Elsewhere In The NL Central…

Looks like what the Chicago Cubs have done for pitching injuries (see Exhibits A and B), the St. Louis Cardinals continue to do for substance abuse (see Exhibits A, B, and C). But Rick Ankiel did hit a home run.


that's cold Cubnut, funny, but cold.

Spezio always struck me as looking more like a member of the band Metallica than a member of a band of baseball players. Maybe Spezio and Neifi can now get together and compare notes, now that Neifi has been caught for a third time. I think he is out for 80 games now. It might as well be forever. I think he surely has to be done at this point. At least unless and until Dusty finds another job as a manager. I am sure that Neifi will be his starting shortstop.

Wow, hadn't even heard about that. Guess they'll only be celebrating Scott Spiezio Day on the east side of Joliet this year, eh?

But, as Deadspin points out, Spiezio is an Illinois alum, so he has that going for him.

Yea... I am going to say that making fun of people with substance abuse problems is not very funny.

Especially one that died because of it.

dont be a child


Spezio was a regular at KAMS the famous Champaign watering hole where I spent too many nights.

KAMS, home of the drinking Illini!!!!


dont be a child

Was that to me?

Sorry that is bothers you that I don't find it funny. Substance abuse really isn't a funny thing, which should be pretty obvious considering one of the links was about a player dying. I fail to see the humor.


The point of the post was that this seems to be a recurrent problem in the Cardinals organization, starting at the top. As for "making fun of people," LaRussa and Hancock--Hancock in particular, who could well have killed the driver of the tow truck he barreled into--chose to put innocent people's lives at risk when they got behind the wheel.

Pardon my insensitivity.

Will Ohman talks to Mike North, answers the tough questions.

as we discovered in Parachat last night, I'm morally bankrupt, that must be why I chuckled.

there's another post up btw, mostly site news though.

I don't feel like listening, can we get a summary?

The point of the post was that this seems to be a recurrent problem in the Cardinals organization, starting at the top.

3 guys is a recurrent problem?

And... did they choose to put innocent people's lives at risk? Sure... but that is not the point.

It is pretty simple. Substance abuse is not a funny thing.

Ohman... "if I could get people out at the major league level, I would." Thanks Will.

Ohman... "I kept the pain with the doctors and I."

i.e. The team did not know...

"I was not going to get any worse as much as it just was going to be painful."

He said it had/has been painful for 3 months.

Yep, three guys in five and a half months is a recurrent problem.

Sorry... that should say 2 months, not 3 months.

IMHO: Absolutely anything has the potential to be funny to someone. Absolutely nothing has the potential to be funny to everyone.

Except footballs to the groin, which is universal.

IMHO: Absolutely anything has the potential to be funny to someone. Absolutely nothing has the potential to be funny to everyone.

That is fair.

Chad, a fellow U of IL grad? Well, I-L-L to you sir.

Though I'm happy to say I never set foot in Kam's.

I-N-I !!!!

I used to work at the Clybourne. WHEN IT OPENED! It's been a many moon since I was a fixture on Daniels street.

I'm gonna take it that you were not in a fraternity.

And os-kee-wow-wow to both of you.

What does Trans know about humor, he didn't appreciate "The Cubs are trying to keep up withe Jones." Phillistine.

Who's Phil Stine?

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  • Going from a first place team to a third place team is a painful process.

  • Cards already whining

    Cardinals look a little road-weary on getaway day http://espn.go.com/blog/st-louis-cardinals//post/_...
     -via ESPN http://es.pn/app

  • dee gordon (MIA) suspended 80 days for PEDs. wow.

    "excessive testosterone and Clostebol"

    hell of a late-night news flash.

  • [Terrified emoji]

  • Seems like a bizarre pick -- they moved up 2 spots to pick up a guy who was not dominant in college. According to the talking heads, supposedly a great athlete (but an unpolished football player). So was Alonzo Spellman. And the guy who could jump out of a pool. Bears have missed the playoffs 5 straight years and 8 of the last 9. And they made Marc Trestman an NFL head coach. Maybe they can hire Theo in his free time. Sheesh.

  • And then the Bears pick an undersized linebacker with very few sacks in his college career and very little ability to shed blocks and the draft becomes less of a joy.

  • Watching the NFL Draft on ESPN with the mute on is one of the greatest joys in my small life. Being able to not hear Roger Goodell, Chris Berman, Jon Gruden, and Mel Kiper in quick order is just somehow immensely satisfying. I hope by the time the Bears pick they have Steven AAAAAAAAAAAAA Smith and Skip Bayless on so I can not hear them too.

  • even if the cubs lose feder, he's easily replaceable with a cash/low-end-ptbnl trade...plus, taylor davis is wasting time down in AA and he could pop up to AAA to back up w.conteras.

  • Tim Federowicz is out of minor league options, so Outright Assignment Waivers would be needed before he can be sent back to Iowa. He also has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, but he probably wouldn't elect to be a FA if outrighted unless the Cubs shit on him somehow while he's up with the big club (not likely). 

    But it is possible that another MLB club could claim Federowicz if the Cubs place him on waivers, which would leave Willson Contreras as pretty much the only other option if a catcher goes on the DL again later in the season. 

  • CRAIG: D. J. Wilson is hitting 083/115/167 in six Cactus League EXST games (26 PA), but his K-rate is only 11.5% and he has somehow managed to drive-in five runs along the way (he's tied for second on the team in RBI), so it's not like he's swinging & missing a lot. He does seem to be feeling for the ball a bit, however, which has resulted in too much weak contact and not enough line drives.  

  • Bryant sprained ankle MRI tomorrow

  • Cubs did a lot of that today: 2-for-17 with RISP.

    Man, what an ugly baseball game - Cubs receive 11 walks and Bryant reached twice by HBP, the Brewers pitchers threw almost 200 pitches (199 pitches...in 8 innings!), they even walked Baez (first one of the year), Cubs scored twice when Brewers botched routine DP balls, Cahill walks three guys with a 6-run lead, forcing Maddon to waste Strop, the weather sucked again, etc. Happy with the win, but that was really tough to watch.

  • "Some of the most racist things I've ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN," Schilling said Wednesday on "Breitbart News Patriot Forum." He was fired by ESPN last week.

    “In the end for me it felt like that rule applied to me and me alone because I was conservative … Bigots are calling me a bigot. A bigot is someone who refuses to accept a different opinion. I will accept anyone’s opinion.”


  • Rolled scoring on Rizzo double

  • Re ZOBRIST -

    Today's game is what I was referring to re Zobrist and RISP struggles. He did come through with his patented single to drive in a run - but also left the bases loaded, and two men on, no outs (called 3rd).

    So, I hope he can pick that part of his game up when they start playing the better teams...

  • Don't see anything on the replay showing where he rolled it and he played for 2 more innings after so at first glance it so doesn't seem major. Very cold today so any discomfort is probably amplified.