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Bradley Woodrum
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Quaterbacks with a Few Good Games
Many of us are asking ourselves now, "Has Matt Barkley shown enough to make us optimistic about Matt Barkley?" The answer nearest the lips of analysts and prognosticators is, "No." Others have gone further to suggest, "Barkley has shown he might be a good...

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Considering the Bears' QB Draft Options
I spent much of this last Bears game -- the solid performance from QB Matt Barkley notwithstanding -- thinking about the next steps for the Bears rebuilding process. In my estimation, that process will largely involve the draft because the Bears are unlike...

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Hack Wilson and the RBI Record
Without looking, guess which ten players have recorded the most wins above replacement (WAR) while in a Cubs uniform. For this exercise, think Rally WAR (or rWAR, the Baseball-Reference WAR), but it shouldn't matter either way. There are some easy ones, rig...

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That Big Space Between 2011 and Now
I was browsing through some old prospects lists . Remember when the Cubs were 71-91 and heading into the 2012 season -- about to post a 101-loss season? Remember when, after top prospect Javier Baez , our prospect list included these illustrious names? 2. ...

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Fun Fact: Travis Wood has 1.9 WAR as a Hitter
In fact, since 2010, he's no. 4 in hitting WAR among pitchers: Name PA HR AVG OBP SLG wRC+ WAR Mike Leake 338 4 .234 .261 .325 57 2.9 Zack Greinke 247 3 .216 .271 .317 64 2.4 Yovani Gallardo 349 8 .194 .222 .317 40 2.2 Travis Wood 265 9 .192 .212 .347 4...

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The House That 51 Days Built
Over at Cubby Blue , Tim shared some great photos of the Wrigley construction and also passed along this tidbit: On March 4th, 1914, the groundbreaking ceremonies at Weegham Park (which would become Cubs Park and finally Wrigley Field) took place. Then, con...

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The Cubs-Shields Rumors are Now Real
Cubs have been waiting to see where market goes+Shields has interest. There are several others involved but history w/Maddon is a factor. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) February 5, 2015 On Tuesday, I suggested that James Shields and the Chicago Cubs coul...

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The Cubs-Shields Rumors are Now Real
Cubs have been waiting to see where market goes+Shields has interest. There are several others involved but history w/Maddon is a factor. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) February 5, 2015 On Tuesday, I suggested that James Shields and the Chicago Cubs could make...

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What About Signing James Shields and Then Just Never Giving Up a Run Ever Again?
On MLB Trade Rumors, Jeff Todd had a great article about how James Shields has basically out-waited his market . And while the Cubs have an excellent pitching staff right now, I cannot think of many good reasons for Chicago to not dig a little deeper and s...

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Ernie Banks, the Cubs Greatest Hitters, and Javier Baez
Here's Ernie at the tender age of 24. ( source ) It's not just that Ernie Banks was a great baseball player or that he was a long-time member of the Cubs; it's that he was both. That's why he mattered so much. And he brought a measure of joy to a business ...
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