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  • Ross brings wealth of experience to Cubs Feb 22, 2015 7:49 PM
    The backup catcher might be one of the least noticed players on a baseball team, but he can be an important one. The Cubs signed one of the best in the business this off-season when they added David Ross to the roster. The former Red Sox catcher also has worked extensively with new Cubs ace Jon Lester.

  • Taking a spin gets Maddon’s wheels spinning Feb 21, 2015 8:05 PM
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday he hated to disappoint anybody, but no, he has not sketched out starting lineups yet. Maddon said he needs to get to know his players. He also said he'd consider batting his pitcher eighth instead of ninth.

  • Maddon not saying much about Lester, Rondon Feb 21, 2015 8:04 PM
    It seems like the biggest no-brainer in the world, so you can go ahead and figure on Jon Lester being the Cubs' opening-night starter on April 5. However, manager Joe Maddon said he wanted to talk to Lester first before making an announcement. Also, figure on Hector Rondon being the closer.

  • Cubs embrace Maddon’s anti-rules discipline Feb 20, 2015 4:51 PM
    Joe Maddon presided over his first formal workout Friday as manager of the Cubs. Maddon and his players are beginning to get to know each other, but players seem to like Maddon's "anti-rules" stance when it comes to running a team.

  • Hammel not thrilled with pace-of-play rulings Feb 20, 2015 10:12 PM
    Major League Baseball's new pace of play rules met with a cautionary response in Cubs spring camp Friday. Cubs manager Joe Maddon talked about that as well as the Cubs' crowded situation at the catcher position.

  • Epstein: It's OK for Cubs fans to think big Feb 20, 2015 10:16 AM
    No doubt there was a different feel to Cubs camp Thursday as pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. New manager Joe Maddon is ready to put his troops through their paces. And team president Theo Epstein said it's OK for long-suffering Cubs fans to think big this year.

  • Constable: 'Thanks Mister Banks' song might get us thinking spring Feb 19, 2015 5:25 AM
    It's 3 degrees. Snow now qualifies for full-time residency. But four little words proclaim today that spring is on its way: “Pitchers and catchers report.” Alll we need is a little mood music, and "Thanks Mister Banks," written by an Arlington Heights man, works for me.

  • Cubs announce several tributes to Ernie Banks Feb 19, 2015 6:30 PM
    The Cubs will honor the memory of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, in a number of ways this year, beginning with the opening game of spring training. Cubs players will wear a No. 14 patch on their home and away jerseys, and they'll wear No. 14 hats in the two split-squad games they play to open the Cactus League.

  • Imrem: Squabble a sad final chapter for Mr. Cub Feb 17, 2015 8:07 PM
    It's sad that the final memory of Ernie Banks is close to becoming the squabbling over what to do with his remains.

  • Maddon, Cubs keep coaching staff almost intact Feb 17, 2015 8:10 PM
    Despite making a managerial change, the Cubs kept their coaching staff mostly intact from 2014 to 2015. The key new member is batting coach John Mallee. Pitching coach Chris Bosio has made a name for himself despite the Cubs being a last-place team in recent years.

  • Cubs bullpen ready to answer questions Feb 16, 2015 10:42 PM
    The Cubs righted a problem area last year when they developed a solid bullpen. Many of the same faces are back, including Hector Rondon, who emerged as the closer. But bullpens can be finicky from year to year, and the Cubs face several questions about their relief corps heading into spring training.

  • Cubs’ rotation features quality, depth Feb 16, 2015 6:29 PM
    The signing this off-season of lefty Jon Lester gives the Cubs a bona fide ace at the top of their starting rotation. Lester also allows the other starters to slide down a notch each into roles more suited for them. The Cubs look to have the quality and depth for a formidable starting staff this year.

  • Miles: Have Cubs solved their on-base problems? Feb 14, 2015 8:14 PM
    "Can anybody here get on base?" That's been the recurring theme for the Cubs' offense in recent years. As they get ready for spring training, the Cubs hope they've done enough this off-season to begin addressing their on-base concerns.

  • Imrem: Dean Smith revered in life and sports Feb 8, 2015 7:57 PM
    Dean Smith was revered in life and mourned in death for many of the same reasons that Ernie Banks was. Both used a sports forum to forge positive relationships with people inside and outside athletics. No wonder each was awarded America’s highest civilian award — the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  • Strop, Cubs agree to one-year deal Feb 6, 2015 8:24 PM
    The Cubs have agreed to terms with their remaining arbitration-eligible player, as they have signed reliever Pedro Strop. They also invited 19 nonroster players to spring training, including prospects Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber.

  • Imrem: Banks, Lynch offer very different options Feb 3, 2015 8:11 PM
    It's striking to contrast the death of Ernie Banks and life of Marshawn Lynch, leaving us all with a lot to ponder about ourselves.

  • Grudzielanek brings rugged work ethic to Cougars Jan 31, 2015 11:43 PM
    Mark Grudzielanek played through a lot of pain during his two years with the Cubs more than a decade ago. Grudzielanek is the new manager of the Kane County Cougars, and he says he'll expect his players to play as hard this upcoming season. The Cougars enter their first year as an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  • Cubs owner Tom Ricketts says World Series prediction not 'completely crazy' Jan 28, 2015 5:51 AM
    Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said Tuesday that a national sports publication's prediction of his team winning the World Series may not be that far off. And unlike previous years' prognostications, Ricketts brought a PowerPoint presentation to his address to suburban business leaders that explains why he thinks the Sporting News isn't “completely crazy.”

  • Images: Ernie Banks’ memorial at Daley Plaza Jan 28, 2015 4:38 PM
    As part of the Ernie Banks' memorial, the Chicago Cubs had the statue of Banks move to Daley Plaza on Wednesday. Fans turned out to pay their respects along with Jesse Jacckson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

  • Fans pay tribute to Cubs legend Ernie Banks at Daley Plaza Jan 28, 2015 3:03 PM
    Fans flocked to Chicago's Daley Center to pay tribute to late Cubs great Ernie Banks. The centerpiece of a public memorial was the Banks statue on display. For Arlington Heights resident Lou Cella, the display is personal. He is the sculptor.

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