Archive for August, 2011


Obsessive Zambrano Watch: Legal Implications, “Chemistry” Improvement, and Blaming Hendry

Obsessive Zambrano Watch: Legal Implications, “Chemistry” Improvement, and Blaming Hendry

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?

by August 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
The Cubs Are Interested in Re-signing Carlos Pena and Other Bullets

The Cubs Are Interested in Re-signing Carlos Pena and Other Bullets

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.


Draft Update: Cubs Sign Baez, Vogelbach, Dunston and Maples

Draft Update: Cubs Sign Baez, Vogelbach, Dunston and Maples

Each gets first round money, with Baez and Maples getting well over $2 million apiece. A scout offers his thoughts on Maples and Vogelbach.

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 4, Astros 3 – August 15, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 4, Astros 3 – August 15, 2011

The Cubs can suddenly beat good teams, bad teams, and now, almost teams.

by August 15, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Obsessive Zambrano Watch: Carlos Speaks, Apologizes, and Says He Wants to Stay with Cubs

Obsessive Zambrano Watch: Carlos Speaks, Apologizes, and Says He Wants to Stay with Cubs

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.

by August 15, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Report: Dillon Maples Has Indeed Signed With Cubs (Update)

Report: Dillon Maples Has Indeed Signed With Cubs (Update)

Report says Maples has signed for “huge” money with the Chicago Cubs.

Lack of Walks is an Organization-Wide Problem

Lack of Walks is an Organization-Wide Problem

No matter where you look in the Cubs’ organization, one thing is constant: the teams don’t much care for walks.


Scott Maine to Chicago, Carlos Zambrano to, Well, You Know That Part

Scott Maine to Chicago, Carlos Zambrano to, Well, You Know That Part

The Cubs will shore up the bullpen for the next few days by adding lefty Maine.

by August 15, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
With Jason Marquis Out, Will Diamondbacks Consider Rodrigo Lopez or (gasp) Carlos Zambrano?

With Jason Marquis Out, Will Diamondbacks Consider Rodrigo Lopez or (gasp) Carlos Zambrano?

Lopez and Zambrano have both cleared waivers, and are free to be traded at any time.

Obsessive Zambrano Watch: The Fourth Bullets

Obsessive Zambrano Watch: The Fourth Bullets

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.

by August 15, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Rumor: Dillon Maples Has Signed with the Chicago Cubs

Rumor: Dillon Maples Has Signed with the Chicago Cubs

This definitely requires a reiteration that it is just a *rumor.* But it’s a happy rumor.

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 6, Braves 5 – August 14, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 6, Braves 5 – August 14, 2011

That’s four straight series, for those counting at home.

by August 14, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores

Tom Ricketts Leaning Toward Retaining Jim Hendry for 2012? Not So Fast

Tom Ricketts Leaning Toward Retaining Jim Hendry for 2012? Not So Fast

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.

by August 14, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Todd Hollandsworth Blasted Aramis Ramirez and Other Bullets

Todd Hollandsworth Blasted Aramis Ramirez and Other Bullets

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.

The (Third) Carlos Zambrano Bullets

The (Third) Carlos Zambrano Bullets

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.

by August 14, 2011 Chicago Cubs News