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.
Month: September 2010
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Another pitchers’ duel, with the Cubs coming out on the winning end this time. Randy Wells was excellent, but the man who followed him may have been even better.
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 […]
Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs designated pitcher Mitch Atkins for assignment, which removes him from the 40-man roster. The Cubs will have 10 days to trade or release Atkins, or, if he clears waivers, they can outright him back to the minors. It’s possible the Cubs looked ahead to next year, and saw that there wasn’t […]
Carlos Zambrano threw another good one, but the offense was absent – just two hits. And in a battle of top rookies, Buster Posey managed the only run in the game.
The Chicago Cubs have won an impressive 17 of 24 games under interim manager Mike Quade, though its hard to point to decisions Quade has made that have led to wins – the players are simply playing better. If the team continues to win, are the Cubs going to have any choice but to give […]
Sunday morning, a man placed a backpack containing what he believed to be explosives into a trash can a block south of Wrigley Field. Fortunately for everyone, he received the backpack from an undercover federal agent. The man was arrested shortly thereafter for being a terrorist asshole. Sami Samir Hassoun, of the 4700 block of […]
Those hoping for increased use of instant replay will have to wait until at least the 2011 season (probably longer – like, when Bud Selig finally retires), as today the commissioner announced that there will not be any increased use of instant replay this postseason. Selig said Monday night that he had discussed the matter […]
Adam Dunn has made plain that he’d like to remain a Washington National after his contract expires this year. That said, the Nationals had appeared unwilling to pony up the necessary dollars and years to put a reasonable deal on the table, which led most to assume Dunn would be walking in free agency. Once […]
Have you ever heard of a player getting impaled by a flying baseball bat? If that isn’t the clearest sign of God’s Wrath, I’m not sure what is. The good news is that Tyler Colvin is doing well after his brush with Welington Castillo, Vampire Hunter (h/t to SOI for the tasteless joke). Tests showed […]
Outside of the Colvin injury, the game was nearly perfect for the Cubs. Good, young hitting; good, young pitching.