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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  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 13 hours 7 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 13 hours 50 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 14 hours 1 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 14 hours 7 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 14 hours 11 min ago view
  • new one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 14 hours 22 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 14 hours 28 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 14 hours 43 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 14 hours 44 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 17 hours 35 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 20 hours 8 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 20 hours 40 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 20 hours 42 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 22 hours 39 min ago view