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10-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: Every Team Has a Special GM, Except the Cubs
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Steven Goldman

08-19

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Manufactured Runs: Multifold Changes
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Colin Wyers

06-28

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Recounting Cubs Contracts
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Larry Granillo

02-16

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The BP Broadside: Every Team Has a Special GM, Except the Cubs
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Steven Goldman

01-10

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Prospectus Perspective: An Honest Exchange?
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Christina Kahrl

12-09

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On the Beat: Santa Jerry Comes to Town
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John Perrotto

10-20

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GM for a Day: Chicago Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh

08-20

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On the Beat: Going Green
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John Perrotto

08-12

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Transaction Action: NL Central Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

08-09

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On the Beat: Heading Toward a Showdown
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John Perrotto

05-05

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On the Beat: Wednesday Update
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John Perrotto

09-21

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Prospectus Today: Bradleygate?
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Joe Sheehan

07-12

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Hendry
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David Laurila

07-01

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On the Beat: Run-hunting in Wrigleyville
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John Perrotto

05-31

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On the Beat: Weekend Roundup
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John Perrotto

03-05

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Change For Its Own Sake
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Christina Kahrl

10-22

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On the Beat: The Final Round
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John Perrotto

07-20

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Every Given Sunday: Beating Expectations
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John Perrotto

10-22

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The Week in Quotes: October 15-21
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Alex Carnevale

05-09

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Morning in Chicago
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John Perrotto

03-23

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Hope and Faith: How the Chicago Cubs Can Win the World Series
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John Perrotto

02-06

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Transaction Analysis: NL Central Catchup
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Christina Kahrl

11-13

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The Week in Quotes: November 7-13
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Alex Carnevale

08-10

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Schrodinger's Bat: Replacing Ricky Gutierrez
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Dan Fox

05-17

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Lies, Damned Lies: Trouble in Wrigleyville
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Nate Silver

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: April 5-10
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Christina Kahrl

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: November 23-December 1
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Christina Kahrl

08-29

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The Week in Quotes: August 22-28
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John Erhardt

04-23

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Transaction of the Day: Nomar Garciaparra
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Christina Kahrl

12-02

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The Week in Quotes: November 19-December 1
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Ryan Wilkins

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: June 25-July 14, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

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With the Cubs GM situation apparently coming to a resolution, we represent a piece from February on the Cubs' historic lack of a definitive executive.

I fear that today’s installment of Broadside is going to come off as an attack on Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, but that is not my intention. Rather, it's the observation that given a wait of more than a century, for the Cubs, the point is not the journey but the destination—over 100 years at sea is quite enough of a journey, thank you. And just as every team can point to their Babe Ruth or Ted Williams and say, “This is our iconic figure,” almost every organization has an executive who came along at a key moment and guided the team through a transitional period to greater heights of success, someone whose oil portrait in the office lobby bears a plaque that says, “Pathfinder.” The best the Cubs can do is hang an empty frame, or perhaps fill it with a sign: “This space for rent.”

This piece began as a look at the Cubs’ chances for this season, but as I later read back what I had written, I found that I had over a thousand words that boiled down to, “The last 102 years weren’t very good, were they?” before I even got to the 2011 team. You don’t need me to tell you that, even though there is a perverse pleasure in observing just how long it's been since the Cubs last got to celebrate a championship. The Pirates and the Royals come in for a lot of mockery, but at least you can refer to Kansas City's 1985 championship with a straight face, and bring up Bret Saberhagen, George Brett, and Dan Quisenberry as if they were contemporary humans instead of the alien subjects of 17th-century Dutch portraiture, strange, candlelit figures with ruff collars around their necks.

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August 19, 2011 5:49 pm

Manufactured Runs: Multifold Changes

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Colin Wyers

Jim Hendry is gone - will it make a difference for the Cubs?

It’s the end of an era for the Cubs. Tom Ricketts, public face of the Ricketts family trust that bought the team in 2009, announced this morning that general manager Jim Hendry had “stepped down,” which left out the little detail that he was given a bit of a shove first. It’s become increasingly clear that the Cubs have needed a new direction for many years, and now they certainly are going in a new direction.

