The Cubs can suddenly beat good teams, bad teams, and now, almost teams.
Month: August 2011
Z says he’s sorry for what happened and for how he’s been pitching. He also says he wants to stay with the Cubs.
Report says Maples has signed for “huge” money with the Chicago Cubs.
No matter where you look in the Cubs’ organization, one thing is constant: the teams don’t much care for walks.
The Cubs will shore up the bullpen for the next few days by adding lefty Maine.
Lopez and Zambrano have both cleared waivers, and are free to be traded at any time.
Cubs deny Zambrano tried to return his things, a grievance hearing is on the way, Zambrano called and texted Cubs personnel to say “goodbye,” Alfonso Soriano did give Z the business, and Mike Quade says he has a fine relationship with the pitcher.
This definitely requires a reiteration that it is just a *rumor.* But it’s a happy rumor.
That’s four straight series, for those counting at home.
Bob Nightengale sent the Cubs world – already reeling from the Carlos Zambrano circus – into a second circus by suggesting that Hendry would be back next year.
Hollandsworth essentially called Ramirez lazy and a bad example for young players, and Ramirez struck back at Hollandsworth. Mark Grace supports Ryno, the farm system is weak at the top, and Casey Coleman should be here soon.
Almost too many bullets to recount, and none particularly flattering for Zambrano. His teammates aren’t leaping to his defense, and neither is Jim Hendry. The media is even more harsh.
Carlos Zambrano-less era starts much like the Kosuke Fukudome-less era.
Cubs have locked up first, second, and 41st rounders, according to various reports.
Effectively suspended for 30 days without pay. The union is expected to file a grievance. UPDATE: Cubs might try to argue that Z in fact retired.
As of this afternoon, Zambrano has not officially “retired,” and Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry is in talks with Zambrano’s agent.
Bruce Miles and Phil Rogers believe Zambrano’s days as a Cub are over, Rick Sutcliffe says both sides need to move on, and an anonymous player is calling this a great opportunity.
A mini-recap of events, Mike Quade is incredibly angry, Aramis Ramirez thinks it was extreme, Marlon Byrd says Zambrano may be gone, Geovany Soto was “shocked,” and Zambrano’s agent is mum.
Cubs’ GM said almost immediately after Zambrano’s threat that the Cubs intend to “respect his wishes and honor them and move forward.”
Cleans out his locker after being ejected, and tells the team trainer he’s retiring.
Oh yeah. Good baseball teams are good at baseball.
Mike Quade says he’s not going to hand the right field job to Tyler Colvin, despite GM Jim Hendry’s wishes. Might Hendry trade Reed Johnson to force Quade’s hand?
Gretzky is now officially signed, but uncertainty continues to surround the Cubs’ other overslot picks.
The Barney supporters won’t like this one. Andrew Cashner says he’ll be back in September, Mike Quade puzzles over Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs are spending big on the draft, Dave Bush is gone, Abner Abreu is raking, and a Cubs prospect is suspended.
The Cubs are now 9-2 since July 31.
Darvish may become available this Winter, but will come with a heavy posting fee a la Daisuke Matsuzaka.