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Monthly Archive: January 2006

Tuesday

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January 2006

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Thru Cub Eyes: Ernie Banks

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In honor of Mr. Cub’s 75th birthday, we offer this very special edition of Thru Cub Eyes, from the fine compilation of Cub anecdotes, put together by Carrie Muskat in Banks to Sandberg to Grace.. Happy Birthday, Ernie. You remain the most loved Cub of all time. Many of the players didn’t quite understand my own philosophy. I believe in forgive and forget, and keep your mouth shut and listen to whatever somebody is trying to tell you and you can learn something. I tell my children that. But it was just misinterpreted that Leo disliked me. He made my […]

Monday

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January 2006

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Compare and contrast

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Hopefully by now most of you have had a chance to listen to Joe Aiello’s interview with Pat Hughes. Pat stuck his neck out a little and had some interesting things to say in this interview, so it’s a ‘must listen’ if you haven’t done so already. Please see the article immediately before this one if you have not. Let’s compare and contrast Pat’s incisive style to another journalist, one who happens to write for mlb.com. Here’s what Carrie Muscat had to say about Jacque Jones in her current article entitled Mailbag: Right time for Miller time? Pierre, Jones and […]

Monday

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January 2006

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Pat Hughes Interview

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Sunday I had the opportunity to once again interview Cubs radio man, Pat Hughes. It is always a great time talking baseball with him and I look forward to future conversations. I recorded the interview for you. Listen to the 20 min MP3. Enjoy!!!

Sunday

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January 2006

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A quiet move that made loud sense

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The Cubs announced that they have hired the services of baseball up n’ comer Tim Wilken to be their new Scouting Director. Not much fanfare was associated with the fact that former Cubs Scouting Director John Stockstill has left the organization to take a similar position with the Orioles. Well here’s my take, this acquisition is going to take a while to bear fruit but it should greatly benefit the Cubs. Nothing against Mr. Stockstill but the Cubs top draft picks generally have not moved through the progression to the major leagues. Every year Baseball America and Fantasy Baseball Fantastics […]

Friday

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January 2006

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One down, five to go

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Today the Cubs announced that they have signed Mark Prior for the 2006 season for $3.65M. As you all know, the Cubs control Prior through 2008 but Mark changed his contract status (as was his right) and had asked for $4M. I hope he’s happy with the $900,000 raise because I value his output on this team. That leaves four more arbitration-eligible players who must be signed by Feb. 1st if the Cubs wish to avoid arbitration hearings; in arbitration there is no compromise, either the team’s offer or the player’s request are awarded. Those players are Will Ohman, Jerry […]