CSN Chicago’s 25th annual sports awards honoring top Chicago sports figures

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Need somewhere to go this winter once the holiday parties are over? Or something to watch as football season winds down?

Some of the biggest chicago sports legends and current stars will be honored at the 25th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards benefiting the March of Dimes.  The silver anniversary reception, dinner & ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 from 5:00-9:00 PM CT at the Hilton Chicago & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Avenue.  Over the past 24 years, the Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards has raised close to $9 million for the March of Dimes.

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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The Chicago Cubs Brass is on the California Grass … Golf Grass!!

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A bunch of the boys are whoopin’ it up in the desert made famous by Frank and his friends. A rollicking happy place where the scotch flows and the golf courses never end. A land of breathtaking mornings and gorgeous nights. A world where the stars shine brighter than spotlights.

And finally, and most impactful for many … a town where the women are so eager because most of the other men are “gay, gray or leaving on Tuesday.”

Yes, welcome to the California desert. It’s nice to be there.

Oh, wait. They went to Palm Springs to talk about baseball. Riiiigggghhhhttt.

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Cubs interviewing Dan Plesac for open tv broadcast job

Bob Brenly left for Arizona to join the Diamondbacks’ broadcast team last month, leaving an open spot for WGN/Comcast Sports Net Chicago broadcast of Chicago Cubs games.  The network will reportedly interview former Cubs pitcher Dan Plesac.

 This is somewhat shocking considering that Plesac is signed a multi-year extension with the MLB Network. Plesac worked in Chicago before; doing Cubs pre and post game 2005-09 for CSN Chicago.

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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Watch me tonight on the History Channel talking Cubs, White Sox

It’s a chance to see yours truly on national television! In a special Cubs versus White Sox debate on The History Channel’s “How the States got their Shapes.” It’s the episode entitled “Great Lakes, Big Stakes.”

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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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Chicago Cubs and Starlin Castro agree on 7 year extension

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The Chicago Cubs and shortstop Starlin Castro have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract that includes a club option for an eighth season in 2020.  The contract covers Castro’s four arbitration seasons as well as his first three free agent seasons (club option for his fourth free agent season).  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Chicago Cubs make trade with Oakland Athletics

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The Chicago Cubs today acquired catcher Anthony Recker from the Oakland Athletics for catcher/first baseman Blake Lalli.  Recker has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.  To make room for Recker on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Scott Maine has been designated for assignment.

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Chicago Cubs ramblings on the way to a 100 loss season

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After a week off, thanks to life getting in the way of a good rant, Ramblings are back and better than ever.  Well, hopefully these are at least decent.  Basically, I just hope you enjoy them a little bit.  Or more.

So let’s go …

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