TCR Saturday Notes

- Lou says Sean Marshall is well on his way to securing a spot in the rotation.

"He has done absolutely nothing to hurt his chances," Piniella said.
"He's throwing the ball as well as I've seen him throw it. He came in
here as the front-runner and, truthfully, he hasn't lost that status."

- If you're missing Wrigley Field, you can print out and assemble your own thanks to this link I found through Baseball Musings. Or if you need some set pieces for a Godzilla movie you're filming.

- Jonathan Mayo goes through his Top 10 Cubs Prospects at which has some nice bits of info including that Tyler Colvin has hit the weight room pretty hard while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

-  THT has been doing their own farm system run-down and has the Cubs as 26th in baseball.
They also did a composite top 100 list combining the results of some of
the major prospect lists and came up with Josh Vitters as the #36
prospect in baseball.

- Jeff Passan pens an excellent piece on the fall of Mark Prior and the fallacy of his "perfect mechanics". There's a couple of good links within the article explaining some of the possible issues with Prior's delivery plus a bit of Dusty bashing. Also, we get a brief glimpse into the genius of a major league ballplayer:

“For a four-year stretch, everything was good, and then it suddenly
happens?” Prior said. “Who knows? There may be some validity to the
people who say it’s mechanics. I’m not changing. I don’t think there’s
anything I specifically do that has caused my injuries. No one’s ever
going to be able to tell me for certain that it is, either.

Stupid is as stupid does....

- Big League Stew thinks ballplayers taking out an ad in the newspaper to thank the fans of their old team is an antiquated practice ands asks for a little creativity - like skywriting! Also, I didn't realize the writer - Kevin Kaduk - wrote Wrigleyworld and grew up a Cubs fan.

- Reed Johnson has a blog and promises to make fun of Mike Fontenot in each one of his posts. This will be fantastic.

- Cubs face the Angels again today with Aaron Heilman on the mound. The game is on I see, so it's being televised somewhere.


Didn't mean to post over you - didn't see anything else in the works as I was saving mine (and updating my time stamp as I saved it.) Happy to trade spots with ya, remove mine, or whatever.

no worries, I think my time stamp is set for the wrong time zone still.

It's just links, I could care less where it's displayed.

Cubs face the Angels again today with Aaron Heilman on the mound. The game is on I see, so it's being televised somewhere....

FYI: The game is televised on WGN AMERICA today.

Baseball players and (especially) beat writers should leave blogging to us perfesionals.

Spilling secrets, pulling back the curtain and providing inside information the Cubs don't want to get out to the public, unsubstantiated rumors, and provacative irresponsible speculation are the lifeblood of any Cubs blog, and Carrie Muskat and Paul Sullivan don't understand that. They should just get out of the way. They don't need to blog. They already have access to the mass media.

And I challenge Reed Johnson to write what he really thinks, and not clear it first through the Cubs.

BTW, Jim Bouton and Jimmy Piersall would make great bloggers, because they aren't afraid to give their opinions and don't withhold anything. They're not afraid to let you know what they know.

And I can tell you without any question that the Cubs HATE blogs like The Cub Reporter. The players and the players families love us, but the executives and the field managers don't. They wish we would just go away. They believe "What you see here, what you hear here, what you say here, let it stay here." 

"And to those who make a fuss about the Inverted W and point out that House’s prized student has been laid up for years? Well, House said, “They don’t know their asses from a boat paddle.”"


oh tom...

i don't buy it myself, but wow...out of all the people he attached his legacy to and all the pitchers he's worked with...mark prior and that stupid ass 'inverted-W' nit picking is gonna haunt house his whole life.

it doesn't help that tom is now so tired of the questions he's just bitterly defensive at this point over one of his prized methods.

Reed's blog sure talks a lot about inserting Fontenot...

Just saying.

Now you're just peniacally obsessed.

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    crunch 15 min 40 sec ago view
  • there was more than one way to get there


    Rob G. 20 min 22 sec ago view
  • supposedly jed "who?" hoyer, too

    crunch 23 min 25 sec ago view
  • same...i just happen to not like sitting through shit sandwich meals for multiple years. baseball is kinda boring when you're punting on 1st down for a slew of years in a row.

    i fully understand why it was done, but i didn't enjoy it. there was more than one way to get competitive and this was the chosen way.

    crunch 24 min 24 sec ago view
  • fwiw, apparently McLeod signed extension as well after he didn't get Twins gig.

    Rob G. 24 min 34 sec ago view
  • I am once again reminded why I am happy that Theo is running the organization.

    Rob Richardson 30 min 13 sec ago view
  • if not they can just intentionally tank the team for 3-4 years and rebuild.




    crunch 32 min 46 sec ago view
  • Hopefully after the Cubs complete their sevenpeat :)

    Rob Richardson 44 min 10 sec ago view
  • They're the best in the business and have been for 12 years running now. The only question is when they'll get bored of it.

    Rob G. 47 min 27 sec ago view
  • I was right here. I don't require my GM's to be perfect, but I would like them to understand what wins baseball games (IMO controlling the strike zone and creating/avoiding outs), and knowing where the organization is in the success cycle.

    Theo and company have made and will make plenty of mistakes, but they seem to understand those two items pretty well.

    Rob Richardson 50 min 46 sec ago view
  • Now we're all Theo-believers, where were you when he signed Edwin Jackson? Or how about trading away DJ Lemehaiu? And not signing Samardzija to an extension? Or not pursuing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols? Or signing Lester? Or trading away Cashner, Dempster, Feldman, etc?...I think I'm losing the narrative here.

    So his deal runs through 2021? Which pretty much coincides when all these guys are due to hit free agency.

    Rob G. 1 hour 54 sec ago view
  • Great news.

    "Terms of the deal were not disclosed."

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • Theo inks five year extension

    PC tonite at PNC

    jacos 1 hour 49 min ago view
  • Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.

    billybucks 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)

    Rob G. 2 hours 43 min ago view
  • jacos 3 hours 41 min ago view