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Archive for March, 2009

MLB Officials Pressured Derrek Lee to Play in WBC Despite Injury

As we now know, Derrek Lee decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic when he was asked to replace Kevin Youkilis for the semi-finals. What we didn’t know[Read More…]

by March 25, 2009 Analysis and Commentary

Spring Training Battlewatch: The Bullpen

Yesterday’s game against the Rockies was a big one with the bats, but more importantly, it showcased many of the arms trying to make the Cubs bullpen. Chad Gaudin started,[Read More…]

by March 25, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

The Ryan Harvey Era Comes to a Close

I’d say we hardly knew ye, but Ryan Harvey has been around – and disappointing – for years. The Cubs have released outfielder Ryan Harvey, the team’s first-round, sixth overall[Read More…]

The Fifth Cut is the Most Relevant

The Fifth Cut is the Most Relevant

The Cubs cut six guys from the Spring roster, and the team is now down to 37. This cut was the most relevant so far, because there were definitely guys[Read More…]

by March 25, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
No Curt Schilling for the Cubs

No Curt Schilling for the Cubs

The rumor never really had much in the way of legs, and what little was there was got hacked into (legs + hacked into = bloody sock. I’m awesome) with[Read More…]

by March 24, 2009 MLB News and Rumors
Jeff Keppinger, Backup Infielder?

Jeff Keppinger, Backup Infielder?

Despite Lou Piniella’s pronouncement that Micah Hoffpauir has made the team, the Chicago Cubs continue to consider backup infielder options for the bench. Corey Koskie is out, Luis Rivas is[Read More…]

by March 24, 2009 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Backup Catcher Battlewatch: Son of a Bako

Backup Catcher Battlewatch: Son of a Bako

Just when it was looking like Koyie Hill’s hitting might overcome Paul Bako’s veteran-ness, and land him the backup catcher job (saving the Chicago Cubs some $350k in the process[Read More…]

Angel Guzman to the Pirates?

Chicago Cubs reliever and former wunderkind prospect Angel Guzman is out of options and doesn’t look likely to make the Cubs bullpen. Thus, he gone. At some point. To someone.[Read More…]

by March 23, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Obsessive New Ownerwatch: It Ain’t Happening By Opening Day

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: It Ain’t Happening By Opening Day

I never thought that timetable was realistic, but at least now the team is confirming it. The Cubs aren’t likely to have their new owner in place by Opening Day,[Read More…]

by March 23, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Er, Flu-Like Symptomwatch

Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Er, Flu-Like Symptomwatch

Rich Harden was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday because of those dreaded “flu-like symptoms” – seriously, what is the deal with calling the illness “flu-like symptoms” instead of[Read More…]

2009 Chicago Cubs Closerwatch: It’s the Final Countdown

2009 Chicago Cubs Closerwatch: It’s the Final Countdown

In case you hadn’t noticed, Spring Training Battlewatch has come to a close. With fewer and fewer battles remaining, it’s time to focus on the specific battles remaining. The closer[Read More…]

by March 23, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

A new feature: The Wrigleyville Experience

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’ve added a couple new features in the Chicago Cubs Resources section of the site. Namely, we put together some useful resources for planning a[Read More…]

by March 22, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Corey Koskie Calls it a Career

Corey Koskie Calls it a Career

The writing was more or less on the wall after Corey Koskie had to leave a Spring Training game a few days ago, continuing to battle the effects of post-concussion[Read More…]

by March 22, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Mike Fontenot is a Star

Mike Fontenot is a Star

Mike Fontenot will take time from his busy playing baseball schedule to play himself in an episode of TBS’s “My Boys,” which I’m sure is a really great show. Fontenot[Read More…]

by March 22, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
The Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll: March

The Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll: March

Announcing a new feature here at Bleacher Nation: the Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll. With the help of some of your favorite other Cubs blogs, we’ve put together a poll[Read More…]

The Cubs Used to Have Nice Prospects

The Cubs Used to Have Nice Prospects

Rotoworld recently reflected upon it’s top 100 prospects from 2004, and sure enough, the Cubs had several entries in the list. That year or perhaps slightly before marked perhaps the[Read More…]

There Was a Rumor About the Cubs Trading Carlos Zambrano?

This is news to me – new, old news to be precise. One of the craziest rumors at the winter meetings in December centered on the Cubs — after completing[Read More…]

by March 21, 2009 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Why the 2009 Houston Astros Will Suck

Why the 2009 Houston Astros Will Suck

This is the fourth installment in Bleacher Nation’s 2009 preview of the National League Central – specifically, how every team not named the Cubs is going to suck. Previously: Cincinnati[Read More…]

Spring Training Battlewatch: Lou Spills Some Beans

Spring Training Battlewatch: Lou Spills Some Beans

Today, instead of looking at box scores, let’s just look at some things manager Lou Piniella said yesterday. “There are two jobs open in that bullpen as far as I’m[Read More…]

Sean Marshall Wins the Fifth Starter Spot, Aaron Heilman Wins, um, a Paycheck

Sean Marshall Wins the Fifth Starter Spot, Aaron Heilman Wins, um, a Paycheck

What has been a foregone conclusion for a week or more is now simply a conclusion. Sean Marshall will open the season as the Chicago Cubs fifth starter. Aaron Heilman[Read More…]

by March 20, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

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