Around the Cubs Blogosphere in 8 minutes

Some quick reviews of what's going on elsewhere: Gonfalon Cubs looks at the possibility of a 98+ win season, and the connection between declining Cubs attendance and the off-season spending spree Cub Town uses the cool Sparklines to play guess the hitter and pitcher Bleed Cubbie Blue is down to number 9 on its All-time Great Cubs list, with Fergie Jenkins Cub Fan Nation has several funny Cubs-related photoshops CubsHub previews the 2007 Cardinals Goat Riders of the Apocalypse has a very good, funny look at the career arc of Bobby Hill. The View from the Bleachers asks Who Should the Cubs Draft? come June prefers baseball without Sosa Our own Cubnut mourns the retirement of Jeff Fassero at A Hundred Next Years Regarding the role of bloggers and baseball, Bleed Cubbie Blue and Temporary Bleachers both have good commentaries. Pittsburgh Lumber Company, one of our fellow MVN blogs, previews the 2007 Cubs Also: I just saw the King of the Hill episode about The Jack and his Aces, little did I know that it was about legendary Softball pitcher Eddie Feigner, who has passed away John Smoltz, great advocate for Traditional Values, is getting a divorce Bernie Williams looks like he's going to lose out in the Yankees' roster crunch ESPN has been subpoenaed in the Harold Reynolds wrongful termination lawsuit. Regarding the termination of most of the Baseball Tonight crew: I'm in favor of it. The Hardball Times matches song titles with the state of Baseball entering 2007 Project Prospect compares Hughes and Bailey to once-prospects Prior and Beckett And Baseball Musings live-blogs from the Sports Business Conference at MIT


Can you guys all see the underlining and coloration that shows where the embedded links are? Because wordpress is giving me headaches this mornig.

The links ARE in there, if you just roll your mouse around a bit.

Did you do something different to enter the links? They seem odd, usually they're much more obvious which I prefer? Just wondering if that was something you did or Wordpress deciding to be different rather suddenly...

Also looks like you blockquoted (indented) the first batch of Cubs links...

I was having multiple problems:

1. I couldn't get line separation from one entry to the next. I tried the entry, and it just showed up on the front page as regular text! I finally tried blockquotes just because it was the only thing that got me regular separation

2. The problem seems to be related to the fact that I couldn't switch from the non-html editor to the html-editor (this is a frequent problem for me)

3. I certainly didn't TRY to do anythign weird with my link embedding....

I'll take a look at it, sometimes if you bring your stuff in from a different source (say MS Word), it enters a bunch of odd HTML code which you then have to find to get everything working again...

Other times Wordpress just decides it's fun to fuck with us all

btw, never heard of Project Prospect, looks like a fun site.

well I think I managed to keep the line spacing and got rid of the blockquote...

No idea what's with the links, they're basically displaying as if they're visited links for no good reason. I think it has something to do with a rogue list tag in there or the use of unordered lists in the first place. I dunno....

Email Brandon if you wish, he's pretty good about solving that stuff quickly

Project Prospect is a good site. A couple of young 20 somethings doing mnor league and fantasy info.

This has been a real bad week for me, with respect to all things technological and organizational. I'll take a deep breath, and send some tech questions/requests/complaints to Brandon later this week.


The problem is in your css, specifically:

.blog_post li a { color: #000; text-decoration: none; }

That makes links in unordered lists just look like standard text -- black, no underline/bold/etc.

By the looks of the rest of the stylesheet, you'd want it to read:

.blog_post li a { color: #640000; }

The Cubs do have one of the finest blogosphere's around the web, with pieces that range from analytical to just plain weird. I'm a little disappointed you couldn't include the boys at Bugs and Cranks. Who else will write about the urinals?

Nothing personal, Adam. I simply didn't come across your page while hunting a few different Cubs Blogrolls that I saw. I actually don't personally read very many websites, so I was relying on a couple of listings I found at other blogs. Glad to have ya!

Does anyone know of a website that lists a players DL history? Thanks!

A followup at Transmission's request:

The post in which I lash out about MLB's stance on bloggers before calming down in the end

And the post in which I go further in depth regarding my thoughts on blogging and pop media.

Goat Riders is an interesting case study because we've received tentitive "reaching outs" by some of the higher ups, and while we handled them in a way which I am happy with, some of our actions probably reflected badly upon the blogging community as a whole. Oh well.

I love the blog that you have. I was wondering if you would link my blog to yours and in return I would do the same for your blog. If you want to, my site name is American Legends and the URL is:

If you want to do this just go to my blog and in one of the comments just write your blog name and the URL and I will add it to my site.


The only thing that I find ironic, though, is that us bloggers are dying to reach the MSM, and the MSM is dying to reach the blogosphere.

