SI Cover Features Castro

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro graces the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

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Scout's Honor

By Chris Rewers on Friday, March 11, 2011

Predicting which young players will succeed at the major league level is anything but an exact science.

During my visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., I was fascinated by an original copy of a 1952 report filed by Brooklyn Dodgers scout Al Campanis regarding a Puerto Rican teenage standout named Roberto Clemente.

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The Beats Go On

By Chris Rewers on Monday, March 7, 2011

I had WGN (720-AM) on in the car recently while the Cubs beat writer Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune was being interviewed by a host.

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Cubs Player Rankings

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, November 6, 2010

The improved play the Cubs demonstrated under interim manager Mike Quade during the season's final weeks (a 24-13 record) was encouraging but it doesn't change the fact that the 2010 season was an unmitigated disaster.

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Cubs 7, Dodgers 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hero: Geovany Soto went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer (his ninth of the season) in the second inning en route to a three-RBI game. Soto, who has 10 hits in his last 20 at-bats, raised his average to .289.

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Heat's On Lou, But What About Hendry?

By Chris Rewers on Monday, May 17, 2010

Speculation that Lou Piniella's days are numbered as Cubs manager intensified during a recent slump that saw the North Siders drop nine of 11 and fall seven games under .500.

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The High Plains Bison Foot-Long Buffalo Dog

By Chris Rewers on Monday, April 12, 2010

The Cubs have spent more than $10 million for renovations to the 96-year-old Wrigley field, Carrie Muskat reports.

Fans on Monday will notice changes to the concourses, the restrooms and the concessions menu, which will now include The High Plains Bison Foot-Long Buffalo Dog, courtesy of the Ricketts family ranch in Little Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The buffalo dog will be served with bleu cheese cole slaw and buffalo sauce.

Thanks, but I'll stick with the David Berg hot dog.

The [Monday] Sports Pages

By Chris Rewers on Monday, April 5, 2010

Cubs fans have heard it before. Manager Lou Piniella believes this could be the year that the Cubs end their 102-year world championship drought.

"I think the Cubs, their time is coming to win the World Series," Piniella said after Saturday's spring training finale in Phoenix. "Hopefully, it's very, very, very soon.

"When we do, it will be an event," he added.

You think?

Of course, each of the 30 major league managers will say that his team is capable of achieving October glory if his players stay healthy and perform to the best of their abilities. But does anybody really believe that Pittsburgh manager John Russell really thinks his Pirates have a shot?

Perhaps the most honest preseason managerial assessment of a team from the Cubs' Phil Cavarretta in 1954.

"The Cubs have to win now," Cavarretta said late in spring training. "They are losing fans by the thousands. But the material isn't there. The future looks even worse. There just isn't any good talent coming up. The Cubs have to get some big league talent or they're sunk."

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