Theo says Cubs' goal is to win division in '15MLB.com Oct 11During end-of-the-season reviews with players, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein noticed there was a different tone. Nearly every player was excited about the 2015 season, and eager to get started. Maybe that's because the Cubs are at a…Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Oct 9The Cubs announced a series of changes to their 2015 coaching staff on Thursday, with the addition of John Mallee as hitting coach and Doug Dascenzo as first base/outfield coach.Upvote Share Tweet
Mesa, Glendale rainout is first in AFL since 2011MLB.com Oct 8Wednesday's meeting between Mesa and Glendale at Cubs Park was postponed due to rain, marking the first rainout in the Arizona Fall League since 2011.Upvote Share TweetBill Mueller, a former batting champion who helped Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro get back on track last season in his first year as the Cubs' hitting coach, will not return for the 2015 season.Upvote Share TweetThe emphasis in the first three seasons under Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has been to restock the Minor League system and build a foundation of impact players. In 2015, Epstein feels the Cubs will take a major step and not just de…Upvote Share Tweet
Chart: Which MLB Fans Suck At Supporting Winning Teams?deadspin.com Sep 30This graph, from Harley Ellenberger, charts MLB home attendance and winning percentage throughout the season. As expected, the Red Sox, Cubs, and Yankees had solid attendance despite missing the playoffs, and no one went to see the Astros or Rays. But w…Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Sep 29Missing the final 17 games did not cost Giancarlo Stanton a chance to become the first player in Marlins history to win the National League home run crown. Stanton's 37 home runs held up by a sizable margin, as he ended up pacing the league. Anthony Riz…Upvote Share TweetAnthony Rizzo hit his 32nd home run, a two-run blast in the first, and scored on Arismendy Alcantara's tie-breaking two-run double in the sixth to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Brewers in the season finale on Sunday in front of 33,837 at Mille…Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Sep 27Jonathan Lucroy's run-scoring two-bagger snapped a fifth-inning tie with the Cubs on Saturday and gave Lucroy 53 doubles this season, tying the Brewers' record, including 46 doubles this season while playing catcher, breaking the Major League mark he'd …Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Sep 27Chris Coghlan hit a leadoff homer in the first and Javier Baez had his second career three-hit game, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Baez, Soler push Cubs past BrewersMLB.com Sep 26Javier Baez, who had four hits in his last 10 games, collected three hits and two RBIs, Jorge Soler drove in two runs and Chris Coghlan smacked a leadoff home run to spark the Cubs to a 6-4 victory on Friday night over the Brewers at Miller Park.Upvote Share Tweet
Rondon has locked down Cubs' closer jobMLB.com Sep 25After struggling through much of his rookie season, right-hander Hector Rondon has established himself as a reliable stopper at the back end of the Cubs' bullpen.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Sep 25The Nationals were rained out Wednesday night, but that didn't prevent them from making any progress with their playoff positioning. The Cardinals' loss to the Cubs in Chicago secured home-field advantage for Washington in the National League Division S…Upvote Share TweetJake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings to outduel St. Louis' John Lackey and lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory.Upvote Share Tweet
Cards' Jay out 1 game for personal matterESPN.com Sep 24Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay left the team due to a personal matter and will miss Wednesday's series finale with the Chicago Cubs, according to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.Upvote Share Tweet
Poised Hendricks pitching beyond his yearsMLB.com Sep 24Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks has proven to be anything but the normal rookie. He lacks the velocity that has become commonplace and may actually be better off without it, as he has learned how to get hitters to beat his sinkers into the ground and pitch …Upvote Share Tweet
Baseball's Best Fansdeadspin.com Sep 24The Cubs topped St. Louis tonight on a walk-off, leaving at least one Cards fan to tarnish some otherwise friendly confines.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Castillo's HR in 10th Lifts Cubs Over Cards 4-3nytimes.com Sep 23Welington Castillo homered and drove in the winning run with a 10th-inning single, giving the Chicago Cubs a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that tightened the NL Central race Tuesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Holliday at 20-homer plateau for ninth straight seasonMatt Holiday is a 20-home run hitter for the ninth straight season. Holliday reached the milestone with a game-tying, two-run shot into the left-center bleachers at Wrigley Field in the Cardinals' 4-3 loss to the Cubs in 10 innings on Tuesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Renteria: 'Difficult' for Starlin to return this seasonCubs shortstop Starlin Castro continues to rehab his left ankle, injured Sept. 2 in an awkward slide at home plate, but his season is likely over, manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday. Castro was hoping to play before the regular season ends Sunday, but h…Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs to immediately begin Wrigley renovationThe Cubs will begin work this weekend on the Wrigley Field renovation plan, which starts with the expansion of the bleachers and installation of a video scoreboard in left field.Upvote Share TweetBuoyed by an awakening offense against the Cubs, Adam Wainwright captured win No. 20 with seven dominant innings and the Cardinals cruised to an 8-0 victory, lowering their magic number to clinch the NL Central title to four.Upvote Share Tweet
Highly rated prospect Russell takes in WrigleyMLB.com Sep 22It's been a crazy season for Addison Russell, who was at Wrigley Field on Monday to get a look at his future home ballpark. Russell, 20, was one of three players the Cubs acquired on July 4 from the Athletics in a blockbuster deal.Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins Cruise Past BearsOct 19Ryan Tannehill threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dolphins past the Bears 27-14.
Anthony Rizzo Joins OlbermannSep 30Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo joins Keith Olbermann to discuss the Cubs' offseason plans, his battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma, and the foundation he created to support families affected by cancer.
Arrieta Pitches Cubs Past CardinalsSep 24Jake Arrieta picked up his 10th victory of the season, striking out 10 in the Cubs' 3-1 win over the Cardinals.
Cubs Top Cards On Walk-Off In 10thSep 23Welington Castillo's RBI single in the 10th lifted the Cubs to a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.
The Week 7 MailbagOct 21Many of you wrote in Monday to ask about the fumble at the end of Rams-Seahawks, the miscue that infuriated Seattle and had a huge effect on the outcome of the game, a 28-26 St. Louis victory. I spoke to the NFL officiating czar, Dean Blandino, on Monda…
Behind the HOF’s New Contributor CommitteeOct 21A little inside football this morning. Tonight in Washington D.C., nine members of the new Pro Football Hall of Fame Contributor Selection Committee will gather at a hotel. On Wednesday, they will meet to select two candidates for the Hall’s Class of 20…
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At 38, Peyton Manning’s Prime is Right NowOct 20In the Denver locker room Sunday night, after his 246th NFL regular-season game, Peyton Manning asked, “Where’s Demaryius?” Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, someone said, was on his way out to the field to do an interview with NBC. “We gotta get him back…