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John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

The Winner of the Cliff Lee Sweepstakes The wait is over: on Monday night, Cliff Lee agreed to a five-year contract with the Yankees Rangers Phillies. There’s good reason Lee was so highly coveted this offseason, as his 2010 season was one of the most masterful seasons in baseball history. In 212 innings, Lee struck […]

December 14, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, John Dewan, news, players, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

Ron Santo and Kerry Wood’s 20-K game

The celebration of the life of Ron Santo has been wall to wall on WGN radio. It’s been really great to hear all the stories (some for the first time) and to hear tons of audio replays from the Pat & Ron Show (aka Cubs baseball radio broadcasts). Today WGN replayed the Kerry Wood 20-strikeout […]

December 4, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Chicago, game of baseball, observations, oldschool, players, the media  One Comment

Goodbye, Ronnie.

December 3, 2010  Tags:   Posted in: news, oldschool, players, the media  One Comment

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

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

Andre Dawson day at Wrigley Field

The Chicago Cubs will honor the latest inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame, former Cub Andre Dawson before Monday’s (8/30/2010) game against the Pirates. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will declare Monday “Andre Dawson Day” in the city, despite his status of being a devoted Sox fan. The Cubs will present a ‘gift’ the […]

August 26, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: announcement, awards, Chicago, game day, news, oldschool, players, Wrigley Field  One Comment

Derrek Lee will be missed, but it was time

The Cubs having traded fan favorite  Derrek Lee to the Atlanta Braves, it was strange to see him playing first base and batting cleanup for the visiting team on Friday at Wrigley Field. In his first at bat, Lee stepped to the plate to a rousing standing ovation, tipped his helmet to the crowd and […]

August 21, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, fielding, Jim Hendry, photo of the day, players, roster, stats  2 Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Good Marmol, Bad Marmol A Cub-fan friend of mine recently said to me that Carlos Marmol is two entirely different pitchers. One day, he comes out of the bullpen and is unhittable, but the next day he is wild and ineffective. He assured me he could predict how well Carlos Marmol would fare in the […]

July 28, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: John Dewan, players, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

Happier times at Wrigley Field

I made this video with great optimism at the beginning of this season. 2010 has turned out to be a downer for us Cub fans for sure. By any measure this season has been a grave disappointment for fans of the Northsiders. I think maybe the Blackhawks success may have even contributed to the lofty […]

July 27, 2010  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Chicago, game day, photo of the day, players, tradition, Wrigley Field  No Comments

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