Results tagged ‘ Sean Marshall ’

9/7 Marshall named Clemente nominee

Cubs pitcher Sean Marshall was named the team’s recipient of the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award presented by
.  Marshall is one of 30 MLB nominees who are finalists
for the national award, given annually to the player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with
outstanding skills on the baseball field.
Marshall has been
an active member in the community since reaching the big leagues in 2006. He has been especially involved with Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick
Foundation and Chicago Cubs Charities, that has granted more than $15 million to
Chicago non-profit organizations since 1991.

This year, Sean donated his time to a
unique wheelchair softball clinic for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Caring for Kids program, which provides sports and recreation opportunities for
children with physical disabilities. Additionally, Sean teamed with the Baseball
Tomorrow Fund to present $5,000 to the Streator (Ill.) Youth Baseball League. 
The funds will help rebuild fields that were destroyed by a tornado.

— Carrie Muskat

8/19 What happened in the 7th

This was just too weird. The Cubs had a 2-1 lead going into the Padres seventh on Thursday. Sean Marshall had taken over for Carlos Zambrano and walked Miguel Tejada, then gave up three straight singles, including a RBI single by Ryan Ludwick, which tied the game. Chris Headley singled and one out later, Will Venable hit a two-run single to chase Marshall.

Then it got bizarre. Denorfia bounced a grounder to Aramis Ramirez at third, and he threw to catcher Koyie Hill, who chased Headley back and tagged him. Venable had scampered to third on the rundown. As Hill walked away, he appeared to have called time. But the umpires didn’t think so. No one was covering at home and Venable scored on what was ruled a fielder’s choice.

“You have to put your arms up to stop play,” Lou Piniella said. “[Hill] put his wrist up and the umpire didn’t acknowledge it. You’ve got to get your hands up and make sure the umpires know it’s ‘time out.'”

Padres third base coach Glenn Hoffman told Venable he had a window.

“I noticed it,” Venable said, “but it wasn’t until [Hoffman] nonchalantly came over and confirmed it. It ended up being a closer play at the plate than I thought. It was a great heads-up call by Hoffy.”

First baseman Xavier Nady recognized what was happening and tried to cover home.

“I was trying — he’s a lot faster than I am,” Nady said of Venable. “I didn’t know what was going on. I bolted and it wasn’t quite enough.”

Hill said he made the same gesture he usually does.

“I think in that situation I need to be more emphatic about it just to make sure because you’ve got guys scattered all over the field,” Hill said. “Credit [Nady] for getting to home plate because he’s holding a guy on and he has to stay put at first.”

Hill’s plan was to call time, then go to the mound to check on pitcher Justin Berg.

“What’s frustrating is it wasn’t a lack of concentration or just cluelessness,” Hill said. “It just happened. I felt I asked for time with the same gesture I always use.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/10 First half surprises

Lou Piniella was asked Saturday about any first half surprises.

“I thought consistently we’d swing the bats better,” he said. “We’re starting to show some signs we’re hitting the ball better. I thougt coming out of Spring Training that we’d score runs a little more consistently than we have.

“This team here is basically built for power and to score runs,” he said. “A few of our young kids — I like the way [Tyler] Colvin has played, I like the way [Starlin] Castro has played, I like [Andrew] Cashner’s future. [Sean] Marshall has done a nice job out ouf the pen.”

The Cubs entered Saturday’s game ranked 14th in the National League in runs scored and 12th in batting average.

“As far as the team is concerned,” Piniella said, “the only surprise is the fact that run-wise we haven’t scored as many as we thought we would.”

— Carrie Muskat


6/28 Good cause

On Monday, Cubs pitcher Sean Marshall and coach Ivan DeJesus held a clinic for 46 kids with special needs at California Park. The event was co-sponsored by the Rehab Institute of Chicago Wheelchair Cubs. The kids received jerseys and food as well as some tips about playing baseball.

— Carrie Muskat

5/31 Left-hander notes

The Cubs now have four left-handers in the bullpen in Sean Marshall, John Grabow, James Russell and Tom Gorzelanny. According to Cubs historian Ed Hartig: The last time the Cubs used four lefties out of the pen:

Sept. 9, 2007: The Cubs used eight pitchers, including four lefties, in a 10-5 loss in
Pittsburgh. The lefties were Carmen Pignatiello, Sean Marshall, Scott Eyre and Will Ohman.

But that was in September when rosters expand. The last time the Cubs used four lefties out of the pen (and before rosters expanded) was April 26, 2005, in an 11-9 loss to the Reds. The Cubs used seven pitchers, including southpaws Glendon Rusch, Mike Remlinger, Will Ohman and Cliff Bartosh.

