Cubs Rumors & News

  • Heyward happy to accept benching if Cubs win World Series

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Both the Cardinals and the Cubs made the same bet in the past two seasons on the upside of the same player, and Jason Heyward has a simple, one-word solution for fixing the swing that has limited him with both teams. “Play,” he said. That doesn’t seem likely until next spring. Heyward,..." October 28

  • Cubs-Indians World Series: Ticket prices up nearly 400 percent from 2015

    CBS Sports "Friday night, Wrigley Field will host its first World Series game since way back in 1945. The Cubs and Indians will meet in Game 3 at the friendly confines at 8 p.m. ET. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1. Here's how you can watch Game 3. Needless to say, tickets prices are through the roof..." October 28

  • Bill Murray to Handle Seventh-Inning Stretch Duties at Game 3 of World Series

    12 Up "​It's the Cubs first World Series home game in over 70 years. Expectations are high as to who will throw the first pitch and who will sing the traditional song "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. For an occasion as special as this, the Cubs are under a lot of..." October 28

  • Steve Bartman stays hidden — and it’s not hard to see why

    New York Post "The Post has a few friends who live in this great city, so when the Cubs finally made the World Series last week, I tossed a few Hail Mary passes into the end zone. Does anyone, I queried, know anyone who in turn knows Steve Bartman? No dice. The question, however, stirred up some..." October 28

  • Cubs fans line up outside bar at 5:30 a.m. before World Series

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago Cubs are hosting their first World Series game in 71 years Friday night, and fans who are preparing for Game 3 have thrown the whole “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” thing out the window. In fact, many have them have adopted a new mantra for the weekend. It’s 5 a.m. somewhere. As..." October 28

  • Chicago hospital bracing for influx of World Series-related ER visits "It’s no game, but it does take special teamwork during the World Series for hospitals to treat the fans. Between the emotions and the libations – Cubs fans may need hospitalization this weekend. They're flying the ‘W’ -- supporting the Cubs and their fans. The emergency room at Advocate..." October 28

  • Cubs reveal who will throw out ceremonial first pitch for World Series Game 3

    CBS Sports "On Friday night, the Chicago Cubs will host the Cleveland Indians for Game 3 of the World Series -- the first World Series game to be hosted by Wrigley Field in 71 years. Prior to the game, the Cubs will task a franchise legend and Hall-of-Famer with tossing out the ceremonial first pitch --..." October 28

  • The Cubs and Sammy Sosa haven't communicated in 'about three years'

    New York Post "Don’t expect to hear Sammy Sosa sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” any time soon. A day before the National League champions play their first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945, “Slammin’ Sammy” isn’t joining any of the festivities on Chicago’s North Side. And it has nothing to do..." October 28

  • Schwarber helps Cubs level World Series at 1-1

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Kyle Schwarber didn't need much time to make an impact on the Chicago Cubs' lineup. In his second game back after early-April knee surgery cost him almost the entire regular season, Schwarber helped the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday to even the World..." October 27

  • Cubs' Kyle Schwarber not medically cleared to play outfield in Game 3

    USA Today "Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber was not medically cleared to play the outfield and will be limited to pinch hitting duty for Games 3-5 of the World Series, club president Theo Epstein said Thursday. " October 27

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Median ticket price for Game 3 at Wrigley Field is $3,000

    ESPN "The most costly games in baseball history await Chicago Cubs fans at Wrigley Field this weekend as the World Series returns to the stadium for the first time in 71 years. The median price of a ticket sold on reseller StubHub for Game 3 is $3,000; the median for Game 4 is $3,650 and Game 5 is..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • Leave Steve Bartman out of this

    Fox Sports "It seems crazy that this needs to be said in 2016, but here we go: Leave Steve Bartman alone. With the Chicago Cubs in the midst of their most successful playoff run in decades, Bartman's name has come up quite a bit from fans around baseball who want to see him incorporated into the..." October 27

  • Cubs not ruling Kyle Schwarber out, despite loss of DH option

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber isn't sure if he can play defense when the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field for Games 3, 4 and 5 this weekend, but he and the team aren't ruling anything out. "We'll see where it goes," Schwarber said after the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in..." October 27

  • David Ortiz, Kris Bryant win 2016 Hank Aaron Awards for best hitter in each league

    CBS Sports "Wednesday evening at Progressive Field, Red Sox icon David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were announced as the winners of the 2016 Hank Aaron Award. The award is given annually to the players deemed the best hitters in their league. Ortiz, who retired following the 2016 season, hit..." October 27

  • Kluber, Indians blank Cubs in World Series opener

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona saw Corey Kluber pitch like this before, and as usual, it meant a happy ending for Cleveland. Kluber threw six-plus stellar innings, and Cleveland's vaunted bullpen took it from there as the Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday in Game 1 of..." October 26

  • Athletics claim Giovanni Soto off waivers from Cubs

    Today's Knuckleball "The fallout from the Chicago Cubs making the move to promote utility man Kyle Schwarber for some World Series designated hitter responsibilities will send a minor league pitcher to California from Iowa. Chicago designated relief pitcher Giovanni Soto for assignment in order to place the injured..." October 26

