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Cubs catcher clarifies remarks that angered Yadier Molina

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras stirred up some drama last week with some comments about himself and his veteran counterparts at the position, …

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Chicago Cubs: Another day in an overpacked outfield

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 25: Jason Heyward<p>The Chicago Cubs will enter this season with five outfielders on the roster. Some can play elsewhere, but this is …

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Catcher Tiers 1.0

Thinking of making a heavy investment at catcher? Your options are limited, says Scott White, at a position more susceptible than most to random …

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Yo, Willson Contreras: As Molina himself said, just keep doing what you're doing

During Cubs catcher Willson Contreras’ first start as a major leaguer, at Wrigley Field against the Cardinals in 2016, the great Yadier Molina …

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Yadier Molina responds to Willson Contreras on Instagram

On Monday, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras showed he was very confident heading into the 2018 season, saying, “I know that I’m going to be better than …

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Cubs catcher says he’ll be better than Posey, Molina

Buster Posey and Yadier Molina have won 9 Gold Gloves, but Willson Contreras thinks he’ll be better than both of them.

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St. Louis Cardinals: The faux pas of Willson Contreras

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Willson Contreras<p>The St. Louis Cardinals have one of baseball’s best catchers on the squad even if a certain catcher for the …

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Willson Contreras: Comment about 'going to be better' than Yadier Molina and Buster Posey 'misinterpreted'

Willson Contreras clarified a comment he made about fellow catchers Yadier Molina and Buster Posey, saying that his “I’m going to be better than them" quote is being misinterpreted.<p>The Cubs catcher led off a series of tweets late Wednesday acknowledging, “Many people have misinterpreted what was …

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Additional Fun With Brls/TFB Rate

On Tuesday, I unveiled the latest version of my xHR/FB rate, and introduced a new metric that replaced the Brls/BBE equation component. Technically …

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Yadier Molina responds to Willson Contreras' comment that he wants to be the best catcher in MLB

Yadier Molina</a> responded to Cubs catcher <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/10166/" data-ylk="slk:Willson Contreras">Willson …

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John Farrell's family thriving in Cubs organization

Former Boston manager John Farrell is without a big league job, but his family is doing quite well in the Cubs organization.<p>The Cubs claimed Reds pitcher Luke Farrell off waivers last October, and on Thursday promoted Jeremy Farrell to minor league infield coordinator. Their brother, Shane Farrell, …

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Thor’sLinks: Searching for the O-Zone

When watching home run highlights of Shohei Ohtani, it’s clear that he has power to all fields. His inside-out power swing in RH curveballs is …

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Yadier Molina claps back at Willson Contreras

The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry is heating up early, it appears.<p>Just a few days after Willson Contreras told Chicago Sun-Times' Steve Greenberg that he …

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CubsTalk Podcast: How new coaching staff will help ensure Maddon's tactics won't get stale

ESPN’s Jesse Rogers stops by the CubsTalk Podcast to chat with Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki about his new book on Joe Maddon. The trio also debate …

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Effectively Wild Episode 1163: Engaged in Trade Talks

Ben Lindbergh and a newly engaged Jeff Sullivan banter about Jeff’s absence and return, Willson Contreras and Jon Lester, and the Astros’ and Giants’ …

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Cubs top 20 prospects are strong on pitchers

Welcome to my annual list of the Cubs top 20 prospects. Each day this week I’ll list five of my top 20 prospects, counting down to number one. Today …

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Kerry Wood's celebrity charity night raises $150,000

How much would you pay to meet Anthony Rizzo?<p>One fan bid $11,000 for a meet-and-greet with the Cubs first baseman during Kerry Wood’s Winter Warm-Up charity night. The money goes to Wood’s Pitch In program to support a children’s program in North Lawndale.<p>That wasn’t the only big-ticket item. …

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Cubs Convention 'colorful' in more ways than one (looking at you, Willson Contreras)

Cubs fans got a lot of face time this year from some of the team’s biggest stars, who played up their starring roles at this year’s convention. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights.<p><b>An addition to the lineup</b><p>Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber helped Cubs fans Jennifer and …

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MORRISSEY: A good start might make all the difference for the Cubs this season

I waited until May 8, 2017, to remind the Cubs that the 2016 season was over and that the merrymaking should stop once and for all. I thought waiting …

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Schwarber reacts to Contreras' profane advice to Lester

Watch Kyle Schwarber's instant reaction to seeing Willson Contreras' profanity-laced advice to Jon Lester about attempting to pick off Tommy Pham.

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Willson Contreras: “I know that I’m going to be better than [Yadier Molina and Buster Posey].”

The Cubs held their annual Cubs Convention over the weekend. There, catcher Willson Contreras explained that he used to study fellow catchers Yadier …

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Bryant 'would love' to have Harper join Cubs next offseason

After agreeing to terms with the Chicago Cubs on Friday on a $10.85-million contract for 2018, a record salary for a first-year arbitration-eligible …

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Olney: How do teams value leadership on the free-agent market? Not as much as you'd think

Jason Heyward knows first-hand that teams are much more likely to pay for defense than they would have been 15 or 20 years ago, having pulled an …

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2018 Cubs Convention: Coaching staff update

Len Kasper moderated an entertaining discussion with the Cubs coaching staff this morning. The conversation covered a lot of ground from specific …

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Willson Contreras' profanity-laden advice to Jon Lester was easily the best moment at Cubs Convention

First there was Manny being Manny.<p>Then there was Javy being Javy.<p>Now there needs to be a special section for Willy being Willy.<p>Willson Contreras is …

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MORRISSEY: Trying to come to grips with the new-look Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber looks like you and me now. Well, at least you, provided you’re svelte and toned and on a diet that sticks its nose up in the air at …

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New Pitching Coach Jim Hickey Ready To Get Cubs Back On Track

When Joe Maddon arrived in Chicago in December 2014, he inherited a pitching coach in Chris Bosio who had been with the organization for three years. …

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Chicago Cubs: Healthy Addison Russell an X-Factor for Cubs

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 17: Addison Russell<p>Chicago Cubs shortstop, Addison Russell, mired in on-field, and off-field adversity in 2017, can regain …

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Willson Contreras: 'I want to be the best catcher in the game for a long time'

This is sure to rub somebody out there the wrong way. Willson Contreras will come off as cocky, or too big for his polyester britches. He may even be …

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Top 50 Dynasty League Catchers

Image credit: USA Today Sports<p>Gary Sanchez leads the pack, with Willson Contreras and Buster Posey following, and Francisco Mejia on the verge.<p>Full …

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