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New Pitching Coach Will Come from In-House

Perhaps unsurprising given the tight budgetary concerns, but the Chicago Cubs will not conduct an extensive search for a new pitching coach. Instead, the team will opt to promote from within. According to a major league source, the Cubs will stay within their organization to replace Rothschild for the Cubs’ pitching coach position. Top candidates […]

Albert Pujols Not Long for the Cardinals?

Albert Pujols enters 2011 as the most-anticipated soon-to-be free agent since… LeBron James? Hard to come up with a comparison, to be honest. And yet, while everyone buzzes about future free agent first baseman like Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez, you rarely hear a peep about Pujols, whose career dwarfs either of the others. The […]

Carlos Marmol Was Ridiculous in September

Carlos Marmol closed out the season – as he did so many games – with dominance and flair, emerging as MLB’s reliever of the month for September. He set a record or two on the way, too. Marmol’s flat out dominance in the month of September earned him Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the […]

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Marlon Byrd Hit Himself in the Face; Probably OK

Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd is a physical beast. Just look at those guns. And that begs the question of questions – can Marlon Byrd hit a ball so hard that it could hurt Marlon Byrd? Yesterday, Byrd attempted to answer. Marlon Byrd was taken to a local hospital for X-rays as a precautionary […]

Carlos Zambrano Reiterates Retirement Plan

Despite getting back to his formerly dominant self, Carlos Zambrano is taking the opportunity in the (positive) spotlight to remind folks that he plans to retire when his current contract is up. “Like I said, I don’t think I will be playing any more after these three years,” Zambrano told reporters after last night’s win […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: It Ain’t La Russa

A collective sigh of relief rises up from the Cubs universe (though it’s an ironic sigh given how successful Tony La Russa has been), as Cardinals manager Tony La Russa affirmatively exited the Cubs managerial race. Of course, La Russa was in the race only insofar as his contract is up after this season. La […]

Schadenfreude: Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus Aren’t in Love

Let’s be clear about something from the get-go: the Chicago Cubs have suffered through a brutal 2010. They’ve had on-field and off-field headaches, and they’ve been profoundly uncompetitive. So when I say I’m taking pleasure in the recent dust-up in St. Louis, you’ll not think me a hypocrite – at least not the worst kind. […]

Ryan Dempster Misses Ted Lilly

When the Chicago Cubs traded Ted Lilly to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, Ryan Dempster became the unquestioned number one in the Chicago Cubs’ rotation. But despite that nominal accolade, Ryan Dempster wishes Lilly was still around. He misses the bulldog. ”With Teddy, I always appreciated him every day for what a teammate he […]

Obsessive Lilly Trade Watch: Cubs Would Like to Deal Lilly Before Tuesday

The Chicago Cubs are now actively shopping pitcher Ted Lilly, and would like to have a deal in place before Lilly’s next start, which is scheduled for Tuesday. With contenders struggling to find the right match for available starters Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren on the trade market, interest in Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly has […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Expected to Pitch for Iowa This Week

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who hasn’t pitched for the Cubs since June 25 when he exploded on his teammates after an inning of terrible work. He’s been working out in Mesa, Arizona – in conjunction with his recently-completed anger management counselling – and is expected to start throwing in games this week. Cubs […]

Ted Lilly to the New York Mets?

Now that Cliff Lee is off the trade market, Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly becomes the best available lefty starting pitcher on the market, and remains one of the best two or three available overall. It seems highly likely that, if the Cubs decide to move Lilly and he’s amenable to waiving his limited no-trade […]

We’re All Screwed: The Cardinals Call Up Aaron Miles

I’ll level with you: the Cubs’ chances in the NL Central were already looking terrible. But after the Cardinals’ most recent move to shore up their bench, the Cubs have almost no chance. The Cardinals have called up Aaron Miles. The 33-year-old Miles was one of the final players cut by the Reds this spring […]

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Carlos Zambrano Available Out of the Pen

Though Carlos Zambrano is being moved back to the Chicago Cubs’ rotation, he’ll be available out of the bullpen until at least this Saturday – the second game of a critical series against the Cardinals. Carlos Zambrano will be back in the Cubs bullpen Thursday through Saturday before he is inserted into the rotation again. […]

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 […]

Zambrano Simulates Game, We Simulate Excitement

Chicago Cubs reliever starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano is being stretched out for a return to the rotation, having thrown a simulated game yesterday. Zambrano threw 73 pitches Monday in a simulated game at Wrigley Field, his first extended outing since switching to the bullpen on April 22. Zambrano is being stretched out so he can […]

The St. Louis Cardinals Cannot Be Defeated in the NL Central

The other teams in the National League Central might as well pack it in for the year, because the St. Louis Cardinals have already won the division. Apparently. It’s May 3 on the calendar, and the Cardinals are only 25 games into the schedule. But I’d like to submit this question: In the National League […]

Report: Cubs Looking at Braden Looper

The Chicago Cubs have finally started looking externally for solutions to their bullpen woes. According to┬áKen Rosenthal, the Cubs hosted free agent Braden Looper late yesterday in Chicago (though the team is on the road in New York, so it’s unclear for whom he threw). Looper, 35, could not find work in the offseason after […]

Ted Lilly Would Make an Excellent Minor Leaguer

Ted Lilly’s first minor league rehab start was a success yesterday, allowing just two baserunners in four innings. Lilly threw 51 pitches — 31 for strikes — over four innings in a rehab start with Class AAA Iowa on Wednesday night. He gave up a walk and line-drive homer by the Memphis Cardinals’ Tyler Greene, […]

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