It Matters Again, and that’s a Good Thing

Retooled team, renovated ballpark and a bright outlook. So why am I still pessimistic?

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Sammy Come Back

Published on March 25th, 201533 comment

The Cubs have too long neglected to make Sammy Sosa a part of their organization again. Here’s why it’s time to welcome him back to Wrigley.

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Prospect Watch: C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson

Published on March 24th, 201521 comment

For good reason, the flashy assortment of Cubs’ position player prospects get the vast majority of media and fan love. Yet, while the pitching prospects may not have a Kris Bryant or Addison Russell highlighting the group, the Cubs are not devoid of pitching talent in their farm system, with a couple of near MLB ready arms among those headlining the system’s mound talents.

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How To Reform the Intentional Walk

Published on March 23rd, 201541 comment

The intentional walk has long been a strategy that fans disdain. A simple rule change could end this questionable strategy, while making the game even more intriguing for fans.

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Cubs Spring Training Flashback to 1982 and a Flash-forward Game

Published on March 20th, 201520 comment

Chris Neitzel chimes in with a look into the Cubs archives, spring training style in the latest edition of Northside Archives.

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GirlieView (03/19/2015)

Published on March 19th, 201534 comment

GirlieView is a VFTB recap column on alternate Thursdays. We give our readers props for having timely and funny quotes from the past two weeks of VFTB commentary. Join us for a few good laughs!

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April in Iowa – The Kris Bryant Story

Published on March 18th, 201522 comment

His talent says he should be a Cub, but MLB service time rules are forcing the Cubs to employ a well-used loophole in order to keep him in the organization longer by sending him to Iowa when the season starts.

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Prospect Watch: Addison Russell and Billy McKinney

Published on March 17th, 20152 comment

On July 4, 2014, the Cubs shocked the baseball community by pairing their two starting pitchers on the trading block, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammell, to obtain the Oakland Athletics’ two best prospects, Addison Russell and Billy McKinney. Today, those acquisitions look just as good as they did a year ago.

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What Park Factors Mean for Prospects

Published on March 16th, 201523 comment

It is no secret that Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez have seemingly limitless potential. Some analytics could give fans even more reason for optimism for when the “Big Three” get settled in at the Friendly Confines

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