There hasn’t been much to report about the Cubs this week, though we did miss a couple stories in our Christmas hiatus. Longtime Cub employee Jimmy Farrell passed away last week.
You probably never noticed Jimmy Farrell. He’d prefer it that way. Farrell was the umpires clubhouse attendant at Wrigley Field, starting in 1982, and held that job until 2007. He loved his work.
Farrell passed away this week. He was 91.
Carrie Muskat goes on to retell some of the stories he told her when she was writing her history of the Cubs book. If you’re interested in reading a bit of behind-the-scenes Cubs history, click on the link above.
In other news, the Cubs continued to corner the market on aging East Asian relievers by signing Hisanori Takahashi.
The Cubs have agreed to sign Hisanori Takahashi to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports (on Twitter). The veteran left-hander is a Wasserman Media Group client.
Takahashi, 37, pitched to a 5.54 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 50 1/3 relief innings for the Angels and Pirates last season. He owns a 3.97 ERA in 240 1/3 MLB innings, making 12 starts and 153 relief appearances. Takahashi has held big league lefties to a .238/.283/.381 batting line with a 4.14 K/BB.
I suppose this is just bullpen insurance, especially since the Cubs lost lefty reliever Jeff Beliveau to the Rangers on a waiver claim. Anyway, have a safe and happy New Year celebration!