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Sean Marshall Wins the Fifth Starter Spot, Aaron Heilman Wins, um, a Paycheck

Sean Marshall Wins the Fifth Starter Spot, Aaron Heilman Wins, um, a Paycheck

What has been a foregone conclusion for a week or more is now simply a conclusion. Sean Marshall will open the season as the Chicago Cubs fifth starter. Aaron Heilman[Read More...]

by March 20, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
The Fourth Cut is the Relatively Shallowest

The Fourth Cut is the Relatively Shallowest

Well the Chicago Cubs won’t be turning Japanese, I think they’re turning Japanese, I really think so. The team sent Ken Kadukura and Esmailin Caridad, both pitchers, to minor league[Read More...]

Micah Hoffpauir is in like Flynn; Gathright Out Like, um, Flout?

Micah Hoffpauir is in like Flynn; Gathright Out Like, um, Flout?

Well, the roster is really taking shape, and it’s taking the shape of a hulking, 29 year old rookie. Micah Hoffpauir is going to make the Chicago Cubs. “Hoffpauir’s fine,”[Read More...]

by March 19, 2009 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Derrek Lee May Join Team USA for WBC

Derrek Lee May Join Team USA for WBC

With first baseman Kevin Youkilis going down with an ankle injury, the United States team may need a new first baseman for the semifinals and finals of the World Baseball[Read More...]

by March 19, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Obsessive Milton Bradley Not Playingwatch: Still Flu’in

Obsessive Milton Bradley Not Playingwatch: Still Flu’in

It was only a matter of time before all the times Milton Bradley misses games became an obsessive watch. Bradley was a scratch earlier this week and then again yesterday[Read More...]

by March 19, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Jeff Samardzija Might End Up in the Big League Pen – Seriously

Jeff Samardzija Might End Up in the Big League Pen – Seriously

Jeff Samardzija’s chance to make the Chicago Cubs rotation blew up in smoke Monday, but apparently his chance to make the big team hasn’t quite yet. Piniella said he would[Read More...]

by March 18, 2009 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News

The Third Cut is the Deepest

This time, it’s actually true. The Chicago Cubs trimmed their roster for the third time this spring, and it’s the first time that anyone who had had a remote chance[Read More...]

by March 18, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 17, 2009

The Chicago Cubs exacted more fake revenge on the Los Angeles Dodgers for last year’s pathetically, embarrassingly, awfully, ridiculously, pathetically, I know I already said pathetically but it was really[Read More...]

by March 18, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Mike Fontenot Slays Aaron Miles

Mike Fontenot Slays Aaron Miles

Figuratively, of course. Mike Fontenot has officially won the second base job, at least against righties. Piniella said Mike Fontenot would be his everyday second baseman, at least againist right-handed[Read More...]

by March 17, 2009 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 16, 2009

The Cubs played the dreaded, evil Brewers. And lost. Grrr. I’m so angry. Psyche. Psyche about saying psyche. That sound you hear is the sound of Jeff Samardzija’s last, lingering[Read More...]

by March 17, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
The Chicago Cubs Financial Incentive to Let Kevin Gregg Close

The Chicago Cubs Financial Incentive to Let Kevin Gregg Close

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has said he’s likely to announce the team’s closer for the upcoming season by the end of this week. Despite popular opinion to the contrary,[Read More...]

by March 16, 2009 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Unbelieveable Wildness Probably Not Injury-Related

Obsessive Harden Shoulderwatch: Unbelieveable Wildness Probably Not Injury-Related

Rich Harden cruised yesterday for two innings and then completely fell apart in the third inning. He wasn’t even able to complete his scheduled three innings. Immediately, I cried a[Read More...]

by March 16, 2009 Chicago Cubs News

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 15, 2009

The Chicago Cubs took a trip down to Tucson to play the Diamondbacks and won-dizzled. Which totally makes sense, since the Diamondbacks play their regular season games in Phoenix. Gotta[Read More...]

by March 16, 2009 Chicago Cubs News
Lou Knows Who the Back-up Catcher Will Be

Lou Knows Who the Back-up Catcher Will Be

But he’s not telling, apparently. As for the backup catcher, Piniella definitely has some ideas regarding Paul Bako, Koyie Hill and Mark Johnson. Asked if it was a wide open[Read More...]

by March 15, 2009 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News

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