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Who should be in the Cubs’ Opening Day bullpen?

The answer isn’t as easy as you might think.

Should Mike Tauchman or Nelson Velázquez make the Cubs’ Opening Day roster?

The Cubs need a right fielder while Seiya Suzuki is out. Who should it be?

MLB’s pitch timer has had some unintended consequences — for team broadcasters

The faster pace of play means changes for the on-air product.

Here’s how various projection systems see the 2023 Chicago Cubs

Those systems don’t hate the team, but a lot needs to go right for them to be above .500

Another early look at the Cubs’ 2023 Opening Day roster

Some more guesses as to who will be on the field at Wrigley on March 30.

Durability and redundancy: In praise of Dansby Swanson

Here are some football and hockey analogies that show why Swanson is so valuable to the Cubs.

Does Seiya Suzuki’s injury give Matt Mervis a shot at the Opening Day roster?

The Cubs will need someone to step up while their Japanese star is out.

Reflections on the cusp of Cubs Spring Training games

We are just four days away from baseball at Sloan Park.

Who should be the Cubs’ leadoff hitter in 2023?

There’s not an obvious choice.

Please welcome Mr. Cheerios to the Cubs as we have some fun with anagrams

A different look at names on the Cubs’ 40-man roster.

Which Cubs non-roster players have a chance at the Opening Day roster?

There will be a lot of them in camp.

Roenis Elias could be the Cubs’ secret bullpen weapon

The lefthander was a good under-the-radar acqusition.

Rick Reuschel should be in the Hall of Fame

The former Cubs righthander is seriously underrated.

Do the Cubs have a realistic chance of winning the NL Central?

Wait, hear me out.

An updated estimate of the 2023 Cubs payroll and luxury tax

Much has happened since the last update in this series.

What effects will the new balanced MLB schedule have on play this year?

In some cases, not much. In others, though...

A personal remembrance and appreciation of Lin Brehmer

The longtime morning host at WXRT was also a huge Cubs fan.

The 2023 Cubs are an interesting ballclub

The front office has delivered a team that should at least hold your interest this summer.

What would a Justin Steele contract extension look like?

Yes, the Cubs should consider doing this.

What would an Ian Happ contract extension look like?

Let’s explore the possibilities.

Marquee Sports Network, regional sports channels and streaming, explained

Let’s clear up some misconceptions you might have about the Cubs channel and how TV games are distributed.

An unconventional Cubs Convention: Fans, friendship and love for a baseball team

A summary of happenings at the first Cubs Con in three years.

Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins took questions from fans Saturday morning at Cubs Con

Boog Sciambi moderated the conversation and had some tough questions of his own

The Ricketts family panel returns to the Cubs Convention

Day two kicked off with a candid conversation with the Cubs ownership group.

Ryne Sandberg will get the next statue in Gallagher Way

There was a bit of news in the Ricketts’ family panel at Cubs Con.

The Cubs Convention is back for the first time in three years

Here are some notes from Friday’s Opening Ceremony

Who will go off the Cubs’ 40-man roster to make room for Eric Hosmer?

The first baseman’s signing has not yet been made official.

MLB’s arbitration figure exchange date is coming soon. Here’s where the Cubs stand

Five Cubs players remain arbitration-eligible.

A way-too-early look at the Cubs’ Opening Day 26-man roster

It might be January. But that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate.

It’s time to get Nico Hoerner signed to a contract extension

Hey, Jed Hoyer! What are you waiting for?

Here’s how the Cubs’ current 40-man roster was constructed

The 40-man has had a big remake since Jed Hoyer took over.

5 bold predictions for the 2023 Cubs

In which I go out on the proverbial limb to forecast the year to come.


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