Today in Cub History: Catch-all Edition

4-3-2006 Transmission (me) successfully defends his dissertation at UW. While technically he still has to deposit his dissertation in a dank basement office somewhere, this functionally makes him Dr. Trans. 4-3-1987 Traded Dennis Eckersley and Dan Rohn to the Oakland Athletics. Received Brian Guinn, Dave Wilder and Mark Leonette 4-3-1888 Sold John Clarkson to the Boston Beaneaters 4-4-1988 Sammy Sosa hits the first of his 66 home runs. It's off Marc Valdes of the Expos 4-4-1989 Mitch Williams pitches 1 and 2/3 innings, gives up three hits, two walks, and a balk. He also strikes out three, gives up no runs and earns his first save as a Cub. Cubs 5, Phillies 4 4-5-2004 Signed Glendon Rusch as a free agent 4-5-1995 Traded Derek Wallace and Geno Morones to the Kansas City Royals. Received Brian McRae 4-5-1976 Traded Don Kessinger to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Mike Garman and a PTBNL (Bobby Hrapmann) 4-5-1892 Traded Fred Pfeffer to the Louisville Colonels. Received Jim Canavan and $1000 cash. 4-7-1991 Traded Mitch Williams to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Chuck McElroy and Bob Scanlan 4-8-1976 Purchased Randy Hundley from the San Diego Padres 4-8-1960 Traded Ron Perranoski, Johnny Goryl, Lee Handley and $25,000 cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Don Zimmer 4-9-1995 Signed Jaime Navarro as a free agent 4-9-1951 Released Johnny Vander Meer 4-11-1965 Purchased Ted Abernathy from the Cleveland Indians


I am taking a bit of R & R (but not too much, as I still need to find a job, and grade exams), and plan on working my way into blogging shape over mid-April.

Chi Cubs 4 1 .800 -
Houston 5 2 .714 -
Milwaukee 5 2 .714 -
Cincinnati 4 2 .667 0.5
St. Louis 4 3 .571 1.0
Pittsburgh 1 7 .125 4.5

Man, does that look good or what??? Yeah it is early, but if this can't get your hopes up, what else can?

Trans. Enjoy the R&R, and lots of it. In my experience it sinks in all too quickly that there really is no closure, there is still tons of academic bullshit (job apps/grading/publications/etc.) to work through. Congrats.

Congrats Trans!

and sorry for getting off topic, but i have been thinking for a few days about the 4 and 5 spot in the rotation, and especially after Marshall's start last night...Does anyone see one of the AAA guys making the start in place of Jerome? Does Marshall get another start regardless of what Guzman and Hill are doing? I guess i am just anxious to see Guzman in a ML game...but i really did think that Marshall pitched well, and not to make excuses (too late), he was really getting a completely different strike zone than Ponson, and could have had a few more strikeouts imo (i just found out what that meant) and perhaps gotten out of the 5th on his own


Thanks for making me sitting here as a college sophomore working on a dual major (Math and Economics) look like a nothing loser. Damn my 4.0*!

*I wish. I've toyed with the idea of Grad School, but we'll see.

Re: Southside and #5

My philosophy is that pitching is all about learning by trial and error. You make your mistakes only to learn from them. How many guys go out and dominate from game one? Very, very few. If the Cubs think Sean Marshall is their guy, you gotta give him several starts if not a whole season. Look at all the good starters in the league today. Most of the aces struggled for their first 40 or so starts in the big leagues. I'd stick with Marshall for now, he only made one or two mistakes and has a nice minor league track record, albeit in limited advanced action. You hit on the nail. Baseball has been stressing that the low strike will get called his year. Marshall got a very generous outside corner, but anything at the knees he was simply not getting. For a groundball pitcher like himself, that can potentially kill him.

I'd love to see Guzman up here soon, but Hill had a good start too. Don't count out Ryu either, he had a nice opener in Iowa. Personally, I would not touch Guzman until he shows he can stay healthy for at least a couple of months. We don't need him getting all geared up and tweak something, or even worse get all geared up and not tell someone if something is wrong.

Yeah, I am tired. I made a circular argument.

"'d love to see Guzman up here soon" ... "Personally, I would not touch Guzman until he shows he can stay healthy for at least a couple of months."

I need some sleep. Either that or start proofreading my posts.

Congrats Dr. Transmission!

My car has been slipping from second gear into third gear. Can you take a look?

Seriously though, that's great news. Good luck with the job hunt.

Congrats Trans. That's a day you'll never forget. It took about a year for it to sink in, but then it felt pretty good. If you can, try to get some relaxing in this summer before you start an intense job (if you're staying in academia). Watch the Cubs win at least a game or two a month! (I'm sorry - I need to temper my enthusiasm this week with some lowered expectations...)

I'll echo the congratulations. Be sure to list Cub Reporter on your list of publications. It will give your resumÈ a more rounded look.

Congratulations, Dr. Trans!

I recall listening to that 4/4/89 game on the radio in my office. After the last out, I stuck my head in a co-worker's office, told him what had happened, and concluded by advising him to stock up on Maalox now. That was some year.

That Mitch Williams line is classic.


Ah, I remember that fateful day in '88 like it was yesterday. Clarkson was my favorite player and the Beaneaters rivalry was intense.

Damn that management! No commitment to winning!

Well done Trans

Glad to hear you made it, Trans. Good work.

What do trans and Dr. Evil have in common?

Neither one of them spent 7 years in evil medical school to be called mister.

One thing I should point out - I'm a Ph. D., not an M.D. So technically (and legally and morally, I guess) I'm not going to be doing any surgury, any time soon.

Thanks, everyone, for your support and encouragement over the last two years. Every little bit is important, and I'm thankful for it.

I, too, remember that Mitch Williams game. Absolute classic.....

Indeed, congratulatins, Trans. If it's not too personal, do you mind me asking what your doctorate is in? Just curious, don't feel that you have to reply if you'd rather not say.



Ryan Theriot, SS: 2-5, R, K
Casey McGehee, 3B: 2-5, 2B, K
Michael Restovich, RF: 1-4, BB, K
Brandon Sing, 1B: 0-5, 2K, 2 E
Geovany Soto, C: 1-4, R, BB
Jamal Strong, LF: 1-4, 2 R, K, HBP, GIDP
Buck Coats, 2B: 0-3, BB, K, SH, E
Mike Fontenot, PH: 1-1, R, RBI, PH-HR
Jeff Deardorff, PH: 0-1, K
Augie Ojeda, PH: 0-1, SH
NOTE: F. Pie is tied for PCL lead in RBI, 3B, SB (3 for 3), tied for 3rd in hits, is 5th in BA, and 6th in OPS.
R. Theriot is 8-19 with 5 RBI.

Chris Walker, CF: 2-5, K, SB
Eric Patterson, 2B: 0-3, RBI, K
Luis Montanez, LF: 1-4
Scott Moore, 3B: 2-4
Richard Lewis, DH: 0-3, R, BB
Michah Hoffpauir, 1B: 1-3, R, BB
Tony Richie, C: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2B
Adam Greenberg, RF: 1-4, R, K
Carlos Rojas, SS: 0-4, K

Sam Fuld, CF: 0-3, R, BB, K, SB
Jemel Spearman, 3B: 2-4, R, RBI, 2 2B, K
Ryan Harvey, RF: 2-4
Nic Jackson, LF: 0-4, RBI, 2 K
Jake Fox, DH: 0-3
Matt Craig, 1B: 0-2, R, BB, K
Alan Rick, C: 1-3, RBI, 2B, PB
Joe Simokaitis, SS: 0-3, K
Nate Spears, 2B: 0-2, K
Anderson Tavares, PH-2B: 0-1
NOTE: R. Harvey (sore knee) first game played in RF.
A. Tavares is a combination RHP-utility INF

Robinson Chirinos, 2B; 0-3, R, BB, HBP, K
Dylan Johnston, SS: 0-4, K, SH, E
Brandon Taylor, 3B: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, SF
Ryan Norwood, 1B: 2-4, R, RBI, HR
Alberto Garcia, DH: 0-2, BB
Luis Rivera, PR-DH: 1-2, R
Matt Ciaramella, RF:2-4, RBI, 2B, BB
Johnny Defendis, LF: 0-5, K, SB, E, OF ASSIST
Jake Muyco, C: 2-4, RBI, BB, E, (TWO OPPONENTS CS)
Davy Gregg, CF 1-4, R, R, K, CS


Rich Hill: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Brandon Emanuel: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Mark Watson: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K
Roberto Novoa: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, (BLOWN SAVE)
David Aardsma 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R 0 BB, 4 K (W 1-0)
NOTE: D. Aardsma 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, one save, so far in 2006.

Juan Mateo: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
Federico Baez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (W 1-0)
Rocky Cherry 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (SAVE 1)
NOTE: J. Mateo was Rule 5 pick by STL and spent Spring Training in Jupiter (Florida, that is).
R. Cherry is returning from 2005 TJ surgery.

Grant Johnson: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 4 K
Carlos Vasquez: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R 91 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 3 WP, BALK
NOTE: G. Johnson was Cubs 2004 1st round Rule 4 Draft pick out of Notre Dame.
C. Vasquez is ex-member of 40-man roster returning from 2005 shoulder surgery, will be six-year minor league FA after 2006.

