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Cubs Hot Stove – Bonderman & Webb

By bullpenbrian - November 30, 2010 - 12:01 am 4 comments.

I like the idea of the Cubs going after Brandon Webb and Jeremy Bonderman.
Both these guys potentially give the Cubs that power-arm and innings eater they desperately need in the rotation.

Webb, 31, hasn’t pitched since Opening Day 2009 because of a shoulder injury. But his track record is brilliant having won 14, 16, 18 & 22 games since 2005. That includes the 2006 Cy Young Award and top three finishes in 2007-08.

The Cubs won’t get him on the cheap, but it’s likely Webb will sign for a short-term deal. If so, I think it’s in the Cubs favor to take a risk on a guy who could very well revert to his old form. Quite frankly, I think it’s a no-brainer.

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Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - November 29, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Played college ball for Indiana University.
Set schools records in RS, 2B, 3B and stolen bases.
Played on the 1988 U.S. Olympic national team.
First second baseman in NL history to turn an unassisted triple play.
Traded to the Cubs for Doug Glanville.
Name that Cub!

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Trading Zambrano Poll

By bullpenbrian - November 26, 2010 - 12:01 am 2 comments.
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How Baseballs Are Made Video

By bullpenbrian - November 24, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

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Rothschild At Blame For Prior & Wood?

By bullpenbrian - November 23, 2010 - 12:01 am 15 comments.

Dusty Baker is blamed for the downfall of both Mark Prior and Kerry Wood.
But what about former Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild?

Baker, of course, controlled the reins on how many pitches each threw and when they came out of the game. But does Larry get a free pass for not fixing the mechanical issues of Prior and Wood?

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Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - November 22, 2010 - 12:01 am 4 comments.

Is a Chicago native.
Pitched two seasons in the majors.
Made his debut on September 11, 1981.
Made his final appearance on September 11, 1982.
Has two World Series rings.
Name that Cub!

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Illini vs. Wildcats Poll

By bullpenbrian - November 19, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.
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Bullpen Session – Iron Eagle

By bullpenbrian - November 18, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!

On the menu this week: Blackhawks hockey, the departure of Micah Hoffpauir, playoff expansion and one of my favorite movies.

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Harry Caray’s Big Crack

By bullpenbrian - November 17, 2010 - 12:01 am 4 comments.

Numbers correspond to chart below

I should never be confused as a geologist. But I pretended to be one while taking a closer look at the cracked Harry Caray statue.

Was this merely the accident of a work vehicle that clipped the statue during ballpark upgrades in October, or does this crack run deeper?

Upon further review, the fault line actually began developing years prior to its discovery.

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Wrigley Field Sign Now Purple

By bullpenbrian - November 16, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Do you  know that Wrigley Field’s famous marquee at the corner of Clark & Addison use to be painted blue–not red?

And now its painted purple!

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