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Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network reaches deal with AT&T

AT&T’s DirecTV, Uverse and AT&T TV will carry the channel when it launches in February.

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Cubs install heads of hitting, pitching in restructuring of player development department

In an announcement Thursday, the Cubs named Justin Stone director of hitting and Craig Breslow director of pitching. Matt Dorey, the club’s director of amateur scouting for the last six years, now heads the player development program as its senior vice president.

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After Angels waste no time hiring Joe Maddon, will Cubs be next to fill manager opening?

Insiders suggest it’s a two-man race for the Cubs job between presumptive favorite David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada, who impressed in Monday’s interview, sources said.

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Former Cubs manager Joe Maddon agrees to 3-year deal with Angels

Maddon’s professional career is intertwined with the Angels. He spent 31 years, the first four as a player in the minor leagues, with the organization.

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Just Sayin’: The Cubs were plenty good enough to get destroyed by the Nationals, too

The NLCS was an absurd mismatch, with the Nats making their opponents look like feckless, slapdash, in-over-their-heads pretenders. If this could happen to the Cardinals, what does it say about how far the Cubs are from their next World Series?

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Cubs will interview Gabe Kapler and Joe Espada for manager’s job

The Astros have an off day Monday ahead of Game 3 in the ALCS in New York on Tuesday. Kapler was fired last week after going 161-163 in two years with the Phillies.

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Carlos Beltran declines to interview for Cubs’ managerial job

Sources said last week the Cubs hoped to interview the nine-time All-Star outfielder, but Beltran told reporters Sunday that he declined requests to meet with the Cubs and Padres and appears likely to interview only for the Mets’ job.

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Won’t Stop Believing: Theo Epstein confident ‘we’re the right group’ to fix Cubs — but is he right?

Almost everything went spectacularly right — including some admitted luck — during the Epstein regime’s five-year rebuild to the 2016 title. But farm-system problems from the beginning and poor decisions in an effort to sustain the success leave plenty of room for doubt.

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David Ross: Cubs interview ‘good,’ won’t address presumption he is favorite for manager job

Cubs special assistant is fourth candidate to interview for the vacancy created when Joe Maddon was fired. The team plans to interview more candidates next week, with a source saying Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Yankees special assistant Carlos Beltran are on the list.

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Joe Girardi ‘happy’ with how 8-hour interview for Cubs’ managerial job went Wednesday

David Ross is scheduled to interview Thursday, and a source said Yankees special assistant Carlos Beltran also is on a candidate list that includes Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

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Lifelong fan sues Cubs again, alleging team ripped off World Series commemorative idea

Daniel Fox, of Michigan, said the Cubs stole his idea for the ivy-based trinkets that were sold by the team— for $200 a piece — after the World Series in 2016.

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Chicago Police officers continue to abuse parking privileges, inspector general says

Inspector General Joe Ferguson says Chicago police officers continue to use police placards to park illegally around City Hall and near Soldier Field and Wrigley Field.

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Cubs brace for change: ‘You go on the internet, it’s in your face. ... It’s going to be hard’

Players can’t predict who might be traded or who will be left standing from their 2016 championship core when spring training starts.

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Cubs’ next manager has no idea what he’s getting into — at least until roster shakeup comes

But how much of the Cubs’ 84-win team will be left by spring training? Will the $43 million closer still be around, or even the 2016 MVP?

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Cubs to interview Joe Girardi, David Ross next week for managerial opening

Cubs first base coach Will Venable also is on next week’s schedule, while bench coach Mark Loretta interviewed Thursday.

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Joe Girardi lobbies for Cubs manager job; Will Venable’s interest is ‘the organization in general’

The search to replace Joe Maddon has a presumptive favorite (David Ross) but figures to have a few interesting turns and voices involved before it concludes.

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Hiring David Ross as manager would be a step in the same direction for Cubs

President Theo Epstein would have to do a lot of work to convince people that rah-rah Grandpa Rossy is any different than rah-rah Joe Maddon.

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Returning to dugout in 2019 ‘ignited a real passion,’ says Cubs manager candidate Mark Loretta

The Cubs bench coach is one of three in-house candidates to replace Joe Maddon, the team confirmed Tuesday, joining front office special assistant David Ross and first base coach Will Venable.

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Why was Joe Maddon jettisoned by Cubs? Theo Epstein spells out some clues

There’s no excuse for players going soft, lacking hunger, losing their edge. If you want to play for the Cubs, you had better be more accountable than that. You had better be prepared to push yourself harder than ever. And, no, driving these things home to the players isn’t the job of the front office. It’s clear that, in Epstein’s estimation, Maddon dropped the ball in that regard.

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David Ross ‘really attractive candidate’ for Cubs manager job; Mark Loretta, Mike Maddux might join mix

Team president Theo Epstein said the Cubs are "full speed ahead" on the process to replace Joe Maddon, with interviews starting this week.

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Just asking: What if Joe Maddon wins bigger without the Cubs than the Cubs do without him?

And the mother of all potential outcomes: What if Maddon wins his next World Series before the Cubs win theirs? The answers pretty clearly start with this: Cubs president Theo Epstein — a rock-star future Hall of Famer himself — is going to have to wear it. It’s all going to reflect right back on him.

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Reckoning ball: Javy Baez, Kris Bryant among Cubs in play as roster shakeup looms

"It’s really hard to accomplish improvement and change in certain areas unless you’re extremely open-minded," Cubs president Theo Epstein said of the imminent effort to "build the next Cubs championship."

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Cubs finished six games worse than their runs scored/allowed indicated they should

The bullpen blew too many late-inning leads. The starting pitching faded after the All-Star break. Leadoff men didn’t get on base often enough.

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Cubs on Joe Maddon: ‘Those kind of people, let alone managers, don’t come around often’

As the finality of Maddon’s long-in-coming firing by the Cubs sunk in Sunday, players looked back on the team’s historic run under their beloved manager.

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Cheers to you, Joe; Maddon changed the team’s culture

When it comes to whom the Cubs are and what they stand for, Joe Maddon is the man who changed the culture. The culture he stepped into, the one defined by 100-plus years without a World Series title, damn sure never changed him.

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From Grandpa Rossy to manager? David Ross, Mark Loretta look like early favorites for Cubs’ managerial job

Ross has been considered the favorite since team president Theo Epstein made Joe Maddon a lame duck by declining to offer him an extension almost a year ago.

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Fired to be hired: Joe Maddon could be one of the most pursued free agents of the winter

At least six teams could have managerial openings in the next few days, including the Mets and both teams from Maddon’s home state of Pennsylvania.

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With Joe Maddon gone, time for the Ricketts family to take the blame for the Cubs’ decline

Ownership confused the fan base’s aching hunger for a World Series title with the notion that nothing that came after winning one would matter.

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Cubs fire manager Joe Maddon before season finale against rival Cardinals

Less than three years after guiding the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908, Maddon is gone.

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Cole fire: Hamels makes healthy sales pitch to 29 possible employers in Cubs’ 8-6 victory against Cardinals

Hamels, who skipped his previous start because of shoulder fatigue pitched four scoreless innings Saturday.

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Nicholas Castellanos is looking for ‘love.’ Do the Cubs have enough of it for him to keep him?

Said the soon-to-be free agent: "The No. 1 thing that I want, just as a baseball player, is to be wanted, to feel loved and appreciated. And the more that somebody believes in me, the harder I’m going to go for that person — to show them that they made the [bleeping] right decision."

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Decision on Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s job status expected Sunday

Maddon and team president Theo Epstein planned to meet Saturday night to discuss whether the team will bring back the three-time Manager of the Year.