40 players on RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Felix Doubront
* Eric Jokisch
* Joe Ortiz
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Rafael Lopez
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Kalish
60-DAY DL: 3
James McDonald, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
2015 Draft Pick Order
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in 2015 draft as well their their regular pick. The teams with the 10 worst records (top 11 picks) have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.
In what was one of the best outings by any Cubs starting pitcher so far this ST, Wade Miller tossed five innings of shutout ball and appeared (in the process) to have maybe nailed down the 5th starter job, as the Cubs defeated the Giants 3-2 at Scottsdale Stadium today.
Carlos Zambrano threw six innings of one run ball, Ronny Cedeno and Aramis Ramirez hit home runs, Mark DeRosa was 2-4 with a single and a double, and Michael Barrett was on base four straight times on two singles and two walks, as the Cubs defeated the Giants 6-2 before a capacity crowd of 12,752 at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa today.
Mark Prior threw four solid innings at Peoria in his best outing of the Spring, and Jeff Samardzija threw four shutout innings in a minor league game at Fitch Park today, before the next round of thunderstorms crashed through the Valley of the Sun.
Just like old times.
A Cubs Spring Training game at HoHoKam Park.
Sammy Sosa in the outfield.
Heck, even Wayne Messmer and his wife Kathy are at the game, singing "God Bless America" before the game and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the middle of the seventh inning.
Best of all...
Cubs Win!! Cubs Win!!! Cubs Win!!
Yes, Daryle Ward clubbed a one-out grand slam HR in the bottom of the 9th inning, giving the Cubs a hard-fought 11-7 victory over the Texas Rangers in front of 11,674 fans at cloudy and breezy Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa today. Ward, who has now gone 5-10 with 10 RBI in his last three ST games, had earlier given the Cubs a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the 7th, with a two-out line-drive RBI single.
I wasn't at the game, but the Cubs dropped a 4-2 decision to the Colorado Rockies today at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson.
After the game, the Cubs announced several roster cuts, optioning C Geovany Soto to Iowa, and sending NRI LHP Ryan O'Malley and Carmen Pignatiello, C Jake Fox, 3B Casey McGehee, and 1B Micah Hoffpauir to the minor league camp at Fitch Park.
The Cubs have also released RHP Eli Diaz and Alfredo Francisco, LHP Nate Bland, C Kevin Ciarrachi, 1B Jason Hart and Luther Murphy, INF Derek Wathan, and OF Tony Miller and Nate Price from minor league camp, and OF Davy Gregg has retired.
Diaz was a 2006 40th round draft pick out of Texarkana JC who pitched at AZL Mesa last season, Francisco was a one-time hot-shot Dominican 3B prospect who received a big bonus from the Cubs five years ago, but was converted to a pitcher when he couldn't learn to hit curve balls and sliders, Murphy was a 2005 "draft+follow" JC player (selected in the 46th round out of Palm Beach CC) who signed with the Cubs prior to the 2006 Rule 4 Draft and then was assigned to AZL Mesa, Price was a '06 NDFA (University of Iowa) who hit a combined .263 as a "4th OF" at Peoria and Daytona last year, Ciarrachi was signed last December after playing in professional independent leagues the previous five seasons, and Bland (ex-HOU) , Hart (ex-TEX), Wathan (ex-FLA), and Miller (ex-COL) were minor league FAs signed to minor league contracts during the off-season by the Cubs. Gregg was a speedy CF selected in the 27th round of the 2005 draft out of the University of South Carolina who played at Boise in '05 and at Peoria last year.
A day after they were shutout on two hits by a trio of Angels pitchers at Diablo Stadium in Tempe, a Cubs split squad exploded for 22 hits, defeating a Seattle Mariners split squad 16-4 before a crowd of 8,625 at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa today.
box score - CUBS VS SEA at MESA
Jose Cruz, Jr and Kevin Kouzmanoff each hit two-run home runs, as the San Diego Padres defeated the Cubs 7-3 before a capacity St. Patrick's Day crowd of 12,764 and an international WGN-TV audience at extremely hot (record-setting mid-90's) and sunny Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa today.
This time I'm SURE the game was on WGN-TV (because that's how I watched it), so I'm not going to go into a complete review of the game, but the White Sox defeated the Cubs 7-6 yesterday at VERY hot (upper 90's) Tucson Electric Park.
