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Archive for October, 2009

Jake Fox is Not a Starter – A Statistical Examination

Jake Fox is Not a Starter – A Statistical Examination

On Friday, May 8, the Chicago Cubs were playing the Milwaukee Brewers. It was a nondescript, early season game. In the third inning, Ryan Braun drove a hard grounder down[Read More…]

by October 21, 2009 Analysis and Commentary
OMG! Albert Pujols is Having Elbow Surgery

OMG! Albert Pujols is Having Elbow Surgery

For those of you Cubs’ fans who relish in opponent injuries, stop. Not only because it’s tacky, but also because this isn’t one of those times to relish. The surgery[Read More…]

by October 21, 2009 MLB News and Rumors

Moderately Obsessive Hitting Coach Watch: Rudy Jaramillo is the Guy

The worst kept secret in the universe is no longer a secret: the Chicago Cubs are set to sign former Texas Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo to a there year[Read More…]

No Brad Hawpe for Right Field

No Brad Hawpe for Right Field

If the Chicago Cubs are ultimately able to move Milton Bradley, they will have to find someone to take over his right field duties (or center field, should Kosuke Fukudome[Read More…]

by October 20, 2009 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Moderately Obsessive Hitting Coach Watch: Rudy Jaramillo is Going to Get Paid

Moderately Obsessive Hitting Coach Watch: Rudy Jaramillo is Going to Get Paid

The Chicago Cubs are on the verge of signing a new hitting coach, Rudy Jaramillo of the Texas Rangers. And they aren’t just going to sign him, they’re going to[Read More…]

by October 20, 2009 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Starlin Castro is a Stud Cubs Prospect

Starlin Castro is a Stud Cubs Prospect

If you follow the Chicago Cubs’ farm system at all, that shortstop Starlin Castro is getting hyped will be no surprise. All he’s done is play excellent defense at the[Read More…]

by October 20, 2009 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Matt Holliday Loves New York

Matt Holliday Loves New York

Outfielder Matt Holiday, who provided the spark that shot the St. Louis Cardinals to the top of the NL Central and the postseason, is going to be a very expensive[Read More…]

Rich Harden Has a Suitor

Rich Harden Has a Suitor

The question for the Chicago Cubs when it comes to Rich Harden is whether or not to offer him arbitration. If they knew he was going to be heavily pursued[Read More…]

Neal Cotts is Rehabbing

Neal Cotts is Rehabbing

Neal Cotts has been something of an enigma as a Major League reliever. At times, dominant against everyone; at times, he couldn’t even get lefties out. And then midseason this[Read More…]

by October 18, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs to Spring in Mesa, But Say Goodbye to HoHoKam

Cubs to Spring in Mesa, But Say Goodbye to HoHoKam

There’s no place like hohohome. Unless it’s Hohokam. Oh snap! See what I did there? I’m so freaking witty. The Chicago Cubs, rumored to be leaving Mesa, Arizona to begin[Read More…]

by October 17, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

So Taguchi is So Released

Sorry for the lame, but obligatory, “so” joke. Today the Chicago Cubs released outfielder So Taguchi. Taguchi, 40, spent most of the year in the minors, held in abeyance awaiting[Read More…]

by October 17, 2009 Chicago Cubs Transactions
Albert Pujols Hates the St. Louis Cardinals

Albert Pujols Hates the St. Louis Cardinals

Overstatement for effect. The St. Louis Cardinals, fresh off a playoff sweep, are going to have to make some tough personnel decisions this winter. And all of those moves could[Read More…]

by October 17, 2009 MLB News and Rumors

Cubs Expected to Sign Rudy Jaramillo to Multi-year Deal

It did not take long for the Chicago Cubs to move on their new hitting coach. The rumors of the Cubs’ interest in Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo are not[Read More…]

by October 16, 2009 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Houston Astros Interviewing Prospective Managers, But Not Bob Brenly

Houston Astros Interviewing Prospective Managers, But Not Bob Brenly

Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly recently revealed that he still has a desire to manage in MLB, and that he listens when teams call. He would even be happy to[Read More…]

Cubs Expected to Pursue Rudy Jaramillo, But Should They?

Cubs Expected to Pursue Rudy Jaramillo, But Should They?

Yesterday we reported that the Chicago Cubs were rumored to be interested in Texas Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo to take over the void left by Von Joshua and Gerald[Read More…]

by October 15, 2009 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: The Giants Would Trade Aaron Rowand for Bradley Straight Up

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: The Giants Would Trade Aaron Rowand for Bradley Straight Up

Earlier this month, Paul Sullivan, among others, suggested that the Chicago Cubs should explore swapping Milton Bradley with Aaron Rowand, from the Giants. Turns out, the Giants would probably do[Read More…]

by October 14, 2009 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Chicago Cubs Considering Next Hitting Coach

Chicago Cubs Considering Next Hitting Coach

The first rumor about a possible hitting coach replacement involves Texas Rangers’ coach Rudy Jaramillo. The Chicago Cubs let their hitting coach, Von Joshua, return to AAA Iowa. Joshua, himself,[Read More…]

by October 14, 2009 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Cubs Sale Gets Second Bankruptcy Approval

Cubs Sale Gets Second Bankruptcy Approval

I love how all of the news late yesterday was some variation of “Chicago Cubs sale gets bankruptcy approval.” Hoo-ray! Er, wait. Didn’t that already happen, like, a month ago?[Read More…]

by October 14, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Folks Are Getting a Little Bit Crazy About This Potential Bradley/Burrell Swap

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Folks Are Getting a Little Bit Crazy About This Potential Bradley/Burrell Swap

The hottest rumor relating to the planned trade of Milton Bradley has him going to the Tampa Bay Rays for Pat Burrell in a classic bad contract swap. The main[Read More…]

by October 13, 2009 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Chicago Cubs Top Prospects Start Fall League Today

Chicago Cubs Top Prospects Start Fall League Today

The Arizona Fall League – a post-regular-season league for minor leaguers, noteworthy for typically hosting several top prospects – kicks off today in, um, well, Arizona. This year, the Cubs[Read More…]

by October 13, 2009 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

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