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Some news and notes from Opening Day at Wrigley Field.

Newness is the theme of every Opening Day, and this year is no exception at Wrigley Field. This is my third opener at the Friendly Confines. Two years ago was memorable because it marked the beginning of the Cubs' era as wards of the Ricketts family. Thomas J. Ricketts was the face of the franchise from that day until last fall, when he hired Theo Epstein away from the Red Sox.

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The first part of a roundtable discussion about how teams in the NL Central will fare in the 2012 season.

PECOTA Team Projections
​Record: 74-88
Team WARP: 20.2
Team TAv: .253
Runs Scored: 685
Runs Allowed: 756
Team FRAA: 1.1







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October 17, 2011 12:09 pm

Future Shock: The Epstein Holdup

73

Kevin Goldstein

A look at why the Cubs haven't officially announced Theo Epstein as their new GM yet

You like chickens? You like counting them before they hatch? Well welcome to Chicago, where such endeavors have turned a public relations boon into a potential nightmare.

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Fake-filling vacancies in Anaheim, Chicago, and Boston.

The first:

Angels Stadium
11:15 a.m.
On a Tuesday. 



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August 19, 2011 5:49 pm

Manufactured Runs: Multifold Changes

23

Colin Wyers

Jim Hendry is gone - will it make a difference for the Cubs?

It’s the end of an era for the Cubs. Tom Ricketts, public face of the Ricketts family trust that bought the team in 2009, announced this morning that general manager Jim Hendry had “stepped down,” which left out the little detail that he was given a bit of a shove first. It’s become increasingly clear that the Cubs have needed a new direction for many years, and now they certainly are going in a new direction.

Nobody will accuse Hendry of being the world’s greatest GM, but he is perhaps taking more than his fair share of the blame from Cubs fans. Ricketts was careful to avoid turning Hendry into a scapegoat, praising him for his work and dedication. Today’s press conference shed some new light on the baffling behavior of the Cubs this past month; Hendry was informed of the decision to move on back on the 22nd of July, just over a week before the trade deadline. He was asked to stay on to finish signing the team’s amateur draft picks, and he agreed. This explains the inactivity of a man nicknamed “Trader Jim” for his wheeling and dealing ways; taking a laissez faire approach gives his successor more freedom.

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September 29, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Eyeing The Glass Slipper

8

John Perrotto

The Astros hope to be the NL's surprise story of 2011, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

The National League has had two surprise teams this season in the Reds and Padres. The Reds clinched the NL Central title on Tuesday night and will make their first post-season appearance since 1995 while the Padres are two games game behind both the Giants in the NL West and Braves in the wild-card standings.

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Tom Ricketts is living it up on his first Opening Day as the Cubs' owner.

Tom Ricketts arrived at Wrigley Field at 6 a.m. this morning. He spent the next few hours posing for pictures and doing interviews. He was on CNBC's "The Call" explaining how the introduction of bison products is going to rally the Cubs to their first world title since the Teddy Roosevelt administration. Well, he didn't exactly put it like that, but he is confident that the denizens of Wrigley Field are going to love the buffalo burgers being served downstairs. I, myself, am very fond of buffalo burgers. I may get one after the game.

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April 5, 2010 8:33 am

On the Beat: Monday Update

1

John Perrotto

Big Four holds key to Cardinals' success and other notes from around the major leagues.

No team seems to have an easier path to a division title than the Cardinals in the National League Central. PECOTA projects them to finish nine games ahead of the second-place Cubs, which would be easily the largest margin in any of the major leagues' six divisions.

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February 28, 2010 10:05 am

On the Beat: Weekend Update

21

John Perrotto

Scouts pick five AL players ready for bounce-backs, Red Sox owner John Henry likes BP's prediction and other notes.

After taking a look at five players from the National League who scouts say should open some eyes during the exhibition games that begin on Tuesday, let's take a look at five from the American League:

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The notable quotables from the week that was.

I WAS AT THE GYM-WHAT BAD COULD HAPPEN TO ME THERE?

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November 1, 2009 12:15 pm

On the Beat: World Series Weekend Update

8

John Perrotto

Breaking down Game Three, the use of instant replay, and rumors and rumblings from around the major leagues.

It was only a year ago that Cole Hamels was the breakout player of the postseason. Yet it seems so much longer. The Phillies left-hander tried once again to find the magic of 2008 on Saturday night as he took the mound in Game Three of the World Series. For three innings, the 25-year-old looked like the carefree kid who stymied the Brewers, Dodgers, and Rays last year as he played a major role in delivering the Phillies' second World Series title in the franchise's 125-year history.

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September 13, 2009 12:14 pm

On the Beat: Weekend Update

9

John Perrotto

Wrigleyville woes, drama in Philly in the absence of stretch drama, taking it one day at a time in DC, plus news from around the game.

Though the Cubs are playing out the string in what has turned into a disappointing season, there is still intrigue surrounding a franchise that will now make it 101 consecutive seasons without a World Series title. That's because Tom Ricketts has agreed in principle to buy the Cubs and Wrigley Field from Sam Zell and the Tribune Company for $845 million.

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