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Month: March 2009

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 8, 2009

The Cubs continued losing, this time to the Rangers. Meh. Pitching dominated the Spring Training battles this time around: Sean Marshall held some really good Rangers hitters scoreless for four innings. I still have a feeling the Cubs would prefer if someone else won the fifth starter job because of Marshall’s dual value as a […]

RosenFAIL: The Cubs Bench

I want to preface this with a word on accuracy and insight. I screw things up all the time. Sometimes I post things too quickly. Sometimes I don’t check my facts. It’s rare, but it happens. So I understand that writers can’t be perfect. But when you’re Ken Rosenthal, you are paid by Fox Sports […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 7, 2009

The Chicago Cubs get blanked by the Milwaukee Brewers. Who kerrs. On to the roster battles: Micah Hoffpauir has cooled considerably, and he put up an 0-fer. Considering the Cubs’ lack of a second reserve infielder, Hoffpauir is going to have to be so good with the bat that the Cubs have to find a […]


Rocky Roquet Does Not Make the Cubs, Cashner Hurt

At least not this year. The Chicago Cubs made the first red tags of the year, sending pitchers Andrew Cashner, Edward Campusano, and Roquet to minor league camp. Given that the camp doesn’t open for another week, it seems an extra kick in the crotch. Cashner, the Cubs first round pick in 2008, impressed manager […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 6, 2009

The Spring Training Cubs continued a vicious losing streak. Oh no. On to the battles: Koyie Hill is trying to win the backup catcher job from Paul Bako. Hill started, and did squat. Micah Hoffpauir is trying to win the 25th bench spot. Hoffpauir played LF, and did squat. Jake Fox is trying to win […]

PANIC! Milton Bradley Lifted for Pinch Runner, Again

Milton Bradley was lifted in his first Spring start for a pinch runner after a walk in his first at bat. Much gnashing of teeth and terror ensued. Flash forward to today, where Bradley was once again lifted for a pinch runner early in the game. At least this time it was in the fourth […]

Obessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Simulated Game Today, Actual Game Next Week

After a couple of successful bullpen sessions, Chicago Cubs pitcher/injured guy Rich Harden is set to throw some more today. And then some more more next week. Harden, who’s on a slow-and-cautious maintenance program for his troublesome right shoulder, got through a second session of throwing to hitters in batting practice Tuesday and is scheduled […]

Rich Hill Thinks He’s Really, Really Awesome

When the Cubs traded broken/mentally-defective pitcher Rich Hill to the Orioles earlier this year for a player to be named later, most fans figured we were just getting rid of a guy who was out of options and would never again contribute meaningfully at the major league level. Well, apparently we were wrong. Dead wrong. […]


Spring Training Battlewatch: March 5, 2009

The Chicago Cubs lost to the White Sox… again. Good thing it’s just fake baseball. Though the games are fake, the… battles… are… REAL! (you tittered right there, didn’t you?) Jake Fox went 2-4, to keep up the relatively nice Spring. He played first base in this one, so he’s logging time at a variety […]

Aramis Ramirez to Play in WBC with A-Rod Out?

With the breaking news that Alex Rodriguez is undergoing hip surgery – the cyst kind, not the old person kind – I am openly pondering and speculating as to whether it means Aramis Ramirez will leave the Chicago Cubs and go to play in the World Baseball Classic. As we’ve noted here before, Ramirez opted […]

Why the 2009 Milwaukee Brewers Will Suck

This is the second installment in Bleacher Nation’s weekly series, exploring precisely why the other teams in the National League Central are going to suck in 2009. Previously: Cincinnati Reds. Once again, Bleacher Nation takes on the challenge of pointing out everything bad about a National League Central team, in a quest to provide you […]

Milton Bradley Played Yesterday, and Didn’t Break

Milton Bradley DH’d for the Chicago Cubs yesterday, a week after leaving his first Spring Training game with quad soreness. When it happened, I was like, “Oh my God, here we go…” But at least Bradley understands: He said he understands that 12 stints on the disabled list leads to questions about his brittleness. Bradley […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 4, 2009

The Chicago Cubs played two meaningless exciting Spring Training games yesterday. Perhaps the most important thing to come out of them was the healthy performance of Milton Bradley. Of course, he was DH’ing… but whatever. On to the battles: Joey Gathright had a nice two-hit game against the Indians. Shock: they were both singles. Aaron […]


