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1000 Words: Kottaras and a friend


Despite the many practice fields at new Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz., it’s always easy to spot catcher George Kottaras because he usually has a friend in tow. One of the most popular new members of the Cubs has been Kottaras’ dog, Leo, who even managed to sneak into some of Monday’s photo day shots.

The 8-month-old yellow lab is remarkably well-behaved and usually sits patiently by the Cubs training complex while Kottaras is at work on the field. The dog has a big legacy to live up to, as he was named after King Leonidas of Sparta.

1000 Words: Happy Birthday Jorge


(Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs prospect Jorge Soler turns 22 years old Tuesday. The La Habana, Cuba native signed a nine-year deal with the club in the summer of 2012 and has been viewed as one of baseball’s top prospects since his arrival. recently named him the Cubs’ No. 3 prospect and No. 26 in baseball.

Injuries shortened what looked to be a promising 2013 campaign, where he hit .281/.343/.467 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with eight home runs, 13 doubles and 35 RBI in 55 High-A Daytona games. A member of the 40-man roster, Soler has been in Mesa with the major league side, though it’s likely he’ll start the 2014 season in Daytona or Double-A Tennessee.

1000 Words: Carlos Villanueva brings back the ‘stache


(Photo by Stephen Green)

Perhaps the best news out of Monday’s Spring Training photo day at Cubs Park was the fact that right-hander Carlos Villanueva again reported to camp rocking the handlebar mustache—and it’s better than ever. Long live the ‘stache.

1000 Words: Vine Line is taking the field


(Photo by Jon Antonoff)

Starting next week, Vine Line will take the field along with the rest of the Cubs at Spring Training in Mesa, Ariz. We’ll be at the new facilities talking to the team and front office, watching the home opener at Cubs Park and blogging throughout the week.

Be sure to stay tuned for photos, stories and more from Mesa. And, if you don’t already, follow us on Twitter at @cubsvineline to get all the news first.

Former Cub Ralph Kiner dies at age 91


(Photo courtesy of National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner (center) died Thursday at the age of 91. Kiner, who was best known for his time with the Pirates, spent a year and a half with the Cubs toward the end of his career.

Known for his longball abilities, the outfielder led the National League in home runs in each of his first seven seasons (1946-52), topping out at 54 bombs in 1949.

In July 1953, he was traded to the Cubs in a nine-player deal and hit .283/.394/.529 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 28 homers in 117 games. Kiner had another successful season on the North Side in 1954, hitting 22 home runs and finishing with a .285/.371/.487 line. On Nov. 16 of that year, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for right-hander Sam Jones.

A back injury ended his career following the 1955 season. After his retirement, he moved into the broadcast booth with the White Sox (1961) and Mets (1962-2006).

Over Kiner’s 10-year career, he hit .279/.398/.548 and amassed 369 home runs and 1,015 RBI. The six-time All-Star was induced into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.

1000 Words: Happy Birthday Mr. Cub


Cubs legend Ernie Banks turns 83 years young today. The two-time NL MVP is a member of the 500 home run club and was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. He finished his career as an 11-time All-Star and claimed a Gold Glove in 1960. Banks was the first Cub to have his number retired at Wrigley Field.

1000 Words: A Cubs Thanksgiving Wish


1000 Words: Farewell Dale


(Photo by Steve Green)

Dale Sveum was released by the Cubs on Monday morning. In two seasons as the club’s manager, Sveum compiled a 127-197 record.

1000 Words: Ryno is coming home


(Photo by Stephen Green)

The last time Ryne Sandberg was in the Wrigley Field dugout as a visitor was in 1981 when he was a rookie with the Philadelphia Phillies. On Friday afternoon, he’ll return as the Phillies’ manager, when the Cubs open a three-game set with Philadelphia on Friday. Sandberg spent 15 years in Cubbie blue during his Hall of Fame career. He went to 10 All-Star games, won nine Gold Gloves and was the 1984 NL MVP.

1000 Words: Shark wins NL Co-Player of the Week honors


(Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija was named the NL Co-Player of the Week, along with Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez, for his two dominating starts against Washington and San Diego. The Shark posted an impressive 1.59 ERA, allowing three earned runs over 17.0 innings pitched, and picked up 12 strikeouts versus only two walks.

On Monday, Samardzija tossed his second complete game of the season, pitching 9.0 innings of one-run ball in an 11-1 drubbing of the Nationals at Wrigley Field. On Saturday, the 28-year-old held the Padres to two earned runs over 8.0 innings in a 3-2 victory at PETCO Park.

The last Cub to win the award was Ryan Dempster, who shared the honor with the Diamondbacks Jason Kubel for the week of June 4-10, 2012.


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