OUCH! Cubs trade Darwin Barney for player to be named

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The Chicago Cubs today traded infielder Darwin Barney and a cash consideration to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. OUCH BABE! Remember when he was relevant? When he was possibly considered “a piece” in “the rebuild?” At least defensively, he was thought to be something, Now this is his fate.  

 The one AAA leader hits once gave Cubs fans such high hopes.

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Former Cubs 1B Mark Grace behaving quite well in prison

Former Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace is finishing out a 4 month sentence at Tent City Prison in Arizona. Mark Grace, most recently a D-Backs television color analyst Mark Grace was sent to jail on DUI charges. The “lovable” drunk that used to hang out a lot at Durkin’s on the North side of Chicago trolling for Lincoln Park Trixie booty is supposedly behaving quite well in the pokey.

The man who popularized the term “slumpbuster” is now working on his issues; which are bigger than sleeping with a 5/10.

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5 Northwestern football games at Wrigley Field this decade, Cubs and NU partner up

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In some ways, the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs were meant for each other. Both had/have major droughts. The NU college football team just won their first bowl game since 1949, and the college basketball has never ever made the NCAA Tournament, 70+ tries. As you’ve heard a million times, the Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945 and won one since 1908.

The last time they joined forces, Wrigley Field hosting Northwestern vs. the Illini in 2010, the national media was all over it. For good reasons and bad. The snug fit between the back of the east end zone and the field wall, forced both teams to go the same way on offense. This gaffe generated a ton of national publicity, and a lot of it was negative. When they do this again in 2014, hopefully they’ll get it right this time. There was talk of Wrigley hosting a bowl game after this, and if the next games go off without a hitch, maybe there will indeed be a bowl game.

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Stunning Wrigley Field replica in Freeport adding bleachers

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When Denny Garkey built his little league park to replicate Wrigley Field, he paid attention to every detail. In Freeport, IL he brought to life a little league baseball field that recreated every aspect of his own field of dreams.

Now he’s adding bleachers to his masterpiece, Little Cubs Field. A fundraising drive is starting now, with Cubs fans being offered a chance to make this dream come true. For a $100 donation, a metal seat plate will be permanently installed on a seat in the Left Field Bleachers with name of your family, business or organization.
In addition, all those who contribute will become honorary “Bleacher Bums” and a plaque naming contributors will be displayed in the Little Cubs Field Gift Shop.
Only 180 seats are available, and when sold, will provide the money needed to finish the project.
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Cubs vs. Wrigleyville rooftop owners: more friction inevitable

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In the 2000s, the Chicago Cubs and the owners of the rooftops surrounding Wrigley Field had quite a tiff going on. The Cubs put up fences in the bleachers blocking the view of the Wrigleyville rooftops, so the rooftop owners built their seats higher above it. Then the ballclub put up another screen blocking the view, claiming it was for “post 9/11 security screens.” After years of squabbling they settled on the small business owners giving them 17%.

You can see how both sides have a point- the local businesses help build the Wrigleyville neighborhood up from dangerous ghetto on the outskirts to trendy, adult playground. The Cubs have a point in that someone else is directly profiting off their product. Well the years of detente are over and it looks like there’s going to be another battle over revenue between the two interests.

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Sammy Sosa to the hall? You must be drunk on Cubs Kool Aid

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I’ve always compared steroids in baseball to breast implants. Both are artificial “performance” enhancers that excite men despite the obvious fraud. A few years ago, radio host Doug Gottlieb took my analogy further saying Barry Bonds is like Demi Moore and Sammy Sosa like Pamela Anderson. Bonds/Moore were already well known and established before receiving their enhancements; which took their careers to the next level. Sosa/Anderson were complete nobodies until they got their enhancements.

That’s why you can make a case (but shouldn’t) for Bonds to be in the Hall of Fame, but there is ZERO rationale for Sosa. But Red Eye writer Matt Lindner disagrees with me. And his article has more holes than Sosa’s skin during the heyday of his (alleged) injections. Lindner writes:

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Ink dries on Chicago Cubs deal with Edwin Jackson

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The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson have agreed to terms on a four-year contract.  A Cubs source said that the deal is for $52 million; including an $8 million signing bonus with annual salaries of $11 million per year.

Jackson, 29, has pitched all or part of the last 10 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-05), Tampa Bay (2006-08), Detroit (2009), Arizona (2010), the White Sox (2010-11), St. Louis (2011) and Washington (2012).  He has reached 31 or more starts in each of his last six seasons, has recorded double digits in wins in each of the last five seasons and has exceeded 180.0 innings pitched in each of the last five years, including three-straight seasons of 199.2 innings or more from 2009-11.

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Chicago Cubs new tv analyst: Jim Deshaies

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WGN-TV and the Chicago Cubs announced today that former Houston Astros broadcaster Jim Deshaies has agreed to a four-year agreement to join Len Kasper in the booth as the television analyst for Chicago Cubs game broadcasts on WGN-TV, Comcast SportsNet and WCIU-TV.

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Chicago Cubs DFA All-Star Bryan LaHair

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he Chicago Cubs today selected the contracts of four players and added them to the 40-man roster: right-handed pitcher Trey McNutt from Double-A Tennessee, infielder Christian Villanueva from Single-A Daytona, infielder Logan Watkins from Tennessee and right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack from Daytona.

Infielder Bryan LaHair has been designated for assignment, as he and the Cubs are pursuing an opportunity for LaHair with a club in Japan.  Additionally, right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

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Chicago Cubs make another front office move

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The Chicago Cubs today named Anthony Iapoce special assistant to the General Manager/Player Development.

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Cubs analyst Bob Brenly leaves; Mark Grace, Kerry Wood his replacement?

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Chicago Cubs television analyst Bob Brenly will not return next season. We don’t know for certain what he’ll be doing next, but returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks is a possibility. Perhaps as a broadcaster, perhaps as a coach. Could he be replacing Mark Grace who was let go by the team as a broadcaster? Would Gracie then take the Cubs position, making this a de facto television analyst trade?

Who else could replace Brenly? Kerry Wood is a name floating around out there.

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The Chicago Cubs season is rambling down

Well, hello again everybody.  It has been awhile since I shared my ridiculous and random stream of consciousness with everyone.  My sincerest apologies.  Life got in the way as a trip to Ireland, and that pesky thing called a “work conference” prevented me from rambling about all things Cubs including a great weekend in Pittsburgh and due propers to Alfonso Soriano who apparently hooked up with Ponce De Leon last offseason.

 

So, let’s get down to it and talk about the Cubs, and probably a couple of other things …

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