Hoyer on Jaramillo, trade deadline possibilities

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Hoyer on Jaramillo, trade deadline possibilities

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer chatted with Tuesday's Chicago Tribune Live panel from Wrigley Field before the Cubs began their interleague series vs. the Detroit Tigers.

Right away he addresses the team's decision to part ways with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, saying it was "a very hard decision.

"Rudy's a great guy, he works incredibly hard," Hoyer said. "But our approach at the plate is not what we want. A lot of first-pitch swings, not a lot of deep counts, not a high on-base percentage. Rudy's great at the mechanical part, we want someone to talk about the approach."

Hoyer also discusses the future of Anthony Rizzo and what the Cubs might be looking to get back if and when they trade some of their veteran players:

"From a pitching standpoint, we haven't thrown strikes well enough yet," Hoyer said. "We've done a pretty good job of that in the rotation, but our bullpen has walked too many guys. We need more power arms that throw strikes. Everyone in baseball needs those guys, but we need a bunch of them and that's something we're going to be looking for."
Watch the full video above to see what else Hoyer had to say.

No, Albert Almora Jr. didn’t subtly give the middle finger to President Donald Trump during Cubs’ White House visit

No, Albert Almora Jr. didn’t subtly give the middle finger to President Donald Trump during Cubs’ White House visit

WASHINGTON – Albert Almora Jr. didn’t use Wednesday’s Oval Office photo op as a subtle form of political protest, but it did sort of look like the Cubs outfielder gave President Donald Trump the middle finger, at least from that angle in an image that went viral on Twitter.    

“There was two fingers! Look closely, there was two fingers!” a veteran player yelled across the room as reporters gathered around Almora’s locker inside the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. 

“Guys were giving me a hard time about it,” Almora said, “but I pointed out the second finger. We’re all good.”

In another White House visit that didn’t look nearly as unofficial or informal as the Cubs said it would be, one snapshot became Almora with part of his left hand in his pocket. Almora stood near Kris Bryant – who held a 45 Wrigley Field scoreboard panel – and Trump at his desk with the World Series trophy.

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“Obviously, it’s unfortunate,” Almora said with a laugh. “I’m getting ready to take a picture and I’m posing there. But you guys know that I would never do that to the president of the United States. 

“I respect everybody. It is what it is. We laugh about it now, but there’s definitely two fingers out there.”

Almora is 23 years old, confident and focused, rarely straying off message during his interactions with reporters. He grew up in a Cuban-American family in South Florida and traveled with the team in January for the final official event in the Obama White House.   

“Hey, man, it’s not every day you get to meet the president of the United States,” Almora said. “To meet two in one calendar year, for me, is a special feeling.”

5 at 5: Cubs owner talks smack to President Trump

5 at 5: Cubs owner talks smack to President Trump

In Wednesday's edition of 5 at 5, Chuck Garfien and Slavko Bekovic break down the top five Chicago sports storylines right now.

Following his controversial comments, Miguel Montero was designated for assignment by the Cubs. They react and share fan responses.

Cubs owner Todd Ricketts also tells President Trump that his team will beat the Washington Nationals in the playoffs.

Also, is Phil Jackson's legacy tarnished?

5 at 5 - 6/28/2017

From #WeAreGood to #HeIsGone, Chuck Garfien and Slavko Bekovic break down Montero's departure and MORE of today's biggest stories on the 5 @ 5! We're taking your questions and comments too, so react while you watch!

Posted by CSN Chicago on Wednesday, June 28, 2017