Archive for the ‘roster’ Category

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

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

The Starlin Castro era is upon us

Well Cub fans, heeeeee’s heeerrrreee!  The Chicago Cubs called up rookie phenom Starlin Castro today to shore up their lacking infield defense and ideally provide some offense spark. The 20 year old Dominican native made a historical first impression by belting a 3-run home run in his first Major League at bat, and following that up with […]

May 7, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: game recap, lineup, players, roster  No Comments

Fallout from the Cubs opening day blowout

Yes, it’s just one game, and no it was not lost due to the horrendously blown call on the trap by Nate McClouth on Marlon Byrd. Today’s 2010 season opener against the Braves in Atlanta was a lousy game from top to bottom. Cubs were twice doubled off base, committed 2 errors, pitchers walked 8 […]

April 5, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: game day, game recap, game strategy, lineup, Lou Piniella, players, roster  No Comments

The 25th Man

Your 2010 Chicago Cubs 25-man active duty roster is due on Monday for the opening of the baseball season. With the position battles mostly settled for Lou Piniella‘s squad, only the 25th and final position remains uncommitted. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com writes about the four candidates for the one roster spot: There are four players […]

March 30, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Jim Hendry, Lou Piniella, players, roster  One Comment

Important dates for Cubs fans

Monday February 15:  MasterCard Presale Ticket Promotion details Thursday Feb 18: Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa for Spring Training Friday Feb 19: Regular single game tickets on sale details Feb 23: Position player report to Spring Training March 2: MLB Mandatory Spring Training reporting date for all players March 4:  Cubs beginning Spring Training […]

February 13, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, game day, roster, schedule, spring training, Wrigley Field  No Comments

Note to Hendry – Make no little plans

Cubs GM Jim Hendry said at the Cubs Convention that last year’s off season player market moved slower than previous years, with many deals coming in the final days before spring training. He expected this year to be similar to last and so far this has proven to be so. So we Cub fans have […]

January 26, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, Hot Stove, Jim Hendry, lineup, roster, spring training  No Comments

Dawson the big draw at Cubs Convention

With the 25th annual Cubs Convention next week, I am struck by who the most exciting, most anticipated player in attendance will be. No, it won’t be a big star from last season or a high profile acquisition for this coming season. No, the biggest player appearance will be from a guy who hasn’t played for […]

January 10, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: awards, observations, players, roster, Team Ownership  No Comments

Why Byrd over Reed?

Jim Hendry went to the free agent market to get his center fielder for 2010. Marlon Byrd was signed this week to a 3-year contract worth $15 million. I took a look at his stats and was astonished by how close his numbers are to that of now former Cub Reed Johnson. Nearly every category […]

January 2, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, Hot Stove, Jim Hendry, players, roster, stats  6 Comments

Granderson Price Likely Too Steep for Cubs

Well meaning Cubs fans are loudly advocating the team to dump Milton Bradley and move to acquire Curtis Granderson to play center field and lead off for the 2010 Chicago Cubs.  At first blush, perhaps that would be a fine swap. But realistically I just don’t see how it can happen without an extrordinary alignment […]

November 17, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, Hot Stove, Jim Hendry, players, roster  No Comments