A Contrarian View of the NL Central

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 31, 2011

I remember fondly throughout my childhood the February day in which my father would bring home a stack of baseball preview magazines.

I would devour those things and have continued the practice into adulthood. All of that reading material has helped me get through those final few weeks without baseball, but I learned long ago that such publications should not be believed as gospel.

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100 Worst: No. 91 Kyle Farnsworth

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pitcher, 1999-2004

22-37, 4 saves, 4.78 ERA with Cubs

(Editor's Note: Tenth in a series identifying the 100 worst Cubs of all-time.)

Tim Robbins played Eby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh in the 1988 movie, Bull Durham. Nuke was a young pitching phenom who was described by his catcher Crash Davis as a prospect who possessed "a million-dollar arm and a five-cent" head.

I always considered Crash's description of Nuke an apt one for Kyle Farnsworth, a young flamethrower who teased Cubs fans with his blazing heat and some fleeting success but failed to fulfill his promise because of a lack of commitment to his career.

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Rothschild Yankees Bound; How About Maddux as Successor?

By Chris Rewers on Friday, November 19, 2010

It was a surprise to learn Friday that longtime pitching coach Larry Rothschild has left the Cubs after accepting the same position with the New York Yankees.

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100 Worst: No. 96 Rick Aguilera

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pitcher, 1999-2000

7-5, 37 saves, 4.31 ERA with Cubs

(Editor's Note: Fifth in a series identifying the 100 worst Cubs of all-time.)

Rick Aguilera had a solid 16-year major league career and was one of the better closers of the 1990s, but he did not bring along the super powers he possessed in Minnesota when he joined the Cubs in 1999.

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102 Years and Counting... Why Us?

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My grandfather turned 90 earlier this year.

Pops is no saint, but I have always been struck by his ability to make friends. It's a testament to his talent for relating to others that a week does not go by when somebody in our neighborhood asks me how he's doing or tells me a story about a good time they had with him.

But the fact that he has been a Cubs fan since at least the 1930s has to be penance for something. The man has been subjected to more bad baseball in his lifetime than anybody else I know and has not even enjoyed the experience of watching his favorite team play in the World Series since 1938. He was serving in the Pacific while the Cubs participated in the 1945 Fall Classic.

"Wait 'til next year!" my late grandmother would mutter whenever she'd hear a Cubs fan speak those words. "It's always wait 'til next year with those Cubs!"

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Brewers 3, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hero: Ted Lilly was spectacular for most of the night, surrendering just four hits over eight innings while walking none and striking out eight. But Lilly made one critical mistake. After his offense finally staked him a run in the top of the eighth, Lilly promptly coughed it up as National League home run leader Corey Hart crushed a hanging sinker over the left-field fence to lead off the bottom of the eighth. It was Hart's 15th round-tripper of the season.

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Sincerely, JCB

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