Cubs Release Bako and Stanton…Hill Named Backup to Soto

Cubs Release Paul Bako and Mike Stanton According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs released Paul Bako on Monday morning, along with veteran reliever Mike Stanton. With releasing Bako, Koyie Hill will serve as Geovany Soto’s backup.

Angel Guzman Back in the Picture?

Lou Piniella and Jim Hendry still have quite a few decisions to make over the next 10 days. Piniella will reportedly announce who will begin the season as the Cubs’ closer by the weekend, but there are two spots in the pen, and a back-up catcher, that have yet to be determined. Koyie Hill caught […]

Milton Bradley: The Hitting Machine – Cubs 9 Rockies 8

Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs 9 Rockies 8 WP – Kevin Gregg (1-0) LP – Greg Smith (0-2) Save – Chad Fox (1) Lou Piniella’s crew won their sixth spring game in a row behind a huge day from the offense. Milton Bradley led the hit parade and both Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano drove in […]

A Whole Lotta Offense and Sean Marshall – Cubs 13 White Sox 2

Game Twenty-Six – Cubs 13 White Sox 2 WP – Sean Marshall (3-0) LP – Mark Buehrle (0-1) Save – None Spring Training or not, anytime Lou Piniella’s crew beats the White Sox…it’s a great day. The Cubs put on an offensive display in front of another record crowd at Camelback Ranch. A day after […]

Is the 2009 Chicago Cubs Opening Day Roster Set?

With 18 games left in the exhibition season it appears the roster Lou Piniella will begin the season with in Houston is all but set. Last Saturday, Mike Fontenot was named the Cubs’ starting second baseman…Gary Hughes confirmed Fontenot as the Cubs’ starter with Holden Kushner on Monday afternoon. Sunday, Lou Piniella said, “Hoffpauir’s fine. […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Angels – 03/14/09

Spring Training Game Nineteen: Cubs (8-9) vs. Angels (11-3) Game Time – 3:05pm C.T. Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: WGN Radio, XM Channel 177 Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa Aaron Heilman (0-0, 1.13/0.75) vs. Joe Saunders (0-0, 3.00/1.67) Three weeks down, three left to go in the exhibition season for the Chicago Cubs. […]

Cubs Spring Stats…After 13 Games

As many know, Spring Training wins and losses are meaningless and the same can be said about individual stats. Players often work on things they would like to improve on, especially pitchers. Take for example Craig Counsell of the Brewers who has changed his exaggerated batting stance and dropped his hands making him unrecognizable in […]

Firsts of the Spring – Cubs 6 A’s 4

Game Seven – Cubs 6 A’s 4 WP – Sean Marshall (1-0) LP – Sean Gallagher (0-1) Save – Esmailin Caridad (1) In a game full of former Cubs, it was two of ‘The Big Three‘ that helped power Lou Piniella’s crew to their fifth win of the spring. Alfonso Soriano hit his first long […]

Cubs Out Fox the Brewers – Cubs 7 Brewers 4

Game Two – Cubs 7 Brewers 4 WP – Chad Gaudin (1-0) LP – Seth McClung (0-1, BS 1) Save – Angel Guzman (1) In front of a small crowd of 6,711 on Thursday, Lou Piniella’s crew improved to 2-0 on the spring with a solid victory over the Brewers. Rick Sutcliffe was calling the […]

Cubs’ Storylines of the Spring…The Non-Roster Pitchers

The Cubs first game of the Cactus League schedule is two days away and the first ten days of Camp Lou III have been very quiet. Lou Piniella described camp as being very workman like so far as the players prepare for the games to begin. With the long exhibition season, the Cubs figure to […]