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  • 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.

     
  • Soriano a living emblem of Cubs' failed possibilities Jul 29, 2013 6:04 AM
    Alfonso Soriano is finally gone, and it doesn't feel like I thought it would. For years I dreamed of finding him a new home, and now he's off to revisit an old one. But Soriano's trade back to the place of his MLB birth doesn't fill me with the joy it once may have. I, like many of you, had grown to respect him.

     
  • Spiegel: White Sox’ Sale just too valuable to trade away Jul 20, 2013 11:01 PM
    Stop letting your friends, or your favorite baseball pundits, tell you it’s a good idea to trade Chris Sale. 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.

     
  • Longing for those old starry nights Jul 13, 2013 7:18 PM
    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.

     
  • Plenty to watch as teams play out the season Jul 7, 2013 8:00 AM
    It’s officially next year, on both sides of town. Winning is no long the main objective. Good thing, since it’s proven unlikely to happen much. How many young players can we develop? Which veterans are best used as trade bait to restock the system? What can we work on with the guys who will be here in 2014 and beyond? The Cubs were considering these questions on Opening Day. The White Sox joined them this week, and it felt even more official Friday night.

     
  • Ricketts, Emanuel should plow past silly opposition Jun 30, 2013 1:33 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.

     
  • Wrigley renovations should be embraced, not feared Jun 23, 2013 8:00 AM
    The renovations at Boston's Fenway Park struck the perfect balance of old and new and what the Ricketts family should apsire to when they look to renovate Wrigley Field. If they do this, new Wrigley will be something alll fans can enjoy.

     
  • Cubs should grab ace in the hole Jun 2, 2013 1:19 AM
    Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have spoken openly about their general philosophy at the top of an MLB draft many times. History tells them position players are a more dependable investment. But if there's a dominant starting pitcher available for the Cubs at No. 2 overall in Thursday's first round, they have to take him, says Matt Spiegel, co-host of "The McNeil & Spiegel Show" 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on WSCR 670-AM.

     
  • Some free advice on Sox' Sale May 26, 2013 4:56 PM
    Skipping a Chris Sale start is of course the right thing to do. As skipping another one Tuesday would be, if he still feels any of that tendinitis. The Sox should be glad he said something to Herm Schneider about the pain, even as he knew it would probably mean a pause in his current run of excellence. I wonder if his contract changed the dynamics of that conversation; Sale doesn't have to prove durability or excellence to get paid anymore. Sale's delivery will always be a knee-jerk trigger for concern, because he looks so unnatural in still frames captured on your computer screen and morning paper.

     
  • Baseball Time the only time that matters May 18, 2013 2:22 PM
    While there is a lot of talk about possible deals by the White Sox and Cubs before the trade deadline, nothing can happen until Baseball Time kicks in, as Matt Spiegel explains in his weekly column.

     
  • No worries – Rizzo is doing just fine May 11, 2013 6:48 PM
    Matt Spiegel says we should stop worrying about Anthony Rizzo, the young Cubs phenom. The numbers suggest he's doing just fine. Spiegel explains, and he shares some more interesting numbers and situations that make the game so great.

     
  • Looking back on a lifelong bond with baseball May 5, 2013 8:00 AM
    Matt Spiegel's relationship with baseball began with his father, who crafted a bond between them that has lasted a lifetime, from Ted Williams to Willie Mays to today's young stars. As his father turns 80, Matt celebrates their love of the game.

     
  • Lovers, haters of Sabermetrics shouldn’t dismiss each other Apr 28, 2013 9:58 PM
    Hawk Harrelson, Adam Dunn and other baseball thoughts from Matt Spiegel.

     
  • Cubs may need some deals to win Apr 21, 2013 8:00 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.

     
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