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Speak Out: Fire Jim Hendry

Friday, December 18th, 2009

From the Cubs Media Department comes Exhibit A in the case for firing Jim Hendry:

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva and cash from the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Milton Bradley.

Silva, 30, is 60-64 with two saves and a 4.72 ERA (592 ER/1128.2 IP) in 295 major league appearances (159 starts) with Philadelphia (2002-03), Minnesota (2004-07) and Seattle (2008-09).  He has walked only 214 batters in 1128.2 innings pitched, an average of only 1.7 walks per nine innings.  Silva is 15-7 with two saves and a 4.18 ERA (116 ER/250.0 IP) in 135 games (17 starts) in his career against the National League, including a 5-1 mark and a 3.71 ERA (26 ER/63.0 IP) in 33 games (four starts) against the National League Central.

The righthander won nine or more games in four consecutive seasons with the Twins from 2004-07, including three double digit win campaigns in 2004 (career-high 14 wins), 2006 (11 wins) and 2007 (13 wins).  He made 27 or more starts in five-straight seasons from 2004-08.

Silva broke into the majors in 2002 and went 8-1 with a 3.83 ERA (73 ER/171.1 IP) in 130 appearances, all but one in relief, in his only two seasons in the National League with the Phillies.  Acquired in a trade by the Twins prior to the 2004 campaign, Silva went 47-45 with a 4.42 ERA (380 ER/773.2 IP) in 129 appearances (124 starts) in Minnesota, compiling more than 180.0 innings in all four campaigns.  In 2005, Silva walked only nine batters in 188.1 innings pitched, an average of one walk every 21.0 frames.

In 2009 with the Mariners, Silva was limited to eight appearances (six starts) due to a right shoulder impingement that landed him on the disabled list from May 9-September 15.  He went 1-3 with an 8.60 ERA (29 ER/30.1 IP) in the eight outings.  A native of Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, Silva is currently pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Bradley, 31, batted .257 (101-for-393) with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 124 games with the Cubs last season.

Now that you know how I feel, let’s hear your thoughts on this trade.

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Cubs Select Michael Parisi in the Rule 5 Draft

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The Cubs make a 1st round selection in the Rule 5 draft, selecting a RHP from the St. Louis Cardinals. (more…)

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Ryne Sandberg to Manage Iowa Cubs in 2010

Monday, December 7th, 2009

From the Iowa Cubs Media Dept:

Des Moines, IA – Today the Chicago Cubs announced Ryne Sandberg has been named manager of the Iowa Cubs for the 2010 season.
Sandberg, 50, spent last season managing the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and led the team to the Southern League Championship Series.  Prior to that he spent two season with Class-A Peoria before spending the 2009 season with AA Tennessee.  Sandberg will be Iowa’s 16th manager since their affiliation with the Cubs began in 1981.  He replaces Bobby Dickerson, now with the Baltimore Orioles’ organization.  In his three-year managerial career, Sandberg has posted a 202-215 (.417) record.
A 2005 Hall of Fame inductee, Sandberg enjoyed a 15-year career in the Major Leagues, the majority of those spent with the Chicago Cubs.  During that span, he earned nine Gold Glove awards and was a 10-time National League All-Star.  Sandberg was originally drafted in the 20th round of the 1978 amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
“We are very happy and excited to welcome Ryne Sandberg to the Iowa Cubs as he continues his managerial career.  We know our fans are excited too and will be supportive in what we hope will be a successful season,” said General Manager Sam Bernabe.
The Iowa Cubs open the 2010 season on April 8 against the Nashville Sounds at 6:35 p.m. at Principal Park.  Season tickets are on sale now by calling the Iowa Cubs at 515-243-6111.
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Cubs Deal Aaron Miles & Jake Fox to Oakland

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

From the Cubs Media Dept:

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitchers Jeff Gray and Ronny Morla as well as infielder/outfielder Matt Spencer from the Oakland Athletics for infielders Aaron Miles and Jake Fox and a cash consideration.  Gray has been added to Chicago’s 40-man roster.

Gray, 28, went 0-1 with a 3.76 ERA (11 ER/26.1 IP) in 24 relief appearances last season with the Athletics.  The righthander walked only four batters in 26.1 innings pitched while striking out 19.  Gray did not allow an earned run in 15 of his first 19 outings, turning in a 1.71 ERA (4 ER/21.0 IP) through September 19, before allowing seven runs in his final five outings to increase his season-ending ERA to 3.76.

