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Archive for March, 2011

And Carlos Silva Made the Roster (Updated: Er, Maybe?)

Sorry for the short, punchy updates, but the roster decisions are flying fast. Looper’s sudden retirement probably should have tipped everyone off, but Carlos Silva has made the Chicago Cubs’[Read More…]

by March 25, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Braden Looper Retires (Again)

Braden Looper has decided to retire after being informed by the Cubs that he wouldn’t be making the team, according to Bruce Miles. Looper was in camp on a minor[Read More…]

Whoa: Andrew Cashner the Fifth Starter?

As of yesterday, it appeared all but settled that Carlos Silva would be given the first crack at the fifth starter’s gig. While he, himself, had done very little earn the job,[Read More…]

by March 25, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Blake DeWitt: Utility Player

Blake DeWitt: Utility Player

When both Darwin Barney and Blake DeWitt survived this week’s roster cuts, it was clear that the possibility that Barney – and not DeWitt – would see starts at second[Read More…]

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 8, White Sox 7 – March 24, 2011

Hey, hooray! The Cubs beat the White Sox! So what if the pitching was collectively crappy; so what if Carlos Pena reminded us of what we fear he’ll be; so[Read More…]

by March 24, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

The Fourth Cut: Perez, Moore, Scales, Ojeda, Camp Out

According to multiple reports (still waiting on the official release from the Cubs – but, hey, nowadays, you wait, you get burned), the Cubs today sent outfielder Fernando Perez to AAA Iowa,[Read More…]

by March 24, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Carlos Silva is Probably Going to Be the Fifth Starter, And That’s OK

Carlos Silva is Probably Going to Be the Fifth Starter, And That’s OK

You always got the sense that the Chicago Cubs were very reluctant to release Carlos Silva, whom they owe a total of $8 million over the next year ($6 million[Read More…]

Lukewarm Stove: Sigh, Another Michael Young Rumor

Lukewarm Stove: Sigh, Another Michael Young Rumor

I never get tired of rumors. I really don’t. That’s why they’re such a big part of this site – I love reading about them as much as I love[Read More…]

by March 23, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 3, A’s 1 – March 23, 2011

When is a win not a win? I think you know where this is going… So Carlos Silva decided to have his best Spring outing at the worst possible time.[Read More…]

by March 23, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

The Third Cut: Maine, Wellemeyer, Berg, and Guzman

Today the Chicago Cubs started making meaningful cuts from the Spring roster, and the cut included at least one surprise. Lefty reliever Scott Maine, once considered the favorite to be[Read More…]

by March 23, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Today’s the Deadline: Enter the BN Opening Day Contest to Win $50

Today’s the Deadline: Enter the BN Opening Day Contest to Win $50

All right, stragglers. I know your game – “I’m going to hold out until the last day to enter the Opening Day contest so I can have as much information[Read More…]

by March 23, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Why the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Will Suck

Why the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and[Read More…]

by March 23, 2011 Analysis and Commentary
God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Has Got a Fever

God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Has Got a Fever

And the prescription is more cowbell. But seriously, Chicago Cubs’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez hasn’t played since Friday and has been dealing with a 102-degree fever. He relaxed this weekend,[Read More…]

by March 23, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 1, Dodgers 2 – March 22, 2011

The Cubs are now 10-16 on the Spring, which, in isolation, means very little. A number of the core players – Zambrano, Dempster, Wells, Castro, Byrd, among others – have[Read More…]

by March 22, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Angel Guzman is a Really Positive, Inspiring Guy

Angel Guzman is a Really Positive, Inspiring Guy

I won’t go back over the sad story that is Angel Guzman’s professional baseball career. In short: limitless talent that was, in fact, limited by injuries. But Guzman is still[Read More…]

by March 22, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
A Number of Roster Decisions Are Expected Today

A Number of Roster Decisions Are Expected Today

According to multiple reports, and according to Mike Quade, himself, today Chicago Cubs management – presumably Quade, GM Jim Hendry, Assistant GM Randy Bush, and probably Assistant (to the) GM[Read More…]

by March 22, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Spring Training Miscellany: The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly in the Plains

There was no official game today; the rain saw to that. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t something to see. Namely, in his chance to nail down the final rotation[Read More…]

by March 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Only Two Days Left: Enter the BN Opening Day Contest to Win $50

Only Two Days Left: Enter the BN Opening Day Contest to Win $50

This is a reminder that you’re running out of time to enter the Bleacher Nation Opening Day Contest, which could land you a $50 gift certificate to CubWorld.com. All you’ve[Read More…]

by March 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Jeff Baker Wants to Be the Full-Time Starter at Second Base

Jeff Baker Wants to Be the Full-Time Starter at Second Base

Coming into Spring Training, few things were assumed. But one locked-down assumption was that second base would feature a platoon between Blake DeWitt and Jeff Baker. DeWitt, a lefty, would[Read More…]

by March 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Reed Johnson and Darwin Barney Being Schooled by Rudy Jaramillo

Reed Johnson and Darwin Barney Being Schooled by Rudy Jaramillo

Based on Spring performances as well as non-performance-related factors (options remaining, organizational development issues, etc.), Darwin Barney is the current favorite to land the last infield roster spot, and Reed[Read More…]

by March 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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