Albert Almora Jr., pitching and the “W” flag are among the topics in this week’s Cubs Inbox.
For the past dozen years, the Ariziona Fall League has gathered all of the future stars on one field for the Fall Stars Game. The rosters for this year’s edition were announced on Monday and, as usual, they are jam packed with talent.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo threw plastic balls to boys and girls at the plate. He whiffed at balls thrown by Hailey Dawson, the Nevada girl who will throw the ceremonial first pitch for Saturday’s Game 4 of the World Series, using her custom-made gold World Series hand.
If teams want Addison Russell or Javier Baez to play short, Kyle Schwarber to bang out home runs, Ian Happ to fill a Ben Zobrist role or maybe even the .298-hitting Albert Almora to round out their outfield, this is the offseason to give the Cubs a call.
Anthony Rizzo never forgot how difficult it was for his parents to deal with the news that their son had cancer, and that sparked the Cubs first baseman’s efforts to help other families cope with the horrible disease.
Reaching the postseason three straight years is tough. For the Cubs to get there next year, there’s work to be done. And this offseason may reveal whether they are willing to part with some of their young talent to do so.
The Cubs shook up their coaching staff Thursday, naming Chili Davis as the Major League hitting coach and Brian Butterfield as the third-base coach. Additionally, Andy Haines was promoted from Minor League hitting instructor to assistant hitting coach.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, right fielder Jason Heyward and second baseman Ben Zobrist were named finalists for the National League Gold Glove Award at their respective positions on Thursday.
Jim Callis checks in on the Cubs’ Arizona Fall League participants, led by outfield prospect Charcer Burks.
Four of Mesa’s six runs during its 6-3 win over Peoria on Wednesday afternoon came courtesy of the Chicago Cubs. After winning AFL Player of the Week honors to start the season, David Bote continued his offensive output, going 2-for-4 with a first-inning RBI.
The World Series will begin on Tuesday, and a new champion will be crowned as the Cubs fell short in their bid to repeat. Here are five things to remember from the 2017 season.
The Cubs’ 2018 coaching staff will have some new faces. On Saturday, the team decided not to exercise the 2018 club option on pitching coach Chris Bosio, and on Monday, the Angels named Eric Hinske as their new hitting coach.