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Month: February 2009

At Least Kevin Gregg’s Shoulder isn’t Busted

The Chicago Cubs acquired Kevin Gregg from the Florida Marlins at the outset of the off-season, and the deal was roundly reviled for two reasons: 1.) It meant Kerry Wood was not coming back; and 2.) The Cubs had to part with vaunted prospect, Jose Ceda, to get Gregg. Well, I’m here to tell you […]

The Cublogoverse is Repetitive

This post is directed mostly at my Cub logging brethren, so if you’re not in that community – or not particularly interested in it – then you might just ignore it. I’ve only been doing this “serious” Cubs blogging thing for a couple months now, but I’ve already learned a great deal. Some lessons come […]

Jake Peavy: Padres > Cubs > Braves

The non-story that won’t go away (and we won’t let it, damn it!), well, won’t go away. As spring training begins, details are emerging about the possible Cubs-Padres Jake Peavy that ultimately died months ago at the winter meetings. As for the Padres’ trade talks with the Braves, which were much-publicized before those with the […]

Will He? Won’t He? Marmol Out of the WBC (again)?

The drama surrounding whether or not Carlos Marmol will (obliterate his arm and) pitch for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic is starting to take on the feel of a Telenovela – Ay! Dios mio! Well according to the latest, Marmol is NOT going to pitch in the WBC because he wants […]

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2009 Chicago Cubs Tickets on Sale Today

In case you didn’t know, you can start getting single game tickets for 2009 Chicago Cubs games today. Several ways to do it: Via the Internet: Visitors to cubs.com can purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. CT on Friday. A virtual waiting room will be used for all Internet orders. The virtual waiting room will […]

The Cubs Going After Manny Ramirez? In a Word – Ultramegano

The Chicago Cubs have a full outfield, a full payroll, and a full clubhouse. But that’s not stopping Paul Sullivan from daydreaming about a Manny Ramirez acquisition. I’ll spare you the trouble of reading. It involves Alfonso Soriano moving to second base, Manny Ramirez playing the outfield at Wrigley, and a ridiculous lineup. And it […]

Cubs May Still Add an Infielder – and Micah Hoffpauir is SOL

Chicago Cubs’ bench spots are limited. Not like those offers for Snuggies on TV are limited. The Cubs’ bench spots are actually limited. There are going to be five guys on the bench on this year, and as things stand, all the spots are taken: Reed Johnson, Joey Gathright, Aaron Miles, Paul Bako/Koyie Hill, and […]

Albert Pujols is Massively Underpaid – and Likes It

Just what every Cubs fan has been itching to hear: Albert Pujols loves St. Louis, and doesn’t really care about his current contract – which underpays him by some $10 million per year, by market standards (he makes around $15 million per year, despite being much better and younger than Manny Ramirez, who is likely […]

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Jeff Samardzija Is the 6th Starter Right Now

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is tasked with picking the number five starter out of the Sean Marshall, Aaron Heilman, Chad Gaudin, and Jeff Samardzija bin by the end of spring training. But for today, Lou says it’s looking like Marshall at five and Samardzija at six. This actually isn’t a big revelation, and I […]

Josh Vitters is an Awesome Chicago Cubs Prospect

Keith Law couldn’t say it any better than my title just did. But he can certainly say it longer. Vitters started the year slow due to a hand injury, ended up returning to short-season ball, and hit everything in sight. He has an easy, smooth, quick swing that would be that classic “sweet” left-hander’s swing […]

Aaron Miles is Going to Start and Bat at the Top of the Order

Every mainstream article out there that discusses the Chicago Cubs’ offseason moves thus far focuses on the Milton Bradley signing, the Mark DeRosa trade, and letting Kerry Wood walk. But they almost always have a throwaway line about the Aaron Miles signing. That’s, of course, fine. But what troubles me is that in all of […]

Laughing Because It Didn’t Happen to the Cubs

The rest of the world has had 100+ years to laugh at the Cubs. Thus, I feel no guilt or regret in thoroughly laughing at the Nationals for this boner. A top Washington Nationals prospect and recipient of the largest international signing bonus in team history is not who he appeared to be. Esmailyn Gonzalez, […]

