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Browsing posts from January, 2010

Cubs’ Debt Crushes Payroll

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

The misconception with the Cubs is that new owner Tom Ricketts has money growing on trees.

He doesn’t, of course, and is instead saddled with a huge amount of debt that limits the payroll for the 2010 season.

Beyond 2010 it’s likely Ricketts increases the club’s payroll given a frugal budget this season along with the renovations coming to Wrigley Field in the near future.

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Cubs Bullpen Session

By bullpenbrian - January 14, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

–I wonder what Mark McGwire didn’t like about Sammy Sosa?

According to former Cub Steve Trachsel, who served up McGwire’s record-setting 62nd home run in 1998, cheater Mac was never a fan of cheater Sammy.

–Lou Piniella, however, feels bad for McGwire saying:

“It was difficult doing what he did. It was probably something that needed to be done. America forgives and forgets. I don’t think there is anybody out there that hasn’t done something that they don’t feel sorry for.”

“I would probably think that down the road he will be a Hall of Famer. Maybe not in the first few ballots, but people tend to forget, and rightfully so.”

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Red Flag For The Cubs

By bullpenbrian - January 13, 2010 - 1:20 am 3 comments.

When Bob Castellini purchased the Cincinnati Reds in January of 2006 he promised the city a return to championship baseball.

Since then, however, the Reds have turned in exactly zero winning seasons.

It’s not that Castellini isn’t trying. He broke frugal traditions by signing Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo to major extensions, signed a high-priced manager in Dusty Baker, parted ways with over-valued stars such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn, and sought the services of general managing guru Walk Jocketty.

But until Sunday, when the Reds surprisingly signed the highly regarded 22-year-old pitching phenom, Aroldis Chapman, to a five-year $30.25 million deal –money that would make even the Yankees blush– Castellini had failed to put his money where it counts–with super-talented players.

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Rose & McGwire Strikeout

By bullpenbrian - January 13, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

Mark McGwire should have learned from Pete Rose. Lame apologies mean little when there’s something to be gained other than forgiveness.

Pete wanted the Hall of Fame, McGwire a position as the Cardinals hitting coach.

Although Rose gave a worthwhile apology, he quickly blew his chances by heading to Las Vegas, of all places, to promote his newest book.

McGwire, on the other hand, simply lives in the denial that steroid and HGH use never altered his career numbers at the plate.

Seriously, whatever happened to apologizing simply because you’re wrong?

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Cubs Sign Greg Maddux

By bullpenbrian - January 12, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

Teams win with inteligent people in the front office and solid pitchnig on the field, which makes the hiring of Greg Maddux as an assistant to Jim Hendry a very smart move by the Cubs.

Maddux, unquestionably, qualifies in both catagories.

He’s always been a cerebrial player and I have little doubt he’ll be a good scout, as well.

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Cubs Promise Hawk A Flag

By bullpenbrian - January 11, 2010 - 1:15 am 2 comments.

As I predicted, and according to Fred Mitchell at the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are promising the Hawk a jersey retirement if he goes in the HOF as a Cub.

It’s not an issue with Dawson, who publicly stated last week he would prefer a Cubs cap on his Hall plaque.  Problem is, Dawson and the Cubs have no say in the matter…it’s the Hall of Fame’s decision.

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Give Dawson A Cubs Hat

By bullpenbrian - January 8, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

You can’t erase Montreal from baseball history, and I wouldn’t want to, either.

But baseball left Montreal and it’s not coming back.

That’s why Dawson goes into the HOF wearing a Cubs cap.

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Andre Dawson Hall Of Famer!

By bullpenbrian - January 7, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

Congratulations to the Hawk for making the Hall of Fame! Unquestionably, it is well deserved.

I’ve always said Dawson was a no-brainer pick, despite the writers’ refusal the past eight years.

But thankfully, the scribes came to their senses, elected Dawson in and finished what should’ve happened years ago.

Of course, if there’s any silver lining to Dawson’s long wait it’s that he’ll shares the stage with no one come the July induction ceremonies. Cool for the Hawk, but bad for the Hall.

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Holliday Hurts Cubs’ Chances

By bullpenbrian - January 6, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

No other team, or baseball city for that matter, retains its star players better than the Cardinals, and that’s saying something when you’re without the Yankees’ deep pockets.

McGwire, Edmonds, Rolen and now Matt Holliday…all stayed when more lucrative deals were offered to sign elsewhere. And as wonderful a baseball city as Chicago is, that’s sadly never been the case on the North Side.

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Neal Cotts No Longer A Cub

By bullpenbrian - January 5, 2010 - 1:15 am Leave a comment.

Neal Cotts never compared to Ryan Dempster or Kerry Wood on the mound. But what they do share in common, however, is Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

Dempster and Wood both rebounded to find success in the big leagues. Cotts went under the knife in July and his return, obviously, is yet to be determined.

But if, in fact, Cotts rebounds it won’t be with the Cubs. The lefty signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh on Monday.

The signing officially ends his two year stay on the North Side where he failed to win a single game (0-5) while posting a 4.97 ERA.

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