* Only once in the last 60 years did the Cubs use five lefties in the same game.  On May 11, 2000, the Cubs lost to the Mets 14-8 at Wrigley going through six pitchers (Scott Downs, Daniel Garibay, Brian Williams, Andrew Lorraine, Mark Guthrie and Felix Heredia). Brian Williams was the right-handed pitcher for the Cubs in the game.

— Carrie Muskat

5/30 Gorzelanny: "I'm here to do my job"

Tom Gorzelanny was in the Cubs’ bullpen on Sunday in case he was needed. He found out before the game that he was switching roles, moving from the rotation to the ‘pen.

“It is what it is,” Gorzelanny said. “I’ll do my job there and see what happens.”

The Cubs need to make room for Carlos Zambrano who returns to the rotation on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Gorzelanny was 2-5 with a 3.66 ERA in nine starts, and has primarily been a starter in his career. He made it clear after his last game that he didn’t want to go to the bullpen.

“We didn’t expect [Gorzelanny] to be happy about it and he wasn’t,” Lou Piniella said. “At the same time, we impressed upon him that he can be very helpful to us. [Sean] Marshall is a perfect example of that.”

Piniella’s right. The lefty wasn’t pleased at the news. Does he still want to be a starter?

“That’s what I am,” Gorzelanny said. “This is a decision they made. I’m here to do my job, whatever it is. Put me in the pen. That’s fine.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/30 Cashner update

Andrew Cashner will join the Cubs this week but not Monday in Pittsburgh. Lou Piniella was correct in saying Cashner will get called up this week but no date has been set. The Cubs’ 2008 No. 1 Draft pick has made two relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa and Piniella wants another right-hander to balance out the ‘pen makeup. With Tom Gorzelanny shifting from the rotation to the ‘pen, the Cubs will have four lefties in Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Sean Marshall and James Russell.

— Carrie Muskat

5/24 Cooking with Sean

Cubs pitcher Sean Marshall will show off his culinary skills on Thursday. Marshall will take part in a cooking workshop with Sue Chef at the Meijer store in Niles, IL, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. CT. Sue Chef has a PBS television show, “Get Fresh with Sue Chef.” The first 125 people in line will receive a priority wristband which will ensure one autograph. Wristbands will be handed out starting at 5:30 p.m. CT. One autograph per person. The Meijer store is located at 9000 W. Golf Road.

Marshall loves to grill. Sue Chef can hopefully give him and fans a few other cooking tips.

— Carrie Muskat

5/17 Big Z to change roles to long relief

Carlos Zambrano is changing jobs — again.

The right-hander has gone from the rotation to the bullpen to be a set-up man but Lou Piniella said after Monday’s game that Big Z will now be used in long relief. The Cubs want him to build up arm strength, and he will eventually return to the rotation. But, there is no timetable for that.

“We’re going to change Zambrano’s role,” Piniella said. “We’re going to start stretching him out a little bit and gain some stamina and arm strength and we’ll leave it at that. He wasn’t in the bullpen tonight for short duty but he will be in the bullpen tomorrow. We are changing his role from short to longer, build up some arm strength and stamina. He’ll be out there tomorrow.”

When asked if that meant Zambrano was returning to the rotation, Piniella made it clear that’s not what he said.

“I didn’t say rotation,” Piniella said. “I said we’re going to change his role in the bullpen.”

This means the Cubs will rely on Sean Marshall as the prime set-up pitcher for Carlos Marmol.

Zambrano talked to Piniella and pitching coach Larry Rothschild prior to Monday’s game.

“[Piniella] told me today there may be a chance to go back to the rotation,” Zambrano said. “We’ll see how everything works in the next few outings for me.”

Zambrano has made it clear he was not happy being switched from starter to reliever.

“I’m happy,” he said Monday night. “As long as this team is happy, I’m happy for this team. Like I said, whatever this team wants me to do, I’ll do. This is a business. They’re the boss. If the boss wants me to go close games, I’ll close games. If the boss wants me to start games, I’ll start games. It’s their choice.”

— Carrie Muskat

4/25 Fan falls onto field at Miller Park

A young man fell about 14 feet from the stands onto the field in the left field corner at Miller Park during the Cubs’ batting practice on Sunday. Cubs athletic trainers Mark O’Neal and Ed Halbur rushed over to help, along with several of the players, including Sean Marshall, Tom Gorzelanny and Carlos Silva. The fan, believed to be in his 20s, was conscious when he was taken off the field in a medical cart. According to witnesses, the fan was reaching over the railing to try and catch a ball during BP and tumbled over the fence.

— Carrie Muskat