2009 Chicago Cubs
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Location
Results
Record83–78 (.516)
Divisional place2nd
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Owner(s)Tribune Company
General manager(s)Jim Hendry
Manager(s)Lou Piniella
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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

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

Season standings

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


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

2009 Game Log: 83–78 (Home:46–34, Away: 37–44)
April (10–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 6 @ Astros 4–2 Zambrano (1–0) Oswalt (0–1) Gregg (1) 43,827 1–0
2 April 7 @ Astros 3 – 2 (10) Brocail (1–0) Cotts (0–1) 31,121 1–1
3 April 8 @ Astros 11–6 Lilly (1–0) Moehler (0–1) 30,047 2–1
4 April 10 @ Brewers 4–3 Villanueva (1–0) Gregg (0–1) 45,455 2–2
5 April 11 @ Brewers 6–5 Heilman (1–0) Villanueva (1–1) Mármol (1) 43,768 3–2
6 April 12 @ Brewers 8–5 Dempster (1–0) Suppan (0–2) 40,168 4–2
7 April 13 Rockies 4–0 Lilly (2–0) Jiménez (1–1) 40,077 5–2
8 April 15 Rockies 5–2 Marquis (2–0) Harden (0–1) Grilli (1) 39,361 5–3
9 April 16 Cardinals 7–4 Wainwright (2–0) Patton (0–1) Franklin (2) 38,909 5–4
10 April 17 Cardinals 8–7 Heilman (2–0) Pérez (0–1) Mármol (2) 40,250 6–4
11 April 18 Cardinals 7 – 5 (11) Guzmán (1–0) Reyes (0–1) 40,878 7–4
April 19 Cardinals Postponed (rain) – rescheduled for July 12
12 April 21 Reds 7–2 Harden (1–1) Owings (0–2) 38,403 8–4
13 April 22 Reds 3–0 Cueto (1–1) Lilly (2–1) Cordero (6) 38,738 8–5
14 April 23 Reds 7–1 Harang (2–2) Zambrano (1–1) 40,039 8–6
15 April 24 @ Cardinals 4–3 McClellan (1–0) Mármol (0–1) Franklin (5) 45,812 8–7
16 April 25 @ Cardinals 8–2 Boggs (1–0) Marshall (0–1) 46,707 8–8
17 April 26 @ Cardinals 10–3 Harden (2–1) Wellemeyer (1–2) 44,742 9–8
18 April 27 @ Diamondbacks 7–2 Haren (2–3) Lilly (2–2) 29,471 9–9
19 April 28 @ Diamondbacks 11–3 Zambrano (2–1) Petit (0–2) 30,351 10–9
20 April 29 @ Diamondbacks 10–0 Davis (2–3) Dempster (1–1) 26,999 10–10
21 April 30 Marlins 8 – 2 (10) Pinto (2–0) Heilman (2–1) 37,956 10–11
May (15–13)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
22 May 1 Marlins 8–6 Patton (1–1) Badenhop (1–1) Gregg (2) 38,336 11–11
23 May 2 Marlins 6–1 Lilly (3–2) Sánchez (1–3) 40,083 12–11
24 May 3 Marlins 6–4 Zambrano (3–1) Nolasco (1–3) Gregg (3) 40,457 13–11
25 May 4 Giants 4–2 Dempster (2–1) Sánchez (1–2) Gregg (4) 39,112 14–11
26 May 5 Giants 6–2 Lincecum (3–1) Marshall (0–2) 39,497 14–12
27 May 6 @ Astros 6–3 Harden (3–1) Hampton (1–3) Gregg (5) 29,415 15–12
28 May 7 @ Astros 8–5 Lilly (4–2) Ortiz (2–1) 28,625 16–12
29 May 8 @ Brewers 3–2 Stetter (2–0) Heilman (2–2) Hoffman (5) 42,025 16–13
30 May 9 @ Brewers 12–6 Gallardo (4–1) Dempster (2–2) 44,428 16–14
31 May 10 @ Brewers 4–2 Marshall (1–2) Suppan (2–3) Gregg (6) 41,646 17–14
32 May 12 Padres 6–2 Harden (4–1) Peavy (2–5) 39,963 18–14
33 May 13 Padres 6 – 4 (8) Lilly (5–2) Young (2–2) Mármol (3) 38,410 19–14
34 May 14 Padres 11–3 Dempster (3–2) Gaudin (0–3) 39,728 20–14
May 15 Astros Postponed (rain) – rescheduled for July 30
35 May 16 Astros 5–4 Marshall (2–2) Hawkins (1–1) 40,549 21–14
36 May 17 Astros 6–5 Moehler (1–2) Harden (4–2) Sampson (1) 40,478 21–15
37 May 19 @ Cardinals 3–0 Piñeiro (5–3) Lilly (5–3) 41,374 21–16
38 May 20 @ Cardinals 2–1 Carpenter (2–0) Dempster (3–3) Franklin (10) 41,703 21–17
39 May 21 @ Cardinals 3–1 Wainwright (4–2) Marshall (2–3) Franklin (11) 44,235 21–18
40 May 22 @ Padres 4–0 Peavy (4–5) Zambrano (3–2) Bell (12) 27,260 21–19
41 May 23 @ Padres 3–1 Geer (1–1) Wells (0–1) Mujica (1) 37,798 21–20
42 May 24 @ Padres 7–2 Young (4–2) Lilly (5–4) 39,593 21–21
43 May 25 Pirates 10–8 Gorzelanny (2–1) Cotts (0–2) Burnett (1) 38,942 21–22
44 May 26 Pirates 6 – 1 (6) Marshall (3–3) Snell (1–6) 38,303 22–22
45 May 27 Pirates 5–2 Mármol (1–1) Chavez (0–2) Gregg (7) 38,314 23–22
46 May 28 Dodgers 2–1 Wolf (3–1) Wells (0–2) Troncoso (3) 39,579 23–23
47 May 29 Dodgers 2–1 Lilly (6–4) Billingsley (6–3) Gregg (8) 40,148 24–23
48 May 30 Dodgers 7–0 Dempster (4–3) Stults (4–2) 41,153 25–23
49 May 31 Dodgers 8–2 Milton (2–0) Marshall (3–4) 40,091 25–24
June (11–14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
50 June 2 @ Braves 6 – 5 (12) Soriano (1–0) Heilman (2–3) 30,262 25–25
51 June 3 @ Braves 3 – 2 (11) Guzmán (2–0) Bennett (2–3) Gregg (9) 30,646 26–25
June 4 @ Braves Postponed (rain) – rescheduled for June 22
52 June 5 @ Reds 2–1 Zambrano (4–2) Owings (3–7) Gregg (10) 32,374 27–25
53 June 6 @ Reds 4 – 3 (11) Masset (3–0) Marshall (3–5) 40,914 27–26
54 June 7 @ Reds 6 – 3 (14) Patton (2–1) Lincoln (1–1) Guzmán (1) 32,629 28–26
55 June 9 @ Astros 7–1 Lilly (7–4) Moehler (2–4) 29,669 29–26
56 June 10 @ Astros 2–1 Sampson (3–0) Guzmán (2–1) 29,840 29–27
57 June 11 @ Astros 2 – 1 (13) Fulchino (2–1) Ascanio (0–1) 34,250 29–28
58 June 12 Twins 7–4 Slowey (9–2) Wells (0–3) Nathan (14) 41,509 29–29
59 June 13 Twins 2–0 Swarzak (2–2) Harden (4–3) Nathan (15) 40,899 29–30
60 June 14 Twins 3–2 Mármol (2–1) Crain (2–3) 40,814 30–30
June 16 White Sox Postponed (rain) – rescheduled for September 3
61 June 17 White Sox 4–1 Danks (5–5) Dempster (4–4) Jenks (15) 40,444 30–31
62 June 18 White Sox 6–5 Gregg (1–1) Thornton (4–2) 40,467 31–31
63 June 19 Indians 8 – 7 (10) Gregg (2–1) Vizcaíno (1–3) 40,155 32–31
64 June 20 Indians 6 – 5 (13) Patton (3–1) Wood (2–3) 41,007 33–31
