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Month: September 2009

God’s Wrath Watch: Soriano’s Surgery Successful

The good news is that Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano’s knee surgery yesterday was a success. The bad news (well, is it bad?) is that he’s now definitely done for the year. Soriano underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and the team reported that orthopedic specialist Stephen Gryzlo found acute inflammation and expected cartilage […]

Screeching Tire Sound: Cubs WILL Shop Carlos Zambrano This Winter

When Bruce Levine suggested yesterday that the Chicago Cubs might look to trade ace Carlos Zambrano this winter, most pundits gave it short shrift (including yours truly). After all, without Zambrano (and likely-to-depart Rich Harden), the Cubs rotation could look scary. But now sources say that the Cubs are going to consider trading Zambrano. Despite […]

Meet the Cubs 2010 Closer: Carlos Marmol

It is not a huge surprise that Carlos Marmol would end up as the 2010 closer for the Chicago Cubs. It is mildly surprising, however, that Lou Piniella would make the announcement already. “I see that, yes,” Piniella said Monday. “I really do. I think he’s done enough and shown enough. We have confidence in […]

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Cubs Looking to Re-Sign John Grabow

If there’s one thing Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry knows how to do excellently, it’s re-sign his players. But if there’s a related thing he also knows how to do excellently, it’s re-sign players that he probably shouldn’t to deals that he definitely shouldn’t. Think Neifi Perez. We call these signings Jim Hendry specials. […]

Carlos Zambrano and Milton Bradley to be Traded? Bruce Levine Thinks So

The Chicago Cubs 2009 season has certainly been a disappointment. Of course, it’s not quite over yet, but that’s not stopping the Cubs from discussing 2010. “We haven’t talked about next year as of yet,” Piniella said. “We want to continue to focus on our games now and this season. However, we are going to […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Soriano Finally Having His Knee Surgery

It was several weeks in the making, but Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is finally having knee surgery this week. The Cubs’ outfielder said Sunday that he hopes to have arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. The surgery will clean up some fragments that have come loose […]

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Lou Piniella Plans to Become Dusty Baker Next Year

Although there was little need for confirmation, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed this weekend that Alfonso Soriano will not be the Cubs’ leadoff man next year – better two years late than never. ”That’s over with,” manager Lou Piniella said Friday of Soriano’s leadoff role. Snizzap. Of course, that merely opens the vault of […]

Enhanced Box Score: Reds 7, Cubs 5 – September 12, 2009

Clearly Randy Wells does not realize that his quest for Rookie of the Year is about all we have to cheer for at this point. Also, Carlos Marmol did a nice job of living up to the don’t-use-closers-in-non-save-situations mantra. He must really be a closer. Still, a favorite goat gets the enhancement.

The Cublogoverse is Shrinking

The Cublogoverse has always been a fluid space – shrinking and expanding as new blogs pop up, and old blogs fade away. Usually, Cubs blogs drift out without much fanfare. A post every day becomes every other day. Then every other week. And then the weeks go by. And then, sadly, it’s RIP time. Blogging […]

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Chone Figgins Loves L.A.

The offseason figures to be a-buzz about many things, one of which will apparently be an OMG Chone Figgins! watch. But for now, the impending free agent third baseman/utility player doesn’t sound all that crazy about leaving Los Angeles. “It’s always good to be wanted,” said Figgins, who will become a free agent after the […]

Jose Valverde: The Cubs Need a Closer, and that Closer is Me

After the disappointing performance of Kevin Gregg in the closer’s role this year for the Chicago Cubs, Carlos Marmol has taken over adequately, and is the presumptive favorite to return as next year’s closer. Gregg is a free agent, an unless he takes mid-caliber setup man money, he won’t be back. But that isn’t stopping […]

Carlos Zambrano and Lou Piniella Love Each Other, and All is Tranquil

When Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella yanked Carlos Zambrano from yesterday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Zambrano was visibly frustrated with the decision. Zambrano had pitched six effective innings, and is still only a few starts removed from the disabled list, so the move to pull him a bit earlier than was maybe necessary was […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Reed Johnson’s Season May Be Over

The news about Reed Johnson’s recovery from a broken foot has been a real bummer. Not so much because the Chicago Cubs would have been dramatically more successful with Johnson in the lineup, but moreso because he seems like a great guy who really loves the Cubs. So, the bummer: Johnson’s recovery has not gone […]

Obsessive New Owner Watch: Antitrust Approval

There will be no antitrust hold-up in the sale of the Chicago Cubs. Of course, given that there is not an even remotely conceivable anti-competitive element to the sale of the Cubs from one owner to another, this is kind of like reporting that the Earth did not split in half yesterday. But hey. It […]

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