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Live From the Wrigley Field Jail Cell

Hey we're talking about Cubs baseball here while were waiting to get bailed out, and baseball in general if you really want to since November 2004.

Updated: 2012-04-15T20:55:18.836-05:00


Another Cub Heads to the Hall....


It's taken only 13 years, but Bruce Sutter has finally made into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Sutter is credited with being the first pitcher to effectively use the 'splitter' (split-fingered fastball) which he had to learn after he lost bite on his fastball and other breaking pitches after having elbow surgery early in his career. Although his career was over by age 35 and



The Cubs have traded for Florida CF Juan Pierre early this morning of December 7th. They will be giving up minor league pitchers Renyel Pinto and Rickey Nolasco. The Cubs will also be getting a so-far unnamed Florida minor leaguer back in the deal. With this move the Cubs have now gotton rid of both of thier Baseball America minor league all-star pitchers (Nolasco and Jermaine Van Buren).

Pierre, Mench, Soriano on Thier Way To The Windy City...


Hard to believe, most likely because we don't want to, but it appears that these three players may be making their way to the North Side of town sometime next week. In what was a hard-to-believe article posted on it was reported that not only were the Cubs imminantly signing Rafael Furcal to a 6 yr deal worth up to $100 million, but that they were going to deal for both 2B Alfonso

Free Agent Predictions....


With only a few free agents, and no big ones, signed so far this offseason, here's some predictions on where I think the major free agents at each position will be heading. I am also going to include some potential players to be traded this offseason and where they'll be headed as well. Analysis on some is offered below as well. Only position players who figure to be starters are listed.First

Howry to the Cubs?.....


There are some strong rumors that the Cubs are about to ink thier second reliever of the offseason, signing right hander Bob Howry for around $12 million over three seasons. There is nothing confirmed for this right now but it seems as though the deal will be completed and announced sometime in the next few days.If this thing does go through it will be the second former White Sox pitcher the Cubs

Get 'em While They Last....


Whoo hoo. The Marlins are holding thier second fire sale in the last decade, and this time it's even better than the first. Deciding, in more of an indictment against the fans in South Florida (and thier horrible lease), that they cannot take another year of heavy losses the Marlins have given the go-ahead to completely dismanteling thier 2004 team. Unlike 1998, when they sold off everything

Cubbies get some relief....


Although all the details havn't been mashed out yet, and all but ending the chances of a run at a top calibre reliever, the Cubs will announce tommorow that they have signed lefty reliever Scott Eyre to a 2 year deal, with a third year player option that could make the total package worth $11 million. Eyre was in high demand but his choice to come to the Cubs came down to a few things: 1) He

It's About Time Someone Said Something....


It's only taken 3 years and a re-newed multiyear deal but finally a member of the Cubs coaching staff has held the team accountable for lacking in fundamentals, that man - Larry Rothschild. He wasn't as harsh as he should have been, and presented an out for the coaching staff to not be held liable, but at least hes finally commenting on something that has been lacking on the north side for many

Is Jim Hendry on Crack?....


The Cubs resigned SS Nefi Perez to a 2yr/$5 million contract the other day. 2 years and $5 million? Why don't you just give him $10 million to go away? Seriously, this is a horrible deal and Hendry should have known better than to do this. These are the kind of moves that ruin a GM and gives him excuses to not add payroll later on in the season. Don't get me wrong here, this isn't a complete

The Offseason is starting to heat up...


Teams are starting to make moves after the White Sox closed the 2005 season with a sweep of the Houston Astros. Did I just really type those words. Anyways, teams are moving along and the Cubs have done plenty already. Let's recap.Though it didn't happen this week, 'Trader' Jim Hendry and incumbent closer Ryan Dempster agreed to a 3 year, $15 million deal during the last series of the season.

World Series Preview....


Houston Astros vs. Chicago White SoxMatchups(subject to change):Game 1, Clemens v. ContrerasGame 2, Pettitte v. BuehrleGame 3, Garland v. OswaltGame 4, Garcia v. BackeGame 5, Contreras v. ClemensGame 6, Pettitte v. BuehrleGame 7, Oswalt v. GarlandWell through the first two rounds of the baseball playoffs I only made one correct prediction, the Astros over Atlanta in 4. The next closest to correct

Playoff Preview...


True to my title, here's my thoughts on the upcoming playoff series' in the American and National League.American LeagueEvery team in the American league playoffs has holes and two teams that are very opposite will be facing off. The strengths of Anaheim and Chicago are in pitching, and the strengths of Boston and New York are at the plate. We all know the old playoff baseball axiom, good

The Party's Over...


