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Month: February 2011

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 […]

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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 […]

Spring Training Bullets: February 20, 2011

The first Chicago Cubs Spring Training game is just one week away. Swoon. Oh, but not the June kind. Aramis Ramirez, who arrived in camp yesterday (a day after the official reporting date), says he’s healthy and stronger this year, having added about seven pounds of muscle. It’s a virtual contract year for Ramirez (the […]

Tom Ricketts is Open-Minded About Offering a “Mega-Deal”

Chicago Cubs Chairman/Owner Tom Ricketts addressed his team and the media Saturday, and offered more than a few interesting thoughts on the upcoming season and the future of the Cubs’ payroll. “Really, the theme for the team this year is for the last six weeks of 2010, we were one of the best teams in […]

All Players Have Reported to Camp

According to Carrie Muskat, all Chicago Cubs players are now present and accounted for at Spring Camp, which means that the two laggards – Aramis Ramirez and Starlin Castro – have arrived. The first full-squad workout is underway. Welcome to the 2011 Chicago Cubs season. Boom goes the dynamite. Er. Well, sparkle goes the sparkler.

Grumble: Aramis Ramirez and Starlin Castro Still Not in Camp

Although yesterday was the official Spring Training report date for positional players, all but a handful of Chicago Cubs were already in camp long before Friday. Included in that handful were annual laggards Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez, and second year shortstop Starlin Castro. Soriano missed Friday’s workout, but arrived last evening. Unfortunately Ramirez and […]

Positional Players Report, And Other Spring Training Bullets

This is starting to feel like a regular feature… Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training earlier this week, and today is the reporting date for everyone else – though most Cubs are already in camp. Indeed, the only players yet to report are Kosuke Fukudome, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castro and Max Ramirez. […]

Allow Your Albert Pujols Fantasies to Run Wild for a Day or Two

Now that Albert Pujols will officially (more like theoretically) become a free agent at season’s end, you can go ahead and do it. You know you want to. Indulge yourself. You’re allowed to picture him in Cubbie Blue for just a little while. Three competing executives say they expect the rival Cubs to make a big […]

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