Cubs Scouting Director says the Cubs tore up the draft, Dan Vogelbach is a hard worker, Dillon Maples is excited to be a Cub, and Shawon Dunston, Jr. may have gotten some subtle nudges from his dad.
Archive for August, 2011
The Astros win it on a walk-off grand slam. What is this, April?
No one knows for sure what the announcement will be, but I’m betting it’s not about retaining Jim Hendry. Or maybe it is. Nobody really knows.
With a grievance hearing on the way, how will things play out for Zambrano and the Cubs? Was Zambrano the subject of Carlos Pena’s “chemistry” comments? And how much blame does Jim Hendry deserve?
Are we being braced for the Cubs’ refusal to go after Pujols/Fielder? A Jim Hendry gaffe, more on Dillon Maples and the Cubs’ draft, Tom Ricketts is in Boise, a pitching prospect gets a big promotion, and Alfonso Soriano has cleared waivers.
Each gets first round money, with Baez and Maples getting well over $2 million apiece. A scout offers his thoughts on Maples and Vogelbach.
The Cubs can suddenly beat good teams, bad teams, and now, almost teams.
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.