Day Eight of Camp ‘Q’ … Dempster Gets the Nod and Other Cubs Notes

The first pitch of the Cubs’ Cactus League schedule is five days away … The Cubs continued making headlines as the second week of Spring Training began Monday. Mike Quade had a meeting with Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza and told the top pitchers in his rotation which one would be getting the […]

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The Sandberg Factor

The opening of Spring Training ends a very emotional off-season for Cubs fans. We lost a legend, and a hero returned. There was a controversial trade, and free agent signings kept us buzzing. And, as always, there is the promise of youth. However, one decision stands out as a possible sentinel moment concerning the team’s […]

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Day Two of Camp ‘Q’ … Silva Staked His Claim and Other Cubs Notes

The second day of camp got a little spicy after Carlos Silva staked his claim on one of the final two spots in the rotation. Silva is competing for the fourth and fifth spots in Mike Quade’s rotation with Randy Wells, Braden Looper, Todd Wellemeyer, Casey Coleman, James Russell and Andrew Cashner. According to multiple […]

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Cubs News and Tidbits … While Waiting for Pitchers and Catchers to Report

Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park in 11 days, the first full squad workout is in just 19 days and Opening Day in the Cactus League is only 25 days away. Baseball is around the corner. The blizzard that hit Chicago on Tuesday did damage to Wrigley Field. Due to the high winds, a […]

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Cubs Convention Day Three: All About the Young Cubs

The final day of the 26th Annual Cubs Convention focused on the young players in the system … both at the Major League level and down on the farm. Tyler Colvin, Darwin Barney and Scott Maine talked about being 25 and in the majors. The final session of the weekend, “Down on the Farm presented […]

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Cubs Convention Day Two: The Owners, the Management and Remembering Ronnie

Day two of the 26th Annual Cubs Convention was filled with information and fond memories of Ron Santo. The Ricketts Family Forum led off the day and Jim Hendry, Mike Quade and Randy Bush answered question after question on the current team as well as the plans for the future. Tom Ricketts announced the team […]

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Cubs Convention Day One: Cubs Eye the Future and Honor a Legend

It is the same hotel and mostly the same crowd but there was a lot of indifference at day one of the 2011 Cubs Convention. The excitement for Cubs baseball still ran through the halls of the Hilton but what could be called optimism for the upcoming season in the past was replaced by questions […]

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Garza, Quade and Cubs Baseball

It is only 33 days until pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park and the Cubs Convention kicks off in four days. The baseball season is just around the corner. The Matt Garza trade remained in the headlines two days after the trade became official. Mike Quade spent time discussing the trade and his team […]

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Cubs Continue to Talk Garza … and Check In on Carmona

A day after losing out on Brandon Webb, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Rangers that could end up being worth as much as $10 million, the Cubs turned their attention to other options. According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs continue to look at acquiring Matt Garza and have […]

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Rambling While Waiting to Hear Kerry’s First Ovation

Friends, family, faithful … It is once again time for me to unleash my random, ridiculous and wry stream of consciousness on everyone as is it relates to the Chicago Cubs. As we plug along towards 2011, it is time to start dreaming of the small ball once again. Pitchers and catchers report in two […]

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