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    Dempster is a clown.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...=.jsp&c_id=chc

    CHICAGO -- The Cubs are on the verge of becoming only the second team in Major League history to win 10,000 games. They enter their two-game series against the Colorado Rockies with 9,999 wins. The New York/San Francisco Giants are the only other Major League team to top 10,000 wins.

    "I remember when we won 5,000," Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster said Tuesday. "What an emotional day that was. We were so excited -- we realized we still had an uphill climb to 10,000.
    "To be on the verge of that -- I've been here since the first one, and to get to 10,000, it's a long, hard struggle, and I'm looking forward to it."
    Truth is, Dempster wasn't even born when the Cubs won their 5,000th game on July 19, 1940, against Brooklyn. Let's play along. If he was present for the franchise's first win on April 25, 1876, does he remember the first manager, Albert Spalding?
    "He treated me great, he treated me very nice as a young guy coming up," Dempster said.
    Keep in mind that this is 1876, not 1976, or even 2006.
    Doesn't it seem strange that the Cubs are on the verge of 10,000 wins, more than the New York Yankees, yet the Yankees have won 26 world championships?
    "It's not about trophies," Dempster said. "It's about wins."
    He's joking, folks.
    "That's crazy," Chicago's Daryle Ward said of the fact the Cubs are closing in on 10,000 wins, yet there's a 100-year drought without a world championship. "You'd think there would be a World Series or something like that with as many wins as they've won. It's hard to explain that. You have to go deep back in history to find out what happened. They only had two divisions back then -- you could win every year and come in second place. That might be the answer."
    Ward was serious. Cubs manager Lou Piniella can reach a milestone as well in the Mile High City. With one more win, Piniella will become the 14th Cubs skipper to reach 100 wins. He's not the fastest. Cap Anson was the quickest, with a 100-36 record on Sept. 15, 1880. Then there's Frank Chance, Jim Frey, Tommy Burns, Charlie Grimm, Johnny Evers, Rogers Hornsby and Gabby Hartnett. Dusty Baker reached 100 wins with the Cubs on April 25, 2004, with a 100-80 record. Piniella was at 99-83 heading into Wednesday's game. "We have a good team, and we're expected to win," Ward said. "It's going to be a big deal [to get 100 wins] but not as big as it would be for fans. I know Lou, and I know he expects us to play well. Who knows, we could possibly win 100 this year. That'd be nice."
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    I am surprised that the Braves are 300 wins behind them. I guess all those wins when the Cubs were a powerhouse 1876-1945 are still making a difference.
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    • #3
      Got Rings???
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      • #4
        10 World Series Championships > 10,000 wins
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        • #5
          Next in line are the Dodgers (9885) and the Cardinals (9856).

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          • #6
            This site has different info:

            http://mcubed.net/mlb/fwtot.shtml

            If I had time I'd do a comparison of wins since 1940.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Miami Card Fan View Post
              This site has different info:

              http://mcubed.net/mlb/fwtot.shtml

              If I had time I'd do a comparison of wins since 1940.
              I'm bored

              Since 1940:

              Cards -> 5739-4981
              Cubs -> 5029-5606

              Cards have been above .500 5 out of 7 decades (70's and 90's)
              Cubs have been below .500 every decade since 1940 (1930 was the last decade they had a winning record)
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Miami Card Fan View Post
                This site has different info:

                http://mcubed.net/mlb/fwtot.shtml

                If I had time I'd do a comparison of wins since 1940.
                I'm guessing that site is only counting wins under the current name of the franchises rather than throughout their entire history. I got my numbers from Baseball Reference.

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