2009 Chicago Cubs season

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2009 Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs logo.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 83-78 (.516)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Tribune Company
General manager(s) Jim Hendry
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 138th 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]

2009 National League Records

Source: [1]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH 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: 83–78 (Home:46–34, Away: 37–44)

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 Geovany Soto 102 331 72 .218 11 47
1B Derrek Lee 141 532 163 .306 35 111
2B Mike Fontenot 135 377 89 .236 9 43
SS Ryan Theriot 154 602 171 .284 7 54
3B Aramis Ramírez 82 306 97 .317 15 65
LF Alfonso Soriano 117 477 115 .241 20 55
CF Kosuke Fukudome 146 499 129 .259 11 54
RF Milton 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
Micah Hoffpauir 105 234 56 .239 10 35
Reed Johnson 65 186 42 .255 4 22
Aaron Miles 74 157 29 .185 0 5
Koyie Hill 83 253 60 .237 2 24
Bobby Scales 51 124 30 .242 3 15
Andrés Blanco 53 123 31 .252 1 12
Ryan Freel 14 28 4 .143 0 1
Joey Gathright 20 14 3 .214 0 0
Jake Fox 82 216 56 .259 11 44
Ryan Dempster 30 64 8 .125 0 5
Carlos Zambrano 33 69 15 .217 4 11
Ted Lilly 26 57 5 .088 0 2
Rich Harden 26 43 8 .186 0 0
Sean Marshall 51 13 3 .231 0 2
Randy Wells 26 47 9 .191 0 2
Ángel Guzmán 55 3 0 .000 0 0
José Ascanio 12 2 0 .000 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO WHIP
Ryan Dempster 31 200.0 11 9 3.64 172 1.305
Ted Lilly 27 177.0 12 9 3.10 151 1.056
Carlos Zambrano 28 169.1 9 7 3.77 152 1.376
Sean Marshall 55 85.1 3 7 4.32 68 1.441
Rich Harden 26 141.0 9 9 4.09 171 1.340
Randy Wells 27 165.1 12 10 3.05 104 1.276

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV IP ERA SO WHIP
Kevin Gregg 72 5 6 23 68.2 4.72 71 1.311
Ángel Guzmán 55 3 3 1 61.0 2.95 47 1.049
Carlos Mármol 79 2 4 15 74.0 3.41 93 1.459
Aaron Heilman 70 4 4 1 72.1 4.11 65 1.410
Neal Cotts 19 0 2 0 11.0 7.36 9 2.091
David Patton 20 3 1 0 27.2 6.36 23 1.807
José Ascanio 14 0 1 0 15.1 3.52 18 1.761
Luis Vizcaíno 4 0 0 0 3.2 0.00 3 0.545
Jeff Samardzija 20 1 3 0 34.2 7.20 21 1.760
Jason Waddell 3 0 0 0 1.2 5.40 2 1.800
Chad 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
A-Short Season Boise Hawks Northwest League Casey Kopitzke
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Juan Cabreja

References[edit]