2008 Chicago Cubs season

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2008 Chicago Cubs
National League Central Champions
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Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record97–64 (.595)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s) Tribune Company
General manager(s) Jim Hendry
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 137th 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]

Chicago Cubs Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Chicago Cubs are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. The team plays its home games at Wrigley Field, located on the city's North Side. The Cubs are one of two major league teams in Chicago; the other, the Chicago White Sox, is a member of the American League (AL) Central division. The Cubs, first known as the White Stockings, were a founding member of the NL in 1876, becoming the Chicago Cubs in 1903.

National League Baseball league, part of Major League Baseball

The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, known simply as the National League (NL), is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest current professional team sports league. Founded on February 2, 1876, to replace the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP) of 1871–1875, the NL is sometimes called the Senior Circuit, in contrast to MLB's other league, the American League, which was founded 25 years later and is called the "Junior Circuit".

Wrigley Field Baseball stadium in Chicago, IL, US

Wrigley Field is a baseball park located on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is the home of the Chicago Cubs, one of the city's two Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises. It first opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park for Charles Weeghman's Chicago Whales of the Federal League, which folded after the 1915 baseball season. The Cubs played their first home game at the park on April 20, 1916, defeating the Cincinnati Reds with a score of 7–6 in 11 innings. Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. of the Wrigley Company acquired complete control of the Cubs in 1921. It was named Cubs Park from 1920 to 1926, before being renamed Wrigley Field in 1927.

Contents

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]

2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 79th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, New York City, home of the New York Yankees, on July 15, 2008 and began at 8:47 p.m. ET. The game ended at 1:38 a.m. ET the following morning. The home American League won 4–3 in 15 innings, giving home field advantage in the 2008 World Series to the AL champion, which eventually came to be the Tampa Bay Rays.

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.

St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team in St. Louis, Missouri, United States

The St. Louis Cardinals are an American professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. Busch Stadium has been their home ballpark since 2006. One of the nation's oldest and most successful professional baseball clubs, the Cardinals have won 11 World Series championships, more than any other NL team and second in MLB only to the New York Yankees. The team has won 19 National League pennants, third-most of any team. St. Louis has also won 14 division titles in the East and Central divisions.

Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Los Angeles, California, United States

The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. Established in 1883 in Brooklyn, New York, the team moved to Los Angeles before the 1958 season. They played for four seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to their current home of Dodger Stadium in 1962.

2008 National League Division Series

The 2008 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2008 National League playoffs, began on Wednesday, October 1 and ended on Sunday, October 5, with the champions of the three NL divisions and one wild card team participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

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]

Lou Piniella American baseball player and manager

Louis Victor Piniella is a former professional baseball player and manager. An outfielder, he played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees. During his playing career, he was named AL Rookie of the Year in 1969 and captured two World Series championships with the Yankees.

Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award award

In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually since 1983 to two outstanding managers, one each in the American League (AL) and the National League (NL). The winner is voted on by 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). Each submits a vote for first, second, and third place among the managers of each league. The manager with the highest score in each league wins the award.

Geovany Soto Puerto Rican baseball player

Geovany Soto is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox. He has appeared in the MLB All-Star Game and was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2008.

Regular season

Game log

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

Season standings

With the magic number at 1, fans had their "Cubs Win" flags flying in Chicago. 20080920 Cubs Win Flag at Ohio St. Beach.JPG
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. 20080920 Chicago Cubs and fans celebrate the 2008 regular season division championship.jpg
The Cubs and fans celebrate the 2008 National League Central Division championship. A few Cubs Win flags are visible.

National League Central

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 97640.60255–2642–38
Milwaukee Brewers 90720.55649–3241–40
Houston Astros 86750.5341147–3339–42
St. Louis Cardinals 86760.53111½46–3540–41
Cincinnati Reds 74880.45723½43–3831–50
Pittsburgh Pirates 67950.41430½39–4228–53

Record vs. opponents

2008 National League Records

Source:
TeamARIATLCHCCINCOLFLAHOULADMILNYMPHIPITSDSFSTLWSHAL
Arizona 3–52–42–415–32–74–28–102–53–33–44–310–811–73–44–26–9
Atlanta 5–30–63–34–310–83–34–23–611–74–142–55–12–52–56–128–7
Chicago 4–26–08–75–14–38–95–29–74–23–414–45–24–39–63–36–9
Cincinnati 4–23–37–81–56–23–121–710–83–43–56–94–35–15–104–39–6
Colorado 3–153–41–55–15–33–38–104–33–60–55–29–911–73–44–37–8
Florida 7–28–103–42–63–54–23–45–18–1010–83–24–23–32–514–35–10
Houston 2–43–39–812–33–32–44–37–85–23–48–83–37–17–84–27–11
Los Angeles 10–82–42–57–110–84–33–44–23–44–45–211–79–92–43–35–10
Milwaukee 5–26–37–98–103–41–58–72–42–41–514–14–36–010–56–27–8
New York 3–37–112–44–36–310–82–54–34–211–74–32–55–14–312–69–6
Philadelphia 4–314–44–35–35–08–104–34–45–17–114–24–23–35–412–64–11
Pittsburgh 3–45–24–149–62–52–38–82–51–143–42–43–44–210–73–46–9
San Diego 8–101–52–53–49–92–43–37–113–45–22–44–35–131–65–13–15
San Francisco 7–115–23–41–57–113–31–79–90–61–53–32–413–54–37–06–12
St. Louis 4–35–26–910–54–35–28–74–25–103–44–57–106–13–45–17–8
Washington 2–412–63–33–43–43–142–43–32–66–126–124–31–50–71–58–10

