No Separation

Spring Training Game Twenty-Two – Cubs (ss) 4 Giants 2 WP – Jon Lieber (2-0) LP – Kevin Correia (0-1) Save – Jose Ascanio (2) Jon Lieber followed the performances of Jason Marquis and Ryan Dempster with a solid outing of his own. He worked fast, threw strikes and kept the ball down. Lieber allowed […]

The Good and The Ugly

Spring Training Game Seventeen – Cubs 5 Angels 6 WP – Ervin Santana (1-0) LP – Ryan Dempster (2-1) Save – Rich Thompson (1) Ryan Dempster’s fourth outing of the spring started much like the other three. He worked fast, was efficient and retired the Angels in order in the 1st inning. The Cubs’ offense […]

Surprising Pauir

Spring Training Game Twelve – Cubs 13 Royals 1 WP – Ryan Dempster (2-0) LP – Brett Tomko (1-1) Save – None The Cubs dominated the Royals in every aspect of the game on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs offense pounded out 21 hits, 7 for extra bases including a home run; while Lou Piniella’s pitching […]

Still Wheelin’ and Dealin’?

A report from SI.com on Monday indicated the talks between the Cubs and the Orioles have heated up concerning, well….whom else but Brian Roberts. Jon Heyman’s report mentioned the talks “were starting to get serious.” Heyman reported one of the trade proposals could include Jay Payton and a deal was in place “a few weeks […]

The Usual Prospects?

The Cubs farm system garnered a lot of attention last year and figures to have an impact once again this season. The manor in which Lou Piniella handled his young players last year had a ripple effect throughout the organization. Baseball America and Scout.com are two of the most well respected publications in the business […]

Storylines of the Spring….The Rest of the Roster

The first full squad workout is scheduled for later today as the last few position players reported to Fitch Park on Monday. The biggest surprise from Day 5 of Camp Lou was the Cubs signing Alex Cintron to a minor league deal. Rumors began to circulate the signing of Cintron was a precursor to a […]

Another Day Closer?

The reports out of Baltimore concerning the future of Erik Bedard and Brian Roberts seemingly change by the minute. Several news sources stated on Wednesday morning the Orioles and Mariners were once again talking about sending Bedard to Seattle and the deal was close to being completed. Then reports began to surface that Andy MacPhail […]

Weekend Update – 01/05/08

The first weekend update of the New Year…. The Hot Stove picked up a little steam toward the end of the week, there was not much movement, just more rumors and speculation. But at least the talk is heating back up again. The Cubs did announce another change to their front office and the official […]

A Slow Beginning

The Hot Stove Season has slowed down throughout the league, just not on the North Side of Chicago. Teams will continue to make changes to their rosters over the next six weeks but even XM Radio cannot believe how quiet it is right now. Could this be the calm before pitchers and catchers report? Buck […]

Weekend Update – 12/30/07

The last weekend of 2007….it is hard to believe the year is all but over. The Cubs Convention is less than three weeks away and Harry Caray always referred to the convention as the “unofficial opening day” and some refer to the Cubs annual gathering as the “kick-off to spring training“….whatever the case, the 2008 […]