For the 1,517th consecutive day since he agreed to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, Theo Epstein remained in the business of accumulating ultra-talented players in their formative years, not using them as collateral to make his team a little better for the short term. That’s discipline.
The Cubs relied on several rookies in their 97-win season and trip to the postseason in 2015. How do they avoid a sophomore jinx? Manager Joe Maddon is already thinking about that.
To help remedy the situation in his hometown of Hazleton, Pa., Cubs manager Joe Maddon founded the Hazleton Integration Project. The crowing jewel of the organization is Hazleton One, a community center housed a former school that serves 2,000 children per week with character education programs, athletics and after-school activities.
Officially, the Cubs made two deals at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, agreeing to a deal with versatile free agent Ben Zobrist and trading Starlin Castro to the Yankees, but the reality is, the moves were interconnected and would not have happened separately.
Remember when Starlin Castro made his Major League debut? He was 20 years old on May 7, 2010, when the Cubs were playing in Cincinnati, and he launched a three-run home run in his first at-bat in the second inning. He wasn’t done that day, finishing with six RBIs.
The Cubs will install additional netting behind home plate at Wrigley Field in hopes of providing a safe environment for fans.
Ben Zobrist, who signed a four-year, $56 million contract with the Cubs, was officially introduced Wednesday. Now a Nashville resident, Zobrist and his family, including son Zion, who was already decked out in a Cubs jersey and cap, talked about how important manager Joe Maddon was in helping them make their decision.
Cubs general manager, manager Joe Maddon and Ben Zobrist hold a news conference at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday.
Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Ben Zobrist now are Cubs. Who’s next? According to reports, the Cubs are still in the market for another starting pitcher, and may be dangling outfielder Jorge Soler to teams. The Cubs have reportedly had discussions with the Padres regarding Tyson Ross and the Indians about Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar.
The Winter Meetings for the Cubs the past few years were mostly about signing free agents who could possibly be flipped for prospects at the Trade Deadline. It was all part of the rebuilding plan. But this year was different.
Jason Heyward’s getting the biggest contract in Cubs history, but the eight-year, $184 million deal makes sense given the long-term potential of manager Joe Maddon’s team and how owner Tom Ricketts has invested in Wrigley Field to awaken a franchise that had been a sleeping giant. There are no guarantees, but the Cubs should be […]