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Kris Bryant Had MLB's Most Popular Selling Jersey In 2015

Oct 5, 2015 1:10 PM

Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs All-Star rookie third baseman, has the most popular player jersey in all of Major League Baseball for the 2015 season. The 23-year-old Bryant, who made his Major League debut on April 17, becomes the first rookie and youngest player ever to lead this list since MLB and the MLBPA began releasing jerseys sales rankings in 2010.

The Cubs, who begin Postseason play Wednesday night against the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game, are also represented on the list by All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo (#8). The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from, the official online shop of Major League Baseball, since Opening Day 2015.

After Bryant on the list, released jointly today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, is Madison Bumgarner (#2), Buster Posey (#3), Clayton Kershaw (#4) and Mike Trout (#5). The average age of the top 10 players on this season’s list is the youngest it has ever been, at 26 years old, with six of the top 10 being 26 years of age or younger. Five of the top 10 players on the current list will participate in this year’s Postseason.

Players representing 13 different Clubs make up the top 20 most popular player jerseys, which includes eight infielders, four outfielders, two catchers, five pitchers and one DH.

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Dan Haren To Retire After 13 Years

Oct 4, 2015 10:45 PM

Dan Haren will retire at the end of the season.

Haren won his final regular season game and isn't likely to end up on the postseason roster for the Chicago Cubs.

His ERA in August was 6.31, but it was just 2.36 in September.


"Happy the way the last few starts have gone," Haren said. "Being able to contribute to this amazing team. I'm just thankful to be a part of it."

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Steve Bartman Won't Attend Cubs' First Playoff Game In Seven Years

Oct 2, 2015 8:15 PM

Steve Bartman will not attend the first Chicago Cubs' playoff game in seven years despite a campaign to get him there.

A GoFundMe page started by Keque Escobedo was more than halfway to its goal of $5,000. Reached Friday, a longtime spokesman for Bartman said thanks, but no thanks.

"It's nice of these people to think of Steve, but he won't be taking advantage of the offer," Frank Murtha said. "He's perfectly capable of attending the game on his own, though he has no intention of being at the wild-card game."

With the Cubs leading the Marlins 3-0 in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the NL Championship Series, Bartman was vilified for putting his hands on a foul ball that appeared to be a potential catch by Cubs left fielder Moises Alou. The Cubs went on to lose the game and blow a 3-2 series lead, and they haven't won a postseason contest since.

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Cubs Will Work On Extension For Epstein After Season

Sep 29, 2015 7:07 AM

The Chicago Cubs want to work on a contract extension for Theo Epstein, but those talks won't come until after the season, according to owner Tom Ricketts.

Epstein's five-year contract expires after the 2016 season.

"Theo and I have a great relationship. Obviously, the results are great," Ricketts said. "Everyone in the baseball organization, we're on a mission. And we want to keep that mission going forward."

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

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Maddon: AC/DC 'Totally Messed Up Our Infield'

Sep 22, 2015 7:16 AM

Joe Maddon complained about conditions in the infield at Wrigley Field after a recent concert.

"Since the AC/DC concert we've had a little bit of trouble," Maddon said Monday night. "I don't know if they [the band] were out there taking ground balls in 9-inch heels."

The subject came up after an error by Starlin Castro, which Maddon blamed on a bad hop.

"They totally messed up our infield," Maddon said. "I've seen a bad hop at third, a bad hop at second. Prior to that I've not seen one bad hop all year."

It's unclear how much the infield was affected by the concert held last week but the Cubs completely ripped up the outfield grass and replaced it with new sod. There have been more complaints about the new outfield grass.

"Infield is OK," Castro said. "The grass on the outfield is bad. … It's not even. Some long, some short. It's not what it used to be."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Cardinals Clinch MLB's First Playoff Spot

Sep 20, 2015 1:18 AM

The Cardinals have become the first team to clinch a postseason berth this year despite losing to the Cubs on Saturday.

The Cardinals fell at Wrigley Field, but manager Mike Matheny's team later sealed a playoff spot when San Francisco lost to Arizona. The Giants' defeat ensured St. Louis at least an NL wild-card slot.

St. Louis has the best record in the majors at 92-56

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Cubs Beat Cardinals As Tempers Flare Again

Sep 19, 2015 6:31 PM

Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant hit back-to-back homers, and tempers flared for the second straight game as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-4 on Saturday for its fifth straight win to tighten the NL Central race, according to an report.

