Ramblings while watching the Home Run Derby

Ahhh … the All-Star break. Time for a few days off from actual games and time for the players to relax, recoup and re-focus. And I think the Cubs could really use some of this R & R. Also, like many of you, I look forward to a bit of break of this baseball team. […]

Hayden Simpson in the Fold … and Cubs 2010 Draft Update

Hayden Simpson officially signed with the Cubs Saturday … a deal worth $1.06 million. Simpson threw a bullpen session at Wrigley and will report to Mesa before going to Boise (Class-A short season). Simpson said he will finish the summer with the Boise Hawks before going to the instructional league this fall. The Cubs took […]

The Chicago Cubs Select … Hayden Simpson

The 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft began Monday evening. With the 16th pick of the first round, Tim Wilken selected Hayden Simpson a right-handed pitcher out of Southern Arkansas, a Division II school. Baseball America labeled the Cubs’ pick as the “biggest shocker so far”. Baseball America ranked Simpson 191 on their Top 200 […]

On the Air: Jim Hendry

After meeting with the media on Tuesday, Jim Hendry spent time at the end of the week on the radio. Thursday it was Waddle and Silvy (ESPN 1000), Friday morning Mully and Hanley (The Score) and Friday night, Hendry finished up with Sports Central (WGN Radio). The three interviews on Hendry’s radio tour were very […]

Cubs Convention Day Three: Depth Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm … presented by the VineLine was the final session of the weekend. Mike Huang, editor of the VineLine hosted the session that featured Oneri Fleita (Vice President of Player Personnel) and Tim Wilken (Cubs Scouting Director) … along with Andrew Cashner, Brett Jackson, James Adduci and Welington Castillo.

Cubs Convention Day Two: Meet the Ricketts

Saturday at the Cubs Convention is filled with one session after the other … and the 25th annual gathering did not break from the norm. The first session on Day Two of the Convention was Meet the Owners hosted by Len Kasper. The Ricketts family discussed a variety of topics from Jim Hendry to the […]

Hit and Misses….but mostly Misses

As the 2002 MLB draft was approaching, the Chicago Cubs’ farm system was highly regarded. Baseball America had it ranked in the top 3 in 2002, and 2001 and the trend would continue in 2003. Their biggest strength at the time was pitching. The club had four out of the first thirty-eight picks in 2002 […]