As you should know by now, when something reaching “obsessive watch” status, that means you’re going to get every tidbit I can find shoved down your throat. Like it or lump it. Please like it. Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is tossing some heavy praise in the direction of current interim manager, and overt […]
Month: September 2010
Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez cleared things up yesterday regarding his intentions for 2011, after the day before muddying the waters by suggesting he may yet decide to opt-out of his contract and leave this winter. Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez dispelled speculation he might opt out of his contract by telling the Sun-Times […]
The Chicago Cubs’ organization handed out some hardware yesterday, awarding AA pitcher Chris Archer Pitcher of the Year, and awarding Brandon Guyer Player of the Year. Both are still playing, as AA Tennessee heads to the Southern League Championship Series beginning today. Chris Archer was something of a no-brainer for Pitcher of the Year after […]
The middle of the Cubs lineup stepped up, with Xavier Nady scoring twice, Geo Soto going 3-3, and Alfonso Soriano driving in two. But the story was Jeff Samardzija, making his first Major League start of the year, throwing 5.2 scoreless. Nobody seems to be commenting on the 10 baserunners he gave up in those […]
It’s official: the search for a new manager for the Chicago Cubs has officially reached obsessive watch level. The Chicago Cubs have started the process of interviewing candidates for their managerial opening, but they aren’t the only team looking for a new manager in 2011. Among teams with openings are the Seattle Mariners, whose ownership […]
Don’t hold your breath if you’re waiting to see what Tyler Colvin looks like at first base. Well, don’t hold your breath, or show up a few hours before the game. Tyler Colvin will continue to take grounders at first, but the rookie outfielder is not expected to see any action there any time soon. […]
Casey Coleman had a nice outing; though, given the Brewers’ performance against Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano this weekend, it’s possible that they just don’t have it right now. Of course, the performance was for naught, as the Cubs offense reminded us of their 2010 roots.
Carlos Silva has been bumped from his scheduled start tomorrow in St. Louis because of the dreaded “right elbow strain.” So who ya gonna call? Jeff Samardzija. “It sounds good. I’m ready to go and my arm feels good. I’ll just get out there and just really attack,” said Samardzija, who has not thrown in […]
Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has missed the last five games with a sore right quad, and as he rests, he contemplates his future. His contract runs through this season, but contains a player option for next year – at the princely sum of $14.6 million (with a team option for 2012, which itself […]
Another dominating pitching performance by the Cubs – for whatever reason, the Cubs love to play the Brewers this year.
After his call-up this week, the Chicago Cubs are almost ready to insert Jeff Samardzija into the rotation. Manager Mike Quade said Friday they hope to insert Jeff Samardzija into the rotation for the Sept. 18 game in Florida, although cautioned that it’s not “set in stone.” Samardzija was called up Tuesday after Triple-A Iowa’s […]
The Chicago Cubs stepped up to defend Jim Hendry’s honor by smacking the Brewers down. The offensive stars were Darwin Barney and Carlos Zambrano at the bottom of the order. Speaking of Zambrano…
The Milwaukee Brewers distributed a “press release” before tonight’s game, purportedly issued by the Chicago Cubs regarding a new book by General Manager Jim Hendry. Under a headline that said “A new book certain to be a best seller” was the fake book title: “How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in […]
Allow Hulk Hogan’s ‘I Am a Real American’ well up within you… Cubs Minor Leaguers Chris Archer and Brett Jackson were named to the U.S. team that will compete in the 2010 Pan American Games qualifying tournament, scheduled for Oct. 1-10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. USA Baseball revealed the roster, comprised of players not […]
Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts may have recently participated in the television show ‘Undercover Boss.’ Although Cubs officials won’t confirm, rumors are circulating that Ricketts served as a member of the grounds crew and security staff while filming the CBS production. The show, as you may or may not know, involves high level company officials (CEOs, […]
The search for the next Chicago Cubs manager (that sounds like a VH1 or CW show title, doesn’t it?) is expected to heat up over the next week and a half, as the Cubs bring in candidates for official interviews. Among the names is AAA Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg, who apparently did not formally interview […]
Even Starlin Castro’s much-heralded return to the lineup couldn’t put a run up on the board for the Cubs. Brett Meyers has been a bit of a beast this year. You know who hasn’t been a beast?
Sean Marshall has been tremendous for the Chicago Cubs in 2010, but you already knew that. What you may not have known is that Marshall has also been a tremendous humanitarian; so much so that he’s been nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award, which goes to a player who shows dedication to charitable and humanitarian […]
Aramis Ramirez went down this weekend with a slightly strained right quad, but the injury was not expected to keep him out for long. Here, three days later, and Ramirez is still out. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez did not start for the second straight game because of a sore right quad. He continued to get […]
Yesterday, with the AAA Iowa Cubs bowing out of the Pacific Coast League playoff race (on the last day of the regular season – ouch), the Chicago Cubs called up five players from the Iowa club to join them for the rest of the season. The most notable call-up is pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who returns […]
Carlos Silva returned to the Cubs, which was itself a success, though his actual performance sucked. The team was still without Aramis Ramirez (injury) and Starlin Castro (twubble), and they couldn’t outperform the little weiny at the top of the Astros’ lineup.
Let’s be clear about something from the get-go: the Chicago Cubs have suffered through a brutal 2010. They’ve had on-field and off-field headaches, and they’ve been profoundly uncompetitive. So when I say I’m taking pleasure in the recent dust-up in St. Louis, you’ll not think me a hypocrite – at least not the worst kind. […]
On Sunday, Starlin Castro lost track of the number of outs in the 7th inning of an 18-5 drubbing at the hands of the Mets. He hit a grounder, believing there to be two outs, and jogged to first – he was promptly made the latter part of a double play. Interim manager Mike Quade […]
Four early ones proved, um, not too much to overcome. Xavier Nady had a hilariously bad day, and Casey Coleman was great except for one inning. But my eye was drawn to Darwin Barney, replacing Starlin Castro for the day, who was benched for failing to run out a grounder this weekend.
The 2010 version of the Chicago Cubs are excellent at bringing out the best in their opponents. James Russell and Thomas Diamond were particularly gracious today. But let’s be real. It’s not as if another loss is really going to cripple the Cubs at this point…
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Silva will return to the team on Tuesday, making a start against the Houston Astros. The start will be his first since August 1 when he left a start against the Rockies with an elevated heart rate. He has since undergone a minor, corrective heart procedure and two rehab starts […]