Braden Looper

Braden Looper

Height/Weight: 6' 3"/225 lbs
Bat: R
Throw: R
Born: Mangum, Oklahoma
College: Wichita State
Draft: 1996 1st round (3rd pick) by the
  • Bleed Cubbie Blue

    Cubs historical sleuthing: 1940s video edition

    In looking for more scenes of old Cubs games or Wrigley Field in general to sleuth this offseason, I recently discovered that has a film section, available to us here at BCB. The only way to be able to embed it here and show it to you was to upload it to YouTube, but I want to make clear the copyright belongs to . It cannot be 1936, because in the video you see the iconic Wrigley Field scoreboard, still in place. In the color film, you can clearly see the marquee in its original colors of slate blue/blue-green and yellow, as opposed to its current red and white.

  • Chicago Sun-Times

    In battle with North Siders, St. Louis holds all the Cards

    Why does it seem like the Cardinals never sell off core players, never strip down the roster to rebuild? “We never have since I've been here,” said Cardinals team president John Mozeliak, who joined the team in the scouting department after the 1995 season. “Our fans don't want to win,” Mozeliak said. Whether fans in St. Louis actually demand more than fans in these parts, Cardinals management for decades has at least paid more than lip service to the so-called culture they claim — the kind of culture Cubs bosses Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer vowed to create when they took over in Chicago 11 years ago.

  • Chicago Tribune

    Jason Heyward opens his baseball academy — a 10-acre campus that also includes Chicago’s largest indoor soccer field

    CHICAGO — Former Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward attended a ribbon cutting Thursday for the North Austin Center, a 10-acre campus for education, sports and wellness on Chicago’s West Side. The Jason Heyward Baseball Academy has a major league sized infield and will provide sports training and leadership development programs for players of all ages and skill levels. The $35 million dollar ...