Wrigley Field turns 100: a dedication to the greatest baseball park

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I remember being five years old and sitting in the left-field bleachers of Wrigley Field with my father and his friend, sipping on a pop. With my mitt on my left hand, my Cubs hat on my head, and my Mark Grace t-shirt jersey on, I was ready for any possible ball that would come my way.

Masahiro Tanaka: Seattle Mariners look like favorites for Japanese hurler

Masahiro Tanaka

With the sweepstakes to sign Japanese righty Masahiro Tanaka underway, it appears a surprise front-runner has emerged out of nowhere. Multiple reports suggest the Seattle Mariners appear to be the favorites for the 25-year-old pitcher and could run away with the competition.

Mark Prior officially retires from baseball

Mark Prior

On Monday, former All-Star pitcher Mark Prior announced that he has officially retired from baseball after an injury-riddled career that included numerous comeback attempts.

Joe Girardi: Chicago Cubs have “serious interest” in Yankees manager

Joe Girardi

The Chicago Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum on Monday and the front office has just begun its search for his replacement, but there is already a name at the top of the list. The Cubs reportedly have “serious interest” in current New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

MLB’s PED Epidemic has ruined baseball role models

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The Little League World Series is now on TV, and besides watching the game, the part that interests me the most is the children telling us who their favorite baseball player is before every game. My favorite player when I was in Little League was Mark Grace. His great fielding skills (he won four Gold Gloves), reliability at the plate and even his batting stance influenced how I played the game as a child.

Report: Ryan Braun claimed Dino Laurenzi, Jr. was an anti-Semite

Ryan Braun

If you were still wondering just how despicable Ryan Braun’s actions were in the wake of his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone late in the 2011 baseball season, I think we may have finally hit rock bottom.

MLB Trade Rumors: Alfonso Soriano trade to New York Yankees “99 percent done”

Alfonso Soriano

As we reported earlier this week, the New York Yankees are in the process of acquiring Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano and Cubs manager Dale Sveum now says the trade is “99 percent done.” Soriano was removed from the lineup by Sveum prior to Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Chicago Cubs to trade Alfonso Soriano to New York Yankees

Alfonso Soriano

The Chicago Cubs dumped one trade chip on Monday when they shipped starting pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers, and appear to have sent away another early Tuesday morning. According to the New York Post, the New York Yankees are set to add outfielder Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs in exchange for a mid-level prospect.

MLB Rumors: Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs talking Matt Garza trade

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The Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs are deep into talks for one of the top players on the trade market this summer. The way things look right now, the Rangers could land Matt Garza some time this weekend.

Kris Bryant: Chicago Cubs sign top draft pick to record-breaking deal

Kris Bryant

The Chicago Cubs took things close to the wire before finally agreeing to terms with their top pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. USD third baseman Kris Bryant, the No. 2 pick from June’s draft, agreed to a $6,708,400 bonus deal with Chicago on Wednesday.

MLB rumors: Matt Garza and Chicago Cubs talking contract?

Matt Garza

Just when it looked like Matt Garza was on his way out of the Windy City, the Chicago Cubs have apparently begun talking to him about a contract extension. Most experts expected Garza to be one of the hottest names on the trade market this summer, so the Cubs talking extension with him is a bit of a shock.

Mark Grace released from jail after four months

Mark Grace

Former Chicago Cub and Arizona Diamondback Mark Grace has been released from jail after serving four months for a second DUI arrest in a 15-month span. Grace was on work-release for all of his term, but he spent his nights in Maricopa County’s famous outdoor Tent City.

Milton Bradley convicted of abusing wife

Milton Bradley

On Monday a jury in Los Angeles convicted former Major League Baseball outfielder Milton Bradley of abusing his estranged wife. The 35-year-old former All-Star was convicted of nine misdemeanor counts, including four counts of spousal battery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of making criminal threats. Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the […]

Home cooking sparks hot week for Milwaukee Brewers

Sometimes is takes a thorough embarrassment for a team to get things turned around.

2012 MLB Win-Loss Predictions Revisited

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Kurt compares the final win totals for 2012 MLB regular season to his predictions from March. How many did he get right?