1. A Classic Carlos Marmol Meltdown

    It’s scary how quickly Carlos Marmol falls apart. And yet, remarkable how often he escapes his own jams. The guy’s made an art form out of walking the bags full, then striking out the side...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 70 reads 2 comments

  2. Will Jim Hendry Trade Ted Lilly?

    Ted Lilly has two more scheduled starts before the trade deadline. Both are against Houston–July 21 & 28. Lilly made it clear in his meeting with Jim Hendry Thursday that he prefers to stay with Chicago...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 27 reads 3 comments

  3. Welcome Back, Aramis Ramirez!

    There’s not a more important bat in the Cubs’ lineup than Aramis’. He’s the best clutch hitter on the team, a proven RBI-man, a guy opponents pitch around...

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  4. Joey Votto Disses Marlon Byrd

    I voted 25 times for Joey Votto’s All Star selection. When that wasn’t enough, I ‘voted Votto’ again in the Fan’s Choice voting...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 189 reads 11 comments

  5. Many Thanks Marlon Byrd!

    The Cubs finally have a big-game player! Too bad Marlon Byrd wasn’t around for the playoff runs in ’07 & ’08. By the looks of it, he wouldn’t have faltered against Arizona or Los Angeles...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 24 reads 0 comments

  6. George Steinbrenner Vs. LeBron James

    Like so many baseball fans, I disliked George Steinbrenner for one reason–jealousy. He’s the owner every baseball fan dreams of, and a guy who’s fully committed to winning…no matter the money...

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  7. Latest On Lee, Lilly & Nady Trades

    Tough first half of the season. 11 games below .500…9.5 back of the division lead. This isn’t the ‘Way of Life’ Tom Ricketts is talking about, right? Besdies ...

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  8. Don't Trade Gorzelanny

    The Cubs would be best served holding onto Tom Gorzelanny. Two month ago I wouldn’t have said this, but the kid’s earned his keep despite bouncing between the rotation and bullpen–thanks to Carlos Zambrano...

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  9. Cardinals Suffer Historic Collapse

    Cubs are a wash meaning it’s time to take pleasure in the Cardinals’ struggles! St. Louis was swept 3-0 at Colorado this week…and in historical fashion, too...

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  10. Cubs' Best Trade Bait

    Carlos Silva is a legitimate All Start…the numbers are there (9-2, 2.96 ERA), the votes were not. But that doesn’t diminish Silva’s trade value, as noted by Steve ...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 47 reads 2 comments

  11. Seventh Inning Killing Cubs

    The seventh inning proves to be the worst for Cubs’ pitchers. They’ve allowed opponents to score 74 runs in the frame, including the Reds’ 9-run inning Friday and 8-run explosion Sunday...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 59 reads 3 comments

  12. July 4th Trades

    Jeff Shaw was a two-time All Star and one of my favorite players growing up. The right-hander was a brilliant setup man with Cincinnati, positioning Jeff Brantley for 44 saves and the 1996 Rolaids Relief Man Award...

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  13. Jim Hendry Easy To Trade With

    Jim Hendry’s peers selected him as the “Easiest GM to Make a Deal with” according to Buster Olney’s survey of baseball’s general managers...

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  14. Mike Fontenot To Philadelphia

    Is Philly a destination for Mike Fontenot? The Fightins’ are desperate for help with Chase Utley out a minimum of eight weeks recovering from right thumb surgery...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 60 reads 1 comments

  15. Soriano Speaks His Mind

    Alfonso Soriano has taken his fair share of criticism, much of which is deserved, but also comes with the territory of a 8-yr, $136M contract. No one, however, has ever questioned Soriano’s leadership...

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  16. Soriano A Team Leader

    Alfonso Soriano has taken his fair share of criticism, much of which is deserved, but also comes with the territory of a 8-yr, $136M contract. No one, however, has ever questioned Soriano’s leadership...

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  17. North Side Pretenders

    So this is how the Cubs respond to winning its most important game of the season on Sunday. Another pathetic loss against Pittsburgh…a team riding a 17-game road losing streak…a ...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 22 reads 2 comments

  18. Happy Birthday Jim Edmonds!

    Happy birthday to Jim Edmonds who turned 40 on Sunday! The former Cub is batting .266 with 3 HR & 8 RBI through 44 games with the Brewers this season...

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  19. Sox Soaring Cubs Snoring

    The Cubs are a season-worse 10-games below .500 and 9.5 games back of the division leading Reds. That’s the same deficit the White Sox trailed Minnesota by three weeks ago before rattling off 15-wins in 16-games to close the gap to 1...

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  20. Dealing The Big Z

    This is Milton Bradley territory for Carlos Zambrano. Criticizing the team’s leader, Derrek Lee, for a lake of effort is simply ridiculous…no more so than Zambrano’s tiresome act on the mound or Bradley’s umpire tirades...

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  21. Dealing The Big Z

    This is Milton Bradley territory for Carlos Zambrano. Criticizing the team’s leader, Derrek Lee, for a lake of effort is simply ridiculous…no more so than Zambrano’s tiresome act or Bradley’s umpire tirades...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 37 reads 0 comments

  22. Dealing The Big Z

    This is Milton Bradley territory for Carlos Zambrano. Criticizing the team’s leader, Derrek Lee, for a lake of effort is simply ridiculous…no more so than Zambrano’s tiresome act or Bradley’s umpire tirades...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 32 reads 0 comments

  23. Blackhawks & Cubs Trade Differently

    The difference between the Blackhawks’ recent trades and the Cubs’ soon-to-be trades is the Hawks knew it was coming all along–Stanley Cup champions or not...

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  24. How Sick Is Cliff Lee?

    Just how sick is Cliff Lee? The 31-year-old spun his second consecutive complete game, beating the Cubs 8-1, while lowering his ERA to an AL best 2.39. His four complete games this season also leads the AL...

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  25. MLB 2010 All Star Picks

    Here are my starters for the 2010 All Star Game. Sadly, there’s just one Cub, Marlon Byrd, who undoubtedly should be Chicago’s representative...

    Bullpen Brian Written by Bullpen Brian about 4 years ago 27 reads 0 comments