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Month: April 2009

Milton Bradley is Fragile: Bradley Leaves in the 4th

Not that you need me to say it, but get used to it. This will be a regular occurrence all year long. It’s currently unclear what the nature of his ailment was. He was on second base when Theriot hit a single up the middle. Bradley broke for third, and slowed up almost immediately. After […]

Kevin Gregg is Still the Cubs Closer

Despite Kevin Gregg’s shaky first save, and even shakier first blown save, Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella says there’s no controversy: Kevin Gregg is the closer. Oh, did I mention the third “despite”: despite the fact that last night’s save opportunity went to… Carlos Marmol. “Gregg is still our closer,” Piniella stated. “I can’t get […]

Oh Thank God – The Cubs Might Save $400k

The Chicago Cubs dumped reliever Chad Gaudin after a crummy Spring, and looked prepared to eat his $2 million salary. Rejoice! The Cubs look likely to now have to eat only $1.6 million! [T]he Padres have signed right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin to a Minor League contract, according to general manager Kevin Towers. Gaudin will be […]


Koyie Hill is an Excellent Scapegoat

Although a confluence of many things led to the Cubs’ 9th inning loss to the Brewers yesterday, folks are really only focusing on but a couple things. One of which is the walk that closer (for now) Kevin Gregg issued to Chris Duffy in the 9th inning following a 3-2 slider that missed the zone, […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Velocity’s Back

Lost in the teeth-gnashing about yesterday’s frustrating late loss to the Brewers was a tremendously impressive performance by a guy the Chicago Cubs desperately need to be tremendous this year: Rich Harden. Harden, dogged by his torn shoulder and suspiciously low velocity, suffered through a terrifyingly poor Spring Training. We all reserved judgment, thinking, “It’s […]

Aw, Crud – Chris Carpenter is Back

For months, Chicago Cubs fans could soothe themselves with the belief that there was no way the St. Louis Cardinals could be good this year. After all, their rotation looked like a pile of garbage. Well, unless Chris Carpenter came back healthy and effective. But come on, his arm has been cut more times than […]


God Relents: Soto Likely to Avoid DL

Dear God, please make me a bird, so I can fly far, far away. Oh, and while you’re at it, please keep the Chicago Cubs healthy. The Cubs hope they have dodged a disabled-list move with All-Star catcher Geovany Soto after a precautionary MRI on Thursday revealed no structural damage in his inflamed right shoulder. […]

Milton Bradley Would Be a Good Defensive Outfielder, You Know, If…

There was a bit of a kerfuffle on Opening Day when Lou Piniella elected to replace Kosuke Fukudome in center field for a defensive sub – Joey Gathright – but then did not slide Fukudome over to right field to replace Milton Bradley. Fukudome was one of the best defensive right fielders in the National […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soto Could Be Headed to DL

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is headed to Chicago to see the team orthopedist (who needs a specialist, right?) about his aching right shoulder. The Cubs hope the injury will clear up by this weekend, but apparently Soto’s been dealing with it for a while. Soto said he first experienced a problem with the shoulder […]

The Cublogoverse is Confusingly Repetitive

Allow me to state at the outset that I am a Bruce Miles fan. He is more knowledgeable than most of the Chicago Cubs beat writers and he’s incredible accessible to fans. But that said, a couple recent publications on the Daily Herald are… strange.


2009 Chicago Cubs Minor League Rosters

The minor league rosters are now official, and without further ado… … … Ok. No more ado. Here they are: Iowa (AAA) Starting Pitchers: Jose Ascanio, Mitch Atkins, Esmalian Caridad, Jeff Samardzija, Randy Wells Relief Pitchers: Kevin Hart, J.R. Mathes, Greg Reinhard, Jeff Stevens, Jason Waddell, Justin Berg, Jessie Estrada, Chad Fox Catchers: Mark Johnson, […]

Soto Possibly Out Until This Weekend

Learn to love Koyie Hill. Expect Koyie Hill behind the plate Wednesday in the Cubs’ series finale vs. the Astros. Geovany Soto has a sore right shoulder, something he said he experienced in Spring Training, and could miss a couple days. Soto felt the discomfort when he threw to second in the third inning on […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soto Leaves With Shoulder Injury

God clearly hates the Chicago Cubs. Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto left tonight’s game against the Astros with right (throwing) shoulder soreness. Word is that he strained it while trying to throw out Kaz Matsui stealing second. We’ll update you as more details become available.


Lou Piniella is Almost Certainly Gone After Next Year

Manager Lou Piniella is under contract with the Chicago Cubs through next season, 2010. By then, he’ll be 67. And it looks like he’ll be leaving the Cubs. The Yankees could have chosen any team to be their first opponent, but Yankees general partner Hal Steinbrenner wanted Piniella to be part of the opening festivities, […]

The Cubs Are Power Ranked

I don’t know why every ranking of Major League Baseball teams in the universe are called “power rankings” (because baseball involves power, I guess?), but they are. And the first two big ones have popped up for this season, ESPN and Yahoo. Phil Rogers put together a third, and decidedly lesser power ranking. Yahoo’s top […]

The Original Chinfuzz Calls it a Career

When the Chicago Cubs acquired Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement from the Florida Marlins in 2002, many fans (including me) saw it as the true turning point. It was the dawn of the modern, competitive Cubs. In that sense, Matt Clement will always hold a special place in the history of the Chicago Cubs. Oh, […]

Kosuke Fukudome is Going to Hit 1.000 This Year

Kosuke Fukudome is finally back in Cubs camp after a relatively yawn-worthy WBC stint. But the good news is, he’s figured out why he struggled so much in the final three months of the season last year. He simply wasn’t being the player Lou Piniella wants him to be. “If I can be the player […]

Cubs Release Chad Gaudin, Jeff Samardzija to AAA

The Chicago Cubs bullpen is set: David Patton and Angel Guzman are in, Chad Gaudin and Jeff Samardzija are out. Ultimately, this is the precise series of moves we had predicted a week ago, with the exception of Gaudin being released instead of traded or DL’d. Previously, the Cubs had indicated no one would be […]