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Month: February 2011

Can You Speak? Want a Job with the Chicago Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs are looking for a Public Address Announcer for games at Wrigley Field this year, and, in the extremely unlikely event that I don’t get the job, here are the requirements: REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS Strong vocal talent, excellent enunciation skills Strong public speaking skills and ability to speak extemporaneously to large crowds Strong knowledge of baseball […]

Spring Training Bullets: Cubs 3, Brewers 5 – February 28, 2011

Things are certainly off to a glowing start, no? It’s just Spring Training, folks. No worries. And I can continue to say that for another two weeks or so. Pitchers were the focus today, with Randy Wells – inexplicably fighting for a rotation spot – going two scoreless innings. He gave up a couple hits […]

Dusty Baker: Pure Class

I know, I know. It seems like I’ve been on a Dusty Baker-bashing crusade of late. And that’s because I have. But when a guy gives you so many pearls of douche, you simply have to sound the alarm. The latest comes courtesy of Adam Wainwright’s very serious, season-ending elbow injury. The telephone in manager […]

Spring Training Bullets: A’s 15, Cubs 7 – February 27, 2011

For an inning, with the Cubs up 4-0, Spring Training was telling of things to come. And then it was totally just Spring Training again. Pff. Who cares about the score, right? First the good: Carlos Zambrano was dominant in two innings of work, and Starlin Castro, Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano had multiple hits. […]


Spring Training Bullets: February 27, 2011

The Chicago Cubs kick off their Spring Training schedule today at 2:05 CST against the Oakland Athletics. Quiver. Cubs pitchers who don’t make the rotation or the bullpen may wind up on other teams before the season begins. The Yankees in particular have a clear need in the back end of their rotation and could […]

Angel Guzman Ahead of Schedule

Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman wasn’t expected to throw to hitters until mid-March following a long, long rehab from major shoulder surgery last March. But he’s ahead of schedule, and is actually going to throw a live batting practice session this Wednesday. Guzman, who underwent right shoulder surgery one year ago in March to repair […]

Mike Quade Reveals Lineup for Spring Opener

Mike Quade has announced the Chicago Cubs’ lineup for Sunday’s Spring Training opener: Kosuke Fukudome, RF Starlin Castro, SS Marlon Byrd, CF Aramis Ramirez, 3B Carlos Pena, 1B Alfonso Soriano, LF Geovany Soto, C Blake DeWitt, 2B Pitcher Obviously, it’s just a Spring Training lineup, but, given that these are the presumed starters, the tea […]

Obsessive Pujols Watch: Ricketts Will Feel Pressure to Go After Albert

Another (February) day, another article about free-agent-to-be Albert Pujols. This one comes from Buster Olney, who correctly notes that, should Pujols actually reach free agency, the Chicago Cubs – and particularly owners the Ricketts Family – will face extreme fan and media pressure to go after Pujols with both guns blazing. No offer will be considered […]

Spring Training Bullets: February 25, 2011

Heading into the weekend and the first Spring Training game on Sunday… Manager Mike Quade is expected to announce Sunday’s lineup later today, but he says he sees Aramis Ramirez batting fourth. Quade and Ramirez both like Aramis hitting four because it sets his primary role as a run producer, which apparently puts Ramirez in […]


Adam Wainwright Officially Done for Season

The writing was on the wall when the Cardinals were using words like “serious injury,” but today they announced Adam Wainwright will undergo Tommy John surgery, and miss the 2011 season. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed the news Thursday at the team’s spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla. He said he learned the severity […]

If You Want Another Reason to Like Carlos Pena

Carlos Pena has already demonstrated why he’s roundly considered one of the best “clubhouse guys” in the game. He’s smart, affable, and has an impressive attitude at every turn. I like him. And now I like him even more. The topic was who has priority over certain popups and fly balls, and Pena wanted to […]

