Articles filed under Spiegel, Matt

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  • Spiegel: What Chicago baseball fans should remember from 2014 Sep 27, 2014 4:01 PM
    Matt Spiegel looks back on the struggling baseball season for both the Cubs and the Sox and offers his perspective on what to take from it all.

  • Spiegel: Here’s hoping Oakland goes on deep postseason run Sep 21, 2014 8:00 AM
    With both Chicago baseball teams on the sidelines for October baseball, which team deserves your attention for the playoffs? Matt Spiegel has his favorite, and he explains why in his weekly baseball column.

  • Spiegel: Highlights aplenty this summer for proud papa Sep 14, 2014 8:09 AM
    Matt Spiegel writes about his baseball highlight of the summer, which came from neither the Sox nor the Cubs, but from his 2-year-old son.

  • Spiegel: Konerko and Jeter on the goodbye tour Sep 7, 2014 2:40 PM
    The long goodbyes for Paul Konerko have already begun, and Matt Spiegel hopes the White Sox icon will get to play on Sept. 27 when the team honors him with a special ceremony.

  • Spiegel: Time to enjoy this Cubs’ hitters parade Aug 31, 2014 8:48 PM
    Right-handed power has become baseball’s most sought-after asset, and the Cubs now sit with an obvious, cost-efficient abundance. Payroll dollars will be free to spend on pitching. Assets are lined up to be part of deadline trades as a buyer, adding final pieces to a playoff push.

  • Spiegel: Beckham another story of how cruel game can be Aug 24, 2014 8:00 AM
    Matt Spiegel on baseball: Now that Gordon Beckham is gone from the White Sox after being traded to the Angels, we wonder why he never learned to be a big-league hitter.

  • Spiegel: How to measure learned pitching wisdom Aug 17, 2014 7:40 AM
    Now there is a scientific concept on pitching, only recently coming to public awareness, that puts a measure on learned wisdom. It supports an oft-quoted maxim from the great Warren Spahn: “Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”

  • Matt Spiegel: For Baez, the song has just begun Aug 10, 2014 3:57 PM
    Matt Spiegel likes to think of Cubs second baseman Javier Baez as a really exciting new band. He swings as hard as any young punk guitarist thrashes. Time will tell if he can keep it up, and whether he will add the nuance needed to be a more complete hitter. Maybe that guitar player has a decade of mature songs in him he doesn’t even know about yet.

  • MLB trade deadline touches all bases Aug 2, 2014 3:19 PM
    The Major League Baseball trade deadline offered something for everyone, and delivered like few others have, as Matt Spiegel explains in his weekly baseball column.

  • Numbers posted by Thomas and Maddux truly amazing Jul 26, 2014 6:34 PM
    Frank was the best hitting slugger I’d ever seen. There wasn’t a pitch he could not destroy, not one spot in the strike zone he couldn’t reach. He made even good pitchers nervous. I watched them twitch and walk off the mound to regroup. Greg was the smartest dominant pitcher I’d ever seen. He toyed with batters, controlling sport’s most direct 1-on-1 matchup with wisdom and creativity. He froze good hitters with called strikes, based on sequence and ingenuity. I watched them shake their heads on the way back to the dugout.

  • Still much of interest in baseball Jul 20, 2014 7:33 AM
    Since man cannot live on anticipation and Bourbonnais training camp stories alone, baseball columnist Matt Spiegel offers up some worthy objects for your local baseball attention in the season’s second half.

  • With Wrigley decision, Cubs have a chance to win Jul 12, 2014 8:01 PM
    Finally, after years of old ownership that did nothing, and new ownership that tried to play a little too nice, this week brought resolution and the Cubs are in line to become a more viable baseball franchise. Matt Spiegel has more in his weekly baseball column.

  • Too much bad to go around for Cubs, White Sox Jul 6, 2014 8:00 AM
    As the Cubs and Sox barrel toward 90 games (and 50 losses), Matt Spiegel refuses to wait for the All-Star Game break to dissect what we’ve seen.

  • Breaking down Cubs, Sox standouts so far Jun 29, 2014 7:44 AM
    By the time the All-Star Game comes, on Tuesday, July 15, the White Sox will have played 96 of their 162 games, and the Cubs 94. You’ll be inundated with midseason reports. So since the Sox have played 82 and the Cubs 80, allow me to get the jump. This week we look at upside since Opening Day.

  • Worlds collide — and it’s music to my ears Jun 22, 2014 8:00 AM
    Matt Spiegel on baseball

  • Visions of competitive Cubs dance in my head Jun 14, 2014 4:41 PM
    If Matt Spiegel's visions are correct, the Cubs paradigm should shift in 2015. He also wonders if we entering another great era for Chicago first basemen. Check out Matt's weekly baseball column for more.

  • Respect, admiration for Zimmer grew over the years Jun 8, 2014 4:01 PM
    Matt Spiegel on baseball I knew him first as a loser. My household loved the 1978 Red Sox. The great 1975 World Series wasn’t far enough removed yet to be just another emblem of failure. The ’86 collapse was but a glint in a young Bill Buckner’s eye. That ’78 team was murderous. Jim Rice was feared like no other hitter I’d ever seen. I was watching on a Monday Night Baseball broadcast when the Kansas City Royals employed a four-man outfield against him. He doubled off the wall. Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk, Dwight Evans, Carl Yastrzemski. Six players hit at least 17 home runs. That team slugged its way to a 14-game lead in late July. Then they blew it all to the Yankees — and lost Game 163 on a homer by Bucky Dent. Don Zimmer was in charge of the whole thing. He caught a lot of blame in my house.

  • Pair of baseball aces a real Chicago rarity May 25, 2014 4:02 PM
    There is a baseball race in Chicago worth watching, says Matt Spiegel. The leader in ERA among starters in the National League is Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs. The leader in ERA among starters in the American League is Chris Sale of the White Sox (technically, he’s a few innings shy of official qualification). As Spiegel explains in his weekly column, the last time two Chicagoans finished a season as ERA leaders was 1910; Ed Walsh for the Sox and King Cole for the Cubs.

  • Welcome to the Sox’ offensive show May 10, 2014 7:04 PM
    The South Side offense is a heck of a show. As a team overall, the Sox are also entertaining but problematic, Matt Spiegel writes. The problems don’t include men with bats. Instead, the health of the starting rotation is the main issue.

  • It's Cubs vs. Sox — so let it all hang out May 4, 2014 7:08 AM
    Here's your annual reminder that it's okay to trash talk your neighbor. There is a perfect time for Sox fans and Cubs fans to heckle each other, to compare teams and front offices, to spew good natured venom. That time is this week.

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