The Chicago Cubs week that was and more Cubs stuff

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After a crazy Cubs week, full of news and groundbreaking signings like those of Trever Miller and Matt Tolbert combined with another eye-opening list of prospects from BA that no one has ever thought of before, it is hard just to catch one’s breath.

Can you sense the sarcasm? Good, because I am laying it on pretty thick.

And as I am typing this, word breaks across the wire that the Cubs landed themselves and 18-year-old Cuban prodigy. I am pretty sure that I had something to with that by typing the opening paragraph at the precise time I did. You are welcome.

And I digress, it has been rather quiet so new prospect lists are a good way to create conversation and discussion and debate. Who is the Cubs best prospect? I have no idea. That is as honest as I can be.

So, let’s shake it up with some ramblings on a Friday. And I sure hope this can create some good banter to get the Super weekend started.

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White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen Compares Himself to Charlie Sheen

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Just when America was extremely tired of hearing the words “tiger blood” and “#winning,” well if you don’t live a cave you’re probably sick of those words, Charlie Sheen re-enters the national consciousness. And who else but Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, would be crazy enough to compare himself to Sheen?

MLB spring training headlines got some much needed excitement today, as Guillen gives us the quote of 2011 so far.

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MLB Camps Open, 47 Indy League Stars Trying Out

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Robert Coello has only been pitching for four years after starting his professional career as a respected catching prospect, but the 6-foot-5, 250-pound right-hander no doubt is the envy of many of the other products of the Independent Baseball leagues who have their nameplates posted on a dressing cubicle in a major league clubhouse during these early days of spring training.

Coello may not have felt like being envied a few days ago when the Boston Red Sox, for whom he made his major league debut last September, designated him for assignment.  That all changed earlier this week when the Red Sox swapped the 26-year-old to the Chicago Cubs because he moved from obviously not being in overly high regard with talent-rich Boston to the organization with the second poorest relief earned run average (4.72) among all 30 teams one year ago.

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When Will the Houston Astros Selling Shoe Drop?

By: Melissa S. Wollering

Humor me for a hot stove moment. The Milwaukee Brewers have a ton of offensive issues. When the pitching is adequate (a rarity some weeks, yes) the bats don’t back it up. When the offense is on fire, the pitching might be as murky as the Menomonee River near the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

So if the Houston Astros start putting up the first signs advertising a summer garage sale in your neighborhood, is Milwaukee right to wheel and deal for a trade?  Would someone like Roy Oswalt make a significant difference or not? Should we look to our farm system instead? Is it too early for me to be asking any of these questions? [Read more…]

Live From Spring Training: 31 Compete to Pitch for Milwaukee Brewers


By: Melissa S. Wollering

For the next week, we’ll be coming to you live from Arizona and Cactus League play. A majority of my coverage will focus on the Milwaukee Brewers, but we’ll also throw is a taste of what’s going on with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox and more.

We start with what the Milwaukee Brewers need most: pitching. Look at it this way, at least they have options.  31 starters and relievers are looking to the make the roster and plenty of spots are for the taking. That’s a stark contrast to the 2009 rosters, in which the starting rotation had zero spots up for grabs and bullpen roles were fairly set. [Read more…]