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Bradley Still Appealing Suspension … from the Bench

Bradley Still Appealing Suspension … from the Bench

Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley was suspended for two games this weekend after “making contact” (I still didn’t really see it) with an umpire last week. The good news for[Read More…]

Adam Wainwright is Kind of a Douche

Adam Wainwright is Kind of a Douche

Did anyone else see LOST this week, when Hurley commented to Miles that Dr. Pierre Chang – Miles’ father – was “a douche”? My friends and I looked at each[Read More…]

Chicago Cubs Fans Are Still Racist

Chicago Cubs Fans Are Still Racist

After patting itself on the back regarding the reach of its first racism piece (noting that “Cubs officials expressed disappointment with the Sun-Times story” – see how far reaching it[Read More…]

by April 16, 2009 Analysis and Commentary
Chicago Cubs Fans Are Racist… Apparently

Chicago Cubs Fans Are Racist… Apparently

We’ve heard this meme before, and although I don’t want to believe it, I quite frankly don’t have enough experience at Wrigley Field to confirm or deny. The Sun-Times put[Read More…]

by April 15, 2009 Analysis and Commentary
Kevin Gregg is Still the Cubs Closer

Kevin Gregg is Still the Cubs Closer

Despite Kevin Gregg’s shaky first save, and even shakier first blown save, Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella says there’s no controversy: Kevin Gregg is the closer. Oh, did I mention[Read More…]

Koyie Hill is an Excellent Scapegoat

Koyie Hill is an Excellent Scapegoat

Although a confluence of many things led to the Cubs’ 9th inning loss to the Brewers yesterday, folks are really only focusing on but a couple things. One of which[Read More…]

by April 11, 2009 Analysis and Commentary
Milton Bradley Would Be a Good Defensive Outfielder, You Know, If…

Milton Bradley Would Be a Good Defensive Outfielder, You Know, If…

There was a bit of a kerfuffle on Opening Day when Lou Piniella elected to replace Kosuke Fukudome in center field for a defensive sub – Joey Gathright – but[Read More…]

by April 9, 2009 Analysis and Commentary
God’s Wrathwatch: Soto Could Be Headed to DL

God’s Wrathwatch: Soto Could Be Headed to DL

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is headed to Chicago to see the team orthopedist (who needs a specialist, right?) about his aching right shoulder. The Cubs hope the injury will[Read More…]

Kosuke Fukudome is Going to Hit 1.000 This Year

Kosuke Fukudome is Going to Hit 1.000 This Year

Kosuke Fukudome is finally back in Cubs camp after a relatively yawn-worthy WBC stint. But the good news is, he’s figured out why he struggled so much in the final[Read More…]

The End of Spring Training Battlewatch: Why the Cubs/Yankees Series Isn’t Meaningless

The End of Spring Training Battlewatch: Why the Cubs/Yankees Series Isn’t Meaningless

As you know by now, the Chicago Cubs are helping open up the new Yankee Stadium – $1.5 billion worth of ill-timed lavishness – with a couple exhibition games. Yesterday[Read More…]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

Readers repeatedly asked me if I was going to write a “Why the 2009 Chicago Cubs Will Suck” article, as I had for the rest of the N.L. Central. My[Read More…]

by April 3, 2009 Analysis and Commentary
If You Want a “Serious” Season Preview

If You Want a “Serious” Season Preview

As I mentioned, while creating our excellent series of “Why X Team Will Suck” articles, we aren’t that big on creating full-blown, series team previews. Usually, they’re not well done,[Read More…]

Bullpen Battlewatch: No One Stepping Up

The four men competing for the last two bullpen spots are running out of time to dazzle – and none are stepping up to the… er, rubber. Two pitched yesterday,[Read More…]

The Bullpen Will Be Settled This Weekend, and No One Is Going on Waivers

The Bullpen Will Be Settled This Weekend, and No One Is Going on Waivers

Chad Fox is no longer in the running for a bullpen spot after being told he’ll start the season at AAA Iowa, so it’s down to a competition between Jeff[Read More…]

Cubs Considering Offers for Pitchers Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman

Cubs Considering Offers for Pitchers Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman

There are no fewer than five remaining pitchers in camp who are battling for just two bullpen spots – Jeff Samardzija, David Patton, Chad Fox, Chad Gaudin, and Angel Guzman[Read More…]

Spring Training Battlewatch: the Bench is Complete

Spring Training Battlewatch: the Bench is Complete

Well, it appears that the Chicago Cubs bench is set: Koyie Hill, Joey Gathright, Reed Johnson, Aaron Miles, and Micah Hoffpauir. No one has shook Micah Hoffpauir’s hand yet to[Read More…]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Moorad’s in Control, and Willing to Move Peavy

Obsessive Peavywatch: Moorad’s in Control, and Willing to Move Peavy

Now that Jeff Moorad has taken over the Padres, and has some indeterminate amount of control over player personnel decisions, he was bound to start getting peppered with Jake Peavy[Read More…]

So Taguchi In, Joey Gathright Out?

So Taguchi In, Joey Gathright Out?

This one comes from way out of left field. I have been fairly vocal in my position that Joey Gathright is completely superfluous, and should not be guaranteed a spot[Read More…]

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