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

Bob Dernier finds his way back to the Cubs

When Dallas Green came to the Cubs from the Phillies organization, he systematically plucked ‘his guys’ from the Phillie system to stock the Cubs for a playoff run. Within a year or two, the Cubs acquired Larry Bowa, Gary Matthews, Keith Moreland, Dickie Noles, Warren Brusstar, a young third baseman named Ryne Sandberg, and outfielder Bobby […]

August 24, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, biz of baseball, coaching, Jim Hendry, manager, observations, photo of the day  No Comments

Ryne Sandberg is being groomed

Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg is certainly being groomed for the big chair. Question is, whether he will get a shot to manage in the major leagues in a Cubs uniform. At first glance timing may appear ideal with Lou Piniella in his final year as manager and Ryno now being assigned […]

December 8, 2009  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, game of baseball, Lou Piniella, Minor League Baseball, observations, Team Ownership  No Comments

It was 25 years ago today

Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg made is bones to a national TV audience exactly 25 years ago today. Then a whispy, relative unknown to most fans outside Chicago, Ryno hit not one, but two game tying home runs off of former Cub Bruce Sutter in a thrilling victory over the rival St. Louis […]

June 23, 2009  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, game day, game recap, oldschool, on this date, other Cubs sites, players, rivalries  2 Comments

Josh Vitters and the Peoria Chiefs

The Cubs number one pick in the 2007 amateur draft was a hitter/3rd baseman, Josh Vitters. He is presently hitting .321 with 13 HRs for the Peoria Chiefs (A-ball minor league affiliate). Last weekend the Chiefs were in Geneva IL playing the Kane County Cougars. I went to the game to take a look at the future […]

June 14, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: game day, game of baseball, Minor League Baseball, observations, players  One Comment

Cubs By The Numbers book review

There is a new book available titled Cubs By The Numbers by Al Yellon (of the blog Bleed Cubbie Blue), Kasey Ignarski and Matthew Silverman (who also wrote Mets By The Numbers) and published by Skyhorse Publishing. The book is more than 300 pages, devoting a chapter for each uniform number worn by Cubs players […]

April 20, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: book, observations, review  One Comment

Spring has Sprung for the Cubs

Here is a guest post from my friend Karen G. at Spring Training in Mesa, AZ… Last year’s movie, The Bucket List focused attention on lists of things we want to do before we die. I’ve long had a list of places and events I want to visit and so far I’ve been doing a pretty […]

February 27, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: guest post, players, roster, spring training  No Comments