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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aramis Ramirez Says He Never Had a Problem with Rudy Jaramillo

Last year was a forgettable season for Aramis Ramirez – unfortunately, it was anything but forgettable for the rest of us. Ramirez struggled out the gate, and took months to regain something close to his usual form. Looking back, I think it’s safe to say we can chalk a good portion of it up to […]

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Obsessive Albert Pujols Watch: Aramis Ramirez Wants Pujols, Likes Carlos Pena

From the moment Albert Pujols declined to sign an extension with the Cardinals by his self-imposed deadline, thus (theoretically) ensuring his ascendency into free agency after the season, we all knew an Obsessive Watch was coming. So here we are. That said, Pujols feels like he deserves something special, on the order of OMG Brian […]

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 […]

Competition Brewing Between Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena?

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is coming off his worst season with the team. New Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena is coming off his worst season in recent memory. Both are hoping for a bounce back in 2011, but one doesn’t really have anything to do with the other, right? Each hopes for success […]

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2011 Cubs Convention Lineup: Includes Matt Garza and Carlos Pena

New Cubs Matt Garza and Carlos Pena, and recently-returned Cub Kerry Wood, will be at this weekend’s Cubs Convention, together with a number of other Cubs stars. And, of course, there are a number of former Cubs players – Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Todd Walker (wait, what?) – who will be there as […]

2011 Cubs Convention Schedule

In case you’re headed to the 2011 Cubs Convention, beginning January 14, or in case you’re thinking of going, here’s a top-heavy sampling of what you can expect (aside from meeting your favorite players, like, um, that guy there to the right): Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins plus Glenn Beckert, […]

The 2011 Cubs Convention Will Have a Pretty Solid Lineup

Some years are leaner than others when it comes to attendance at the annual Cubs Convention – but 2011 is going to feature some big names. Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and new first baseman Carlos Pena will be among the players attending the 2011 Cubs Convention, from Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago. Wood, who […]

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 […]

Lukewarm Stove: Could Aramis Ramirez Move to First Base?

To date, guys like Nick Johnson and Carlos Pena and Adam LaRoche have been mentioned as economical alternatives to Adam Dunn at first base for the Chicago Cubs next year. But if the Cubs want to get *really* economical, they’ll try to find a first baseman internally. Of course, the Cubs don’t really have a […]

Albert Pujols Not Long for the Cardinals?

Albert Pujols enters 2011 as the most-anticipated soon-to-be free agent since… LeBron James? Hard to come up with a comparison, to be honest. And yet, while everyone buzzes about future free agent first baseman like Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez, you rarely hear a peep about Pujols, whose career dwarfs either of the others. The […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Xavier Nady is Officially a Free Agent

As noted yesterday, the close of the World Series is also the open of the free agent season – which includes Xavier Nady, who filed for free agency late Monday night. Cubs first baseman Xavier Nady was one of 142 players who became a free agent after the final out of the World Series Monday […]

Josh Vitters Wants to Make Chicago Cubs in 2011

Former first round pick Josh Vitters is getting a lot of attention lately, but little is based on his actual performance. The Chicago Cubs prospect is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, but he’s setting lofty goals for himself. “I want to be there next year,” said Vitters, who is currently getting more at-bats […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Josh Vitters Still Wants to Play Third

It’s a Chicago Cubs prospect-y kind of day, I guess. Third baseman Josh Vitters, the Cubs’ number 1 pick (third overall) in 2007, has been playing some first base this Fall in the AFL. With an immediate opening on the big team at first base, and a reputation for stone hands and bad footwork at […]

Aramis Ramirez Says He Wasn’t Healthy This Year

This can’t come as much of a surprise, given that he’s missed a number of games this year with various strains and aches, including a bone bruise in his thumb, but Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is now making clear that he hasn’t been healthy this year. He hopes – as we do – […]

Aramis Ramirez is Unsure About 2011

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has missed the last five games with a sore right quad, and as he rests, he contemplates his future. His contract runs through this season, but contains a player option for next year – at the princely sum of $14.6 million (with a team option for 2012, which itself […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Still Out

Aramis Ramirez went down this weekend with a slightly strained right quad, but the injury was not expected to keep him out for long. Here, three days later, and Ramirez is still out. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez did not start for the second straight game because of a sore right quad. He continued to get […]

Aramis Ramirez Unlikely to Be Traded

It was an exciting 24 hours, but the odds of Aramis Ramirez being traded to the Atlanta Braves is approximately 0 to 1. Or 0 to 1,000,000. Whichever seems more unlikely to you. You can forget about any of those rumors that have third baseman Aramis Ramirez going to Atlanta to replace the injured Chipper […]

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 […]

Aramis Ramirez’s Thumb is Still Bothering Him

Aramis Ramirez sat out yesterday’s series finale against the Rockies because his thumb – which kept him out for a significant stretch earlier this year, and crapped up his performance before that – was bothering him. Ramirez, who missed 15 games in June because of the injury, said he should be back in the lineup […]

In News That Isn’t News, Aramis Ramirez Likely to Stay With Cubs

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs online sphere blew up reporting that third baseman Aramis Ramirez was likely to exercise his $14.6 million player option at the end of this year, to remain with the Cubs in 2011. I did not immediately report this factoid. Why? Because I’ve been assuming he’d exercise the option since he was […]

Chad Tracy, We Hardly Knew Ye

Or is it, we hardly liked ye? In any event, Chad Tracy is no longer a member of the Chicago Cubs. Infielder Chad Tracy, who was designated for assignment last week to make room for Aramis Ramirez’s return from the DL, cleared waivers and declined an assignment to Class AAA, making him a free agent. CHICAGO […]

Lou Piniella is Officially Out of Ideas

In his desire to retain some semblance of control over the Chicago Cubs’ clubhouse, increasingly apathetic manager Lou Piniella is taking it straight to the players. For ideas. On how to manage. He had a team meeting this weekend, and sought the players’ input on what he should be doing, other than throwing up his hands […]

Aramis Ramirez Returns Today, But Who Goes Out?

With third baseman Aramis Ramirez set to return from the disabled list today, the Chicago Cubs will have to decide whom to send out to make space for him. And it’s going to be a more difficult decision than usual. The Cubs plan to activate third baseman Aramis Ramirez (hand) from the disabled list for […]

Aramis Ramirez Won’t Be Back Until Friday

Aramis Ramirez is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but the Chicago Cubs are going to wait a couple of days before actually activating him. He won’t play in the Mariners series. The Cubs’ third baseman, who is coming back from a left thumb contusion that’s had him on the disabled list since […]