FCC Proposes Eliminating Sports Blackout Rules
Before you get too excited, this might not end baseball's TV blackouts. But it's a start.
The Federal Communications Commission has issued a document which, if the Commission adopts its recommendations, would eliminate the FCC's television blackout rules for sports events. If you're interested in plowing through the whole thing,
Cubs Park Tour: A First-Class Spring-Training Facility
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Cubs Announce 2014 Minor League Coaches and Staff
The Cubs didn't shake things up much in the minors for 2014.
The Cubs announced the minor league managers, coaches and staf...
Cubs Prospects: The 50-Percent Rule
An oft-used axiom is that a player who is successful in Double-A has a 50-percent chance of being a successful major leaguer. I examine how this plays into evaluating present Cubs prospects.
When I took on this writing gig for Bleed Cubbie Blue, there were some things I expected. Slings, arrows, compliments. None of those surprise me much. I appreciate most of the feedback, eve...
A Day In Wrigley Field History: May 2, 1956
After decades of being one of the top teams in the National League, the Cubs were in a two-decade slumber; 1956 was one of the worst years in that stretch.
Despite the smiling faces and sunshine shown on that year's Wrigley Field scorecard pictured above, 1956 was a bad Cubs year. They lost 94 games (though, again, were below their Pythagorean projection by five g...
MLB Bullets Wants To Come To America
The winter goes on and everyone is waiting for a decision from the East. The Yankees get even older. The Orioles and Athletics swap closers, in a matter of speaking. There was one trade involving a Chicago team, and we look back at a 25 year-old Chicago mystery.
Let's just go straight to the stories and hope no one interrupts me.
Cubs Sign Jose Veras
The former Tigers closer is now a Cub.
The Cubs have a new relief pitcher, who has been a closer, at a fairly reasonable price:
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Wrigley Field At Christmastime, In The Snow
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What Is A Realistic Offer For Masahiro Tanaka?
Masahiro Tanaka of the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan could be posted to play in MLB soon. And the Cubs will be in the hunt. What is a realistic ceiling for a contract offer?
Masahiro Tanaka will be heading to the USA to play baseball, if his Japanese team agrees to p...
A Day In Wrigley Field History: June 19, 1955
You'd think, at a certain point, they'd have thought about putting lights in.
In the 1950s, when lights at baseball stadiums were still a fairly new (20 years or less) item, teams didn't play many night games -- usually 20 or less per year -- and often, lights weren't even used to complete games begun in sunshine.
By 1955, though, it was seven years since the last team b...
The Masahiro Tanaka Posting Saga Continues
For those of you who hoped to wake Tuesday morning with Tanaka posted and the Cubs after him... you'll have to keep waiting.
Monday, Major League Baseball and Nippon Pro Baseball officially announced their new system for posting Japanese players to play in MLB....
Cub Tracks Is Frozen Out
The writers must have been snowed in. I figured things would be bleak, but there's really not much to talk about, beyond speculating about Masahiro Tanaka.
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MLB/NPB Posting System Now Official
Will Masahiro Tanaka be posted?
Major League Baseball and Nippon Pro Baseball announced the official signing of their new agreement for "posting" Japanese major leaguers to play in MLB. Via MLB press release, here are the details:
If an NPB Club wishes to make one of its players available to Major League Clubs, the NPB shall notify the Office of th...
Cubs Announce January Convention Events
The Cubs Convention will be January 17-19 at the Sheraton Chicago.
Remember the days when the Cubs Convention used to sell out within 20 minutes after passes went on sale?
Those days are gone -- the Cubs say that room packages at the Sheraton and individual passes are still a...
2014 Chicago Cubs Trades And Rumors
In this StoryStream, you can find all the articles relating to Cubs trade rumors and trades for the 2014 season.
Late Wednesday in an interview session, Theo Epstein mentioned that the Cubs had a trade offer out for "a position player."
Perhaps this was the guy?
A Day In Wrigley Field History: May 31, 1954
The Cubs scored a lot of runs in 1954. This game is a good example of how they did it.
The 1954 Cubs probably should have had a better record than the 64-90 they finished up with. They scored 700 runs -- a decent total for the era -- and allowed 766, for a 71-83 Pythagorean record, even though no...
The 411 On Potential Jeff Samardzija Trade Partners: Blue Jays
In the first of a series, we'll review the Jays as a possible suitor for Jeff Samardzija.
The Jays appeared to go all-in last year, trading several top prospects for veterans that would help them win in 2013. Whoops. The Jays lost 17 of their first 26 games and never recovered, finishing 14 games under .500 and fourth in the American...
Cubs Rumors: Jonathan Sanchez On Team's Radar
Teams can always use more lefthanders. But Sanchez has been pretty bad the last couple of years.
Mark Gonzales of the Tribune has the latest rumor for us:
Masahiro Tanaka Might Not Be Posted, After All
Pitchers and catchers report to MLB spring-training camps in less than two months. Will the Japanese star be among them?
Here, have another photo of Masahiro Tanaka -- that's two stories in a row today that have an image of the Japanese righthander, who many of us hope...
MLB Bullets Has Unfinished Business
The debate over home plate collisions goes on. In the Bronx, the fans are more worried about who left than who is coming in. The Royals snag a free agent away from the Yankees. NPB might chip in to make Tanaka go away and the bad Christmas sweater war goes on.
I wish I was surprised when