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Archive for March, 2011

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

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 3, Giants 2 – March 20, 2011

Today’s game was light on the roster competitors, but one guy really stood out.┬áRandy Wells was not only excellent today, but he was excellent after some troubles in the first[Read More…]

by March 20, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Write a Ridiculous Letter, Get Published in the Chicago Tribune

I will be the first to admit that I don’t know how a newsroom works. I don’t know how story ideas are created, vetted, and assigned. I don’t know the[Read More…]

Lukewarm Stove: Mike Quade Suggests Cubs Will Pass on Luis Castillo

Lukewarm Stove: Mike Quade Suggests Cubs Will Pass on Luis Castillo

Former Mets second baseman Luis Castillo, released a couple days ago, is free to sign with another team starting today (for the ML minimum of $414,000). A few reports had[Read More…]

by March 20, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 4, Padres 14 – March 19, 2011

Another day, another run total in the (four)teens. For the opponent. Matt Garza had very little going for him today – he nibbled just off the edge of the plate,[Read More…]

by March 19, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Carlos Silva: Rotation or Bust?

Buried among the notes about Carlos Silva’s crappy outing yesterday (and the Cubs’ overall poor performance), Mike Quade let something that may be pretty important slip: “I think, right now,[Read More…]

by March 19, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Reportedly Interested in Luis Castillo

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Reportedly Interested in Luis Castillo

Today, the New York Mets did what teams like the Chicago Cubs generally lack the balls to do: they released a guy, despite his multimillion dollar contract, because he simply[Read More…]

by March 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 13, Reds 14 – March 18, 2011

It was a pitching optional Friday as two of the Cubs’ three Carloses (Zambrano and Silva) conspired to suck a duck against the Reds. At least the offense scored 13…[Read More…]

by March 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Darwin Barney and Reed Johnson “Pulling Away” in Bench Competition?

Darwin Barney and Reed Johnson “Pulling Away” in Bench Competition?

At present, 11 of the 13 positional spots on the Chicago Cubs’ 25-man roster are locked in (assuming the immovable object that is Koyie Hill is the backup catcher), leaving[Read More…]

by March 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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