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    Lovers, haters of Sabermetrics shouldn’t dismiss each other Apr 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Hawk Harrelson, Adam Dunn and other baseball thoughts from Matt Spiegel.

     
  •  Atlanta Braves’ Justin Upton, right, is congratulated as he comes back to the dugout after a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 6-3. (AP Photo/John Amis)

    Cubs may need some deals to win Apr 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Cubs embarked on the long haul of a true rebuild, and the image in mind always has been this: Restock that farm system, prepare great prospects to hit the big leagues together en masse, and then pounce on well-chosen free agents to finalize a winning mix. A funny thing happened along the way, though. Free-agent classes in off-seasons to come are drying up.

     
  • Cubs prospect Jorge Soler needs immediate professional help to deal with his anger issues after the recent incident with Daytona, according to Matt Spiegel.

    Cubs can’t waste any time dealing with Soler situation Apr 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    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. Spiegel says The Cubs need to deal with Jorge Soler's anger issues and the sooner, the better.

     
  •  The Braves’ Justin Upton, top right, is doused by teammates as he crosses home plate after hitting a walk-off home run in the ninth inning against Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol. Two batters earlier, Justin’s brother B.J. had tied the game with a home run.

    This has to be it for Marmol as Cubs closer Apr 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    After Saturday night's loss at Atlanta, this has to be the end of Carlos Marmol as Cubs closer. 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.

     
  • Baseball is back, and both the Cubs and the White Sox will swing into action on Monday.

    Spiegel takes a swing at the return of baseball Mar 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    After a successful World Baseball Classic, Matt Spiegel is ready for more baseball, and he has plenty of targets to watch this spring on both sides of town. Check out which players will be under his gaze, and why.

     
  • Adam Dunn hit just .204 and finished with an OPS of .800, the lowest ever for someone who hit 40-plus HRs in a season.

    Now that season's Dunn, a look back Oct 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    In his final column of the baseball season, Matt Spiegel sprays to all fields with thoughts on the values of Adam Dunn and Starlin Castro, plus Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera and the always colorfu Oakland A's.

     
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  •  Losing yet another series to the Kansas City Royals has put the White Sox in a difficult position as they try to hold off Detroit and win the AL Central.

    For Sox fans, that sinking feeling takes holdSep 22, 2012 12:00 AM
    White Sox fandom's feeling of impending doom isn't based on much proof this season. While Matt Spiegel doesn't share it, he admits it's getting hard to shout down as the White Sox continue to have too many moments when they don't look much better at the basics than one of the worst defensive teams in baseball, the Detroit Tigers.

     
  •  White Sox manager Robin Ventura, left, has been busy in September, using an average of five pitchers a game compared to three per contest through August.

    With too many relievers, Ventura making too many changes Sep 15, 2012 12:00 AM
    It's been a rough month for Robin Ventura. He's had a terrific first season as White Sox manager, especially in the parts of that job which are difficult to quantify. His calm demeanor transformed, and then maintained, what was once a fractured and tense clubhouse. The resiliency of his ballclub is a credit to the man — and a confirmation of excellence on GM Kenny Williams' informed hunch.

     
  •  Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg sits in the dugout Saturday during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Strasburg’s season is over after the Washington Nationals decided to shut down the ace right-hander following a shaky start against the Miami Marlins. Manager Davey Johnson made the announcement Saturday morning.

    Strasburg decision shows how little we know Sep 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    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, and "Hit and Run" at 9 a.m. Sundays with his Daily Herald colleague, Barry Rozner.

     
  •  Despite A.J. Pierzynski solo home run against the Detroit Tigers Friday night, the Tigers rallied to win the first game of the three-game weekend series. This pennant race may go back and forth the entire month, but the Sox have the lead right now.

    There’s nothing quite like a pennant raceSep 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    Nothing in sports compares to the daily tension of late August and September, when a couple of pretty good teams are fighting for precious wins every day. Matt Spiegel contends these are the days when kids refuse to wash their favorite t-shirt in the middle of a winning streak. It's when a grown man turns his hat backwards to beckon a rally from the couch. Tigers vs. White Sox in September ... bring it on.