Nobody will accuse Hendry of being the world’s greatest GM, but he is perhaps taking more than his fair share of the blame from Cubs fans. Ricketts was careful to avoid turning Hendry into a scapegoat, praising him for his work and dedication. Today’s press conference shed some new light on the baffling behavior of the Cubs this past month; Hendry was informed of the decision to move on back on the 22nd of July, just over a week before the trade deadline. He was asked to stay on to finish signing the team’s amateur draft picks, and he agreed. This explains the inactivity of a man nicknamed “Trader Jim” for his wheeling and dealing ways; taking a laissez faire approach gives his successor more freedom.

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June 28, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Recounting Cubs Contracts

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Larry Granillo

As the Cubs continue to bow beneath the weight of several lucrative long-term deals, Larry takes a look back at the high hopes held for each player in happier days.

The evidence is mounting, and it's beginning to point to one conclusion: the 2011 Chicago Cubs are not a very good team. True, we’re still two weeks from the All-Star break, and all it takes is a few weeks of inspired play to change a club’s narrative from "miserable underachievers" to "second-half sweethearts," but there is little reason to expect something like that from Mike Quade's team.

For fans of the Cubs, who saw their team in the playoffs only three years ago, the 2011 edition’s first-half disappointment is amplified by the team's large payroll. When fans see their team shelling out more than $130 million in payroll, they expect to see a winning team; it’s not unreasonable to suppose that a collection of big contracts might yield a collection of quality players, and by extension, a successful team.

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February 16, 2011 10:23 am

The BP Broadside: Every Team Has a Special GM, Except the Cubs

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Steven Goldman

The iconic GM of the Chicago Cubs is nobody, and that's not changing any time soon.

I fear that today’s installment of Broadside is going to come off as an attack on Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, but that is not my intention. Rather, it's the observation that given a wait of more than a century, for the Cubs, the point is not the journey but the destination—over 100 years at sea is quite enough of a journey, thank you. And just as every team can point to their Babe Ruth or Ted Williams and say, “This is our iconic figure,” almost every organization has an executive who came along at a key moment and guided the team through a transitional period to greater heights of success, someone whose oil portrait in the office lobby bears a plaque that says, “Pathfinder.” The best the Cubs can do is hang an empty frame, or perhaps fill it with a sign: “This space for rent.”

This piece began as a look at the Cubs’ chances for this season, but as I later read back what I had written, I found that I had over a thousand words that boiled down to, “The last 102 years weren’t very good, were they?” before I even got to the 2011 team. You don’t need me to tell you that, even though there is a perverse pleasure in observing just how long it's been since the Cubs last got to celebrate a championship. The Pirates and the Royals come in for a lot of mockery, but at least you can refer to Kansas City's 1985 championship with a straight face, and bring up Bret Saberhagen, George Brett, and Dan Quisenberry as if they were contemporary humans instead of the alien subjects of 17th-century Dutch portraiture, strange, candlelit figures with ruff collars around their necks.

The Cubs aren’t that far away from us, but they’re close; bring up the last Cubs championship and you might as well be talking about the Boer War—a conflict that ended just six years before the Cubs won their last World Series. It was a different game then, played by people who we would not instantly recognize. The average height of the Cubs’ starting lineup in 1908 was about 5’9”. As good as Dustin Pedroia is, it’s hard to take seriously a roster composed of players that were not only his height but, due to their primitive conditioning, averaged 15 pounds less than him. The Cubs must cling to Tinkers-to-Evers-to Chance, but it is long since time to let these weary ghosts rest lest they see a living human the size of Prince Fielder and burst into tiny molecules of frightened ectoplasm.

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Is it possible in today's prospect-stingy market that the Rays and Cubs pulled off a win/win deal?

