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

Lou Piniella rides off into the sunset

Lou Piniella has called it a career. He came to Chicago saying this would be his final managerial job and yesterday morning it was announced he would retire following what would be a 16-5 drubbing by the Atlanta Braves, the exact same outcome from Cubs vs Braves on opening day this year. Ironic how that […]

August 23, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: announcement, biz of baseball, coaching, Jim Hendry, Lou Piniella, manager, news, photo of the day  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

Ricketts should keep eye on the ball

Tom Ricketts is a smart, likeable guy. He talks a good game for the most part, but most of what I hear lately has very little to do with winning baseball in 2010.  I heard a Lou soundbite from the Cubs Convention: ‘We have a good team up here in Chicago’ he said. And Lou […]

January 20, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Hot Stove, Jim Hendry, lineup, Lou Piniella, observations, players, playoffs, Ricketts family, Team Ownership  No Comments

Jim Hendry’s Christmas Wish List

A CubHub.net exclusive! We have intercepted Jim Hendry’s Christmas wish list! Yes, even the Cubs GM makes requests of Santa Claus and the Clark-Addison Cubs fan blog has obtained his 2009 Christmas wishes. Sources familiar with the matter indicate Mr. Hendry has petitioned Jolly Ol’ St. Nick to aid him in his turnaround of the […]

November 24, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: book, Jim Hendry, lineup, oddities  4 Comments

Hendry Compares Notes With Other MLB GMs

With the Ricketts family firmly in control, Cubs GM Jim Hendry is attending the annual GM meeting in Chicago. He has a lot on his plate and is no doubt discussing who needs what, or more accurately, who needs to dump what. For many MLB teams, the economic climate is forcing clubs to cut payroll […]

November 10, 2009  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, controversy, Hot Stove, Jim Hendry, players, Team Ownership  One Comment

First Signing for 2010 Cubs Must Be Owner

The 2009 Cubs were a major disappointment by nearly any measure. They didn’t hit, they didn’t field, even the Cubs vaunted pitching staff faltered. The team sustained major injuries, fought on and off the field, and was generally unlikeable. One of the main causes of this (that is controllable) is the lack of leadership at […]

October 19, 2009  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, observations, Team Ownership  One Comment

Cardinals making statement in NL Central

I am certainly not a fan of the Cardinals team – never have been. But it’s hard to argue with their methods.  Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has acquired Mark DeRosa, Julio Lugo, and now Matt Holliday to bolster his offense in pursuit of the NL Central Division Championship. The Cards are doing what they believe it […]

July 25, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Hot Stove, Jim Hendry, observations, players, rivalries, roster, stats  One Comment

The resurgence of Kosuke Fukudome

Cubs center fielder Kosuke Fukudome is quietly putting together a very solid year. As May is closing out tomorrow, his .311 batting average and .441 on-base percentage illustrate the rebound he is making from a horrible second half of 2008. Kosuke is hanging in better on pitches, getting plenty of walks, but most importantly he […]

May 30, 2009  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, lineup, observations, players, roster, stats  No Comments

Talking Baseball radio with Bruce Levine

ESPN AM1000 in Chicago has probably the best baseball radio show going: “Talkin’ Baseball” with Bruce Levine and now co-hosted by Dave Juday. Levine is in my view one of the most insightful and informed members of the Cubs media contingent. I think he sees and more importantly tells more than most baseball reporters. The show […]

May 23, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: review, the media  One Comment