“The name on the back of the uniform is going to be secondary to the name on the front of the uniform,” Renteria says.
Long will have shoulder surgery on Feb. 2.
“It’s an attachment to the National League brand of baseball, among the National League owners in particular,” Manfred says.
“Every time you move him to a different position, he seems to amaze you,” Ross says of Baez.
“With Joe, the tone he sets is so good,” Hoyer says.
The Cubs are weighing whether to add a 12th pitcher to their NLCS roster.
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“You never not want to use your big guns,” Bosio says.
“They make it clear that they are completely open-minded,” Hahn says.
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“The fans staying with the team through some pretty lean years deserve all the credit,” Ricketts says.
Chapman prefers to be called upon for three-out saves but is up for anything in the playoffs.
Ross believes Jon Lester is pitching as well as he ever has.
“Miggy’s one of the best framers in the game,” Bosio says.
“Everybody brings something different to the table,” Ross says.
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Bosio hinted at the Cubs carrying 12 pitchers — and maybe three catchers, if it makes the starters happy — on their postseason roster.
“He’s as consistent as a worker as you’ll find,” Ross says of Russell.
Hendricks sports an MLB-best 2.09 ERA.
In spring training, the Cubs conduct defensive drills with a wealth of odd twists.
“There has to be some level of discretion,” Cubs VP of communications Julian Green says.
“It’s controlling the moment, it’s controlling the head,” Cooper says of the keys for Sale.
“He’s respected the process, he’s said and done the right things,” Ricketts says of Chapman.