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Month: June 2010

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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Hooray! John Grabow is Back! And Healed!

Mitch Atkins, we hardly knew ye. No, seriously. John Grabow was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and Mitch Atkins optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Grabow had been sidelined since May 31 because of a sprained left knee. Atkins never had a chance to get in a game during his brief call-up and he’s expected to […]

Will Ryan Theriot Be Shopped This Year?

If the Chicago Cubs continue falling out of contention, you know as well as I do that we will daily be bombarded with rumors/ideas/suggestions about which players the Cubs should unload, and which players they should keep for the future. Well, I’m here to start bombarding you. Ryan Theriot presents an interesting case. Now that […]

The Cubs Should Dump Kosuke Fukudome

Although I’ve been saying it since late 2008 (after vociferously opposing his signing in the first place), others are jumping on the bandwagon that Kosuke Fukudome needs to go – not just because of his annual post-April/May swoon, but because he’s a continued, looming threat to giving Tyler Colvin a real chance to succeed as […]

Ken Rosenthal Says Ted Lilly is the Logical Player to Trade

Following his 8 innings of no-hit ball last night, which lowered his ERA to 2.90 and his WHIP to 0.995, Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly’s value is probably at its highest level. And given that the win he secured in that game took the Cubs to a still-lofty seven games under .500, the idea that […]

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