Angels hire Joe Maddon as new manager

Baseball / MLB Oct 17, 2019

Angels hire Joe Maddon as new manager

Joe Maddon is back under the halo. Maddon agreed to a three-year deal to become the Los Angeles Angels' manager on Wednesday, reuniting the World Series-winning former skipper of the Chicago Cubs with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball ...

Darvish fans nine as Cubs beat Brewers

Baseball / MLB Apr 8, 2018

Darvish fans nine as Cubs beat Brewers

Chicago right-hander Yu Darvish struck out nine in six innings on Saturday, but missed the chance for his first win of the year as the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2. Darvish gave up two hits at Miller Park, the first to Brewers first baseman ...

Cubs unleash power to rout Dodgers, even NLCS 2-2

Baseball / MLB Oct 20, 2016

Cubs unleash power to rout Dodgers, even NLCS 2-2

After striking out in his first two at-bats, Anthony Rizzo was seeking a slump buster. He found one in teammate Matt Szczur's bat. Using the borrowed lumber, Rizzo homered and ended a postseason skid with three RBIs. The rest of the Chicago Cubs' hitters broke ...

Cubs rally past Giants to reach NLCS

Baseball / MLB Oct 12, 2016

Cubs rally past Giants to reach NLCS

Kris Bryant tossed his glove high in the air, Jake Arrieta jumped over the dugout railing and the rest of the Chicago Cubs rushed to join the celebration. Pure revelry and a sigh of relief, all at once. World Series favorites since opening day, the Cubs ...

Red-hot Cubs off to best start since 1900

Baseball / MLB Jun 7, 2016

Red-hot Cubs off to best start since 1900

Jon Lester dominated for eight innings, and the Chicago Cubs bullpen was just good enough in the ninth for yet another victory. Lester pitched eight scoreless innings, Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer and the Cubs held off the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Monday night. Lester ...

Heyward makes good first impression with Cubs

Baseball / MLB Feb 24, 2016

Heyward makes good first impression with Cubs

Already impressed by what he saw watching Jason Heyward play, something else stood out to Joe Maddon during their initial phone conversation. It was Heyward's maturity and understanding of the game. Those qualities made it easy for Maddon to envision him in the Chicago Cubs' ...

Cubs ace Arrieta gets back to work

Baseball / MLB Feb 21, 2016

Cubs ace Arrieta gets back to work

Sometime around the end of last season or maybe afterward, it hit Jake Arrieta. He finally grasped that he did not simply dominate down the stretch. He performed at a record level that catapulted him to the Cy Young Award while leading the Chicago Cubs ...

Cubs' Maddon, Rangers' Banister earn top honors

Baseball / MLB Nov 18, 2015

Cubs' Maddon, Rangers' Banister earn top honors

Joe Maddon and Jeff Banister were a huge hit in their new jobs. Now, immediate team success has reaped individual rewards. Maddon won his third Manager of the Year award Tuesday and Banister his first after each guided an unexpected run to the playoffs. In his ...

Story lines aplenty as MLB regular season draws near

Baseball / MLB Mar 27, 2015

Story lines aplenty as MLB regular season draws near

Even before Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and the rest of the ramped-up Washington Nationals hit the field for their first full-squad workout at spring training, they got the message. There it was, printed across the top of a practice schedule posted in the clubhouse at ...