Archive - 2005

December 23rd

Blue Christmas?

The #1 topic of conversation these last few days has been the possibility of trading Mark Prior. Speculation, thanks to Ken Rosenthal's column, has centered on Prior going to Baltimore in a trade that brings Migeul Tejada to the Cubs, though there has been talk of a trade to the Phillies, and there may be a West Coast team (like the A's?) involved as well. The Cubs are supposedly holding out for Erik Bedard in return, while the O's may want one of the Cubs' minor leaguers along with Prior. Rob, Trans, John and I had a little discussion about this in email last night (and John even managed to drop a Dr. Who reference like the cheeky Brit he is), and since no matter what we post today the comments are going to be about this trade, we thought we'd just post our exchange here:

Today in Cubs History: 12-23

Not too much happens, generally, the closer we get to Christmas. But here's one gem: 12-23-1997 - Traded Doug Glanville to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Mickey Morandini. I believe there will be at least one detailed article, perhaps more, posted today and tomorrow. So feel free to use this as an open-thread, while the articles stay more on-topic.

December 22nd

Why I Like the Jones Signing

OK, I've come all the way around on the Jones signing and am in favor of it. There are a few caveats, but overall I think it will improve the team. The question I kept asking myself was, "does this make the Cubs better than they were last year?" And the answer, it seems to me, is yes. Signing Jones does two things: it replaces Jeromy Burnitz in the outfield, and it prevents Corey Patterson from starting.

December 21st

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  • Reports this morning that Marlins' pitching ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident - just horrible news.

    Eric S 33 min 13 sec ago view
  • Check out John Arguello at Cubs Den for great analysis & photos from Cubs AZ Instructs

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    Arizona Phil 12 hours 47 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 18 hours 5 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 18 hours 6 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 18 hours 17 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 18 hours 19 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 18 hours 19 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 18 hours 26 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 18 hours 40 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 19 hours 13 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 19 hours 17 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 19 hours 29 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 19 hours 47 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 20 hours 8 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 20 hours 9 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 23 hours 9 min ago view