4 Ways Chicago Cubs Can Become Contenders Sooner Rather Than Later

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4 Ways Chicago Cubs Can Become Contenders Sooner Rather Than Later
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Darwin Barney's record errorless-game streak came up short in 2012, only fitting for the Cubs season.

The Chicago Cubs haven’t been serious contenders since 2008—another frustrating stretch for a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908. But, if the Cubs do these things, they could become contenders sooner rather than later. 

The Cubs have had an abysmal season. They are fifth in the NL Central and are on the verge of 100-plus losses. 

Even the friendly confines of Wrigley Field haven’t been very friendly. A 37-41 home record combined with a 22-57 road record have escorted the Cubs to the bottom of the league. 

The Cubs’ president of baseball operations, Theo Epstein, has a history of breaking curses. The youngest general manager in MLB history, Epstein put the pieces in place that broke Boston’s World Series curse after just two seasons at the helm of the Red Sox.

The Cubs have finished fifth in the NL Central every year since 2009, but if they do these things, they just might become contenders sooner rather than later.

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