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Month: September 2010

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Hendry Praising Quade

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 […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 – September 13, 2010

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 […]

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Obsessive New Manager Watch: Mariners Interested in Ryne Sandberg

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 […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 0, Brewers 2 – September 12, 2010

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.

Jeff Samardzija Will Start Tomorrow

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 […]

Aramis Ramirez is Unsure About 2011

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 […]

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Jeff Samardzija Expected to Join the Rotation Soon

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 […]

Milwaukee Brewers Issue Fake Press Release Making Fun of Jim Hendry

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 […]

Brett Jackson and Chris Archer Will Play for America

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 […]

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Tom Ricketts to be on ‘Undercover Boss’?

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, […]

Sean Marshall is an Awesome Guy, in Addition to that Awesome Pitcher Thing

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 […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Still Out

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 […]

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Chicago Cubs Make Five September Call-Ups

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 […]

Enhanced Box Score: Astros 7, Cubs 3 – September 7, 2010

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.

Schadenfreude: Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus Aren’t in Love

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. […]

Enhanced Box Score: Astros 4, Cubs 5 – September 6, 2010

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.

Enhanced Box Score: Mets 18, Cubs 5 – September 5, 2010

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…

Carlos Silva’s Return Officially Set for Tuesday

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 […]