2009 Chicago Cubs Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

Thanks to BCB for tracking down the broadcast schedule for the rest of the Cubs Spring Training. 3/4 vs. Cle: WGN Radio 3/4 vs. Sox: WGN-TV 3/5 vs. Sox: WGN-TV, WSCR 3/6 vs. LA: WGN Radio 3/7 vs. Mil: WTMJ 3/8 vs. Tex: KRLD 3/9 vs. KC: KCSP 3/13 vs. Sea: KIRO 3/14 vs. LAA: […]

Chicago Cubs Ticket Auction Begins Today

In case you had a hankerin’ to get some Chicago Cubs box tickets, oh, and in case you’re all kinds of rich, you can participate in an auction beginning today at noon. In the auction are 71 CBOE seats located adjacent to the Cubs’ dugout on the third base line. They are SEASON TICKETS, in […]

Cubs Are Scouting Bobby Crosby for Some Strange Reason

The Chicago Cubs have a couple in-house options for the last spot on their bench. It’s got to be a guy who can back up an infield spot or two. Preferably the guy could back up third, first, and short. But maybe that preferable guy isn’t on the Cubs yet. So they’ll keep looking. One […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 3, 2009

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Oakland Athletics! Or something. It doesn’t matter. On to what does matter: the positional, rotational, and bullpen…onal battles. Not much on the positional front. Jake Fox raked, again. Probably doesn’t matter, as he’s going to have to play ridiculous defense (relatively speaking) at third to make the team. He played […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Throwing Batting Practice

Rich Harden hasn’t made it into a Chicago Cubs Spring Training game yet, but that’s not yet a concern. Among rational people, anyway. The good news is Harden is pitching off the mound, and he faced hitters in batting practice this weekend, and he’s scheduled to do it again today. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said […]


Steve Phillips is an Idiot, and Lou Piniella ‘Bout to Drop Some Knowledge

Steve Phillips is a former, and completely unsuccessful, MLB general manager. Steve Phillips is a current, and completely unsuccessful, ESPN commentator. Phillips recently picked the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series in 2009, but Cubs fans will forget that quickly now that he and Cubs manager Lou Piniella have become very anti-BFF over comments […]

Milton Bradley is Going to Play Tomorrow, Probably

Allegedly, Milton Bradley is going to play on Wednesday. Bradley left his first Spring Training game with quad tightness. Oh, and then he was sore for several days. Oh, and then he got the flu. But he’s going to play on Wednesday. You can write it down. Probably.

Spring Training Positional Battlewatch: March 2, 2009

Carlos Zambrano looked thoroughly uninjured as he mowed down the D-Backs. I think the Cubs lost, though. On to the important stuff: Neither Aaron Miles nor Mike Fontenot distinguished himself at the plate, but interestingly, both played a little shortstop. Micah Hoffpauir had his first merely pedestrian game, with a double as his lone hit. […]

Obessive Peavywatch: Jake Peavy Still Kind of Likes the Cubs

There’s this pitcher in San Diego that the Chicago Cubs and their fans have kind of had some interest in for a few months. His name is Jake Peavy. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. Perhaps you’ve thought about him. Obsessively. So when the Cubs squared off against the Padres yesterday for a Spring Training outing, […]

Lou Piniella Wants Curt Schilling

No, not that way, but he’s interested in having Schilling pitch for the Chicago Cubs. “This guy, he’s a pro,” Piniella said. “I don’t know how accurate [the reports] are, but if you get a pitcher with his credentials and his winning habits, it would be something to explore.” I stick to my assessment that […]

Mark Prior is Gonna DOMINATE This Year!

Remember when, for three years, Chicago Cubs fans sated themselves with the thought that, although Mark Prior was just throwing towels, soon he would be back to form. It would be like trading for a top-line starter mid-season, we told ourselves. Well, thank the Lord that isn’t us anymore, right? Now there’s a glimmer. Prior […]

Spring Training Positional Battlewatch: March 1, 2009

Ryan Dempster faced Jake Peavy. Who is Jake Peavy again? Mike Fontenot, who played third base, put up another great game: 2 for 3 with a couple doubles. Aaron Miles, whom Fontenot is presumably battling for the starting second base gig, continued his lackluster showing this spring with the old goose egg. In an effort […]