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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  • "cramping in right hamstring" according to the booth.

    btw, it was his left hamstring that was injured last year.

    crunch 22 sec ago view
  • hammel is injured and done..."leg cramp" or some other leg issue...was down behind the mound coming back from commercial and seemed to have injured himself warming up on the mound between innings.

    crunch 22 min 7 sec ago view
  • heyward with a bit of starlin castro're great D dude, but you can't range 200ft in all directions even if you're playing CF.

    that said, he almost had it...though zobrist or baez should have had it if heyward wasn't coming on at 100mph.

    hammel is quite wild today even if he got the first 2 outs on Ks that were result of swinging through stuff not in the zone.

    crunch 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • she did fine, fwiw.

    bombs were bursting in the air...ramparts were watched...all that stuff.

    zoobrest kissed her afterwards and got about 20lbs of the 100lbs of makeup she was wearing on him.

    crunch 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Cards still haven't been punished for hacking, "unlikely" to happen before June draft.

    CubbyBlue 1 hour 56 min ago view
  • i'd settle for him knocking it out the park...not settle, prefer...yeah.

    crunch 3 hours 14 min ago view
  • I'm sure she'll knock it out of the park.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • Nice article on Willson Contreras in the DesMoines Register

    Cubster 6 hours 49 min ago view
  • Julianna Zobrist will sing national anthem (Memorial Day) at Wrigley today.

    Tribune interviews her...

    Cubster 6 hours 54 min ago view
  • Any word on Neil Ramirez?? Today is his 10th day where they have had to have done something with him, or are they not count today because it is a holiday??

    cubbies.4ever 8 hours 40 min ago view
  • if they dont win at least 130 games this season they can pack it all up, turn wrigley into a concert venue, and move the damn team to san jose.


    crunch 18 hours 12 min ago view
  • I see where catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted to Tennessee a couple of days ago, to fill a roster spot vacated by David Freitas, recently promoted to Iowa. Caratini is the other catcher at Tennessee.

    VirginiaPhil 18 hours 15 min ago view
  • They've already clinched a minimum winning percentage of .607 for the month, and that's only if they lose the last 2 games. If they win both, they can push that up to .679. So much for "stumbling" in May. When you're winning over 60% of your games, you're doing baseball well.

    John Beasley 19 hours 29 min ago view
  • If the best walk-off hit possible is a solo home run in a zero-zero game--Eloy did it tonight!

    (But maybe it's a grand slam when your team is down three? He didn't do that.)

    Number eight for Jimenez. His team is 31-17. Yesterday they scored 17 runs against Lansing. Two weeks ago it was 15 runs against the same team. This is a nice team, South Bend. The Cubs must have had a good draft last year.

    Tonight the pitchers were Sands, Brooks and Effross.

    VirginiaPhil 19 hours 36 min ago view
  • RIP Zoobrest.

    crunch 21 hours 10 min ago view
  • He'll be fine. He's not some wimpy young pup.

    Old and Blue 21 hours 39 min ago view