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Carlos Marmol is the Chicago Cubs closer; at least he was as of last night. Many people are furious with Dale Sveum for keeping him in the closers role when everyone knows that he simply is unable to do the job at any level in professional baseball. After last night, I have a hard time defending the use of Marmol at all in situations when the game in on the line. However, I do believe that the fans anger is directed at the wrong person.
Everyone in and around baseball knows that the Cubs and Theo Epstein are desperate to trade Marmol. They even had a deal to send him to the Anaheim Angels completed, and got Marmol to waive his no trade clause. However, that deal was killed when Epstein saw something on Dan Harren’s medical records that he did not like. So, Marmol is still here, and is still the Cubs closer. So the Cubs continue to look for a deal in which they can move him off the roster.
Whether you like the idea of Marmol as the closer or not, I fully believe that is exactly why S...
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In his second season calling the shots for the Chicago Cubs, Theo Epstein’s overhaul of the franchise is in its early stages. There are only a handful of players on the current roster that Epstein considers to be a part of the team’s long term plan. Many of the players on the 2013 squad are stop gaps who are expected to be replaced by prospects in the near future. The Cubs...
In nature a peak is always accompanied by a valley. Our fundamental understanding of this fact extends itself into other areas of thought and reason in our lives. We are taught by the natural order of things that the highs are usually followed by the lows, and vice versa.
Tall peaks tend to have deep valleys. The rate of descent may vary but eventually everything that rises has to...
Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has been pulled from his ninth inning role after his first blown save of the year last night in Atlanta. Kyuji Fujikawa will replace Marmol as the Cubs' fireman, according to reports.
Marmol is actually reportedly taking the demotion well, stating "You can't complain about it. They say it's better for me and for the team. I&...
It was only a matter of time before the Chicago Cubs made a change. Carlos Marmol has never proven himself capable of handling Major League closer duties. He lost his job early last season only to earn it back. And now, he's lost it again.
Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago says the Cubs stripped Marmol of his closing duties after three outings that resulted in stressful...
Following Saturday’s meltdown the Chicago Cubs have removed Carlos Marmol from the closers role. Marmol blew a save after allowing two solo home runs in the inning.
Marmol will be replaced by 32-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa according to Chicago Tribune writer Paul Sullivan.
Entering the eighth inning the Cubs held a 5-1 lead over the Braves. Fujikawa pitched the eighth inning for the...
Carlos Marmol still believes in himself as a closer.
It's hardly safe to say the Chicago Cubs feel the same way.
Marmol failed to convert a save for the second time in three chances this week - this time giving up solo homers in the ninth inning to brothers B.J. and Justin Upton as the Cubs blew a four-run lead and lost 6-5 to the Atlanta Braves.
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum says Carlos Marmol is out as closer and rookie Kyuji Fujikawa will take over the role.
Marmol blew a save opportunity in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves when brothers B.J. and Justin Upton hit solo homers in the ninth inning. Sveum made the decision before Sunday's game.
Fujikawa didn't fare much better in a three-run eighth...
Carlos Marmol has been the source of much consternation for Cubs fans.
One of the worst kept secrets in baseball this season is that the Cubs would love to trade closer Carlos Marmol. They are willing to listen to any and all offers.
Unfortunately, the way Marmol has started the season, General Manager Jed Hoyer has to wonder if it’s worth paying his phone bill.
Through his first...
The Pirates have played five games thus far in 2013 and they've scored six runs. Three of those runs have come against Carlos Marmol, so they probably shouldn't count. Today, they'll face Hyun-Jin Ryu in his second start in America. Last week, he made his Dodger debut against Giants and served up 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings, despite only allowing one earned run. That'...
Here’s some bit of good or maybe not-so-good news, depending on how you think of things:
Fuji closing now. He’s a little surprised it came this quick : “Came here as a set up man”.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) April 7, 2013
Here’s a recap of what happened last night. Kyuji Fujikawa only threw 23 pitches, so he should be okay to go should there be a save situation...
Tonight’s guest: Xavier Cedeno of the Houston Astros. Everyone knows the Astros are not really trying to win this year so I try to cut them some slack, but this made Carlos Marmol look like Nolan Ryan. At least Marmol got some people out. Cedeno has only pitched 30 some innings in the majors and he’s going to wish he could start over after tonight. Cedeno allowed 6...
BJ Upton (left) and Justin Upton became the first brothers in major league history to homer to tie, then win a game Saturday against Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.
I mentioned earlier this week how Carlos Marmol has been absolutely dreadful for the Cubs.
Now he’s so bad he’s in the record books.
Marmol allowed the game-tying home run to B.J. Upton, then the walk-off winner to his...