Tag:Carlos Silva
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: March 8, 2011 11:09 am

Pepper: Paging Dr. Zambrano

Carlos Silva

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Either it's crazy or it makes perfect sense. And, in an upset, I'm going with the latter. 

After his second rough outing of the spring, Cubs starter Carlos Silva went to Carlos Zambrano for help.

Silva allowed 10 hits and eight runs in 2 1/3 innings on Monday, and his first instinct was to turn to his countryman.

"Right after I finished pitching, I texted Zambrano, and I was telling him, 'Man, I don't know what's going on,'" Silva told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. "What he told me in the text was, 'You just need to forget everything, go out there and pitch and do your thing. You know how to pitch, you did it before, so why can't you do it again.' It's true."

Silva was still frustrated, but he held back and punches this time, so there's progress.

It may seem crazy to go to Zambrano, but there are few people out there more uniquely suited to help Silva than his fellow Carlos. Both are from Venezuela, both have had trouble living up to high expectations and big contracts and both have had incidents with teammates in the dugout. But Zambrano has, at least in the last couple of months, shown signs of bouncing back. He's undergone anger management and worked hard just to get back into the Cub uniform. Sometimes when you're struggling, you just need to hear from someone who has been there. If anyone can find the right words for the talented Silva, it just may be Zambrano. And for now, it doesn't seem like it could hurt.

REMEMBERING CHRISTINA: The White Sox and Diamondbacks played an exhibition in Tucson on Monday to raise money on behalf of shooting victim Christina-Taylor Green.

Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan was there and passes on the moving story.

HAIRY BIRDS: Facial hair fans, it's time to celebrate -- the Orioles are relaxing their ban on the most manly of expressions, in response to Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero desires to wear goatees.

Luke Scott and Nick Markakis are taking advantage of the new rules, as well. (Baltimore Sun)

CONFUSING CONCUSSIONS: Sometimes there's a story that just grabs me and I read everything that comes along about it. For the last couple of years for me, that's been concussions in sports.

The New York Times looks at how no two concussions are alike, using the examples of Justin Morneau and Josh Beckett.

While Beckett bounced back from his concussion last week, Morneau still isn't back.

NAME GAME: Looking for some puny fantasy baseball names? The Orange County Register has you covered, if just for its several Shin-Soo Choo puns. I'm one of those people that have the same name every year since I've been playing -- Royal Disappointment. And I've yet to not live up to my name.

LONEY RETURNS: James Loney was back on the field Monday after missing two days with a swollen left knee. He didn't play in the Dodgers' game, but could return to the lineup by Wednesday, manager Don Mattingly said. (MLB.com)

UTLEY TO OF? Phillies senior adviser Dallas Green thinks it might be wise to move Chase Utley from second base to help save his knees. The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Hagan disagrees.

GOOD IMPRESSION: If you haven't heard of the Braves' Julio Teheran yet, you will. The top pitching prospect in baseball made his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game yesterday and hit 96 in a scoreless inning of work. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

HOT TICKET: The Marlins have sold out the Diamond Club section of their new ballpark for next season. Now, that's just 379 seats, but they're high-priced seats, so it doesn't exactly hurt.

The team says the highest-priced seats are selling well. (MLB.com)

NO BUENO: The blog itsabouthtemoney.net takes up the case to former Cardinals minor league shortstop Lainer Bueno who was suspended for the first 50 games of this season for testing positive for clenbuterol.

The blog notes it's possible Bueno tested positive for the drug because it is used in livestock and its possible that he ate meat in Venezuela that contained clenbuterol.

HALL OF FAME DEBATE: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson is once again on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. He's been on the ballot since 2007.

An All-American wide receiver at Michigan State, he led the Big Ten in receiving in league play and led the team to a co-championship in 1978. Gibson only played one season of baseball at Michigan State and was drafted in the first round of the baseball draft and seventh round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

SPEAKING OF TWO-SPORT STARS: Former Hazelton (Penn.) High quarterback Joe Maddon invited Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris and two assistants to be his guests at the Rays' camp today.

Maddon said he'd like a chance to run the Bucs' scout team in practice. (St. Petersburg Times)

NG TO MLB: Dodgers vice president Kim Ng is reportedly leaving the team to join the home office of Major League Baseball under new vice president Joe Torre. (Los Angeles Times)

DEMOCRATIC CONCESSIONS: CNBC.com's Darren Rovell is asking readers to vote on the next great ballpark food and dessert -- and the winner from each category will be served at historic Grayson Stadium in Savannah, Ga., home of the Mets' Class A South Atlantic League affiliate, the Savannah Sand Gnats.

