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Month: September 2009

Cubs v. White Sox Isn’t Quite What it Was Supposed to Be

When today’s interleague, cross-town match-up between the Cubs and White Sox was originally rained out, the universe was quite different. At that time, June 16, the Cubs and Sox were both a few games out of first place in their respective Central divisions, but hope for 2009 remained at a high, and thoughts of 2010 […]

Jeff Samardzija Will Be Heading to Chicago Soon, Wants to Start

With expanded rosters, the Cubs are going to be seeing a lot of familiar faces. Just in time for college football season. That was supposed to be some kind of Jeff Samardzija quip. But it failed. Grumble. He’s going to be coming back is all I’m saying. Mark Riggins, the Cubs’ Minor League pitching coordinator, […]

Cubs Complete the Patton Ruse

When the Chicago Cubs took reliever David Patton in the Rule V draft, no one believed he would remain with the Cubs for long. After all, to stay a Cub, he had to stay on the active, 25-man roster virtually all year, and the Cubs were loaded with quality relievers. Ah, but the Cubs are […]

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Jim Hendry Says the Cubs Were Never Really Going to Make a Trade

To trade or not to trade? It was the question that dominated the headlines last week as the waiver trade deadline approached. Would the Chicago Cubs succumb to the reality that they are simply too far out of the playoff picture to make a run, and sell? Would the Cubs dump Rich Harden and Aaron […]

Ted Lilly is a Great Pitcher, Person

Randy Wells has probably been the best starter for the Chicago Cubs this year, but there’s no doubt that Ted Lilly has been the anchor of the rotation. So the fact that his teammates nominated him for an award is no surprise. But the cool thing is that this award is for performance on the […]

Hoffpauir, Berg and Blanco to Chicago

Well, the September call-ups thus far are a bit thin, with only three moving up to Chicago: first baseman/outfielder Micah Hoffpauir, reliever Justin Berg, and infielder Andres Blanco. Hoffpauir figures to pinch hit occasionally, Berg figures to relieve occasionally, and Blanco figures to spot-start and late-inning defensive sub … occasionally.

The Cubs Are Going Bankrupt – No, Seriously

Inflammatory headline much? Well, yes. But, technically, it’s true. As a part of the Tribune’s bankruptcy, and in an effort to expedite the sale of the Chicago Cubs, the Tribune plans to bankrupt the Chicago National League Ball Club – the subsidiary better known as the Chicago Cubs. After the bankruptcy judge in charge of […]

So Now That Rich Harden Stayed, Will He Stay Past This Year?

Rich Harden is still very young – just 27 – and when healthy, has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. That sounds . . . familiar. It also sounds like a recipe for a very risky long-term signing after the season, should the Cubs choose to pursue it. General manager Jim Hendry seems […]