After reaching the postseason three years in a row for the first time since 1906-08, the Cubs are preparing for a shot at another run for the playoffs. The attitude isn’t “World Series or bust,” but focusing on a 95-win season and see what happens.
There were plenty of highlights during the 2017 season for the Cubs, including Anthony Rizzo’s leadoff home runs, Wade Davis’ incredible saves streak, Javier Baez’s defensive plays and Kris Bryant’s homers. Here are five moments to remember from the year.
Rather than return to Chicago, Wade Davis has agreed to a three-year, $52 million contract with the Rockies, an MLB source confirmed to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding on Friday, meaning the Cubs will now have their fourth closer in as many seasons.
Trade bait, the leadoff man and the 2018 schedule are among the topics in this week’s Cubs Inbox. Happy New Year, Cubs fans.
As you start a new year, consider a challenge from Cubs prospect Chris Singleton. He wants you to take a smiling photo with someone who looks different than you are. Singleton’s hope is that you’ll discover the two of you are not that different underneath.
Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation has raised money for Chicago youth boxing programs; celebrated “Thanksmas” in Tampa, Fla., and Hazleton, Pa.; and donated funds to hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico. But a teenager in St. Petersburg, Fla., may have been the biggest beneficiary of the Cubs manager’s charity efforts.
He may not have gotten much recognition in terms of National League Most Valuable Player Award votes, but the Cubs know Anthony Rizzo is the heart and soul of the team.
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester surprised families at the House of the Good Shepherd with a holiday dinner and gifts on Tuesday night.
Right-hander Anthony Bass, a former fifth-round pick who has spent parts of six seasons in the Majors, announced in a tweet that he joined the Cubs on a Minor League deal. The club has not confirmed the signing.
Sometime after Jan. 1, new Cubs coach Jim Hickey will start calling the pitchers to say hello and try to get a head start on the 2018 season.
Finish your holiday shopping at the Cubs Shop, where you can get free delivery by Saturday on orders over $60. Use code STRIKE2 and save until Thursday at 10:59 a.m. CT.