Tag:Aramis Ramirez
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 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

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

POP CULTURE

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: November 3, 2010 8:11 pm
 

Ramirez returning to Cubs

Aramis Ramirez It couldn't have been that difficult of a decision for Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez -- get $14.6 million to play for the Cubs next season or go elsewhere and play for quite a bit less.

Ramirez did what any of us would do -- took the money and … stayed.

Or at least, it appears so. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said he hadn't heard from Ramirez yet, but expects to get the paperwork soon.

"We never even gave it a thought -- there was never a discussion from his camp that he was not coming back," Hendry told reporters (via MLB.com ).

Ramirez, an All-Star in 2008, hit just .241/.294/.452 with 25 home runs and 83 RBI for the Cubs. He turned 32 in June.

Next year it's the Cubs who will have the easy decision -- either pay Ramirez $16 million to play for the team in 2012 or give him $2 million not to play for the Cubs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 6:03 pm
 

R.I.P. Cubs: More meltdowns, more problems

RIP As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. The lovable losers everyone knows as the Chicago Cubs are up next.

In the last season of Lou Pineilla's managerial career, the Cubs stumbled out of the gate and never got on track although the team responded under the leadership of interim manager Mike Quade.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Give the Cubs credit: they got the losing out of the way in the first half so fans weren't crushed by a late-season swoon.

Carlos Zambrano Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, the two big boppers who were expected to anchor the order, must have thought they were retired. After all, when your 3-4 combo combines for an OPS under .700, you know things went wrong. Lee finished at .233/.329/.366 in 371 plate appearances while Ramirez one-upped him (or is it one-downed?) with a .207/.268/.380 mark in 261 PA.

That wasn't even the story that got national attention. What did was Carlos Zambrano's season from hell. He began the year as Cubs ace, found himself in the bullpen before the end of April, then was moved back only to have a meltdown while pitching against the White Sox on July 25. Big Z (pictured, left) and Lee had to be separated in the dugout and the right-hander was suspended. He returned days later to the bullpen before moving back to the rotation where he ended the year on a roll with a 1.41 ERA in 11 starts. The strong finish wasn't enough to wipe the puckered lips from Cubbie fans -- especially with Z due just under $36 million the next two seasons.

And to cap it all off, rookie sensation Tyler Colvin had his lung impaled by a shard of a broken bat. Nice.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

If Zambrano's turnaround didn't do it, then Aramis Ramirez' own turnaround helped. As soon as Ramirez got a three-day respite in mid-July, he came back strong, cranking 15 homers the rest of the way for a .276/.321/.526 line. While the second half saw veterans such as Lee and Ted Lilly traded, the play of new blood plus a 24-13 finish under Quade turned frowns into half-smiles, dreaming of what could be in 2011. (Stop it, Cubs fans! Stop it right now. These are the Cubs.)

One thing Chicago did have going for them was a dominant closer and setup man. Carlos Marmol struck out a wicked 138 batters in just 77 2/3 innings, making his 52 walks irrelevant as he posted a 2.55 ERA and nailed down 38 saves. He was joined by converted starter Sean Marshall, and the lefty appeared in 80 games en route to a 2.65 ERA.

Former Rookie of the Year catcher Geovany Soto shook off a dismal 2009 to provide the Cubbies with a .280/.393/.497 line in 387 PA with 17 home runs. That's incredibly rare production out of catcher, but he kept inexplicably losing playing time to Koyie Hill. And one wonders why the Cubs lost almost 90 games.
 
HELP ON THE WAY

The Cubs introduced plenty of youngsters to the team, none more than on pitching where Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, James Russell and Andrew Cashner saw extensive playing time. Cashner has a spot locked up in the bullpen and Coleman has a good shot of opening the year in the rotation.

Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro also made impressive debuts as rookies, but unfortunately for Chicago, there is not much behind these names that will be ready for 2011. However, there's a host of candidates that could see major-league time in 2011 in advance of major contributions in 2012. Those include outfielder Brett Jackson, third baseman Josh Vitters, infielder Ryan Flaherty, starter Chris Carpenter and starter Jay Jackson, who could step in the rotation in case of injury.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The Cubs have enough horses that contention isn't impossible, but too much has to break right. So while the Cubs will talk up a good PR game, privately they'll take a third-place finish behind the Cardinals and Reds in some form. All that may require is a .500 finish, although Chicago should expect to win a few more than 81.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

Tyler Colvin The Cubs won't have much money to play with as quite a few of their valued players are in arbitration. The good news is that payroll drops precipitously after 2011 and off a cliff after 2012. Unfortunately, until then, the Cubs are essentially locked into near every position, but there's still room to improve. They will have an open first base spot (unless Tyler Colvin moves to first) and second base (unless the team keeps Blake DeWitt as a starter). The bullpen could also use some reinforcements.

There isn't much in the way of first base prospects, so the Cubs might be better served to see what Colvin (pictured, right) can do at first base. That would leave Kosuke Fukudome manning right, but since the Japanese import can't hit lefties, Jeff Francouer could come in and serve as a platoon partner and serve as fourth outfielder.

At this point in DeWitt's career, he is essentially a backup so the Cubs have to go and get another player. Inking Bill Hall could pay major dividends if his comeback in Boston was for real and should be available for short years and reasonable dollars. The Cubs can then stack the bullpen with an arrangement of solid relievers that don't break the bank and use the savings for two things: signing bonuses in the draft and getting rid of players with no future in town. That includes Ramirez and Fukudome as well as the all-but-untradeable Alfonso Soriano.

2011 PREDICTION

The Cubs will have some growing pains in 2011 as the team shakes free of the old regime and begins a new one in town with plenty of cash to sign upcoming free agents. Not only are the Cubs in too transitional of a stage to play heavily in the free-agent market this offseason, the market is poor as well. Next season will have some strong free agents that the Cubs could jump at. Look for Chicago to finish around 85 losses.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:48 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 11:23 am
 

Cubs' Ramirez: 'I'm staying here'

Aramis Ramirez
Turns out Aramis Ramirez is not out of his mind after all.

The Cubs third baseman had been hinting that he might opt out of his contract, leaving at $14.6 million on the table for next season, which as we've discussed is not an advisable move for a guy batting .242. But Monday night he told the Chicago Sun-Times he is staying in Chicago.

"Yes," he said of his plans to return. "I'm leaning on it."

Leaning?

"I'm staying here,'' he said. ''Put it that way."

Upon hearing the comments, Ramirez's agent ordered that new Blu-ray player he's had his eye on.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 4:07 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Would Ramirez really opt out?

Aramis Ramirez
Aramis Ramirez says he hasn't talked with his agent yet about whether to exercise his $14.6 million option for next season or opt out. I'd imagine the agent's respone will be something like, "Are you out of your freakin' mind?!?"

Ramirez is having easily his toughest season as a Cub, batting .243 -- that's 74 points lower than last season. His OPS is almost 90 points off his career average. He still has decent production numbers, but at 32 a season like this has got to be cause for concern.

Still, he's not willing to say he'll take the guaranteed money for next year. If he does take it, it also activates a $16 million club option (or a more likely $2 million buyout) for 2012.

"That's going to be in the offseason," he told the Chicago Tribune. "They've got a lot of other things they have to address. I'm still under contract, so we'll see."

Ramirez would be crazy to opt out, because there's no way he is going to get $14.6 million on the open market for next year given the numbers he has this year. And even if he's able to get a three- or four-year contract somewhere (gaining security at the cost of playing for less in 2011), it won't be at the same level he'd have gotten a year ago. He's much better off taking the big payday and hoping he can bounce back.

-- David Andriesen

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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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Posted on: August 19, 2010 6:02 pm
 

Ramirez unsure of return to Cubs

Aramis Ramirez Aramis Ramirez isn't sure if he will be a Cub next season as the 32-year-old is angling to be on a contender, reports MLB.com.

"I'm planning to honor my contract," Ramirez said. "I signed here, I took less money to stay here. I don't want to go anywhere. But at the same time, I want to win. I'm 32. I'm not like [Starlin] Castro -- he has a lot of time in front of him. We'll see. We'll see how it goes."

Ramirez might find the free-agent market a bit chilly if he wants to land on a contender, as he is suffering through his worst season since 2002 as a 24-year-old.

He's batting .227./283/.419 with 17 home runs in 378 plate appearances, a mark that is lifted up by his second-half resurgence. Prior to the All-Star Break, A-Ram was at a brutal .207/.268/.380. He's rediscovered his power with a post-break line of .271/.316/.505, but still won't come anywhere near an annual salary of $14.6 million.

Where is that figure coming from, one may ask.

It's the player option Ramirez holds to return to the Cubs next season as the third baseman finishes up a four-year guaranteed deal. If Ramirez exercises the option, the Cubs will gain a $16 million club option for 2012 that will unquestionably be declined regardless.

It will be very hard for Ramirez to turn down a $14.6 million financial outlay in a recession when he may not even come close to half that salary in a guaranteed deal for 2011. So as much as Ramirez may want to contend, he may stay in Cubbie pinstripes for one more year and then chase being on a contender.

Of course, Ramirez and the Cubs would both prefer Chicago contend in 2011, but it seems as if the lovable losers will have to go through a small retooling period.

-- Evan Brunell

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