I mentioned in an earlier blog post that what could be better than two Cubs games in one day, well I meant as long as they don’t lose both. That’s exactly what happened today, as the Cubs fell 12-2 to the D-Backs, and 7-5 against the Rockies. Very few if any bright spots today, but Junior Lake and Michael Brenly hit HR’s, so there’s that. Kerry Wood got knocked around, so did Dempster, and Carlos Marmol tightroped his way thru a scoreless inning.
The day got off to a bettar than decent start with Soriano blasting his third homerun of the spring season, and Chris Volstad working three spotless innings. Kerry Wood also made his spring debut and was solid, that was about the extent of the good portion of the day as the wheels fell off shortly there after. Carlops Marmol was touched up, big time. He faced seven hitters on the day, five of them reached base, and four of them scored. Something positive or negative that can be taken away from that depending on how you look at it was Marmol only hit one batter and walked no one. He gave up four hits including a three run blast to rising prospect Dustin Ackley, one outing is not cause for concern, but it is a shock to the system for sure.
One day after Jeff Samardzija turned in the best pitching performance of the Spring, Chris Volstad goes out and one ups him. Volstad was outstanding, going 3 innings, giving up 1 hit, and stirking out three hitters.
Alfonso Soriano has Volstad in a position for the win after he blasted his third HR of the Spring already to stake the Cubs to a 1-0 lead. That’s where we sit now in the top of the 4th, 1-0 Cubs and Kerry Wood is on to pitch.
Throughout the season we will have features that we run each day of the week, one of them will be Media Monday. We hope to bring you all the best pictures, audio, and video (where allowed by MLB) from the past week. Obviously everyone is very excited about Spring training getting underway, please enjoy the content below.
After an off season full of excitement, and building, the 2012 Cubs baseball season is kicking off today in Mesa Arizona. Pitchers and catchers are due to report today, and many have showed up early. On Friday, Kerry Wood and Rodrigo Lopez each threw off the mound, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo worked with some players in the cages, and Darwin Barney, Bryan LaHair and Josh Vitters were among those practicing on the half field. The most telling quotes coming out of Mesa might have been from Marlon Byrd via (Carrie Muskat)
Lost in the hoopla surrounding the Cubs since the end of the season was the little matter of deciding Mike Quade’s future. Even if we, and most Cub fans knew that Mike Quade was not Major League manager material, the Cubs brass
needed to make that official. Shortly after the Cubs front office was completely re energized, the no brainer decision to let Mike Quade pursue other opportunities, most likely in the minors or outside of baseball was made. We will give Epstein some credit here with the way he handled the process of letting Quade go, very professional. He made multiple trips to meet with Quade, and had a number of conversations with him and others in the organization to see if he would be a good fit, not based on what he had done it the past, but where he thought, and wanted this team to go in the future. Clearly, Quade’s idea’s did mesh with the idea’s of the new regime that was now in place, and he was let go from his two year deal that had one year remaining on it. Epstein and company didn’t have to go far to find the 52nd manager of the Chicago Cubs, just a short trip up I-94 to Milwaukee to find Dale Sveum. Sveum, serving as the third base coach in 2004 with the Red Sox, won a World Series title with Epstein. Since 2006, Sveum was on the Brewers coaching staff with titles ranging from third base coach, to bench coach, and to most recently hitting coach. Sveum did get a crack at the managerial position albeit a short one in 2008 when he took over for Ned Yost and led the Brewers to a 7-5 record down the stretch and a NL Wild Card berth. Along with Sveum, the following coaches will be joining the Cubs this season...