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Merry Christmas From MyCubsToday! – Wrigley Field 12/25/10

Posted on 25 December 2010 by Lou

Merry Christmas from your friends at MyCubsToday and we wish you all the best in 2011…

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Cubs Radio Broadcast — What Will it Look Like in 2011? – Wrigley Field 12/22/10

Posted on 22 December 2010 by Lou

What will the Cubs WGN radio broadcast look like in 2011 and beyond?  One thing is for certain – Pat Hughes will be in the booth for a while.  Hughes just signed a 5-year deal to continue doing the radio broadcasts for the Cubs.

Replacements for the legendary Ron Santo include former Cubs greats – Rick Sutcliffe, Dave Otto, Keith Moreland, Randy Hundley and Rick Monday.

We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything on the broadcast front…

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Cubs Falling Out of Contention in Pursuit of Brandon Webb – Wrigley Field 12/21/10

Posted on 21 December 2010 by Lou

The Chicago Cubs appear to be falling out of the race for starter Brandon Webb.  Webb has pitched a total of just 4 innings combined during the 2009 and 2010 MLB seasons because of shoulder injuries.  But it appears that Webb  is healthy again and he is receiving strong interest from the Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals.  The Rangers have strong interest because they lost out in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes.  The Nationals have strong interest because they will be without stud Stephen Strasburg for all of 2010 because of his Tommy John surgery.  Any deal would most likely be incentive-laden because of his past arm injuries, but he is an intriguing starter in an otherwise “weak” starters market this winter.

We’ll keep you posted if the Cubs make a strong move down the stretch here.  Given the Cubs signing of Kerry Wood which will allow them to move Andrew Cashner back into a starting role for 2011, their need for another starter is not as urgent.  But I guess you can never have too many starters, especially if Webb is really healthy and if he only gets paid a hefty sum if he earns it with positive production on the mound…

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Phil Cavarretta Dies at 94 Years of Age — Wrigley Field 12/20/10

Posted on 20 December 2010 by Lou

Former Cubs NL MVP Phil Cavarretta passed away at the age of 94 following complications from a stroke that he suffered about a week ago.  Cavarretta won the NL MVP Back in 1945 – the last time that the Cubs appeared in the World Series.  That season, he led the NL in batting with a .355 batting average and a .449 on-base percentage.  The Cubs lost to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series that season.

Cavarretta played 20 of his first 22 major league seasons for the North Siders.  His final 2 seasons in the bigs he played for the White Sox on the south side of Chicago.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest Hot Stove action as soon as anything crosses the wire this week…

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Los Angeles Dodgers, Cubs to Meet in Spring Game in Las Vegas – Wrigley Field 12/18/10

Posted on 18 December 2010 by Lou

The Cubs and Dodgers will meet in a spring training game at Cashman Field in Las Vegas on March 13th at 1:05PM.  Cashman Field is home to the Las Vegas 51′s who were the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate from 2001-2008 until they signed a long-term player development agreement with the Albuquerque Isotopes.  The Las Vegas 51′s are now the top affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays.

We’ll keep you posted as soon as any ticket information becomes available.

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It’s Official — Cubs Announce Signing of Kerry Wood – Wrigley Field 12/17/10

Posted on 17 December 2010 by Lou

It’s official – Kerry Wood is a member of the Cubs again.  The 33-year old returns to the team that drafted him 4th overall in the 1995 draft.  Wood was excited to be back in Chicago — “It’s never been about the money.  It’s about being home and being here at Wrigley, which is home for me.”  He will make $1.5 million in 2011 and he will also have incentive and award based bonuses that could up that figure.

After a rough year and a half with the Indians in Cleveland, Wood emerged as the New York Yankees most dependable set up man for closer Mariano Rivera down the stretch in 2010.  In 24 appearances with the Yankees, Wood was 2-0 with a sparkling 0.69 ERA.  He is still healthy and he is looking forward to performing in a set-up role out of the bullpen for Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.

