Mark Gonzales,

Mark Gonzales

Chicago, IL, United States

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  • Orlando Sentinel
  • New York Daily News
  • Sun Sentinel
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • The Morning Call
  • Hartford Courant

Recent articles by Mark:

Quarantine reading: What ‘Homegrown’ tells us about Theo Epstein’s Boston Red Sox in 2011 — and what it means for the Chicago Cubs now

The initial steps that Theo Epstein took to retool the Boston Red Sox in "Homegrown: How The Red Sox Built A Championship From The Ground Up" are somewhat similar to the moves he made this offseason to rebuild the Chicago Cubs' player development department. → Read More

Chicago Cubs Q&A: How would spring training at Wrigley Field work? What becomes of the bobbleheads?

Mark Gonzales' Cubs mailbag includes questions about whether a starting pitcher would have to throw five innings to qualify for a win in a seven-inning game and what happens to the 2020 promotional items. → Read More

How is Kris Bryant staying sharp during the shutdown? He has his own Rapsodo device to help him keep his swing in tune.

Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is maintaining his hitting stroke at his Las Vegas home after investing in a Rapsodo machine that tracks analytical data. → Read More

Salty Saltwell, a longtime Cubs executive and former general manager, dies at 96

Salty Saltwell ascended from business manager to vice president and general manager during 30 seasons in the Cubs front office. → Read More

Live baseball is back: ESPN will televise Korean Baseball Organization League games starting at midnight

Live baseball games return to ESPN — from South Korea. → Read More

Column: Jerry Krause’s baseball acumen — which included pushing the White Sox to acquire Ozzie Guillen — was nothing to joke about

Jerry Krause's depiction as an inflexible general manager in "The Last Dance" has overshadowed his passion and keen observations as a baseball scout before and after his tenure with the Bulls. → Read More

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester says he’s willing to adjust to salvage the 2020 season: ‘I just want to play baseball’

Cubs veteran left-hander Jon Lester said he's willing to adjust to new rules in order to play a 2020 season that currently is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Brennen Davis, the Chicago Cubs’ 3rd-ranked prospect, is finding ways to stay in shape in Arizona — while also getting in lots of golf

Cubs outfield prospect Brennen Davis is finding resourceful ways to stay sharp in Arizona during the coronavirus shutdown. → Read More

Cubs and White Sox season ticket holders can choose credit or refunds for games lost to the coronavirus shutdown

Cubs and White Sox season ticket holders were given the option of receiving credit toward future games or a refund for regular-season games lost in March, April and May because of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Baseball Hall of Fame cancels its 2020 induction ceremony, putting Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson and Derek Jeter presentations on hold until 2021

The 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, one of the sport’s biggest celebrations, has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

The coronavirus wiped out his senior season at Mount Carmel. So Ed Howard IV, the top prep shortstop in the nation, is now focused on the MLB draft — and possibly staying local.

Ed Howard IV's talent and maturity have him projected to be a first-round pick in the major-league draft this summer. But the coronavirus pandemic has prevented Howard and thousands of high schoolers — including his Mount Carmel teammates — from playing this spring. → Read More

Louisville Slugger manufacturer will make masks and donate part of the sales to food banks

Renown bat company Hillerich and Bradsby Co. has joined the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she could see MLB games played in Chicago this summer — but ‘probably’ with no fans in the stands

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday she could envision the White Sox and Cubs playing home games this year with one caveat. “Is it likely to be without fans? Probably.” → Read More

Cubs executive Crane Kenney on the start of the 2020 season: ‘The virus will tell us when we can play’

Cubs executive Crane Kenney said the coronavirus will dictate when the 2020 Major League Baseball season will begin. → Read More

Mark Grace is waiting for his next at-bat with Marquee Sports Network and the Chicago Cubs: ‘Who knows what’s going to happen?’

Mark Grace hopes he doesn’t have to wait long to resume his duties with the new Marquee Sports Network and the Cubs organization he parted ways with after the 2000 season. “This job came out of nowhere. All of a sudden it became a dream job.” → Read More

Mount Carmel’s Ed Howard and De La Salle’s Ben Hernandez are ranked among the top MLB draft prospects

High school standouts Ed Howard of Mount Carmel and Ben Hernandez of De La Salle were ranked among the top 150 prospects for this summer's MLB draft. → Read More

Kris Bryant is offering a weekend in Las Vegas to raise money for meals for frontline workers and coronavirus victims

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant has joined the Fanatics All-In Challenge, offering a weekend in his hometown of Las Vegas for the online auction. The package includes airfare, lodging and a round of golf and lunch with Bryant. → Read More

April 21: Philip Humber, Jake Arrieta anniversaries

The White Sox and Cubs rarely care to share the spotlight, but April 21 marks a special day in the recent history of both their franchises. → Read More

Cubs and White Sox among teams guaranteeing to pay their employees through May, even as MLB reportedly will allow furloughs and pay cuts

The Cubs joined a growing list of teams, reportedly including the White Sox, that have informed their employees they will get paid through their May 29 paychecks. → Read More

Willson Contreras’ home workouts are featured in a new Gatorade video

The coronavirus hasn’t stopped the training routine of Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. → Read More