I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

And it's a train. END OF YEAR IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] IT DOESN'T MATTER (W - DO WE CARE? L - NO WE DON'T) AT THE SKOKIE POLICE AND FIRE RECREATIONAL SOFTBALL TEAM (W - BAD- L - WORSE) Wrigley Field, 1:20 pm, or just whenever. Come in late, bring the family, all the ticket-takers quit yesterday. Weather: A swirling mix of 77% Nitrogen, 22% Oxygen and 1% Cub Fog TV: Something other than WGN. Who decided I don't get to watch the last Cubs game? Radio: WGN, XM 188
Fragile Veteran Pitcher D (Stats: 90% has-been, 10% never-was) against Some Guy We've Never Heard OF, RHP (His Stats Don't Matter. He Doesn't Have Any. He will win.)
Who cares about the game? The catering in Parachat is to die for. Try the Womacked Crab Cakes, they're a specialty.

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I will be at the big event stopping in on my way to the Bears game. Baker's last game is no big deal to me. It's like taking the Captain of the Titanic's command away from him as the water is washing over the deck. He's definitely at fault for hitting the ice berg, but the real blame lies with those who didn't give him any lifeboats.*

* In this strained analogy, lifeboats to the Captain of the Titanic= players to Dusty Baker... or something.

And then there was one...

We've spent half the season speculating on what is going to happen in the off-season. As much as I hate to see the baseball season end (yes, even this miserable season), I'm looking forward to seeing what Hendry and the Cubs are actually going to do to make 2007 a better year. I suppose an announcement on Dusty's future will come first and then maybe something will happen with Ramirez. My guess is that whatever happens with Ramirez will dictate what Hendry does the rest of the off-season. Part of me expects Hendry to make a big splash in the FA market. Another part expects to be underwhelmed by Hendry's efforts. I guess we'll see.

I was awaiting the big FA splash last year.

It never happened.

Because we had Wood, Prior coming back in "May", and then Wade Miller in "June".

I'm thinking Hendry could have offered a two-year deal to Pierre early on for probably less than he will inevitably get.

But now of course, we're waiting on Pie.

You can bet - based on other premier speed guys who hit first in the order (Lofton, Butler, Roberts, etc.) he will play well into his 30's.

Ain't no party like a Para-chat party!

PAT HUGHES: An annoucement will be made by the team after the game.

MacPhail's gone.

thats a start

YES...ANDY IS GONE!

wow, I didn't expect McFail to be gone BEFORE Dusty.

Woohoo, one idiot gone, two to go.

This is a good Chicago sports day, the Vikings lose, MacFail is gone, Dusty is done, and the Bears play tonight.

Please fire Jabba the Donut tomorrow.

OHHH,

FitSimons last answer to the question of will they sell the Cubs?

I'll paraphrase his answer:

"we did retain financial advisors this week to look at our properties. We will not discuss the sale of any property."

So they will consider it and maybe do it, but they won't talk to the press about it.

That sentance is going to be a big headline tomorrow.

So now the Cubs are being run by the head of marketing.It looks like Hendry emerges as the winner of a clubhouse coup. He's a pal of John McDoughnuts.

Here's McDonough's pic if you don't know him.

John McDonough

Yahoo! This is your celebration
Yahoo! This is your celebration

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)

There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times, and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you

Come on now

Celebration
Let's all celebrate and have a good time
Celebration
We gonna celebrate and have a good time

It's time to come together
It's up to you, what's your pleasure

Everyone around the world
Come on!

Yahoo! It's a celebration
Yahoo!

Celebrate good times, come on!
It's a celebration
Celebrate good times, come on!
Let's celebrate

We're gonna have a good time tonight
Let's celebrate, it's all right
We're gonna have a good time tonight
Let's celebrate, it's all right

Baby...

We're gonna have a good time tonight (Ce-le-bra-tion)
Let's celebrate, it's all right
We're gonna have a good time tonight (Ce-le-bra-tion)
Let's celebrate, it's all right

Yahoo!
Yahoo!

Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)
Celebrate good times, come on!
It's a celebration!
Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)

Come on and celebrate, good times, tonight (Celebrate good times, come on!)
'Cause everything's gonna be all right
Let's celebrate (Celebrate good times, come on)
(Let's celebrate)...

