We all knew that Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee had a killer September. But now we have proof: he was named the National League Player of the Month. Sweet. It was a stellar final month of the season for Lee, who led the Majors with a .386 average (32-for-83) with nine home runs, 23 […]
Month: October 2009
The full press release stating that Major League Baseball has officially approved the sale of the Chicago Cubs to Tom Ricketts is below. He will assume day-to-day control by the end of this month, fully in time for the offseason transactions to begin. This is good news, folks. Major League Baseball today unanimously approved the […]
The Chicago Cubs sported a healthy $140 million payroll this year, and although it didn’t really help the Cubs win anything, it did give fans continued high hopes – including the hope that the Cubs would continue to have a payroll commensurate with their market. That hope may be in jeopardy. Whether [Ricketts will] bring […]
One of the most celebrated Chicago Cubs of the last half century, Ryne Sandberg has not been doing what most retired Hall of Famers do. He’s not drinking Dom while resting on a pile of money and rubies – uncomfortable, but totally worth it. No, Sandberg has been putting in his time as a manager […]
The 2010 Major League Baseball draft order is out, pending changes due to free agency signings, and the Chicago Cubs come in at 16th. That the Cubs are 16th and not 17th is actually quite huge: now, if and when the Cubs sign a Type A free agent who has been offered arbitration by his […]
It is officially the offseason, at least as far as the Chicago Cubs are concerned. And with the offseason comes all kinds of unsolicited advice on what moves the Cubs should make to improve the club for next year. When that unsolicited advice comes from, say, a message board, it doesn’t carry much weight. But […]
Just a day after we learned that the San Diego Padres may be exiting the Milton Bradley (*sarcastic laugh*) sweepstakes, another possible landing spot looks to be not so possible. According to T.R. Sullivan, who covers the Rangers for MLB.com, the Rangers are not interested in bringing Milton Bradley back. In fact, that’s pretty much […]
The Chicago Cubs made a midseason switch from Gerald Perry to Von Joshua as hitting coach, in the hopes it would spark the beleaguered offseason. It did not. And now Von Joshua is out. “Basically I told him it wasn’t anything that I was upset with him,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “He didn’t do […]
And so it ends. The last game of the 2009 Chicago Cubs season. It would have been wrong for this team to end with a win.
I would have said all good things come to an end, but I think we can all agree there is very little about this 2009 Chicago Cubs season that could be classified as good. We’ll do all the usually season postmortem type things later, but that’s not the purpose of this particular post. Warning: Meta […]
Last week, San Diego Padres General Manager Kevin Towers said that they had enjoyed having Milton Bradley on their team, and all but said that if he’s traded, they’d be happy to take him back. All of Cubs fandom was aglow with happiness, relief, and delight. And then this weekend, Kevin Towers got the boot […]
One game left, and the Chicago Cubs are doing their best to end on an upswing.
A youngster in the Chicago Cubs organization, participating at the Dominican Summer League level (read: really, really far away from ever having an impact on the big team), has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for anabolic steroid Nandrolone. Commercially, the steroid is known as Deca-Durabolin. You know. In case you were shopping. […]
Tom Gorzelanny had a 2.70 ERA in his previous four starts for the Cubs, and looked poised to claim an early lead in the race for the Cubs’ fifth starter next year. And then he did this.
Aramis Ramirez has had a tough year, not unlike the rest of the Chicago Cubs. For Ramirez, though, the reason was a bum shoulder, not a crummy performance. But Ramirez wants you to know that he doesn’t blame general manager Jim Hendry for the disappointing 2009 season, and you shouldn’t blame him either. The question […]
Former Chicago Cubs closer Kevin Gregg recently revealed that not only does he hope to come back to the Cubs next year, but he hopes to come back as the closer. Gregg is a free agent after this season. A return to the closer’s spot seems unlikely given Carlos Marmol’s performance in the role, and […]
A couple of weeks ago, there was a (ridiculous) suggestion in the local media that perhaps the Chicago Cubs should explore a trade with the cross-town White Sox, swapping big contract righty Carlos Zambrano for big contract right Jake Peavy. For a number of reasons, the trade makes no sense. But that doesn’t mean there […]
As the “rest of the season” shortens, the notion that a particular player might be out for the “rest of the season” becomes simultaneously more likely and less terrifying. Next up to possibly miss the “rest of the season”: Aramis Ramirez. The Chicago Cubs’ third baseman has missed a few games now with the lingering […]
Most times, a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates, where the Cubs scored just two runs total, and gave up 12, would incur a blinding dollop of rage on anything within my immediate throwing range. But these aren’t most times. Still…