1/24/2015 | Banks lauded for infectious personality, love of game
No. 14 flags flew from the top of the Wrigley Field scoreboard and outside the ballpark's marquee and fans left flowers, beer and a batting helmet to honor the memory of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, who passed away on Friday.
1/24/2015 | Grace mourns Banks, remembers his genuine kindness
During his 13 years playing for the Cubs, Mark Grace got to know Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, but it was the first time that he met Banks that stands out.
1/24/2015 | Legendary Mr. Cub in his own words
Sometimes you just turn on a voice recorder and let a person talk. You might have done it with a grandparent at a family reunion. Phil Rogers did it a couple of times with Ernie Banks at events in 2010.
1/24/2015 | Banks' smile and warmth will live on forever
Ernie Banks never seemed to have a bad day, and isn't that why we loved him? His was a journey filled with laughter and joy, and with a smile that lit up rooms and warmed hearts for 83 years.
1/24/2015 | Banks deeply admired by his peers on the diamond
The news of Ernie Banks' death on Friday, eight days shy of his 84th birthday, brought a flood of memories to contemporaries. Those who knew the man during his playing days as "Mr. Cub" -- and well beyond -- will tell you he was as universally loved and respected as any player the game of baseball has seen.
1/24/2015 | Negro Leagues Museum fondly remembers Mr. Cub
Ernie Banks arrived in Chicago by way of the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League, where he played under manager John "Buck" O'Neil, one of the eventual founders of the Negro Leagues Museum. Banks frequently checked in on the museum and was one of its proudest supporters.
1/24/2015 | Williams saddened by loss of former teammate, friend Banks
Billy Williams felt the absence of Ernie Banks during Cubs Convention last weekend, and Williams' biggest fears came true Friday, when he heard his former teammate and longtime friend had passed away.
1/24/2015 | Banks remembered as legend on, off field
Cubs icon Ernie Banks, who would've celebrated his 84th birthday in one week on Jan. 31, passed away Friday. His death sparked an outpouring of reaction.
1/23/2015 | Did you know: Ernie Banks facts and figures
Cubs icon and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks died Friday at age 83. Here are some facts and figures from Mr. Cub's 19-year career and beyond.
1/23/2015 | Beloved Mr. Cub, Hall of Famer Banks dies at 83
"Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks, a Hall of Famer who hit 512 home runs in 19 seasons in Chicago, has died at age 83.
1/23/2015 | Cubs claim well-traveled righty Germen off waivers
Gonzalez Germen has traveled quite a bit this offseason without going anywhere. On Friday, the Cubs claimed Germen off waivers from the Rangers. The right-handed pitcher was designated for assignment by the Mets on Dec. 15, and he was traded to the Yankees four days later. Germen was then designated for assignment on Jan. 13, before being traded to the Rangers on Tuesday.
1/23/2015 | Fowler, Cubs avoid arbitration with $9.5 million deal
The Cubs and newly acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler avoided arbitration and reached agreement on a one-year deal worth $9.5 million.
1/22/2015 | Young Baez impressing Cubs with work ethic
Javier Baez is back in Santurce's lineup, and back at work on his swing. The Cubs infielder took a brief break from his Winter Leagues at-bats in Puerto Rico to come to Chicago for the team's fanfest last weekend. Baez has lost 15 pounds since the 2014 season ended, which impressed the Cubs, and he is also working hard to improve after batting .169 in 52 games last season.
1/21/2015 | Lester, Cubs prospects weigh in on pitch clocks
Minor Leaguers at the Double-A and Triple-A levels this season will have to deal with pitch clocks, as Major League Baseball tries to address the pace of the game. As far as Cubs pitcher Jon Lester is concerned, there's no need to speed things up.
1/18/2015 | Quartet of prospects fields fans' questions at seminar
Fans heard how passionate Kyle Schwarber is about catching, that C.J. Edwards' idol is Pedro Martinez, and that Pierce Johnson grew his hair long to get noticed during a Sunday "Down on the Farm" seminar at the Cubs Convention.
1/18/2015 | 12 deals that led to Chicago's baseball boom
You have to tip your hat to Rick Hahn and Theo Epstein. They've not only been builders, but they've been extremely successful deal-makers, expediting -- through a series of very smart trades -- the recovery from a 2013 season in which the White Sox and Cubs lost a combined 195 games.
1/17/2015 | Cubs brass reflects on courtship of Maddon
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer admit they aren't the best at planning ahead as far as gift giving, but they certainly can improvise, and they found the right bottle of wine to woo Joe Maddon.
1/17/2015 | Bard reportedly joins Cubs on Minor League contract
The Cubs added right-hander Daniel Bard, 29, on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
1/17/2015 | New Cubs ingratiate themselves with fans during Q&A
Fans and new Cubs players got to know one another Saturday at Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in an hour-long question-and-answer session with several of the team's new faces.
1/17/2015 | Cubs: Bleachers won't be ready until May
The Wrigley Field bleachers will not be ready for Opening Night and will be unavailable until May, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney announced Saturday at Cubs Convention.
1/17/2015 | Maddon interacts with fans, welcomes high expectations
New Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who has been described by some as a "mad scientist," got a standing ovation when introduced Saturday during a session at the 30th Cubs Convention.
1/17/2015 | Cubs, reliever Bueno agree to Minor League deal
The Cubs have signed former Royals southpaw Francisley Bueno to a Minor League contract, according to Baseball America.
1/17/2015 | Dempster entertains on first night of Cubs Convention
Ryan Dempster cracked one-liners, took friendly jabs at former teammates and had the crowd roaring in laughter Friday night on Day 1 of the 30th annual Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers.
1/16/2015 | Cubs Convention opens with big cheers for Maddon, Lester
The Cubs' new marketing slogan for the 2015 season is "Let's Go," and it was unveiled Friday at the opening ceremonies of the 30th convention. New manager Joe Maddon has heard the same message from fans while walking around Chicago this past week.
1/16/2015 | Epstein: Castro responded to adversity 'really well'
Starlin Castro says he was in the "wrong place at the wrong time" regarding two shooting incidents in the Dominican Republic in December, and the Cubs' shortstop likely will move his family to the United States.
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