Cubs Rumors & News

  • The Cubs could use Kyle Schwarber as a DH in World Series

    Fox Sports "The Cubs have been adamant that Kyle Schwarber, their power-hitting catcher/outfielder will not play this season after tearing two ligaments in his knee in the Cubs' third game of the year. Make that: had been adamant. Schwarber is going to play, in the Arizona Fall League — he was added to..." October 22

  • Cubs' Kyle Schwarber headed to Arizona Fall League

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber is headed to the Arizona Fall League to continue his recovery from knee surgery, a source said Saturday. Schwarber, 23, is expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday night for the Mesa Solar Sox. Schwarber hasn't played in a game since tearing his medial..." October 22

  • Montero: Cubs 'starting to feel a little sexy at the plate'

    Los Angeles Times "Momentum can be fickle and fleeting in the postseason, where a game, a series and ultimately a season can turn on one pitch, one hit, one play. For the 2004 Boston Red Sox, it was the Dave Roberts’ stolen base that sparked a ninth-inning comeback against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the..." October 22

  • Maddon: Chicago 'buzzing' as Game 6 looms

    ESPN "We’ve been here before. Granted, it hasn’t been often. Only twice since 1945 have the Chicago Cubs been in position to advance to the World Series with just one more victory. In those two cases -- 1984 and 2003 -- they actually had a combined six chances to win one more game, yet they came up..." October 22

  • Cubs dump Dodgers, claw within a win of World Series

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- With the Chicago Cubs one win away from their first World Series in 71 years, Dexter Fowler waved off the big-picture narrative. "We've heard the history, but at the same time, we're trying to make history," Fowler said. Addison Russell homered for the second night in a..." October 21

  • Cubs pulled in nearly twice the ratings of Bears Thursday night

    Sportsnaut "The NFL is king. This is a known fact, right? Don’t tell that to the millions of people in Chicago who chose to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS, rather than tune in to the Thursday night Chicago Bears game against the Green Bay Packers. According..." October 21

  • Matt Szczur’s bat and underwear have brought the Cubs good luck

    The Comeback "Curses aren’t supposed to have any loopholes, the Cubs may have found one in the infamous Curse of the Billy Goat. Outfielder Matt Szczur isn’t on the Cubs NLCS roster but he has been the rallying cry for the team. Anthony Rizzo used his bat in Game 4 and helped him break out of a massive..." October 21

  • Kershaw: Hendricks is 'Greg Maddux of this generation'

    CSN Chicago "The best pitcher on the planet (besides Andrew Miller) compared Kyle Hendricks to the best pitcher of a generation. Clayton Kershaw will go up against Hendricks for the second time in the National League Championship Series in Game 6 Saturday at Wrigley Field and the Dodgers ace said he sees a..." October 21

  • Cubs clobber Dodgers, even NLCS

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- A bunt got the Chicago Cubs off and running as they ended a major slump in a rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell broke out of their skips by hitting home runs, and the Cubs pounded the Dodgers 10-2 at Dodger Stadium to even the..." October 20

  • Joe Maddon spent 90 minutes with tech support trying to get his iPad working

    The Comeback "There are few people more superstitious in the world than those involved with sports—specifically, baseball. This includes the likes of Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who has made his lineup all season on his iPad. Well, prior to Wednesday’s crucial NLCS Game Four between the Cubs and Los..." October 20

  • Ump Hernandez to Rizzo after apology, 'You’re good, bro'

    Fox Sports "In the top of the fifth inning of the Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game 4 on Wednesday night, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo dropped his bat (his teammate's bat, actually) and began to walk toward first base on what he thought was ball four from reliever Pedro Baez. But Rizzo assumed..." October 20

  • Hill, Dodgers shut out Cubs for 2-1 NLCS lead

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Throw the Tuesday loss out with the trash, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "For me, it's about putting this one in the wastebasket, come back and play (Wednesday)," Maddon said. "It's one day at a time. I've preached that all season long." Yasmani Grandal and..." October 19

