The Chicago Cubs offense has been scuffling terribly for months. Some would say it coincides with the removal of Aramis Ramirez’s bat from the lineup, but it is not as though the team is simply missing one hitter – nobody, other than Derrek Lee, is hitting at all with consistency. But apparently the Cubs still […]
Month: June 2009
Hey, if I were pumping my body full of ultimately harmful steroids just so that I could be a beast physically in the short term, I’d want to show it off, too. It turns out Sosa had his jerseys tapered around his arms for a period of years. A study of photo archives suggests Sosa’s […]
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 […]
Another day, another loss. And another unbelievably pathetic performance offensively with runners in scoring position. 1 for 15. (!)
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
When Micah Hoffpauir hit that home run, boy were things feeling good. I hope you turned off the game just then.
The strange, strange Cubs rumor that won’t die. The Chicago Cubs are still interested in signing Pedro Martinez to join the bullpen or maybe even the rotation. And apparently it’s all Rich Harden’s fault. Watching right-handed pitcher Rich Harden struggle with his command has made the team’s management group a little nervous as of late. […]
Lots of hits. Lots of walks. Great pitching. And a loss.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Pfft. Sure, they won. But where’s the walk-off?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]