The six-foot-three, 196-pound Gray split the 2009 campaign between Oakland and Triple-A Sacramento.  Gray went 2-2 with 16 saves and a 1.54 ERA (7 ER/41.0 IP) in 37 Triple-A relief outings.  Combined between Oakland and Sacramento last year, Gray posted a 2.41 ERA (18 ER/67.1 IP) and walked only 10 batters in 67.1 innings pitched.

Originally selected by the Athletics in the 32nd round of the 2004 June Draft, Gray made the jump from Single-A Kane County at the start of 2006 to Triple-A Sacramento by the end of 2007 before making his major league debut with Oakland in 2008.  He is 0-1 with a 4.35 ERA (15 ER/31.0 IP) in 29 career major league relief outings and is 21-21 with 36 saves and a 3.38 ERA (139 ER/370.2 IP) in 212 minor league outings (24 starts).  He has allowed only 15 home runs in 370.2 minor league innings, an average of one home run per 24.2 innings pitched.

Gray is a native of Texas City, Texas and pitched collegiately for Southwest Missouri State University.

Morla, 21, pitched last season for Single-A Vancouver and went 1-7 with a 4.86 ERA (34 ER/63.0 IP) in 17 appearances, 12 as a starter.  The six-foot-four, 200-pounder struck out 73 batters and walked 24, an average of 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings and a three-to-one strikeout to walk ratio.  Morla also allowed only four home runs in 63.0 innings pitched, an average of one home run allowed per 15.2 innings pitched.

The right-handed pitcher originally signed with the Athletics as a non-drafted free agent on February 10, 2006 and is a native of Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic.  He is 7-15 with a 4.52 ERA (99 ER/197.0 IP) in 48 appearances (36 starts) in three minor league seasons with Oakland’s rookie-level team (2007) and Vancouver (2008-09).

Spencer, 23, was originally selected by Philadelphia in the third round of the 2007 Draft and acquired by Oakland in the 2008 trade that sent pitcher Joe Blanton to the Phillies.  The left-handed batter and thrower combined to hit .289 (141-for-488) with 34 doubles, 19 home runs and 91 RBI between Single-A Stockton and Double-A Midland last season.  He began the season by hitting 10 home runs in 30 games with Stockton to earn the promotion.

The six-foot-five, 240-pounder is a .281 hitter (321-for-1142) with 42 homers, 186 RBI, a .338 on-base percentage and a .463 slugging percentage in 300 career minor league contests.  He played collegiately at Arizona State University.

Miles, who turns 33 on December 15, signed a two-year contract with the Cubs on December 31, 2008.  He batted .185 (29-for-157) with five RBI in 74 games with the Cubs last season.

Fox, 27, batted .259 (56-for-216) with 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 82 games with the Cubs last season.  He was originally selected by Chicago in the third round of the 2003 June Draft.

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Cubs Trade Aaron Heilman

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

From the Cubs Media Dept:

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Scott Maine and first baseman Ryne White from the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-handed pitcher Aaron Heilman. White is a native of Chicago and is a 2005 graduate of St. Rita of Cascia High School.

Maine, 24, combined to go 4-5 with seven saves and a 2.90 ERA (20 ER/62.0 IP) in 48 relief appearances between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno in 2009, reaching Triple-A in only his third professional season. The southpaw struck out 61 batters and issued 22 walks in 62.0 innings pitched between the stops, an average of nearly one strikeout per inning and 3.2 walks per nine innings. He allowed only two home runs in 62.0 innings pitched. Maine last month also made a pair of appearances for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings.

Drafted by the Diamondbacks in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft, Maine is 8-7 with 13 saves and a 3.29 ERA (44 ER/120.1 IP) in 88 relief appearances covering three professional seasons. The six-foot-three, 195-pounder pitched for three seasons at the University of Miami before joining the Diamondbacks organization.

White, 23, batted .266 (111-for-418) with 18 doubles, six home runs, 52 RBI, 65 walks and a .371 on-base percentage in 116 games for Single-A Visalia last season. He was especially strong against right-handed pitching, batting .298 (78-for-262) with a .405 on-base percentage compared to a .212 (33-for-156) mark and a .313 on-base percentage vs. left-handed pitching. He is a career .275 hitter (194-for-705) with 13 home runs, 103 RBI and a .366 on-base percentage in 186 professional games the last two seasons.

After graduating from St. Rita of Cascia, White attended Purdue University and was a 2007 Big Ten Conference All-Star after batting .452 (90-for-199) with a .521 on-base percentage in 53 games for the Boilermakers. The five-foot-11, 205-pounder was selected by the Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2008 Draft.

