Archive for December 2011

2011 Player Recap - Sean Marshall

2011 Player Recap - Sean Marshall
Since this is partly my blog, I wish you all a Merry Christmas!  If you’re not Christian, okay, Happy Winter Solstice!  Christmas was set up to leverage the carryings on from an old pagan holiday, anyway.  Most biblical scholars believe Christ was born in June.  Whatevs, tis the season where many of us choose to... Read more »

Blind, unconditional trust in Theo Epstein must continue

Blind, unconditional trust in Theo Epstein must continue
On MLB radio today, Jim Memelo and Todd Hollandsworth noted quite correctly that if Jim Hendry was still in the Cubs’ GM chair, with the underwhelming lack of activity so far, that we Cubs fans would be storming 1060 W. Addison with torches and pitchforks.  I mean, eff you, Memelo…I don’t even own a pitchfork!... Read more »

Goodbye, Aramis! You are good at baseball.

Farewell, Aramis Ramirez. During your time with these Chicago Cubs, you were a really really good hitter. We used to call you Clutchy McClutcherson, and you totally deserved it. Those 9th inning home runs against the White Sox… Too much. In nine years with the Cubs, you hit .294/.356/.531 over 4705 plate appearances. Gee willikers.... Read more »
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More Career HRs: Ian Stewart, or Josh Vitters?

First, some reaction to the trade, which I predicted on Nov. 29: The deal made too much sense not to do. Classic “change of scenery” deal. That said, I think Ian Stewart is much better at baseball than Colvin. Ian Stewart’s career walk rate in 1,148 plate appearances is 10.3%; Colvin’s is 7.2% in 637... Read more »

The Cubs just got 3-5 wins bettah in 2012. Pujols is in the AL now.

The Cubs just got 3-5 wins bettah in 2012.  Pujols is in the AL now.
Well, guess that puts an end to all the crushing homers on good pitches, as well as the not-so-good pitches.  I honestly never believed the man would leave Cletus Nation behind.  No, it wasn’t a good sign for them when he refused to negotiate during the season, and it also wasn’t a good sign when... Read more »

Ronnie makes the Hall, at last, but why now? Why not when he was alive?

Ronnie makes the Hall, at last, but why now?  Why not when he was alive?
A year after his death from complications of his lifelong bout with Diabetes, Ron Santo finally makes the Hall of Fame.  I will be in attendance at Cooperstown for this event, even if I have to hitch-hike, sleep under a tarp and eat slugs like Timon and Pumba. Not to come off all ungratefulish, but... Read more »
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DeJesus is Just Alright With Me

DeJesus is Just Alright With Me
I am a little bit late to the party, but the big news of the week for the Chicago Cubs is clearly the signing of David DeJesus and his Chicago suburb-dwelling, Twitter-happy wife to a two-year $10 million with a club option for a third ($6.5 million club option. $1.5 million of the base deal... Read more »