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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[Read More…]

by February 22, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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[Read More…]

by February 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
The Cubs Aren’t Just Playing Around with James Russell as a Starter

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[Read More…]

Carlos Zambrano: Softball Player

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[Read More…]

by February 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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[Read More…]

by February 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Obsessive Albert Pujols Watch: Aramis Ramirez Wants Pujols, Likes Carlos Pena

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[Read More…]

by February 20, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors

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[Read More…]

by February 20, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Tom Ricketts is Open-Minded About Offering a “Mega-Deal”

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’[Read More…]

by February 19, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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 –[Read More…]

by February 19, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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[Read More…]

by February 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Add Four Chicago Cubs Spring Training Games to Your Viewing Schedule

MLB Network has released its Spring Training broadcast lineup, and the good news is that four more Cubs games will get airtime this Spring: Friday 3/11 at 2pm CST vs.[Read More…]

by February 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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[Read More…]

by February 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Humorous Take on Alfonso Soriano’s Contract

The Onion suggests a method for dealing with Alfonso Soriano’s cripplingly large contract. Emphasis on cripple. Thanks to reader Brent for the find. Onion SportsDome

by February 17, 2011 Cubs Humor

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[Read More…]

by February 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Marlon Byrd is Beefy, But It’s All Supplements and Exercise

Marlon Byrd is Beefy, But It’s All Supplements and Exercise

Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd is a thick, hulking dude. And if he had the power numbers of an Albert Pujols or Alex Rodriguez, or say, Jose Bautista, people[Read More…]

by February 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Keith Moreland to Join Pat Hughes in the WGN Radio Booth

Today, WGN Radio and the Chicago Cubs announced that former Cub Keith Moreland will take Ron Santo’s spot as Pat Hughes’ partner broadcasting Cubs games on WGN Radio. The announcement[Read More…]

by February 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Sources: Albert Pujols Deadline Expected to Pass with No Deal

Albert Pujols’ totally arbitrary extension deadline – a hypothetical extension on a deal not set to expire for another 8 months – is one hour away. Feel those goosebumps? Well,[Read More…]

by February 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors

More Spring Training Bullets

I know, I know – you’re being inundated with bullet posts. If you hate them, let me know. But for now, they seem to be the most efficient and thoughtful way of[Read More…]

by February 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Randy Wells Is Not the Partier You Might Think Him to Be

Randy Wells Is Not the Partier You Might Think Him to Be

Randy Wells, who should be guaranteed a rotation spot but is not, says he was treated unfairly by the media last year, who painted him as a bit of a partier.[Read More…]

by February 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

The Albert Pujols Deadline is Today at Noon – And Related Notes

Your daily Albert Pujols digest: Pujols’ self-imposed deadline first was yesterday before being extended by agreement with the Cardinals (which remains profoundly bizarre – what, if Pujols wants to discuss[Read More…]

by February 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors

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