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Month: October 2009

Josh Vitters is Getting Better Defensively

Considered the Chicago Cubs’ top positional prospect, and top overall prospect since the moment the team made him the third pick in the 2007 draft, the primary knock on Josh Vitters has been his defense. A third baseman by trade, few scouts give him much of a chance to stick at the position when he […]

Cubs Interested in Top Cuban Aroldis Chapman

Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman is primed to be this year’s big time international signing for some team. The 21 year old lefty has a lot of teams excited and interested in ponying up serious cash. Given the Chicago Cubs’ uncertain financial situation, frankly, I had not followed the youngster too closely, expecting that the Cubs […]

Should Cubs Go After Dave Duncan?

Some folks believe Rudy Jaramillo is the best hitting coach in baseball, and he’s now a member of the Chicago Cubs’ coaching staff. Should they now go after the best pitching coach in baseball? Now that the Cubs have signed the supposed best hitting coach in baseball in Rudy Jarmillo (sic.), maybe they can start […]

Garfield Minus Garfield Plus Bartman

If you’re wondering what the heck this is, find an explanation here. After a tough season like this one, it’s easy to wonder what benefit Chicago Cub fandom actually supplies in your life. And on the approximate anniversary of the worst moment in recent Cubs memory, it’s even easier to wonder.

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 the third baseline, and the ball was destined for left field. It was a certain double until third baseman Aramis Ramirez, displaying excellent defensive prowess […]

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 isn’t expected to be a huge deal, and Pujols is expected to be back in plenty of time for Spring Training. St. Louis Cardinals first […]

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 deal. The Cubs will announce Wednesday that former Texas Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo has signed a three-year, $2.42 million contract to become Chicago’s next […]

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 slide back over to right). But that somebody won’t be Colorado Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe, who’d previously been rumored on the block. It looks like […]

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 most difficult defensive position, and hit very well at high A Daytona, as well as AA Tennessee – all while playing competition, on average, three […]

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 free agent this year. Some sources suggest he’ll seek as much as six or seven years, and more than $120 million. Good luck with that, […]

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 in free agency, they could more comfortably make the offer without fear that he would accept it. Enter the early Harden speculation from Boston. A […]

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 year, he went down for good – Tommy John surgery. So now he’s in the long rehab process, hoping to come back with the Cubs […]

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 springing in Florida in the next few years, will be staying in Mesa for the forseeable future. But we can all say goodbye to the […]