Can’t spoil ’em all, I suppose. Well, not when your closer can’t throw strikes, anyway.
Month: September 2011
Ah, the kind of spoiling that feels good.
Massive criticism of Theo Epstein could be the Cubs’ gain. The Cubs are probably waiting for a chance at the big boys, but they might not actually land one of them.
With Aramis Ramirez on the way out, might Pena be less interested in returning? What the Cubs could do at 3B in 2012, Mike Quade’s source of confidence, and the awesomeness of Starlin Castro.
The unseat.me contest runs through the end of the season, so get on it. It’s easy and free.
The Tampa Bay Rays’ GM is the favorite candidate of many, and is undoubtedly being targeted by Tom Ricketts.
High praise for Neftali Rosario, Marco Hernandez, Gioskar Amaya, and Junior Lake. Concerns about Josh Vitters, Trey McNutt, Ryan Flaherty and DJ LeMahieu.
The hope was that Starlin Castro would get an extra at bat in which to go for 200 hits at home.
What’s he supposed to say? He’s not sure if Carlos Zambrano will be back, though. Instructional ball is about to get underway, Ryan Theriot is defended, and the Cubs won’t land a big free agent.
By the transitive property of baseball, the Cubs just won the NL Central!
After meeting with Cubs’ brass, Ramirez’s agent says he’ll try to get his client a three or four-year deal in free agency after the season.
You can rip on Quade’s lineup decisions only so many times. Randy Wells is better and worse than he’s shown, Casey Coleman is getting help, and Cubs’ minor leaguers are winning awards.
With Hendry out the door and a new regime coming, Hughes’ future with the Cubs was very much in doubt.
Ramirez said he might be done as a Chicago Cub, and the media tripped over itself to send out the alerts. The problem? This is not news. And it’s just Ramirez doing some crafty negotiating.
There isn’t much clever to be said about this one. The Brewers are better than the Cubs.
The second in a series on the most likely candidates in the Chicago Cubs general manager search. Up today, the hero of Boston: Theo Epstein.
Wilken remains under contract for 2012, but, unlike with Oneri Fleita, Tom Ricketts doesn’t offer an extension.
Torn meniscus in his left knee ends Wood’s season. And, if the Cubs don’t invite him back into the bullpen next year, it will end his career, too.
Hoo. Ray. Mike Quade won’t play the “kids” against the Brewers, Prince Fielder might be on the Cubs’ radar, Marlon Byrd wants to stay, and what about Ozzie Guillen on the North Side?
Who exactly was that pitching for the Cubs last night?
Another couple “youngsters” set to join the Cubs in Chicago, but you might not actually see much of them on the field.
The Chicago Cubs aren’t the only team that might make a match for Prince Fielder – and they aren’t the only one that isn’t a perfect fit.
At worst, LeMahieu should (have) be(en) several games in a row this month to show what he can do at second base. At best, he should be the favorite to win the 2B job next Spring.
He’ll be considered for managerial openings anyway, but he could have extra value in Chicago. Carlos Pena disagrees with Mike Quade, Starlin Castro isn’t happy, and folks are still coming to Wrigley Field.
Can’t win them all, even against the Astros. Apparently.
Mike Quade “needs” Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez in the lineup, the Cubs’ bullpen corps and minor league relief corps are stacked, Tony LaRussa laughs, and Ryne Sandberg is getting promoted.