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This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. Vans - Mens/Womens Old Skool Zip Perf Leather - True White/Black . 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Chicago CubsOverall: 48 Title track: 65 Ownership: 11 Coaching: T4 Players: 5 Fan relations: 11 Affordability: 100 Stadium experience: 23 Bang for the buck: 107 Change from last year: +11The Cubs might have begun this century in the basement, but theyve worked their way up to the penthouse and finished the 2016 regular season with the best record in baseball ... this year or any year since 2004. Since Theo Epstein took over this team, it has won 61, 66, 73, 97 and 103 games -- and those win totals represent just part of the progress the organization has made the past five years.Whats goodThe Cubs fifth-ranked roster (second in MLB to only the even-year magician Giants, who finally lost in an even year ... to the Cubs) has a plethora of young, talented position players, beginning with the infield (Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez?!). The additions of Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward gave the Cubs even more character, as they replaced a losing atmosphere with winning baseball players. Everyone knows the impact Joe Maddon (fourth overall, behind only Buck Showalter in MLB) has on this team, but way under the radar is the staff Epstein calls its pitching infrastructure: pitching coach Chris Bosio, bullpen coach Lester Strode and catching coach Mike Borzello. The three have overseen the best staff in baseball.Whats badAs in many big markets, going to a Cubs game isnt very affordable (It wasnt even cheap when they were losing!). At an average of $51 per seat, only the Red Sox and Yankees charge more than the Cubs. At least now fans can leave happy: The team set a franchise record with 57 wins at Wrigley Field this season. Of course, as Yankees fans will tell you, that just means higher costs. Prices increased about 10 percent across the board after last season, and premium games continue to increase in price as well. Now that the team looks like a sustained winner, the demand is simply greater than the supply. Expect more increases.Whats newWrigley Field continues its makeover, and every year, there will be more added to the fan and player experience. A much-needed new clubhouse debuted this year, and it didnt disappoint. It has every amenity a player could ask for, including some rehab facilities that previously could be found only in Mesa, Arizona, at the Cubs spring home. Everything in the bleachers is new, including a party area in the first couple rows that can be rented out by groups. The video scoreboards no longer draw criticism, as they have blended in with the overall look of Wrigley Field. All those amenities helped the Cubs rankings in stadium experience (up 29 spots) and fan relations (up 39 to 11th overall).Next: San Diego Padres | Full rankings Mens/Womens White Vans Leather Old Skool Reissue DX Shoes . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. Vans Old Skool Black Womens . -- The Magic have their first victory of the new year. . Rousey will put her perfect 8-0 record and hardware on the line against another undefeated fighter, 7-0 Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada on February 22nd.Who could Arsenal target in the January transfer window? Football Whispers take a look at the latest rumours... Weve been here before. Arsenal, according to the current Premier League standings, are in a title race. With seven wins from their opening 11 fixtures, the Gunners lie just two points behind table toppers Liverpool. But, as history has proven time and time again, this may not be enough.Arsene Wengers side have developed the frustrating tendency to underwhelm when the possibility of Premier League silverware comes their way. At the critical moment, something goes wrong, whether that be injuries, team selections or a sudden loss of confidence. As a result, Wenger would be forgiven for not getting ahead of himself, especially when the Premier Leagues challengers are of the highest standard seen for many years.Jurgen Klopps Liverpool are scoring goals for fun, Chelsea look reborn since Antonio Conte switched to his favoured back three, and Pep Guardiolas Manchester City have played superlative football, even if results havent always matched up.If Arsenal genuinely hope to sustain a title tilt amid such a competitive environment, they may look for further reinforcements in the January transfer window.Here, with the help of Football Whispers unique transfer rumour algorithm, we take a look at two potential additions... Six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price MBaye Niang - AC MilanWenger has always had a proclivity for developing talented young French players.As great as they went on to become, the likes of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira were far from the finished article when they arrived at Arsenal. The same could be said, albeit to a lesser extent, of current first-team members Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud.And, if recent reports are to be believed, Wenger may be looking to add to his list of raw French prospects. According to Calciomercato in Italy, AC Milans 21-year-old forward MBaye Niang is on Arsenals radar.The attacker has long been viewed as one of the brightest talents to come out of his country. Like former Gunner William Gallas, he first broke through at Caen. By the age of 16 he had experienced first team football in Frances top division but his career since has been far from a smooth progression.After one full season of regular football he left Ligue 1 to sign for AC Milan. However, perhaps perturbed by the huge expectations associated with representing one of Italy and Europes most prestigious clubs, he struggled to assert himself.He failed to score a single league goal in his first three seasons with the club, a spell that included 33 appearances. But, after a formative loan stint with Genoa, he returned to Milan and established himself as a key player. Arsene Wenger has a reputation of developing young talent at Arsenal Last term he scored five goals and set up a further four for his team-mates in 16 Serie A games. Vans Mens Shoes UK. . His importance to the team was emphasised by their results following an injury to Niang in February, after which the Rossoneri won just two of their remaining 11 fixtures.And the player has continued in the same vein this season, scoring three times and assisting twice in nine league starts to reaffirm his value to the team under new manager Vincenzo Montella.However, the youngsters finishing is not his finest trait. Indeed, his lack of end product has at times let him down.Instead, he relishes playing in wider and deeper positions that allow him to cut inside and run at opposition defenders. In one-on-one situations, using his speed, strength and skill, he is almost unplayable.It is reported that a transfer fee in the region of £31 million will be needed to sign Niang, though the price is unlikely to deter Arsenal if they feel the player is worth it. And, while the youngster has improvements to make, Wenger has never shied away from a gamble.With the guiding hand of an experienced manager with a history of improving raw talent, the versatile, fast and audacious Niang could be the ideal man to lead Arsenals dynamic attack in the years to come.Jose Gimenez - Atletico MadridIn past seasons, Arsenals defence has often been seen as the difference between winning honours and falling short. However, since the addition of German international Shkodran Mustafi to replace compatriot Per Mertesacker, the Gunners back-line has looked stronger than ever.With a back four of Hector Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny and Nacho Monreal protecting experienced goalkeeper Petr Cech, Wengers side have lost just once in the Premier League this term. Furthermore, their goals conceded tally of 11 is bettered only by three teams: Chelsea, Manchester City and rivals Tottenham.Nonetheless, further central defensive reinforcement would not go amiss, especially as the season wears on and the rigours of competing domestically and in the Champions League take their toll. This may be Arsenals thinking if The Suns recent report linking them to Jose Gimenez is to be believed.During his time at the Vicente Calderon, the 21-year-old has worked with Diego Simeone, one of the games finest defensive minds, which helps to explain why the Uruguayan is regarded as one of the best young central defenders in the world.Over the last two seasons, Gimenez has played frequently for Atletico, impressing with his maturity, combativeness, aggressive marking and ability on the ball.So far this term, he has won 67.4 per cent of his aerial duels and completed an impressive 73 per cent of his attempted passes, statistics that point towards his combination of physical and technical attributes.If Arsenal are in the market for another centre-back, the promising Atletico youngster would make an outstanding addition both in the short and long term.Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! 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