65 June 21 Indians 6–2 Wells (1–3) Sowers (1–5) Gregg (11) 40,866 34–31
66 June 22 @ Braves 0–2 Vázquez (5–6) Dempster (4–5) Soriano (6) 31,701 34–32
67 June 23 @ Tigers 4–5 Lyon (3–3) Gregg (BS 3) (2–2) 38,046 34–33
68 June 24 @ Tigers 3–5 Miner (BS 2) (5–1) Harden (4–4) Rodney (15) 36,438 34–34
69 June 25 @ Tigers 5–6 Galarraga (4–7) Lilly (7–5) Rodney (16) 42,332 34–35
70 June 26 @ White Sox 5–4 Wells (2–3) Contreras (2–7) Gregg (12) 39,015 35–35
71 June 27 @ White Sox 7–8 Jenks (2–2) Marshall (3–6) 39,529 35–36
72 June 28 @ White Sox 0–6 Danks (6–6) Zambrano (4–3) 39,745 35–37
73 June 29 @ Pirates 3–1 Harden (5–4) Duke Gregg (13) 15,400 36–37
74 June 30 @ Pirates 0–3 Ohlendorf (7–6) Lilly (7–6) Capps (18) 17,054 36–38
July (18–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
75 July 1 @ Pirates 4–1 Wells (3–3) Vasquez (1–1) Gregg (14) 15,770 37–38
76 July 2 Brewers 9–5 Dempster (5–5) McClung (3–2) 40,545 38–38
77 July 3 Brewers 2 – 1 (10) Gregg (3–2) DiFelice (4–1) 41,204 39–38
78 July 4 Brewers 2–11 Looper (7–4) Harden (5–5) 40,088 39–39
79 July 5 Brewers 8–2 Lilly (8–6) Burns (1–2) 40,369 40–39
80 July 6 Braves 4–2 Wells (4–3) Jurrjens (6–7) Gregg (15) 40,042 41–39
81 July 7 Braves 1–2 Vázquez (6–7) Zambrano (4–4) Soriano (9) 40,359 41–40
82 July 8 Braves 1–4 Kawakami (5–6) Hart (0–1) Soriano (10) 40,531 41–41
83 July 10 Cardinals 3–8 Carpenter (7–3) Harden (5–6) 40,687 41–42
84 July 11 Cardinals 5–2 Lilly (9–6) Thompson (2–6) Gregg (16) 41,210 42–42
85 July 12 Cardinals 7–3 Zambrano (5–4) Lohse (4–5) 40,701 43–42
86 July 12 Cardinals 2–4 Wanwright (10–5) Wells (4–4) Franklin (21) 41,244 43–43
87 July 16 @ Nationals 6–2 Harden (6–6) Lannan (6–7) 26,980 44–43
88 July 17 @ Nationals 3–1 Zambrano (6–4) Stammen (2–5) Gregg (17) 27,581 45–43
89 July 18 @ Nationals 6–5 Wells (5–4) Zimmermann (3–5) Gregg (18) 36,014 46–43
90 July 19 @ Nationals 11–3 Hart (1–1) Mock (0–3) 34,574 47–43
91 July 20 @ Phillies 1–10 Lopez (2–0) Lilly (9–7) Durbin (1) 45,268 47–44
92 July 21 @ Phillies 1–4 (13) Condrey (6–2) Samardzija (0–1) 45,214 47–45
93 July 22 @ Phillies 10–5 Zambrano (7–4) Moyer (9–7) Gregg (19) 45,257 48–45
94 July 24 Reds 8–5 Wells (6–4) Harang (5–11) 41,406 49–45
95 July 25 Reds 5–3 Hart (2–1) Cueto (8–7) Gregg (20) 41,364 50–45
96 July 26 Reds 5–2 Harden (7–6) Owings (6–11) Gregg (21) 41,528 51–45
97 July 27 Astros 5–1 (13) Samardzija (1–1) Sampson (4–2) 40,794 52–45
98 July 28 Astros 6–11 Fulchino (4–3) Guzmán (2–2) 40,814 52–46
99 July 29 Astros 12–0 Wells (7–4) Hampton (6–8) 41,538 53–46
100 July 30 Astros 12–3 Hart (3–1) Ortiz (3–6) 41,524 54–46
101 July 31 @ Marlins 2–5 Donnelly (1–0) Mármol (2–2) Núñez (9) 25,024 54–47
August (11–17)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
