1. The 2011 Cubs Starting Rotation Disaster, Er… Opportunity

    Well, this is a mess.You know that feeling when you take a look at a situation and you immediately have this helpless, sinking feeling where you know there aren’t any real solutions ...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 53 reads 0 comments

  2. Cubs Prospect Update from Lee/Lilly Trades

    Here are the numbers that the five pitchers the Cubs received in return in the Derrek Lee and Ted Lilly/Ryan Theriot deals have put up so far...

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  3. Mark Prior and The Orange County Flyers of The Golden Baseball League

    A couple of days ago Aaron reported that Mark Prior had been signed to a Minor League deal by the Texas Rangers. Before signing the deal, he had been putting up some pretty decent numbers for the...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 169 reads 0 comments

  4. Loyalty: What Makes Us Love Our Team and Hate The Others?

    The discussion that was started on my article Was Phillips Telling the Truth About the Cardinals got me thinking about what it really is that we are rooting for in our favorite sports teams, and how that came about in the first place...

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  5. Is Carlos Zambrano Back?

    Since returning to the starting rotation in early August, Carlos Zambrano has been great. Take a look at his numbers since his return to the rotation: · -In his five starts made, Zambrano is 3-0...

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  6. National League Playoff Update

    It’s the stretch run for the playoffs and as of late, it doesn’t seem like anyone really wants to run away with any of the races...

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  7. Castro One of Bright Spots for Cubs in 2010

    With all of the doom and gloom that the Cubs season has brought to us, there actually have been a few bright spots. One would be the emergence of Tyler Colvin into an everyday, productive player...

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  8. Sosa Speaks, Wants Number Retired. Should It Be?

    In a recent interview with Chicago Magazine, Sammy Sosa commented on the fact that the Cubs have not retired his No. 21 jersey. “That number should be untouchable because of the things that I did for that organization,” Sosa said...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 487 reads 4 comments

  9. Should Mike Quade Be the Next Cubs Manager?

    The Cubs sent manager Lou Piniella home on a fitting note, losing 16-5 to the Atlanta Braves. I have listened to a lot of talk on Chicago sports radio and television shows since ...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 44 reads 0 comments

  10. Wait Until... 2012 Cubs Fans

    Jim Hendry has gone on record saying that the Cubs are “three or four” solid moves away from competing in 2011. I would contend that most teams are within that range, depending on your definition of a “solid” move...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 461 reads 4 comments

  11. TheOutfieldIvy.com Staff NL Predictions: John Mark

    NL East: The NL East is a two team race. The Braves currently hold a two game lead over the Phillies, but I don’t expect that to last for long. I thought the underachieving Phillies would catch the Braves before Chipper Jones got hurt...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 82 reads 0 comments

  12. Cubs Could Trade Aramis Ramirez To Braves

    The most important news involving the Cubs this week isn't that Mike Fontenot was traded. It also isn't that Geovany Soto is on the DL or even that Derrek Lee and Lou Pinella are missing games for family reasons...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 603 reads 0 comments

  13. Fontenot Traded (Or: The Midget's Have Left the Circus)

    The Cubs continued their purge of all infielders that didn’t meet the minimum height requirement yesterday by sending Mike Fontenot across the field to the Giants dugout...

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  14. Quotes the Day After the Cardinals/Reds Brawl

    In keeping with the theme of writing about the Cardinals because the Cubs... suck, here are some quotes from both teams about the situation surrounding Brandon Phillips' comments. "Everybody, they respect me for what I said...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 794 reads 0 comments

  15. Phillips Rips Cardinals, Carpenter Rips Ryan

    About a month ago, Joey Votto professed his feelings for the Cubs. On Monday, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips let the world know how he felt about the St. Louis Cardinals...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 225 reads 4 comments

  16. Carlos Zambrano Returns to the Rotation Tonight, Again

    For the second time this season, Carlos Zambrano will “return” to the starting rotation. After being sent to the bullpen after just four starts in an attempt to patch ...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 42 reads 2 comments

  17. ESPN Ignoring Alleged Favre "Sexting" Story

    It seems like everyday you can turn on Sportscenter or visit ESPN.com and learn about athletes such as Michael Vick's legal problems. Ben Roethlisberger sexually assaulting a college girl in a bar restroom...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 4,615 reads 10 comments

  18. Thomas Diamond Looks Promising in Chicago Cubs Debut

    Thomas Diamond didn’t win his Major League debut against the Brewers last night, but he definitely pitched well enough to earn another start...

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  19. A Letter to Brett Favre

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  20. Introducing Thomas Diamond

    Thomas Diamond will make his Major League debut tonight for the Chicago Cubs. Diamond was selected 10th overall in the 2004 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers. The once #1 prospect of the Rangers was a combined 25-9 in 2005 and 2006...

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  21. Cubs Turned Down Mets Offer For Zambrano

    The Mets offered the Cubs Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo for Carlos Zambrano before the Trade Deadline on Saturday according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman. The Cubs rejected the deal...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 4 years ago 236 reads 17 comments

  22. Chicago Cubs Trade Deadline Review

    The biggest win for the Cubs around the Trade Deadline did not come from a trade at all. It came in the release of Bob Howry...

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  23. 5 Things the Cubs Should Do Before 2011

    The trade deadline is tomorrow and as of now the Cubs have not made any moves. The only move they almost made was trading Derrek Lee to the Angels, but Lee invoked his no trade rights...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about almost 5 years ago 404 reads 2 comments

  24. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

    At the risk of sounding like a real jerk if we learn later that there was some big reason that Derrek Lee rejected a trade to the Angels because of a private family matter, I’m ...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about 4 years ago 189 reads 2 comments

  25. Did Brett Myers Tell Byrd What Was Coming in the Ninth?

    Last night, with two outs in the ninth inning and Brett Myers about to conclude his dominant performance against the Cubs, I saw him look in for the sign on the 1-2 pitch to Marlon ...

    John Woelfel Written by John Woelfel about 4 years ago 81 reads 0 comments