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  1. Preparation big difference with these Cubs

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- The difference between the Mike Quade-run Chicago Cubs and Dale Sveum's group might be in preparation. This season's team got used to extra fielding and hitting practice after Cactus League games early in March. "This manager and coa...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  2. Sveum's no-nonsense approach just right

    Bruce Levine

    MESA, Ariz. -- In the Chicago Cubs' Cactus League opener on Sunday they looked as sloppy on the bases as they did the previous two seasons. But even though Darwin Barney and David DeJesus were picked off first base in the same inning, there is a ...

    Blog | March 04, 2012
  3. Cubs expect Starlin Castro on time

    Bruce Levine

    MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs expect shortstop Starlin Castro, who was under investigation by Chicago police this offseason on a sexual assault complaint, will report on time for spring training. Read the entire story....

    Blog | February 18, 2012
  4. Ideas behind 'Cubs Way' have worked for others

    Bruce Levine

    MESA, Ariz. -- In 1982, the Chicago Cubs new general manager Dallas Green told fans that the team was "building a new tradition" at Clark and Addison. That premise bothered some long-time Cub fans while others, tired of the team's losing ways, embrac...

    Blog | February 18, 2012
  5. Cubs spring preview: Outfield

    Bruce Levine

    With pitchers and catchers reporting to Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday, Bruce Levine previews the Cubs roster by position this week. The Chicago Cubs have an incomplete look to their outfield. The front office has been trying to move Alfonso Soriano and...

    Blog | February 17, 2012
  6. Cubs spring preview: Catchers

    Bruce Levine

    With pitchers and catchers reporting to Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday, Bruce Levine previews the Cubs roster by position this week. The Chicago Cubs have three receivers who can catch in the majors this season. Geovany Soto is the incumbent and will be...

    Blog | February 15, 2012
  7. Cubs spring preview: Bullpen

    Bruce Levine

    With pitchers and catchers reporting to Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday, Bruce Levine previews the Cubs roster by position this week. The Chicago Cubs' bullpen was a strength of the 2011 team. But gone from the mix is lefthander Sean Marshall, who was on...

    Blog | February 14, 2012
  8. Free agency preview: Who will be back?

    Bruce Levine

    Now that the World Series is over, free agency for major league players begins. Here is a quick look at the Chicago Cubs players who may be moving on and my percentage chance of their return. 1. Aramis Ramirez, 3B: In a weak free agent market fo...

    Blog | October 28, 2011
  9. Season preview: Bullpen

    Bruce Levine

    The strength of the Chicago Cubs might be in their veteran bullpen led by closer Carlos Marmol. At 28, Marmol is one of the elite bullpen pitchers in the game. The difference for the Cubs this season in the pen may be the addition of Kerry Wood and t...

    Blog | March 31, 2011
  10. Season preview: Outfield

    Bruce Levine

    The Chicago Cubs have been chasing outfield production since Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou left the team half a decade ago. This year's outfield could be the key to the team's offensive and defensive success. Right field has been a black hole for the ...

    Blog | March 30, 2011
  11. Season preview: Infield

    Bruce Levine

    The Chicago Cubs' revamped infield will be a nice combination of veteran presence and youthful enthusiasm this season. As always, the key to the offense will be the power positions at first and third base. Aramis Ramirez returns for his ninth and ...

    Blog | March 29, 2011
  12. Season preview: Starting pitching

    Bruce Levine

    It always seems as Carlos Zambrano goes, so go the Chicago Cubs' chances of winning a division. The three phases of Zambrano's 2010 season, included middling results as a starter to begin the season; an incomplete record as a relief pitcher from l...

    Blog | March 28, 2011
  13. Cubs spring training preview: Outfield

    Bruce Levine

    A major question mark remains unanswered for the Chicago Cubs going into spring training: Which outfielders will stand up and contribute to the Cubs' pursuit of better run production in 2011. Center fielder Marlon Byrd, the team's lone All-Star in ...

    Blog | February 12, 2011
  14. Cubs spring training preview: Infield

    Bruce Levine

    Looking back at Opening Day 2010, the Chicago Cubs' infield consisted of Derrek Lee at first base, Mike Fontenot at second base, Ryan Theriot at shortstop and Aramis Ramirez at third base. Going into the 2011 season, only Ramirez remains. Lee, who...

    Blog | February 11, 2011
  15. Cubs spring training preview: Pitching

    Bruce Levine

    If pitching truly is 80 percent of the game of baseball, the Chicago Cubs may know early in the season if they have the right stuff in the rotation and bullpen to compete. General manager Jim Hendry sent four prospects and minor-league veteran Sam...

    Blog | February 10, 2011
  16. Four keys to Cubs' success in 2011

    Bruce Levine

    The keys to the Chicago Cubs' season begin to unfold on Sunday as the pitchers and catcher report to Mesa, Ariz., for spring training. Let's look at four keys to the teams' success this season: 1. Carlos Zambrano: It could be said as Zambrano goes...

    Blog | February 09, 2011