  • Cubs fan Bill Murray has a potential Game 7 conflict

    Sportsnaut "We have seen actor and comedian Bill Murray in the stands at Wrigley Field throughout the playoffs. Potentially the most famous Chicago Cubs diehard there is, Murray has made his presence known as his team looks to break a near 110-year drought without a World Series title. Unfortunately for..." October 19

  • Cubs being shut down in NLCS, and Joe Maddon has few options

    SI "An entirely different season begins tonight for the Cubs. For 168 games they sailed with the wind at their backs, never owning a losing record and never trailing another team except for one day out of the 198 since Opening Day, and that was way back on April 8, four games into the season. Tonight..." October 19

  • Maddon calls Urias' pickoff move 'balking 101' "The deceptive move that helped Dodgers rookie Julio Urias convert an MLB-leading six pickoffs during the regular season and another this postseason is one that Cubs manager Joe Maddon hopes will be closely monitored by the National League Championship Series umpiring crew. Urias starts Game 4 on..." October 19

  • Jason Heyward Benched Ahead of Game 3

    12 Up "Man, $184 million simply doesn't buy what it used to. It seems the Cubs' biggest offseason acquisition has completed his transition to platoon bat and ace defender before Game 3 of the NLCS Tuesday night. With floater-tossing lefty Rich Hill on the mound in Los Angeles, Heyward will sit in..." October 18

  • Ben Zobrist denies Dodgers' allegations of stealing signs

    Hardball Talk "As Craig wrote about on Monday afternoon, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal accused the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist of stealing signs during the NLCS. Grandal said, “We are literally paranoid when it comes to men on second and they are trying to get signs. We know who is getting the signs. We know what..." October 18

  • Dodgers catcher admits the Cubs are stealing signs: 'We know what they're doing'

    Fox Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal didn't have to worry too much in Game 2 of the NLCS, with Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen dominating the Chicago Cubs and allowing only one runner to reach second base, but he might in Game 3. That's because Grandal says the Cubs are stealing the..." October 18

  • How Theo Epstein built Cubs: 140 players, 37 trades, 80 signings and 85 departures

    Chicago Tribune "In October 2011, the Cubs agreed to a five-year contract with Theo Epstein, naming him the president of baseball operations. Epstein assembled a team, including GM Jed Hoyer, and went through the process of rebuilding Cubs baseball from the bottom up. The year after Epstein was hired, the Cubs..." October 18

  • Cubs' curse is alive and well at the Billy Goat Tavern

    Sporting News "Last October, I sat in The Bartman Seat. Seemed like the thing to do in Chicago’s first trip back to the NLCS since that fateful series against the Marlins in 2003. Of course, the actual action by lifelong Cubs fan Steve Bartman — accidentally preventing left fielder Moises Alou from catching..." October 18

  • Kershaw's pitching gem pulls Dodgers even with Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs had no answers for Clayton Kershaw and his dominating performance on Sunday. The Los Angeles left-handed ace produced a sparkling seven-inning outing as the Dodgers claimed a 1-0 victory at Wrigley Field to even the National League Championship Series at one game..." October 17

  • Dodgers catcher says Cubs were stealing signs in Game 2

    CBS Sports "Just in case you thought the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs couldn't get more tense -- and remember, the series is tied at 1-1 and heading out west -- then how about some gamesmanship talk? That's precisely what Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal introduced to the equation..." October 17

  • Dodgers deserve praise for canceling Chapman deal, but it may cost them

    Today's Knuckleball "Aroldis Chapman was a Dodger. He was, for a few minutes this winter, anyway. And Dodgers people, occasionally anyway, think about what might have been. But they’re not second guessing themselves. Not at all. Nor should they. While word going around has been that it was ownership who..." October 17

