The Cubs Column: January 2014

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/http://dealbook.nytimes.com/ Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music) Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740) Follow us on Twitter! @OS_Report Last year, as Curt pointed out on one of our podcasts, I wrote about the Chicago Cubs a lot.  In no way am I some sort of expert on Chicago Cubs baseball, but I am definitely a fan. The Cubs and I have...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cubs Column: January 2014

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/http://dealbook.nytimes.com/ Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music) Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740) Follow us on Twitter! @OS_Report Last year, as Curt pointed out on one of our podcasts, I wrote about the Chicago Cubs a lot.  In no way am I some sort of expert on Chicago Cubs baseball, but I am definitely a fan. The Cubs and I have...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Relief in Sight for the Chicago Cubs?

Since 1908, the Chicago Cubs haven't won a World Series, although they've been to enough. Seven, to be exact.  In the last decade, though, we've seen a fan base blame one man for their 2003 NLCS collapse, we've seen the injury bug bite badly, and we've seen atrocious baseball – plain and simple. Their last winning season came fairly recently, in 2009, but...
Via The Sports Post
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Sunday Funnies: Javier Baez is making noise

Remember before Theo was here?Hope all pinned on the 3 Cs - Colvin/Castro/Cashner?The Cubs had Kosuke Fukudome and Carlos Pena, Doug Davis and Ramon Ortiz.Mike Quade.Koyie.The giant empty promise of a heavily promoted, ridiculous Cubs/Red Sox series where we watched the Cubs give up 15 runs on National TV complete with Kevin Youkilis making a comet out of a Scott Maine pitch.I tried...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

A Few Thoughts on Edwin(less) Jackson

Throughout the long storied history of the Chicago Cubs franchise, there have been many mistakes made in trades and in free agency. They made a mistake when they traded away Lou Brock. They made a mistake when they signed Kosuke Fukudome. They made a mistake when they extended Carlos Marmol to an ungodly amount of money, and yes they made a mistake when they traded Tyler Colvin for...
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May 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Fukudome returns to Japan after 5 seasons in MLB

Former major league outfielder Kosuke Fukudome has returned to Japan where he will play for the Hanshin Tigers of the Central League. The 35-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Tigers after spending five seasons in with the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. Fukudome gave up plans to return the majors after being released by the New York Yankees'...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Fukudome to sign with Japanese team

Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, who spent the past five seasons playing in the Major Leagues, has agreed to a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers to play in Japan, Sponichi News reported. Fukudome left Japan in 2008 to sign a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cubs. Fukudome, 35, played in just 24 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2012, hitting .171 with no homers. He spent...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Kosuke Fukudome signs with Hanshin Tigers

Kosuke Fukudome will return to Japan. The 35-year-old outfielder has signed a three-year contract with the Hanshin Tigeres of the Central League. Fukudome joined the Chicago Cubs in 2008 earning an All-Star selection but ended his five years in the majors with a .258/.359/.395 line.
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Baseball Video Games Are Totally Unrealistic

Note: I did this in 2010 when the Cubs were sucking a bit and I wanted them to stop sucking already.  So much for that.  Anyway, the WSD folks and I were having a chat about silly baseball games and I recalled this note I posted on our Facebook page.  Unfortunately Facebook does some weird crap where notes no longer display right, so I had to go into edit-mode and salvage it into...
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December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Hey, the World Baseball Classic starts tonight!

Who's all excited for some awesome World Baseball Classic action? No? Wait, you don't even remember what this is? Oh...the first WBC was played in 2006 as MLB's answer to Olympic baseball. Japan won that year, despite just a 3-3 record in pool play and two losses to the South Korean team that they beat in the semifinals. That Japanese roster was largely unknown in America...
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September 19, 2012  |  Discuss

GIFs Of The Week: Best Web Gems & Blasts – Braun Bomb, Trout Catch, Eaton Arm

Ryan Braun is making this feature regularly now. 444 feet. —– GIFcap: Edwin Encarnacion Tried His Best To Hit A Pitch To The Moon GIFcap: Here’s Yoenis Cespedes Proving That He Can Throw A Bit GIFcap: Jason Repko Robs Kosuke Fukudome Of A Homer By Diving Over Wall … In AAA —– David DeJesus Brandon ...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Minor League Goes Over the Fence For Catch

