2009 Chicago Cubs season

2009 Chicago Cubs
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

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 9171 0.562 46–35 45–36
Chicago Cubs 8378 0.516 46–34 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 8082 0.494 11 40–41 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 7884 0.481 13 40–41 38–43
Houston Astros 7488 0.457 17 44–37 30–51
Pittsburgh Pirates 6299 0.385 28½ 40–41 22–58

Record vs. opponents

2009 National League Records

Source:
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona3–44-21–57-115–35–47-112–55–21–56–111-75-132–41–55–10
Atlanta4–34–23–64–48-103-34–33–313–510-83–43–33–44–210-87–8
Chicago2-42–410-52–44–311–63–510-73-31–510-44–54-26-105–26–9
Cincinnati5-16-35-100-73-312-41-58-72-42-513-51-63-38-83-46-9
Colorado11-74-44-27-02-42-54-146-03-42-46-310-88-106-16-011-4
Florida3-510-83-43-34-24–33-33-411-79-92-44-23-43-312-610-8
Houston4–53-36-114-125-23-44–35-101-56-210-56-12-46-93-36-9
Los Angeles11-73-45-35-114-43-33-43–35-14-34-310-811-72-53-29-9
Milwaukee5-23-37-107-80-64-310-53-33-34-39-52-44-59-95-35-10
New York2-55-133-34-24-37-115-11-53-36-124-32-55-34-510-85–10
Philadelphia5-18-105-15-24-29-92-63-43-412-64-25-23-44-115-36-12
Pittsburgh1-64-34-105-133-64-25-103-45-93-42-43-42-45-105-38–7
San Diego7-113-35-46-18-102-41-68-104-25-22-54-310-81-64-25–10
San Francisco13-54–32–43–310-84–34–27-115-43–54–34–28-104–34–29–6
St. Louis4-22-410-68-81-63-39-65-29-95-41-410-56-13-46–19–6
Washington5-18-102-54-30-66-123-32-33-58-103-153-52-42-41-67–11

Game log

2009 Game Log: 83–78 (Home:46–34, Away: 37–44)

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
CGeovany Soto10233172.2181147
1BDerrek Lee141532163.30635111
2BMike Fontenot13537789.236943
SSRyan Theriot154602171.284754
3BAramis Ramírez8230697.3171565
LFAlfonso Soriano117477115.2412055
CFKosuke Fukudome146499129.2591154
RFMilton Bradley124393101.2571240

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 Hoffpauir10523456.2391035
Reed Johnson6518642.255422
Aaron Miles7415729.18505
Koyie Hill8325360.237224
Bobby Scales5112430.242315
Andrés Blanco5312331.252112
Ryan Freel14284.14301
Joey Gathright20143.21400
Jake Fox8221656.2591144
Ryan Dempster30648.12505
Carlos Zambrano336915.217411
Ted Lilly26575.08802
Rich Harden26438.18600
Sean Marshall51133.23102
Randy Wells26479.19102
Ángel Guzmán5530.00000
José Ascanio1220.00000

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO WHIP
Ryan Dempster31200.01193.641721.305
Ted Lilly27177.01293.101511.056
Carlos Zambrano28169.1973.771521.376
Sean Marshall5585.1374.32681.441
Rich Harden26141.0994.091711.340
Randy Wells27165.112103.051041.276

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV IP ERA SO WHIP
Kevin Gregg72562368.24.72711.311
Ángel Guzmán5533161.02.95471.049
Carlos Mármol79241574.03.41931.459
Aaron Heilman7044172.14.11651.410
Neal Cotts1902011.07.3692.091
David Patton2031027.26.36231.807
José Ascanio1401015.13.52181.761
Luis Vizcaíno40003.20.0030.545
Jeff Samardzija2013034.27.20211.760
Jason Waddell30001.25.4021.800
Chad Fox20000.1135.00015.000

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

PlayerFormer teamContract Terms
Joey GathrightKansas City Royals1 year, $800,000
Aaron MilesSt. Louis Cardinals2 years, Undisclosed
Milton BradleyTexas Rangers3 years, $30,000,000
So TaguchiPhiladelphia Phillies1 year, $900,000
Paul BakoCincinnati RedsUndisclosed

Players lost to free agency

PlayerNew team
Bob HowrySan Francisco Giants
Kerry WoodCleveland Indians
Henry BlancoSan Diego Padres
Daryle WardCincinnati Reds
Jim EdmondsRetired

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

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

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