College of Starting Pitchers

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I understand that the alternatives are as appealing as the selection of women at closing time at the neighborhood dive, but I wish the Cubs would pull the plug on the James Russell-in-the-starting-rotation experiment.

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Time for Cubs to Walk the Walk

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

When spring training opened last month, Cubs manager Mike Quade let it be known that there would be open competition for a large percentage of the spots on his team's Opening Day roster.

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Only 32 Days Until Opening Day

By Chris Rewers on Monday, February 28, 2011

The snow has melted, the days are getting noticeably longer, and the Cubs are playing spring training games in Arizona.

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2003: When the Cubs Decked the Cards

By Chris Rewers on Monday, September 13, 2010

The rivalry between the Cubs and Cardinals is generally considered as one of the three best in the major leagues, placed on a pedestal alongside the Yankees-Red Sox and Dodgers-Giants antagonisms. But when it comes to late-season drama, Cubs-Cardinals ranks far behind the other two classic rivalries.

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Ex-Cub Report No. 2

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, July 18, 2010

While Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome adjusts to his part-time status and awaits an imminent trade, a Cubs export (after brief stops in Oakland and Colorado), Matt Murton, is thriving in "The Land of the Rising Sun."

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Ex-Cub Report No. 1

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Some are sorely missed. Others have happily exited the Wrigley Field stage.

With four weeks of the baseball season complete, it's an ideal time to check on how some prominent former Cubs are faring with other teams throughout the majors, minors, and Japan.

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