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Holy now! 108 years later, Cubs best in World

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By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com | @CarrieMuskat | November 3rd, 2016

CLEVELAND — Maybe when Addison Russell is 24, or Anthony Rizzo‘s nephew is old enough to watch videos, or Kris Bryant gets a gray hair, the young Cubs players will understand what they did this year.

What Russell, Rizzo, Bryant, pitcher Jon Lester and the rest of their teammates did was end a century-plus of heartbreak and give Cubs fans around the world a reason to celebrate. Ben Zobrist smacked a tie-breaking RBI double in the 10th inning and Dexter Fowler, Javier Baez and David Ross homered to power the Cubs to an 8-7 victory over the Indians in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

For the first time since 1908, the Cubs are World Series champions. Believe it.

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Cubs get Chapman from Yanks in blockbuster

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By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com | July 25th, 2016

CHICAGO — The Cubs hope to have secured a trip to the World Series by adding hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the mix.

The Cubs acquired Chapman from the Yankees on Monday in exchange for four players: pitcher Adam Warren and prospects Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. Torres, a 19-year-old shortstop, was the top-ranked prospect in the Cubs’ system and ranks¬†24th in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.

Chapman, 28, has the highest strikeout rate per nine innings in baseball, and his fastball was recently clocked at 105 mph. The left-hander has a 2.01 ERA in with 20 saves in 21 opportunities for the Yankees.

Chapman began this season serving a 30-game suspension covered by Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy

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MLB’s Goal is a Safer Pipeline From Cuba

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Pedro Gomez | MLB

Relations between the U.S. and Cuba have moved closer to being normalized, a point that will be further underscored Tuesday when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Cuban national team in Havana.

So everything must be open, right? Well, no. At least, not yet. But there are definitely signs indicating change — real change — could be forthcoming.

Cuban baseball players must still defect to have the opportunity to play in the major leagues, and that remains a thorny issue for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. The defections of the Gourriel brothers, Yulieski and Lourdes, last month signaled how nothing has really changed.

“If we could make a deal to resolve this problem, it would attract a lot of attention,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said. “I can’t say we are close. It’s a very uncomfortable position for us to be in. I More >

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