| Apr 12, 2012
| 9:16 AM
Late Wednesday night, someone named Tom Hamilton sent me this email with the subject line “And I am a Cubs fan’’:
“I was all excited about our new YOUNG Management team, thinking they would make a difference. Interesting Fact...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 7:20 AM
Tom Ricketts was asked what was wrong with his team that ranked among the worst in baseball, and he answered -- are you sitting down? -- “Nothing. Just a lot of injuries.’'
Nothing? Is he tone deaf?
Just injuries? Try bad. Ryan Dempster...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 11:04 AM
It's not so much what Tom Ricketts said, but what he didn't.
He said he got rid of general manager Jim Hendry (almost a month ago, actually, but more on that later). Great. Excellent. Good move.
But then the Cubs' Fanboy Owner said he will pursue...
| Jan 20, 2012
En route to 91 losses last season and a radical regime change, the Cubs were outscored by 102 runs. As it happens, half of those can be put down to talent and half of them to playing the game well.
Bill James tracks manufactured runs, both created and...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 7:30 AM
Carlos Zambrano is pitching well enough to get traded.
But apparently he has acted badly enough in an embarrassing past and has pitched inconsistently enough this embarrassing year to remain a Cub.
How badly has he acted and how inconsistently has he...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 9:21 AM
This seems like the perfect hire.
The best thing ever.
The smartest move you could dream of.
But it’s the Cubs. So, it will turn into a disaster. That’s what the Cubs do.
Somehow, some way at some time, the hiring of Boston general manager...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 7:17 AM
If Theo Epstein is Tom Ricketts’ top choice as Cubs general manager, then fine. Epstein presided over Boston’s historic collapse this year, which makes him very Cub, but he also has a couple World Series titles, which makes him a god around...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 7:58 AM
As we wait for white smoke out of Fenway Park, one of the swirling Cubs issues is this:
Would you trade Starlin Castro for Theo Epstein?
That’s the DEFCON 1 scenario as Tom Ricketts stalks Boston’s general manager.
We don’t know if...
| Oct 22, 2011
| 6:36 AM
Tom Ricketts got it done. He got Theo Epstein to the Cubs.
It always seemed like it would happen. The Cubs agreed to pay him $18.5 million, after all.
It also seemed like it would never happen. The more stories that come out of Fenway, the more it seems...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 7:49 AM
Maybe it’s me, but it seems silly to hire an interim general manager to replace your interim general manager to hold the spot for your desired and reportedly signed general manager who can’t be your general manager officially because you can&...
| May 18, 2012
| 2:57 PM
Kerry Wood was going to retire.
No, wait, he wasn’t.
Kerry Wood didn’t think he could pitch in the majors anymore.
No, wait, he wanted to pitch one more time.
It looked as if the popular Cubs pitcher who was viewed by some as Tom Ricketts&...