From wire reports
The Chicago Cubs announced a five-year contract extension with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein on Wednesday, rewarding him for an overhaul that has the long-suffering franchise eyeing its first championship since 1908.
The extension comes with the Cubs wrapping up one of the greatest seasons in franchise history and their fans believing that this just might be the team to end the 108-year World Series title drought.
They reached 100 wins for the first time since 1935 and were a major league-leading 101-56 heading into Wednesday’s game at Pittsburgh. Chicago clinched the best record in the majors with more than a week left in the regular season.
“In the five years under Theo’s leadership, he has brought in a strong executive team and acquired and developed some of the best players in the game,” chairman Tom Ricketts said. “Now, the results are on the field.”
Terms were not disclosed. Ricketts said the contract “ensures the baseball operations team assembled by Epstein will continue its remarkable tenure of building a consistent championship contender.”
Epstein, who was in the final season of the five-year deal he signed when he left Boston in October 2011, had repeatedly said a new contract was a formality.
Streak stays alive
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 30 games Wednesday night, the longest in the majors this season.
He reached on a sixth-inning single off Philadelphia’s Phil Klein. Boston’s Jackie Bradley had a 29-game streak from April 24 through May 25.
Freeman had already extended his on-base streak to 46 games when hit by a pitch in the third, equaling the longest this season in the big leagues. Washington’s Jayson Werth reached in 46 straight games before his run was halted Aug. 18.
Tebow hits homerun
There may not be many around baseball who believe Tim Tebow will make it in the sport, but the former Heisman Trophy winner is doing his best to make them reconsider.
Batting second in each of the first five innings, Tebow wasted no time hitting the first pitch he saw from Cardinals lefty John Kilichowski, a 2016 draftee who played in Class A short season, over the fence in left-center. Kilichowski threw a 90 mph fastball up in the zone that Tebow was able to take deep.
Tebow has displayed some power in the early stages of his attempt at a baseball career, hitting home runs in batting practice, but had yet to face any in-game action. He went 2-for-4 against live pitching from his Mets teammates during intrasquad games.
“I’m trying to get used to the process, the whole routine of it,” Tebow said Tuesday. “Baseball is new for me, but the work ethic is something I’ve been doing for a while.”