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Chicago Cubs 09-10 Season Recap
Posted 10/17/2010
The Chicago Cubs came into the season with the same World Series hope they've had the past few years, but the team completely fell apart and finished in fifth place in the National League Central division.

Manager Lou Pinella announced he would be stepping down at the end of the season, only to expedite his exit when his mother's health took a turn for the worse. Now the Cubs must find a new skipper who will help lead them back to the postseason.

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez overcame injuries and a horrific start to lead the club in a number of key offensive categories. Outfielder Marlon Byrd also had a strong year, though he cooled considerably after a hot start.

The Cubs had to deal with the distraction caused by Carlos Zambrano, who took his anger out on a teammate after he felt he wasn't trying hard enough to make plays behind him in the field.

The organization suspended Zambrano for a significant period of time and forced him to undergo anger management counseling. The pitcher returned with a better idea of how to control his emotions.

He also pitched better down the stretch, which gives the Cubs at least a glimmer of hope that he can return to the top of the starting rotation. The Cubs could also try to use him as trade bait, though his contract will make him very hard to unload.

The Cubs should be solid next year, especially if they can go out on the free agent market and make some much-needed acquisitions. That said, it's hard to see them contending for the division title with the Cincinnati Reds standing in their way.
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