Rally songs

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]

Ernie Banks American baseball player

Ernest Banks, nicknamed "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine", was an American professional baseball player who starred in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a shortstop and first baseman for the Chicago Cubs between 1953 and 1971. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, and was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

Evanston, Illinois City in Illinois, United States

Evanston is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, 12 miles (19 km) north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north. It had a population of 74,486 as of 2010. It is one of the affluent North Shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan and is the home of Northwestern University. The boundaries of the city of Evanston are coterminous with those of the former Evanston Township, which was dissolved in 2014 by voters with its functions being absorbed by the city of Evanston.

Eddie Vedder American musician, songwriter, member of Pearl Jam

Eddie Jerome Vedder is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, one of three guitarists, and the lyricist of the American rock band Pearl Jam. He is known for his powerful baritone vocals. He also appeared as a guest vocalist in Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to the late singer Andrew Wood. Vedder has been ranked at number 7 on a list of "Best Lead Singers of All Time", compiled by Rolling Stone.

Playoffs

NLDS vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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

Game 1, October 1

Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team123456789 R H E
Los Angeles000040111781
Chicago020000000291
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

Wrigley Field in Chicago

Team123456789 R H E
Los Angeles05001012110120
Chicago000000102384
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

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

Team123456789 R H E
Chicago000000010181
Los Angeles20001000X360
WP: Hiroki Kuroda (1–0)   LP: Rich Harden (0–1)   Sv: Jonathan Broxton (1)
Home runs:
CHC: None
LAD: None
Attendance: 56,000

The Cubs' Game 3 loss to the Dodgers marked the franchise's ninth consecutive post-season defeat, dating back to the 2003 NLCS.

2003 National League Championship Series

The 2003 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 7 to 15 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion Chicago Cubs and the wild-card qualifying Florida Marlins. The Cubs, by virtue of being a division winner, had the home field advantage. The Marlins came back from a three games to one deficit and won the series in seven games, advancing to the World Series against the New York Yankees, whom they defeated in six games.

Roster

2008 Chicago Cubs
Roster
PitchersCatchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaching Staff

Player stats

Batting

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

PlayerGABHAvg.HRRBI
Alfonso Soriano 109453127.2802975
Ryan Theriot 149580178.307138
Derrek Lee 155623181.2912090
Aramis Ramírez 149554160.28927111
Geovany Soto 141494141.2852386
Kosuke Fukudome 150501129.2571058
Mark DeRosa 149505144.2852187
Reed Johnson 109333101.303650
Jim Edmonds 8525064.2561949
Daryle Ward 8910222.216417
Mike Fontenot 11924374.305940
Ronny Cedeño 9921658.269228
Henry Blanco 5812035.292312
Félix Pie 438320.241110
Matt Murton 194010.25006
Eric Patterson 13389.23717
Micah Hoffpauir 337325.34228
Koyie Hill 10212.09501
Casey McGehee 9244.16705

Pitching

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

PlayerWLERAGGSSVIPRERBBK
José Ascanio
0
0
7.94
6
0
0
5.2
5
5
4
3
Neal Cotts
0
2
4.29
50
0
0
35.2
17
17
13
43
Ryan Dempster
17
6
2.96
33
33
0
206.2
75
68
76
187
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
4
2
6.26
24
0
0
27.1
20
19
10
27
Ángel Guzmán
0
0
5.59
6
1
0
9.2
6
6
4
10
Rich Harden
5
1
1.77
12
12
0
71.0
15
14
30
89
Kevin Hart
2
2
6.51
21
0
0
27.2
24
20
18
23
Rich Hill
1
0
4.12
5
5
0
19.2
9
9
18
15
Bob Howry
7
5
5.35
72
0
1
70.2
44
42
13
59
Jon Lieber
2
3
4.05
26
1
0
46.2
24
21
6
27
Ted Lilly
17
9
4.09
34
34
0
204.2
97
93
64
184
Carlos Mármol
2
4
2.68
82
0
7
87.1
30
26
41
114
Jason Marquis
11
9
4.53
29
28
0
167.0
88
84
70
91
Sean Marshall
3
5
3.86
34
7
1
65.1
29
28
23
58
Carmen Pignatiello
0
0
13.50
2
0
0
0.2
1
1
2
0
Jeff Samardzija
1
0
2.28
26
0
1
27.2
7
7
15
25
Randy Wells
0
0
0.00
3
0
0
4.1
0
0
2
1
Kerry Wood
5
4
3.26
65
0
34
66.1
25
24
18
84
Michael Wuertz
1
1
3.63
45
0
0
44.2
23
18
20
30
Carlos Zambrano
14
6
3.91
30
30
0
188.2
88
82
72
130
Totals
97
64
3.87
161
161
44
1450.2
669
624
548
1264

2007 post-season changes

Trades

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

PlayerFormer teamContract 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

PlayerNew 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

Farm system

LevelTeamLeagueManager
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
A-Short Season Boise Hawks Northwest League Tom Beyers
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Franklin Font

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