Ex-Cub Not A Bud Selig Fan

There's a whole lot of nothing going on as Mother Nature and the Rays have ruined the Fall Classic. Part of the fun over the last two days was a supposedly anonymous quote by a Phillies pitcher after seeing the beleaguered Commissioner roaming the halls of the Phillies locker room.

"That fucking guy. I wouldn't let him supervise one of my shits."

Of course, a reporter was there to catch the moment and well, not much stays anonymous in the Internet age. There's three ex-Cubs to choose from and our winner is Scott Eyre, who may or may not have forgotten to take his Ritalin that day.

Speaking of the ex-Cub factor, the Phillies are one win away from being the third team to buck the trend and if it happens, it will be the first time that the Yankees aren't involved. It's probably more likely though that they end up blowing the whole thing and that it ends up being Scott Eyre's fault.

 

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That's just... awesome.

and an ex-Cub is now a Brewer. Casey McGehee claimed on waivers. Never enough 3B in Milwaukee apparently. Hall, Gamel, M.Lamb, Branyan, McGehee, none of which can actually play 3B.

weird that the Cubs removed him off the 40-man, seems like they had the room.

No big loss though...

On October 7th, Arizona Phil gave us a list of "players eligible to be minor league free agents" if they are not on the 40-man by the end of the World Series. I'm not sure when the exact deadline was. Today, maybe?

Anyway, there are several players on that list whom the Cubs might be more interested in protecting than McGehee. The ones who occur to me are Matt Craig, Doug Deeds and Josh Kroeger. Two of them are lefty-hitting right fielders with a little pop.

Phil also provided a list of players who will have to be added to the 40-man by Nov. 20 or they will be eligible for the rule 5 draft. Three from that list that they might want to protect are Veal, Spears and Mitch Atkins.

doubtful it was for the minor league free agents, pretty sure Kroeger was one last year and the Cubs usually offer them an NRI to spring training if they resign.

Rule 5 on the other hand I forgot about, Veal and Atkins seem like no-brainers and Jake Fox and Sam Fuld can be dropped to make room for Berg and Spears if they want. They have up to 6 spots in potential free agents as well.

I don't think the Cubs have entirely lost interest in Fox or Fuld. Should they have?

Fox hit pretty well last year, admittedly at AA. SLG leader in Southern League. 31 HRs overall. Not apparently a klutz either like Dubois.

Eyre's wrong. Selig supervised all of his 19 Cub appearances this year.

Wait. Oh I get it. That wasn't what he meant by "shits". I see.

Ha.

+3 Wes.

Well, I guess as a few of you who said, "I'm more afraid of the Dodgers than the Phillies..." can see why the Phils were a much better team tonight.

But the Cubs still had "the best record in the NL."

Pat Gillick put together a very balanced ballclub that played hot at the right time.

No one said that.

We said we were more afraid of the dodgers than the Mets.

Those were the two teams we could have played in the nlds

yes of course the phils could have won the wild card but at the time we were saying this, it was between the mets and the brewers

I was more afraid of clowns....

whoops, wrong forum.

the key word there is "balanced". Their lineup is very balanced (even with Manuel's decision to not breakup Howard and Utley)whereas the Cubs lineup is woefully imbalanced. Not sure the Phils played "hot", moreso the Rays' bats went cold. Only Navarro hit over .265 and that was with 0 HR & 0 RBIs. Howard, Ruiz and Werth were good but that's about it. As a team the Phils batted .262, and were a woeful .167 with RISP (worst ever for a World Series). The Rays simply pulled off Cubbery in the series and Cole Hamels just likely cemented himself into a top 5 SP.

Yeah, had we played the Phillies, we would have lost -1 to 3. Good catch, E-Man.

Is it spring yet?

heard that.

I'm happy for Philly and all. Still found this a particularly boring Series.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08304/923970-66.stm...

Among Ben Roethlisberger's stated concerns about playing the Washington Redskins is their cheerleaders.

That's what he said, anyway.

"I'm not a big fan of playing there because it is loud, they're really good at home and they try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. That's just not good," Roethlisberger said yesterday.

The practice by the Redskins cheerleaders was so legendary around the league that when commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all teams last year banning the practice some dubbed the "Redskins Rule."

"The couple of preseason games I've played down there, we've seen it," Roethlisberger said.

And it's a distraction?

"It can be, let's be truthful. They've done it before. I've heard a rumor that they're not allowed to do it anymore."

Ok point taken. So come next playoffs the Cubs should get Ronny Woo Woo to stretch in the opposing teams clubhouse.

Sounds like it's Macha.

http://www.rightfieldbleachers.com/?p=2877

Brenly's interview apparently didn't go well. He insisted on Sabathia allegedly.

Yeah bad move. I would be thrilled to have a rotation anchored by Jeff Suppan and Dave Bush.

Anyway, as we are all becoming aware of the baseball playoff system, it really has become like March Madness in that teams hot at the end of the season seem to go deep, if not win the thing...

I know within the next ten days I will be receiving my Season Ticket invoice!

I've also noticed that the team that wins the series, moves on to the next series or game, just like March Madness. Maybe there's a lesson to be learned there.

Also the team with the hotter cheerleaders get more TV exposure... oh nevermind.

I have not thought about, or watched, any baseball for three and a half weeks, which has been liberating in a sense. Although this did not hurt as badly as 2003, I don't know if I can warm up to this team again for a while.

ha. just wait till pitchers and catchers report and you'll be changing your tune then.

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  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 13 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 23 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 7 hours 51 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 7 hours 52 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 17 hours 33 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 20 hours 31 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 20 hours 43 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 20 hours 52 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 20 hours 57 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 21 hours 16 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 21 hours 52 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 22 hours 10 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 22 hours 11 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 22 hours 29 min ago view