NL Central News and Rumors
Banks, Wrigley formed relationship to rememberMLB.com 15 hours agoAt a time when the reserve clause allowed baseball owners to hold onto players and limit salaries, Ernie Banks landed in the lap of Cubs' owner Philip Knight Wrigley, and the two created a lasting relationship that benefited both men.Upvote Share Tweet
Apprehensive at first, Morneau finds home with RockiesMLB.com 16 hours agoFirst baseman Justin Morneau wasn't sure how he'd fit with the Rockies when he signed with them before last season. He was a Twins mainstay from his Major League debut in 2003 until August 2013, when he was dealt to the Pirates -- where he helped during…Upvote Share TweetAll-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco agreed to a $28 million, four-year contract on Monday, leaving Cincinnati Reds with two players in salary arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
Maddon watches Baez play in Puerto RicoMLB.com Jan 26 (yesterday)Cubs manager Joe Maddon was in Puerto Rico this weekend to watch Javier Baez play in the championship series with Santurce. What was he looking for? Maddon told the young infielder he wanted to "see him smile."Upvote Share TweetAn attorney representing the family of the Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks said the Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack.Upvote Share TweetFatherhood has given Ryan Braun a different perspective on baseball and life in general.Upvote Share Tweet
Winning T-shirt designs unveiledThe Brewers on Sunday unveiled seven winning T-shirt designs to be distributed during all-fan giveaways at 2015 home games. For the first time, fans decided the winners in an online vote.Upvote Share Tweet
Henderson, Thornburg aiming for Opening DayBrewers relievers Jim Henderson and Tyler Thornburg, who missed most of last season with arm injuries, each expressed optimism during Sunday's "Brewers On Deck" about being healthy in time for Opening Day.Upvote Share Tweet
At 'On Deck' event, Brewers owner says roster's not setA year after using the event to announce a record-setting contract for Matt Garza, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio told fans at Sunday's "On Deck" event that the team's 2015 edition is still under construction.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 25 (yesterday)Before Tanner Griggs embarks on his first full season in professional baseball, the 20-year-old Chicago Cubs pitching prospect reunited with teammates of a different kind. On Thursday, Griggs met with the medical staff at Clear Lake Regional Medical Cen…Upvote Share Tweet
Phillies trade talks with Crew over Papelbon lose steamMLB.com Jan 24 (2 days ago)Trade talks between the Phillies and Brewers regarding closer Jonathan Papelbon have "dissipated," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday.Upvote Share Tweet
Price enjoys give-and-take with passionate fansOne of the benefits of events like Reds Caravan is the direct dialogue between fans and team members.Upvote Share Tweet
Frazier flies jet simulator, sings at caravan stopReds Caravan made a stop Saturday at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force base.Upvote Share Tweet
Grace mourns Banks, remembers his genuine kindnessDuring his 13 years playing for the Cubs, Mark Grace got to know Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, but it was the first time that he met Banks that stands out.Upvote Share Tweet
'Nobody Laughed Like Ernie Banks'Jan 24Tim Kurkjian looks back fondly on his experiences with Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who died Friday at the age of 83.
Phillies Looking To Trade Papelbon To BrewersJan 23ESPN senior baseball writer Jerry Crasnick discusses the Phillies' talks with the Brewers about a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade.
Michael Wilbon Remembers Ernie BanksJan 23Michael Wilbon discusses the life and career of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks.
Sarah Spain Remembers Ernie BanksJan 23Sarah Spain of espnW talks about her memories of beloved Hall of Famer "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks, who died at age 83 in Chicago.
The Super Bowl MailbagJan 27PHOENIX — I keep thinking: Write about the game, write about the game. Then Bob Kraft stepped to the podium Monday evening. The Patriots owner challenged the NFL—he was speaking to the assembled Super Bowl media, but really he was speaking to Park Avenu…
Deflategate Will Be a Complicated InvestigationJan 27“We have obtained and are continuing to obtain additional information, including video and other electronic information and physical evidence. We have retained Renaissance Associates, an investigatory firm with sophisticated forensic expertise, to assis…
Brooklyn Nets evaluating future of Lionel Hollins, playersJan 26The Brooklyn Nets, increasingly worried about a recent lack of competitiveness, have launched an in-season evaluation of various facets of the team, including new coach Lionel Hollins, according to league sources.
What the Patriots Must DoJan 26Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The MMQB Newsletter Enter your email below to receive the best of The MMQB in your inbox each weekday