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Month: September 2009

Lou Piniella Implies That Milton Bradley is Gone this Winter

We all know that the Chicago Cubs will try to deal disgruntled (and disgruntling) outfielder Milton Bradley this offseason. But we didn’t know how much the team expects that a trade will happen. Manager Lou Piniella may have let the cat out of the bag. It’s early, but Colvin, the team’s No. 1 Draft pick […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Guzman’s Season Over

Chicago Cubs’ seasons are ending for all kinds of reasons lately. For reliever Angel Guzman, it’s because of inflammation on his right side. Cubs manager Lou Piniella said he doesn’t expect the right-hander to pitch again after an MRI on Tuesday revealed inflammation in Guzman’s right side. Guzman was examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. […]

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MLB Players Association May Take Up Milton Bradley’s Cause

The Major League Baseball players’ union may file a grievance on Milton Bradley’s behalf after the outfielder was (finally) suspended by the Chicago Cubs for the rest of the season for his absurdly unacceptable comments made over the weekend. However, the Cubs have yet to issue a formal notice of the suspension to either Bradley, […]

Bradley’s Teammates React to Suspension – Think Any Defended Him?

Usually when a player is disciplined, either by Major League Baseball or by the player’s team, the player’s teammates tow the company line, but avoid making any comments that indicate they agree with the discipline. They say things like, “I understand the team’s decision, but I don’t agree with it. I hope we can get […]

Tyler Colvin to Chicago

The youngster call-ups continue, and this one may be of a little more moment than the others. The Chicago Cubs will today call up outfielder Tyler Colvin from AA Tennessee. “We’ll get another outfielder and we’ll get a look at our future,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. “We’ll put him in the outfield and let […]

Trade Rumor: Carlos Zambrano for Jake Peavy?

There isn’t a whole lot of meat on this rumor – well, ok, there’s no real meat on it – but MLBTradeRumors is reporting that Baseball Prospectus says some folks in Chicago believe a Jake Peavy for Carlos Zambrano trade could be in the works. It has already been widely reported that the Cubs are […]

Breaking: Cubs Suspend Milton Bradley for Rest of Year

We guessed that Milton Bradley’s most recent – and unbelievable – comments about the Chicago Cubs would lead to his walking papers, and in a way, they have. Within the hour, the Cubs have suspended Milton Bradley for the rest of the year. General manager Jim Hendry cited comments Bradley made this weekend to the […]

Adventures in Insanity: Milton Bradley is Signing His Own Walking Papers

There comes a point in long stories where the story almost becomes a parody of itself. You’ll remember it from the Brett Favre will-he-won’t-he saga. At some point, it’s true, but it’s also a joke. That’s where we are with Milton Bradley. I would be utterly floored by his most recent comments if not for […]

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Obsessive Harden Shoulder Watch: Skipping Starts

Ah, I bet you thought this obsessive watch was over. After a string of poor, short outings, the Chicago Cubs have decided to skip Rich Harden’s turn in the rotation at least once to give the pitcher a breather. Harden, who has made 26 starts, hasn’t pitched more than five innings in his last four […]

Milton Bradley is Injured, Angry – What Else is New?

Chicago Cubs right fielder Milton Bradley left yesterday’s game against the Brewers in the sixth inning after perceiving some knee swelling. This is, of course, no big deal in two senses – it doesn’t sound serious, and guys are removed late for precautionary reasons all the time. But Milton Bradley can’t simply let it not […]

The Cubs May Spring in Naples

Goodbye Cactus League, hello Grapefruit League? It’s been discussed for several months now, and it looks like it really could happen. Mesa officials met this week with incoming Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and team officials to discuss possibly building a new stadium and training complex. If the Cubs don’t get their demands, they may move […]