Archive for March, 2011


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…]

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
Back End of the Cubs’ Rotation Shaping Up

Back End of the Cubs’ Rotation Shaping Up

Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano, and Matt Garza will start the first three games of the Chicago Cubs’ season, but, so far, the Cubs have not announced which two pitchers would[Read More…]

by March 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Take a Break from the NCAA Tournament and Enter the BN Opening Day Contest

Bracket already busted? (Seriously, Morehead State? You’re good for funny hats, and that’s it.) No problem, because you can win your pool money ($50 to CubWorld) right here by entering[Read More…]

by March 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 5, A’s 6 – March 17, 2011

The Cubs blew a two-run 9th inning lead to lose to the A’s today, and I’ve got a smile on my face. Why? Because it’s Spring Training, folks. It sucks[Read More…]

by March 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Carlos Pena is the Most Positive Guy Ever

Carlos Pena is the Most Positive Guy Ever

The Chicago Cubs didn’t quite know what they’d be getting from new first baseman Carlos Pena when they signed him. He’s just two years removed from some dominant seasons, but[Read More…]

by March 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs News