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Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 9:11 pm
 

Fake press release jabs Cubs' Hendry

Jim Hendry In what appears to be a joke, it's doubtful the Cubs will be laughing.

The rest of us, well, sure. But, the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan reports someone put a fake press release in the game day press notes at Miller Park announcing a new book by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry called "How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in the League."

From Sullivan:
The release said: "Read in Jim Hendry's own words how the Chicago Cubs managed to finish near the bottom of the National League Central; Division with the highest payroll in the National League."

It also said the chapters included:

"Why I signed Milton Bradley!"

"Why I released Casey McGehee only to see him hit 20 home runs and drive in nearly 100 runs for a division rival!"

"Why I hired former Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield, the man who helped make the Pirates what they are today, as my special assistant!"

"How I botched the recall of Micah Hoffpauir from our minor league team in Iowa by losing track of the number of days that he was in the minors!"

"Why I signed players to long-term contracts with limited trade options!"

The release ended with the sentence: "Reserve your copy today!"

Hendry is not in Milwaukee for the road trip. There has been no comment yet from the Cubs on the alleged joke.
UPDATE: A Brewers spokesman had this to say to Sullivan (via Twitter ): "It's an unfortunate incident ... a lousy attempt at a practice joke."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm
 

Wedge interviews for Cubs gig

Add Eric Wedge to the list of candidates for the open Chicago Cubs managerial position.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had dinner with Wedge last night and spent all day with him today in a "thorough interview process."

Wedge becomes the second "known" candidate, along with interim manager Mike Quade. Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Fame Cubs second baseman and current Triple-A manager, has thrown his name into the ring and it's assumed he'll be a candidate. Other names thought to be in contention are former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Nationals coach Pat Listach. Listach interviewed for the job in 2006, as did Girardi.

It's not surprising the Cubs are moving this fast on their decision, but still don't expect any final choice anytime soon. If Girardi is a legitimate candidate and if they do have real interest, he's unlikely to have much time before late October to go through a similar "thorough interview process."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 2:17 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 12:55 pm
 

Dunn flirting with Cubs

 Adam Dunn has said again and again that he'd like to stay in Washington, but perhaps the Nationals' lack of contract talks are wearing the slugger's patience thin.

On Monday he talked to the Chicago Sun-Times ' Gordon Wittenmyer and sounded like someone with a wandering eye.

When Wittenmyer said it sounded like a good fit between the Cubs -- who don't have a first baseman for 2011 -- and Dunn, Dunn agreed.

"Hopefully," he said. "You never know."

Adam Dunn Part of Dunn's infatuation is playing in Wrigley Field, a homer-friendly park for a homer-friendly hitter.

In eight years with the Reds in the National League Central, Dunn's made his mark on Wrigley Field. He's hit 25 homers there as a visitor and has an OPS of 1.061 there in 66 games.

''[Wrigley Field's] obviously one of my favorite parks to hit in,'' said Dunn. ''I've always really enjoyed playing there. The atmosphere is great there for any player. The fans are always hard on the other team, which makes it fun.''

Dunn also said he knows Cubs general manager Jim Hendry from when he was in Cincinnati. "He's one of my favorites," Dunn said.

The last time Dunn was a free agent, the Cubs weren't interested, but since he's moved to first base and the Cubs have an opening, it seems like a natural fit. Dunn signed a two-year, $20 million discount deal with the Nationals before the 2009 season. Dunn's certainly looking for more money and more years this time around. That could be a sticking point for the Cubs.

Or at least one current Cub thinks so: "I don't know if they're going to spend the money," Aramis Ramirez told Wittenmyer. "But Dunn would fit anybody's lineup. But they're going to have to spend a lot of money to get [him]."

Although Dunn is a better fit for the American League because of his atrocious defense, he doesn't want to be a designated hitter at this stage of his career and the only way to avoid that is to play in the league without on and the Cubs would be a great fit.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Cubs' Lee vetoed deal to Anaheim


Derrek Lee We'd heard before that the Cubs Derrek Lee wasn't interested in going anywhere at the trade deadline, but now we know he won't be headed anywhere until after the season. Lee invoked his 10-5 rights to block a trade to the Angels, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports .

While it was an interesting discussion in a vacuum whether Lee would use his no-trade rights, the fact that he did -- and vetoed the trade to Southern California -- comes as a bit of a surprise.

The Angels have rumored to have interest in Lee ever since Kendry Morales suffered a season-ending celebration injury. Lee seemed a natural fit, he's a free agent after the season and the Cubs are out of the race. It also seemed too good to be a good match because Lee makes his offseason home in California, why wouldn't he want to head home and perhaps participate in a pennant race.

Lee wouldn't expound on his choice to Muskat, nor would Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who only confirmed her report.

With Lee out of the equation, it does make sense that the Angels are now shifting their focus to Prince Fielder. He'll be much more expensive, but if Lee's unavailable, it's either a lesser player such as Jorge Cantu or Ty Wigginton or go for bust, and that's Fielder or Adam Dunn.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 1:59 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2010 2:04 pm
 

Zambrano Watch: Day 3

Carlos Zambrano Another day, another day full of Carlos Zambrano drama.

The short history for you if you've missed it all: Zambrano stunk against the White Sox, continued his tired baby act in the dugout, was pulled from the game, got in a screaming match with Derrek Lee, got sent to the clubhouse, then sent home, was suspended indefinitely by the team, ruffled feathers by going out to dinner with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen that night and then manager Lou Piniella said if the Cubs re-instate Zambrano, he'll be headed to the bullpen. And that's as short as I can make the roundup.

So, what's up today? First off, Major League Baseball and the Players Association are expected to meet today about the suspension.

"It's really kind of a day or two away from knowing any more than that," general manager Jim Hendry tells the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan .

The Cubs would like to replace Zambrano on the roster, but are now playing with 24 men until the Zambrano situation is resolved.

Secondly, Piniella said nobody in team management has talked to Zambrano since Friday's outburst.

Thirdly, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Gordon Wittenmyer has talked to a friend of Zambrano who gives his side of the story.

Here's what Wittenmyer wrote:

And Zambrano already is calling his actions Friday ''completely misunderstood'' and blaming Derrek Lee for turning it into a big deal by confronting him during his ranting and raving after the White Sox' four-run first inning.

''All he wanted to do was pump the team up. It was completely misunderstood,'' a source close to Zambrano said, adding that Lee ''took it personal'' and told Zambrano to ''shut the f--- up.''

Yet team sources say Zambrano's rant -- much of which was in Spanish -- included yelling, ''This team is horse s----!''

That's when Lee is caught on camera intervening and telling Zambrano to shut up.

They had to be separated.

So, about Zambrano's version?

''That's not the way we see it,'' said Alfonso Soriano, who planned to call Zambrano on Saturday night. ''If he explains, maybe we can see it the way his friend sees it. But what he said wasn't right.''

As one Cub put it, ''Anybody who believes [Zambrano's version] must be smoking something.''

Asked if teammates could forgive Zambrano, Soriano said, ''I don't know.'' 

 

Wittenmyer also adds that pitcher Carlos Silva, in his first year with the club, is Zambrano's "only" friend on the club and the rest of the club is hoping Zambrano isn't a Cub much longer.

There's little doubt this story will end in typical Cub fashion -- neither well, nor soon.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 8:08 pm
 

Cubs suspend Zambrano


Carlos Zambrano has been suspended indefinitely by the Cubs following his meltdown on the Southside of Chicago earlier on Friday.

General manager Jim Hendry made the announcement after the gamma, saying Zambrano's behavior in the team's dugout was "not acceptable."

"His actions toward his teammates and staff were not acceptable," Hendry said. "He will not be at the ballpark tomorrow. We'll play with 24. We'll play with 24 before we tolerate that kind of behavior."

Hendry said he "wouldn't rule it out" that Zambrano would pitch for the Cubs again. As previously discussed, his contract is an albatross. He is owned more than $40 million through the 2012 season.

Manager Lou Piniella said Zambrano's actions were "unacceptable" and Derrek Lee, who also shouted at Zambrano during the incident, declined comment after the game.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters after the game he could manager Zambrano.

"Yes I can, yes I can, why not?" Guillen said. "This is not tampering either. He asked me a question and I answered it. I can manage anybody. I can. Why not? You go about your stuff, you believe in yourself, you believe in respect. I'm not afraid [to manage] any player in baseball because I'm going to give them all the respect I can to perform for me."

The problem, though, is Zambrano has repeatedly shown little respect for his teammates. Guillen and Zambrano have become fans and were scheduled to have dinner together Friday night, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley reported .-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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