STATS TO GO: Baseball-Reference.com has beefed up its mobile site for use on your smart phone, so when you're not at home and you just have to know what George Brett's career slugging percentage is (.487), you know have hope.

SEVEN-MAN ROTATION: The Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League are considering a seven-man rotation for this season. (YakyuBaka.com)

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:21 pm

No fight this time, but Silva shelled again

By Matt Snyder

Rarely are spring outings on March 7 make or break types, but Carlos Silva desperately needed a good outing Monday. He was coming off a disaster, when he gave up six runs in one inning and sparred in the dugout with Aramis Ramirez.

He didn't fight with any teammates, but the outing was nearly as disappointing. And that's putting it lightly.

To not put it lightly: Silva was abysmal. I'm going to post the line below, but I'll warn you, it's not for the faint of heart -- reader discretion is advised.

In 2 1/3 innings, Silva gave up 10 hits and eight earned runs. He also hit a batter. Even worse, Silva actually got through the first two innings unscatched, but was obliterating in the third by the Angels. He coughed up eight earned runs by getting only one out.

What this means is that Silva is definitely fighting an uphill battle for the Cubs' rotation. Behind Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza, there are a bevy of players vying for the last two slots. For now, the front-runners appear to be Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner. Wells has been in the rotation the past two seasons. Cashner, 24, was the Cubs' first-round pick in 2008 and worked out of the bullpen last season.

Silva is due $11.5 million this season, but the Cubs actually took on the contract to get rid of Milton Bradley's deal, so the money won't factor into any decisions. He has a major uphill battle to break camp as a starter.

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Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 1:24 pm

Cubs' Silva tells his side of fight

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos SilvaTwo days after his dugout scuffle with Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Silva gave his side to reporters on Friday.

Silva said he was unaware the team had made nine errors in their first three games even before the three the team committed in the first inning of Silva's start. Silva said he said the team needed to "start making plays" and Ramirez "took it personally."

From the Chicago Tribune:

"In spring training, it's a little harder because we don't watch every single game," Silva said. "I didn't even know my team had made that many errors, either. That was a very hard inning, not only for my team or for my coaches, but for me. I was trying to do something here, and I gave up those two homers, and I came to the dugout, I tried to take it easy, to relax, to let it go.

"The only thing I said was, 'We have to start making plays here.' He took it personally. I know it was my mistake. It was my fault because you don't say anything. But he took it personally and that's what happened. We argued in the dugout, and everything stayed there."

It's far from uncommon for starters to have no idea what's going on with a team as a whole in spring, especially this early. 

Silva said he's apologized to Ramirez, but they haven't talked about it since.

Silva added, "I don't like to have problems with anyone, my teammates. That's the worst thing that can happen to you. You spend more time with these guys than your own family. That's the last thing I want. I never had any problems with my teammates."

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 9:23 pm

Stars, scrubs of March 2 games

By Evan BrunellSilva

Coming your way: the three stars and scrubs of March 2 spring training games ...


1. Matt Wieters, BAL: 3 for 4, 2 RBI: Could Wieters be ready to break out? After a very disappointing 2010 season, the 24-year-old is looking to tap into the potential that caused the birth of MattWietersFacts.com. Stay tuned, but this is a nice start.

2. Casey McGehee, MIL: 3 for 3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR: A nice day for the Brew Crew's third baseman. As the projected No. 6 hitter, he will be the last line of defense before the motley crew of Yuniesky Betancourt, Carlos Gomez and the pitcher in the lineup. McGehee, who cracked the 100-RBI barrier last season, will be counted upon to have a repeat season.

3. Jose Tabata, PIT: 3 for 3, 1 RBI. With Andrew McCutchen moving to the No. 3 spot, Tabata will be looked at to be the new leadoff batter for the Pirates. So far, so good, although what bears monitoring is Tabata's stated focus to improve his power. All Pittsburgh cares about is Tabata getting on base. 


1. Carlos Silva, CHC: 1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 HR. Do you really have to ask why? Silva got into a fight with Aramis Ramirez after a disastrous first inning in which there were six runs coughed up by Silva's hand on two three-run home runs, and three errors committed by fielders. Really, it's just a day the Cubs would like to forget.

