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Month: September 2010

WOW: Bob Brenly Withdraws from Cubs Managerial Consideratino

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 […]

Marlon Byrd Hit Himself in the Face; Probably OK

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 […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Carlos Silva Likely Done for the Year

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 […]

Greg Maddux Staying with Cubs for at Least Another Year

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 […]

Greg Maddux Leaving the Cubs to Be Diamondbacks Pitching Coach?

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 […]

Aramis Ramirez Says He Wasn’t Healthy This Year

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 – […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Ryne Sandberg Drawing Other Attention

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 […]

Geovany Soto is Feeling Good Following Shoulder Surgery

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto had shoulder surgery yesterday to clean up his AC joint and alleviate discomfort he was experiencing in the second half of the season. If Soto is any judge, the surgery was a complete success. “They didn’t go in and repair anything and said every ligament and muscle looks great, and […]

Tyler Colvin Released from the Hospital, and Headed Home

Chicago Cubs rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin is out of the hospital following a scary injury. Earlier in the week, Colvin’s chest was punctured by a flying piece of teammate Welington Castillo’s broken bat. Cubs athletic trainer Mark O’Neal has been in touch with Colvin, as have several of his teammates. Catcher Welington Castillo called Colvin […]

Xavier Nady Wants to Remain a Chicago Cub

This winter, the Chicago Cubs signed Xavier Nady, coming off Tommy John surgery, to be the team’s fourth outfielder for just over $3.3 million, which was considered a bargain. He soon lost his fourth outfielder job to rookie Tyler Colvin, and struggled for most of the year. Whether his struggles were related to the surgery […]