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Why the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]

Two Chicago Cubs Minor Leaguers Suspended for Testing Positive for Steroids

A couple of Chicago Cubs minor leaguers recently tested positive for a banned substance (we’ll use “steroids” as the catch-all), and will be suspended for 50 games, says the Commissioner’s Office. Pitcher Amalio Reyes and catcher Erick Castillo, members of the organization’s Dominican Summer League team, were the guilty Cubs. Neither was a member of […]

The Cubs Are Basically Never Going to Steal Bases

Early in the Spring, Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade was talking a big game about the Cubs’ consistently low stolen base totals, and about how that was going to change under his watch. His comments were met with more than one raised eyebrow as folks looked over the Cubs’ roster and, predictably, thought who exactly […]

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God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Has Got a Fever

And the prescription is more cowbell. But seriously, Chicago Cubs’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez hasn’t played since Friday and has been dealing with a 102-degree fever. He relaxed this weekend, and looks like he’s ready to play again, perhaps as early as today. After taking a few days off, Ramirez showed up at the park […]

Write a Ridiculous Letter, Get Published in the Chicago Tribune

I will be the first to admit that I don’t know how a newsroom works. I don’t know how story ideas are created, vetted, and assigned. I don’t know the process of writing a news article. I don’t know the pressures of a deadline. And I also don’t know how letters to the editor are […]

Darwin Barney and Reed Johnson “Pulling Away” in Bench Competition?

At present, 11 of the 13 positional spots on the Chicago Cubs’ 25-man roster are locked in (assuming the immovable object that is Koyie Hill is the backup catcher), leaving a handful of players competing to be the fifth outfielder and the middle infield backup. Specifically, Reed Johnson and Fernando Perez are fighting to be […]

Back End of the Cubs’ Rotation Shaping Up

Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano, and Matt Garza will start the first three games of the Chicago Cubs’ season, but, so far, the Cubs have not announced which two pitchers would follow them in the rotation. Randy Wells has been in the Cubs’ rotation the last two seasons and has done nothing – seriously, nothing – […]

Why the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]

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Braden Looper: 25-Man Roster or Bust

Non-roster invitee Braden Looper does not intend to head to the minor leagues or another team if he doesn’t make the Chicago Cubs. And that’s not because he’s stubborn or prideful – he’s just decided that he’ll either play for the Cubs this year or he’ll go home and be with his family. “Baseball’s extremely […]

God’s Sigh of Relief Watch: Starlin Castro OK

If there is one player the Chicago Cubs cannot afford to lose this year – for a variety of reasons, some performance-related, and some attendance-related – it’s probably shortstop Starlin Castro. Not only is Castro a unique talent and tearing the cover off the ball this Spring, the Cubs don’t have much in the way […]

The Yankees and Nationals Have Been Scouting Carlos Silva

At this point, no one but Chicago Cubs management is hoping Carlos Silva makes the team’s rotation. And no one (perhaps but Cubs management) expects him to, either. That’s why it’s not particularly surprising to learn that teams have been showing up at Silva’s Spring starts to see how he looks. Specifically, the New York […]

Blake DeWitt is Not Guaranteed the Second Base Job

While it has been assumed by most that, since he was acquired last year in the Ted Lilly trade, Blake DeWitt was *the* Chicago Cubs’ second baseman until further notice, I suspected that he could find himself in a bit of a battle this Spring with infielder Jeff Baker and possibly an up-and-comer like Darwin […]

Bud Selig Not a Fan of Marlon Byrd’s Relationship with Victor Conte

Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd is a physical specimen. Look at those guns. You don’t get that way without some serious training, and serious nutritional support – and I don’t meant that euphemistically. Byrd has never been linked to PEDs, and I don’t suspect it now. I think the guy just works really hard, eats […]

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Mike Quade Not Ready to Give Up on Carlos Silva

Even after yesterday’s 8-run, 2-inning effort, Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade says he’s not giving up on pitcher Carlos Silva as a rotation option. Which, frankly, is the right thing to say even if you are giving up on him. But rather than cut the cord on Silva, manager Mike Quade praised his embattled starter […]

Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano Are Not Leaders

In his short time as manager, Mike Quade has already established that he likes to talk. A lot. As someone who writes about all things Chicago Cubs, having a gregarious manager is definitely a good thing. I find it also a good thing as a fan. But sometimes, the most interesting information will come from […]

Carlos Silva Tells a Version of the Fight with Aramis Ramirez

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva, who wouldn’t speak to the media following Wednesday’s dugout scuffle with teammate Aramis Ramirez, broke his silence today, telling a slightly different version of events than we’d heard from Ramirez, manager Mike Quade, and other Cubs players. And in doing so, he’s clearly backing down from his assertion, just a […]

Marty Brennaman: Cubs Not Good Enough to Win Division

Cincinnati Reds broadcasters have long had an interesting relationship with the Chicago Cubs. If you watch a Cubs/Reds game with Reds guys calling it – whether it’s Marty or Thom Brennaman or George Grande – you detect two things: (1) the Reds guys work very hard to be fair and even-handed, but (2) they don’t […]

Mike Quade is Clearly Worried About Starlin Castro

If Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has shown anything in his young Major League career, it’s that he can hit, but is subject to lapses in the field. Whether those lapses are physical or mental is yet unclear, but one thing is certain: it’s gotta change. This team will not win anything if they’re not […]

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Why the 2011 Cincinnati Reds Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]

Andrew Cashner Has the Inside Track on a Rotation Spot

His Spring debut notwithstanding, Chicago Cubs hurler Andrew Cashner is going to get a very good chance to win one of the last two spots in the rotation. Cashner, 24, was a reliever with the big team last year, but manager Mike Quade has correctly noted that, if Cashner can be a starter, the Cubs […]

Can You Speak? Want a Job with the Chicago Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs are looking for a Public Address Announcer for games at Wrigley Field this year, and, in the extremely unlikely event that I don’t get the job, here are the requirements: REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS Strong vocal talent, excellent enunciation skills Strong public speaking skills and ability to speak extemporaneously to large crowds Strong knowledge of baseball […]

Angel Guzman Ahead of Schedule

Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman wasn’t expected to throw to hitters until mid-March following a long, long rehab from major shoulder surgery last March. But he’s ahead of schedule, and is actually going to throw a live batting practice session this Wednesday. Guzman, who underwent right shoulder surgery one year ago in March to repair […]

Obsessive Pujols Watch: Ricketts Will Feel Pressure to Go After Albert

Another (February) day, another article about free-agent-to-be Albert Pujols. This one comes from Buster Olney, who correctly notes that, should Pujols actually reach free agency, the Chicago Cubs – and particularly owners the Ricketts Family – will face extreme fan and media pressure to go after Pujols with both guns blazing. No offer will be considered […]

Dusty Baker is Griping About His Time with the Chicago Cubs

Dusty Baker hasn’t managed the Chicago Cubs in over four years, but that’s not stopping him from harping on his negative experience on the North Side. And his memory, like his managerial skills, remains intermittently poor. After sharing a story about poop left in the Cubs’ dugout near the end of his time with the […]

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