2. Nick Bierbrodt, BAL: 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HR: Um, how much of a blast from the past is Bierbrodt? I recall the 32-year-old from High Heat 2001, and he was just as bad in the game as he was in the majors. He has a career 6.66 ERA (devilish!) in 144 2/3 innings and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2004. Just a guess, but that streak will extend another season.

3. Josh Johnson, FLA: 1 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K: Not exactly a great debut for JJ, who will be looked upon to anchor the rotation once more and one of very few Marlins with long-term financial security and a home address in Miami. Ask Dan Uggla how rare that is.

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:30 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 8:31 pm

Quade speaks on Silva-Ramirez dustup

By Matt Snyder, quotes contributed by Danny Knobler

A fight between pitcher Carlos Silva and third baseman Aramis Ramirez erupted in the dugout during the first inning of a Cubs Cactus League game against the Brewers Wednesday. Details can be found in our original post .

After the game, Cubs manager Mike Quade spoke on the situation.

"You've got two pissed-off people," he said of Ramirez and Silva. "It was a brutal first inning. ... Maybe that's what we need. My sense was Silva was frustrated, and said something about the defense. (Ramirez) took offense."

"Today was really tough to watch," he continued. "Guys get upset. I don't think anything comes of it."

It seems as though the entire team is in need of a wakeup call, even if it's only March 2. A fight in the dugout was just the boiling point, as the team has now committed 14 errors in four games.

"I can put 14 (errors) on the board, and four or five mental mistakes. We've got to talk about this tomorrow, straighten it out. It's not in my nature to watch this."

The talk Thursday to which Quade is referring is a team meeting he's called. It's being called not only for the fight, but for the errors as well.

"I've got to do (the meeting) for me. I don't sleep if I don't, Quade said. "If we start getting after each other (fight) on a regular basis, we're going to be done."

Of course, it's worth mentioning that sometimes teammates argue when things aren't going well. And the whole team is on edge, coming off an incredibly disappointing 2010 and a tenuous beginning to the spring of 2011. It's just something that needs to be controlled by the new manager -- though Ramirez early mentioned that the air was already clear between Silva and himself.

"These are things you don't like. You'd rather it be smooth. But I'd rather have that, almost, than complacency," Quade pointed out.

Posted on: March 2, 2011 4:05 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 6:32 pm

Silva, Ramirez fight in Cubs' dugout

By Matt Snyder

We've seen this before in the Cubs dugout, only this time it was a different Carlos. A fight broke out Wednesday in the Cubs dugout between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez. At first the person locked in combat with Silva was unknown, but Alfonso Soriano spilled the beans later in the clubhouse.

"I'm very surprised. It's only the fourth game of the spring, and we're fighting each other," Soriano told reporters, including CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler. "We don't have to fight ... We don't need that. ... They have to talk. I think if they talk, everything will be normal. I hope they talk.

"Maybe Aramis wasn't in a good mood today."

Ramirez doesn't seem too worried about the scuffle.

"Everything is taken care of. (It was) just a misunderstanding," he said.

Silva's anger stemmed from a pretty horrendous inning by the team, including himself. The Cubs committed three errors -- including one each from Ramirez and shortstop Starlin Castro (Chicago Sun-Times , via Twitter) -- and a catcher's interference in Silva's one inning of work. Of course, he also coughed up a pair of three-run home runs in the midst of the debacle.

"He wants to do good," Ramirez said of Silva. "Obviously, he didn't throw the ball well, and we didn't make plays behind him. Everything just went the other way."

Silva and his co-combatant were quickly broken up by teammates. Silva was subsequently pulled from the game and walked to the clubhouse with strength coach Tim Buss.

Silva left the game early and refused to talk about the incident. He was said to have been "too worked up" to face the media. Ramirez, on the other hand, has shown over the course of his career he's pretty mild-mannered, a point he reiterated after the game.

"I've never gotten involved with anybody," Ramirez said. I'm not a troublemaker, put it that way."

Though we shouldn't completely jump to conclusions, all signs indicate Silva was the instigator here. He was the one removed from the game and escorted to the clubhouse. Further, he was trying to prove a point Wednesday, as he's recently been chirping about having to win a rotation spot.

"I'm not a kid. I'm not a rookie anymore," he said at this year's Cubs Convention (via Chicago Tribune ). "I know how everything works. But I showed this team what I can do last year. Everyone is saying they're looking for a fourth and fifth starter. I think that's ridiculous."

