2008 Chicago Cubs season

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2008 Chicago Cubs
NL Central Champions
Cubs Win flag on pennant clinching day 2008.jpg
Cubs Win Flag flies over the scoreboard at Wrigley Field shortly after the Cubs clinched the NL Central on September 20, 2008.
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tribune Company
Manager(s) Lou Piniella
Local television CSN Chicago
WGN America
WGN-TV
CSN Chicago Plus (CLTV)
WCIU-TV
(Len Kasper, Bob Brenly, Cory Provus)
Local radio WGN (AM) 720
(Pat Hughes, Ron Santo, Cory Provus)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 2008 Chicago Cubs season was the 136th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 133rd in the National League and the 93rd at Wrigley Field. The season began at home on March 31 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs were champions of the National League Central Division for the second year in a row, accumulating 97 regular season wins—the most since 1945. It was the first time since 1908 that the Cubs made postseason appearances in consecutive seasons.[1]

At the All-Star break in July, the Cubs led the NL Central and were tied with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the best record in the major leagues.[2] They tied a National League record with eight players selected to the All-Star team.[3]

On September 20, the Cubs clinched the NL Central championship with a 5–4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.[4] Despite their regular season success, the team did not advance past the first round of the playoffs; they were swept 3–0 by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series.

Lou Piniella, in his second year as the Cubs' manager, won the National League's Manager of the Year Award in 2008. In addition, catcher Geovany Soto won the 2008 National League Rookie of the Year Award.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Game log[edit]

2008 Game Log (97–64)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement/Cancellation
Bold = Cubs team member

Season standings[edit]

With the magic number at 1, fans had their "Cubs Win" flags flying in Chicago.
The Cubs and fans celebrate the 2008 National League Central Division championship. A few Cubs Win flags are visible.
NL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 97 64 .602 55–26 42–38
Milwaukee Brewers 90 72 .556 49–32 41–40
Houston Astros 86 75 .534 11 47–33 39–42
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 .531 11½ 46–35 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 74 88 .457 23½ 43–38 31–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 95 .414 30½ 39–42 28–53

Record vs. opponents[edit]

Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WAS AL
Diamondbacks 3-5 2-4 2-4 15-3 2-7 4-2 8-10 2-5 3-3 3-4 4-3 10-8 11-7 3-4 4-2 6-9
Braves 5-3 0-6 3-3 4-3 10-8 3-3 4-2 3-6 11-7 4-14 2-5 5-1 2-5 2-5 6-12 8-7
Cubs 4-2 6-0 8-7 5-1 4-3 8-9 5-2 9-7 4-2 3-4 14-4 5-2 4-3 9-6 3-3 6-9
Reds 4-2 3-3 7-8 1-5 6-2 3-12 1-7 10-8 3-4 3-5 6-9 4-3 5-1 5-10 4-3 9-6
Rockies 3-15 3-4 1-5 5-1 5-3 3-3 8-10 4-3 3-6 0-5 5-2 9-9 11-7 3-4 4-3 7-8
Marlins 7-2 8-10 3-4 2-6 3-5 4-2 3-4 5-1 8-10 10-8 3-2 4-2 3-3 2-5 14-3 5-10
Astros 2-4 3-3 9-8 12-3 3-3 2-4 4-3 7-8 5-2 3-4 8-8 3-3 7-1 7-8 4-2 7-11
Dodgers 10-8 2-4 2-5 7-1 10-8 4-3 3-4 4-2 3-4 4-4 5-2 11-7 9-9 2-4 3-3 5-10
Brewers 5-2 6-3 7-9 8-10 3-4 1-5 8-7 2-4 2-4 1-5 14-1 4-3 6-0 10-5 6-2 7-8
Mets 3-3 7-11 2-4 4-3 6-3 10-8 2-5 4-3 4-2 11-7 4-3 2-5 5-1 4-3 12-6 9-6
Phillies 4-3 14-4 4-3 5-3 5-0 8-10 4-3 4-4 5-1 7-11 4-2 4-2 3-3 5-4 12-6 4-11
Pirates 3-4 5-2 4-14 9-6 2-5 2-3 8-8 2-5 1-14 3-4 2-4 3-4 4-2 10-7 3-4 6-9
Padres 8-10 1-5 2-5 3-4 9-9 2-4 3-3 7-11 3-4 5-2 2-4 4-3 5-13 1-6 5-1 3-15
Giants 7-11 5-2 3-4 1-5 7-11 3-3 1-7 9-9 0-6 1-5 3-3 2-4 13-5 4-3 7-0 6-12
Cardinals 4-3 5-2 6-9 10-5 4-3 5-2 8-7 4-2 5-10 3-4 4-5 7-10 6-1 3-4 5-1 7-8
Nationals 2-4 12-6 3-3 3-4 3-4 3-14 2-4 3-3 2-6 6-12 6-12 4-3 1-5 0-7 1-5 8-10
AL 9-6 7-8 9-6 6-9 8-7 10-5 11-7 10-5 8-7 6-9 11-4 9-6 15-3 12-6 8-7 10-8

As of September 28, 2008.


Rally songs[edit]

In 2007, Ernie Banks had requested that Evanston, Illinois native Eddie Vedder write the Cubs a song, and in August 2008 Vedder recorded "All the Way", which was released on September 18, 2008.[5] During the season, a new version of "Go, Cubs, Go" was recorded and released by the Manic Sewing Circle,[6] although the original 1984 Steve Goodman version became the official Cubs victory song.[7]

Playoffs[edit]

NLDS vs. Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

The Chicago Cubs were eliminated from the playoffs after Los Angeles won the series, 3-0.

Game 1, October 1[edit]

Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 1 7 8 1
Chicago 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
WP: Derek Lowe (1–0)   LP: Ryan Dempster (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: James Loney (1), Manny Ramírez (1), Russell Martin (1)
CHC: Mark DeRosa (1)
Attendance: 42,099

Game 2, October 2[edit]

Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 5 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 10 12 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 8 4
WP: Chad Billingsley (1–0)   LP: Carlos Zambrano (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: Manny Ramírez (2)
CHC: None
Attendance: 42,136

Game 3, October 4[edit]

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 1
Los Angeles 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 6 0
WP: Hiroki Kuroda (1–0)   LP: Rich Harden (0–1)   Sv: Jonathan Broxton (1)
Home runs:
CHC: None
LAD: None
Attendance: 56,000

After losing Game 3 to the Dodgers, the Cubs have lost nine consecutive post-season games, dating back to the 2003 NLCS.

Roster[edit]

2008 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaching Staff

Player stats[edit]

Stats updated as of August 6, 2008

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Alfonso Soriano 65 273 81 .297 20 52
Ryan Theriot 105 416 131 .315 1 31
Derrek Lee 112 458 135 .295 17 69
Aramis Ramírez 107 400 110 .275 19 75
Geovany Soto 105 374 104 .278 17 62
Kosuke Fukudome 108 387 106 .274 8 41
Mark DeRosa 107 364 100 .275 21 58
Reed Johnson 75 240 71 .296 6 41
Jim Edmonds 80 252 61 .242 13 42
Daryle Ward 59 65 15 .231 2 9
Mike Fontenot 85 173 50 .289 8 30
Ronny Cedeño 69 153 43 .281 2 22
Henry Blanco 38 79 23 .291 2 6
Félix Pie 30 63 14 .222 1 7
Matt Murton 19 40 10 .250 0 6
Eric Patterson 13 38 9 .237 1 7

Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
José Ascanio
0
0
7.94
6
0
0
5.2
5
5
4
3
Neal Cotts
0
1
3.32
32
0
0
21.2
8
8
10
27
Ryan Dempster
12
5
2.93
24
24
0
150.2
56
49
59
133
Scott Eyre
2
0
7.15
19
0
0
11.1
9
9
4
14
Chad Fox
0
1
5.40
3
0
0
3.1
2
2
3
1
Sean Gallagher
3
4
4.45
12
10
0
58.2
31
29
22
49
Chad Gaudin
3
1
1.84
13
0
0
14.2
4
3
3
18
Rich Harden
1
1
2.10
5
5
0
30.0
8
7
9
47
Kevin Hart
2
1
7.91
14
0
0
19.1
21
17
16
14
Rich Hill
1
0
4.12
5
5
0
19.2
9
9
18
15
Bob Howry
4
4
5.30
54
0
1
54.1
34
32
8
43
Jon Lieber
2
3
3.43
25
1
0
44.2
20
17
5
26
Ted Lilly
11
6
4.35
24
24
0
140.2
71
68
50
129
Carlos Mármol
2
3
3.03
58
0
6
62.1
25
21
32
86
Jason Marquis
7
7
4.73
21
21
0
123.2
68
65
47
67
Sean Marshall
2
2
3.93
21
3
1
34.1
15
15
10
30
Carmen Pignatiello
0
0
13.50
2
0
0
0.2
1
1
2
0
Jeff Samardzija
0
0
1.93
6
0
1
9.1
2
2
3
10
Kerry Wood
4
2
2.96
45
0
24
45.2
15
15
13
55
Michael Wuertz
1
1
3.55
37
0
0
38.0
20
15
15
25
Carlos Zambrano
12
4
2.76
22
22
0
146.2
48
45
47
98
Totals
69
46
3.77
115
115
33
1035.1
472
434
380
890

2007 post-season changes[edit]

Trades[edit]

November 12, 2007
To Detroit Tigers
Jacque Jones
To Chicago Cubs
Omar Infante
November 13, 2007
To Minnesota Twins
Craig Monroe
To Chicago Cubs
Clay Rapada
December 4, 2007
To Atlanta Braves
Will Ohman
Omar Infante
To Chicago Cubs
José Ascanio
December 6, 2007
To Tampa Bay Rays
Cash considerations
To Chicago Cubs
Tim Lahey
January 5, 2008
To New York Mets
Ángel Pagán
To Chicago Cubs
Ryan Meyers
Corey Coles
July 8, 2008
To Oakland Athletics
Sean Gallagher
Matt Murton
Eric Patterson
Josh Donaldson
To Chicago Cubs
Rich Harden
Chad Gaudin

Free agent acquisitions[edit]

Player Former team Contract Terms
Kosuke Fukudome Chunichi Dragons 4 years, $48 million
Jon Lieber Philadelphia Phillies 1 year, $3.5 million
Reed Johnson Toronto Blue Jays 1 year, $1.3 million
Jim Edmonds San Diego Padres 1 year, $280,000

Players lost to free agency[edit]

Player New team
Jason Kendall Milwaukee Brewers
Cliff Floyd Tampa Bay Rays
Mark Prior San Diego Padres
Steve Trachsel Baltimore Orioles
Wade Miller Toronto Blue Jays

Other news[edit]

  • On November 20, 2007, John McDonough stepped down as team president to join the Chicago Blackhawks.[8]
  • On April 23, 2008, the Chicago Cubs recorded their 10,000th victory in franchise history with a 7-6 victory in 10 innings over the Colorado Rockies. They were just the second team to complete this feat behind the San Francisco Giants.
  • On September 14, 2008 Carlos Zambrano threw the first no-hitter for the Cubs since Milt Pappas threw his on September 2, 1972. Zambrano threw the no-hitter against the Houston Astros in a game played at Miller Park in Milwaukee. It was the first no-hitter recorded at a neutral site in baseball history. The game was moved due to the damage Hurricane Ike caused.

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League Pat Listach
AA Tennessee Smokies Southern League Buddy Bailey
A Daytona Cubs Florida State League Jody Davis
A Peoria Chiefs Midwest League Ryne Sandberg
Short-Season A Boise Hawks Northwest League Tom Beyers
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Franklin Font

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Daytona

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Finnell, Neil (December 29, 2008). "A Look Back at Chicago Cubs 2008: Getting Off to a Strong Start". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Regular Season Standings". Major League Baseball. Associated Press. July 14, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Cubs tie record for most NL All-Stars". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. July 13, 2008. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  4. ^ Gano, Rick (September 20, 2008). "Chicago Cubs win Central again". Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! Inc. agency=Associated Press. Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved September 21, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Cubbie jam". RedEye. Metromix. September 19, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Manic Sewing Circle perform "Go Cubs Go"". WGNTV.com. Tribune Interactive. September 12, 2008. Retrieved September 21, 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ "WGN Radio and Vibes Media team up to bring iconic Cubs anthem "Go Cubs Go" to mobile phones". WGN Radio. August 1, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ The Official Site of The Chicago Cubs: News: McDonough steps down as president

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