The MLB All-Star Break is upon us and it's time to assess how the 2011 Chicago Cubs have fared at the halfway point. The Good Carlos Pena - He took a while to warm up, but he has 19 HR's and 49 RBI's with a .225 batting average. His batting average won't ge
The 2011 season isn’t over yet for the Chicago Cubs, but I think it’s safe to say that the majority of fans checked out back in June. The team is obviously not making the playoffs and the World Series drought will continue. Now is the time to begin contempla
Everybody loves magic. In Major League Baseball, everybody loves Magic Numbers. “The Magic Number” is used towards the end of the season when division leaders are just handfuls of games away from clinching their respective playoff berths. The rest of the tea
If you watch “Chicago Tribune Live” as much as I do, you would know that host David Kaplan is adamant about “the kids” getting a respectable amount of playing time for the Chicago Cubs. I adamantly agree with him. Bryan LaHair is usua
Back in July, I posted my mid-season grades for the Cubs. Now is the time for the final grades for the 2011 Chicago Cubs. THE GOOD Carlos Pena – The guy at first base finished with 28 HRs and 80 RBIs with a .225 batting average. Back in July I
Now that my final grades are recorded and out of the way, it's time to go through the Cubs To-Do List for the coming offseason. 1. Hire a GM as soon as possible The Cubs have already formally requested to speak with Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. Also, the T
As of 11:00 am CST on October 25th, Theo Epstein has been announced as the Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations. Almost immediately, there were questions about the status of Mike Quade (in fact, it was the first question asked to Theo by Bruce Levine
Harvey Keitel has a great role in the movie Pulp Fiction. He plays “Winston/Mr. Wolf,” a guy that specializes in cleaning up your mess. While I previously compared Theo Epstein to a North Side version of Obama, Theo could also be compared to Mr
Well, just a day after this, Dale Sveum is the new manager of the Chicago Cubs after agreeing to a three year contract with an option for a fourth year. Sveum only has 16 games of Major League managing experience, however he does have 30 years of overall base
Are seagulls taking over Wrigleyville? Well, they're making life tougher for the Cubs. The Tribune reports: Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade spent a few minutes before and after Tuesday’s news briefing discussing the flock of the seagulls that descended on Wrig
As if we Chicagoans needed another reason to love our hometown team, the Cubs have released a video as part of the “It Gets Better” campaign that helps support LGBT youth and combat bullying. Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts (who is one of the first openly gay pro
Injuries aside, it has become increasingly evident that Mike Quade simply does not know how to manage a professional baseball team in crucial situations. He has had multiple chances to make the right move, but instead he has made the wrong move or he has sat
I always find it interesting when writers post their thoughts while a certain game is in progress, so I figured this game would be a great opportunity to do that. While this post hasn't been live published inning by inning, my thoughts per each inning are gen
Dale Sveum is out after two seasons as Chicago Cubs manager and the team will seek "a proven leader," president Theo Epstein said Monday.
“Today, we made the very difficult decision to relieve Dale Sveum of his duties as Cubs manager,"...
Reed Johnson will start in right field for the Cubs as they face Pirates' left-hander Brian Burres in the first game of a weekend series Friday at Wrigley Field.
But manager Mike Quade only used part of his usual lineup against southpaws, keeping...
If Theo Epstein and his former Boston front-office gang were brought in because they helped end a long World Series drought for a team in an old, revered ballpark in a big city with big pressures, then continue the process with the guy who did it in the...
The Cubs wanted Starlin Castro to be a model citizen, improve his fielding, add a little power and use his speed more often this year.
Castro did all of those things to some degree and ultimately was rewarded with a seven-year, $60 million deal, with a...