Chicago Cubs losing at epic rate, even for the Cubs

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To say the Chicago Cubs are a franchise known for losing is akin to saying the Irish are a race known for drinking. But Losing 12 in a row i(tying the Kansas City Royals for the worst in baseball this year) isn’t loveable for any Major League Baseball team, even the loveable losers.

The Cubbies, worst in the majors with a 15-32 record and .319 winning percentage (tied with the Minnesota Twins), are on pace to finish the season 52-110. Have fun with that.

They’ll take on the penultimate team in the National League, the 17-32 San Diego Padres, this Memorial Day having been pretty much eliminated from playoff contention; already.

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Cubs demote Blake DeWitt, bring up Travis Wood

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The Chicago Cubs, sporting the second to worst record in the national league, today recalled left-handed pitcher Travis Wood from Triple-A Iowa.  To make room for Wood on the roster, infielder Blake DeWitt has been designated for assignment.

Wood, wearing number 30, started for the Cubs in today’s storm delayed contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

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Chicago Cubs make roster cuts; including Randy Wells

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The Chicago Cubs cut nine players today and sent them to minor league camp, reducing the Cactus League roster from 40 to 31.

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2011 Chicago Baseball as Horribly Atrocious as 2011 Chicago Weather

Any time anyone from my hometown talks about how Chicago is the greatest city in the world, the first dissenting retort you’ll hear is “but what about those long, harsh, brutal winters?”

Fair point, especially since we’ve had a whooping three days of 70+ degrees in 2011. (’09 had 11 by this point, last year had 14, the average is ten), and even though it’s Cinco de Mayo, this week felt an awful lot like winter at times.

The other main negative stereotype against Chicago (surprisingly, it’s not the obesity rate, people usually save the fat jokes for Milwaukee first, and Houston second) is it’s pathetic track record in MLB history.

Prior to the 2005 World Series win by the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Cubs combined with the Sox to produce an incredible 176 seasons without a title. What follows is some numbers that redefine the ugly, the uglier and the hideous. Or as you can call it in 2011, the Cubs, the local forecast and the White Sox.

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Chicago Cubs are Starlin Castro’s Team Now

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The Chicago Cubs of 2008, the team that was a juggernaut up until late August; who finished just shy of 100 wins before performing the ultimate choke job of all choke jobs, are pretty much gone. The high-priced, built to win now team is almost entirely turned over in just three short years. Most of the starting rotation is gone, as is the bullpen.

Aramis Ramirez is the only infielder left, but he’s not expected to produce as much of the offense as he did back three years ago. Same with Alfonso Soriano, who’s disgustingly bloated contract, by far the worst investment in Cubs history, has has morphed from tragedy to farce today. Jim Edmonds, Derrek Lee and the “ot boys” are all gone.

And in their place is a young nucleus with the names Darwin Barney, Tyler Colvin, Marlon Byrd and Starlin Castro. That’s the future of the Cubs, especially that last one.

By Paul M. Banks

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