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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 5 and 0, Dodgers 3, Reds 10

Did you follow that title? The Chicago Cubs split their squad today, and took on the Dodgers and the Reds, winning the former 5-3 and losing the latter 10-0. Second base prospect (specifically, the guy the Cubs hope is the second baseman of the future) DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run, walk-off homer to win the […]

Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano Are Not Leaders

In his short time as manager, Mike Quade has already established that he likes to talk. A lot. As someone who writes about all things Chicago Cubs, having a gregarious manager is definitely a good thing. I find it also a good thing as a fan. But sometimes, the most interesting information will come from […]

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 9, Padres 4 – March 5, 2011

Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano were the offensive stars today as the Cubs downed the Padres – though the Cubs weren’t exactly facing a murderer’s row of pitchers. Or hitters. Randy Wells held serve in his effort to nail down the rotation spot he’s already earned. He gave up an unearned run on three hits […]

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 4, Royals 5 – March 4, 2010

Another loss, but another loss that doesn’t really sting. But for a grand slam given up by a pitcher who won’t make the Cubs (after walking three consecutive, I might add), it would have been a fine victory. Against the Royals. In Spring Training. Matt Garza went two scoreless in the midst of getting drilled […]


Carlos Silva Tells a Version of the Fight with Aramis Ramirez

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva, who wouldn’t speak to the media following Wednesday’s dugout scuffle with teammate Aramis Ramirez, broke his silence today, telling a slightly different version of events than we’d heard from Ramirez, manager Mike Quade, and other Cubs players. And in doing so, he’s clearly backing down from his assertion, just a […]

Meetings, Meetings Everywhere

The Chicago Cubs have sucked this Spring. There’s just no getting around it. Not only are they 1-4, but they’ve been outscored 42-25, and have committed a mind-boggling 15 errors in those 5 games. It was only a matter of time before the “team meetings” started. I’m not sure that I was prepared for two […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Carlos Zambrano’s Arm is “Tired,” But Probably OK

God’s Wrath makes its first appearance of the  year, but hopefully it’s indicative of the way the rest of the year will go, because God’s Wrath in this instance is mild. Carlos Zambrano went three solid, scoreless innings yesterday, but afterward complained of a “tired arm,” which is dreadedly close to “dead arm,” an affliction […]

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 7, Rangers 8 – March 3, 2011

Hey, at least the game was moderately competitive and the Cubs made a Spring Training best 1(!) error. Baby steps. Blake DeWitt, whom the Cubs would probably like to see succeed in the leadoff role (because it allows Kosuke Fukudome to ride the pine more often, opening up more starts for Tyler Colvin), went 2-3 […]

Marty Brennaman: Cubs Not Good Enough to Win Division

Cincinnati Reds broadcasters have long had an interesting relationship with the Chicago Cubs. If you watch a Cubs/Reds game with Reds guys calling it – whether it’s Marty or Thom Brennaman or George Grande – you detect two things: (1) the Reds guys work very hard to be fair and even-handed, but (2) they don’t […]

Mike Quade is Clearly Worried About Starlin Castro

If Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has shown anything in his young Major League career, it’s that he can hit, but is subject to lapses in the field. Whether those lapses are physical or mental is yet unclear, but one thing is certain: it’s gotta change. This team will not win anything if they’re not […]

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 5, Brewers 12 – March 2, 2011

Well, the Chicago Cubs were beat down once again – by each other. They lost their Spring Training game, too. Mike Quade will have his first team meeting after yesterday’s debacle. Subjects for discussion will probably include the fight between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez, the insane number of errors in the first four Spring […]

Why the 2011 Cincinnati Reds Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]


Spring Training Miscellany

There are a few pieces of Spring Training information for you this morning, none of which was quite substantial enough to merit its own post, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t totally be interested in the following… Tyler Colvin will get his first start at first base on Friday. The Cubs would very much like […]

Spring Training Bullets: Cubs 3, Giants 2 – March 1, 2011

Hooray! The Chicago Cubs aren’t going to lose every single game of the 2011 season! Well, er, probably. I suppose it’s technically still possible. Kosuke Fukudome led off once again, in another sign of things to come. He had one hit in three at bats. Blake DeWitt continues to struggle, in a sign of things […]

Andrew Cashner Has the Inside Track on a Rotation Spot

His Spring debut notwithstanding, Chicago Cubs hurler Andrew Cashner is going to get a very good chance to win one of the last two spots in the rotation. Cashner, 24, was a reliever with the big team last year, but manager Mike Quade has correctly noted that, if Cashner can be a starter, the Cubs […]

Carlos Zambrano: Pinch Hitter

When you carry 12 pitchers – 5 starters and 7 in the pen – your options on the bench become limited rather quickly. With 8 positional starters, you’ve got just 5 guys on the bench, one of whom is a near lock to be a light-hitting back-up catcher. So if your team carries 12 pitchers, […]

Aramis Ramirez Says He Never Had a Problem with Rudy Jaramillo

Last year was a forgettable season for Aramis Ramirez – unfortunately, it was anything but forgettable for the rest of us. Ramirez struggled out the gate, and took months to regain something close to his usual form. Looking back, I think it’s safe to say we can chalk a good portion of it up to […]

Can You Speak? Want a Job with the Chicago Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs are looking for a Public Address Announcer for games at Wrigley Field this year, and, in the extremely unlikely event that I don’t get the job, here are the requirements: REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS Strong vocal talent, excellent enunciation skills Strong public speaking skills and ability to speak extemporaneously to large crowds Strong knowledge of baseball […]