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Month: June 2010

Chicago Cubs “Extremely Active” in Trying to Trade Kosuke Fukudome

We already knew that the Chicago Cubs had talked to the Boston Red Sox about outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, but it seems that was just the tip of the iceberg. According to Dave Kaplan: Several baseball sources have confirmed to me that the Chicago Cubs have been extremely active in trying to move Kosuke Fukudome to open […]

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Chicago Cubs Sign Five More Draft Picks

The Chicago Cubs have signed five more of their 2010 draft picks, including third rounder Micah Gibbs, a catcher out of LSU. The club has now agreed to terms with 20 of its 50 selections from the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including three of its first four, 11 of its first 16 […]

Aramis Ramirez Won’t Be Back Until Friday

Aramis Ramirez is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but the Chicago Cubs are going to wait a couple of days before actually activating him. He won’t play in the Mariners series. The Cubs’ third baseman, who is coming back from a left thumb contusion that’s had him on the disabled list since […]

A Brief Update on Milton Bradley

Since the Chicago Cubs are facing the Seattle Mariners for a three-game set, starting today, I suppose it’s fair to offer a brief post on former Cub Milton Bradley. And it will be brief. In case you were wondering how he’s been doing with the Mariners, the answer is not well: In 49 games and […]

Aramis Ramirez is Done Rehabbing

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been rehabbing from a thumb injury that – apparently – has had a devastating impact on his performance at the plate this year. The rehab took him to the minors for some games, but it must not have been to get his bat back on track. Because he […]

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Remember Jeff Samardzija? How’s He Doing These Days, Anyway?

A couple months ago, Jeff Samardzija had pushed the patience of the Chicago Cubs to the limit. One of a small handful of players who’ve been given a Major League contract straight out of the draft, expectations were high for the converted Notre Dame wide receiver. After teasing the Cubs with a spectacular August and […]

Enhanced Box Score: Angels 7, Cubs 6 – June 18, 2010

Admit it. The Cubs came back just enough to piss you off. Defense was once again the primary culprit, though an early exit for Carlos Silva (and, thus, early entrance by the bullpen) didn’t help. Lou Piniella inexplicably inserted Tyler Colvin – a guy known for a good batting average, good slugging, but not particularly […]

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Chicago Cubs Sign Top Draft Pick Hayden Simpson – Probably

When the Chicago Cubs shocked the world with their first round pick in the 2010 Draft, taking 191st ranked prospect Hayden Simpson, most expected that it meant at least one thing: they’ll be able to sign him. And they were right. Probably. The Cubs can’t put out an official announcement because of a pending physical […]

Aramis Ramirez is a Minor Leaguer

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez will play for A ball Peoria this weekend as he rehabs from a bruised thumb, and could be back as soon as Wednesday. Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, suffering from a bruised right thumb, will begin a rehabilitation stint on Saturday with Class A Peoria. Ramirez will be […]

Enhanced Box Score: Athletics 2, Cubs 3 – June 17, 2010

The Randy Wells performance and the late inning heroics were sufficiently awesome to overcome the bitter taste of what appeared to be a still-struggling offense. It’s the first series win in nearly a month, so we’ll all take it. And I’ve been waiting all season to say this…

Bob Brenly Rips Derrek Lee

Derrek Lee – who had a great game last night – was absolutely brutal on Tuesday. In that game, he was hitless, and made two errors that led to three runs. All in all, it was an atrocious, but forgettable performance. But Chicago Cubs color man Bob Brenly had enough to say about it yesterday […]

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Cubs Have Signed Some Draftees

The Chicago Cubs have signed a handful of players from this year’s draft: Round 4: LHP Hunter Ackerman Round 8: LHP Cameron Greathouse Round 10: RHP Aaron Kurcz Round 11: LHP Eric Jokisch Round 19: RHP Dustin Fitzgerald Round 20: IF Ryan Cuneo Round 22: C Jeffery Vigurs Round 23: RHP Matt Loosen Round 28: RHP Joseph […]

Chicago Cubs Get Statty

The Chicago Cubs have long been a notoriously “scout” sided organization. Statistical analysis no doubt had its place, but its place was probably somewhere in the back of the room near the custodial closet. Perhaps that’s changing under new owner Tom Ricketts, who’s decided to bring in a top statistical dog. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts […]

Aramis Ramirez Takes Batting Practice

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been on the disabled list for a week, in part due to terrible play, but also in part due to a bone bruise in his left thumb. At least the latter problem is getting a little better. Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez took batting practice on Tuesday, the […]

At Least Kosuke Fukudome is Trying to Improve

Kosuke Fukudome has been sliding terribly. This, we all know. But at least he’s trying to work with coaches and instructors to turn things around – in fact, he’s bringing his Japanese hitting coach out to work on his swing. Kosuke Fukudome’s Japanese hitting coach, Kyosuke Sasaki, rejoined his star pupil in hopes of getting […]

Ryne Sandberg Would Consider Managing Orioles

Iowa Cubs manager Ryne Sandberg is a rising star – insofar as managers can be rising stars – in the Cubs’ system. How much of that is due to his managerial ability, and how much is due to his Hall of Fame career as a Chicago Cub, is hard to tell. In any event, it […]