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Kid K tops Cubs' all-time best-pitched games

@MLBastian
43 minutes ago

CHICAGO -- History goes hand in hand with the Cubs, whose beginnings can be traced back to the 19th century. And within all that history has been a wealth of arms, setting records and winning awards and earning plaques in the Hall of Fame. With more than 21,000 games and

How Harry started 'Take Me Out' tradition

@MLBastian
January 14, 2021

CHICAGO -- It has become tradition at Wrigley Field. In the middle of the seventh inning, fans rise from their seats and join together in belting out the words to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." A smiling caricature of Harry Caray looks on from the broadcast booth. The late

Bryant, Ryno top Cubs' best 1-game displays

@MLBastian
January 11, 2021

CHICAGO -- One of the beauties of baseball is that no one knows what will happen after the first pitch of a game is thrown. For the next nine innings, each player on the field has a chance to be a hero, make history or rise to the rank of

Fact vs. Fiction: Origin of Wrigley's ivy

@MLBastian
January 8, 2021

CHICAGO -- There is history and then there is the stuff of myth and legend. The origin of the ivy that clings to the brick outfield wall at Wrigley Field has a little bit of everything intertwined. The story that has persisted for generations has been that Bill Veeck Jr.

These Cubs greats make 1-year dream team

@MLBastian
January 4, 2021

CHICAGO -- Dreaming up an all-time team is a fun exercise. There are Hall of Famers with long track records and one-year wonders who captivated fans. Some players stacked up traditional statistics, while others dominated advanced metrics. Performances in early eras can look unfathomable when compared to modern-day production. Still,

The best Cubs to wear each uniform number

@MLBastian
December 28, 2020

CHICAGO -- The flags that fly atop the foul poles at Wrigley Field feature the most recognizable numbers in Cubs history -- digits no player will don again on the North Side. There is No. 10 for Ron Santo and No. 14 for Ernie Banks. Ryne Sandberg's No. 23 ripples

How they came to be called the Cubs

@MLBastian
December 21, 2020

CHICAGO -- For more than a century, the baseball team on the North Side of Chicago has been dubbed the Cubs. How that name came to be adopted as the official nickname is actually linked to that other club on the South Side. Following the formation of the American League

The best Cubs pitching season of every era

@MLBastian
December 14, 2020

CHICAGO -- The nature of pitching has changed over the many decades of baseball's history. Not only have aspects of the mound been altered, but the abilities of the arms and the way staffs are constructed have also evolved over time. That makes identifying the greatest single-season performance by a

Every Rule 5 Draft pick in Cubs history

@MLBastian
December 11, 2020

CHICAGO -- The Rule 5 Draft is an avenue for enhancing the depth of a roster or perhaps finding a hidden gem. For a team like the Cubs with such a long franchise timeline, there has been a little of everything over the decades. • How the Rule 5 Draft

Cubs' history of Winter Meetings splashes

@MLBastian
December 7, 2020

CHICAGO -- The Winter Meetings have long been an annual part of baseball's offseason. The event brings the game's decision makers together, creating an environment for expedited activity. Things are necessarily different in 2020, when the world has gone virtual and Zoom meetings have replaced face-to-face interactions in the name

Legendary Cubs tale: Homer in the Gloamin'

Gabby Hartnett's walk-off blast in 1938 may be franchise's greatest
@MLBastian
December 3, 2020

CHICAGO -- There have been many historic and memorable home runs in the long, storied annals of the Cubs' franchise. Dexter Fowler and David Ross in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. Kyle Schwarber to the top of the Wrigley Field scoreboard. David Bote's ultimate slam. Miguel Montero's October

Best position-player seasons in Cubs history

@MLBastian
November 30, 2020

CHICAGO -- One season can change the course of a career. It can lead to history or a place in a franchise lore or baseball legend status. The statistics can be held up as facts, and the players and their stories may eventually veer closer to myth. For the Cubs,

All you need to know about Wrigley Field

@MLBastian
November 23, 2020

CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field is tucked away on the North Side of Chicago, occupying a city block amidst homes and businesses and a short walk from the rumblings of the elevated train. It can sneak up on passersby, depending on which street they are walking. The old ballpark has stood

Five Cubs greats who aren't in the Hall

@MLBastian
November 16, 2020

CHICAGO -- The Baseball Hall of Fame is full of all-time great Cubs. When Lee Smith gained entry last year, he joined an impressive class that includes the likes of Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg and Fergie Jenkins. The list goes on, but could it have been

Looking back on the Cubs' no-hitters

Alec Mills tossed Chicago's most recent no-no in 2020
September 13, 2020

The Cubs have thrown 16 no-hitters in franchise history. The team has employed 14 pitchers who went on to make the Hall of Fame, but none of them are on that short list of those who threw no-nos for the club. All-time greats Fergie Jenkins, Pete Alexander and Mordecai "Three

Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins' top 10 moments

@goodforball
July 26, 2020

Tom Seaver. Bob Gibson. Jim Bunning. Gaylord Perry. Jim Maloney. Larry Dierker. Phil Niekro. They were among the starting pitchers that Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins routinely faced when he was the Chicago Cubs’ ace right-hander in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. This group consisted of fellow staff aces and included

These are top moments of Ryne Sandberg's career

@goodforball
June 25, 2020

Ryne Sandberg may have been the player most responsible for transforming the Chicago Cubs from a farce to force. Sandberg’s overwhelming 1984 performance led the Cubs to the National League East title, which propelled them to the postseason for the first time since 1945. Chicago qualified for the postseason only

Cubs' medal stand of GMs: Bastian's take 

@MLBastian
June 23, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we are following our top 5 player rankings at each position with the best managers and general managers for each franchise, based on their careers while with that club. These rankings are for fun and

This string of trades brought Sandberg to Cubs

@MLBastian
June 16, 2020

CHICAGO -- There were jokes about the Cubs becoming the Phillies West after Dallas Green left Philadelphia to become Chicago's general manager. Given the number of trades between the teams, plus the coaches and staff who changed clubs, the quips had some merit. But Green was brought on board to

Cubs' Top 5 managers: Bastian's take

@MLBastian
June 16, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we are following our Top 5 player rankings at each position with the best managers for each franchise, based on their careers while with that club. These rankings are for fun and debate purposes only

Cubs' Top 5 relief pitchers: Bastian's take

@MLBastian
June 8, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Cubs' Top 5 lefty starters: Bastian's take

@MLBastian
June 2, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Oh, baby! Kasper looks back at favorite call

@MLBastian
May 27, 2020

CHICAGO -- It is the call that Cubs fans mention the most when meeting Len Kasper. The team's television play-by-play man understands why, too. It was a moment of pure reaction, a moment when excitement simply overpowered any kind of rehearsed commentary. "Fans want you to be yourself, right?" Kasper

Cubs’ Top 5 righty starters: Bastian’s take

@MLBastian
May 26, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Cubs' Top 5 right fielders: Bastian's take

@MLBastian
May 12, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun