Cubs History
December 1
Happy Birthday Javier Baez


December 1 is the birthday of Cubs infielder, Javier Baez

Javier Baez shares a birthday with one of the greatest pitcher’s in Cubs history, Ed Ruelbach. Ruelbach was one of the Cubs top pitcher’s in their last World Series championships in 1907 & 1908.

Ed Ruelbach

A few other events in Cubs history on December 1

1971
The Cubs release Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks but he is named as one of Leo Durocher’s coaches for the 1972 Cubs season.

2012
The Cubs signed relief pitcher, Kyuji Fujikawa.

Javier Baez, 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series Champion!!!



A great year for Javier Baez in 2016

Javier Baez home run in Game 7 of the World Series



Baez steals home in the NLCS



Javier Baez is a human highlight reel on defense!




Baez hits a Grand Slam to seal an extra inning victory






Javier Baez has amazing home run power. It was on display when he hit 4 home runs on June 10, 2013 in a minor league game.




Javier Baez MLB Debut

Baez hit a game winning home run in his MLB debut on August 5, 2014. Here is a nice video with that highlight and clips of Baez and President, Theo Epstein discussing the Cubs young prospect.



I was at Wrigley Field to see Javier Baez first home run at the historic ballpark on August 13, 2014.



Javier Baez Dramatic NLCS Home Run

In 2015, Baez path back to the Cubs major league team was stalled a bit both by his play late in 2014, an injury and the death of his 21 year old sister, Noely. His sister suffered from spina bifida and passed away in April of 2015. Carrie Muskat of the Cubs wrote a very nice article about Baez and his relationship with his sister.

Javier Baez and his sister, Noely

In 2015, Baez didn’t get much playing time with the major league team, but he was added to their playoff roster and when Addison Russell got injured, it gave Baez a chance to start. He made the most of it, hitting a big 3-run home run in the Game 4 clincher against the Cardinals. The first playoff series clincher in Cubs history at Wrigley Field. I got to see this one in person as well. A memory I will always remember!!

October 13, 2015



2015 was a great year for the Cubs.

Javier Baez Cubs Fantasy Baseball outlook for 2016

Javier Baez established himself as a very important player in the Cubs lineup, earning MVP honors for his performance versus the Dodgers. But Baez still doesn't have a permanent spot in the Cubs lineup with the return of Kyle Schwarber and Ben Zobrist. The 3 players seem likely to spend most of their time in 2 spots, second base and left field. I plan on doing a deep dive into Baez hitting profile to determine whether he is a good fantasy pick or not.
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