Cliff Floyd hit a three-run homer and doubled, Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run home run, Alfonso Soriano went 3-3 with two singles, a triple, a stolen base, and a run scored, and Jacque Jones (a single and a double and two runs scored) and Matt Murton (a single and a walk) reached base twice, as the Cubs defeated the S. S. Mariner (that's "S. S.," as in "Split Squad") before a capacity crowd of 12,771 at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa today.
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The Cubs have assigned INF Danny Lockhart to the Mesa Solar Sox (AFL) effective Monday (10/27), replacing INF Addison Russell. It has not been reported yet if Lockhart will be on the MSS Active Roster or Taxi Squad (in which case he can play only on Wednesdays and Saturdays). OF Bijan Rademacher is presently on the MSS Taxi Squad and he is really rakin', so he could be promoted to the Active Roster if Lockhart is assigned to the Taxi Squad.
I'm honestly not trying to be balanced. I'm pointing out the things I liked. And I'm most definitely not arguing in favor of him over Maddon - all of the internets are saying Maddon should be a Cub, and who am I to argue with all of the internets? I'm also not a Libra. When Renteria was picked I wanted Martinez, so we may get the best of both worlds now, with Martinez coming in as bench coach. I'll be very, very, very surprised if Maddon is not the Cubs manager by midnight, October 30. So whatever I think of Renteria is a moot point. And I agree, Cap Happy has his flaws.
I think Renteria was much better than most people seem to think he was. This was a team that competed and played well every day without a very good lineup to work with. They did the fundamentals well, and managers must have some impact there because no Cubs team has for quite awhile, and it can't all be attributed to the Cubs Way, whatever that is, because it just hasn't had enough time to really bake. I liked his absolute impatience with late inning pitchers who walked guys.
I believe it's a dream come true for Theo as well ... again I don't believe Renteria was a good manager and he certainly wasn't very captivating in the press room either. If Theo/Jed were disappointed as I believe they were they had very little choice but to keep him onboard. Going through managers that fast (and pitching coaches) is bad publicity.
Here they can say it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get their man, save face with apologies to captain happy, and get on with somone who excels at their job.
Reading the various internet reports last night I can't help but think this is Maddon's job now. For him, it's the opportunity of a lifetime, the ultimate career challenge, and possibly ultimate career accomplishment. Being the manager that helps break the 100+ year cycle. I think he'll risk some mumbling for that.
I will kind of feel for Capt Happy, but them's the breaks.
That's a huge part of this job. It's what turned NY cocksure Lou, into mumbling going to the beach Lou.
Going to need a strong character for when this team kicks in and starts challenging.
That's when the real pressure hits. And when it happens this time, it's going to make Lou's situation look like what Herman Franks dealt with in '77-78.
Maybe that's why Cpt Happy is good for the job. He might be oblivious to it all.
4-23-2008 at Colorado: Cubs trailing 5-4 going into top of the 9th... Manny Corpas is the pitcher (he was the Rockies closer at the time)... one-out single by Derrek Lee... Felix Pie pinch-runs for D-Lee.... A-Ram two-run HR puts the Cubs ahead 6-5... Kerry Wood blows the save in the bottom of the 9th, but the Cubs win 7-6 in 10.
Maddon was the ideal fit, open to ideas from the analytics-minded front office and popular with players for cultivating a loose clubhouse atmosphere while thriving on competing with the payroll behemoths in the American League East.
My favorite Lou moment -- Cubs down a run in the 9th, get a man on first, ARam coming to the plate. The other team has a lefty on the mound. Lou pinch runs Felix Pie. Bob Brenley says this is a great move, since Pie can steal a base and put the tying run in scoring position. Pie never tries to steal 2nd. Brenley is flabbergasted as to why they would pinch-run Pie if he wasn't going to steal. The reason -- the scouting report said the lefty used a slide step with a fast runner on first, and when he went to the slide step, his slider flattened out.
Thanks Rob - all managers make head scratcher moves so I'm not worried about that angle. My overall feeling is that if everybody loves the guy then they ought to go for it. The march against Cubbery needs every angle it can get to overcome the stench we've had to endure.