July 22, 2007 |
Analyzing odds for upcoming games and events. The Angels aren't the only team that has seen a once-commanding lead in its division shrink. Milwaukee, which flew out of the gate and opened a sizable advantage on its five rivals in the National League Central, has been struggling in recent weeks, enabling streaking Chicago to climb to within 2 1/2 games. The way they began the season, it did not seem possible the Cubs would seriously challenge the Brewers in 2007.
June 4, 2007 |
Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella on Sunday was suspended indefinitely and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his latest dirt-kicking tirade against an umpire. Piniella was ejected in the eighth inning of the Cubs' 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
April 3, 2007 |
Who's going to buy the Chicago Cubs, and for how much? With Tribune Co. saying Monday that it was putting the storied franchise on the block to raise cash, speculation centered around several big names, including Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the NBA's Phoenix Suns and a former owner of that team and baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, and Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks.
November 23, 2006 |
The Chicago Cubs sell everything but victory, and they sell well. The Cubs haven't won the World Series in 98 years, but they pack their venerable ballpark with fans who forgive their traditional ineptitude and celebrate Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks, Harry Caray and the seventh-inning stretch. The Cubs themselves could be sold soon, and if so management might have made another blunder.
June 21, 2006 |
The Chicago Cubs may be turning in a dismal on-field performance this year, but as a financial entity, it is still one of the most valuable franchises in pro sports. That could be important if the Cubs' owner, Tribune Co., remains under shareholder pressure to sell off corporate assets or there is a wholesale breakup of the media conglomerate.
March 4, 2005 |
It's only spring training, but former Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa has already shown that he's an "impact player" -- at least when it comes to the first-quarter profit of Cub owner Tribune Co. The Cubs were so eager to send Sosa packing that they agreed over the winter to pay in the neighborhood of $16 million just to get out of the final year of the outfielder's contract. And that, Tribune said Thursday, would reduce first-quarter earnings by nearly 3 cents a share.
February 3, 2005 |
Tapping his heart and thrusting both thumbs upward, Sammy Sosa stepped to the podium and flashed the broad smile that Chicago Cub fans know too well. Sosa loved his 13 seasons with the Cubs, yet he put all that behind him Wednesday upon joining the Baltimore Orioles. "I gave Chicago everything that I have. It was a beautiful experience for my wife and family," he said. "I had a great time in Chicago, but you have to move on. This is my new house, and I love it."
November 6, 2004 |
All-Star right fielders Shawn Green and Sammy Sosa would switch teams in a trade proposal the Dodgers and Chicago Cubs plan to discuss at next week's general manager meetings, baseball executives said Friday. The clubs will explore a deal that would send Green to Chicago and bring Sosa -- the 1998 National League most valuable player -- to Los Angeles in an exchange of high-priced outfielders.
August 8, 2004 |
Like a stealth bomber flying under the radar, Greg Maddux tried to sneak to his locker without notice late Saturday afternoon at SBC Park. But Maddux was quickly ambushed by a dozen teammates who'd been waiting for this moment for a week. Fellow starter Kerry Wood popped the first champagne cork, and in a matter of seconds, Maddux was drenched and drained at the same time.
July 11, 2004 |
A healthy Jim Edmonds is making a big contribution to the St. Louis Cardinals' perfect homestand. Edmonds homered for the fourth game in a row and Jeff Suppan worked six strong innings, helping the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, Saturday for their eighth consecutive victory. The Cubs have lost five in a row. Edmonds missed five starts in center field at the end of last month and early July with a groin injury, but the team has clicked since his return.