Articles by: Michael Cerami


Remember That Crazy Anthony Rizzo Catch? No, Not That One … Or That Other One

Remember That Crazy Anthony Rizzo Catch? No, Not That One … Or That Other One

When you think about Rizzo catches, you know which two you think of. But there is another!

by January 21, 2017 Chicago Cubs News, Cubs Humor
Be Advised: Most of the Rest of the NL Central is Strong on the Prospect Front

Be Advised: Most of the Rest of the NL Central is Strong on the Prospect Front

There are some up-and-coming teams on the way in the NL Central, and the path to a long competitive window for the Cubs could become cluttered.

by January 21, 2017 MLB News and Rumors

Cubs Reportedly Signing Reliever Jim Henderson to Minor League Deal

Cubs Reportedly Signing Reliever Jim Henderson to Minor League Deal

The Cubs added to their bullpen depth with an old friend.

by January 20, 2017 Chicago Cubs News
Lukewarm Stove: Ross Limited, Dodgers Options, Valbuena Signing, More

Lukewarm Stove: Ross Limited, Dodgers Options, Valbuena Signing, More

The latest from around the league, including Tyson Ross’s potentially slow return, Luis Valbuena to the Angels, and more.

by January 20, 2017 MLB News and Rumors
First Farm System Rankings of 2017 Are Out, and Cubs Aren’t As Low As You Might Fear

First Farm System Rankings of 2017 Are Out, and Cubs Aren’t As Low As You Might Fear

No, the Cubs aren’t in the top half after a couple years of depletion, but only barely.

FanGraphs Top Cubs Prospects List Out, and Consensus is Forming on the Top Four Pitchers

FanGraphs Top Cubs Prospects List Out, and Consensus is Forming on the Top Four Pitchers

Judging based on these and other recent rankings, the Cubs’ top pitching prospects are Dylan Cease, Jose Albertos, Oscar de la Cruz, and Trevor Clifton, in some order.

Cardinals Hacking Punishment Expected Before Spring Training

Cardinals Hacking Punishment Expected Before Spring Training

Maybe even as soon as the next couple weeks.

by January 19, 2017 MLB News and Rumors

Risk vs. Uncertainty, Baez Plus Zobrist, Extensions, Happy Wrigley, and Other Bullets

Risk vs. Uncertainty, Baez Plus Zobrist, Extensions, Happy Wrigley, and Other Bullets

Ever think about the difference between “risk” and “uncertainty” in contract negotiations?

The Cubs’ Position Player Group is Collectively Elite on Offense and Defense

The Cubs’ Position Player Group is Collectively Elite on Offense and Defense

In both phases of the game, the Cubs’ position players figure to excel as a unit in 2017.

by January 18, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
MLBits: Cardinals Continue Caution, Baez and the Dodgers, Extreme Park Factors, More

MLBits: Cardinals Continue Caution, Baez and the Dodgers, Extreme Park Factors, More

Have the Cardinals been right not to go crazy this offseason? Would the Dodgers want Javy Baez (of course they would)? And much more.

Baseball Prospectus Releases Its Top Cubs Prospect List for 2017

Baseball Prospectus Releases Its Top Cubs Prospect List for 2017

The top three look familiar, but after that, things are changed around.


Cubs Reportedly Showing Interest in Former Top Pitching Prospect Casey Kelly

Cubs Reportedly Showing Interest in Former Top Pitching Prospect Casey Kelly

A rumor about a minor league free agent with uninspiring numbers usually doesn’t merit a long post, but Kelly’s story is unique.

by January 18, 2017 Chicago Cubs Rumors
BIF: New White Sox Prospect Michael Kopech Brings the Heat at *Record Scratch* 110 MPH

BIF: New White Sox Prospect Michael Kopech Brings the Heat at *Record Scratch* 110 MPH

From Baseball is Fun: “Is, uh, this net reinforced?”

by January 18, 2017 Baseball is Fun
BIF: Ever Wonder What Was the Worst Season of Ted Williams’ Career?

BIF: Ever Wonder What Was the Worst Season of Ted Williams’ Career?

From Baseball is Fun: Ted Williams is one of the best hitters on baseball history. Easily. But what was his worst season? How bad could it be?

by January 17, 2017 Baseball is Fun
Cubs Prospect Notes: Happ, Cease, Martinez, Jimenez, Young, Much More

Cubs Prospect Notes: Happ, Cease, Martinez, Jimenez, Young, Much More

So much Cubs prospect goodness to digest from the Cubs Convention.