Mitch Atkins: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
Matt Avery: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP
Jesse Estrada: 2 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 0 K (BLOWN SAVE 1)
Roberto Sotolongo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (SAVE 1)
NOTE: R. Sotolongo is Cuban defector making U. S. debut in 2006.

Congrats Trans, from an ABD (20 years now!).

Forgive the weak tranisition, and also forgive if it's already been mentioned, but has anybody read "Fantasyland"? A good read for fellow fantasy geeks, in it, he marvels at the info available on the 'net including how there's a site where a guy analyzes every transaction. Congrats Ruz on the mention.

If I was PhD, by now I'd have a figured a work around for the dreaded double post.

Cheers Trans and good luck in the fledgling job market. Now that you've freed up some time you'll probably want to pay more attention to Rod Beck's America where I'm currently rolling you up:).

Congrats Trans - just remember to keep things in perspective. Looking forward to a contribution to this blog know that you will have some time to relax.

Thanks again, guys. Andrew - I'm a historian of science. (yes, we have our own department, for some odd reason. We're historians that deal with the development, dissemination and ramifications of knowledge about the natural world.) My specialty is the social and biological sciences and their interaction with social reform movements. I also do a bit of the history of our cultural fetish for statistics.

It's not so much that I want to keep my identity a mystery, as it is that it's not helpful, perhaps even damaging, for prospective employers to think of me as a "blogger." (What's so bad about being a blogger!?!?!? sheeesssshh...)

Hey Trans congrats - now maybe you can appear in chat again.

In other news - I'm pretty sure I'd have remembered if Sammy hit the first of his 66 home runs in 19 EIGHTY eight. 98 dude.

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  • Hendricks 6 shutout innings, ends night with an ERA of 1.99

    Cubster 9 min 53 sec ago view
  • in case it hasn't been mentioned yet, Twins are hiring Indians 32-year old Derick Falvey from the Cleveland Native Americans organization.

    Suppose McLeod could still be asked by another organization but likely staying put.

    Rob G. 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • Well put, both your remark, and Crunch's.

    Transmission 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • I saw the Gordon HR. It was like a funeral where the mourners were made to play baseball. So sad...

    CTSteve 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • i wanted to watch more of it, but it started to feel like i was going beyond witnessing a human experience that isn't often seen into an uncomfortable voyeurism. these guys are in pain.

    crunch 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • wow I am glad I missed the start of the MIA game.  I would have been sobbing.

    Transmission 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • Baez!!

    Brick 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • baez grand slam!

    crunch 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • lulz, MIA with a 5-0 lead after 2 innings.

    crunch 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • d.gordon leads off MIA inning with a HR...came up to bat wearing j.fernandez's helmet.

    he barely made it back into the dugout after crying his way around the bases.

    i can't watch this game anymore. it's too much...too real.

    crunch 2 hours 35 min ago view
  • FLA really doesn't look like they're mentally/physically prepared for this game. never seen anything like's not just a few people in the dugout still feeling it large, it's pretty much everyone.

    i doubt it will lead to some kinda error-filled little league quality game, but everyone looks drained and still draining.

    ...and onto the cubs game. go #100.

    crunch 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • The Marlins organization is obviously affected deeply by this. I feel for the people there. And I understand circumstances have changed.

    But retiring his number. Wow. Literally a week ago the rumor mill was fast and furious about how Fernandez was going to be traded this winter, with the front office in response doing almost nothing to deny it. And to turn around and retire his number, just like that, when they obviously felt the organization would have been better long-term without him, just reeks of insincerity.

    John Beasley 3 hours 19 min ago view
  • jose fernandez's number is going to be retired by FLA.

    there's custom jerseys on their way to tonight's game (and hopefully will make it on time). all the marlins are going to wear #16 tonight.

    this still sucks.

    crunch 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • probably saturday depending on what they do with hammel (assuming friday for ham).

    crunch 9 hours 48 min ago view
  • Lester is going to get one more start, right? It sure would be nice to see him get a shot at 20 wins.

    Charlie 10 hours 19 min ago view
  • Nicely done! I think in my 10-14 games I went .500 or a little over. Strangely, I went to the Cards games they mostly lost (incl Saturday) and the one SF game they lost, plus a couple Brewers games they lost, too. I should have gone to just Reds games. But still - saw mostly very good baseball on the North Side this year. Regardless of what happens come October - the Cubs are positioned for some good times in the next 3-5 years.

    The E-Man 11 hours 43 min ago view