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2018 Schedule
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5hSam Miller

Baseball's new World Series-winning philosophy? Lose. A lot

The Process, the five-year plan, Moneyball: Whatever you call it, MLB's new -- cough, cough -- "strategy" just means ignoring the present (sorry, 2018) in hopes of a ticker tape parade down the line. This is the story of how baseball got weird.

Los Angeles Dodgers
12hPaul Lukas

The 2018 Uni Watch MLB preview

It's time for another baseball season, so let's catch up with every patch, stripe, throwback and color change in the majors.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant said he got "goose bumps" driving home yesterday while thinking about what the Cubs can do on offense this season: "We might have a 30 home run lead off hitter."

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1dJesse Rogers

Welcome to Kyle Schwarber's comeback season

A winter mission to transform his body was just the beginning. Everyone who has seen the Cubs this spring agrees: Schwarber is ready to do big things.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs strength coach Tim Buss dressed as Uncle Sam as Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA plays while the Cubs warm up.

David Ross' son gets entire team laughing (2:09)

BBTN: Polanco suspension, Altuve contract, David Ortiz

Before catching up with David Ortiz (30:07), Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss the Jorge Polanco suspension, Jose Altuve's new deal and much more (6:57). Plus, the latest installment of Todd Radom's uniform trivia (41:16).


Royals sign reliever Grimm to $1.25M contract

The Royals signed right-handed reliever Justin Grimm to a $1.25 million, one-year deal Sunday that includes up to $300,000 incentives after he was released by the Chicago Cubs last week.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Javy Baez discuss the upcoming season and his return to the lineup after missing time with a sore hamstring.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs players warm up wearing green hats with bagpipes playing in the background.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Yu Darvish may have been a little winded after his start today as he didn't expect to run the bases. After he singled, he was doubled to third: "I'd rather walk home than run home so I'll practice that," he joked. Darvish threw 75 pitches as he continues to build up arm strength. He gave up one run in five innings.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Somehow Joe Maddon got on this topic: "I like hyphenated last names. Like Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I wish I had been Joe Maddon-Closack or whatever. I dig the hyphenated last name. I think it should be utilized more often....I wanted my wife to hyphenate."


Kyle Hendricks, Cubs pitcher

David Kaplan, Carmen & Jurko talk with Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks about the work he's done in spring training, facing Joey Votto and using data to pitch his best.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (calf) says he should be ready to get into a game next week and believes he will be ready for the regular season as well -- but understands that decision isn't up to him. He commented on how good the Cubs rotation is: "I'm pretty sure those guys are going to be throwing 7 innings every game. We're (relievers) going to be asking for innings to pitch."


Anthony Rizzo, Cubs first baseman

David Kaplan, Carmen & Jurko talk with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo about spring training, last year's hangover from the World Series & the possibility being team captain.


BBTN: Cubs refocused, surprise MVP candidate

Buster and Karl Ravech discuss the narratives of early 2018 including a refocused Cubs squad, a surprise MVP candidate in the AL and more (6:26). Plus, Jessica Mendoza's camp observations (28:04) and Ryan Divish with some "Inside Heat" on the Mariners (40:14).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney gave an update on renovations of Wrigley Field which are in its 2nd to last stage. Final touches for this off-season are ongoing as the field will be ready for play on Opening Day, April 9. Improved cell and wifi service along with 8 new concession stands are part of the improved fan experience. The dugouts will be moved 28 ft towards the foul poles to help accommodate the new 1914 Club. Next off-season the Cubs will renovate the visitor's clubhouse as well as the press box. The Cubs have applied for an all-star game and are hopeful after renovations are complete they'll be able to host the mid-summer classic.


Jed Hoyer, Cubs GM

Carmen & Jurko talk with Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer about the upcoming season, the hangover from winning the World Series and extra-innings rule changes in the minors.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Source indicates the Cubs have released pitcher Justin Grimm.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

MLBPA President Tony Clark didn't reveal much about his meeting with the Cubs but says this era of players is more engaged than ever after the events of this winter. In the coming months they will examine, with agents, why what happened, happened.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2738th
On Base Percentage.3448th
Slugging Percentage.45312th
Earned Run Average4.5212th
Quality Starts51st