Two Chicago Cubs Prospects Crack the Baseball America Top 100 for 2011

The prospect classification season is winding down as the regular season is ramping up, but Baseball America has just released its Top 100 list, with a few names to note. As expected, top positional prospect Brett Jackson and top pitching prospect Trey McNutt made the list at 38 and 48, respectively. BA likes Jackson’s polish, […]


Schadenfreude: Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright Might Be Out for Year

It’s important to emphasize at the outset: I would never wish an injury on a ballplayer simply because he plays for an opposing team. Especially not a serious injury. That said, the Cubs’ chances in the Central may have improved with the news that Adam Wainwright, at times the best pitcher in the NL Central, […]

Spring Training Bullets: February 23, 2011

Hopefully no one takes a dump in Mike Quade’s office this Spring… While he’s leaving open room for surprises, Quade realistically sees just two positional spots on the roster open: utility infield and fifth outfielder. Neither is a surprise when you factor in the eight starters plus Jeff Baker, Tyler Colvin, and Koyie Hill already […]

Dusty Baker is Griping About His Time with the Chicago Cubs

Dusty Baker hasn’t managed the Chicago Cubs in over four years, but that’s not stopping him from harping on his negative experience on the North Side. And his memory, like his managerial skills, remains intermittently poor. After sharing a story about poop left in the Cubs’ dugout near the end of his time with the […]

Bleacher Nation on Twitter and Facebook

Nothing like an afternoon solicitation, eh? In case weren’t already aware, you can keep up with your Bleacher Nation fix on Twitter and Facebook. There’s also stuff on each that you won’t find here, so… yeah. Follow us on Twitter, “Like” us on Facebook. If you don’t, God will kill a kitten. Not really. But […]

New Reliever Robert Coello Happy to Be a Cub

A little less than a week ago, the Chicago Cubs traded second base prospect Tony Thomas to the Red Sox for reliever/prospect Robert Coello, whom the Red Sox had to dump to clear up space on their 40-man roster. It was a surprising move, given the Cubs’ depth in the bullpen this year, but Coello […]


Spring Training Bullets: February 22, 2011

“It’s only Spring Training” is a phrase you’ve probably read around these parts many times, but damn if I’m not really liking what I’m seeing… from Mike Quade. On to the bullets. Both Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza will pitch in the Spring opener this Sunday against the Athletics. Boing. Tyler Colvin, a possible back-up […]

Ryan Dempster Will Start Opening Day

For the first time since 2004, someone other than Carlos Zambrano will start on Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs. Today, manager Mike Quade tapped Ryan Dempster to take the ball on April 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The decision comes after several sub-par performances on Opening Days past by Zambrano, who remains the “ace” […]

The Cubs Aren’t Just Playing Around with James Russell as a Starter

Folks: teach your children to throw with their left hand. James Russell was a moderately successful minor league starter for a few years before breaking through last Spring Training as a reliever. In that role, he also found moderate success. But he throws left-handed, and, because the Chicago Cubs don’t have another lefty option for […]

Carlos Zambrano: Softball Player

Many professional sports contracts preclude players from participating in non-sanctioned extracurricular athletic activities like pick-up basketball games or extreme baking. After learning that Carlos Zambrano recently played some softball, I am wondering whether Chicago Cubs player contracts have the same kind of language. According to a Sports Illustrated reader, who provided the picture at right: “Last night […]

Spring Training Bullets: February 21, 2011

Six days and counting until that first Spring Training game. Batters have started to face live pitching and Carlos Marmol is already wild, so he’s 50% of the way to his usual “effectively wild.” Reed Johnson’s elbow is expected to be fine. Starlin Castro continues to work on his defense, and remains impressively humble despite […]

Obsessive Albert Pujols Watch: Aramis Ramirez Wants Pujols, Likes Carlos Pena

From the moment Albert Pujols declined to sign an extension with the Cardinals by his self-imposed deadline, thus (theoretically) ensuring his ascendency into free agency after the season, we all knew an Obsessive Watch was coming. So here we are. That said, Pujols feels like he deserves something special, on the order of OMG Brian […]