Posted on 16 January 2010 by Lou
The Cubs Convention is going on this weekend in Chicago at the Hilton Chicago. Passes for the convention are sold out, but supposedly there is still home hotel room availability for the weekend. If you have a room, you can buy up to 4 passes per room for the weekend.
The opening ceremonies to the 2010 Cubs Convention kicked off on Friday night from 5-5:30PM. There were a few other activities on Friday, but the real action begins in earnest today. You’ll get to meet the Ricketts Family in person and you’ll get to mingle with current Cubs players (Derrek Lee, Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Marmol, Ryan Theriot, Ryan Dempster) and former Cubs players (Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg, Milt Pappas, Dave Otto), as well as the team’s coaching staff (Lou Pinella, Larry Rothschild) and broadcasting teams (Bob Brenly, Len Kasper, Pat Hughes and Santo).
Gotta love it – what a perfect way to get geared up for the upcoming 2010 Cubs schedule at Wrigley Field…
Posted on 13 January 2010 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs officially introduced Ryne Sandberg as the new Manager of the Triple A Iowa Cubs on Monday. Sandberg has worked his way up through the Cubs minor league system (2 seasons at Class A Peoria and 1 season at Double-A Tennessee) and appears primed to take over the Cubs major league job in the near future. Sandberg seems very content with his role within the Cubs organization: “I think the best way to become a manager is to actually manage. I think this is the necessary route for what I want to do… It’s a step in the right direction for what I’m doing. This is something I have really taken to, I really enjoy. My goal is to do this at the Major League level, so this is obviously a real nice stepping stone.” While he currently has a losing record as a minor league manager (202-215 in 3 seasons), he did mange Tennessee to the Southern League playoffs in 2009 with a 71-69 record.
Sandberg also had the highest compliments for Andre Dawson who was recently voted into the Hall of Fame: “I just hope he gets to wear the Cubs hat when he goes in. I think that’s the only thing that’s left to be determined… The ’87 season that Andre had was phenomenal to watch. He’s a Hall of Famer from the get go. He’s a class guy on and off the field, and he’ll be a great addition to the group of Hall of Famers.”
Maybe we’ll see Ryno managing with newly-hired assistant Greg Maddux serving as his pitching coach or as the Cubs GM. Could we see the changing of the guard soon – GM Jim Hendry and Manager Lou Pinella leaving- with younger Cubs greats taking over the reins for the Ricketts Family? Should be fun to watch.
Congrats Ryno and good luck in the future…
Posted on 09 January 2010 by Lou
Whether Andre Dawson goes into the Hall of Fame wearing a Cubs hat or an Expos hat is still up in the air. An announcement is expected to be made sometime next week. Dawson played the 1st 11 years of his career with the Montreal Expos. In 1987, Dawson joined the Chicago Cubs organization and he played the next 6 years of his career at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. Dawson also said that playing in front of the Wrigley faithful “rejuvenated” his MLB career. Inside sources say that Dawson would prefer to go into the Hall of Fame as a Cub, but that “higher powers that be” would prefer Dawson to enter the Hall of Fame wearing an Expos hat.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as anything develops…
Posted on 13 January 2009 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs did not get the Baseball Hall of Fame news that they were hoping for on Monday. Former Cubs right fielder Andre Dawson received only 361 votes – good for only 67% of the voting. One needs 75% of the vote in order to gain access to the Hall of Fame. Dawson got a small bump in voting from 2008 when he only received 65.9% of the vote. Former Cubs closer Lee Smith received only 240 votes – good for only 44.5% of the voting. Smith and Dawson will both be back on the ballot again in 2010.
The Baseball Writers Association of America only voted 2 players into the Hall of Fame in 2009 – Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice. Of all votes cast, after Henderson and Rice, Dawson and Bert Blyleven were the only 2 players listed on more than half of the ballots. Here’s hoping that Dawson can make it in next year – especially since his numbers are eerily similar to Rice’s career numbers. While Rice has a higher career batting average and on-base percentage than Dawson, Dawson has more RBI’s than Rice and only 33 players in MLB history have more RBI’s than Dawson. Along with Willie Mays and Barry Bonds, Dawson is one of 3 players to have 400 home runs and 300 steals – pretty impressive numbers.