From the Wire … Cubs Designate Berg and Schlitter for Assignment, Reinstate Zambrano

On the first day of what figures to be a busy off-season, the Chicago Cubs made three roster moves. The Cubs designated pitchers Justin Berg and Brian Schlitter for assignment and reinstated Carlos Zambrano from the disqualified list. With the three moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

Schlitter Returned to the Cubs

According to multiple reports Monday afternoon, Brian Schlitter will be returned to the Cubs on a technicality due to a pre-existing injury. Major League Baseball concluded Schlitter had an elbow strain prior to being placed on waivers by the Cubs during the off-season to make room on the 40-man roster for Kerry Wood.

From the Wire … Yankees Claim Schlitter from the Cubs

According to a tweet from Carrie Muskat, the Yankees claimed right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter off waivers from the Cubs. Schlitter made his big league debut in 2010. The Yankees claim frees up a spot on the Cubs’ 40-man roster to officially add Kerry Wood.

Cubs Off-Season Strategies are Off Base

Baseball teams cannot win the pennant during the winter, but they sure can lose it. The Hot Stove is followed closely by those in as well as interested in the game. Signing and trades are analyzed and broken down by hundreds of pundits, and fans are sent into a tizzy, either positive or negative, based […]

A Look Back at 2008 – Central Champs

The Cubs took advantage of a favorable home schedule in August and paced the second place Brewers. The offense struggled in September before waking up and putting away the division against the Cardinals on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Wrigley. The Cubs designated Scott Eyre for assignment on August 5th and traded him to the […]

A Look Back at 2008 – Maintaining A Lead

Interleague play, a broken hand, DL trips for Carlos Zambrano and Reed Johnson, new arms added to the mix, a big turnaround against the Fish and a four-game sweep were just a few of the storylines and highlights for the Cubs in June and July. The solid start Lou Piniella preached about ended up being […]

A Look Back at 2008 – Getting Off to a Strong Start

From Kosuke Fukudome’s dramatic home run on Opening Day to Reed Johnson’s catch to Jim Edmonds to sweeping the four game series against the Brewers at the end of July to Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter in Milwaukee against the Astros, it was truly a magical summer for Lou Piniella’s crew. The Cubs posted 97 wins, the […]

Congratulations to Scott Eyre and the Phillies

For the first time since Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson to end the 1980 Word Series, the Philadelphia Phillies are the World Champions of Baseball. A big tip of the cap to the Phillies and their fans but especially to the former Cub Scott Eyre….or was it, Stevie Ire?

Patience Pays Off – Cubs 3 Phillies 2

Game One Hundred Thirty-Five – Cubs 3 Phillies 2 WP – Jeff Samardzija (1-0) LP – Clay Condrey (3-4) Save – Carlos Marmol (7) The Chicago Cubs equaled their win total from a season ago with their 39th come from behind victory of the year on Friday afternoon. The Cubs offense was dominated by Joe […]

Roster Rollover and Over

With the Cubs completing game number 124 on Sunday afternoon, let’s take a quick look back with 38 remaining on the schedule to see how the Cubs’ active roster has changed since March 31st Some think when teams release their 25-man roster out of Spring Training those are the players that will suit up game […]