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Month: January 2010

2010 Cubs Convention Attendees Finally Announced

The 2010 Cubs Convention attendees list has finally been released, and it features new Cub Marlon Byrd and new Hall of Famer Andre Dawson (I don’t see him going to any ‘Expos Convention’ – just sayin’). The Ricketts family will be there, as will Lou Piniella and his staff, Jim Hendry and his staff, and […]

Aroldis Chapman Signs with Mystery NL Team?

Cuban youngster Aroldis Chapman has been attached to a number of teams this winter, including the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs long ago appeared to bow out of the bidding – but word is breaking that Chapman has signed with a mystery National League team, despite being most recently rumored to be headed to the Angels. […]

Cubs Always Beat White Sox – Um, But Then Go to Jail for It

The Cubs will always be on top in Chicago. Whether it’s in fandom, ticket sales, market share, or general awesomeness, the Cubs are simply better than the White Sox. Oh, and apparently Cubs fans kick White Sox fans’ asses. A Cubs fan has been sentenced to 6 months in jail for helping to beat his […]

Bryan LaHair is a Chicago Cub

Today the Chicago Cubs signed first-baseman Bryan LaHair to a minor league deal, and invited him to spring training. LaHair, 27, had spent his entire professional career with Seattle. He didn’t appear in the majors last year, and the Mariners removed him from their 40-man roster in October. But he has experience in the majors: […]

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In Case You Were Worried the Wrigley Field Name Was in Danger

Any time a professional sports team changes hands, a little bit of trepidation is understandable. Beyond the ownership, what else might change? With the Chicago Cubs – a team reborn of tradition, rich history, and supported by a fan base that is nearly as well known for its fondness of that tradition and history as […]

The Marlon Byrd Signing: Local Media Woo, National Media Boo

Now that the Marlon Byrd signing is firmly in the rear view mirror, and we’ve all had plenty of time to process the move, we can reflect and consider just what it means for the Chicago Cubs. Was it really the right move? Was it a bad decision? Interestingly, there seems to be a noticeable […]

Party with Len Kasper and Bob Brenly – You Know You Want To

If you’re itching to party with obvious party animals Len Kasper and Bob Brenly, here’s your chance: the “Len & Bob Bash” will take place on January 14 at the House of Blues in Chicago, and tickets are still available. Snap them up. Here’s a little more on the event: This year’s concert will feature […]

Lou Piniella is a “Legend”

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella will be presented with the Thurman Munson award, along with four other honorees, on February 2 in New York. The AHRC New York City Foundation benefits from the gala, which remembers Munson, the late, great Yankees catcher and captain who tragically perished in a 1979 plane crash. Diana Munson, Thurman’s […]

Jason Frasor for Angel Guzman?

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues his quest for a veteran, right-handed reliever for the bullpen. But is he getting ready to rob Peter to pay Paul? After confirming the Cubs’ interest in Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor, Bruce Levine had this to say: Frasor has a good power arm, seems to have something […]

So is the HOF Hawk a Cub or an Expo?

In the modern era, where players move around from team to team with regularity, the discussion of which cap a player will wear when he enters the Hall of Fame is sure to become an increasingly divisive one. Andre Dawson didn’t play many of his seasons in that era, but there’s still a decision to […]

Andre Dawson: Hall of Famer

Andre Dawson belongs in the Hall of Fame, and soon he shall be there. Today, Dawson gained admission to the holy of baseball holies, receiving 77.9% of the vote (he needed only 75% – total blowout, right?). Dawson will be inducted on July 25 in Cooperstown, and will be joined by manager Whitey Herzog and […]

Matt Holliday Got Paid – So is it a Good Deal for the Cards? The Cubs?

Two weeks ago, it looked like the St. Louis Cardinals were going to lose Mark DeRosa, Joel Pineiro, John Smoltz, and Matt Holliday this offseason. Things were looking up for the rest of the National League Central. And then yesterday, the Cardinals re-signed Matt Holliday to a seven year, $120 million deal. Humbug. Setting aside […]

It’s Hall of Fame Decision Day for Andre Dawson

This year’s Hall of Fame vote will be revealed at 1p.m. CT today, and Andre Dawson should be among those receiving the requisite 75 percent needed for induction. Last year, Dawson received 67 percent. We’ve already shared our belief that Dawson belongs despite his perceived shortcomings, but for good measure, and to take you back […]

Report: Cardinals Re-Sign Matt Holliday

According to a report from SI, the St. Louis Cardinals have re-signed outfielder Matt Holliday to a massive seven-year, $120 million contract, with a team option for an eighth year. We’ll have an informative update/analysis tomorrow, but for now: fiddle sticks.

If You Were Curious About the Financing of the Chicago Cubs Deal

Though it will probably never again come up in the context of operating the franchise, it is interesting to know how the sale of the Chicago Cubs was financed – it looks like a big ‘ole mortgage, with the Ricketts family putting down $171 million, and taking on $674 million in debt. That debt has […]

Carlos Zambrano Would Accept a Trade to the White Sox?

Last week, when rumors of a possible Carlos Zambrano trade bubbled over, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry came forward with his rebuttal: it wasn’t happening. No, not because the Cubs love Zambrano and would never trade him (I still can’t get over the fact that Hendry did not say this); instead, Hendry’s reason? Zambrano […]

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