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  • 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.

     
  • Putting Chicago’s ugly baseball season to rest Sep 28, 2013 3:13 PM
    Matt Spiegel looks back on the horrors of the 2013 baseball season in Chicago, and then tries to put the misery aside for eternity. He's hopeful, of course, that we'll never see a season like this again.

     
  • A blockbuster trade to learn from Sep 22, 2013 8:00 AM
    Matt Spiegel revisits that blockbuster Red Sox-Dodgers trade from last season that helped build two winners, and what the local teams can learn from it. Matt co-hosts "The McNeil & Spiegel Show" 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on WSCR 670-AM, The Score.

     
  • Royals still team worth rooting for Sep 15, 2013 10:53 PM
    I usually can be counted on to help lead a charge every September. It is the baseball devotee’s job to rage against the dying of the light that is the dwindling sports fan attention span. We resent that football, with violent nonchalance, pushes baseball to go gently into that good night. With all due respect to Dylan Thomas, this year has been harder than ever to burn and rave.

     
  • Matt Spiegel: So much for all of this wild-card drama Sep 8, 2013 12:05 AM
    Thanks to Bud Selig’s 24-hour blowout sale of forced drama, the pennant races are a little dull. Baseball insider Matt Spiegel breaks down the one mystery for the wild-card race in the American League, and checks out the recent progress of Starlin Castro at the plate.

     
  • Not easy to watch ex-Chicago players have success elsewhere Sep 1, 2013 10:04 AM
    I fully understood, supported, and in some cases called for the trades that sent Jake Peavy and Alfonso Soriano away. But on a basic enjoyment level, it stinks to see Chicago’s best playing meaningful baseball somewhere else right now.

     
  • Can Cubs’ Castro find his comfort zone? Aug 24, 2013 6:39 PM
    The terrible offensive season of Starlin Castro has made us all psychologists and hitting coaches. Matt Spiegel explains why he likes Dale Sveum's move to bat Castro first in the Cubs lineup. He also has more to say on PEDs and Ryan Braun's attempt at an apology.

     
  • Instant replay progress needs some tweaking Aug 17, 2013 11:27 PM
    MLB is ready to embrace instant replay next year, but Matt Spiegel contends the challenge system that Bud Selig supports is overthinking a simple solution. Spiegel offers his solution, plus his thoughts on Ryne Sandberg's new job and an interesting new book, "The Sports Gene."

     
  • Steroids' biggest cost? Our loss of belief Aug 11, 2013 5:57 PM
    With 13 baseball names added to the lists of cheaters and liars, the specter of PEDs looms larger than ever in the sport. The carnage is not just the worth of the guilty, or their isolated reputations. We’ve lost our belief in greatness, as it happens. Weekly baseball column by Matt Spiegel, who co-hosts "The McNeil & Spiegel Show" 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on WSCR 670-AM, The Score.

     
  • Selig needs to show his hand Aug 3, 2013 6:46 PM
    Matt Spiegel says Bud Selig needs to show his hand on what he has on Alex Rodriguez before he can hand down any kind of sanction against him.

     
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