Posts in category "Aramis Ramirez"

Unconditional Faith in Theo Must Endure

So, the lineup that needs NO introduction, because, even if I introduced it, nobody would care….your 2012 Chicago Cubs! DeJesus RF, Barney 2B, Castro SS, LaHair 1B, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, Byrd CF, Soto C, Dempster P. A 22 year old third hitter, a Quadruple A poster boy, a miserable, godforesaken contract, a rookie-of-the-year who... 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 »

Free Agent Preview Pt. 3 - the Third Basemen

Free Agent Preview Pt. 3 - the Third Basemen
In a coincidence that is certainly the obsessive-compulsive’s delight, we’ve had 3 Free Agent previews to date – Pt 1, the 1st Basemen, Pt 2, the 2nd Basemen, and now Pt 3, the 3rd Basemen.  Of course it’ll all fall apart shortly, unless I can find a way to use Part L, the LF. Aramis... Read more »
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Aramis Ramirez - unanimous electee, Delusions of Grandeur Hall of Fame

Aramis Ramirez - unanimous electee, Delusions of Grandeur Hall of Fame
One thing I didn’t realize is that the 16 million dollar option for Aramis Ramirez was “mutual”, meaning both parties had to invoke it in order to make it valid.  Surely, the Cubs would not open themselves up to having to owe him 16 million for next year. The Cubs invoked their side of the... Read more »

Change the operation and the rest will follow

This is Chicago baseball. The team collapses once every two or three years.  Well, that’s not true.  It feels to Cub fans as if the team collapses every year – if we’re lucky, not until October.  But on occasion – in 2000, then again in 2006, then in 2009, and once more in 2011 things... Read more »

The Ten Best Cubs Right Now: Goat Picks

Again, this list is meant to rank the current Cubs on talent in the current moment. If you needed to win a game tomorrow, who would you ask to pitch? If you needed a hit off a major league pitcher in the next 15 minutes, who would you send to the plate? Yesterday I published... Read more »
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Monday Morning News and Notes

Today’s column will focus less on the newspaper and online outlets, and more on my first hand observations from this weekend. I was lucky enough to score tickets to Friday and Saturday’s game, before watching last night’s game on ESPN. A lot of intersting things happened over the weekend in Boston, both personally and with... Read more »

Monday Morning News and Notes

Today’s column will focus less on the newspaper and online outlets, and more on my first hand observations from this weekend. I was lucky enough to score tickets to Friday and Saturday’s game, before watching last night’s game on ESPN. A lot of intersting things happened over the weekend in Boston, both personally and with... Read more »

Run home, Aramis!

Run home, Aramis!
I’m really glad Aramis Ramirez is hitting .288, really I am. But where’s the beef, Rammy? It is May 17th, and Aramis has one home run so far this season. What the snap! His slugging is now well below .400; between 2004 and 2009, Aramis slugged .551. I repeat: what the snap! Over at RotoGraphs,... Read more »
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What's that guy's name again? Aramis something-something?

Most of the bitching about how terrible the Cubs have been this year has been directed at a few key cogs that appear to be overpromising and underdelivering. “Pena will hit 80 bombs! Garza will throw 90 shutouts! Byrd will slug .500, even though his second-highest full-year home run total is 12!” Meanwhile, Aramis Ramirez... Read more »