  • The Cubs' biggest problem has been exposed

    Fox Sports "In the hours following their Game 2 loss to Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, the Chicago Cubs will board a plane to the West Coast. They will pack up all the uniforms, gloves, cleats, trinkets, and gizmos in bags, just as..." October 17

  • Montero's grand slam propels Cubs over Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Miguel Montero said he had been ready for this moment since mid-afternoon. Entering Saturday night's National League Championship Series opener as a pinch hitter with two out and bases loaded in the eighth inning, Montero launched an 0-2 pitch from reliever Joe Blanton for a grand..." October 16

  • Bill Murray celebrates dramatic Cubs win by downing a beer

    Larry Brown Sports "Bill Murray continues to be the life of the party at Wrigley Field this October. After a dramatic 8-4 win on Saturday night punctuated by Miguel Montero’s pinch-hit tiebreaking grand slam in the bottom of the 8th, Murray celebrated in the most appropriate way: chugging down a beer." October 16

  • Lester shrugs off early hook: 'I don't get paid to make decisions'

    ESPN "This is the kind of thing that happens when a career American Leaguer switches leagues. Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester knows better than anyone. And you know what? It's all good. Lester continued his home dominance in Game 1 of the NLCS, as he held the Dodgers to a solo home run by Andre..." October 16

  • Wrigley Field bar waitress hauls in $5,000 tip

    Chicago Sun-Times "When bartender Stephanie Rarick saw the number of zeros on the tip a Giants fan left her at Wrigley Field on Saturday night at Game 2 of the series against San Francisco, she thought it was a mistake. But there it was, written on the receipt: $5,000 on top of a $2,280 tab, paid for on an..." October 15

  • Montero could miss NLCS due to back pain

    CBS Sports "Montero is dealing with back pain, which could cause him to miss the NLCS, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Montero dealt with back issues all season, and it seems that those problems have represented themselves at the worst possible time. " October 14

  • Cubs set NLCS rotation behind Jon Lester

    Today's Knuckleball "The Cubs will trot out a similar collection of starting pitchers and hope for better outcomes in this year’s NLCS. After the Mets swept the Cubs and their collection of high-end starting talent last October, Chicago has a similar plan against the Dodgers. Chicago arranged its NLCS rotation on..." October 14

  • Three reasons why the Chicago Cubs could make (or miss) the World Series

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Cubs have been playing as if they are a team of destiny thus far in 2016. And thus far in the year, all things have gone their way. With the exception of Kyle Schwarber’s season injury in early April, they have avoided any crippling injuries, only twice lost more than three games in a..." October 14

  • For NLCS, and possibly World Series, Cubs ticket prices are getting more insane

    CBS Sports "This isn't all too surprising, but the Cubs advancing in the playoffs as the prohibitive World Series favorite has worked many long-suffering Cubs fans in the Midwest into a frenzy. And they are ready to spend lots of dough to see some of these games in person. The venerable Wrigley Field will..." October 14

  • Cubs To Start Jon Lester In Game 1 Of NLCS, While Signs Point To Kyle Hendricks In Game 2 "As expected, the Cubs will start left-hander Jon Lester in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday at Wrigley Field, manager Joe Maddon confirmed Thursday. While nothing is official, signs also point to right-hander Kyle Hendricks starting Game 2 as he says he feel “great”..." October 13

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Cubs answer doubts with historic comeback; will Chicago get Dodgers or Nats next?

    SI "The most dangerous team in baseball just got more dangerous. The Cubs were already the heaviest postseason favorite since the 1998 Yankees. What their historic NLDS Game 4 comeback Tuesday in San Francisco did was to fortify their ability to play under duress. Channeling the 1986 Mets—one of..." October 13

  • LCS schedule announced: Cubs get primetime, the Jays and Indians get three of day games

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just released its League Championship Series schedule. At least through next Friday You will be shocked (i.e. not shocked at all) to see that the National League Games take precedence in terms of prime time scheduling, with the Cubs and whoever their opponent will be —..." October 13

