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Month: February 2009

The Cublogoverse is Unretired

Several months ago, the Cublogverse suffered a kick squarely to the crotch when Joe Aiello announced that he was shuttering the venerable Cubs blog, View from the Bleachers. All wasn’t completely lost, of course, because Joe was taking his services across town to The Cub Reporter. But the lure of VFTB must have been too […]

OMG Brian Roberts and OMG Orlando Hudson… Are Not Going to be Cubs

So, not that either second baseman looked likely to become a Chicago Cub, it’s worth noting that Orlando Hudson and Brian Roberts don’t look likely to be Cubs any time soon. Roberts signed a four-year extension with the Orioles (though he has only very, very limited no-trade protection), and Hudson signed with the Dodgers. This […]

Lou’s Latest Lineup Lacking Likeability and Other L’s Like Lugubrious

So, late last week Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella threw out his thoughts on the lineup for this season in response to the rampant interest in Alfonso Soriano’s spot. His response was, um, not awesome. On Thursday, Piniella said the lineup he’s leaning toward is Soriano, Aaron Miles, Derrek Lee, Milton Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Kosuke […]

The Countries of Baseball

Here’s a way to kill a few minutes. Try to figure out the precise contours of the various teams’ territory, particularly the two Chicago teams. I’m not trying to be a jerk, but why do the White Sox get as much as they do? h/t NotQualifiedtoComment

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Will the Cubs Ever Sign a LOOGY?

MLBTradeRumors recently put together a solid list of the available lefty relievers on the market, who specialize in getting left-handed hitters out (that’s LOOGYs to us nerds). The list looks something like this: # Joe Beimel – Beimel is a Type B free agent, but the Dodgers did not offer him arbitration. His walk and […]

The Brewers, Like the Cubs, Hate the Top of the Lineup

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ken Macha recently said he plans to bat Rickie Weeks and J.J. Hardy at the top of the lineup this year, and in light of the persistent hand-wringing over the top of the Cubs order, I thought it appropriate to comment briefly. Weeks, to be certain, is an understandable option at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]