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 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

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

DeRosa is no Six Million Dollar Man

Today the San Francisco Giants made former Cub Mark DeRosa the six million dollar man – per year. I like DeRo plenty, but 6mil is a big payday for a guy like him. He has made just over $15 million in his professional baseball career (in salary, exluding endorsements). Today he signed a 2-year deal […]

December 29, 2009  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, Hot Stove, players  One Comment

Jim Hendry has trade deadline work to do

With the Cardinals stocking up on some potential offensive firepower in Matt Holliday, it brings me around to wonder what options might be available for Jim Hendry between now and the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31st. The Cubs will get Ryan Dempster back next week and Geovany Soto still maybe a couple weeks away. […]

July 24, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Hot Stove, Jim Hendry, players, roster  One Comment

Bobby Scales is living a Kevin Costner movie

Is there a better story out there than the Bobby Scales story?  I mean, this guy is a living Kevin Costner movie.  Ten year minor leaguer without so much as a sniff of the big leagues. Not even a September call-up along the way. The Cubs pull him to Wrigley just in case they need […]

May 15, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: observations, players, roster  2 Comments

Life without Aramis Ramirez

It’s been a tough week for sluggers named Ramirez. Of course Manny’s undoing was of his own making.  But all-star Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez having dislocated his left shoulder in last night’s game is a tremendous blow to this team. There was a lot of talk as spring training broke of having no legitimate backup for […]

May 9, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Hot Stove, Jim Hendry, lineup, observations, players, roster  No Comments

Cubs Fantasy Baseball Preview

I’ve been a Yahoo Fantasy Baseball player for several years. Too often I draft with my heart instead of my head and collect too many Cubs. Sticking too long with Mark Prior and Derrek Lee has done me more harm than good. My Yahoo trophy case is actually pretty full (13) in spite of this […]

March 28, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Fantasy Baseball, feature, players  2 Comments