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Pitcher Johnny Cueto speaks with the news media after signing a contract with the Miami Marlins baseball team, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Miami. Cueto signed a one-year contract with the Marlins with a club option for 2024. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

COLUMN: MLB teams should have a salary cap

By Zachary Bertram, Sports Reporter | January 20, 2023

A few of the many reasons why people enjoy sports are because of the parity and unpredictability that sports bring us. Because of this, I believe that there should be a salary cap for all 30 teams around Major League Baseball. Of the four major American...

Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Mike McGinnis)

COLUMN: Starting pitchers are losing their shine

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | April 26, 2022

The new age thinking of baseball is slowly starting to ruin the once-great sport. The modern style of analytics that has been adopted by many baseball teams across the league has had a huge effect on the entertainment value of the game. Los Angeles...

Kris Bryants days on the Chicago Cubs are most likely numbered

Kris Bryant’s days on the Chicago Cubs are most likely numbered

By Aaron Doster | February 6, 2020

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. The All-Star third baseman has lost his service-time grievance against the Cubs, two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, FIle)

Teams should not ignore extra baggage athletes carry no matter skill level

By Matt Boecker | October 15, 2019

DeKALB — There are plenty of die-hard sports fans who will cheer on their team through thick and thin. However, the bonds that fans have with their teams are being tested as we learn more about athletes and their personal lives.With the continued emergence...

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday in Cleveland. The Cubs won 5-1 to tie the series 1-1.

Cubs tie series in game two

By Northern Star staff | October 26, 2016

The Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday in Cleveland. The Cubs won 5-1 to tie the series 1-1.

Don women’s sportswear on gameday

By Kathryn Minniti | October 8, 2013

Finding women’s sportswear that isn’t coated with 6 inches of glitter isn’t always easy.Here are a few ideas on how to rock women’s sportswear for this weekend’s football game. Now, I am not trying to put down glittered sports T’s. What I...

Week One Storylines for the Cubs

By Rob Willer | April 7, 2013

With the first week of the MLB season in the books, here are some of my week one storylines for the Cubs: Demotion of Carlos Marmol: Marmol has always been an interesting one for Cubs fans with his antics as the closer. Marmol has had many great outings...

Astros’ move creates confusion in MLB

By Ed Rietveld | April 1, 2013

Major league baseball thought it was fixing the problem of 16 teams in the NL 14 in the AL when it moved the Houston Astros from the National League Central to the American League West, but the truth is it might have created another problem. With the...

Faceoff: Biggest Surprise in Baseball

By Brian Thomas | July 9, 2012

Brian Thomas: Now that we have reached the All-Star break and the first half of the MLB season has come to a close, there are a some teams, as well as players exceeding expectations and some that have not lived up to their potential. My question Matt,...

Seattle Mariners rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki, left, celebrates with first baseman Justin Smoak after beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in their American League season opening MLB baseball game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

The Rant: Wait, the MLB season started?

By Brian Thomas | March 28, 2012

For those of you who were wondering when the MLB season started, it already did. Last night in Tokyo, Japan at 5:10 in the morning U.S. time, the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics kicked off the 2012 campaign in an 11 inning thriller. The question...

Chicago White Soxs Paul Konerko doubles against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a spring training baseball game, Friday, March 16, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Faceoff: Cubs, Sox chatter

By Sean Anderson and Matt Hopkinson | March 26, 2012

Matt Hopkinson: Well, Sean, baseball season is around the corner. Opening day hope springs eternal for Cubs fan, and mistrust and skepticism from White Sox fans. While I watch both teams, to avoid a Capulet/Montagues situation, we’ll go with I’m a...

The Rant: So-so Joe-Joe

By Andrew Singer | April 3, 2011

Joe Morgan, Joe Morgan, Joe Morgan. That is all anybody heard when Joe Morgan was in the broadcast booth for a "Sunday Night Baseball" game. The self-indulgent Morgan would usually sneak in at least 2-3 stories about himself in each and every broadcast...