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. […]

Marmol to Pitch in WBC

According to a report from the Sun-Times, Carlos Marmol will pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic after all. Marmol made the Cubs aware of his decision on Saturday morning after announcing last week he would not participate. Marmol will leave Cubs’ camp on Tuesday to join the Dominican Republic team.

Zambrano and Six Others on WBC Rosters

While most of the focus over the last week was on whether Carlos Marmol would pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, it appears there is another Carlos that could participate in the tournament. The final rosters for each team were released on Tuesday and Carlos Zambrano was listed as one of the 28 players […]

Marmol Might Skip the WBC

Carlos Marmol announced on Friday, according to a report on, that he “is reconsidering whether he will pitch for the Dominican Republic” in the WBC. For weeks it has appeared that Marmol would be the closer for Team Dominican Republic, but Marmol wants to be the Cubs closer. Carlos Marmol is expected to announce […]

The Big Three and Vizcaino Report….Lee Out of WBC

According to a report from the Sun-Times, with the exception of Kosuke Fukudome who is in Japan preparing for the WBC, all of the players expected in camp on Tuesday have reported. Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez have joined the rest of the team. Luis Vizcaino also sorted out his visa issues and […]

Ch-Ch Changes in Piniella’s Philosophy

After spending the winter doing a little more than just tinkering the roster, Jim Hendry and Lou Piniella continued to discuss changes to the team, but not as much in terms of personnel on the first day of Camp Lou III. The accountability the Cubs’ skipper took on Friday for the end of last season […]

Harden Out of the WBC

According to multiple reports, Rich Harden will not pitch for Team Canada in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The Tribune reported Harden “might not be ready to start for the Cubs during March because of his on-and-off right shoulder.” Harden told the Toronto Globe and Mail that he is disappointed but his number one priority […]

17 Cubs on Provisional WBC Rosters

The provisional rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic were released on Monday evening. Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly, Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee, Carlos Marmol and Rich Harden are among seventeen Cubs that could participate in the second tournament. Kosuke Fukudome could play for Team Japan for the second time in the WBC and […]

DeRosa Commits to Team USA

On Monday Mark DeRosa became the latest Cub to accept an invitation to play for his country in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. According to a report from, citing Fox Sports as its source, Mark DeRosa “is expected to join Team USA for its workouts March 2nd in Clearwater, Florida.” The second World Baseball […]

Weekend Update: Fifty-five Days and Counting

Is no movement the right move for the Cubs? Or is the pending ownership change having more effects on this off-season than anyone is letting on? In the Phil Rogers world of math equations the Cubs might have improved already this off-season but if there are winners and losers in the off-season, the Cubs are […]