102 August 1 @ Marlins 9–8 (10) Gregg (4–2) Núñez (3–4) Heilman (1) 35,811 55–47
103 August 2 @ Marlins 2–3 Donnelly (2–0) Gregg (4–3) 25,969 55–48
104 August 3 @ Reds 4–2 Wells (8–4) Harang (5–13) Mármol (4) 22,222 56–48
105 August 4 @ Reds 6–3 Gorzelanny (4–1) Cueto (8–9) 17,992 57–48
106 August 5 @ Reds 0–4 Lehr (1–0) Harden (7–7) 22,098 57–49
107 August 7 @ Rockies 2–6 Jiménez (9–9) Marshall (3–7) 46,118 57–50
108 August 8 @ Rockies 6–5 Dempster (6–5) Marquis (12–8) Gregg (22) 47,845 58–50
109 August 9 @ Rockies 5–11 Hammel (7–6) Wells (8–5) 40,217 58–51
110 August 10 @ Rockies 5–11 de la Rosa (10–8) Gorzelanny (4–2) 34,485 58–52
111 August 11 Phillies 3–4 Eyre (2–1) Gregg (4–4) Durbin (2) 41,477 58–53
112 August 12 Phillies 5–12 Martínez (1–0) Samardzija (1–2) 41,133 58–54
113 August 13 Phillies 1–6 Lee (10–9) Dempster (6–6) 41,100 58–55
114 August 14 Pirates 17–2 Wells (9–5) Morton (2–6) 41,619 59–55
115 August 15 Pirates 3–1 Gorzelanny (5–2) Duke (9–11) Gregg (23) 41,197 60–55
August 16 Pirates Postponed (rain)
116 August 17 @ Padres 1–4 Bell (5–2) Gregg (4–5) 23,420 60–56
117 August 18 @ Padres 3–6 Carrillo (1–1) Dempster (6–7) Bell (30) 19,814 60–57
118 August 19 @ Padres 7–1 Harden (8–7) Latos (4–3) 18,012 61–57
119 August 20 @ Dodgers 2–7 Belisario (2–3) Guzmán (2–3) 48,974 61–58
120 August 21 @ Dodgers 1–2 Wolf (8–6) Wells (9–6) Broxton (27) 51,579 61–59
121 August 22 @ Dodgers 0–2 Haeger (1–1) Lilly (9–8) Sherrill (21) 49,297 61–60
122 August 23 @ Dodgers 3–1 Dempster (7–7) Billingsley (12–7) Mármol (5) 49,711 62–60
123 August 25 Nationals 6–15 Mock (3–5) Zambrano (7–5) 37,297 62–61
124 August 26 Nationals 9–4 Guzmán (3–3) Bergmann (2–3) 36,562 63–61
125 August 27 Nationals 4–5 Martin (3–3) Wells (9–7) MacDougal (14) 35,174 63–62
126 August 28 Mets 5–2 Gregg (5–5) Stokes (1–3) Mármol (6) 39,381 64–62
127 August 29 Mets 11–4 Dempster (8–7) Parnell (3–7) 40,857 65–62
128 August 30 Mets 4–1 Figueroa (1–3) Zambrano (7–6) Rodríguez (28) 39,907 65–63
129 August 31 Astros 5–3 Oswalt (8–5) Harden (8–8) Valverde (20) 36,990 65–64
September (17–12)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
130 September 1 Astros 4–1 Wells (10–7) Moehler (8–10) Mármol (7) 36,332 66–64
131 September 2 Astros 2–0 Lilly (10–8) Paulino (2–7) Mármol (8) 39,192 67–64
132 September 3 White Sox 0–5 Torres (1–0) Dempster (8–8) 40,741 67–65
133 September 4 @ Mets 2–6 Stokes (2–4) Gregg (5–6) Rodríguez (29) 37,953 67–66
134 September 5 @ Mets 5–3 Harden (9–8) Figueroa (2–4) Mármol (9) 38,759 68–66
135 September 6 @ Mets 2–4 Pelfrey (10–10) Wells (10–8) Rodríguez (30) 39,593 68–67
136 September 7 @ Pirates 4–2 Lilly (11–8) McCutchen (0–1) Mármol (10) 14,673 69–67
137 September 8 @ Pirates 9–4 Dempster (9–8) Duke (10–14) 17,862 70–67