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Maddon Upset With Cardinals' Hit On Rizzo

Sep 19, 2015 2:09 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon unleashed a tirade directed at the Cardinals on Friday after Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of the team's 8-3 win.

The Cubs believe Cardinals reliever Matt Belisle intentionally threw at Rizzo in retaliation for St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday being hit by a pitch on the helmet in the fifth inning. Rizzo was hit on the leg by Belisle, who was ejected along with Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

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Cubs Aren't Worried About Losing Front Office Talent

Sep 15, 2015 5:58 PM

A number of Chicago Cubs executives have been linked to front office openings this year, but Theo Epstein isn't concerned.

Epstein believes Chicago's upper management team will survive its 2015 success intact as it plans improvements into 2016.

"I think we have a pretty tight-knit group, and this is a great time be a Chicago Cub, whether you're in uniform of in the front office," Epstein said. "I don't really worry about losing people. But if we do, I think we have a really deep organization, that there's another layer ready to step up. We have some depth in the front office.

"But I think that we're a great team in the front office, and I expect us to stay together for a while."

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

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Kris Bryant Hits 467-Foot Blast Off Video Board

Sep 7, 2015 2:22 AM

Kris Bryant hit a huge home run and tied a club rookie record for RBIs, and the Cubs beat the D-Backs 6-4 to complete a three-game sweep Sunday.

Bryant's drive leading off the fifth was calculated at 467 feet, the longest by a Cub since Anthony Rizzo hit a 475-foot blast in 2013, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

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White Sox Claim Mike Olt Off Waivers From Cubs
The Cubs had designated third baseman Mike Olt for assignment last Monday.

Dodgers Send Rubber, Dirt To Arrieta Following No-Hitter
The Dodgers sent a few mementos to Jake Arrieta after he tossed a no-hitter against the club on Sunday night.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Mariners Trade Austin Jackson To Cubs
Seattle will receive a player to be named later and a $211,000 international signing slot. Chicago will receive some cash to offset what is left on Jackson's $7.7 million salary.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Could Jake Arrieta Win NL Cy Young?
The National League Cy Young conversation has largely been limited to teammates Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw since the All-Star break, but Jake Arrieta's no-hitter on Sunday night may help him ev

Christina Kahrl/ESPN

Cubs Have 'Pajama Party' On Flight Home
Cubs manager Joe Maddon says it's about having "fun" as a group, win or lose.

Jake Arrieta Throws No-Hitter Against Dodgers
Jake Arrieta became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball's third no-hitter in less than three weeks.

Yasiel Puig Back On DL With Hamstring Strain
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig missed 39 games early in the season with a left hamstring strain.

Cubs Acquire Fernando Rodney From M's
Fernando Rodney went 5-5 with a 5.68 ERA and 16 saves in 54 appearances for the Mariners this season.

Peavy, Posey Lead Giants To Win Over Cubs
The Giants defeated the Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday night to snap Chicago's six-game winning streak.

Maddon Believes This Could Be The Year For The Cubs
Joe Maddon says "of course it is" possible that the Cubs could win the World Series.

Cubs Place Jason Motte, Jorge Soler On DL
Cubs pitcher Jason Motte has a right shoulder strain.

Cubs Send Playoff Ticket Info To Season-Ticket Holders
The Cubs sent out playoff ticket invoices to season-ticket holders on Thursday.

Jon Greenberg/ESPN

Cubs To Sign Trevor Cahill
Trevor Cahill opted out of his contract with the Dodgers last week.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Dexter Fowler Clears Revocable Waivers
The Cubs recently placed Dexter Fowler on revocable waivers and the outfielder has gone unclaimed.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley
The Angels, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Utley Seeks Playing-Time Assurance To Waive No-Trade
Chase Utley has drawn trade interest after clearing revocable waivers, but possesses full no-trade protection by way of ten-and-five rights.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Utley Clears Waivers, Now Eligible For Trade
Chase Utley cleared waivers on Tuesday night and is now eligible to be traded by the Phillies.


Contenders Continue To Scout Chase Utley
The Cubs, Giants and Yankees all had scouts at Monday night's game between the Phillies and Diamondbacks.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Lester Has Developed New Pitch With Cubs
David Ross says Jon Lester has developed a "frontdoor two-seamer" that he didn't have during his time with the Red Sox.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Telephone Threat Prompts Police To Evacuate Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field was evacuated for about an hour on Sunday after a threat was telephoned in.

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