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Former Cubs Player Ryan Freel Found Dead

Ryan Freel

Ryan Freel, 36, was found dead in his Jacksonville, FL home on Saturday. Early reports indicate he he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Freel briefly played for the Cubs in 2009. Jim Hendry aquired him from Baltimore for Joey Gathright in early May. I never understood the trade. Gathright was 28 and Freel a washed up 33-year-old riddled with an achy body.

Granted, Gathright never panned out, but Freel had a (-2) OPS+ in just 14-games with Chicago before he was purchased by the Royals in July. His big league career was over before he ever arrived in Chicago.

“He’s a little guy who lives in my head who talks to me and I talk to him.”

That aside, count me among the many fans who appreciated Freel’s constant hustle on the diamond. He was scrappy, a gamer, and apparently won the heart of Hendry, too.

Long live Farney.


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Cubs 2011 HR Chart

-Cubs HR 2011: Total: 148 – Solo: 82 – 2-R: 47 – 3-R: 19 – Grand Slams: 0

-Opponents:        Total: 162 – Solo: 86 – 2-R: 50 – 3-R: 18 – Grand Slams: 8

-Cubs with 3-HR Game: zero

-Cubs with 2-HR Game: Soriano (2), Pena (1), Aramis (1), Soto (1)

-Cubs Inside The Park: Tony Campana (1), 8/5 vs. Cincinnati (Mike Leake)

-Cubs Three Consecutive Games With HR: Carlos Pena, 6/20-22

-Cubs Back-to-Back HR: Soriano & Soto, Pena & Aramis, Aramis & Soto, Soto & Soriano, Aramis & Pena

-Cubs Pinch-Hit HR: Reed Johnson, Geo Soto, Mike DeWitt, Bryan LaHair

-Cubs Walk-Off HR: Reed Johnson, 4/20 vs. S.D., Geo Soto, 6/30 vs. S.F.

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Pat Gillick To Cubs A No-Brainer

The Cubs have good reason to speak with executive legend Pat Gillick.

The man’s baseball career has been in stark contrast to the Cubs–he’s a winner, plain and simple.

Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle, Philadelphia…he’s built contenders and won at every stop.

Gillick was voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, enshrined at the Rogers Centre ‘Level of Excellence’ in 2002 and then voted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 2010.

The Ricketts family, however, is denying reports Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has spoken with Gillick as recently as last week.

From the AP:
A Ricketts family spokesman denied a report that chairman Tom Ricketts has talked to longtime baseball executive Pat Gillick.

“While Tom respect’s Pat Gillick’s Hall of Fame career, reports of a conversation are unfounded,” spokesman Dennis Culloton said, adding there’s been no contact between them. WSCR-AM in Chicago, citing major league sources, reported Wednesday that Ricketts and Gillick spoke as recently as last week, fueling speculation that the Cubs might be interested in hiring the newly elected Hall of Famer in some capacity.

Ricketts was not available for comment. He gave general manager Jim Hendry a vote of confidence last month and said he’s not interested in bringing someone in to oversee the baseball operation.


You wouldn’t guess it after Wednesday’s effort, but Ryan Dempster has been a serviceable stopper following a Cubs loss this season.

In 16 starts following a Cubs defeat Dempster is (7-3), which is to be expected from the pitcher we call our ace.

But Demps was far from it yesterday afternoon against the Fightin’ Phils–3 innings, 6 runs, 7 hits. Sadly, chances are Dempster will have the same opportunity five days from now–only with better results we hope.


Who the heck is Vance Worley?
The 23-yr-old rookie introduced himself to Chicago with 8 innings of 1-run ball.
His 8 IP is a career high.
His 7 strikeouts ties a career high.
He’s allowed 2 or fewer ER in 10 of 13 starts.
Has an ERA less the 1.00 over his last six outings.
Not bad as a fill-in for Roy Oswalt, eh?


Why is John Grabow still a Cub?
He’s posted an ERA above 8.00 in his last 8 appearances at Wrigley.
Has allowed 4 runs in his last 4 outings overall.
Given up 47 hits in 44 innings.
22 walks vs. 26 strikeouts.
9.9 hits allowed per nine innings.
Why is Chris Carpenter still in Iowa?


Cubs have committed an error in nine straight games–a season high–including two more Wednesday afternoon.


Why the Cubs would move Rodrigo Lopez to the bullpen in favor of Randy Wells is mind numbing.

Lopez has been a serviceable spot-starter tossing three consecutive quality starts, including his victory against Roy Halladay on Monday night.

Wells hasn’t been remotely close to such success, but still keeps his spot in the rotation. Why?


Watched former Cub Angel Pagan send the Mets to victory with a walk-off blast vs. St. Louis on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball. Thing. Of. Beauty!

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Name That Cub!

He’s batting .375 vs. left-handers.
And .344 with two outs in an inning.
His six pinch-hits are seventh most in the majors.
Has started 13 games in the outfield, six at third and five at second.
Name that Cub!

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Cubs Sign Greg Maddux

Teams win with inteligent people in the front office and solid pitchnig on the field, which makes the hiring of Greg Maddux as an assistant to Jim Hendry a very smart move by the Cubs.

Maddux, unquestionably, qualifies in both catagories.

He’s always been a cerebrial player and I have little doubt he’ll be a good scout, as well.

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