138 September 9 @ Pirates 8–5 Zambrano (8–6) Hart (4–6) Mármol (11) 10,899 71–67
139 September 11 Reds 6–4 Stevens (1–0) Lehr (4–2) Mármol (12) 39,881 72–67
140 September 12 Reds 5–7 Rhodes (1–1) Mármol (2–3) Cordero (34) 40,351 72–68
141 September 13 Reds 5–2 Lilly (12–8) Bailey (5–5) 39,805 73–68
142 September 14 Brewers 2–0 Dempster (10–8) Suppan (6–10) Mármol (13) 38,725 74–68
143 September 15 Brewers 13–7 Heilman (3–3) Garrardo (12–12) 38,986 75–68
144 September 16 Brewers 5–9 Looper (13–6) Harden (9–9) 38,084 75–69
145 September 17 Brewers 4–7 Bush (5–7) Wells (10–9) Hoffman (33) 39,158 75–70
146 September 18 @ Cardinals 2–3 Franklin (3–3) Heilman (3–4) 45,959 75–71
147 September 19 @ Cardinals 1–2 Franklin (4–3) Mármol (2–4) 46,506 75–72
148 September 20 @ Cardinals 6 – 3 (11) Caridad (1–0) Boggs (2–3) Mármol (14) 44,937 76–72
149 September 21 @ Brewers 10–2 Gorzelanny (6–2) Looper (13–7) 34,192 77–72
150 September 22 @ Brewers 7–2 Wells (11–9) Bush (5–8) 34,316 78–72
151 September 23 @ Brewers 2–3 Narveson (2–0) Samardzija (1–3) Hoffman (35) 32,340 78–73
152 September 24 @ Giants 3–2 Heilman (4–4) Wilson (5–6) Mármol (15) 31,603 79–73
153 September 25 @ Giants 3–0 Zambrano (9–6) Lincecum (14–7) 33,970 80–73
154 September 26 @ Giants 6–2 Gorzelanny (7–2) Zito (10–13) 35,885 81–73
155 September 27 @ Giants 1–5 Cain (14–7) Wells (11–10) Wilson (37) 38,330 81–74
156 September 29 Pirates 6–0 Dempster (11–8) Hart (4–9) 35,308 82–74
157 September 30 Pirates 0–4 Morton (5–9) Lilly (12–9) 34,362 82–75
158 September 30 Pirates 2–8 Karstens (4–5) Zambrano (9–7) 33,299 82–76
October (1–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
159 October 1 Pirates Canceled
160 October 2 Diamondbacks 3–12 Buckner (4–6) Gorzelanny (7–3) 33,786 82–77
161 October 3 Diamondbacks 5–0 Wells (12–10) Cabrera (0–6) 39,138 83–77
162 October 4 Diamondbacks 2–5 Davis (9–14) Dempster (11–9) Gutiérrez (9) 39,154 83–78

Roster

2009 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaching Staff

Key injuries

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

Batting

Starters by position

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

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

Starting pitchers

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

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

Trades

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

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

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

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

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

See also: Minor League Baseball

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