Found August 17, 2012 on
The Sports Bank:
After a week off, thanks to life getting in the way of a good rant, Ramblings are back and better than ever. Well, hopefully these are at least decent. Basically, I just hope you enjoy them a little bit. Or more.
So let’s go …
· If Wrigley is a hitter’s park, how would one describe the Ballpark at Arlington?
· Can the Cubs play the Astros 162 times? I would be so excited about October baseball if that was possible!
· In 2006 the Cubs just kept throwing any old arm out there, and I thought it really couldn’t get worse than this. How I long for Juan Mateo and Ryan O’Malley!
· Everyone has a friend or two that is a degenerate gambler. I have eight. They bet on the Little League World Series.
· In no way am I one of those eight. Never.
· I have attended six Cubs Conventions and have heard Oneri Fleita speak at just about everyone of them. I always liked him. He was informed and smooth. The moves this
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Shortstop Starlin Castro could be a long-term Chicago Cub soon.
The Cubs are discussing a contract extension with Castro that will run six or seven years, according to major-league sources.
The deal, sources said, also will include a club option for an additional year.
Talks continue to progress, and a deal could be reached early next week, if not sooner, sources said.
Starlin Castro has certainly been productive, even if he's had a few mental lapses. The Cubs now appear to be on the verge of rewarding that production. Castro and the Cubs have agreed to a seven-year, $60 million extension, which also includes a club option for 2020, according to ESPN.com's Enrique Rojas. The contract reportedly covers four years of arbitration eligibility...
Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has agreed to a seven-year, $60 million contract extension, ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com reported Saturday. The contract covers Castro's four years of arbitration eligibility and three years of free agency. It also includes a $16 million option for 2020. He was projected to qualify for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" player...
The evolution of the Cubs' front office continues. Team president Theo Epstein might have raised a few eyebrows Wednesday with the firing of longtime minor-league fixture Oneri Fleita. Less than a year ago, team owner Tom Ricketts gave Fleita four-year contract extension. Fleita had served the Cubs since 1995 in various capacities relating to the minor leagues. His most...
Last week against the Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds couldn't get much going against former teammate Travis Wood, who admitted having some extra motivation in facing his old club for the first time.
Cincinnati could be in for more of the same when Wood returns to Great American Ball Park in the opener of a four-game series Friday night.
The NL Central-leading Reds (71-47)...
Groupon just went Epic.
Groupon, a Chicago-based daily deal website, is currently running a deal for the ultimate Cubs fan, that allows the fan to do everything but play in the actual ball game. Specifically, the Groupon deal has the winner receiving a fully personalized Cubs uniform, a personal tour of Wrigley, hold a press conference, and press box seats. The buyer will also...
The Rockies are shocked at where they are in the standings, but the Cubs and Astros fully expected to be in the place where they are now. 2012 has been a lot less about competing on the field than clearing the deck to make sure that 2013 and beyond won’t be quite as painful. To that end, the Cubs managed to trade Marlon Byrd, Ryan Dempster, Geovany Soto, Paul Maholm...