Pujols Right Guy for Cubs

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, May 12, 2011

I wish Chicago Sun-Times columnist Joe Cowley would stick to telling White Sox general manager Ken Williams how to do his job.

In Thursday's Sun-Times, Cowley, a former longtime White Sox beat writer, advised Cubs fans to not get their hopes up in regards to the North Siders signing St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. He suggested that any Cubs fan who dares dream of Pujols donning a Cubs uniform in 2012 should "pick up the nearest stapler and punch it into your chest to help snap you back to reality."

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Adios, Carlos Silva

By Chris Rewers on Monday, March 28, 2011

And don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out the door.

Kudos to the Cubs organization for making the right decision in naming Andrew Cashner the team's No. 5 starter and releasing Carlos Silva.

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Time for Cubs to Walk the Walk

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

When spring training opened last month, Cubs manager Mike Quade let it be known that there would be open competition for a large percentage of the spots on his team's Opening Day roster.

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Talk About the Passion

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 3, 2011

While a portion of the Chicago media used Wednesday's spring training dugout spat between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez as a chance to recall every incident in recent history in which a Cubs player lost his cool, I choose to view the incident as a healthy expression of passion from a couple of players who are pissed off about the team's performance.

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100 Worst: No. 92 Kosuke Fukudome

By Chris Rewers on Friday, November 26, 2010

Outfielder, 2008-10

.259 BA, 34 HR, 156 RBI with Cubs

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

When the Cubs signed Japanese star Kosuke Fukudome to a four-year,$48 million contract before the 2008 season, the outfielder was often described in the media as a cross between Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui. In nine seasons with the Chunichi Dragons, Fukudome hit .305, won a batting title in 2002, and was named the Japanese Central League MVP in 2006 after hitting .351 with 31 homers and 104 RBI.

It's a shame, that his lasting image in the minds of many Cubs fans will be an awkward-looking helicopter swing and a miss.

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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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Ex-Cub Report No. 3

By Chris Rewers on Monday, November 8, 2010

For the first time in my life, I felt sorry for the New York Yankees when they fell to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

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Cubs Player Rankings

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, November 6, 2010

The improved play the Cubs demonstrated under interim manager Mike Quade during the season's final weeks (a 24-13 record) was encouraging but it doesn't change the fact that the 2010 season was an unmitigated disaster.

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100 Worst: No. 100 Heinie Zimmerman

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Third Baseman/Second Baseman/Shortstop, 1907-16

.304 BA, 48 HR, 561 RBI with Cubs

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

Take a little of Dave Kingman, add some Albert Belle, pour in a bit of Barry Bonds, mix in some Hal Chase, sprinkle in some Milton Bradley, shake well, and you get Heinie Zimmerman.

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Hendry Memoirs Would Be a Real Page Turner

By Chris Rewers on Friday, September 10, 2010

According to the Tribune's Paul Sullivan, a fake press release was inserted with the game day media notes in the Miller Park press box Friday describing a fictional book authored by Jim Hendry.

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Rehab Start a Success for Silva

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 28, 2010

Carlos Silva, in his first rehab start since going on the disabled list Aug. 1 with an abnormal heart rate, allowed two hits in 2 2/3 shutout innings Friday to help the host Peoria Chiefs claim a 3-1 Midwest League victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

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Silva Rehab Start Scheduled in Peoria

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Joe Girardi and his first-place New York Yankees will be in town to play the White Sox and the Cubs will be visiting the first-place Cincinnati Reds on Friday. But, if you'd prefer to make a short road trip, the Class A Peoria Chiefs will be hosting the Cedar Rapids Kernels. And Carlos Silva will be their starting pitcher.

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A Tip of the Cap to Barry Rozner

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I was glad that our publisher, Steve Rhodes, brought to my attention some of the recent work of Daily Herald sports columnist Barry Rozner regarding the sad state of the Cubs.

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Ex-Cub Report No. 2

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, July 18, 2010

While Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome adjusts to his part-time status and awaits an imminent trade, a Cubs export (after brief stops in Oakland and Colorado), Matt Murton, is thriving in "The Land of the Rising Sun."

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Midseason Awards

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, July 15, 2010

As a kid, whenever I had a bad day, my father would remind me that "the sun will come up tomorrow."

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Dodger Blue Vs. Cubbie Blues

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 10, 2010

There's a soft place in our hearts for Ned Colletti, a former sportswriter and native Chicagoan who grew up a Cubs fan, and in the span of a little over two decades worked his way up from the bottom of the Cubs front office to become the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The Cub Factor: How Lou Keeps His Job

By Beachwood Reporter on Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Marty Gangler recaps the week in Cub Nation and previews the week to come.

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Big Z's Krazy Kubs

By Beachwood Reporter on Saturday, June 26, 2010

The problem isn't Carlos Zambrano, it's Kubs Kulture.

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The Joke's On Lou

By Chris Rewers on Friday, June 25, 2010

There was nothing funny about Carlos Zambrano's embarrassing dugout tirade Friday.

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Mariners 2, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hero: Ryan Dempster (5-6) pitched an eight-inning complete game, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out eight

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