Tag:Cubs
Posted on: July 27, 2010 2:13 pm
 

Zambrano wanted to apologize in person


Carlos Zambrano Carlos Zambrano apologized again on Tuesday, and once again it wasn't to his teammates.

Instead, Zambrano talked to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat and said he was waiting to apologize to his teammates when he joins the team -- and that he'd wanted to do so sooner if he'd been allowed.

"I'm a person and a human, and I know when I make a mistake. I have to come to the team and apologize," Zambrano said. "I'm not going to [apologize] because [the Cubs] said I have to do it. I'm going to do it from my heart. I want to be clear and at peace with my teammates."

Zambrano told Muskat that he wanted to apologize to his teammates immediately after he blew up at U.S. Cellular Field on June 25, but was told to stay away by the team. Last night he went to ESPN and apologized for his actions. He did that, he said, because he was frustrated he couldn't do it in person.

"I wanted to do this way before this time," Zambrano said. "I wanted to come to the clubhouse and apologize and talk to my teammates."

If that's true, why didn't he stick to the initial plan of not talking to the media before his return to Chicago. Why go on ESPN and apologize before he could do it in person. And if he'd texted and called Derrek Lee, why couldn't he approach his other teammates in the same fashion?

I don't doubt there's some sincerity in what Zambrano has now said in two interviews, it just seems that his actions are steps in the wrong direction. Ultimately, it won't mean anything when Zambrano is back without he Cubs and collecting big paychecks while underachieving, it s just odd that the whole thing has been handled this poorly.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Heyward, Strasburg to finally meet


Jason Heyward If you hear the world explode tonight, it's because of the awesomeness that is the meeting of Stephen Strasburg and Jason Heyward.

The world was cheated out of this opportunity last month, but now the ultimate meeting should take place tonight in Washington, D.C.

Heyward missed the last meeting when kryptonite jammed his left thumb and sent him to the disabled list, meaning the Braves didn't have a chance on June 28 (well, despite the fact they won the game).

This time, though, it's awesome on awesome as Heyward will be in the lineup.

"It's always great to face good pitchers; it's always great to face the best," Heyward told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's Carroll Rogers . "That's what the major leagues are about."

In what is unthinkable, Rogers notes the two actually have competition for the National League Rookie of the Year. Sure, the safe money is on Strasburg finishing first and Heyward second, but there's also Florida's Gaby Sanchez, St. Louis' Jaime Garcia, San Francisco's Buster Posey, Chicago's Starlin Castro and Cincinnati's Mike Leake.

NL's top rookies
Stephen Strasburg 5-2 2.32 ERA 75 Ks, 15 BB
Jaime Garcia 9-4 2.21 ERA 90 Ks, 43 BB
Mike Leake 7-2 3.57 ERA 76 Ks, 43 BB
Jason Heyward .276/.387/.459 11 HR, 48 RBI
Gaby Sanchez .301/.364/.472 11 HR, 45 RBI
Buster Posey .368/.404/.571 8 HR, 33 RBI
Starlin Castro .309/.360/.449 3 HR, 31 RBI

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 1:37 am
 

Cubs' Ramirez indicates he'll pick up option

Alternate headline for this item: "Duh"

Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is batting .227. He has a player option for 2011 that allows him to choose to collect $14.6 million or walk away and take his chances.

Care to guess which one he's leaning toward?

''I want to stay here, but I've still got two months,'' he told the Chicago Sun-Times. ''I haven't talked to my agent about it. But everybody knows I want to stay here. I guess I'm staying here [in 2011].''

What a guy. Who says there's no such thing as loyalty in sports anymore?

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 26, 2010 8:51 pm
 

"The Apology" directed at wrong audience

Xarlos Zambrano Was Carlos Zambrano trying to draft off LeBron James' heat? Hoping "The Apology" could serve as a worthy sequel to "The Decision"?

The suspended Cubs pitcher finally spoke up Monday about the June 25 incident in which he got into an altercation with teamate Derrek Lee, but he did his speaking to ESPN in a moderately sincere-sounding interview in what appeared to be a hotel room.

Ever since the incident, there has been talk of the need for Zambrano to apologize to his teammates. Well, at least now they've seen him aplogize on television (Zambrano did say during the interview that he has spoken to Lee by phone). Who is advising this guy?

Manager Lou Piniella seemed irked when asked about Zambrano's TV appearance.

"I don't have any comment about that,'' he told reporters Monday afternoon. "I do know what is needed -- that's for him to talk to his teammates when he gets here over the weekend, assuming he gets here over the weekend. He needs to get that handled and he'll be accepted back by his manager and his teammates.''

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 26, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Will Lee block any trade?


As the Rangers have popped up as the latest team to have interest in Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, it's questionable if Lee will approve a trade.

Lee is in the final year of his contract and has a full no-trade clause.

Jayson Stark of ESPN tweets this :
A source who has known Derrek Lee for years says it's "highly doubtful" he'd waive full no-trade to OK any deal at this stage. #cubs #trades No word yet from Lee whether people who have known him for years know who Jayson Stark is .

The Angels have also been said to be interested in Lee.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 7:18 pm
 

Deal for Lilly looking imminent


Ted Lilly Ted Lilly may have pitched his last game for the Cubs, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Chris De Luca reports .

Citing "major-league sources" talks for the left-hander have heated up and the trade "could be completed by the end of the weekend."

De Luca reports the Mets have had the most interest in Lilly. Also interested are the Tigers, Twins, Phillies and Dodgers.

Lilly is in the final year of his contract and a free agent after the season. He has a limited no-trade clause, allowing him to veto deals to 10 teams, including the Phillies, Twins and Rays. The Mets and Tigers aren't on his list, according to FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 10:30 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:09 pm
 

Zambrano pitches in Triple-A


Carlos Zambrano Carlos Zambrano made his return to baseball on Thursday, pitching an inning of relief for Triple-A Iowa.

Zambrano allowed two hits but no runs in an inning of work for the Iowa Cubs against Oklahoma City, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers. Zambrano gave up singles to Craig Gentry and Mitch Morelan in the seventh inning of a tie game.

According to the Chicago Tribune 's Dave van Dyck , Zambrano is expected to throw three times for Iowa -- again on Saturday or Sunday and then on Tuesday -- before a determination is made for his return to the Cubs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:17 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:39 am
 

Dodgers may be able to add payroll


Despite the nasty divorce of owner Frank McCourt that has been rumored to handcuff the Dodgers, the team may add to its payroll at the trade deadline, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports .

The Dodgers are looking for pitching help and Jackson writes the team is "zeroing in" on Houston ace Roy Oswalt.

Jackson is one of several starters the team is interested in and made some initial contact about. The others are Ben Sheets, Dan Haren, Ted Lilly and Paul Maholm.

Jackson notes the team's more urgent need may be bullpen help. Toronto's Scott Downs and Jason Frasor have been "scouted heavily" by the Dodgers.

"Pitching continues to be our priority," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "With Manny [Ramirez] going down and Reed Johnson still out, we might look at trying to shore up our outfield as well."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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