  • Here's who the Cubs should root for in Dodgers-Nationals NLDS Game 5

    CBS Sports "With their improbable ninth-inning comeback against the Giants on Tuesday night, the Cubs secured a slot in the National League Championship Series. As for their opponent -- i.e., the team that will stand between them their first World Series appearance since 1945 -- that depends upon the outcome..." October 13

  • Cubs stun Giants in 9th, advance to NLCS

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- It took an incredible rally to end an incredible streak. As a result, the Chicago Cubs' incredible season marches on. Javier Baez capped a four-run rally in the top of the ninth inning with a run-scoring single Tuesday night, lifting the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the..." October 12

  • Here's why Cubs' Baez enjoyed his clutch hit a little more than you might think

    CBS Sports "A big part of the Cubs' longshot ninth-inning comeback against the Giants in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday (CHC 6, SF 5) was of course this clutch, go-ahead single by Javier Baez off Hunter Strickland ... As you may have noticed, Baez after ripping that Strickland fastball for a base knock..." October 12

  • Panik stations: Giants top Cubs in 13 to stay alive

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- There is no panic in Joe Panik. Nor any of his San Francisco Giants teammates, for that matter. Facing elimination for the second time in four games this postseason, the Giants stayed alive Monday night when Panik's double off the right field fence scored Brandon..." October 11

  • Decision to use Aroldis Chapman early backfires on Cubs

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Cubs, beset by billy goats and Bartmans, appeared to have one major guard against late-innings absurdities this postseason: flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman, one of the better late-game bets in baseball. Chapman, however, is not a two-inning relief-type man. He’d had only one..." October 11

  • David Ross 99% Certain He Will Retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "Cubs catcher David Ross is still 99.9% certain he will retire at the end of the season, ESPN’s Jesse Rogers tweets. Ross indicated last November that he would likely retire after the 2016 season, although that was before a strong campaign in which he batted .229/.338/.446 in 205 plate appearances..." October 09

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Aroldis Chapman: Joe Maddon ‘can use me any way he wants’

    New York Post "Two Cubs wins in the playoffs, two saves from Aroldis Chapman. Chicago’s closer, acquired from the Yankees prior to the trade deadline in July in exchange for prospects, including shortstop Gleyber Torres, showed again how valuable he can be in the Cubs’ 5-2 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the..." October 09

  • Cubs' Kyle Hendricks OK after getting knocked out by comebacker

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs' fan base is carrying around the history of 108 years of futility, fearful of another collapse. And just when it looked as if the Cubs were grabbing control of their National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks was..." October 09

  • Baez homer gives Cubs Game 1 victory vs. Giants

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO — Joe Maddon had a feeling the game might end up like this. Javier Baez clubbed a one-out homer in the eighth inning, supplying the Chicago Cubs' lone run in a 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night at Wrigley Field. The victory gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in..." October 08

  • Cubs have everything it takes to finally win World Series

    SI "The Chicago Cubs know how to party. They won 57 times this year at Wrigley Field, the most in the 101 seasons the franchise has played in the heirloom of a ballpark at the corner of Addison and Clark. After each of those victories, just before entering their newly renovated 30,000-square-foot..." October 08

  • Bill Murray Shows the World That He's One of the Biggest Chicago Cubs Fans at Wrigley Field

    Complex "Anyone you know from Chicago will attest that even though the city has had two MLB teams since the beginning of the 20th century, it's really a Cubs town. Despite the fact that the White Sox won the World Series in 2005—the first time that the city of Chicago won a world championship baseball..." October 08

  • Buster Posey takes dig at Javier Baez over watching home run

    Larry Brown Sports "San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey didn’t think much of the way Chicago’s Javier Baez reacted to his game-winning home run on Friday night. Baez hit a dramatic home run in the eighth inning of Game One of the NLDS, putting the Cubs ahead 1-0 over the Giants. The homer just barely made it..." October 08