| Aug 16, 2012
| 7:20 AM
As Carlos Marmol rolled through this week with an earned-run average under 1.70 in his previous 12 outings, manager Dale Sveum said he expects Marmol to be the Cubs closer next year.
Nope. Sorry. Not buying it.
Granted, 1.70 is a nice number number, but...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 7:37 AM
I don’t know why Carlos Marmol is still a Cub.
I don’t know if Marmol knows why he’s still a Cub.
Only Theo Epstein knows, and he should know better.
Marmol is the European sports car of closers --- finely tuned and destined to cost a...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 9:47 AM
Talking baseball while congratulating UCLA for its first College World Series title.
1. It’s been more than a month since Chris Sale’s last win, yet he remains a hugely class act. His quotes after Gordon Beckham’s ninth-inning error...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Unless Carlos Marmol gets involved, the Cubs still hope to close a deal with the city to renovate Wrigley Field by Monday's home opener.
Assuming the agreement can overcome a late-inning scare, planned improvements at the venerable 99-year-old...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 3:37 PM
Bud Selig would love to see a series between the World Series and Japan Series champions. But among the realities is that as problematic as that idea seems now, it might become even less viable in the future.
Major League Baseball is lowering the talent...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 7:52 AM
Talking baseball while the Blackhawks keep rolling:
1. Rumors will continue but here’s the reality about both Carlos Marmol and Alfonso Soriano: As with Matt Garza, the best time to trade them will be in the middle of the season, not now.
| May 29, 2013
| 5:18 PM
Oh, yeah. That's what a curtain call looks like.
You could understand if Wrigley Field fans had forgotten, chugging toward the All-Star break in the fifth season with the ivy-covered walls surrounding a playoff-free zone. But it turns out they remember,...
| May 26, 2013
| 6:31 PM
Starting pitching is everything, right?
After all, the 10 major league teams that had the lowest starters' earned-run average averaged 91 wins last season. This year, eight of the top 10 teams in ERA are winning almost 60 percent of their games,...
| May 2, 2013
| 6:22 PM
Chicago now has digested a month of uninspiring baseball on both sides of town. The reaction has me puzzled.
"It's going to be a long summer," seems to be the most common response from fans and the media.
No, it isn't. The Cubs and White Sox are on...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 9:42 AM
Talking baseball while wondering if the Chicago Bears can win without Brian Urlacher:
1. Maybe the Angels knew what they were doing when they tried to get Carlos Marmol. Maybe another good offer will come along for him before too long.
| Apr 8, 2013
| 6:56 AM
Cubs manager Dale Sveum finally made the move he never should’ve had to make: yanking Carlos Marmol as closer.
Sveum never should’ve had to make the move because team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer should’ve...