Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010
Report: Yankees targeting Carlos Zambrano?
After missing out on Cliff Lee, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News is reporting the Yankees are turning their attention to trading for Carlos Zambrano. Having already hired former Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild to fill the same position, Zambrano could be a perfect fit in the Bronx. (yahoo.com)
Carmelo not coming to Bulls, but another Nugget might be
The theory in Denver is that if the Nuggets trade Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks or New Jersey Nets, then they are going to strip their roster and rebuild. That means moving Chauncey Billups and most likely J.R. Smith.
The Bulls traded for Smith - and immediately traded him to Denver - a few seasons ago and would give the Bulls another strong weapon off the bench. (probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com)
Dunn to wear different number with White Sox
With Jake Peavy already wearing Adam Dunn's number 44 on the South Side, the White Sox have announced that their newest slugger will wear uniform number 32. (whitesox.com)
Jenks close to signing with Rays
Former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks is in negotiations with the Tampa Bay Rays and sources say a deal could be reached as early as Wednesday night. (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
Diamondbacks sign Xavier Nady
The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to sign Xavier Nady according to multiple reports. Nady, 32, hit .256 with six home runs in 347 at-bats with the Cubs in 2010. (mlbtraderumors.com)
It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.
At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.
Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.
Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.
The Cubs have been a different team the last six weeks, looking a lot more like the resilient bunch from 2016 than the sluggish 2017 squad that lacked energy. After some wacky circumstances Monday and a tough loss in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cubs came out and showed what they’re made of in the last two games of the series against the Dodgers, a team that knocked them out of postseason play last fall.
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki sum up the longest short homestand (or shortest long homestand?), updating the status of Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, the Cubs pitching staff and how the team is rounding into form as the season’s halfway mark approaches.
Check out the entire podcast here: