Social Navigation

Month: October 2010

Should the Chicago Cubs Trade Marlon Byrd?

With most of the club’s payroll tied up in but a hand full of players in 2011, the Chicago Cubs are going to have a difficult time improving the team over the 2010 version. If they are to do so, they’ll have to get mighty creative with the roster, and the maneuvers used to create […]

Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild Picks Up 2011 Option

Chicago Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild, whose been around for the past decade, has picked up his option for next year, which would theoretically see him return to the Cubs. Rothschild will enter his 10th season as Cubs pitching coach, having outlasted Don Baylor, Bruce Kimm, Dusty Baker and Lou Piniella. Whether Mike Quade will […]

Carlos Zambrano to the Red Sox for Daisuke Matsuzaka?

If the Chicago Cubs decide to shop starter Carlos Zambrano this winter, they’ll surely find more interested partners than they would have mid-season. Still, the team cannot expect a lucrative return given Zambrano’s temperamental, yo-yo-esque nature, and his hefty contract. Thus, if a move is to be made, it would have to be for another […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Pat Listach Out

Pat Listach, former Cubs’ minor league manager and current Nationals’ coach, was infrequently mentioned as a possible candidate for the open Chicago Cubs’ managerial position. He will no longer be mentioned – sources say he’s out of the running, which should surprise no one. No reason was given as to why Listach is out of […]

ADVERTISEMENT

Mike Remlinger Selling Sammy Sosa’s Corked Bat

Care to buy a piece of infamy? Former Chicago Cubs reliever Mike Remlinger is putting up for auction one of the most notorious pieces of wood – and cork – in Cubs’ history: the Sammy Sosa corked bat head. When the bat broke in the first inning of the Cubs’ victory, exposing cork inside, Sosa […]

Bad News for the Cubs: Adam Dunn Likely to be Type B Free Agent

I should say at the outset, what follows is bad news for the Chicago Cubs only if you want them to sign Adam Dunn. If you’re a Dunn-opponent, then you can go ahead and rejoice. With the regular season at a close, players can now be classified by the Elias Sports Bureau as Type A […]

Whither Bob Brenly?

Shortly after taking himself out of consideration for the Chicago Cubs’ managerial opening (because, paraphrasing his words, the Cubs are certain to suck for the foreseeable future), rumors are popping up that Cubs color broadcaster Bob Brenly is going to land the Milwaukee Brewers’ recently-vacated job. But those rumors were quickly shot down by Brewers’ […]

A Number of Cubs First Base Rumors

While there are a number of holes on the Chicago Cubs, the most obvious is at first base. With Derrek Lee off to Atlanta, no prospects on the way at the position, and Xavier Nady not looking like a permanent replacement, the Cubs are going to have to turn outside the organization to find their […]

Carlos Marmol Was Ridiculous in September

Carlos Marmol closed out the season – as he did so many games – with dominance and flair, emerging as MLB’s reliever of the month for September. He set a record or two on the way, too. Marmol’s flat out dominance in the month of September earned him Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the […]

ADVERTISEMENT

Alan Trammell is Probably Going to Head Out West

Caught in the periphery of the Chicago Cubs’ impending managerial decision is what will happen to the current coaching staff. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who signed a big money three-year deal last year, isn’t going anywhere. But pitching coach Larry Rothschild ($400k+ option) and bench coach Alan Trammell could be headed elsewhere. Trammell in particular […]

Carlos Zambrano Finishes the Season Better Than His Car

The Chicago Cubs’ on-again off-again ace Carlos Zambrano may have been the best pitcher in baseball over the last month and a half of the season. He took a 54.00 ERA after Opening Day, and turned it into lemons: an ERA over seven by mid May. His epic meltdown followed in late June, after returning […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 0, Astros 4 – October 3, 2010

And so ends the Chicago Cubs’ 2010 season. Fitting that the Cubs finish as they played for most of the season: feckless and shutout. I hope you enjoyed the 2010 iteration of the Enhanced Box Scores – here’s hoping that next year’s set includes a whole lot more “lulz” and “woot woot,” and a whole […]

Carlos Zambrano: Adam Dunn Wants to Play for Chicago Cubs

Now that Carlos Zambrano has confirmed his desire to remain with the Chicago Cubs for the foreseeable future, he’s making plans for the team. Specifically, he thinks the Cubs need a big bat in the middle of the order (the Amazing Kreskin that guy is), and he says that guy should be soon-to-be free agent […]

Carlos Zambrano Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

Earlier this year, deep in the throes of his most miserable season, Carlos Zambrano said that if the Cubs managed to secure a trade, he would not use his no-trade clause to block the move. With no reasonable hope of a turnaround from Zambrano on the field, his tenure in Chicago appeared to be assuredly […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 8, Astros 3 – October 2, 2010

The Chicago Cubs continue to close the season on a torrid pace, with tremendous pitching, and – for the first time in a while – huge offense. Carlos Zambrano finishes the 2010 season with a 3.33 ERA, which, as a friend at SOI points out, is his best since 2005. Raise your hand if you […]

ADVERTISEMENT