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Month: April 2009

This is Just Sick

Completely and totally unacceptable and disgusting. A dead goat was found hanging on a statute of Harry Caray outside Wrigley Field early Monday on the North Side. A similar incident occurred in 2007, police said. About 2:40 a.m., police responded to a 911 call indicating a dead goat was hanging from a rope on the […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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