Sweet Lou,

I've been looking for that same elusive site for years now and no luck, let me know if you find it. The ESPN baseball encyclopedia does (at least the 2005 version) but it is not free nor in a electronic form.

Thanks, Rob!

J. Mark = I think historically we've been pretty tight on blog-linking policies. It's nothing personal, and it's nothing written in stone. Rob G is the guy to ask, but don't take it bad if we keep to a narrow policy there.... I'll be sure to check your site out when I get home!

Bugs and Crank is already listed on the Cubs blog army fwiw. Check out the "Friends" link on the right sidebar...

As for a link exchange, my policy is this..

A) Email me, don't use the comments...too "used car salesman" for my tastes
B) Give me a heads up to check out the site, don't demand or request it
C) Might want to wait until you've been up and running for a few months, blogs die out pretty fast and I'm trying to avoid the dead links

I'll pretty much add any Cubs blogs as long as they update semi-regularly. Everyone else I'll check it out, but I don't want this vast 10 page link page of sites that aren't relevant. I want our recommendations to mean something.

If you want to just email me a link to an article that you think might interest us here, go for it as well.

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  • been like that everytime I've been there too including Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium. Cubs travel well. It was pretty loud for Angels/Cubs this year and decent for Dodgers/Cubs but Dodger fans definitely turn out better than the Padre fans.

    Rob G. 3 hours 11 min ago view
  • When I went in the 2007-2008 range, it was at least 75% Cubs fans.

    blockhead25 3 hours 23 min ago view
  • Jeff Sullivan on Kris Bryant's lack of clutch hitting in 2016. Very good stuff, unsatisfying conclusion (it's probably random).

    John Beasley 3 hours 25 min ago view
  • I was at Tuesday's game in San Diego. It looked like half of Chicago was at Petco. We were much louder than Padres fans.

    BobbyD 3 hours 25 min ago view
  • We may have a chance to catch one in October. Although hell, I couldn't deal with my co-workers if we lose to them.

    blockhead25 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • think I have to miss this series too (also was at the Arrieta game last year). But in my case, just had a busy weekend with work and kids have a bunch of activities and we made it to Opening Day in Anaheim and a couple of games in Wrigley this year which we normally don't get not feeling like I'm missing out this year.

    Rob G. 3 hours 58 min ago view
  • they're awful

    Rob G. 4 hours 13 sec ago view
  • I hope the Cubs play three good teams.

    Jackstraw 4 hours 2 min ago view
  • First year I'm not going to a Cubs/Dodgers game in a long time. 4 month old baby kinda changes plans around. But the no-hitter I was at last year can last in the memory banks for awhile.

    I think Dodger Dogs are awful. I love hot dogs, but those are crap.

    blockhead25 4 hours 37 min ago view
  • ayyyy...get a doyer dog, then.

    crunch 4 hours 57 min ago view
  • I'm going to be at this one! Am told a Dodger Dog is just a long hot dog. Disappointing.

    Charlie 4 hours 59 min ago view
  • If my math is correct, if the Cubs play .500 baseball for the rest of the season, they will finish with 99 wins. I only just confirmed through Baseball Reference that 97 wins last year (and 2008) were the most Cubs wins in my lifetime. I think that last year while Arrieta was pitching better than Cy F. Young I didn't really get or appreciate what he was doing. I'm trying to try to grasp in the moment just how fucking remarkable this season is.

    Jackstraw 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • This is awesome.

    (CSN Chicago will air Vin Scully's call of the Sunday Cubs vs. Dodgers game...well for an inning at least)


    Rob G. 6 hours 50 min ago view
  • I figured this was going to be the most meaningless regular season in Cubs history...and it is pretty much on point, although I certainly didn't think we'd have close to a 14 game lead.

    But, one bad hop in game 1 in October could change absolutely everything we will remember about this year.

    blockhead25 7 hours 28 min ago view
  • oh he's great, there's like 10 great pitchers in the NL right now that can flat out dominate though. Picking #2 (behind Kershaw) doesn't matter much to me right now. Much like whom the Cubs will play in the playoffs won't matter much, they're gonna be good teams.

    Rob G. 7 hours 41 min ago view
  • The Cubs great pitching has a lot more to do with their great defense this year and plenty of good luck  (#1 in ERA, #4 in FIP behind Nats, Mets and Dodgers with a rather ridiculous .258 BABIP against Cubs' pitchers).

    Cubs pitchers do strike out more hitters than Giants pitchers and do walk more hitters than Giants pitchers so that's a few more balls in play. Cubs' pitchers actually have a higher groundball rate though. Crawford is just really good and baseball happens.

    Rob G. 7 hours 43 min ago view