The way Cubs assistant hitting coach Chris Valaika put it, Brennen Davis does not boast a lot of “baseball miles” in his career. That has not stopped the center field prospect from opening eyes and climbing prospect charts.

“He has some special, special tools,” said Valaika, who was promoted to his current role after serving as the Cubs’ Minor League hitting coordinator.

Last summer, Valaika was stationed at the Cubs’ alternate training site in South Bend, Ind., where he was able to dedicate focused time to the development of Davis and other prospects in the 60-man pool. …


Notes and quotes from Monday’s 5–0 win over the Pirates…

Hey, remember Covering the Bases? This 2020 season has been a unique one, and various circumstances have made doing CtB postgame regularly really challenging. But, hey, I’m working from home tonight, I’m up and there’s some extras from today that are worth sharing. So, let’s get to it, and maybe CtB will return more down the stretch and in October.

FIRST: Kyle Schwarber took his seat inside the visitors’ Zoom room at PNC Park on Monday night and his eyes began darting around the grid of reporters on the screeen…


Prior to Friday’s game in Cincinnati, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward met with media via Zoom for a 20-minute discussion about his decision not to play Wednesday, the protests across sports to raise awareness for social justice issues, Jackie Robinson Day and much more. Here is the Q&A.

Q: Was there any talk or thought of not playing tonight’s game?

JH: “No, not at all. There was checking in. Rossy called me yesterday, wanted to touch base. He wanted to let me know that — much like I felt and like we talked about after that last game — we were…


Cubs second baseman Jason Kipnis met with reporters via Zoom on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of Chicago’s game against the Indians at Progressive Field. It marks Kipnis’ return to Cleveland, where he spent the previous nine seasons. He discussed that, the 2016 World Series and more. Here are the highlights.

Asked if he was surprised by news surrounding Cleveland pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac, who were placed on the restricted list Tuesday, following a violation of team protocols over the weekend:

JK: “Listen, I’m not going to comment too much on other teams’ stuff going on. I’ve always stood by…


Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein met with Chicago reporters over Zoom for more than a half-hour prior to Tuesday’s 5–4 win over the Royals. Epstein spoke about the upcoming road trip, which includes a stop in St. Louis to face the Cardinals, who recently dealt with a rash of positive COVID-19 tests. He also discussed the team’s strong start, the early impact of manager David Ross and much more. Here are the highlights of that chat.

Q: With everything happening across baseball over the past week or so, what have your conversations been like with Major League Baseball…


Prior to Friday night’s Opening Day game against the Brewers, the Cubs wore “Black Lives Matter” shirts during warm-ups and issued a statement as a player group. Outfielder Jason Heyward also met with media to discuss how the team has come together on this issue.

On support of teammates:

JH: “I just really appreciate that we are walking the walk when it comes to saying we’re family and we support each other no matter what. We understand none of us are perfect, but we also understand all of us have our differences and different struggles. …


The Cubs unveiled their 30-man Opening Day roster on Thursday afternoon, on the eve of Friday’s lid-lifter against the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein held court with media via Zoom for nearly 25 minutes, discussing the roster, the testing situation in Summer Camp, the internal discussions about how to address racial injustice and an array of other topics. Here is the transcript from that conversation.

On what Mookie Betts deal means for economics situation in the game and how it might relate to Cubs and their own extension talks:

TE: “First of all, I’m…


Cubs hitting coach Anthony Iapoce sat down in the team’s “Zoom Room” on Saturday afternoon and scanned the monitor in front of him. As he was introduced and reporters were informed that the floor was open to questions, Iapoce continued to study the boxes.

“I might be late on the answers,” he joked, “because I just study peoples’ backgrounds now in the Zoom.”

For the reporters not at Wrigley Field, it was a chance for Iapoce to check out their home offices or what virtual background might have been picked. It was a quick look into how Iapoce’s mind tends…


Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant met with Chicago reporters via Zoom on Monday. He discussed the arrival of his son, his future with the Cubs, thoughts on how COVID-19 testing has gone so far and much more. Here is the transcript.

On being able to be home for the birth of his son and spending three months as a new dad during baseball’s intermission:

KB: “I’ll never get that time back, so it was so good to be home and see that and participate in being a dad and not just a baseball player. I know there’s a lot going…

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