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Jeff Baker Wants to Be the Full-Time Starter at Second Base

Coming into Spring Training, few things were assumed. But one locked-down assumption was that second base would feature a platoon between Blake DeWitt and Jeff Baker. DeWitt, a lefty, would start against right-handed pitchers, and Baker, a righty (who destroys lefty pitching), would start against left-handed pitchers. Done and done. But then DeWitt struggled to […]

Mike Quade is Ready for Scrutiny, Speaking in Third Person

When Jim Hendry announced that interim manager Mike Quade, a career minor league manager and big league bench coach, would be taking over as the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, the reaction was best described as measured optimism. The players seemed to be pleased with the selection, but fans, who’d just seen Quade lead […]

Lou Piniella Will Be Working for the Giants

Lou Piniella tearfully left baseball in August of last year, noting that it would be the last time he would put on a uniform. It was the end of an era, to be sure, but Lou never said it would be the last time he worked for a baseball organization. The team hasn’t made an […]

Ryne Sandberg is Happy to Be in the Phillies’ Organization

When Ryne Sandberg was passed over for the Chicago Cubs’ open managerial job in favor of the more tenured – but less famous and less adored by Cubs fans – Mike Quade, the writing was on the wall: he wasn’t going back to manage AAA Iowa. So when he left to do the same job […]

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Mike Quade Ready to Handle Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano is going to be a part of the 2011 Chicago Cubs, for better or worse, and the most fans can do is hope that he pitches like he did in the final month and a half of the 2010 season. At least a portion of that time, Zambrano was pitching for interim manager […]

Pat Listach – Not Ryne Sandberg – Will Be Mike Quade’s Bench Coach

No surprise on the Sandberg part. Sources suggest former Nationals coach – and former (briefly) Chicago Cubs managerial candidate – Pat Listach will soon be announced as the team’s bench coach. The Cubs did not confirm nor deny that they will be hiring Listach, and Nationals officials were unavailable for comment. An announcement will be […]

Alan Trammell is Gone

It was a near certainty a couple weeks ago, so it’s no surprise: Alan Trammell is heading West to serve as a bench coach on Kirk Gibson’s Diamondbacks club. The D-backs are expected to complete their coaching staff by hiring Alan Trammell, Don Baylor and Charles Nagy, according to an industry source. Trammell, who will […]

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Obsessive New Manager Watch: Tom Ricketts Has Interviewed Four

The Chicago Cubs’ search for a new manager is clearly entering the home stretch, as the team’s owner and chairman Tom Ricketts has interviewed each of the four most likely candidates. Ricketts would not comment on the managerial search but a source confirmed he has interviewed each of the candidates. Mike Quade, who has spent […]

Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild Picks Up 2011 Option

Chicago Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild, whose been around for the past decade, has picked up his option for next year, which would theoretically see him return to the Cubs. Rothschild will enter his 10th season as Cubs pitching coach, having outlasted Don Baylor, Bruce Kimm, Dusty Baker and Lou Piniella. Whether Mike Quade will […]

Greg Maddux Staying with Cubs for at Least Another Year

Yesterday, new Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers was forthright in asserting that he’d like to bring Greg Maddux on board as the pitching coach for his new team, but the current special assistant to Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry says he’s staying with the Cubs. Greg Maddux will be back with the Cubs in 2011 […]

Report: Fredi Gonzalez is Chicago Cubs’ Top Choice for Next Manager

The Chicago Cubs will search far and wide for their next manager, as they should. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a first choice already – and according to “sources,” that top man is former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez. Sources say that Gonzalez is at the top of general manager Jim Hendry’s wish list […]

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Randy Wells Wants Mike Quade

The Chicago Cubs aren’t going to settle on a manager for 2011 for a little while, but interim manager Mike Quade is having success so far – at least in terms of his 4-1 record. And at least one player says Quade’s already won him over. “You guys asked me if it’s an audition for […]

Tyler Colvin is Likely to Start Playing Games at First Base This Week

With Derrek Lee off to the Atlanta Braves, and without a clear replacement in the Chicago Cubs’ system, outfielder Tyler Colvin will start playing some games at first base starting this week. His debut at the position will likely come in the early week series against the Nationals. Colvin has been working out at first […]

Unsurprisey Surprise: Tyler Colvin Working Out at First Base

As we fans looked ahead to 2011, on the assumption that Derrek Lee would not return to the Chicago Cubs, we had a collective head-scratching session on who would be his replacement. One name that kept popping up is outfielder Tyler Colvin. Sure, he hasn’t played first base since his sophomore year in college, but […]

Jeff Samardzija Expected to Join Chicago Cubs Soon

On September 1, MLB teams can expand their active roster – usually limited to 25 players – to as many as 40 players; namely, the 40 guys on the 40-man roster. That makes September an interesting time, even for teams completely out of the playoff picture, as fans get to observe youngsters they’ll hopefully see […]

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Carlos Silva Throws Successfully Off the Mound

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva, recovering from a heart procedure last week, threw 25 pitches off the mound yesterday, and says he felt good. “It felt weird but it felt good,” Silva said of his session Monday. Silva, who came out of his last start Aug. 1 after four batters, had a procedure known as […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Derrek Lee’s Back is Jacked

Oh, you fickle deity. Just when Derrek Lee starts really grooving at the plate, he starts suffering from a bulging disc in his lower back. The discomfort was severe enough that Lee received an epidural yesterday (and delivered twins!), and he’ll get a couple days off at least. “It doesn’t bother me swinging, just moving […]

Casey Coleman to the Rotation, Thomas Diamond to the Pen

After two poor starts (three, if you count his deceptively bad debut against the Brewers), Thomas Diamond has been bumped from the rotation in favor of (surprise) another rookie. Casey Coleman will take Diamond’s spot in the rotation this week, according to ESPN Chicago. Although the youngster has an ERA over 8, he’s thrown consecutive, long […]

Aramis Ramirez Might Return Today

The Chicago Cubs have been without third baseman Aramis Ramirez – who was actually starting to sort of hit like Aramis Ramirez – for the last few days. Ramirez hurt his rib cage on a dive earlier in the week. He was expected back yesterday, but that didn’t happen. Ramirez said on Thursday that he […]

Lou Piniella Won’t Be With Chicago Cubs in San Francisco

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella won’t be managing the Cubs out in San Francisco this week. Not because he’s tired of watching the crap, mind you; it’s because his mother is in the hospital, you jerk. Piniella was to leave after Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds to return home to Tampa to be with […]

Starlin Castro: Rookie of the Year?

I semi-jokingly made the comment in an EBS a couple of weeks ago, but Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is making it look a whole lot less jokey lately. Could he really be the NL Rookie of the year? Castro, a legitimate contender for National League Rookie of the Year honors, is batting .318 with […]