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Why the 2009 Houston Astros Will Suck

This is the fourth installment in Bleacher Nation’s 2009 preview of the National League Central – specifically, how every team not named the Cubs is going to suck. Previously: Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates. Welcome back to Bleacher Nation’s foray into the other teams of the National League Central, and their prospects for 2009 […]

Micah Hoffpauir is in like Flynn; Gathright Out Like, um, Flout?

Well, the roster is really taking shape, and it’s taking the shape of a hulking, 29 year old rookie. Micah Hoffpauir is going to make the Chicago Cubs. “Hoffpauir’s fine,” Piniella said. “We’re going to use him to rest Derrek (Lee) at first base and also we’re going to use him some in the (outfield) […]

Cubs Sign Esteban German, Who is Not German

The Sun Times is twittering that the Chicago Cubs have signed Esteban German – who was recently waived by the Royals (always a good sign) – to compete for a back-up infielder role. As we recently said, the Cubs are going to look for a back-up infielder throughout Spring Training. Maybe German is the guy, […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 9, 2009

In a game that Alfonso Soriano called a “must win” (with a wink), the Cubs ended a billion game losing streak. In Spring Training. The battles: Mike Fontenot continued to perform significantly better than Aaron Miles. Fontenot went 2-3 with a homer and a walk. Miles, playing short and third (telling?), went 1-3. Micah Hoffpauir, […]


Another(!) Team Wants Rich Hill, and Thoughts on “PTBNL”

This time it’s the Kansas City Royals (sensing a theme in the teams potentially looking at Hill?), though it’s mostly the local media stumping for Hill. Especially with the Cubs apparently willing to accept just about anything, including the legendary player-to-be-named-later based on Hill’s performance in 2009. He is left-handed, with a huge curveball, and […]

Cubs Caravan Coming Cwickley

The Cubs Caravan – I picture them all crammed into an RV, complaining out who stuck their finger in the peanut butter – is a fun way to meet/see/interact with some of the biggest stars on the Chicago Cubs. I’m just playing. It’s young guys and scrubs. But I’d still go. Valparaiso High School’s gym […]

2009 Draft Order and Free Agent Compensation

Go here for the 2009 Chicago Cubs Draft resource. This will include order, results, minor league designations, and articles. As more free agents sign, the 2009 draft order becomes closer to getting set. Right now, the Chicago Cubs still have their first round pick – Milton Bradley was a “Type B” free agent, so the […]