Archive for September, 2011


Meta: Losing at Blogs with Balls without Grace or Dignity

Meta: Losing at Blogs with Balls without Grace or Dignity

My weekend in NYC at the fourth annual Blogs with Balls online sports media conference.

by September 27, 2011 Meta
Meet the Cubs’ GM Candidates Cheat Sheet: Billy Beane

Meet the Cubs’ GM Candidates Cheat Sheet: Billy Beane

The Oakland A’s GM, and would-be movie star, is the next up in our series profiling the Chicago Cubs’ possible GM candidates.

by September 27, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors

Ozzie Guillen is Out as White Sox Manager, Carlos Zambrano Speculation Begins

Ozzie Guillen is Out as White Sox Manager, Carlos Zambrano Speculation Begins

No, Zambrano isn’t going to be managing the White Sox. But he might be joining Guillen in Miami.

by September 27, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Cubs Rookies Are Pretty and Other Bullets

Cubs Rookies Are Pretty and Other Bullets

Ryne Sandberg and the Cubs will “reconcile,” MLB will add a Wild Card, the Cubs can’t move Carlos Marmol, ‘Catching Hell’ is set to premier, and Wrigleyville West is marching forward.

by September 27, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 0, Padres 2 – September 26, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 0, Padres 2 – September 26, 2011

Offensive struggles continue, “kids” or no “kids.”

by September 27, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Sigh: The Cubs Have Told Andrew Cashner He Will Be Relieving in the Arizona Fall League

Sigh: The Cubs Have Told Andrew Cashner He Will Be Relieving in the Arizona Fall League

The young reliever-cum-starter-cum-reliever-cum-starter-cum-reliever may be staying a reliever, contrary to prior plans (and Cashner’s wishes).

by September 26, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Report: Cardinals Not Inclined to Up Their Offer to Albert Pujols

Report: Cardinals Not Inclined to Up Their Offer to Albert Pujols

The pre-2011 offer of nine years and $22 million per year might be the Cardinals’ maximum offer.

by September 26, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors

Bob Brenly Says He Didn’t Want to Manage the 2011 Cubs Because He Knew They Would Struggle

Bob Brenly Says He Didn’t Want to Manage the 2011 Cubs Because He Knew They Would Struggle

Cubs’ broadcaster says he “saw things that made [him] uncomfortable,” and “a lot of them came true.”

by September 26, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
The Carlos Marmol Extension Looks Worse By the Day and Other Bullets

The Carlos Marmol Extension Looks Worse By the Day and Other Bullets

The Cubs might have to turn to someone else to close come 2012. Mike Quade with another “kids lineup,” the “kids” play dress up, Wrigley Field keeps looking for financing, and Bryan LaHair looks to return.

by September 26, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Cardinals 3 – September 25, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 2, Cardinals 3 – September 25, 2011

Once again, the Cubs’ spoiler effort was spoiled.

by September 26, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Alfonso Soriano is Unhappy but “Energetic” and Other Bullets

Alfonso Soriano is Unhappy but “Energetic” and Other Bullets

Soriano doesn’t like batting 7th, but is also a bright spot in the clubhouse. Aramis Ramirez wants to go to a contender now, Carlos Marmol is struggling, Rodrigo Lopez wants to come back, and Albert Pujols is going to get paid.

by September 25, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Cardinals 2 – September 24, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Cardinals 2 – September 24, 2011

Can’t spoil ’em all, I suppose. Well, not when your closer can’t throw strikes, anyway.

by September 24, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 – September 23, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 – September 23, 2011

Ah, the kind of spoiling that feels good.

by September 23, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Epstein, Friedman, Jocketty, Cashman, Hahn, Cherington

Obsessive Cubs GM Watch: Epstein, Friedman, Jocketty, Cashman, Hahn, Cherington

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.

by September 23, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Carlos Pena Unsure Whether He Wants to Return in 2012 and Other Bullets

Carlos Pena Unsure Whether He Wants to Return in 2012 and Other Bullets

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.

by September 23, 2011 Chicago Cubs News