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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 – […]

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 […]

Carlos Silva Guarantees Himself a Rotation Spot

Is Carlos Silva impressively confident, or embarrassingly delusional? I’m not quite sure. But I am sure that the Chicago Cubs’ rotation prospects are looking both bright and crowded these days. With Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, and Matt Garza assured of the front three spots, the Cubs will have to figure out how to accommodate Randy […]

Ryan Dempster Continues Fight Against DiGeorge Syndrome

Since her birth a year and a half ago, Ryan Dempster’s daughter Riley has had a tougher road than most. Diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion – or DiGeorge Syndrome – she has trouble eating and swallowing normally, and has already had tracheostomy and gastric tubes inserted to help her eat and drink. And Riley isn’t alone […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Carlos Zambrano Trade Rumors Begin

As I predicted yesterday, Cliff Lee going to the Phillies is going to be the genesis of a great deal of action – and a great deal of gum-flappin’. Specifically, it has generated speculation about the Cubs once again trying to trade Carlos Zambrano. The big question that remains to be answered is whether Texas, […]

Lukewarm Stove: Kerry Wood Thinking of His Family

Kerry Wood opened the door ever so slightly this weekend to a return to the Chicago Cubs. At Ryan Dempster’s charity even on Friday, Wood told the Chicago Tribune that there was a chance he could return to Chicago. “There has been a lot of interest, but at this stage of my career it has […]

Some Cubs Clearly Care More than Others

I’m at least partially kidding. But several Chicago Cubs are already working out in anticipation of the 2011 season at “Camp Colvin,” an offseason workout camp in Mesa, Arizona, named after outfielder Tyler Colvin, who used offseason training last year to pack on 25 pounds of muscle. Among the players in camp are Colvin, Ryan […]

Lukewarm Stove: Chicago Cubs Might Look at Jon Garland

The Chicago Cubs’ rotation at present figures to feature Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster for sure, but the other three spots are somewhat up in the air. Randy Wells is a near lock, and if Tom Gorzelanny remains with the Cubs, he’ll hold a spot, too. Carlos Silva, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner, Jay […]

As Expected, Cubs Players Happy to See Mike Quade Named Manager

Chicago Cubs players spoke out yesterday, expressing excitement over the selection of interim manager Mike Quade to be the team’s manager in 2011. Quade was given a two-year deal, with an option for a third year. Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was one of the first players to endorse Mike Quade, and on Tuesday he applauded […]

You Should Probably Brace Yourself for Some OMG Adam Dunn

The offseason isn’t quite here yet, though September has the distinct feel of offseason for Chicago Cubs fans given the team’s elimination from playoff contention. For that reason, it’s already time to start talking about the hot stove. Or at least the lukewarm stove. With an opening at first base this winter, and no clear […]

Adam Dunn Loves the Chicago Cubs

After trading Derrek Lee, the Chicago Cubs opened up a substantial void at first base – a void, though, that was likely to be opened after the season anyway. Lee is a free agent after this season, and the Cubs, who’d rebuffed Lee’s attempts to discuss an extension, seemed eager to explore alternatives for 2011. […]

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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 […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Won’t Be Back Until After All Star Break

Although we aren’t yet sure when Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano will return to the team, we know that it won’t be for a while. Zambrano, 29, moves today from the suspended list without pay to the restricted list with pay, with a mandatory order to undergo treatment to control the emotional outbursts that have […]

Bob Brenly Rips Derrek Lee

Derrek Lee – who had a great game last night – was absolutely brutal on Tuesday. In that game, he was hitless, and made two errors that led to three runs. All in all, it was an atrocious, but forgettable performance. But Chicago Cubs color man Bob Brenly had enough to say about it yesterday […]

Ryan Dempster Loaned the Cubs Money to Sign Xavier Nady

A bit of sobering financial news is trickling out of Chicago Cubs land. We all knew that the budget was tight this year – given the already bloated payroll and the ownership transition – but I don’t think we had any idea how tight. In the middle of the offseason, Ryan Dempster agreed to defer […]

Casey Blake Says Ted Lilly is a Cheater

The Chicago Cubs just took two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers on the strength of two dominant pitching performances from Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly. The latter pitcher’s performance, according to Dodger third baseman Casey Blake, was enhanced by some old fashioned cheatin’. “I know he doesn’t have an overpowering fastball,” Blake said. […]

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