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Month: February 2010

Want to Meet the Ricketts Family?

If you’re one of the few people who didn’t participate in the Chicago Cubs scalping pre-sale opportunity on Monday, single game tickets go on sale today. And while you’re waiting in line, you might just get a surprise. Tom, Todd, Laura and Pete Ricketts will be on hand Friday morning for the opening of ticket […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Ted Lilly’s Knee Feeling Owwy

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly had knee surgery last summer to clear up some minor issues. So the fact that, when he threw for the first time in several months this week, he had some pain in his knee is no surprise. Except, his prior surgery was on his left knee. This pain is […]

Chan Ho Park is Still a Possibility for the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are, for the most part, done making moves this offseason, but General Manager Jim Hendry has acknowledged that the team wouldn’t mind doing some tweaking, particularly in the bullpen. Specifically, the Cubs have been looking at veteran, righty relievers, and one named they’ve been tied to is Chan Ho Park. Well, he […]

Surprise! Angel Guzman Had Surgery

Angel Guzman has never been a model of health in his time with the Chicago Cubs. But at least we knew about it. Now, the guy is having surgeries that we don’t even hear about. Cubs reliever Angel Guzman had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee two weeks ago in Mesa after tearing his meniscus […]

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Ted Lilly Wants to Be Back By Opening Day

Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella expects pitcher Ted Lilly to be back from shoulder surgery by May 1. Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry expects pitcher Ted Lilly to be back from shoulder surgery by April 15. Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly expects to be back from shoulder surgery by Opening Day. “I don’t know […]

Cubs Make Huge International Splash – Sign Korean Youngster

The Chicago Cubs continue to dominate the Far East international free agent market. Going back to the days of Hee Seop Choi, the Cubs have clearly made inroads in South Korea, and aren’t giving up any time soon. Yesterday, the Cubs signed 18-year-old pitcher Kim Jin-Yeong tor a whopping $1.2 million bonus, making him – by […]

Bud Selig Hates the Chicago Cubs

Add Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig to the growing list of constituents who oppose the “Cubs Tax,” which would apply a small surcharge to all Cactus League tickets in order to help fund the construction of new facilities in Mesa, Arizona to keep the Cubs springing there. An Arizona attorney hired by Selig’s office […]

Theriot Arbitration: Friday or Saturday

Baseball’s arbitration hearings are scheduled through Saturday, and the Cubs have confirmed that the plan, at present, is for the team and Ryan Theriot to arbitrate on Friday or Saturday of this week. Let the good times roll. [General Manager Jim] Hendry will travel to Tampa, Fla., on Thursday for the hearing, which will be […]

Geovany Soto is in Better Shape, Not on Drugs

It seems like eons ago that Geovany Soto broke out, and then took home the National League Rookie of the Year award. So terrible was his 2009 campaign that it obscures how tremendous he was just the year before. In 2008, he hit .285, had a .364 OBP, and a sparkling .504 slugging percentage. In […]

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On Ryan Theriot, No News is Bad News

There is still nothing to report with respect to the looming arbitration between the Chicago Cubs and shortstop Ryan Theriot. And with nothing to report, the chances that the arbitration happens – as soon as this week – increases. Jim Hendry had nothing to say Tuesday on Ryan Theriot’s arbitration hearing, which suggests the stalemate continues. Barring […]

Pitchers and Catchers Report Today – Except a Bunch Already Have

If you’re of the kind who likes to designate a day before Opening Day as the start to the 2010 season, today is probably that day. Today is the official day that pitchers and catchers first report to Spring Training, but for the Chicago Cubs, it might just feel like another day at camp. A […]

Jeff Samardzija Really Wants to Start for the Cubs

Jeff Samardzija came to the Chicago Cubs on a major league contract when he was drafted a few years ago. That means that he came with big expectations. And although he’s performed well in his way up the minor league chain, and was great in a brief stop with the Cubs in relief at the […]

Spring Training Participants

Here’s a helpful recap of the players participating in Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs this year – pitchers and catchers report this week. Thanks to Bruce Miles for putting this together. Pitchers: Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Ryan Dempster, Rafael Dolis, John Gaub, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Jeff Gray, Angel Guzman, Ted Lilly, Carlos […]

No Mark Mulder for the Cubs – Or Anyone Else

There was a brief period of time where the Chicago Cubs were connected to potential reclamation project Mark Mulder, but it seems like that won’t be happening. TMJ4 in Milwaukee is reporting that left-hander Mark Mulder has decided to hang up his cleats and retire from professional baseball. Mulder has been long connected with the […]

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So, Why Didn’t the Cubs Consider Felipe Lopez?

The Chicago Cubs are done making any major moves this offseason, and therefore, are apparently going to head into the 2010 season with a Mike Fontenot/Jeff Baker platoon at second base (unless Starlin Castro absolutely destroys Spring Training, claiming the shortstop job, and bumping Ryan Theriot over to second). I’m not going to gripe about […]

Corey Hart Wins the First Arbitration, Does it Portend Trouble for the Cubs?

The Milwaukee Brewers and Corey Hart engaged in the offseason’s first arbitration this week, and the decision came back yesterday: victory for Hart, who’d requested $4.8 million, which was $650k more than the Brewers had offered. Given that Hart was just average last year (100 OPS+), and below average in 2008 (98 OPS+), the figure […]

Jim Hendry is All Kinds of Reactionary

I suspect that if Jim Hendry were an avid investor in the stock market, he probably wouldn’t have too much success. You see, in the market, you have to anticipate moves. You need to see where the market is going to be in 6, 12 months, not where it is right now. You can’t simply […]

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Rudy Jaramillo is Made of Magic

The Chicago Cubs’ new hitting coach, Rudy Jaramillo, was the biggest addition the Cubs made all offseason. That’s according to the guy who was supposed to be the biggest addition the Cubs made all offseason, Marlon Byrd. “I don’t know if you understand the magnitude of what he can do with hitters,” Marlon Byrd said […]

Welcome to the Lead-Off Debate, Redux

For three years, the Chicago Cubs batting order has been a particularly contentious source of debate, with the placement of outfielder Alfonso Soriano dominating the discussion. He came to the team as a leadoff hitter – in name, anyway – but his performance has dictated that it simply isn’t for him anymore (if it ever […]

Ryan Dempster and His Daughter Are Doing Much Better This Year

Last year, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster welcomed a daughter into the world. Riley Dempster was a light in his life and an obvious blessing, but she suffered from a relatively rare disorder – DiGeorge Syndrome – which prevented her from swallowing on her own. Her needs were great, and Dempster was understandably distracted, […]

The Butt of a Joke

The Maple Street Press puts out a Cubs Annual every year, and 2010 is no different. Well, maybe it’s a little different. Oh Derrek Lee. Why couldn’t you have been just a few inches shorter? I know it was just a goof, but now I can’t stop thinking: what if Cubs Anal was, like, a […]

Could Ted Lilly Be Back Sooner Than Expected?

Started two months ago, all we’ve heard about Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly is that he won’t be ready to go until May, at the earliest. Lilly had shoulder surgery just after the end of the 2009 season, and information about his recovery has been hard to come by. Still, that May return timeline […]

Jim Hendry Apparently Comfortable with Arbitration for Ryan Theriot

Although it has been an informal policy of the Chicago Cubs not to take players to arbitration – something they haven’t done in 17 years – every day it seems more likely that the team will finally have to go through the process, this time with shortstop Ryan Theriot. And general manager Jim Hendry recently […]

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