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Alfonso Soriano Looking Good Defensively

When Alfonso Soriano shifted to the outfield a few years ago, he struck most as a surprisingly good left fielder. He took some questionable routes, but he had decent range, and a killer arm. But in the last couple years, his routes have gotten worse, his range has been limited, and folks don’t really run […]

Grumble: Aramis Ramirez and Starlin Castro Still Not in Camp

Although yesterday was the official Spring Training report date for positional players, all but a handful of Chicago Cubs were already in camp long before Friday. Included in that handful were annual laggards Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez, and second year shortstop Starlin Castro. Soriano missed Friday’s workout, but arrived last evening. Unfortunately Ramirez and […]

Did the Rangers and Cubs Discuss a Michael Young Trade?

This week, the Texas Rangers went from we-aren’t-trading-Michael-Young to we-have-to-trade-Michael-Young back to we-aren’t-trading-Michael-Young, all in the span of a few days. It is safe to assume that the book-ends of that back-and-forth are mere posturing, and, as an expensive, disgruntled, superfluous player, Young’s days in Arlington are numbered. The Chicago Cubs have never been a […]

Happy and Sad Personal News for Chicago Cubs

You take the good with the bad, I suppose, and yesterday, the Chicago Cubs family got a bit of each. On the sad end, Alfonso Soriano’s mother passed away suddenly of an apparent heart attack. ESPNdeportes.com reported the news of Andrea Soriano’s death after hearing from the player. According to that report, a funeral service […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Clearly the Chicago Cubs Are Discussing Derek Jeter

The longer Derek Jeter went unsigned by the Yankees, you knew there would be some bizarre rumors/speculation about him leaving New York – even though everyone in the world recognizes there is zero chance he’s not in Yankee blue next year. With the two sides tens of millions of dollars apart (seriously, Derek?), that speculation […]

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Should the Chicago Cubs Trade Marlon Byrd?

With most of the club’s payroll tied up in but a hand full of players in 2011, the Chicago Cubs are going to have a difficult time improving the team over the 2010 version. If they are to do so, they’ll have to get mighty creative with the roster, and the maneuvers used to create […]

Tyler Colvin is Going to Be Fine

Raise a collective thanks, as Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin, impaled by the flying bat of a teammate, is going to be fine. “I talked to him, he will be fine,” Hendry said Saturday. “Obviously that was a potential disastrous situation. I think if you were playing three weeks from now, he could possibly play. […]

Alfonso Soriano is Struggling, and is Kind of Blaming the Team

Alfonso Soriano is a wealthy man. The Chicago Cubs gave him an eight-year contract four years ago, which pays him $18 million per season. Without commenting on the wisdom of the deal, it’s fair to say that it came with certain expectations that Soriano has not lived up to. After a miserable 2009 season, Soriano […]

Chicago Cubs Sign Second Round Pick Reggie Golden

Some good news on the draft front – yesterday the Cubs announced that they had signed their second round pick, high school outfielder Reggie Golden. Reggie Golden got his first peek at life in the big leagues on Saturday. Golden, the Cubs’ second-round Draft pick, signed his contract on Friday and was able to do […]

The Chicago Cubs Are Positive

Despite falling 10 games under .500, having lost ANOTHER series to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Chicago Cubs’ players are still trying to stay positive about the season. “There’s always time,” pitcher Tom Gorzelanny said. “There’s definitely a lot of baseball to be played. We need to get going, we need to win some games here. […]

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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 […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Zambrano Says It was Derrek Lee’s Fault

As the World Turns… Video of Zambranogate shows the pitcher storming into the dugout after giving up four runs in the first inning on Friday, shouting – at no one in particular – and gesticulating wildly. Derrek Lee can be seen shouting “shut the f*ck up” to Zambrano, who turns, and directs his anger more […]

Tyler Colvin is Finally a Starter?

Coming out of Spring Training, the Chicago Cubs looked like they had five capable outfielders – a nice problem to have. Manager Lou Piniella vowed that youngster Tyler Colvin, who looked the best of the five and has the ability to play all three outfield positions, would play several times a week. But at the […]

Lou Piniella, Like the Rest of Us, is Frustrated

Of course, some of our frustration is directed at Lou Piniella, himself – so at least in one regard, our respective frustrations diverge. Lou Piniella is fed up, and this time he appears to mean it. “I don’t think I want to talk about our offense anymore,” the Cubs manager said Friday after a 3-1 […]

Lou Piniella Using Pop Rocks When Dynamite is Due

The Chicago Cubs offense sucks. And yet, several players are hitting very well. Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukudome, Marlon Byrd, Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro are all hitting very well. That’s six of your eight regulars. So how is it possible that the offense is not scoring runs? You know the answer. Aramis Ramirez […]

Still Want to Boo Alfonso Soriano?

The obvious answer is no – not that you should have been booing him in the first place. But remember this moment the next time Soriano drops a fly ball, or strikes out on a breaking ball fifteen feet out of the zone. A notorious free swinger, Soriano has been working with hitting coach Rudy […]

Alfonso Soriano is Patient

If you’ve noticed one thing about Alfonso Soriano’s performance over the last couple of weeks, you’ve noticed that he’s hitting really well. If you’ve noticed two things about Alfonso Soriano’s performance over the last couple of weeks, you’ve noticed that his patience at the plate is truly impressive, and he’s clearly seeing the ball very […]

Bob Brenly Doesn’t Much Care for Alfonso Soriano

Chicago Cubs broadcaster and generally beloved figure Bob Brenly has become increasingly outspoken about the team he covers in the last year or so. Previously critical of Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, Brenly really let it fly yesterday when discussing Soriano’s at-bat on Monday, wherein he stared down a ball instead of hustling out of the […]

Alfonso Soriano Will Finally Stop that Stupid Hop

In the annals of Chicago Cubs history, there are no fewer than two “hops.” One, affectionately known as “the hop,” is remembered fondly by Cubs fans as following an exceptionally strong Sammy Sosa swing. The other, disparagingly known as “the stupid f*cking hop,” is remembered by Cubs fans as preceding an easy drop in the […]

Rob Neyer: 50/50 Chance Cubs Release Soriano

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is a popular whipping boy these days, even as we are but a couple weeks into the 2010 season. Still, following a wildly disappointing 2009 season, Cubs fans were hoping for a swift Soriano rebound. Not only has Soriano not rebounded (yet), he has not even looked like a capable […]

Booing Alfonso Soriano Makes No Sense

Chicago Cubs fans have become booers. Commensurate with the increased expectations that have accompanied a dramatically increased payroll, Cubs fans desperately want to see a return on that investment. This has bred an ironic entitlement – fans feel like they are entitled to see good performance, even though the Cubs haven’t won this thing in […]

Alfonso Soriano is Close to Being Benched

It’s no secret that Alfonso Soriano is struggling. After an atrocious 2009 season, the Chicago Cubs outfielder – and highest paid position player – entered 2010 with a surgically-repaired knee, and a renewed desire to perform. So far, so bad. Soriano has not hit, and worse, he looks like his defense has deteriorated even further […]

Alfonso Soriano’s Knee Watch: So Far, So Good

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano played just 117 games last year – and when he did play, he wasn’t altogether healthy or effective. The Cubs are hoping he gets back to form this year, because they could surely use his bat. Alfonso Soriano’s left leg is passing all the tests. On Wednesday, Soriano was 2-for-4 […]