Silva went 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA last season, but he started 8-0, 2.93. So, in his final 10 starts, he went 2-6 with a 6.15 ERA and 1.59 WHIP.

"He's fighting for a spot," Ramirez added. "He's got to do good."

Things certainly didn't go as planned Wednesday for the right-hander, but remember, it's a long spring.

CBS UPDATE: Manager Mike Quade speaks on the incident .

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:34 am
Edited on: March 1, 2011 1:16 pm

Getting to know the Cubs

Posted by C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike Quade

KNOBLER: Cubs Camp Report -- All Smiles


MVP usually stands for Most Valuable Player -- but a player may not be the most valuable for the Cubs this season, instead the most valuable person could be manager Mike Quade. Quade didn't inherit the easiest job in the world -- the fact that it's been more than 100 years since the Cubs won the World Series is proof. Between managing the Psychiatrists' Row Rotation of Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Silva and Matt Garza and juggling a lineup full with the overpriced (Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome), the past-their-prime (Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Pena) and the unproven (Starlin Castro), Quade's got some interesting parts, but it could just as easily spin out of control as it is to work out.

PLAYER ORACLE : Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown to Carlos Marmol

Mordecai Brown played with Bob O'Farrell for the 1916 Chicago Cubs

Bob O'Farrell played with Phil Cavarretta for the 1934 Chicago Cubs

Phil Cavarretta played with Minnie Minoso for the 1955 Chicago White Sox

Minnie Minoso played with Rich Gossage for the 1976 Chicago White Sox

Rich Gossage played with Greg Maddux for the 1988 Chicago Cubs

Greg Maddux played with Carlos Marmol for the 2006 Chicago Cubs


Whenever the Cubs win at Wrigley Field, they play a song called Go, Cubs, Go and the entire crowd sings along. The song was written in 1984 by Steve Goodman, a Chicago native and Cubs fan.

However, Go, Cubs, Go is just one of three Cubs song written by Goodman, along with A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request and When the Cubs Go Marching In . The former is his masterpiece (and that's saying something when you're talking about the guy who wrote The City of New Orleans and You Never Even Called Me By My Name ) and also the impetus for Go Cubs Go .

When then-Cubs GM Dallas Green called A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request "depressing," Goodman wrote Go, Cubs, Go out of spite. Goodman, was a realistic Cubs fan -- when he sang Take Me Out To the Ballgame he switched the lyrics to, "It's root, root, root, for the home team, if they don't win, what else is new," and A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request is written in that tone. The kicker to the song is:

The dying man's friends told him to cut it out

They said stop it that's an awful shame

He whispered, "Don't Cry, we'll meet by and by near the Heavenly Hall of Fame

He said, "I've got season's tickets to watch the Angels now,

So its just what I'm going to do

He said, "but you the living, you're stuck here with the Cubs,

So its me that feels sorry for you!"

Goodman debuted the song in 1983, and then he died of leukemia on Sept. 20, 1984. Four days later, the Cubs clinched the Eastern Division title, only to fall to the Padres in the National League Championship Series. 

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Posted on: February 15, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 6:06 pm

Silva confident in rotation spot

Carlos Silva
Well, there's one thing off Mike Quade's plate this spring. Carlos Silva has decided he's in the Cubs rotation.

"Yesterday, someone asked me, 'Are the fourth and fifth spots still open?'" Silva told reporters Tuesday. "For them, it's open. For whoever is competing, it's open. For me, there's only one spot open because I am one of the starters. They think like that, not me."

Silva can be commended for using the power of positive thinking, but it's not quite that simple. Behind the set trio of Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Carlos Zambrano, there is a lot that could happen. Silva is in a mix with Randy Wells, Jeff Zamardzija, Casey Coleman and Andrew Cashner.

Silva, brought in last winter from Seattle in an exchange of bad contracts that sent out Milton Bradley, stunned everyone with a big start, going 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA in the first half of the season. The second half was derailed by a heart issue and an elbow problem.

Quade said nobody has earned anything yet, including Silva.

"His experience speaks for itself and his start last year was fantastic," Quade told MLB.com, "but there are a few guarantees in this game and I'm not sure the back end of this rotation has got anybody guaranteed anything. He does have the experience. I expect him to be a prominent consideration. We'll see."

-- David Andriesen

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