To see the Cubs step into the shrinking market for starting pitching was a mild surprise, but not that much of one. Very early on this winter, Jim Hendry was fidgeting over getting pitching help. What we didn't know was that he would wind up landing one of the best starting pitchers in play this winter. Most of the early-Hot Stove speculation centered on Hendry magically making Kosuke Fukudome go away, say for Daisuke Matsuzaka, in the latest exchange of expensive regrets, exactly like the previous winter's banishment of Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva.

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December 9, 2010 9:00 am

On the Beat: Santa Jerry Comes to Town

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John Perrotto

Owner Jerry Reinsdorf writes another check to keep the White Sox competitive, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida—Santa Claus was roaming the lobby of the Swan and Dolphin Resort for a good chunk of Wednesday afternoon. However, few people seemed to notice. Perhaps it was because this Santa was not wearing a red suit and a white beard. Instead, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf wore business casual.

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October 20, 2010 8:00 am

GM for a Day: Chicago Cubs

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Ben Lindbergh

Laden with awful contracts, it's difficult to construct the 2011 roster for the North Siders.

As GM for the day, I’m setting this article’s agenda. So while it might be poor form, allow me to lead with a table:

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August 20, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Going Green

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John Perrotto

The Cubs continue their youth movement in full force, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

"Wait 'til next year" has been the Cubs' rallying cry since before ever even christening Wrigley Field. The Cubs, after all, haven't won a World Series in 102 years or been to the Fall Classic since 1945. This isn't their year either, as they are 20 ½ games behind in the National League Central and selling off parts on a regular basis.

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August 12, 2010 3:15 am

Transaction Action: NL Central Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

Jim Edmonds tries on a new brand of the Red stuff, waiver claims start to crop up, and the latest roster tweakings from the senior circuit.

CHICAGO CUBS
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Placed RHP Carlos Silva on the 15-day DL; purchased the contracts of RHP Thomas Diamond and Casey Coleman from Iowa (Triple-A). [8/2]
Optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Iowa; recalled RHP Mitch Atkins from Iowa. [8/3]
Optioned RHP Mitch Atkins to Iowa; recalled RHP Marcos Mateo from Iowa. [8/9]
Placed C-R Geovany Soto on the 15-day DL (sprained shoulder); placed 1B-R Derrek Lee on the Bereavement Leave List; recalled 1B-L Micah Hoffpauir and C-R Welington Castillo from Iowa. [8/10]
Traded INF-L Mike Fontenot to the Giants for CF-R Evan Crawford. [8/11]

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August 9, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Heading Toward a Showdown

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John Perrotto

The deep Twins are rolling and are right on the White Sox' heels in the AL Central, along with other news and notes from the majors.

Keeping October 4 open is probably a good idea for the Twins and the White Sox. That is the day after the regular season ends, the date usually reserved, unless that pesky NFL and its Monday Night Football gets in the way, for one-game playoffs if they are necessary to break ties for division titles and wild-card playoff berths.

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May 5, 2010 6:34 am

On the Beat: Wednesday Update

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John Perrotto

The Cubs are making lemonade with Zambrano and Soriano, along with other notes from around the majors.

It would be hard to find a more well-liked person in baseball than Jim Hendry. The Cubs' general manager is personable, egoless, and friendly. Perhaps it is Hendry's pleasant nature that has put the Cubs in the predicament of holding some of the worst contracts in baseball. Maybe he just can't say no to agents. Perhaps because Hendry is such a good guy, his superiors in the Tribune Co., the Cubs' previous owners, did not have the heart to stop him from overpaying for players.

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September 21, 2009 2:07 pm

Prospectus Today: Bradleygate?

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Joe Sheehan

The wrong person's being accused and then punished for lashing out over this season's disappointments in Wrigleyville.

In something of a surprise, the Cubs have suspended Milton Bradley for the rest of the season for conduct detrimental to the team. There are about two weeks left in the season, so in the midst of the big pile-on, I'd like to ask one question: Who the hell has ever been suspended for two weeks for what they said to the media? This is a severe and unwarranted overreaction, a cynical public-relations ploy designed to curry favor with fans and the media and distract both groups from a Cubs season that is ending with a whimper.

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