Its been a tough year all around for the Boston Red Sox, but their minor league players have fared a little better and last night one of them may have made the catch of the year. Former Major Leaguer and current Pawtucket Red Sox outfielder Jason Repko made an outstanding catch in the first inning. Repko flipped over the fence to rob former Chicago Cub Kosuke Fukudome of a grand...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Jason Repko goes over fence for amazing grand slam-robbing catch (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Jason Repko made one of the best catches we’ve seen this season. The Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox Triple-A) left fielder went over a fence on Sunday to rob Yankees first baseman Kosuke Fukudome of what would have been a grand slam. Fukudome was able to hit a home run later in the game, and his team won 6-2, so the robbed grand slam didn’t...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

GIFcap: Jason Repko Robs Kosuke Fukudome Of A Homer By Diving Over Wall … In AAA

Can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something inherently amusing to me about Jason Repko robbing Kosuke Fukudome of a homer with a ridiculous over-the-wall diving catch … all while in
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Jason Repko dives over outfield fence to rob grand slam

On Sunday afternoon, outfielder Jason Repko of the Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple A) made one of the craziest catches baseball has seen this this year. In the bottom of the first inning, Repko leaped over the left field fence to rob former major leaguer Kosuke Fukudome of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of a grand slam. Repko showed no fear while running out of room in the outfield...
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September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees release Kosuke Fukudome

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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Jason Repko flips over outfield wall making catch to rob Kosuke Fukudome of grand slam

      For Chicago Cubs fans who have been wondering what Kosuke Fukudome has been up to since the team traded him to the Cleveland Indians last year here’s a quick synopsis. He appeared in 59 games for the Tribe, signed a free agent deal with the Chicago White Sox in February of this [...]
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

'Holy Cow' are the only words for Jason Repko's Falling over the Fence Grand Slam Rob

Wow also works. Jason Repko of the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox robbed former major leaguer and current Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee Kosuke Fukudome of a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Minors Wrap-Up: Ronnier Runs Wild in Scranton Win

Ronnier Mustelier led Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with three hits on Sunday (Photo Credit: MILB.com) AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Ronnier Mustelier’s three hit performance helped lead Scranton/Wilkes-Barre past Pawtucket on Sunday night by a score of 6-2. Playing DH today, Mustelier scored once and also drove a run home. Corban Joseph and Darnell McDonald also contributed multi...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Jason Repko Tumbles Over Left-Field Fence While Making Unbelievable Catch (Video)

Over the course of a baseball season, the phrase "play of the year" is tossed around so much that it no longer holds much weight. Jason Repko's grab on Sunday earns that title hands down, though. Kosuke Fukudome put a charge into one with the bases loaded in the first inning, forcing Repko to sprint toward the left-field fence in pursuit. The Red Sox farmhand then left...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Minors Wrap-Up: Scranton Now Two Wins from Division Title

A view from the stands as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre defeated Lehigh Valley AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Scranton/Wilkes-Barre moved one win closer to winning the International League North title as they defeated Lehigh Valley 6-2 on Sunday afternoon. Justin Thomas turned in an excellent outing, tossing seven innings of two-run baseball. Thomas allowed just three hits in the outing...
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August 27, 2012  |  Discuss

A Mixed Showing for International Rookies

The 2012 MLB season began with a very public bounty of international talent — Japanese stars, Cuban expats and even a Taiwanese surprise. With the season dipping into its final six weeks, we are beginning to see both the good and the bad of these international players who made the direct transition to MLB rookie. SP Yu Darvish — The biggest star from Japan since Daisuke Matsuzaka...
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August 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees sign OF Fukudome to minor league contract

The New York Yankees have signed outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a minor league contract, a month after he was cut by the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees announced the deal Friday and sent him to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. The 35-year-old Fukudome hit .171 with four RBIs in 41 at-bats for the White Sox. The former Japanese star began his major league career in 2008 with the Chicago...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees Sign Kosuke Fukudome

<a href="http://bronxpinstripes.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-feed-statistics/feed-statistics.php?url=aHR0cDovL2Jyb254cGluc3RyaXBlcy5jb20vbmV3cy1ydW1vcnMveWFua2Vlcy1zaWduLWtvc3VrZS1mdWt1ZG9tZS9hdHRhY2htZW50L2tvc3VrZS1mdWt1ZG9tZS8=" rel=\"attachment wp-att-9290\">The New York Yankees signed outfielder, Kosuke Fukudome, to a minor league contract. The 35...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees sign Kosuke Fukudome to a Minor League deal

Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome agreed to a Minor League deal with the New York Yankees according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. Fukudome was released by the White Sox late in June. In 24 games, 51 plate appearances, Fukudome posted a .171/.294/.195 line, while logging time at all three outfield positions. Image by mikelachance816 under the Creative Commons License Agreement.
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss
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