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Month: June 2010

Lou Piniella, Like the Rest of Us, is Frustrated

Of course, some of our frustration is directed at Lou Piniella, himself – so at least in one regard, our respective frustrations diverge. Lou Piniella is fed up, and this time he appears to mean it. “I don’t think I want to talk about our offense anymore,” the Cubs manager said Friday after a 3-1 […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Astros 3 – June 4, 2010

The layoff wasn’t any cure to the Cubs’ offensive woes. If you take out an anomalous 5-0 win against the Cardinals last week, the Cubs have scored a whopping seven runs in their last six games. And yet, here the Cubs were again, with a lineup that featured Ryan Theriot, Derrek Lee, and Aramis Ramirez […]

So Maybe the Cubs Aren’t Talking Trades with the Angels

Yesterday we heard that the Chicago Cubs have been talking to the Los Angeles Angels about Derrek Lee and Xavier Nady, in whom the Angels would have interest to replace recently broken first baseman Kendry Morales. Cubs reporter Carrie Muskat says not so: There’s no truth to the rumors that the Angels have contacted the […]

Spring Training Likelihood Swings Back to Mesa

When the possibility of imposing a surtax on all Cactus League games to finance new facilities in Mesa, Arizona for the Chicago Cubs went off the table – thanks to folks like Bud Selig and Jerry Reinsdorf – the city and state were left scrambling to figure out how they could keep Cubs Springing in […]


Jim Hendry Noncommittal on Subject of Being a Buyer or Seller

With the team five games under .500 at this advanced stage of the season, with no sign that the offense will be turning it on any time soon, and with objectively better teams ahead of them in the standings in the Central, the time has come for serious questions about the Chicago Cubs’ plans for […]

Chicago Cubs Talking to Los Angeles Angels About Derrek Lee Trade

Indeed the Cubs trade rumors are bouncing all over the place. The latest has the Cubs talking to the Los Angeles Angels about first baseman Derrek Lee. Excellent baseball sources are telling us the Angels and the Cubs may be involved in trade talks that could send Derrek Lee to L.A. The Angels lost their […]

Angels Looking at Xavier Nady

With the Chicago Cubs continuing to struggle and loaded with expensive players, the rumors were bound to start swirling. Of late, we’re used to being fans on the other side of the equation – whom are the Cubs going to acquire? At present, we’re wondering – whom are the Cubs going to trade? Up first, […]


Lou Piniella Clearly Reads Bleacher Nation

Yesterday, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella finally sat several of his unproductive starters, including three and four hitters Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez. The Ramirez benching was particularly notable, as was what Lou had to say about it: “I still cling to the fact that our guys are going to hit, but at the same […]

We’re All Screwed: The Cardinals Call Up Aaron Miles

I’ll level with you: the Cubs’ chances in the NL Central were already looking terrible. But after the Cardinals’ most recent move to shore up their bench, the Cubs have almost no chance. The Cardinals have called up Aaron Miles. The 33-year-old Miles was one of the final players cut by the Reds this spring […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Pirates 3 – June 1, 2010

If you thought the Cubs were actually going to win that game 2-1 going into the 8th, you simply haven’t been watching this year. This game – as virtually every loss since late April has been – was all on the offense. Lou did the right thing by switching out several of the starters, but […]

Josh Vitters Battling Swollen Thumb, Better Pitching

It wasn’t too long ago that the Chicago Cubs’ positional prospect hopes were pinned to third baseman Josh Vitters, not shortstop Starlin Castro. Vitters, who is in his third full season in the system, seems like he’s been slow to develop since being drafted third overall in 2007, but it’s easy to forget that he’s […]

Ryan Theriot Could Be On the Bench for a While

Mike Fontenot started at second base yesterday in place of incumbent Ryan Theriot, and he hit a couple of hard ones, though he didn’t have much to show for it. So was the start a one-day rest for Theriot, or the start of something bigger? Dare I suggest, a platoon? “Fontenot’s had a good month,” […]


Some Fluff on Ron Santo

Ron Santo is a lot of fun to listen to. And the fact that he makes it that much fun despite his personal struggles – and his continued exclusion from baseball’s hallowed grounds – is truly impressive. There is no elevator leading directly to Ron Santo’s office, the WGN Radio booth, a perch sitting high […]