WBC Cubs Dropping Like Flies: Lee is Out

Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee will not be participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic as he had previously intended. Like Aramis Ramirez before him, Lee is suffering from back-up-itis. “I wanted to do it, I really wanted to do it,” Lee said. “But they told me, basically, I wasn’t going to play.” DailyHerald.com. […]

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Sean Marshall is Going to be the Fifth Starter Probably

Barring a (sigh) Jake Peavy trade, the Chicago Cubs will go with Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Aaron Heilman, or Chad Gaudin as the fifth starter. For now, manager Lou Piniella says Marshall is the guy. “Marshall, to me, has gotten better,” Chicago manager Lou Piniella said Saturday about the left-hander. “I liked him my first […]

Chicago Cubs’ Top 30 Prospects According to Baseball America

Enjoy the list of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects for 2009, according to Baseball America’s 2009 Prospect Handbook. And then go buy the Handbook you cheap-skate. Cubs Top 30 Prospects for 2009 1. Josh Vitters – 3B 2. Jeff Samardzija – RHP 3. Andrew Cashner – RHP 4. Dae-Eun Rhee – RHP 5. Welington Castillo […]

Ok, So Maybe Soriano Won’t Hit Leadoff

Yes, I know this is a subject that many are sick of hearing about… but this is actual news on the subject. Cubs manager Lou Piniella has stuck by Alfonso Soriano as his leadoff man the last two seasons but on Monday said he may drop the left fielder down in the order. Muskat Ramblings. […]

Check Out the 2009 Chicago Cubs Broadcast Schedule

Bleed Cubbie Blue has the full schedule listed, and it’s worth a look. In summary, it’s looking like 63 games on WGN, 4 on ESPN (more will get added through the season), 8 on Fox, 79 on CSN and CSN+, and 8 on WCIU. It’s all subject to change, of course, and there will be […]

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Ben Sheets to the Chicago Cubs? Um…

The local NBC outfit is trying its hand at Cubs news and rumors, and what they came up with is… um, poor. The Cubs are in search of pitching. This is underscored by the never ending, yet futile, quest for Jake Peavy, as well as Lou Piniella’s declaration that the team needs a lefty. Now, […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Throwing Off the Mound

Rich Harden’s shoulder is about to take on the mythic body part status previously reserved for Janet Jackson’s nipple. And with that, let’s obsess. Rich Harden threw about 20 pitches off the mound on Sunday at Fitch Park and all reports were good. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild and athletic trainer Mark O’Neal watched Harden’s […]

Rich Harden is Kerry Wood is Mark Prior

To the extent the comparisons haven’t already been made, they were inevitable. Absurdly talented, hard-throwing, strike-out heavy, right-handed starting pitcher for the Cubs… who has arm trouble. Kerry Wood. Mark Prior. Rich Harden. This will be a theme for 2009. Get used to it. All eyes are on Rich Harden this spring. So far, he […]

The Brewers’ Bobbleheads are Racist

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced their bobblehead giveaways for the upcoming season, and the selection of “stars” is a bit perplexing. May 3 – Ryan Braun May 31 – Trevor Hoffman Jun 28 – Jason Kendall Aug 30 – Jeff Suppan Jul 26 – Bratwurst Sep 20 – Doug Melvin, Brewers GM As NQTC points […]

The Cublogoverse is Playing Fantasy

If you’re looking for a fantasy baseball league to play in this year, the Cublogoverse is giving you a few great options. First up, at A League of Her Own, there are a few leagues: Big Boys League: This is the league for people who like to read stat columns and box scores and lean […]

Carlos Marmol IS Pitching in the World Baseball Classic

There doesn’t appear to be a “maybe” about it anymore. Carlos Marmol will be pitching for the Dominican Republic in this year’s WBC, just weeks (well, maybe more than a month, but it’s still “weeks”) after pitching in the Dominican Winter League. Marmol says he doesn’t see the difference in the workload he’ll see in […]

Chicago Cubs Will Kid-Glove Rich Harden in Spring Training

Well, I mean, duh. “We will not overtax him early here,” general manager Jim Hendry said Friday as pitchers and catchers were checking in for spring training. “He feels really good, and if anything, we’re going to have to be cautious with him that he doesn’t feel too good and want to go too fast, […]