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Milton Bradley is Injured, Angry – What Else is New?

Chicago Cubs right fielder Milton Bradley left yesterday’s game against the Brewers in the sixth inning after perceiving some knee swelling. This is, of course, no big deal in two senses – it doesn’t sound serious, and guys are removed late for precautionary reasons all the time. But Milton Bradley can’t simply let it not […]

The Cubs 2010 Schedule Has Been Released

Not that I’m recommending anyone start thinking about next year, but MLB has released its schedules for next year. Among the highlights for the Chicago Cubs: The Cubs will open their 135th season on April 5 in Atlanta and play their Wrigley Field opener on April 12 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The new schedule marks […]


Screeching Tire Sound: Cubs WILL Shop Carlos Zambrano This Winter

When Bruce Levine suggested yesterday that the Chicago Cubs might look to trade ace Carlos Zambrano this winter, most pundits gave it short shrift (including yours truly). After all, without Zambrano (and likely-to-depart Rich Harden), the Cubs rotation could look scary. But now sources say that the Cubs are going to consider trading Zambrano. Despite […]


You Know, Maybe the Cubs Could Trade Rich Harden

When it was revealed earlier this week that, among others, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Harden had been claimed off waivers, folks immediately started buzzing about the possibility of a trade before Monday’s waiver trade deadline. And what playoff-contending and/or playoff-bound team wouldn’t want Harden? Sure, he started slow, but he’s got a 1.80 ERA […]

The Brewers Cleaned House

Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers: Designated Bill Hall for assignment; Demoted JJ Hardy; Fired pitching coach Bill Castro; and Generally smelled like poo. Were it not for the Chicago Cubs’ pathetic swoon of late, this might not even qualify as news. But given that the Brewers will soon be poised to pass the Cubs, it’s news. […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Aramis Ramirez Could Sit Again Today

If you didn’t already have reason enough to hate Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun, just remember that it was his ground ball that led to the dive that led to the dislocation of Aramis Ramirez’s shoulder. An injury that continues to haunt the Cubs, even long after Ramirez’s return from the disabled list. The Cubs are […]

The Brewers Might Make a Trade for Pitching, Might Do Nothing

As recently as last week, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was telling Brewers fans not to get their hopes up for a deadline acquisition designed to help keep the Brewers in the NL Central race. And then manager Ken Macha went and got Brewers fans’ hopes up. Of principal owner Mark Attanasio, who was […]

Winning Hurts: Dempster Out With Broken Toe After Celebrating Win

Sigh. It’s always something. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is going to miss at least three weeks after breaking his big toe. Dempster said he caught his foot on the dugout railing while jumping out of the dugout running onto the field after Sunday’s win over the Brewers. “Sweet, huh?” Dempster said. What happened? […]


Oh Snap – I Think Reed Johnson Just Called Out a Couple Teammates

Now, I don’t want to read too much into Reed Johnson’s recent comments while on his rehab stint in Peoria about the Cubs’ offensive struggles. And I also don’t want to cast Reed Johnson in a bad light, because I think Reed Johnson is awesome. And if I’m to understand what he’s saying correctly, it […]


Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Starting to Hit

If there was ever a time that the Chicago Cubs needed good news about third baseman Aramis Ramirez, that time is now. Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, on the disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder, stepped up his hitting and began taking soft toss on Wednesday, and if all goes well, will start batting […]

The Cubs World Series Chances Are Diminishing, But Still Surprisingly High

When the 2009 season started, the Chicago Cubs were the prohibitive favorite to win the National League Central, and were a strong favorite to represent the Senior Circuit in the World Series. Only Cubs fans knew better. Wherever you looked, pre-season, to find World Series odds, you would note the Cubs occupying the third spot […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Juicy Nuggets of Info

An off day is the perfect time to return to obsessing about a trade that will almost certainly never happen, and given the Chicago Cubs’ offensive struggles, is almost certain not to matter. But still, it’s interesting to hear more about Jake Peavy, and possible trades. So here’s some more info from Jayson Stark as […]

Carlos Zambrano is in Twubble

Carlos Zambrano missed the team’s flight to Atlanta this week, and I guess that’s kind of one of those big deals (that isn’t really a big deal). Manager Lou Piniella said the Cubs would handle the discipline of Carlos Zambrano “internally,” which means he’s already dealt with it. Piniella had a 20-minute meeting with Zambrano […]

Jake Peavy Says No to White Sox

Jake Peavy rejected his proposed trade to the White Sox earlier today. And there was much rejoicing. The two teams had a deal in place whereby the White Sox would have sent left-handed pitching prospects Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard plus two more minor leaguers to San Diego for Peavy, but the trade needed Peavy’s […]

Brewers in First Place, But Hit With Tough Loss

I was tempted, only for a second, to make this a “laughing because it isn’t the Cubs” post, but in light of the plethora of injuries befalling the Cubs this year, I couldn’t bring myself to further tempt fate. The first place Milwaukee Brewers have lost second baseman Rickie Weeks for the rest of the […]

Zambrano Gets Beat Up By Little Kids

Carlos Zambrano’s rehab start in high single A ball did not go flawlessly yesterday. Zambrano tossed 3 2/3 innings for Class A Daytona against Dunedin in a rehab start, giving up 5 hits and 4 runs, walking three and striking out one. Zambrano threw 67 pitches, 42 for strikes. Daily Herald. Zambrano walked the first […]