Heilman, 31, went 4-4 with one save and a 4.11 ERA (33 ER/72.1 IP) in 70 relief appearances for the Cubs last season. He was acquired from Seattle for left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson and infielder Ronny Cedeno January 28, 2009. The righthander is 26-37 with 10 saves and a 4.22 ERA (245 ER/522.2 IP) in 375 major league appearances (25 starts) with the New York Mets (2003-08) and Cubs (2009).

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The 13 Man Staff Strikes Again

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Sometimes I just don’t understand the decisions made. Reed Johnson to the DL and Jeff Stevens to the big club. The only thing I can think of is that Stevens was still in town and Fuld couldn’t get here in time. The media release is after the jump. (more…)

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MLB Network Program Alert

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

MLB Network sent me this release for a show tonight that I’ll tune into:

July 15, 2009 – MLB Network will televise 30 Clubs / 30 Report Cards, a midseason report, today, Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Following predictions made during Spring Training on MLB Network’s 30 Clubs / 30 Days, analysts John Hart, Dan Plesac, Victor Rojas and Mitch Williams will host a two-hour conversation as they review report cards for each of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs.

The show will include analysis on the second half of the season and potential American League and National League MVPs, Cy Young Award winners and Rookies of the Year. Hart, former general manager of the Texas Rangers, will also discuss farm reports, giving updates on Minor League players to watch.

30 Clubs/30 Report Cards will re-air until 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 16. Attached is a 30-second on-air promo of the show.

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Sometimes I don't Understand Mr. Hendry

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Cubs Released this today:

Update: Apparently Jeff Stevens, who was acquired in the DeRosa deal,  will be taking Hart’s place on the roster for tomorrow’s game – (Source

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– The Chicago Cubs have optioned right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart to Triple-A Iowa, effective following yesterday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.  The Cubs will make a corresponding roster move prior to tomorrow’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Additionally, the Cubs today reinstated left-handed pitcher Jason Waddell from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.

Hart, who made the start yesterday against Atlanta, is 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA (2 ER/10.2 IP) in five appearances (one start) for the Cubs this season.  In his first-career big league start yesterday, he allowed one run on four hits and five walks in 5.0 innings, striking out three, in a 4-1 setback.

The 26-year-old Hart is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA (18 ER/52.1 IP) in 22 games (six starts) with Iowa this season.  Hart is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA (5 ER/32.0 IP) in those six starts, striking out 32 batters and walking only 14 in 32.0 innings.  Opponents recorded only a .157 batting average against Hart in those six starts.

Waddell posted no record and a 5.40 ERA (1 ER/1.2 IP) in three relief appearances for the Cubs this season.  He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (10 ER/16.2 IP) in 18 relief outings with Iowa.

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Sportscaster Contest

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Let’s get some entries in for this contest that I got in my e-mail yesterday.:


My name is Dan Weissmann, and I’m a producer at a local radio station called (89.5 FM WBEW), where we’re running a contest this month—the winner becomes our sports correspondent for the next six months.  No pay, but lots of glory, and I thought you and your readers might be interested.

We’re defining “sports” as broadly as possible here—topics could include anything from basketball to board games, depending on the person’s interest.  What’s most important to us is the person’s ability to engage listeners—to make folks feel like they have to keep listening, even if the sport in question is something they’ve never cared about—or even heard of—before.

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Which isn’t to say that we wouldn’t love to have someone who has actual expertise in actual sports.  That would be pretty freaking cool.

People can enter by recording two minutes of themselves showing their stuff—calling play-by-play, doing an interview, or just telling a story.  The easiest way to record is by calling our hotline—use your telephone as a microphone, and our voicemail system becomes your tape recorder.  The hotline number is 888-635-1112—press “2” to record. 17 Again rip

The deadline for entries is next Wednesday, July 15, and finalists will be given some on-air challenges later in the month.   The winner—chosen on July 30—will get our backing for press accommodation at events throughout the Chicago and Northwest Indiana region for the next six months, and they’ll get to be a radio star for a while.

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There’s more info (and that clip of the guys calling play-by-play of the lady trying to catch the bus) at

About our station: is a project of Chicago Public Radio, an experiment in alternative approaches to public broadcasting–no NPR content, no pledge drives, aiming to reach a younger and more-diverse audience.  A lot of what we do on-air comes from recordings that listeners create.  One of my colleagues coined the tag line, “Extremely public radio:  You share it, we air it.”  We’re at 89.5 FM and at The Time Traveler’s Wife release

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Thanks!  Please let me know if you’ve got any questions.

All best,

- dan

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