Results tagged ‘ Aramis Ramirez ’

Old faces in new places

When looking at the 2011-12 offseason, there is one word that best describes the Chicago Cubs from top to bottom: Change.

The Ricketts group hired Theo Epstein to act as President of Baseball Operations and subsequently hired a new GM in Jed Hoyer. Payroll was cut in favor of stocking the farm system, and probably most important, many player moves were made. While the Cubs signed a plethora of young talent hoping to help the organization in the future, if not this year, many notable Cubs became “former Cubs” either by trade or free agency.

Let’s see how some of the old faces have fared thus far with their new teams:

Andrew Cashner: Cubs 2008-11; Traded to Padres Jan. 2012
Spring Training line: 8 IP, 11 K’s, 6 HA, ER, 1.13 ERA

Tyler Colvin: Cubs 2006-11; Traded to Rockies Dec. 2011
Spring Training line: 41 AB, HR, 10 RBI, 16 hits, .390/.429/.610

Sean Marshall: Cubs 2003-11; Traded to Reds Dec. 2011
Spring Training line: 8 IP, 12 K’s, 5 HA, 4 ER, 4.50 ERA

Carlos Pena: Cubs 2011; Free agent signed with Rays Jan. 2012
Spring Training line: 28 AB, 0 HR, RBI, 4 hits, .143/.333/.250

Aramis Ramirez: Cubs 2003-11; Free agent signed with Brewers Dec. 2011
Spring Training line: 32 AB, HR, 2 RBI, 8 hits, .250/.273/.406

Carlos Zambrano: Cubs 1997-11; Traded to Marlins Jan. 2012
Spring Training line: 13.2 IP, 17 K’s, 14 HA, 7 ER, 4.61 ERA

Congrats, Starlin! 21-year-old Castro leads league in hits

Photo by David Durochik.

Starlin Castro wrapped up a great sophomore season at the plate with his 207th hit yesterday, finishing the season with 207 knocks and a .307 AVG/.341 OBP/.432 SLG triple-slash line. Look out for an illustration by Jerry Neumann commemorating the achievement in the November issue of Vine Line.

Your final National League hits leaderboard for 2011:

1. Castro (CHC) 207
2. Kemp (LAD) 195
3. Bourn (TOT) 193
4. Pence (TOT) 190
5. Braun (MIL) 187
6. Votto (CIN) 185
7. Phillips (CIN) 183
8. Reyes (NYM) 181
9. Pujols (STL) 173
Ramirez (CHC) 173

1000 Words: Reliable Rami

What a game, what a night: James Russell and Matt Garza were the first ones out to mob Aramis Ramirez after hitting a ninth-inning walk-off single in the Cubs’ 2-1 win over the Giants. (Photos by David Durochik)

1000 Words: Tony Campana’s 10th-inning mob

Starlin Castro's walk-off hit.

Aramis Ramirez celebrates as Starlin Castro drives home the winning run, completing a come-from-behind, 10th-inning win over the Brewers. (Photos by Stephen Green)

Tony Campana gets mobbed at home plate.

Tony Campana prepares for the mob at home plate after scoring the winning run.
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News and notes from Mesa

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ON LOCATION LOGO.jpg   Just some observations around Hohokam Park today, the first day after the big-league camp moved over from Fitch Park:

–Watched former Rule 5 pick David Patton throw live BP. His got a great breaking ball as most people know, but he had a couple guys turn on him and line singles into right-center.

–Cubs fans filtered into the stadium to watch the team practice. The team is very loose, but the level of camaraderie is as good as it was last year. While much has been made about Milton Bradley’s presence on the team, last year during spring training no one had a problem with him. He was participatory and welcomed.

Marlon Byrd, a friend of Bradley’s, has assimilated nicely into the clubhouse. In fact, he has been quite vocal laughing and smiling, further increasing the fun quotient. During BP, he was working on hitting to the opposite field where Ryan Theriot was manning second. The BP pitcher–I think it was Alan Trammell–pitched faster and more frequently, Byrd kept shooting line drives to Theriot. Theriot kept diving and getting up, diving and getting up, snagging them all until Byrd finally got one past the goalie. But Theriot earned a nice hand from the crowd, while eliciting a big “whoo!” from Byrd.

Aramis Ramirez and Starlin Castro had their fun turning double plays. Castro, a quiet, easy going kid, was all smiles taking throws from “shortstop” Ramirez. But Ramirez showed his shoulder was in top condition when he snagged a liner that was about a foot above his head. That also earned a double take from teammates.

