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The Twenty-Five Pwnings of Marlon Byrd


Will past performance predict future dingerificness? View some career-high home run highlights and decide for yourself!

Chicago Cubs release 'It Gets Better' video with Mike Quade, Ryan Dempster, Marlon Byrd...


The Chicago Cubs have released their 1-minute promised "It Gets Better" video aimed at telling kids that life gets better and telling everyone else that bullying shouldn't be tolerated. They're the...

Marlon Byrd Struggles, New Tattoo is to Blame


Marlon Byrd has started the season 1-21 (.048) at the plate, including 0 for his last 19. His at-bats thus far have resembled a long walk up an escalator going down. Surely, there's a good reason...

Jackson taking courses at school of Byrd


An article about Byrd taking another young player under his wing.

Fangraphs: What The Cubs Must Do


I like how this author has the balls to suggest that the Cubs trade Carlos Marmol. It's an awesome idea, only if the Cubs are able to get a huge prospect in return. "Like Carlos Zambrano, I have reached my boiling point with the Cubs organization. There have been worse seasons than this one, but rarely has one seemed this disappointing."

If you vote for any Cub offensively for All-Star game...


In my opinion we should vote for Marlon Byrd. Not only has he been a pleasure to watch with his unselfish attitude and leadership.. he has been a our best hitter. Even though WAR shouldn't be taken too seriously so far this year, he has been a 3.0 Win Above Replacement, and worth well over his contract value (12 million). He's also been above average defensively.

The Chemistry Experiment


This story paints the upcoming season for the Cubs as a grand experiment in valuing clubhouse chemistry over paint-by-numbers talent. The team is essentially the same sans a poor-performing Milton Bradley. Silva has performed much better than expected this spring, and is healthy. Of course that complicates my "chemistry experiment" line of thought, somewhat. If Silva performs as an even slightly-better-than-average 5th starter, that outweighs the contributions of what was subtracted. Then again, his addition to the team would've decreased any win projections for the club because his recent history indicates a worse addition than the subtraction of Bradley. Projections aside, the players quoted in this article cite clubhouse energy/enthusiasm as an important factor---players pulling for each other as a vector for increased on-the-field performance. I'm thinking that any chemical addition-by-subtraction argument might only be made in terms of offense since Byrd probably projects as a wash with even an average Bradley. But if the team's offensive numbers improve, then maybe there's something to this whole "chemistry thing." - TL

Done deal, Byrd to Cubs 3/$15


I think we are going too high.

Wednesday a.m. stuff


10 games left in the season.  The Rangers are 2 under .500, 4 up on Oakland.  You have to give the team credit, though...they don't quit.  Down 2 in the bottom of the 9th in a meaningless game,...

A couple of random observations


Scott Feldman's line allowed by pitch count (before yesterday's game): 1-25 -- .293/.385/.526 26-50 -- .235/.333/.417 51-75 -- .250/.343/.422 76-100 -- .327/.364/.541 Makes you think that, as...

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