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  • 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.

     
  • Cubs can’t waste any time dealing with Soler situation Apr 13, 2013 6:30 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. Spiegel says The Cubs need to deal with Jorge Soler's anger issues and the sooner, the better.

     
  • This has to be it for Marmol as Cubs closer Apr 7, 2013 8:00 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.

     
  • Spiegel takes a swing at the return of baseball Mar 31, 2013 8:00 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.

     
  • Now that season's Dunn, a look back Oct 6, 2012 7:23 PM
    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.

     
  • White Sox’ roller-coaster season in a deep dip Sep 30, 2012 8:00 AM
    September has been spent in the pit of despair for every aspect of White Sox baseball. Players, coaches and fans have searched for answers in the midst of dispiriting decay. Starting pitching hasn’t been dominant in some time. No one has put the team on his back and said “I got this one tonight,” negating the need for vanishing clutch hitting and a tiring bullpen. It’s gone the other way, as three of the last five starters haven’t gotten out of the fourth inning. The Sox have had just 10 quality starts in 23 September games. Saturday, Chris Sale exhaustedly offered his shortest outing of the year. That bullpen has had inhabitants exchanging goat horns. Brett Myers’ gopher ball to Evan Longoria on Thursday was the latest blemish. Myers was the third of the big trade acquisitions, all of whom started out so well, to now show the worst of themselves. Kevin Youkilis singlehandedly won three or four games in his first two weeks but has looked tired. His numbers dwindled in August and withered further this month. Francisco Liriano was very good in 4 of his first 5 White Sox starts, but he has reverted to his usual pattern since his surgery in 2006. He toggles between dominance and chaos. The Sox are kings of the solo home run. It became an awful sign to see men on base. Bases loaded? Runs only score on a hit by pitch or a double play. The lack of clutch hitting sits atop the blame list. Alex Rios, the clear team MVP, is not part of the problem. But the captain at first base sure has been. His average has been in the .230s the last two months. The once daily meetings of the Paul Konerko Appreciation Society haven’t been held since May. They’re playing the worst baseball of their season at the worst possible time. “These games look the same,” Konerko said this week, and it doesn’t really matter after which day it was. “Sometimes the game is cruel.” It’s been cruel on the outside as well. The arc of how we’ve all felt about this team is a story unto itself. I thought they’d be better than most everybody else, penciling them in for 85 wins and a second-place finish. I kept thinking they were exactly at that level for a long time, even after they’d been atop the division for a while. When the Cubs took two of three at the Cell in mid-June, second place gave a warm welcome, and I thought that’s where they’d stay. I was wrong. Other than three days, from July 21-23, the Sox were in first every day for almost three months. Eventually, like a lot of people, I came to believe. I believed the White Sox were simply better, in large part because the Tigers were, and are, so completely flawed. I plotted out playoff rotations. I urged fans to remain calm in the face of panic. The Tigers still are just OK; they’re 15-12 this month. The Sox, painfully, are 11-16. Baseball humbles you like no other sport. It’s built on its relentless ability to humiliate. The best in the world are disappointed, often pathetically so, six or seven times out of every 10. Pathetic disappointment sounds about right. The roller coaster was built to be ridden. This one’s a doozy, and lately it has been stuck in an upside-down loop. We’ve been afforded more baseball joy and intrigue than most thought would be granted. As harrowing as it has been, I know I’ll ride that intellectual roller coaster again. I’ll ride it with fervor, every season. We all just might need a few months to forget the depths of these dips. Unless of course Detroit loses today and the Sox win … źMatt Spiegel co-hosts “The McNeil & Spiegel Show” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on WSCR 670-AM, and The Score’s “Hit and Run” at 9 a.m. Sundays with his Daily Herald colleague, Barry Rozner. Follow him on Twitter @mattspiegel670. Matt thinks a runner trying to score from first on a double into the gap is the most exciting play in baseball.

     
  • For Sox fans, that sinking feeling takes hold Sep 22, 2012 1:40 PM
    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.

     
  • With too many relievers, Ventura making too many changes Sep 15, 2012 6:44 PM
    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.

     
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