Archive for October, 2009


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

OMG! The Chicago Cubs Are Bankrupt! No, Not Really

As long-expected, today the Chicago Cubs filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a part of the sale of the team to Tom Ricketts. Though the move was reported months[Read More…]

by October 12, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

How About Jason Bay for Chicago Cubs Right Fielder

How About Jason Bay for Chicago Cubs Right Fielder

If the Chicago Cubs are successful in their efforts to move Milton Bradley, it will leave a hole in right field that could be filled internally – by sliding Kosuke[Read More…]

by October 12, 2009 Chicago Cubs Rumors
LaRussa to Leave St. Louis?

LaRussa to Leave St. Louis?

For more than a decade, the St. Louis Cardinals have gone as their manager has gone. Say what you will about Tony LaRussa, but the man can manage a baseball[Read More…]

by October 12, 2009 MLB News and Rumors
The Cardinals’ Playoff Disaster, and a Cubs Fan’s Self-Conscious Joy

The Cardinals’ Playoff Disaster, and a Cubs Fan’s Self-Conscious Joy

Schadenfreude – (n.) satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. Last year at this time, Chicago Cubs fans were trying to divine meaning from disappointment. From disaster. From a[Read More…]

by October 11, 2009 Analysis and Commentary

Jeff Samardzija to Mexico

Jeff Samardzija, a candidate to join the Chicago Cubs’ rotation next year, is headed off to Mexico to play winter ball. The Cubs are hoping he can continue to develop,[Read More…]