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Month: October 2009

Ted Lilly Wants Mark DeRosa Back

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 […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Exit the Rangers?

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 […]

Cubs Give Hitting Coach the Boot

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 […]

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Things End – But Not Bleacher Nation

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 […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Exit the Padres?

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 […]

Cubs Minor Leaguer Busted for Steroids

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. […]

Aramis Ramirez Hearts Jim Hendry

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 […]

Kevin Gregg Wants to Close for the Cubs Next Year

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 […]

Ok, So This Carlos Zambrano for Jake Peavy Thing Isn’t Serious, Is It?

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 […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez’s Season Over?

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 […]

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