–Another person who earned double takes from teammates was young right-hander Rafael Dolis. The team was just filtering out for stretching while Dolis was throwing early live BP to a group of hitters that included No. 1 pick Brett Jackson. Standing next to Mike Fontenot, he asked what level he was at. I told him Dolis had dealt with some injuries, but I’d lay odds he’s going to be in Class-A Daytona or better. You didn’t need to be a ballplayer to see just how hard Dolis threw. A little buzz raced through the growing impromptu audience. Dolis’ “heavy” ball made a loud thud every time. The audience got a huge “Ohhh!” when Dolis broke Jackson’s bat. Sawed him off right at the handle.

Later, Jackson came by me and said, “Look at that, Mike. Well, that one ain’t coming back.” And he threw down the broken bat in disgust.

–Mike Huang

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Rooting for a good cause

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ON LOCATION LOGO.jpgOn Sept. 2, Geovany Soto chaired the 2nd Annual Rooters Ball at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in downtown Chicago. Organized by the West Side Rooters Social Club, the event benefitted Chicago Cubs Charities, supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Major League Baseball Dominican Development Alliance.

Several current Cubs players joined Soto, including Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee, Carlos Marmol, Jake Fox, Sam Fuld, Randy Wells and John Grabow. Also present was “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks, chairman of the West Side Rooters Social Club.

We talked to several players, in Spanish, about their charitable support:

VL: Why are you participating in the Rooters Ball?


Ramirez Soto Marmol copy.jpgGeovany Soto:
Well, growing up in Puerto Rico, I was lucky that I had everything I needed and I was healthy all my life. But I saw the needs around me, and I thought that, if I ever had the chance, I would love to help kids. And in this case, kids with diabetes need a lot of help. Also, when I was playing in the minors, I had a coach [Alan Dunn] whose son was diagnosed with diabetes. I had a really good relationship with him and his son, and that painful moment for them affected me because they were important to me.

Alfonso Soriano: Geovany invited me. I am here supporting him in this worthy cause. Tonight we are participating for the Chicago Cubs.

Jake Fox: No. 1, I have great respect for Geovany Soto, and when he invited me to participate, I did it gladly. This is a noble cause, and when a player of his caliber asks you to help, you do it because that’s what friends are for. Another reason is that my wife has diabetes. She is a Type 1 diabetic, and every time I can help JDRF, I am first in line.

VL: We know some of the proceeds from this event will go to the Dominican Republic through the MLB Dominican Development Alliance. What does it feel like to know that you are helping the Dominican community?

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1000 Words: Welcome back, A-ram

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Cubs fans give Aramis Ramirez a warm welcome in his first at-bat in two months.

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Brave new homestand

Roster moves were the theme of the day, as the club welcomed back Aramis Ramirez, Reed Johnson and Angel Guzman from the DL. With all credit given to the young players that came up and acted as sparkplugs for the team, it’s nice to see these familiar faces in uniform again.

Rehab assignment stats (at Class-A Peoria unless otherwise noted):

Ramirez: .500 (3-for-6), double, three walks

Johnson: .333 (2-for-6), two walks

Guzman: one perfect inning, two strikeouts; at AAA Iowa, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

As corresponding roster moves, the Cubs optioned Sam Fuld and Kevin Hart back to Triple-A Iowa; David Patton was placed on the DL with a groin strain.

Fukudome, CF
Theriot, SS
Lee, 1B
Bradley, RF
Ramirez, 3B
Soriano, LF
Soto, C
Fontenot, 2B
Wells, RHP

Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (6-6, 2.73 ERA) pitches for the Braves.

Classic rivalry

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It’s Cubs/Cardinals, so it’s only fitting Vine Line staff photographer Steve Green offers not one, but two photos of the week for 1,000 words.

LarussaLou.jpgThis shot was taken during batting practice when the Cardinals had come out to take their turn in the cage, and the Cubs were making there way back into the clubhouse. Cubs manager Lou Piniella (left) and Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa came together and just started talking about baseball.

 It was one of those moments where you just wanted to stay quiet and unseen and observe two of the best in the business swap stories and obviously enjoy each other’s company. In only an hour they would be adversaries instead of compadres.

I kept myself turned sideways facing the batting cage and waited for the right moment and turned around and took three frames. I don’t think they ever noticed me. I like this one the best because of the smiles and the upbeat feel to it.

 

Ramirez walkoff.jpgAnd then last night Aramis Ramirez was up to his late-inning heroics. What a win. He has a knack for hitting walk-off home runs. In 2007, we used the home plate celebration of one of his walk-off homers for the cover of our 2007 National League Division Series program and 2008 schedule.

 –Steve Green

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