Chicago Cubs

1st NL Central | 99-56
  • Batting Avg
    .256 AVG
  • Runs
    767 R
  • Earned Runs Avg
    3.11 ERA
  • Home Runs Allowed
    158 HR
  • Video: Adrian Beltre and Carlos Beltran give signs from the dugout
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    Video: Adrian Beltre and Carlos Beltran give signs from the dugout

    The Rangers got a bit of a breather on Saturday after clinching the division lead during Friday night’s win. Naturally, it was also a prime opportunity for another of Adrian Beltre‘s well-documented antics, as he spent his off day directing the Rangers’ infield defense with a series of signs. Even with Carlos Beltran‘s help, no one, least of all those playing the infield, appeared to have any idea what Beltre’s gestures were intended to convey. You can add this to the list of in-game oddities Beltre has become so well-known for over the years, running the gamut from the way he kicked a ball over the foul line to his histrionics every time someone comes close to touching his head. If nothing else,

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Cardinals notes: Fernandez’s death hits Diaz hard

    CHICAGO • The text messages started before dawn for at least one of the Cardinals, and when Brayan Pena woke up to a call about the death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez it was Yadier Molina on the other end, using FaceTime. Together, connected through their iPhones, they watched each other watch MLB Network’s coverage of the tragedy that shook the major leagues, and the growing community of Cuban baseball players in them. Not one of them knew Fernandez longer than Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz. “This is a guy that grew up with him,” Pena said. “It gets a little bit closer. He was part of our Cuba family. … For us, this is just devastating news. It’s something very painful, man. It’s really

  • Forbes

    Does Playing The National Anthem At Sporting Events Promote Unity and Patriotism?

    Most of us understand the unique blessing of living in a country which is a political democracy with a high standard of living. We also know that we owe that freedom to brave soldiers who have risked or given their lives to defend our country and way of life. The protest of 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has brought renewed attention to the ceremonial honoring of the country. How did the playing of the national anthem become associated with sporting events? Does it truly enhance our sense of unity and patriotism and honor our soldiers to play it before every collegiate and professional game of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other sports–or should it be saved for special national