2009 Chicago Cubs season

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2009 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tribune Company
Manager(s) Lou Piniella
Local television WGN-TV
WGN America
CSN Chicago
CSN Chicago Plus
WCIU-TV
(Len Kasper, Bob Brenly)
Local radio WGN
(Pat Hughes, Ron Santo, Judd Sirott)
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The 2009 Chicago Cubs season was the 137th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 134th in the National League and the 94th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs, attempting to win the NL Central division for the third consecutive season, fell short by finishing in second place with a record of 83–78.

Minor League affiliates[edit]

In 2009 The Chicago Cubs had three minor league affiliates. The team's Single-A affiliate is the Peoria Chiefs, located in Peoria. The Chicago Cubs' Double-A affiliate is the Tennessee Smokies based in the Knoxville, Tennessee metropolitan area. Finally the Chicago Cubs Triple-A Affiliate is the Iowa Cubs, located in Iowa. The Iowa Cubs are coached by former Cub and Hall of Fame player Ryne Sandberg In 2010. Sandberg previously coached the Chiefs and Smokies as well.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 91 71 0.562 46–35 45–36
Chicago Cubs 83 78 0.516 46–34 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 80 82 0.494 11 40–41 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 78 84 0.481 13 40–41 38–43
Houston Astros 74 88 0.457 17 44–37 30–51
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 99 0.385 28½ 40–41 22–58


Record vs. opponents[edit]

Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WAS AL
Arizona 3–4 4-2 1–5 7-11 5–3 5–4 7-11 2–5 5–2 1–5 6–1 11-7 5-13 2–4 1–5 5–10
Atlanta 4–3 4–2 3–6 4–4 8-10 3-3 4–3 3–3 13–5 10-8 3–4 3–3 3–4 4–2 10-8 7–8
Chicago 2-4 2–4 10-5 2–4 4–3 11–6 3–5 10-7 3-3 1–5 10-4 4–5 4-2 6-10 5–2 6–9
Cincinnati 5-1 6-3 5-10 0-7 3-3 12-4 1-5 8-7 2-4 2-5 13-5 1-6 3-3 8-8 3-4 6-9
Colorado 11-7 4-4 4-2 7-0 2-4 2-5 4-14 6-0 3-4 2-4 6-3 10-8 8-10 6-1 6-0 11-4
Florida 3-5 10-8 3-4 3-3 4-2 4–3 3-3 3-4 11-7 9-9 2-4 4-2 3-4 3-3 12-6 10-8
Houston 4–5 3-3 6-11 4-12 5-2 3-4 4–3 5-10 1-5 6-2 10-5 6-1 2-4 6-9 3-3 6-9
Los Angeles 11-7 3-4 5-3 5-1 14-4 3-3 3-4 3–3 5-1 4-3 4-3 10-8 11-7 2-5 3-2 9-9
Milwaukee 5-2 3-3 7-10 7-8 0-6 4-3 10-5 3-3 3-3 4-3 9-5 2-4 4-5 9-9 5-3 5-10
New York 2-5 5-13 3-3 4-2 4-3 7-11 5-1 1-5 3-3 6-12 4-3 2-5 5-3 4-5 10-8 5–10
Philadelphia 5-1 8-10 5-1 5-2 4-2 9-9 2-6 3-4 3-4 12-6 4-2 5-2 3-4 4-1 15-3 6-12
Pittsburgh 1-6 4-3 4-10 5-13 3-6 4-2 5-10 3-4 5-9 3-4 2-4 3-4 2-4 5-10 5-3 8–7
San Diego 7-11 3-3 5-4 6-1 8-10 2-4 1-6 8-10 4-2 5-2 2-5 4-3 10-8 1-6 4-2 5–10
San Francisco 13-5 4–3 2–4 3–3 10-8 4–3 4–2 7-11 5-4 3–5 4–3 4–2 8-10 4–3 4–2 9–6
St. Louis 4-2 2-4 10-6 8-8 1-6 3-3 9-6 5-2 9-9 5-4 1-4 10-5 6-1 3-4 6–1 9–6
Washington 5-1 8-10 2-5 4-3 0-6 6-12 3-3 2-3 3-5 8-10 3-15 3-5 2-4 2-4 1-6 7–11



Game log[edit]

2009 Game Log

Roster[edit]

2009 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaching Staff

Key injuries[edit]

The Cubs were plagued by injuries in 2009, and were only able to field their Opening Day starting lineup three times the entire season. Third baseman Aramis Ramírez injured his throwing shoulder in an early May game against the Milwaukee Brewers, sidelining him until early July and forcing journeyman players like Mike Fontenot and Aaron Miles into more prominent roles. Additionally, key players like Derrek Lee (back), Alfonso Soriano (legs and knee) and Geovany Soto (shoulder) nursed minor, nagging injuries.

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Soto, GeovanyGeovany Soto 102 331 72 .218 11 47
1B Lee, DerrekDerrek Lee 141 532 163 .306 35 111
2B Fontenot, MikeMike Fontenot 135 377 89 .236 9 43
SS Theriot, RyanRyan Theriot 154 602 171 .284 7 54
3B Ramírez, AramisAramis Ramírez 82 306 97 .317 15 65
LF Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso Soriano 117 477 115 .241 20 55
CF Fukudome, KosukeKosuke Fukudome 146 499 129 .259 11 54
RF Bradley, MiltonMilton Bradley 124 393 101 .257 12 40

Other batters[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
Hoffpauir, MicahMicah Hoffpauir 105 234 56 .239 10 35
Johnson, ReedReed Johnson 65 186 42 .255 4 22
Miles, AaronAaron Miles 74 157 29 .185 0 5
Hill, KoyieKoyie Hill 83 253 60 .237 2 24
Scales, BobbyBobby Scales 51 124 30 .242 3 15
Blanco, AndrésAndrés Blanco 53 123 31 .252 1 12
Freel, RyanRyan Freel 14 28 4 .143 0 1
Gathright, JoeyJoey Gathright 20 14 3 .214 0 0
Fox, JakeJake Fox 82 216 56 .259 11 44
Dempster, RyanRyan Dempster 30 64 8 .125 0 5
Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano 33 69 15 .217 4 11
Lilly, TedTed Lilly 26 57 5 .088 0 2
Harden, RichRich Harden 26 43 8 .186 0 0
Marshall, SeanSean Marshall 51 13 3 .231 0 2
Wells, RandyRandy Wells 26 47 9 .191 0 2
Guzmán, ÁngelÁngel Guzmán 55 3 0 .000 0 0
Ascanio, JoséJosé Ascanio 12 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO WHIP
Dempster, RyanRyan Dempster 31 200.0 11 9 3.64 172 1.305
Lilly, TedTed Lilly 27 177.0 12 9 3.10 151 1.056
Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano 28 169.1 9 7 3.77 152 1.376
Marshall, SeanSean Marshall 55 85.1 3 7 4.32 68 1.441
Harden, RichRich Harden 26 141.0 9 9 4.09 171 1.340
Wells, RandyRandy Wells 27 165.1 12 10 3.05 104 1.276

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV IP ERA SO WHIP
Gregg, KevinKevin Gregg 72 5 6 23 68.2 4.72 71 1.311
Guzmán, ÁngelÁngel Guzmán 55 3 3 1 61.0 2.95 47 1.049
Mármol, CarlosCarlos Mármol 79 2 4 15 74.0 3.41 93 1.459
Heilman, AaronAaron Heilman 70 4 4 1 72.1 4.11 65 1.410
Cotts, NealNeal Cotts 19 0 2 0 11.0 7.36 9 2.091
Patton, DavidDavid Patton 20 3 1 0 27.2 6.36 23 1.807
Ascanio, JoséJosé Ascanio 14 0 1 0 15.1 3.52 18 1.761
Vizcaíno, LuisLuis Vizcaíno 4 0 0 0 3.2 0.00 3 0.545
Samardzija, JeffJeff Samardzija 20 1 3 0 34.2 7.20 21 1.760
Waddell, JasonJason Waddell 3 0 0 0 1.2 5.40 2 1.800
Fox, ChadChad Fox 2 0 0 0 0.1 135.00 0 15.000

2008–2009 off-season[edit]

Trades[edit]

November 13, 2008
To Florida Marlins
José Ceda
To Chicago Cubs
Kevin Gregg
December 31, 2008
to Cleveland Indians
Mark DeRosa
to Chicago Cubs
Minor league prospects (Gaub, Stevens, Archer)
January 6, 2009
to Colorado Rockies
Jason Marquis
to Chicago Cubs
Luis Vizcaíno
January 17, 2009
to Baltimore Orioles
Félix Pie
to Chicago Cubs
Garrett Olson and Henry Williamson
January 27, 2009
to Seattle Mariners
Ronny Cedeño and Garrett Olson
to Chicago Cubs
Aaron Heilman
May 8, 2009
to Baltimore Orioles
Joey Gathright
to Chicago Cubs
Ryan Freel
July 2, 2009
to Colorado Rockies
Al Alburquerque
to Chicago Cubs
Jeff Baker
July 6, 2009
to Kansas City Royals
Ryan Freel
to Chicago Cubs
player to be named later
July 30, 2009
to Pittsburgh Pirates
Kevin Hart, José Ascanio, and Josh Harrison
to Chicago Cubs
John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny

Free agent acquisitions[edit]

Player Former team Contract Terms
Joey Gathright Kansas City Royals 1 year, $800,000
Aaron Miles St Louis Cardinals 2 years, Undisclosed
Milton Bradley Texas Rangers 3 years, $30,000,000
So Taguchi Philadelphia Phillies 1 year, $900,000
Paul Bako Cincinnati Reds Undisclosed

Players lost to free agency[edit]

Player New team
Bob Howry San Francisco Giants
Kerry Wood Cleveland Indians
Henry Blanco San Diego Padres
Daryle Ward Cincinnati Reds
Jim Edmonds Retired

Sale of the franchise[edit]

After many years of speculation that the Chicago Tribune wanted to sell the Chicago Cubs organization, they finally inked a deal on January 22, 2009 with the Ricketts family for a total of $900 million. The sale included the Cubs, Wrigley Field, and the Tribune's 25% stake in the Comcast Sports Network Chicago, a regional TV channel.

Media[edit]

The Chicago Cubs radio broadcasting team was anchored by veteran announcers Pat Hughes and Ron Santo this past season making it the duo's 15th year together. Hughes provides the play-by play-announcer while Santo serves as the color commentator.

The Chicago Cubs 2009 television broadcasting team was anchored by Len Kasper and Bob Brenly. Games could be seen on multiple channels including: WGN-TV, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WGN America, and even at times WCIU-TV.


Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League Bobby Dickerson
AA Tennessee Smokies Southern League Ryne Sandberg
A Daytona Cubs Florida State League Buddy Bailey
A Peoria Chiefs Midwest League Marty Pevey
Short-Season A Boise Hawks Northwest League Casey Kopitzke
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Juan Cabreja

References[edit]