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Browsing posts from January, 2010

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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