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39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus one player on 60-DAY DL
25 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus four players on 15-DAY DL and 10 players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
15-DAY DL: 4
* Felix Doubront, P
Edwin Jackson, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
60-DAY DL: 1
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
Junior Lake, OF
Mile Olt, INF
Blake Parker, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Brian Schlitter, P
Dan Straily, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
Updated through 8/28/14 - 29 games left for Cubs.
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick.
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How optimistic do you feel toward the remaining 2009 Chicago Cubs' season?
Chicago Tribune says Z missed the team flight to Atlanta and got chewed out by Lou when he did arrive.
Sullivan, who really seems to dislike many Cubs players on a personal level and takes pot shots at them instead of just reporting facts, added:
"This isn't the first time Zambrano has ignored team rules, but the Cubs appear to be wearying of his act. He's expected to be fined for this latest incident, and may be asked to apologize to his teammates as well."
Luis Vizcaino was cut supposedly because of not following team rules. Seems like there might be a problem of this stuff. Is this Lou starting to lose the team some?
Oh yeah, wouldn't it be nice to have Vizcaino and his 1.54 ERA in the bullpen right about now? Nah, I would rather have Patton and his big 4.2 IP in the past month rotting on the bench.
I don't miss Vizcaino at all, saw him gag up two games on ESPN this year. But, I'd like a real live 25th guy on the roster rather than Patton. His stuff better be the best since Bob Gibson, that's the only reason to keep a single A player hidden on your 25 man.
A lot of Cub players are disliked by the writers. This apparently is not a likeable team. I've seen at least three writers (including Sullivan) say the 07 and 08 Cubs were much easier to work with, since they had guys like Wood and Howry who stood up and dealt with the scribes on a regular basis, whether they were going good or bad. While this team has a few such players (like Lilly and Dempster), from what I can tell most of them are uncooperative.
"they had guys like Wood and Howry who stood up"
Actually, according to Bruce Miles it was MARK DEROSA who regularly talked to the media and gave his teammates cover.
I don't want players that talk nicely with the media. I want players who perform on the field.
wow he may have to apoligize to teammates how bout he throws
a four hitter gives up, one run and pitches nine innings so we dont have to look at our bullshit bullpen on thursday.
if lou called him into the office i would hope he wasnt the only one.
cubs best pitcher= randy wells
I went with somewhat optimistic manly because I feel the Brewers and Cardinals are playing over their heads still. I mean we have played as crappy as we have and were still only 4 games back of a playoff spot.
i agree whole-heartedly with your first sentence, and voted the same way.
i shall now live in terror that the challenge you have thrown at the cubs with your second sentence will be answered with: "you folks ain't seen nuthin' yet".
I think SOME Cards and Brewers and Reds are playing over their heads. I feel somewhat optimistic because I think they have a lot of holes in their teams, just like the Cubs. St. Louis starters, Brewers defense and Manny Parra, Reds offense are all problems. What bugs me is that come trade deadline, two of those three will do something about it. Hendry can't, unless it's a dollar for dollar thing. I think dreams of Peavy/Halladay/anyone worth anything are just that - dreams.
Don't look back, someone may be chasing you
--attributed to Satchel Paige
I'm not too optimistic about the rest of the season, and here's why -
If the Cubs want to match what they did last year during the regular season, they'd have to go 72-40 the rest of the way. Yeah right.
Granted, they might not have to match 97 wins, but it looks like the NL Central is a pretty tough division, despite once again getting absolutely no respect during the preseason.
Stealing Peavy and Adrian Gonzalez during the Pads' fire sale would certainly boost my morale though...
As long as Gregg is the closer, I can't feel optimistic.
He thinks he has a Billy Wagner fastball, as evidenced by last night -- "I will announce my presence with authority!". Flat, 93 mph fastballs over the middle of the plate get hit berry, berry far.
"I will announce my presence with authority!"
Nice Bull Durham reference.
Dale Sveum: "Shit. Shit shit shit. SHIT."
The pitcher's immediate reaction to Soler's 2nd HR is somehow indescribably funny to me ... He didn't know how to react and just kinda puffed out his chest and walked toward home plate. Priceless.
Little guy has some pop! First ML HR batting right-handed.
this team is going to be frightening next year
alcantara joins in on the fun with a HR.
Rizzo must be like - um - get me back on the field.
Cubs fans we might be having a fun decade or so of baseball starting to peek around the corner.
Apparently baseball isn't as difficult as some people make it out to be.
Definitely an encouraging AB for Baez - seemed to have dialed it down just a little bit there ... and still ropes a double.
That reminded me of that old cartoon where the ball is screaming as it flies out of the yard. Good god.
looked like a Mcgwire bomb there
that one was destroyed. both homers tonight were no-doubt HR's in any park.
3-3...with a walk, too.
I'm more impressed that he managed to work the count from 0-2 to 2-2 before lining into the gap
...and baez gives the cubs a 2 run lead.
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