  • Javier Baez breaks out as Cubs' unexpected star in October

    SI "Late in Game 4 of the NLDS, Cubs shortstop/second baseman/third baseman/first baseman/outfielder/Swiss Army knife/wizard Javy Baez wanted some gum. As he went to pop a piece in his mouth, it fell, and what the dugout camera caught next was a feat of defensive heroics. Bobble, bobble, bobble with..." October 26

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • 97-year-old Pearl Harbor vet and Cubs fan gifted front-row tickets to World Series

    CBS Sports "Now that the Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since then, Schlegal's granddaugther set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds necessary to get him a ticket. As it turns out, none of those funds were needed for a ticket. CNBC host Marcus Lemonis has given Schlegal two tickets. So..." October 26

  • Cleveland Police troll Cubs after Game 1

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland fans are puffing their chests after winning Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Even the city’s police are trolling the Game 1 victim Chicago Cubs. After the Indians shut out the Cubs 6-0 Tuesday, Cleveland Police sent out the following tweet trolling the Cubs. That’s some..." October 26

  • Start time moved up for Game 2 of World Series due to rain in forecast

    USA Today "The start time for Wednesday’s Game 2 has been moved up one hour - to 7:08 p.m. ET - due to expected rain in the Cleveland area, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday night. The chance of rain in Cleveland increases from 20% during the day Wednesday to 80% later Wednesday evening. Up to..." October 26

  • Kyle Schwarber’s return is more than just a feel-good story

    New York Post "Getting their all-time postseason home-run leader back before the first pitch wasn’t enough to help the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber had been to just one postseason with the Cubs and he made the most of it last year, bashing five home runs in nine games. Schwarber returned for Game 1 of the World..." October 26

  • Report: Schwarber makes World Series roster, expected to DH in Game 1

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs appear to have a fascinating new addition to their postseason run, as several reports suggest that slugger Kyle Schwarber is likely to be activated for the World Series after missing the vast majority of the season due to torn knee ligaments. “All signs” are that he’ll be activated, Ken..." October 25

  • Petition calls for Bob Uecker to replace Joe Buck in Fox broadcast booth for Indians-Cubs World Series

    New York Daily News "Some people really want to bring “Major League” into this World Series. There was the push to get Charlie Sheen — aka Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn — to throw out the first pitch of Game 1 and now there’s a petition to bench Joe Buck and put Bob Uecker — aka Harry Doyle — behind the mike. This..." October 25

  • World Series opponents Lester, Francona have deep bond

    Today's Knuckleball "Terry Francona certainly knows who he wants to win in Game 1 of the World Series. After all, he is the Cleveland Indians manager. However, Francona admits it will be hard to separate his emotions completely when his American League champions meet the National League champion Chicago Cubs on..." October 25

  • Kyle Schwarber is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Hardball Talk "Kyle Schwarber made a quicker-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery and then, after an Arizona Fall League rehab assignment, was shuttled up to Cleveland for the World Series. But that’s not all he has done. Schwarber is now the latest ever Best Shape of His Life All-Star. Or so says Kris..." October 25

  • A History Of Misery: Cubs, Indians in World Series We've All Been Waiting For

    The Comeback "The narratives are all over the place. The Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948 and haven’t been there since 1997. The Cubs have an even longer history of non-relevance going back to their last World Series appearance in 1945 and last win in 1908. We know for sure that one of the two..." October 25

  • Jon Lester hosted party with Eddie Vedder after Cubs clinched pennant

    Larry Brown Sports "When the Chicago Cubs finally finished guzzling champagne and Budweiser in the clubhouse following their NLCS-clinching win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night, the party was just beginning. The afterparty, which was held at Jon Lester’s house, featured a very special guest. Eddie..." October 25

  • Chicago Cubs release World Series roster, Kyle Schwarber included "The Chicago Cubs have set their 25-man roster in advance of the start of the 112th World Series Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Kyle Schwarber, who blew out his knee at the beginning of this season, is also on the roster. Here is a look at the Chicago Cubs..." October 25

  • Chicago native Jason Kipnis thinks Steve Bartman deserves 1st pitch

    ESPN "Jason Kipnis was raised on Chicago's North Side, and like so many other kids, he grew up idolizing Ryne Sandberg, watching Sammy Sosa smash home runs and listening to Harry Caray. He bled Cubs blue. And he never once blamed Steve Bartman -- they went to the same high school, by the..." October 25

  • Chicago Cubs Should Activate Kyle Schwarber For World Series, Then Trade Him In Offseason "The Chicago Cubs are on one heck of a ride, and they would be wise to take young slugger Kyle Schwarber with them on the next phase. He should be activated for the World Series matchup with the Cleveland Indians. Perhaps Schwarber can become an important piece of Cubs history before potentially..." October 24

