Archive for June, 2010

Cubs and Zambrano have a long road ahead

I was impressed with the ‘conclusion’ to the Carlos Zambrano matter announced by Jim Hendry yesterday.  I think the consensus arrived at by Hendry, Zambrano with his agent, MLB and the players union was both supportive and creative but perhaps not as matter-of-fact as Hendry would like us to believe. Big Z will be evaluated by […]

June 29, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: controversy, Jim Hendry, legal issues, players  One Comment

Beginning of the end for Santo Era

It is looking like the beginning of the end of the Ron Santo Era. Cubs legend and radio color “analyst” Ron Santo announced he is limiting his broadcast schedule on WGN AM720. He will forego the coming West coast series in Seattle where the Cubs will face the Mariners in inter-league competition. Then he will […]

June 20, 2010  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: news, observations, schedule, the media  One Comment

One Goal: Mission Accomplished

Congratulations to the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks! I wrote a post a while back on the similarities between the Hawks and Cubs organizations. They have quite a storied past together and now of course we all hope the baseball team will follow the hockey team to a league championship. You can bet there […]

June 10, 2010  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Chicago, news, observations, rivalries  One Comment

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Rare and Near Perfection – What are the Odds? Prior to this season, in 134 seasons of Major League Baseball dating back to 1876, only 18 perfect games had been thrown. That’s one every seven or eight seasons. This year, we’ve had three in less than a month (though only two count). Dallas Braden was […]

June 4, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

Z, Interrupted

The washout of last night’s Cubs vs. Pirates game in Pittsburgh delayed the return of Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano to the starting rotation until Friday in Houston. It baffled me that he was sent to the bullpen to begin with, and even more-so the way he was used. On the surface the entire exercise was a […]

June 3, 2010  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: controversy, observations, players  One Comment