If the Cubs ever decide they miss Dusty, they can always hire someone from the players' union as manager, who will allot at-bats according to years of service and amount of dues paid in. The guy can wear #12 and it will be like Dusty never left.

The MacPhail announcement really came out of the blue. For now, McDonough is being called the interim president, but he's talking like he's going to be there for a while. I think (or at least hope) that McDonough understands that the best way to market the Cubs is to win. And from the way he is talking, he seems to have a real appreciation for the fans.

I hope I'm not just being naive, but McDonough is at least saying all of the right things. Of course, the proof will be in what moves are made in the off-season. Until McDonough and Hendry prove me wrong, I'm expecting some big moves.

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  • it took you 4 posts to get to this?

    have you checked the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector?

    #droppingknowledge #savinglives

    crunch 17 min 6 sec ago view
  • Fwiw, Billy Hamilton's actual WAR numbers that relate to the ones that I posted for Mike Trout are:

    • 2014: 2.5
    • 2015: 1.0
    • 2016: 2.6

    But by all means #crunchsplain on the stupidity of WAR while exaggerating your points. I can't wait to read more.

    Rob G. 22 min 24 sec ago view
  • jacos 22 min 33 sec ago view
  • *stroking intensifies*

    crunch 26 min 2 sec ago view
  • #crunchsplaining

    Thanks for the awesome give and take today and for the 535 words you spilled filling in all the gaps that I woefully neglected. We're all a little wiser and better for it. I look forward to your play-by-play summary later in the comments.

    Rob G. 32 min 31 sec ago view
  • it was about a post comparing players based on WAR...and comparing WAR values of a CF to a slew of other players...a post that you made...and i made a comment...that talked about D weighting of WAR...and comparinging WAR values of a CF to a slew of other players...etc etc...

    hell, we didn't even get in deep. i didn't even involve UZR or FIP versions and their strengths/weaknesses...or position mandated "handicapping" in points...etc.

    let's not talk about that...cool, fine, awesome. context sucks. san dimas highschool football rules.

    *shrug*

    crunch 40 min 26 sec ago view
  • Ha

    jacos 56 min 4 sec ago view
  • Thanks for shining a light on this very important topic and steering it away from the frivolity that was the awesomenes of Mike Trout, but moreso on the foolishness of WAR as a metric to judge the value of center fielders. We're all a little wiser now and your contributions are invaluable to this community and to America's pastime. God Bless!

    Rob G. 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • so...what's chan-yong lim up to these days?

    http://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/1088746-korean-le...

    oh...

    crunch 2 hours 43 min ago view
  • yes, those hamilton WAR numbers are very reasonable. i'm on your side now based on that biting commentary and reasoning of why he's a 3.5-ish WAR player over a 600 PA season.

    those numbers are obviously well deserved and worthy of no scrutiny...none at all. no issue.

    CF D is rarer than a jon lester pickoff at 2nd...totally irreplaceable...no way in hell there's good D, low/no-hitting CF's in anyone's system that could do what hamilton is doing. guys like this don't exist...you get like, 2-3 at any given time in history.

    crunch 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • Please do not discuss War here. I think the Cub Reporter should be politics free.

    But yes, whether you support War or Peace...Mike Trout is ridiculously consistent and good.

    blockhead25 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • ^^^#WARTruther

    Rob G. 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • "According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, Tim Tebow's baseball workout Tuesday in Los Angeles will be attended by scouts from "roughly half" of the 30 major league teams."

    "One scout told ESPN.com last week that Tebow's swing is so long it might "take out the front row." That's not a good thing."

    crunch 8 hours 4 min ago view
  • MyrtleBeachPelicans [email protected]

    The #MBpelicans and @Cubs have extended their PDC through 2020!
    ----
    Carolina League getting 2 new teams too.

    QuietMan 8 hours 23 min ago view
  • CF WAR is ridiculous...billy hamilton is pulling a 3.0 WAR somehow...and managed a 2.0 WAR last year (even though he missed a month of the season)...and a 3.7 WAR in 2014.

    yeah, a lot depends on how one is doing relative to others at a given position, but WAR is common used (right or wrong) as a blanket comparing all kinds of players.

    trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo.

    crunch 8 hours 29 min ago view
  • Rob G. 9 hours 2 min ago view