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Wrigley Skate To Benefit Haiti Relief

By bullpenbrian - January 29, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

The Cubs Community Connection is making a nice effort to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

The fundraising event takes place tomorrow –Sat, Jan. 29– at the Rink at Wrigley from 8:30am to 10:30am.

The event is open to the public and PARKING IS FREE!

Suggested donations are $20 for individual skaters and $40 for families, which includes admission and skate rental.

All the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross for the relief efforts in Haiti.

See you tomorrow at Clark & Addison!


Andre Dawson Forever A Cub

By bullpenbrian - January 28, 2010 - 1:15 am 4 comments.

The Hall of Fame got it wrong — the Hawk should be enshrined wearing a Cubs cap.

The fact Dawson believes his six years in Chicago elevated his status to Hall of Famer, not his 11-years in Montreal, should’ve been a deciding factor, at least much more than it appears to have been.

I understand the Hall’s duty to represent its member’s achievements as accurately as possible, but it’s not like Dawson’s numbers with Chicago would’ve misrepresented his career, either.


Xavier Nady A Chicago Cub

By bullpenbrian - January 27, 2010 - 12:45 am Leave a comment.

Signing Xavier Nady is a smart short-term risk for the Cubs.

One-year, $3.3M with incentives is a little pricier than signing Johnny Gomes or re-signing Reed Johnson, but Nady’s a solid all-around ballplayer, well above average coming off the bench, and durable enough to start if need be.


Erik Bedard To Cubs?

By bullpenbrian - January 26, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

If the Cubs are willing to risk a contract on Ben Sheets why not look at Erik Bedard too?

It’s a big risk, no doubt, with Bedard coming off back-to-back seasons shortened by shoulder surgeries, but no more of a gamble than signing the former Milwaukee ace, either.

Tim Kurkjian pointed out on Baseball Tonight that Bedard is more likely to sign a one-year incentive laden deal than Sheets.


Chicago Cubs History 1901

By bullpenbrian - January 25, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

With a month left before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training I’m taking a look back at Cubs yesteryear.

This first post begins in 1901, the first season of the American League as we know it today, and a time in which the Cubs were still two years away from changing its nickname from Orphans to Cubs.

Aside from a slew of fancy names: Cupid, Topsy, Cozy, Jock, Germany, Rube and Mal, the Cubs weren’t much for winning or large crowds at the West Side Park — they finished fifth in the league in attendance (205,071), slightly better than its (53-86-1) sixth place finish in the eight-team National League.


Cubs And Jonny Gomes

By bullpenbrian - January 22, 2010 - 1:15 am 2 comments.

Glad the Cubs are giving Jonny Gomes a strong look.

He’s in his peak years as a 29-year-old, and a strong right-handed bat off the bench. Last season Gomes batted .267 overall –.307 against left-handers– hit 20 HR and drove in 51 RBI for the Reds…all in just 98 games played and less than 300 at-bats.


Cubs Want Jermaine Dye

By bullpenbrian - January 21, 2010 - 1:00 am 2 comments.

Jermaine Dye is undervalued throughout baseball, even on the South Side.

Of course, White Sox fan doesn’t want to hear that, but Dye’s never received the acknowledgment of a Konerko, Thome or Buehrle.

If the Cubs are smart, however, they’ll value Dye this offseason. And if Dye is smart, he’ll commute to the North Side.


Ryan Theriot Arbitration Hearing

By bullpenbrian - January 20, 2010 - 1:15 am 1 comment.

The Cubs are showing little interest in signing Ryan Theriot long-term.

While the club avoided arbitration hearings with five players on Tuesday, they failed to sign Theriot.

It’s a wake-up call for the second baseman who’s seeking $3.4M. The Cubs counter with a $2.6M offer.

That’s a considerable gap, wide enough to be settled in a hearing, and a situation Chicago has avoided all together since Mark Grace’s case in 1993 (he lost).


Cubs Should Sign Jim Edmonds

By bullpenbrian - January 19, 2010 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

Jim Edmonds wants a swan song with St. Louis, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him as a Cub again.

Chicago needs a fourth outfielder, that role player with a little defense and just enough offense.

Edmonds has both, and more importantly, he’s willing to play for the league minimum, which certainly won’t be the case with a Jermaine Dye or Xavier Nady, or even Reed Johnson.


Cubs Fishing For Dan Uggla

By bullpenbrian - January 18, 2010 - 1:15 am 1 comment.

I can’t hide my bro-mance for Karl Ravech and Buster Olney. Love’em together on Baseball Tonight!

According to Buster, the Marlins are set to begin its season with Dan Uggla at second base, although, a later trade is not out of the question.

Uggla filed for arbitration on Friday. He did the same last year and won the case $5.3 million vs. Florida’s $4.4 million offer.

Odds look good he’ll win again this year, too. And if he does, it’s to the tune of around $8 million — the far upper crust for Florida’s budget.

This would open the trade door for the Cubs, its chance to snag a 29-year-old All Star who’s averaged 32 HR and 95 RBI during his four years.

You won’t get that out of Mike Fontenot, Jeff Baker and Bobby Scales combined.


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