Jeff Vorva

Cubs Organization Report

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For a kid growing up in Springfield, Ill., and rooting for the Cubs, not much for lefthander Ryan O'Malley could beat meeting his idol Ryne Sandberg in spring training. But the 26-year-old O'Malley trumped that thrill on Aug. 16 when he learned he had been promoted from the Triple-A Iowa rotation to Chicago. Because the Cubs had used all available pitchers in an 18-inning game in Houston the night before, they opted to call up O'Malley, who was with Iowa in nearby Round Rock.

Majors | #2006#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Cubs Organization Report

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

One of the best parts of Mike Quade's job as Triple-A Iowa manager is getting to tell young players that they've made it to the major leagues. But Quade himself received a phone call from Cubs general manager Jim Hendry in July. He was being called up to the parent club to take over as the third-base coach while Chris Speier took a leave of absence to tend to personal business.

Majors | #2006#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Second Best In Second City?

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Last July 26, the first-place White Sox were playing in Kansas City in a night game, while the Cubs' evening home game against the Giants did not get started for close to three hours because of a rain delay. For a two-hour period, the television coverage of the Cubs' rain delay—which consisted mostly of interviews and canned features—doubled the local ratings of the White Sox game. For a long time, Chicago has been a Cubs town and the White Sox were considered second-class citizens.

Majors | #2006#Season Preview