2012 Chicago Cubs season

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2012 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 61–101 (.377)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Ricketts
General manager(s) Jed Hoyer
Manager(s) Dale Sveum
President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein
Local television WGN-TV
WGN America
CSN Chicago
CSN Chicago Plus
WCIU-TV
(Len Kasper, Bob Brenly)
Local radio WGN (AM)
Chicago Cubs Radio Network
(Pat Hughes, Keith Moreland, Judd Sirott)
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The 2012 Chicago Cubs season was the 141st season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 137th in the National League and the 97th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the NL Central with a record of 61–101, their worst record since 1966. The Cubs began the season at home on April 5, 2012 against the Washington Nationals and finished the season at home on October 3 against the Houston Astros.

The season marked the first season with Jed Hoyer as General Manager and Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations.[1] It also marked the first season with Dale Sveum as manager.[2] The season also marked the last season with the Houston Astros in the National League Central as they would move to the American League West in 2013.[3][4]

The season also marked the first season in the Cubs rebuilding project under Theo Epstein that would break their 108-year World Series drought and lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series championship.

The season was the last full season with the Cubs for Alfonso Soriano, who would be traded at the 2013 trade deadline.[5]

During the offseason, the Cubs would acquire future All-Star Anthony Rizzo from the San Diego Padres.[6] During the season, the Cubs would also acquire players that would play important roles during their 2016 World Series season: Travis Wood was acquired via trade from the Cincinnati Reds on December 23, 2011,[7] Albert Almora was drafted on June 4,[8] Jorge Soler was signed as an amateur free agent on June 30,[9] and Kyle Hendricks was acquired via a trade with the Texas Rangers on July 30.[10]

Offseason transactions[edit]

November 2011[edit]

  • November 2, Justin Berg, Robert Coello, Angel Guzman, Scott Moore, Chris Robinson, and Jeff Stevens granted free agency.
  • November 15, signed Justin Berg as a free agent.
  • November 18, Luis Montanez granted free agency.
  • November 30, signed David DeJesus as a free agent.

December[edit]

January 2012[edit]

February[edit]

  • February 2, signed Ryan Rowland-Smith as a free agent.
  • February 6, selected Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.
  • February 18, signed Nate Robertson as a free agent.
  • February 21, traded a player to be named later and Chris Carpenter to the Boston Red Sox. Received a player to be named later. Sent Aaron Kurcz (minors) (March 15, 2012) to the Boston Red Sox to complete the trade. Received Jair Bogaerts (minors) (March 29, 2012)  to complete the trade.

March[edit]

  • March 11, signed Gerardo Concepcion as an amateur free agent
  • March 16, selected Frankie De La Cruz off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • March 24, Andy Sonnanstine granted free agency.
  • March 26, signed Shawn Camp as a free agent. Released Trever Miller.
  • March 27, released Jason Jaramillo.
  • March 31, released Bobby Scales.

April[edit]

Source[11]

Regular season[edit]

NL Central standings[edit]

National League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 97 65 0.599 50–31 47–34
St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 0.543 9 50–31 38–43
Milwaukee Brewers 83 79 0.512 14 49–32 34–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 0.488 18 45–36 34–47
Chicago Cubs 61 101 0.377 36 38–43 23–58
Houston Astros 55 107 0.340 42 35–46 20–61


NL Wild Card[edit]

Division leaders W L Pct.
Washington Nationals 98 64 0.605
Cincinnati Reds 97 65 0.599
San Francisco Giants 94 68 0.580


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Atlanta Braves 94 68 0.580 +6
St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 0.543
Los Angeles Dodgers 86 76 0.531 2
Milwaukee Brewers 83 79 0.512 5
Arizona Diamondbacks 81 81 0.500 7
Philadelphia Phillies 81 81 0.500 7
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 0.488 9
San Diego Padres 76 86 0.469 12
New York Mets 74 88 0.457 14
Miami Marlins 69 93 0.426 19
Colorado Rockies 64 98 0.395 24
Chicago Cubs 61 101 0.377 27
Houston Astros 55 107 0.340 33


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2012 National League Records

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


Transactions[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • June 1, selected Jairo Asencio off waivers from the Cleveland Indians.
  • June 4, signed Hung-Chih Kuo as a free agent. Drafted Albert Almora in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2012 amateur draft. Player signed July 10, 2012.
  • June 17, Koyie Hill granted Free Agency.
  • June 27, released Shane Lindsay.
  • June 30, signed Jorge Soler as an amateur free agent.

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

  • September 7, selected Jason Berken off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

October[edit]

  • October 4, Blake DeWitt, Alex Hinshaw, and Randy Wells granted free agency.
  • October 25, Anthony Recker selected by the New York Mets off waivers.
  • October 26, Manny Corpas granted free agency. Chris Volstad selected by the Kansas City Royals off waivers.
  • October 27, signed Edwin Maysonet as a free agent.
  • October 29, Alfredo Amezaga, Shawn Camp, and Justin Germano granted free agency.
  • October 31, Joe Mather granted free agency.

Source.[11]

Game log[edit]

2012 Regular season game log: 61–101 (Home: 38–43; Away: 23–58)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Cubs team member

Roster[edit]

2012 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaching Staff

Statistics[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2b = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; Avg. = Batting average; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Jeff Baker 54 134 16 36 10 1 4 20 .269 4
Darwin Barney 156 548 73 139 26 4 7 44 .254 6
Marlon Byrd 13 43 1 3 0 0 0 2 .070 0
Tony Campana 89 174 26 46 6 0 0 5 .264 30
Adrian Cardenas 45 60 5 11 6 0 0 2 .183 0
Welington Castillo 52 170 16 45 11 0 5 22 .265 0
Starlin Castro 162 646 78 183 29 12 14 78 .283 25
Steve Clevenger 69 199 16 40 12 0 1 16 .201 0
David DeJesus 148 506 76 133 28 8 9 50 .263 7
Blake DeWitt 18 29 1 4 1 0 0 1 .138 0
Koyie Hill 11 39 3 7 1 0 0 1 .179 0
Brett Jackson 44 120 14 21 6 1 4 9 .175 0
Reed Johnson 76 169 23 51 9 3 3 16 .302 2
Bryan LaHair 130 340 42 88 17 0 16 40 .259 4
Blake Lalli 6 15 1 2 0 0 0 2 .133 0
Joe Mather 103 225 18 47 11 0 5 19 .209 5
Anthony Recker 9 18 1 3 1 0 1 4 .167 0
Anthony Rizzo 87 337 44 96 15 0 15 48 .285 3
Dave Sappelt 26 69 8 19 6 0 2 8 .275 0
Alfonso Soriano 151 561 68 147 33 2 32 108 .262 6
Geovany Soto 52 176 26 35 6 1 6 14 .199 0
Ian Stewart 55 179 16 36 5 2 5 17 .201 0
Luis Valbuena 90 265 26 58 20 0 4 26 .219 0
Josh Vitters 36 99 7 12 2 0 2 5 .121 2
Jason Berken 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Michael Bowden 30 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Casey Coleman 17 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0
Manny Corpas 48 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Ryan Dempster 16 32 1 3 0 1 0 1 .094 0
Matt Garza 18 30 0 2 1 0 0 0 .067 0
Justin Germano 13 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 .059 0
Paul Maholm 21 39 1 3 0 0 1 3 .077 0
Scott Maine 21 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Brooks Raley 5 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 .200 0
Chris Rusin 7 12 0 2 0 1 0 0 .167 0
James Russell 77 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Jeff Samardzija 31 50 0 5 0 0 0 3 .100 0
Chris Volstad 21 28 0 5 0 0 0 0 .179 0
Randy Wells 12 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250 0
Kerry Wood 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Travis Wood 28 53 5 10 3 0 1 4 .189 0

Pitching[edit]

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

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB K
Jason Berken 0 3 4.82 4 4 0 18.2 23 14 10 6 11
Ryan Dempster 5 5 2.25 16 16 0 104.0 81 28 26 27 83
Matt Garza 5 7 3.91 18 18 0 103.2 90 48 45 32 96
Justin Germano 2 10 6.75 13 12 0 64.0 81 52 48 21 45
Paul Maholm 9 6 3.74 21 20 0 120.1 115 51 50 36 81
Brooks Raley 1 2 8.14 5 5 0 24.1 33 23 22 11 16
Chris Rusin 2 3 6.37 7 7 0 29.2 38 22 21 11 21
Jeff Samardzija 9 13 3.81 28 28 0 174.2 157 79 74 58 180
Chris Volstad 3 12 6.31 21 21 0 111.1 137 81 78 47 61
Travis Wood 6 13 4.27 26 26 0 156.0 133 80 74 57 119
Jairo Asencio 0 0 3.07 12 0 0 14.2 12 6 5 12 8
Jeff Beliveau 1 0 4.58 22 0 0 17.2 21 9 9 13 17
Michael Bowden 0 0 2.95 30 0 0 36.2 30 12 12 17 29
Alberto Cabrera 1 1 5.40 25 0 0 21.2 16 15 13 19 27
Shawn Camp 3 6 3.59 80 0 2 77.2 79 32 31 25 54
Lendy Castillo 0 1 7.88 13 0 0 16.0 24 16 14 12 13
Jaye Chapman 0 1 3.75 14 0 0 12.0 8 5 5 12 12
Casey Coleman 0 2 7.40 17 1 0 24.1 37 20 20 12 16
Manny Corpas 0 2 5.01 48 0 0 46.2 50 27 26 19 28
Rafael Dolis 2 4 6.39 34 0 4 38.0 40 29 27 24 24
Alex Hinshaw 0 0 135.00 2 0 0 0.1 4 5 5 1 0
Rodrigo López 0 1 5.68 4 0 0 6.1 8 6 4 5 2
Scott Maine 1 1 4.79 21 0 0 20.2 17 11 11 12 26
Carlos Mármol 3 3 3.42 61 0 20 55.1 40 24 21 45 72
Joe Mather 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.1 1 0 0 0 0
Blake Parker 0 0 6.00 7 0 0 6.0 10 7 4 6 6
James Russell 7 1 3.25 77 0 2 69.1 67 28 25 30 55
Miguel Socolovich 0 0 4.50 6 0 0 6.0 4 3 3 3 6
Randy Wells 1 2 5.34 12 4 0 28.2 35 18 17 25 14
Kerry Wood 0 2 8.31 10 0 0 8.2 8 8 8 11 6

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League Dave Bialas
AA Tennessee Smokies Southern League Buddy Bailey
A Daytona Cubs Florida State League Brian Harper
A Peoria Chiefs Midwest League Casey Kopitzke
A-Short Season Boise Hawks Northwest League Mark Johnson
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Bobby Mitchell

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLB Baseball: Chicago Cubs and Theo Epstein hire Jed Hoyer as general manager". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Cubs hire Dale Sveum as new manager". Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Sale of Astros to Jim Crane, move to American League in 2013 approved". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  4. ^ Williamson, Paul. "MLB Realignment: Astros Move to AL West Bad for Houston, Good for MLB". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  5. ^ "Soriano goes hitless in return with Yankees". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  6. ^ "Cubs acquire Anthony Rizzo in trade with Padres". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  7. ^ "Cubs trade Marshall to Reds for Wood, 2 others". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  8. ^ "Cubs take OF Almora in 1st round of MLB draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  9. ^ "Cuban OF Soler signs nine-year deal with Cubs". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  10. ^ "Rangers land Dempster in trade with Cubs". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  11. ^ a b "2012 Chicago Cubs Trades and Transactions | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 

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