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Month: June 2009

Reed Johnson to the DL, Ryan Freel to Chicago

Getting tough for the Cubs to catch a break, unless it’s the break of a femur or something. The Chicago Cubs placed Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with continued back problems, retroactive to June 21. In a corresponding move, the team activated Ryan Freel from the disabled list. Unfortunately, it’s a downgrade. Neither […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Batting Practice on Friday

Chicago Cubs third baseman, and Obi Won Kenobi-style only hope, Aramis Ramirez is expected to begin taking live batting practice this Friday. “Once we get to that stage, it’s just a matter of when he goes out for a rehab assignment,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said of Ramirez. “He’s going to have to go out […]

Cubs Sign Top Draft Pick Brett Jackson

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms (undisclosed, probably slot money) with their 2009 first round draft pick, Brett Jackson. Jackson, an outfielder from the University of California, Berkeley, was the 31st player taken overall. He was ranked as the second-best overall athlete among all available college players in the 2009 Draft class by Baseball […]


Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Tribune Hanging on to a Big Chunk?

If the Tribune Company seeks out someone else to buy the Cubs besides presumptive new owner Tom Ricketts, it could end up retaining a larger chunk of the team than expected. This would be the case if the Tribune sought to re-engage Marc Utay, previous Cubs-bid-loser, in discussions to buy the team. The group’s original […]

Breaking: Donald Fehr Will Resign As Players’ Union Head

Donald Fehr has led the MLB players union for some 26 years, and before March of next year, he’ll step down. Subject to approval by the union’s executive board, he will be succeeded by union general counsel Michael Weiner, his longtime heir apparent. Weiner will head negotiations heading into the expiration of the current labor […]


Dusty Baker’s Head Was Thoroughly Buried in the Sand

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker now has the dubious distinction of having managed two of the most notorious busted steroid users – Barry Bonds with the San Francisco Giants and Sammy Sosa with the Chicago Cubs. I suppose that label could also be placed now on Joe Torre, having managed Alex Rodriguez with the Yankees […]

Cubs Could Sport Benchy Lineup Today Against Braves

I know it’s just a makeup game, but it’s still, um, a real game. Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella plans to sit some regulars today against the Atlanta Braves – the makeup of a rain out. One regular? Two Regulars? THREE regulars? Early indications are that Lou is thinking he’ll sit Alfonso Soriano, Milton Bradley, […]

Angel Guzman to the Disabled List, Kevin Hart to Chicago

The Chicago Cubs placed reliever Angel Guzman on the 15-day disabled list with muscle soreness, just a day after he looked excellent pitching a couple innings in a 13-inning Cubs win. Guzman might have needed only a week to recuperate, but with rain outs costing them their scheduled off day today, the Cubs opted to […]

In Case You Were Hoping Mark Cuban Would Re-enter the Ownership Mix

Now that the Tribune Company is threatening to (maybe actually already has) open up discussions on selling the Cubs to someone other than Tom Ricketts, you can admit that there was a tiny little murmur within your soul that yearned for Mark Cuban to re-enter the picture. Well stop it. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban […]


Aramis Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Minor League Rehab Stint in Two Weeks

A further update on third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s rehab, and a possible return date. Aramis Ramirez will begin taking batting practice in the next few days and could begin his minor-league rehab stint by July 1 or 2. Ramirez has been out since May 9 with a dislocated left shoulder. “We haven’t rushed him,” manager […]

Enhanced Box Score: Indians 5, Cubs 6 – June 20, 2009

Three straight walk-off wins for the Chicago Cubs. Considering how unbearable the last month has been, they are exceedingly surprising and exceedingly welcome. That said, I can’t help but feel sorry for Kerry Wood. Watching him walk off the mound after once again blowing the game for the Indians was tough. I got over it […]

Mark DeRosa Does Not Hate Lou Piniella

Earlier in the year, there was some soft buzz about the Mark DeRosa trade, which had taken place over the offseason. Lou Piniella, the rumor went, was frustrated with Mark DeRosa, and wanted him off the team. It was strange when it came out, but DeRosa never really denied that he believed it to be […]

Cubs Can’t Add Payroll, But That Doesn’t Mean They Won’t Deal

A few days ago, Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry revealed the disappointing, albeit unsurprising news: the Cubs’ payroll for this year (and beyond?) is maxed out. But apparently that isn’t stopping Hendry from working the phones. Jim Hendry is working the prospective trade markets as hard as he does every year and is said […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Starting to Hit

If there was ever a time that the Chicago Cubs needed good news about third baseman Aramis Ramirez, that time is now. Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, on the disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder, stepped up his hitting and began taking soft toss on Wednesday, and if all goes well, will start batting […]