Archive for September, 2010

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Who are the Favorites for the Fielding Bible and Gold Glove Awards? With a week left in the regular season, let’s take a look at the leading contenders for baseball’s post-season defensive awards using Defensive Runs Saved as the key measure. This week we look at infielders and catchers. Next week we’ll take a look […]

September 27, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: awards, John Dewan, players, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

Observations on Chicago Baseball Managers

Mike Quade started off his MLB managerial career off with a bang, posting one of the best beginnings in Cubs franchise history. I wonder now if some of the luster has worn off. He’s lost Geovany Soto, Tyler Colvin, and Carlos Silva for the year. Now two of the club’s most dependable starters get blown […]

September 25, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, coaching, controversy, game of baseball, Jim Hendry, manager, observations, rivalries  No Comments

New Cubs Manager Choice Will Be Telling

With Year One of the Ricketts regime coming to an end, we really haven’t seen much from them to really define their priorities and style. I mean, sure, we’ve seen more fan outreach, some new marketing ideas, bison on the menu; but not much to indicate what kind of owners they will be from a […]

September 18, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, Jim Hendry, manager, observations, Ricketts family, Team Ownership  No Comments

DMB live at Wrigley Field

It’s concert time at Wrigley Field once again. Tonight and tomorrow feature the Dave Matthews Band with Jason Mraz live at the friendly confines. Here are some show tips for your enjoyment… Getting there: Buy parking in advance from ParkForWrigley Getting there: Go in style in round trip luxury with LimoStars Pre-Show: Get there early […]

September 17, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Chicago, Wrigley Field  2 Comments

Big Z: Too good, too late

Carlos Zambrano is an enigma. There is no telling what will happen when he takes the mound for the Chicago Cubs. He could get shelled for 8 runs in just an inning and third as he did on opening day 2010 against the Braves in Atlanta. Or Big Z can effortlessly toss 8 2/3 shutout, […]

September 11, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: controversy, Jim Hendry, legal issues, observations, photo of the day, players, roster, stats  One Comment

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Hitting from the On-Deck Circle In his first week as a member of the White Sox, something incredible happened to Manny Ramirez. In two different games, while he was standing in the on-deck circle, a game-winning home run was hit. On August 31, it was A.J. Pierzynski who connected and the very next day Paul […]

September 10, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  2 Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Manny Being Manny… in the Playoffs Chicago White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams was thrilled to acquire veteran slugger Manny Ramirez from the Dodgers this week, but he’s hoping the addition will provide its biggest benefits beyond Game 162. “Our thought behind it was very simple,” said Williams on MLB.com. “We not only want to […]

September 3, 2010  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, playoffs, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment