Results tagged ‘ Gary Hughes ’

9/20 Extra bases

Ryan Dempster will get two more starts. He’ll start Friday in the first game of the Cubs’ series against the Cardinals and also the last game of the season Sept. 28 against the Padres. Rodrigo Lopez and Randy Wells will pitch Saturday and Sunday, respectively, against the Cardinals, while Matt Garza and Casey Coleman will start next Monday and Tuesday against the Padres.

* Expect Tyler Colvin to get at least one more start this season. Colvin was batting .155 but Mike Quade said he’s seen no lingering effects from the freak accident one year ago on Sept. 19 when he suffered a collapsed lung after he was stabbed in the chest by a broken bat.

“He just has to keep working to get better,” Quade said of Colvin. “He has bat speed and power to play up here and be good up here. Now it’s a matter of making consistent contact, of improving his discipline at the plate. When he swings at strikes and gets pitches he can handle, he does a pretty good job.”

* Gary Hughes, who has been in baseball for 44 years and with the Cubs since 2002 as a special assistant, announced he will not be returning to the team next year.

— Carrie Muskat

3/21 A scout's view

On Saturday, Greg Maddux tried on a scout’s cap. The four-time Cy Young winner, who is an assistant on GM Jim Hendry’s staff, joined Randy Bush and Gary Hughes to get a scouts’ view of the game. He was in Phoenix to watch the Cubs’ game against the A’s.

“He said that’s the first time he’s sat in the stands and watched a game since he was 10 years old,” said Bush, the Cubs’ assistant general manager.

Scouts like to joke that there are some unwritten rules such as not missing a press room meal, not missing the first pitch, and making sure they turn in expense reports on time. But Maddux taught Bush and Hughes a few things about what to watch for with pitchers. For the rest of spring, Maddux will spend time with the big league team, in the Minor League camp and scouting. On Sunday, he was in Tempe to watch the Angels with Hughes.

What’s next for Maddux?

“I think he’ll pick up whatever he wants to do in the game,” Bush said.

— Carrie Muskat

12/9 Cubs notebook

The Rule 5 Draft will be held Thursday, and last year, the Cubs acquired pitcher David Patton. The team does have openings on its 40-man roster, and have identified some players they’re interested in.

“My gut feeling is we have a few people we would consider,” GM Jim Hendry said. “We won’t draft somebody just to draft somebody. If we feel there’s somebody with a realistic chance, we’d consider it.”

The Cubs were able to protect five players on their 40-man roster, but among the names who could be selected are catchers Steve Clevenger and Chris Robinson, infielder Matt Camp, and pitcher Thomas Diamond.

* Sean Marshall has done everything the Cubs have asked the last two years, and will be one of three candidates for the fifth starter spot in 2010.

“We’ll go to camp now with Marshall, [Tom] Gorzelanny and [Jeff] Samardzija competing for the fifth spot,” Hendry said. “All of them are capable of going back to the bullpen, too.”

Marshall had a 3.23 ERA in 46 relief appearances and a 5.24 ERA in his nine starts.

“It’s hard to be in that [swingman] role and he’s been around enough now to handle both,” Hendry said. “It’s not easy to bounce back and forth when your role changes.”

* Gary Hughes, special assistant to the general manager, was honored as Scout of the Year on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings. Hughes has spent the last 42 years working in professional baseball, and joined the Cubs in October 2002.

“He’s a special guy,” Hendry said. “A lot of people in baseball, we love the game. He takes it to a level, he loves all the people. He’s spent his life helping people get better on and off the field. That’s Gary Hughes.”

* Scouting director Tim Wilken and scout Paul Weaver both toured the Indianapolis Colts’ facility on Wednesday to look at their scouting and player evaluation techniques.

— Carrie Muskat