It is not a secret that the 2010 Chicago Cubs’ bullpen blew. Injuries, underperformance and inexperience conspired to torpedo the pen for long stretches during the season. So the fact that the team will look at some veteran reliever options this Winter should also not be a secret. But one of those reliever options might […]
Month: September 2010
It wouldn’t be an “obsessive watch” if you weren’t getting multiple posts a day on the subject – so I hope you’re not getting sick of it (yet). Interim manager Mike Quade has steered the Chicago Cubs to a 21-12 record in his tenure. Impressive, to be sure, but record alone is not going to […]
Looks like my tea leaf reading was correct. Despite announcing a desire to have their managerial decision made sooner rather than later, the Chicago Cubs are expected to wait out the Yankees’ season so that they can “at least try” to bring in skipper Joe Girardi for an interview, according to Buster Olney. The Cubs are […]
Will Venable robbed the Cubs twice at the wall, which kind of sucks. Randy Wells ended his season last night on an ok note, which is a fair representation of his entire season: just ok.
Despite reports just last week that the two sides were hopeful that something could get done, rumors are surfacing that the Washington Nationals do not expect – indeed do not want – to re-sign first baseman Adam Dunn, who is a free agent at the end of this season. Money is, of course, always a […]
Obsessive New Manager Watch: Bob Brenly Explains Why He Pulled Himself Out of the Running, and Part of the Explanation Hurts
If nothing else, Chicago Cubs color man Bob Brenly is candid. He says things in such a way as to get his message across clearly, but even when the message is harsh, you respect him. Yesterday, Brenly made very clear why he pulled himself out of the running for the Cubs managerial role. Part of […]
The Cubs kick more dirt on the Padres, and the pitching continues to look good. And Alfonso Soriano does his best Joaquin Phoenix reveal…
It may be the greatest love story of all time – if you’re a Chicago Cubs fan. San Diego Padres first baseman, and all-around stud, Adrian Gonzalez loves Chicago, loves Wrigley Field, and likes the idea of becoming a Chicago Cub. *Gush* But. There’s always a but. Gonzalez is not a free agent until after […]
Current Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly was a bit of a long shot to return to the Cubs as a free agent this Winter. But it became a much longer shot recently – Lilly is selling his Chicago home. Former Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly has just listed his six-bedroom, nearly 5,500-square-foot mansion just west […]
Another on the long list of Chicago Cubs managerial candidates will get his formal interview this Friday. Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager and current New York Mets scout Bob Melvin will interview with the team on Friday, according to Ed Price.
Two themes have developed over the past few weeks: (1) the Cubs offense is back to its weak, terrible ways, and (2) well, it really speaks for itself…
Feel free to take these quotes from Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts differently than I do, but I believe the Cubs are holding out hope that they can at least interview Joe Girardi for their managerial opening. First, here are the quotes: ”It’s obviously an extremely important decision to make,” he said before Sunday’s 8-7 […]
Raise a collective thanks, as Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin, impaled by the flying bat of a teammate, is going to be fine. “I talked to him, he will be fine,” Hendry said Saturday. “Obviously that was a potential disastrous situation. I think if you were playing three weeks from now, he could possibly play. […]
Brace yourself: Ozzie Guillen says he’d be interested in the Chicago Cubs’ managerial job if he leaves the White Sox. Now unbrace yourself: he’s never been mentioned as even a remote possibility from the Cubs’ perspective, and he almost certainly isn’t. Still, it’s interesting. Guillen said he might be interested if the rival Cubs approached […]
Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts yesterday confirmed what we’ve long suspected: the team’s payroll will decrease next year from the current $145 million level. Speaking to reporters, Ricketts said, “[w]e haven’t made any decisions where payroll goes next year. But I think it will be slightly lower than this year.” The Cubs have some $115 […]
Unfortunately the Cubs couldn’t end their season series against the Cardinals with a win, but it’s unlikely to matter to either team. The team mounted a nice little comeback, but it wasn’t enough because they got so far behind early…
Casey Coleman continues to pitch well, and the offense showed up. Nothing beats a victory over the Cardinals, you know? Oh, well, except being competitive and making the playoffs.
Citing “personal and professional reasons,” Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has decided to withdraw himself from consideration for the Chicago Cubs managerial job. I’m pretty shocked. “With all due respect to the organization, to the Ricketts family and to Jim, I just didn’t feel at this particular time that this was a good fit for […]
Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd is a physical beast. Just look at those guns. And that begs the question of questions – can Marlon Byrd hit a ball so hard that it could hurt Marlon Byrd? Yesterday, Byrd attempted to answer. Marlon Byrd was taken to a local hospital for X-rays as a precautionary […]
Tom Gorzelanny wasn’t quite dashing in his return to the rotation, and the offense continues to sputter. Hooray for late September in a losing season, eh? And I learned something that may have been little known only to me.
Carlos Silva was cruising on his way to his best season in years when an irregular heartbeat brought him down in August. He came back just in time to suffer an elbow strain in early September, and now it looks like his season is over. The right-hander has not pitched since Sept. 7 and missed […]
Yesterday, new Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers was forthright in asserting that he’d like to bring Greg Maddux on board as the pitching coach for his new team, but the current special assistant to Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry says he’s staying with the Cubs. Greg Maddux will be back with the Cubs in 2011 […]
The Cubs have done one thing this year better than any other team: when the Cubs get blown out, they get BLOWN OUT.
Hall of Fame pitcher, and Chicago Cub favorite, Greg Maddux rejoined the Cubs organization earlier this year as a special assistant to general manager Jim Hendry. He toured the minors, and met with young pitchers in Chicago from time to time. In general, his presence was regarded as helpful, and not just a show. But […]
This can’t come as much of a surprise, given that he’s missed a number of games this year with various strains and aches, including a bone bruise in his thumb, but Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is now making clear that he hasn’t been healthy this year. He hopes – as we do – […]
It should not be surprising, but AAA Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg will have other suitors at the Major League level this year. While it is not typical that minor league managers get big-league gigs without having any Major League coaching experience, it is also not typical that the minor league manager in question is a […]