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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  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...

  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.

  • The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request

  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

  • I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.

    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

  • "What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "

    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

  • Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.

    Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer

  • Hahahahaha

  • -0.3 WAR in 7.1ip last year...

    -3 WAR projected over the course of a season.

    the cubs just added an all-star reliever's worth of work by losing b.schlitter.