     
  • White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski knows hitters are fooled by some of Chris Sale’s pitches, but they’re not alone. Pierzynski said he doesn’t know whether Sale’s fastball is going tail in or out, or what speed it will come at him.

    The phenom in our midst – Chris Sale Aug 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    The first time I was conscious of the baseball phenomena was Doc Gooden in 1985, when he won pitching's triple crown and laid claim to one of the best season's anyone has ever seen. Here, we all recall the feeling when Kerry Wood arrived with a 20-strikeout bang. Maybe Mark Prior in 2003 did it for you, though the stains of history can disfigure the memories. Chris Sale is bringing more pitching joy and awe to this baseball town than anyone since Kid K.

     
  • This July 10, 2012 file photo shows the Giants’ Melky Cabrera showing off his MVP trophy after the All-Star Game. Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for testosterone.

    Steroids rear their ugly head in baseball againAug 18, 2012 12:00 AM
    Mat Spiegel believes people can change. He believes athletes can improve. He believes a hitter can grow up; he can mature, tending to his craft with unprecedented vigor. That a hitter can incorporate new ideas, utilizing the wisdom and personality mesh he may have luckily found with a good hitting coach. But having an open mind to that is getting increasingly difficult. Lazy, knee-jerk cynicism gets rewarded, time and again.

     
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  • Ryan Dempster’s refusal to accept a trade has left the Cubs in a tough spot.

    Dempster forcing Cubs to go dumpster divingJul 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    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, and "Hit and Run" at 9 a.m. Sundays with his Daily Herald colleague, Barry Rozner.

     
  •  Tigers ace Justin Verlander paces himself so that he’s at his very best in the later innings.

    How La Russa’s brilliance led to bullpen madness Jul 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    While he calls Tony LaRussa brilliant, Matt Spiegel contends the former MLB manager is responsible for more harm than good when it comes to how bullpens are used today. LaRussa had a perfect system when he was with the Oakland Athletics, and too many teams have tried to copy it without success. Spiegel explains in this week's baseball column.

     
  • Associated Press Watching the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo at the plate is “pure fun and makes the decades spent ingesting endless baseball visuals feel somewhat useful,” according to Matt Spiegel.

    Relishing the Anthony Rizzo show Jul 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    After having seen enough ballplayers over the years, everyone reminds you of someone. And when it comes to Anthony Rizzo's swing, Cubs fans are having fun trying to connect the dots as to which player he reminds them of the most. While Matt Spiegel has several views of his own, and others from fans to share, he's most thankful that now there are at least two great hitters to watch on the Cubs.

     
  •  Alejandro De Aza, left, Kevin Youkilis and Dayan Viciedo celebrate the White Sox’ victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night.

    How Youkilis fits the Reinsdorf profile Jul 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    On "The Club," MLB Network's reality series that focused on the White Sox two seasons ago, Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf talked about the impending arrival of Andruw Jones. "I like to get guys who were good, had bad years, and now have something to prove." Reinsdorf's latest reclamation project, Kevin Youkilis, is working out remarkably well. In his weekly baseball column, Matt Spiegel takes a closer look at this White Sox tradition, and the change of clubhouse scenery that Youkilis embraced.

     
  •  White Sox slugger Adam Dunn has 24 home runs this season to go along with his 125 strikeouts, which is exactly what the Sox expected from him when they signed him two years ago, says baseball columnist Matt Spiegel.

    This is the Dunn we all expectedJun 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    The first-place White Sox have the top three candidates for comeback player of the year in the American League. Alex Rios has been terrific, enjoying his best stretch since coming to town. Jake Peavy is physically intact, the biggest factor in allowing him to showcase his smart professionalism. But let's focus on the slugger. So White Sox fans, what do you think of the real Adam Dunn?

     
  •  At age 37, New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is enjoying a remarkable year, and his tell-all book about the challenges he has faced is even more amazing.

    There’s never been anyone quite like R.A. DickeyJun 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    Matt Spiegel can't get enough of Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey's improbable excellence. There's never been a knuckleballer like him, and Dickey's run of starting pitcher dominance is rivaled, all-time, only by the truly elite. But he also is a 37-year-old survivalist, and oh, what a survival, as Spiegel explains in his Sunday baseball column.

     
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