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The Cubs left the winter meetings Thursday with their biggest haul in eight years, already assuring the kind of spring-training buzz they haven’t seen since the last time they had an ex-Rays manager running things and talking about a World Series. ]]> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:04:55 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/31630468-573/major-moves-by-cubs-raise-expectations.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/31630468-573/major-moves-by-cubs-raise-expectations.html <![CDATA[ Wrigley Field bleachers unlikely to be done for Opening Day ]]> Lead story image

You can buy an actual piece of last season’s ­Wrigley Field bleachers from the Cubs. Get them while you can. Because that might be the only way to assure even ­seeing any Wrigley bleachers by next year’s season opener April 5. ]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:16:32 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/31351871-573/wrigley-field-bleachers-unlikely-to-be-done-for-opening-day.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/31351871-573/wrigley-field-bleachers-unlikely-to-be-done-for-opening-day.html <![CDATA[ Dave Martinez leaves Rays, could join Joe Maddon’s Cubs staff ]]> Lead story image

Former Cubs outfielder Dave Martinez cleared the way for a possible reunion with new Cubs manager Joe Maddon by resigning from his coaching job with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:37:46 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/31314831-573/dave-martinez-leaves-rays-could-join-joe-maddons-cubs-staff.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/31314831-573/dave-martinez-leaves-rays-could-join-joe-maddons-cubs-staff.html <![CDATA[ Wrigley Field bleachers unlikely to be done for Opening Day ]]> Lead story image

You can buy an actual piece of last season’s ­Wrigley Field bleachers from the Cubs. Get them while you can. Because that might be the only way to assure even ­seeing any Wrigley bleachers by next year’s season opener April 5. ]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:16:32 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/31351871-573/wrigley-field-bleachers-unlikely-to-be-done-for-opening-day.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/31351871-573/wrigley-field-bleachers-unlikely-to-be-done-for-opening-day.html <![CDATA[ Cubs dismiss tampering allegations with Joe Maddon deal ]]> Lead story image

Click for story: http://chicagosuntimes.com/sports/cubs-dismiss-tampering-allegations-with-joe-maddon-deal/ … ]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:35:24 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/31003935-419/cubs-dismiss-tampering-allegations-with-joe-maddon-deal.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/31003935-419/cubs-dismiss-tampering-allegations-with-joe-maddon-deal.html <![CDATA[ Cubs hire Joe Maddon as manager ]]> Lead story image

The Cubs have hired Joe Maddon to be their next manager and will introduce him at 2 p.m. Monday at The Cubby Bear.  The move has been imminent for days and followed the club’s announcement Friday afternoon that it had fired Rick Renteria after one season on the job. ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:15:29 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30771845-419/cubs-hire-joe-maddon-as-manager.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30771845-419/cubs-hire-joe-maddon-as-manager.html <![CDATA[ New Cubs manager Joe Maddon is crazy — in a good way ]]> Lead story image

New Cubs manager Joe Maddon is crazy. ‘‘Of course,’’ said Maddon, the hippest 60-year-old in baseball. ‘‘And you know what? You have to have a little bit of crazy to be successful. I want crazy in the clubhouse every day. You need to be crazy to be great.’’ So there it is — the difference-making recipe that makes Maddon the guy the Cubs had to fire a sitting manager to hire, the recipe for success with all those 90-victory-plus teams with the small-market Tampa Bay Rays, the manager you get for $25 million over five years. The Answer. Crazy. (Insert … ]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 12:06:57 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30846188-573/new-cubs-manager-joe-maddon-is-crazy-in-a-good-way.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30846188-573/new-cubs-manager-joe-maddon-is-crazy-in-a-good-way.html <![CDATA[ Joe Maddon brushes off those 106 years of futility ]]> Lead story image

Somebody check Joe Maddon’s contract. Judging by his introductory news conference, there’s a good chance the Cubs are paying him by the word. On a manic Monday, the North Side’s newest hipster sprayed to all fields in what felt like one big, caffeinated run-on sentence. He talked about “magical’’ Wrigley Field; about The Cousin Eddie, his recreational vehicle; about the “talented young players’’ his new team has collected; about his desire to live downtown, not in “a gated community;’’ and about “Gladiator’’ (the movie, not the disgraced former Cubs power hitter who said he bulked up using Flintstones vitamins). Maddon … ]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 12:05:54 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30845477-573/joe-maddon-brushes-off-those-106-years-of-futility.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30845477-573/joe-maddon-brushes-off-those-106-years-of-futility.html <![CDATA[ Who will Cubs pursue in free-agent market? ]]> Lead story image

GORDON WITTENMYER: After hiring a big-shot manager with a track record of success in October, the Cubs must be ready to go all-in on the free-agent market that opened for business Monday night. Right? Not so fast. ]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 12:07:00 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30846196-573/who-will-cubs-pursue-in-free-agent-market.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30846196-573/who-will-cubs-pursue-in-free-agent-market.html <![CDATA[ For Joe Maddon, thinking outside the box has been a stock-in-trade ]]> Lead story image

It was the last thing Sam Fuld expected. Considering the source, maybe it shouldn’t have been. After pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the eighth inning of an interleague game three years ago, the then-Tampa Bay Rays outfielder was sent to the mound to warm up. Having just turned a four-run lead into a seven-run lead with a two-out homer, Rays manager Joe Maddon needed more time to get a different reliever ready. “It was his way of stalling,” said Fuld, who threw his warmup pitches only to have Maddon lift him — circumventing the rule requiring the new pitcher to … ]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 07:34:51 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30820071-419/for-joe-maddon-thinking-outside-the-box-has-been-a-stock-in-trade.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30820071-419/for-joe-maddon-thinking-outside-the-box-has-been-a-stock-in-trade.html <![CDATA[ Cubs’ dirty dismissal of Rick Renteria for Joe Maddon may be worth it ]]> Lead story image

TELANDER: It would have been nicer if Joe Maddon had come to the Cubs under cleaner circumstances. But he’s here now, and Rick Renteria has been sent packing. ]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:35:03 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30732507-452/cubs-dirty-dismissal-of-rick-renteria-for-joe-maddon-may-be-worth-it.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/30732507-452/cubs-dirty-dismissal-of-rick-renteria-for-joe-maddon-may-be-worth-it.html