Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein, who signed with Chicago in 2011 with a five-year deal, has been a tremendous addition to the front office and marks a shift in the direction of an organization that, before the hiring of Epstein, was inept for many years.
Chicago has embraced the change and have rewarded Epstein with a brand new contract, agreeing to terms on a five-year contract extension with the president of baseball operations, officially announced on Tuesday.
The NL Central Divison champs are cruising into the postseason with the best record in baseball and don’t seem to be slowing down. Their 100+ win total this season marks the first the time Cubs have broken the century mark in wins since 1935.
“In the five years under Theo’s leadership, he has brought in a strong executive team and acquired and developed some of the best players in the game. Now, the results are on the field. My family and I have no doubt that we have moved closer to our goal of delivering Cubs fans the World Series Championship they deserve,” team chairman Tom Ricketts said.
Chicago hopes this is the year that the Cubs can capture a World Series title that has eluded them for decades.
Cubs Investigating Fan Who Allegedly Made White Supremacy Gesture
The Chicago Cubs are investigating an incident that occurred during the broadcast of a game against the Miami Marlins which showed a fan who flashed a hand sign that is sometimes associated with white power, an upside-down OK signal, behind commentator Doug Glanville.
The Cubs are trying to locate the fan and possibly ban him from games, according to an official team announcement on Wednesday.
“An individual seated behind Mr. Glanville used what appears to be an offensive hand gesture that is associated with racism,” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said in a statement.
“Such ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field. We are reviewing the incident thoroughly because no one should be subjected to this type of offensive behavior.”
“Any derogatory conduct should be reported immediately to our ballpark staff. Any individual behaving in this manner will not only be removed from the ballpark, but will be permanently banned from Wrigley Field.”
MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.
Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.
According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.
Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.
Chicago Cubs Signs Big Name Free Agent
Over the weekend, the Chicago Cubs announced that they have signed MLB free agent and Japanese Phenom Yu Darvish from free agency according to multiple sources.
Before joining Major League Baseball, Darvish was playing in the Nippon Professional Baseball League with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters down in Japan. After spending six years with the team, many MLB scouts tapped him as being one of the top Major League prospects in several years.
In 2012, Darvish signed with the Texas Rangers. Yu Darvish played with the Rangers four full seasons and half of the 2017 season with the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels. In his five year MLB career, he has a 56-43 record, as a starting pitcher, 1,021 strikeouts, and a 3.42 ERA.
Now, Darvish is going to start the 2018 season playing for the one of the most historic teams in baseball history… The Chicago Bears.
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