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Browsing posts from January, 2011

Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - January 31, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Born in Louisville, KY.
Selected in the 4th round of the 2000 Draft.
Cubs debut came  in May of 2003.
Earned a save in his first major league outing.
Went (5-3) for the Cubs over three seasons.
Played for the Giants, but didn’t earn a WS ring in 2010.
Name that Cub!

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Cubs Spring Training Poll

By bullpenbrian - January 28, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.
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Bullpen Session – Cheese Head

By bullpenbrian - January 27, 2011 - 12:01 am 3 comments.

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

According to my Friday Cubs Poll, 71% of voters believe the Cubs should sign Carlos Marmol to a 3-yr deal. In this case Marmol gets longer-term security and  the Cubs save somewhere in the neighborhood of $5-7M. It’s basically addressing the big picture.

My vote was a 2-yr deal, which was about 22% of the vote. I don’t like the risk of adding a third year given Marmol’s typical workload. The downside, however, is re-signing Marmol again when he becomes a free-agent in 2013, a which point Marmol’s asking price will be sky high as a premier bullpen arm.

Only 7% feel the Cubs should offer Marmol arbitration, meaning a 1-yr deal around $4.1M. It would certainly give the Cubs some short-term salary relief, but likely burns the bridge of signing Marmol to a somewhat affordable deal following the season.

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Jeff Samardzija DFA?

By bullpenbrian - January 26, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

-2006 Draft Choice Out of Options
“I really don’t care, to tell you the truth,” he said about the need to make the 25-man roster. “I’m very, very excited with how things are going and me being down there [in Arizona] since early November. How I’m working out, how I’m throwing the ball, how I’m throwing off the mound already, I’m very, very excited.

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Coolest Cubs of All Time

By bullpenbrian - January 25, 2011 - 12:01 am 2 comments.

GQ Magazine named its 25 “Coolest Athletes of All Time.” No Cubs player made the list, but Michael Jordan was a  shoe-in.

Other noteble additions include Arthur Ashe, Ali, Bjorn Borg, Julius Erving, Evel Knievel, Arnold Palmer, Pele, Kenny Stabler, Tim Lincecum and Tom Brady.

Who makes the cut if there’s a “Coolest Chicago Cubs of All Time” list? Here’s a few picks off the top of my head…

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Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - January 24, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Born in Richmond, VA.
Made 59 starts for the Cubs.
Also made 154 relief appearances.
Career record is (26-34).
Postseason ERA of 2.70.
His twin brother was drafted by Boston.
Name that Cub!

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How Many Years For Marmol?

By bullpenbrian - January 21, 2011 - 12:07 am Leave a comment.
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Bullpen Session – Brewster’s Millions

By bullpenbrian - January 20, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Relax? There's a goddamn train going through the outfield!

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

Richard Pryor is one of my all time favorite funny men. Few make me laugh as hard as Pryor does.

I recently watched Brewster’s Millions staring Pryor as a minor league pitcher, Montgomery Brewster. The premise is he needs to waste $30M in 30 days in order to receive a $300m inheritance. But there’s a catch, of course, Brewster can’t tell anyone why he’s wasting his money!

So it’s a bad 80s flick, but I like it nonetheless. John Candy plays a predominate role as Brewster’s best friend and Brewster wears a Cubs jersey throughout.

Now put yourself in Brewster’s position. How would you waste $30M in 30 days, if given the chance? Think about it!

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MLB 2011 Power Rankings

By bullpenbrian - January 19, 2011 - 12:01 am 2 comments.

MLB Blog Buzz published its 2011 preseason power rankings. The rankings include the average ranking, the best ranking, and the worst ranking for each team as  determined by the site’s member blogs.

The Cubs rank No.20 overall with its highest ranking No.15 and its lowest No.26.

The Top Five:
1. Philly
2. Boston
3. Texas
4. Yankees
5. San Fran

The Bottom Five:
26. Seattle
27. Houston
28. Cleveland
29. Kansas City
30. Pittsburgh

The NL Central:
7.  Cincinnati
9.  St. Louis
10. Milwaukee
20. Chicago
27. Houston
30. Pittsburgh

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Kudos To Jim Hendry

By bullpenbrian - January 18, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

I love the job Jim Hendry is doing this offseason. It’s been a tricky act, finding the right mix of players to compete in 2011 and beyond, but Hendry’s delivered.

Trading Gorzelanny is another feather in the GM’s cap. The deal relieves the Cubs of valuable dollars, about $2M, on Gorzo that can now go towards signing Matt Garza.

In return for Gorzelanny, the Cubs acquire several prospects that help offset the the trade for Garza which sent five potential major leaguers to Tampa Bay.

How his moves shape up, obviously, is yet to be determined. Although fully aware that none of Hendry’s moves, individually or collectively, guarantees the Cubs a winning season, he still deserves credit for his offseason thus far.

And with his job security seemingly in jeopardy, Hendry has also shown he’s a capable GM despite the money crunch the Cubs are under–of course, not all Cubs fans will agree.

Nonetheless, how Mike Quade’s team performs three months from now will ultimately decide Hendry’s fate. But there’s no question the Cubs have improved during the past several weeks under Hendry’s direction. For now, Jim’s job is safe.

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