That is, if the party ever really got started in the first place. Yesterdays final home game of the year was a fitting end to a tumultuous season at 1600 Addison. Follow suit to the rest of the season, in what was a apropo dark and rainy day, the Cubs failed to get a run home to tie the game in the 9th - after loading the bases with no outs.One of the lone bright spots this year, Matt Murton,

A.L./N.L. Division Previews


It's been three and a half weeks since my last column, but as once Paul Newman once quipped in The Color of Money, I'm back. Today starts a four part series on the preview of each division plus a playoffs and awards winners column. And remember that if you want to enter the CBA prediction contest entries are due in a couple of on to the divisions in the Pacific and Mountain time

Sosa to Umpires: "High Heat is soooo Reeeeeeeel"


One day after having debuting like the Orioles had hoped, getting two hits including a home run, Sosa mananged to get himself ejected from a spring training game while arguing balls and strikes. Going out to play the field for his second inning in an Orioles uniform Sosa continued to argue about a high strike three curveball and got tossed by the 2nd base umpire. Baltimore better hope that Sammy

The new phone books are here, The new phone books are here!....


Well everyone has finally reported to the Fitch Park for the start of spring training and we don't even have to wait for Sammy's late arrival this year to a myriad of excuses. Frankly, I am overcome with nothing at this point. As the glorious moment known as opening day comes closer I'll get more towards the wet-my-pants excitement level, but it's still February for God's sake. Out of all the

Calling all pitchers and catchers...


Spring time is here again! Or at least the baseball season has started up for the 2005 season. Hopefully this new year doesn't bring another season that makes me want to commit suicide at the end of it, but we'll see. Pitchers and Catchers finally reported to camp today while the other lazier players don't report until Feb. 21st. As camp opens the two main questions for the Cubbies next season

The Farns kicks the Cubbie Bucket....


And I guess that's better than kicking an electric fan and breaking your foot, but only the Farns can tell you that answer. High on potential and low on results, Jim Hendry finally got tired of Farnsworth and dumped him off to Detroit today along with the infamous PTBNL for 3 minor leaguers. The three minor leaguers coming from Detroit are RHP Roberto Novoa, 3B Scott Moore, and OF Claerence (Bo)

Ol' Stoney's, Back in Town...


Looks like Steve Stone will stay in Chicago to continue his broadcasting career as he signed a new deal with 670 the Score WSCR to become thier new baseball analyst during the upcoming season. Citing that "nobody knows baseball better than Steve Stone," and realizing his obvious respect and following of all Cub fans from his nearly 20 years as the color guy on WGN. After watching the national

The team is set....


But are they ready to go? With the signing of arbitration eligible players Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano they team that will be competing next season is nearly set. With only a few pitching spots up for grabs I'm going to take a look at what I believe the batting order should be in a bit. Aramis got $8.95 million for next season while Carlos (or Victor if you read the homepage -

In Dusty We Trusty?....


Dusty Baker is at it again, this time talking about recent happenings in the Chicago Tribune. The more things that come out of his mouth, the more and more I can start to understand why the inmates ran the asylum last season. Baker started the press conference by stating that he wants to find out why Sosa was so upset with him and said, "(I) was going to wait until the whole

The more things change...


Well next season the Cubs will have a strikeout prone, pull-hitting, free-swinging, moderately walking, can't-hit-the-opposite-waying, oversized lumbering Right fielder with declining power who was once considered an above average defensive player but has fallen drastically in the last few years. Now you're telling me that the Cubs just traded Sammy Sosa to Baltimore, right?? Well I'm telling

Don't let the door hit your ass...


Jim Hendry appears to have used his magical powers over other GM's once again as Sammy Sosa is on his way out of Chicago and headed Baltimore way. There are reports going on that the Cubs brass has been locked up in the Cubbie war room in Wrigley field since sometime Thursday, while the big boys came in today to discuss monetary issues involved with this deal before it gets the goahead to get

Money Talks....


And lets get this straight, that is the only reason why OF Carlos Beltran will be playing in Queens next season. It wasn't because of a no-trade clause the Astros wouldn't give him. It wasn't because the Mets signed Pedro Martinez. It definently wasn't because the Mets play in a good stadium and is a young up-and-coming team. It was because the Mets gave him 20 million more reasons to play in New

T-Minus 10 hours....


It's about 10 hours (at the most) until we know what will be going on in the Carlos Beltran deal. He has until 11 p.m. CST tonight to re-sign with the Astros otherwise he cannot sign with them until May 1. Right now there are so many conflicting reports out there that I cannot personally decipher what the hell is going on or what is going to happen, but there are a few things we know for sure.