days of spring training.

    Baez, 21, had a strong spring at the plate despite striking out a team-leading 13 times in 42 at-bats. He hit .310 with five home runs, but he never managed a hit with a man on base. All his home runs were solo shots.

    Still, Baez made headlines with prodigious blasts, including one that traveled 452 feet last Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Four of his five home runs went to right or center field.

    “He understands he needs to continue to work on his defense,” manager Rick Renteria said after announcing the demotion. “Go down there (Triple-A) and put together some good at-bats, try to get on base a little bit more through the process and go out there and be a professional.”

    Renteria said Baez took the news well and wasn’t surprised by the move. The Cubs have said since the winter that Baez would be their starting shortstop at Triple-A Iowa. He played two games at second base during spring training and could eventually debut in the majors there, but for now he’ll play his natural position.

    “We sent him down to play shortstop,” Renteria said. “That’s what we told him.”

    Baez could be called up later this season since the Cubs will probably want him to avoid becoming a “Super Two.” If they wait until late June or early July, he won’t become eligible for arbitration until after the 2016 season. Otherwise, he could be eligible after 2015. The Cubs employed the same strategy with Anthony Rizzo in 2012. He debuted on June 26.

    Baez left Thursday’s spring game against the White Sox with a right heel contusion, blaming it on using metal cleats. He said the injury was minor and that he’ll go back to using rubber cleats.

    Other cuts Saturday included pitchers Blake Parker, Jonathan Sanchez, Chang-Yong Lim and Brian Schlitter, along with infielder Chris Valaika and outfielder Casper Wells.

    Parker is the one surprise in that group after finishing last season as a main arm in the bullpen.

    “He has to continue to command the zone, not make things too complicated and do what he does,” Renteria said. “He has a tremendous arm.”

    Parker had a 9.00 ERA in six spring innings.


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    Crap, Cubs lose the opener
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    This is how I feel when season starts.

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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/stor...says-chicago-cubs-not-interested-move-suburbs

    Cubs owner: Not interested in move

    NEW YORK -- Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says his team remains committed to refurbishing century-old Wrigley Field.

    The Cubs won approval from Chicago's city council last July for a $500 million renovation that would include installation of a 5,700-square-foot video scoreboard at Wrigley, which turns 100 on April 23. The team also wants to erect a 650-square-foot sign in right field with a guarantee neighboring rooftop owners won't slow construction with a lawsuit.
    A member of the audience Tuesday at the MLB Diversity Business Summit asked a panel that included Ricketts about the Atlanta Braves' planned move in 2017 from downtown to a suburban Cobb County and how the team could maintain a connection with the community near Turner Field.

    Ricketts said the Cubs have been trying to avoid such an issue.

    "We've been approached by several suburban sites and alternatives to move the Cubs to a new ballpark," Ricketts said, "and although I haven't studied it thoroughly, I imagine that's probably an attractive proposition for us.

    "But we've made it our priority to try to stay where we're at because of what it does mean to the neighbors and what it does mean to the city, both economically and just from the standpoint of quality of life in general."

    The Cubs have seen attendance drop each year since 2008, from 3.3 million to 2.6 million, and the team has lost 91 games or more in three straight seasons.

    Ricketts maintained that the attendance drops provide opportunities.

    "There are just way too many people in Chicago that have never been to a Cubs game," he said. "We've worked really hard to get out to people, particularly on the South Side, and say, 'Hey, bring your church, bring your school, just bring a group and we'll take care of you.' I just want more people to at least come into Wrigley and experience it. And we have this opportunity right now where we do have a few seats open from time to time. We can bring people in and give them the Wrigley experience. And as we get better, those opportunities will be harder to come by."

    Ricketts also said the Cubs have to better educate the young players at their complex in the Dominican Republic and told a story from his visit there in 2010. He recalled when he "put my ear to the wall of the English class and I heard an English teacher say, "My curveball is not breaking."

    "And I realized at that point while we say we're teaching these young men English, we're really not doing the best," he said, going on to explain the team's new facility has improved educational testing and programs.

    "It's not really just about making sure that some of these players can speak English," he said. "All of them really aren't all that great in Spanish. They've got second- or third-grade educations."

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    Some say Ricketts ain't the smartest owner but he is a business man and he knows moving from Wrigley would be a huge mistake. It's the brand, the location, the team, the atmosphere, the rooftop owners, the nostalgia, etc. This is the Wrigley brand, and you lose it all by moving them.

    Even when the Cubs suck, there's nothing like going to Wrigley Field on a beautiful summer day.


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    Ugh.... Tanaka
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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter Follow
    Happy 100th Anniversary to Wrigley Field, where its first Major League game was played April 23, 1914. 100 yrs later, still great to visit.

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    We Believe - Go Cubs!

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