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Albert Pujols Needs a Hug

Albert Pujols is the best hitter in baseball. Swallow the bile, and admit it with me. You’ll be better for it. But even Pujols is not immune to struggles. Of course, his struggles are the kind of struggles most players would love to have as their regular performance. Still, when Pujols struggles even just a […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Out a Few Days with Thumb Injury

At this point, you could almost call this mercy. Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been dealing with a bruise of his left thumb, though he claims it is not affecting his performance. He had x-rays yesterday, and although they came back clean, he’s still going to sit for a few days. X-rays of […]

Lou Piniella Using Pop Rocks When Dynamite is Due

The Chicago Cubs offense sucks. And yet, several players are hitting very well. Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukudome, Marlon Byrd, Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro are all hitting very well. That’s six of your eight regulars. So how is it possible that the offense is not scoring runs? You know the answer. Aramis Ramirez […]

Rudy Jaramillo Denies Aramis Ramirez is Refusing Help

Late last week, rumors were swirling that struggling Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez was refusing to work with highly-paid hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. Ramirez, a successful hitter for many, many years believed that he needed only to deal with his issues at the plate on his own, according to the rumors. Jaramillo says it […]

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Ruh Roh: Derrek Lee Questions the Ramirez Move Down the Lineup

Yesterday, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella (rightfully) moved struggling third baseman Aramis Ramirez down the lineup to sixth. The move failed to immediately spark the offense, and Lou was pretty hot about it after the game. ”What am I going to do? Wait until the All-Star Game to make moves?” Piniella said, bristling at a […]

Alfonso Soriano is Patient

If you’ve noticed one thing about Alfonso Soriano’s performance over the last couple of weeks, you’ve noticed that he’s hitting really well. If you’ve noticed two things about Alfonso Soriano’s performance over the last couple of weeks, you’ve noticed that his patience at the plate is truly impressive, and he’s clearly seeing the ball very […]

At Least Aramis Ramirez Recognizes He’s Horrible Right Now

The Chicago Cubs’ offense has been supremely pathetic on the young season, and although there are many culprits, none is more notable than the guy who is supposed to be the Cubs’ most reliable hitter: Aramis Ramirez. ”I’m a cleanup hitter,” [Ramirez] said. ”I have to produce. And if I don’t produce the team’s going […]

Aramis Ramirez Hits Well in Return, But as DH

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez still isn’t quite over his triceps injury. He finally got into some game action yesterday, but just as a DH. Playing third base will have to wait – but he might be ready by Friday. “I felt pretty good out there today,” Ramirez said. He has been sidelined because […]

Carlos Silva is OK, Aramis Ramirez is Starting to Scare Me

The Chicago Cubs, like most teams, are dealing with a few injury issues at this late Spring stage, but most are expected to abate early in the regular season at the latest. Or sooner, in the case of pitcher Carlos Silva, who left his last start a little early with thigh issues. The Cubs’ Carlos […]

PANIC! Aramis Ramirez Leaves With Sore Triceps

Ok, get it out of your system. Now relax. Yes, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez left today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with right triceps soreness, but it doesn’t sound serious. Ramirez left after the top half of the third inning. He missed two months of the 2009 season after dislocating his left shoulder […]

First Spring Training Lineup Holds Clues for the Season

The Chicago Cubs will play their first Spring Training game tomorrow, and manager Lou Piniella has released the lineup for the game: 1. Ryan Theriot  SS 2. Kosuke Fukudome RF 3. Derrek Lee  1B 4. Aramis Ramirez  3B 5. Marlon Byrd  CF 6. Tyler Colvin LF 7. Mike Fontenot  2B 8. Geovany Soto  C 9. […]

Someone’s Gonna Bat Leadoff, But Lou Piniella Doesn’t Know Who

Most of the Chicago Cubs’ lineup this year is set. We know that Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez will hit three and four. We know that Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano will hit five and six. We know that Geovany Soto and the second baseman will hit seven and eight. But one spot yet undecided […]

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Today is the Positional Reporting Date for Spring Training

By the end of the day, all of the Chicago Cubs invited to Spring Training will be in camp, preparing for the first full-squad practice tomorrow. Of course, the date is largely a formality, as almost every Cub is already in Mesa. The only four remaining include three that make sense, and one that doesn’t. […]

Spring Training Participants

Here’s a helpful recap of the players participating in Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs this year – pitchers and catchers report this week. Thanks to Bruce Miles for putting this together. Pitchers: Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Ryan Dempster, Rafael Dolis, John Gaub, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Jeff Gray, Angel Guzman, Ted Lilly, Carlos […]

Live Together, Die Alone: LOST and the Chicago Cubs

“Every man for himself is not going to work. It’s time to start organizing. We need to figure out how we’re going to survive here. Now, I found water. Fresh water, up in the valley. I’ll take a group in at first light. If you don’t want to go, then find another way to contribute. […]

Jeff Baker Wants to Punch Mike Fontenot’s Heart

Last year, Mike Fontenot was anointed the Chicago Cubs’ starting second baseman out of Spring Training following a 2008 season where he was dominant at the plate in a part-time role. He struggled. The Cubs responded to his struggles (and Aramis Ramirez’s injury and Aaron Miles’ totally unpredictable sucking) by acquiring second baseman Jeff Baker from the […]

The 2010 Chicago Cubs Batting Order is Largely Set

Without too many moving parts from last year to this, the batting order for the Chicago Cubs is not as prone to questioning as it has been in years past. In fact, the main question – why in the sweet hell is Alfonso Soriano still leading off – mercifully faded away, for good, last year. […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Recalling Those “Worst Case Scenarios”

Oh those Chicago Cubs. They are, as always, predictably unpredictable – with the exception that they are predictably disappointing. Now, with the advent of 2010, we can finally reflect dispassionately on the 2009 Chicago Cubs. The 2009 iteration of the Cubs was no exception in the disappointment department. We didn’t quite know how things would […]