Thursday, The Chicago Cubs took a late lead over the Oakland A’s with three home runs. The Cubs couldn’t hang on, however, as Oakland took the lead with a three-run ninth inning.
When the Cubs’ Lou Piniella stepped down as manager and Mike Quade took over, there was an apparent difference in the team. The Cubs began to win. Now that a new season is about to begin to give Mike Quade a fresh start, they hope things continue to improve.
Mike Quade’s reaction to the spring training dugout scuffle has incensed many. The Cub haters have seized upon it, and many defeatist Cubs fans, expecting a sign that the status quo of losing will reign, have shaken their head in disappointment.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs announced new contracts for four players that will keep the players and team from heading into arbitration hearings.
Maybe you’ve heard talk of, or even share, my standard reaction to Cubs maneuvers these days. The shrug. No matter the player acquired, I just can’t seem to divorce myself from broader feelings about the roster, and the man left in charge of the baseball decisions. Carlos Pena at 5 mil, with 5 mil deferred? Solid move. But where’s this club going next season?
The Cubs are expected to “tender” contracts to all of their players Thursday as Major League Baseball and the players association agreed to move the tender deadline to Dec. 2nd. Players who are not offered contracts by Dec. 2nd become free agents.