2011 MLB Draft: Links

In Minor Leagues by dmick8927 Comments

The 2011 MLB Draft begins on June 6th and ends on June 8th. The Cubs pick 9th this year. There are all kinds of names floating around as potential Cubs picks, but if we’ve learned anything with Wilken drafting it’s that he’ll take someone no one has ever heard of. I don’t even think Wilken has heard of some of …

Cubs Minor League Progress

In Unobstructed Views by dmick8996 Comments

mb21 recently had a blog post about fangraphs Cubs top 10 prospects. As the season has progressed, I’ve become increasingly interested in the farm and less with the ML club. I wanted to give updates and some subjective analysis to those who don’t know much about the farm, but are interested enough to read an overview of their seasons so …

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(Not) Tom Ricketts Clarifies Statements on Attendance

In News And Rumors by andcounting34 Comments

I was a little confused this morning when I read Ed Sherman’s interview with Tom Ricketts. In it, Ricketts said that the Cubs’ meagre attendance numbers had more to do with the soggy weather than the crappy baseball. When you play most of your home games in 45 degrees and it’s wet, I’m sorry, I can understand why some people …

To slot or not to slot

In Unobstructed Views by dmick8973 Comments

I read an interesting article today from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports re: the bonus slotting issue that is being debated for the next CBA.   Here’s what seems to be the most important point of argument: Somewhere in the middle sit the players, the MLBPA’s truest voices and, in all likelihood, the ultimate arbiters of the draft slotting debate. …

Checking up on the Cubs top prospects

In Minor Leagues by dmick89195 Comments

I have always wanted to write more about the minor leagues, but whenever I start to do so I have failed to keep it up. As a result, I’ve mostly stopped writing articles about minor league players unless it’s relevant to the big league team. I know there are at least a few of you who closely follow the Cubs …

Top Ten Highlights of the Cubs Game Tonight

In News And Rumors by aisle424321 Comments

10. Ryan Dempster getting his one out of the evening. 9. Koyie Hill hitting a homerun. 8. Al Yellon and Buster Olney arguing on Twitter over whether Justin Berg hit Justin Upton on purpose.  7. No killer tornadoes hit the stadium. 6. The NFL Draft, NBA playoffs, and Michael Scott’s farewell provided some distraction. 5. A long, lingering shot of …