Chicago says farewell, thanks to beloved Mr. Cub

Chicago says farewell, thanks to beloved Mr. Cub

Jan 31, 2015 | No Comments

Friday was a day for people touched by Ernie Banks’ irrepressible and irresistible charm to approach his casket at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. This was the kind of effect Banks had on people here.

Dodgers contingent honors Wounded Warriors

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On Friday 22 current Dodgers and three franchise luminaries took part in a special luncheon to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

Bullpen Notes: Cotts, Mujica, Brewers, Papelbon, K-Rod

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Recent Brewers signee Neal Cotts tells Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he came close to hanging up his spikes before the Rangers offered him a deal for the 2013 season. After two fairly productive seasons in Texas, Cotts chose Milwaukee in part due to proximity to his home in Chicago. Here are some notes on still-active bullpen situations around the game: The Red Sox have indicated a willingness over the last few days to deal righty Edward Mujica, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. Mujica, 30, signed a two-year deal to head to Boston last year after a strong 2013 with the Cardinals, but struggled mightily out of the gate. He rebounded with a big second half, however, throwing 25 1/3 innings of 1.78 ERA ball over the second half. All said, Mujica ended the year having allowed 3.90 earned per nine and having compiled a 3.70 FIP that was nearly identical to his fielding-independent mark from the season prior

Yanks reportedly add veteran arm Baker on Minors deal

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The Yankees signed right-hander Scott Baker to a one-year, Minor League contract on Friday, according to multiple media reports.

Cuban infielder Moncada clears government hurdle

Cuban infielder Moncada clears government hurdle

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David Hastings, the agent for Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, received a notification from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Friday night stating that his player may be generally licensed as an unblocked national, according to new guidelines for a general license amended Jan. 16, 2015.

A cut above: Best tools of Top 100 Prospects list

A cut above: Best tools of Top 100 Prospects list

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From Byron Buxton’s speed to Kris Bryant’s power to Lucas Giolito’s fastball and curve, Jim Callis breaks down the best tools of MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list.

Salvy ready for another wild ride with Royals

Salvy ready for another wild ride with Royals

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It doesn’t take Royals catcher Salvador Perez long to pinpoint his favorite moment from the club’s magical playoff run last season. To this day, baseball observers are dumbfounded how Perez ever reached the pitch, which seemed almost two feet off the plate, let alone pulled it to beat the A’s in the AL Wild Card Game.

Mr. Cub gone but never forgotten

Mr. Cub gone but never forgotten

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The casket of Ernie Banks lay before thousands of mourners, including former teammates, friends and fans. It was dressed with a pinstriped No. 14 flag that flies from the left-field foul pole on summer days at Wrigley Field and a portrait of the handsome Mr. Cub.

Royals looking to make minor tweaks for ’15

Royals looking to make minor tweaks for ’15

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Coming off the greatest Royals season in nearly three decades, manager Ned Yost obviously is eager to get to Spring Training in a couple of weeks. It’s just that once he gets there, Yost knows he won’t be searching for all that many answers.

Puig says Cardinals are Dodgers’ biggest adversary

Puig says Cardinals are Dodgers’ biggest adversary

Jan 30, 2015 | No Comments

Yasiel Puig stood on a balcony in the 26th floor of City Hall on Friday afternoon, staring out into downtown Los Angeles before a luncheon to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project and talking mostly about how often he thinks about those pesky Cardinals, who have eliminated his Dodgers in back-to-back Octobers.