  • Epstein: Maddon almost became Red Sox manager in 2003

    Los Angeles Times "Chicago Manager Joe Maddon will have a chance to end baseball’s longest championship drought when he leads the Cubs, who haven’t won a title since 1908, into the World Series against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. The former Angels bench coach came very close to having a chance to end..." October 24

  • Jon Lester named Cubs' Game 1 starter

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Cleveland. The announcement will be made official at a Monday news conference at Progressive Field." October 24

  • Theo Epstein on sportswriters: “The life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely"

    Chicago Sun-Times "In 1993, a 19-year-old sportswriter for Yale’s student newspaper wrote that the school’s long-time football coach should be fired. Considering the coach had won 10 Ivy League titles, it caused a stir. But the Bulldogs were on their way to a 3-7 season, the coach was at the tail end of his career..." October 24

  • Alex Rodriguez credits Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein with Cubs’ turnaround

    Fox Sports "It was the summer of 2011. As I walked from the first-base dugout toward the batting cage behind the right-field wall, I stopped to take in the ivy. How could you not? The ivy was perfect and so obviously well cared for. It seemed like the only thing in Wrigley with growth potential. In those..." October 24

  • Dexter Fowler becomes first black Chicago Cub in World Series "One member of the Cubs is about to make World Series history. Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler will become the first black Chicago Cub to lead-off in Game 1 of the World Series. The last time the Cubs made it all the way, was two-years before Jackie Robinson integrated the major leagues." October 24

  • Kyle Schwarber fine after first action in Arizona Fall League

    Chicago Tribune "In his first action since undergoing left knee surgery early in the season, Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber went 0-for-3 with a walk Saturday night in the Arizona Fall League. Batting second and serving as the designated hitter for the Mesa Solar Sox, Schwarber grounded out twice, walked on a full..." October 24

  • Top 8 storylines for 2016 World Series

    Sportsnaut "Given how strange the year has been, it’s fitting that the 2016 World Series will feature the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. No two teams are currently experiencing longer championship droughts. In fact, no other team is terribly close. With the 2016 World Series fast approaching, what..." October 24

  • Cubs shut out Dodgers to advance to World Series

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for the customary white victory flag to be hoisted above the Wrigley Field scoreboard on Saturday night. But this banner featuring a large blue W celebrated a very special win, one 71 years in the making. The Chicago Cubs are going to their first World..." October 23

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shows true class after losing to Cubs

    Fox Sports "Saturday night was a tough one for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. His team got beat -- badly -- by the Chicago Cubs in Game 6 of the NLCS, which ended the Dodgers' season and sent the Cubs to the World Series. Roberts, who played for the 2004 Red Sox team that broke Boston's..." October 23

  • President Obama, noted White Sox fan, shows some love for the Cubs

    CBS Sports "While I don't think it's possible for anyone to be here and not already know this, we'll say it again for the purposes of being complete: The Chicago Cubs won Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, meaning they beat the Dodgers four games to two and have moved on to their first World Series since..." October 23

  • Gordon: Jose Fernandez said Cubs, Indians had best lineups

    SI "Around an hour after the Cubs clinched their first pennant since 1945, sending them into the World Series to face the Indians, Marlins shortstop Dee Gordon shared a moving anecdote about his late teammate, Jose Fernandez. Gordon—who homered in his first at bat following Fernandez’s tragic death..." October 23

  • Dodgers' Anderson calls out beer-throwing Cubs fans

    New York Daily News " It’s been 71 years, but maybe Cubs fans are partying a little too hard. Los Angeles pitcher Brett Anderson alleged on Twitter that Chicago die-hards were tossing alcohol bottles towards the area where family members of Dodgers players sat at Wrigley Field as the Cubs were closing out Game 6." October 23

  • Ticket prices for the Cubs-Indians World Series are insane

    Fox Sports "You probably could've seen this coming, but World Series ticket prices are going to be very expensive this time around. With the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians going head-to-head in the Fall Classic, we're witnessing a matchup of two historically hard-luck franchises. The Indians haven't..." October 23

  • Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks’ 88 pitches were just about perfect

    Los Angeles Times "For 42,000 screaming people inside Wrigley Field, the many thousands in the engorged area and millions of Chicago Cubs fans worldwide, Game 6 of the 2016 National League Championship Series was the most important game the franchise had played in decades. For Kyle Hendricks, it was his 33rd..." October 23

  • What was happening the last time the Cubs won the World Series?

    Sportsnaut "After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945. Should they defeat the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs will win their first World Series since 1908. That’s quite the drought. MLB’s other 15 “original franchises” have won at least..." October 23

  • Rizzo: I'm sleeping with final out baseball tonight

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo caught the final out of the NLCS, and it sounds like he has big plans for that baseball. After the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night by the final of 5-0 to advance to their first World Series since 1945, Rizzo was interviewed on the..." October 23

  • Cubs' Javier Baez, Jon Lester share MVP honors in NLCS

    ESPN "Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and starting pitcher Jon Lester were named co-MVPs of the National League Championship Series after the team's 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in Game 6 in Chicago. The Cubs won the series 4-2 to advance to their first World Series in..." October 23