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Cubs Bring Back Fan Favorite Kerry Wood to North Side – Wrigley Field 12/16/10

Posted on 16 December 2010 by Lou

It looks like Kerry Wood will be ending his career with the team that he started with – the Chicago Cubs.  Wood wanted to end his career in Chicago as he and his wife have decided to make Chicago their permanent home.  The Cubs have tentatively agreed to a 1-year, $1.5 million deal.  There are still performance and award bonuses to be worked out, but assuming he passes his physical, Wood will be in a Cubs uniform in 2011 and hopefully beyond until he decides to retire.

This is GREAT news for the Cubs.  After the Ryne Sandberg fallout, it’s great to see that the Cubs are willing to work with past stars.  Plus, because of the low dollar amount on the deal, the Cubs should still be able to add another reliever to the fold with their limited budget.  Wood will also serve as a great role model and mentor for young pitchers like Andrew Cashner, James Russell, Scott Maine and Justin Berg.  The move also gives Manager Mike Quade some flexibility in being able to move Cashner to a starting rotation spot if the Cubs do not sign or trade for a starting pitcher this winter.  And if they do sign a new starter, then the Cubs will have a nice deep bullpen with Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, John Grabow, Wood and Cashner.

We’ll keep you posted as soon as this gets finalized in the coming days.

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Carlos Zambrano Trade Talks Just That — All Rumors — Wrigley Field 12/15/10

Posted on 15 December 2010 by Lou

According to Carlos Zambrano’s camp, Big Z isn’t going anywhere.  After the New York Yankees lost out on the Cliff Lee sweepstakes on Monday night, many “insiders” claimed that the Yankees would then turn their attention to Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs.  But Zambrano’s agent reiterated that the Cubs have not asked him to consider a trade and that Big Z has not requested a trade either.  Big Z is under contract through 2012 and a guaranteed contract for the 2013 season kicks in if he finishes 1st or 2nd in Cy Young voting in either 2011 or 2012 (that will likely not happen).  Since Zambrano has 5 and 10 rights, he must approve any trade that the Cubs propose to him.

Zambrano finished strong in 2010 after a tumultuous start to the season which included a team-imposed suspension for a month to hash uot “anger management” issues.  He won his last 8 starts, including a stellar 4-0 September in which he posted a spectacular 0.78 ERA.  A move to the Yankees would mean that he would be re-united with former Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild.  We’ll keep you posted…

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Could Andrew Cashner Start in 2011? — Wrigley Field 12/14/10

Posted on 14 December 2010 by Lou

Could we see Andrew Cashner as a starter at Wrigley Field during the 2011 MLB schedule?  Andrew Cashner was always a starter until he was drafted by the Cubs and he has pitched as a reliever ever since.  A lot depends on what the Cubs do the rest of the off-season.

GM Jim Hendry keeps saying that the Cubs are in the market for a starting pitcher and they have pursued vigorous trade talks with the Tampa Bay Rays for Matt Garza. If the Cubs landed a player like Garza, then there is very klittle chance that we would see Cashner as a starter.

But now that the best free agent starting pitcher – Cliff Lee – signed with the Philadelphia Phillies instead of the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, the Yankees and Rangers could make a strong play to try to lure Garza away from the Rays.  That could limit the Cubs chances to snag him, which could open up a spot for Cashner if he has a solid spring.

Also, the Cubs could try to shop Carlos Zambrano around again after his solid end to the 2010 MLB season.  Zambrano has a no trade clause, but the Cubs could try to convince him to waive it to play for a team like the New York Yankees where he could win a World Series now.  Big would also be re-united with the only pitching coach he has ever known – Larry Rothschild – who recently left the Cubs to take the Yankees pitching coach job.

Should be interesting to see how things fall into place now that Lee has signed.  We should start to see all the dominoes fall over the next few weeks…

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Perfect Memorial for Legend Ron Santo — Wrigley Field 12/10/10

Posted on 10 December 2010 by Lou

A special memorial was held for Ron Santo on Thursday night at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.  There was also a motorcade procession around Wrigley Field on Friday honoring the Cubs legend.  You can read about other special Ron Santo stories through this link.  We will miss you Ron – the broadcasts will not be the same next season without you…

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