Road to Opening Day: #36

Why dey no have #ItalianBeefHelmet, Randy?  Why?
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Next week we finally have Cactus League play, likely after a couple of Cubs intrasquad games as tune-ups.  You can check out the schedule here.  The Cubs host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, February 27th to celebrate their first official Cactus League opener in the new Mesa facility, which is Continue reading Road to Opening Day: #36

Ode to Departing Free Agents

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After being big boys and troopers by finishing the year at Triple-A, Cubs players Randy Wells, Blake DeWitt and Alex Hinshaw have chosen free agency.  Their incredible contributions to the franchise and their ability to take money away from billionaires will be missed.  Every now and then these things don’t Continue reading Ode to Departing Free Agents

Randy Wells, Cautionary Tale

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Randy Wells was designated for assignment.  The Cubs have ten days to trade him, waive him, or release him.  The Cubs have stated they want to keep Randy Wells which would mean they will try to waive him.  If Wells clears waivers, he has the choice of accepting the assignment Continue reading Randy Wells, Cautionary Tale

With Bowden’s Arrival, Someone Has to Go

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Unless you have been under a rock the past 24 hours, you should know that Marlon Byrd is now a former Chicago Cub. In the deal that sent the struggling center fielder to the Boston Red Sox, the Cubs got back a right handed relief pitcher by the name of Continue reading With Bowden’s Arrival, Someone Has to Go

The Opening Day 25 Man Roster For Your 2012 Chicago Cubs Is All But Set

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The Chicago Cubs roster for the 2012 season is all but set, though an official announcement on the bullpen jobs will not be announced until Wednesday. Fans can finally get a look at what their team will look like on opening day and have some sort of idea just what Continue reading The Opening Day 25 Man Roster For Your 2012 Chicago Cubs Is All But Set

Batting practice, anyone?

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Before we get to today’s practice game against the Padres, let’s get through a few items first.  We know that unfortunately for them, Randy Wells and Welington Castillo were sent down to the minors.  Thanks to Bleacher Nation we know that Randy will stay a Cub (what with all those Continue reading Batting practice, anyone?

Cubs Practice Game #11: The Brewers Are Pretty Good

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Today, the Cubs got destroyed by a Brewers team resting Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Braun, with Corey Hart still injured and Prince Fielder in Florida since he’s a Tiger now.  It’s still spring training, but let’s analyze the pitching anyway because that was basically the Cubs’ downfall. The good news: Continue reading Cubs Practice Game #11: The Brewers Are Pretty Good

Cubs Practice Game #6: Cubs avenge loss to White Sox in 1906 World Series by beating them in spring training scrimmage

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Nah, I was kidding.  This is yet another meaningless game.  But any Cubs win is a good one, we just hope they pile them up when the wins actually count for something besides bragging rights.  5-1 is a pretty good score that tells you the Cubs had a decent offense Continue reading Cubs Practice Game #6: Cubs avenge loss to White Sox in 1906 World Series by beating them in spring training scrimmage

Cubs Trade Zambrano to the Marlins for Volstad

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Today, the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a trade that would send Carlos Zambrano to the Miami Marlins for Chris Volstad. While the deal is officially agreed upon, there are still two stopgaps from making it final. First, as with all trades and player signings, the players involved must pass Continue reading Cubs Trade Zambrano to the Marlins for Volstad

Some things to think about as we head into 2012

Most triumphant!
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  The winter meetings were relatively quiet for the Cubs, much to the chagrin of Cubs fans everywhere.  Part of that is due to the changes in the MLB collective bargaining agreement, and probably the bulk of it is due to the terrible shape the franchise is in, so trades Continue reading Some things to think about as we head into 2012