How Far Koskie Has Come

Haven't seen a lineup yet for this afternoon's Cubs-Mariners game, but Lou Piniella's stated plan with Corey Koskie is to "probably play him every couple days and see how he does..."

Koskie started Tuesday's game against the Dodgers and ripped a double off the centerfield wall in his first at-bat. He also walked and grounded out.

In looking for some information on Koskie, I came across an article from April of last year, when the longtime Twin, still suffering from the after-effects of a concussion he suffered as a Brewer, dropped by the Metrodome.

The former Twins third baseman was...visiting with some
of his old teammates on Wednesday and talked about the constant
struggles that he still has with post-concussion syndrome.

...Just being down on the field at the dome
without having any problems was something that he considered to be a
big step.

It's been nearly two years since Koskie was last on a baseball field.
He suffered his concussion on July 5, 2006 when he chased down a
shallow popup while playing for the Brewers. He did not hit his head on
the play, but the effects of the concussion he suffered has been
lingering ever since.

That means getting dizzy and nauseous at times, and Koskie said
it's not necessarily during just physical activity. He can be watching
hockey on TV or a fast-paced television show when the symptoms develop.

"I don't know if I'm going to wake up one day and it will all be gone,"
Koskie said. "Or if there is going to be some stuff that's lingering
and I have to deal with it the rest of my life. I just don't know."

Koskie became a free agent this past fall when the Brewers
declined their 2008 option on his contract. Whether any teams would be
willing to take a chance on the 34-year-old, once he's fully recovered,
is also uncertain.

And until Koskie knows what his future entails, being around
baseball is tough. Just how much he misses the game was clear from the
look on his face, and he even declined the chance to go lean on the
batting cage and talk to some of the Twins as they took batting

"I'm not going to lean on the cage until I'm retired or I've got a
uniform on," Koskie said. "Right now, I'm in this kind of halfway
thing. I would still like to play baseball, but physically, I'm not
able to right now."

As a part-time Twins fan and full-time White Sox-hater, I have always liked Koskie, who delivered many Sox-killing hits in his Minnesota days. But just on a human level, the possibility that Koskie could stick with the Cubs will be, as Piniella says, "a nice story if it materializes."


Hard not to root for this guy.

DLee Dclines to play for Team USA in the WBC.

"I'm not going, I'm not even playing here."

Hard to believe he was the next choice. He's not even hitting now. Who's next on their list?


For some reason this just made me think of He-Man.

By the power of Grayskull, I..Hoff...the Power!

[edit] Speaking of, I'll now be referring to him as He-Man. I hope this doesn't confuse anyone.

Dlee was asked because he was on their provisional roster (which is estentially the 40-man roster of the WBC.) As of right now the only postion players on that roster that are fully healthy are Longoria and Ludwick. Sizemore, Wells and Hawpe pulled out out before the tourney because of injuries and Lee got hurt during camp. Quentin ended the year on the DL so he will need an insurance waiver from the Sox if he wants to play. If the Brewers pull out Braun, Team USA is going to be forced to add a 3rd catcher (AJ) or an extra pitcher.

Sizemore is playing and knocking the crap out of the ball... my vote is they get him.

Cubs put up a six-spot in the third, back-to-back jacks by Hoffpower and Fox. 6-1 in the bottom half of that frame.


Cannot Fox play defense at least as well as Adam Dunn?

you set the bar low enough for Fox to match it...hehe.

Hard not to root for this guy.

Maybe I'm just a callous a-hole, but I don't really care if he makes the team or not.

I'm more concerned with the Cubs winning the big one. It's been 100 years and I want to see them win in my lifetime. I'm 31 and considering my lifestyle, alcohol consumption, diet, and propensity to piss people off, I figure another 35 years is optimistic.

But if he returns to the player he was and makes the team instead of Gathright, I surely think that's a step in the right direction for the team as well.

he's not even capable of baseball activity yet...that's not gonna happen.

plus he's not fast and he dont play CF which seems to be what's going for gath right now (besides stuff like being a great clubhouse guy with a calm attitude, etc etc).

I am confused. How is he playing if he's not capable of baseball activity?

actually i'm confused...i didn't know he was back yet with the real club.

man...was watching royals 30/30 on mlb network (yes, im that bored).

i still miss bo jackson. he wasn't going to be one of the best, but he had so many absolutely amazing raw tools...enough to actually mask the skills he lacked. fielding, arm, speeeeeeed, power...talent...pure pure pure talent.

And, don't forget - he could break a bat over the knee with the best ever!

that's one of the things i liked about him...all his artificial hype and commercial presence aside, he managed to add color to his story without trying hard or it being his main focus.

if i was a royals fan i'd be pissed, but that wasn't in my realm...hehe

before his hip humbled him he was a nice compliment to ricky henderson.

I think the Cubs could get to the Playoffs most assuredly if they could get as many games as they can with Seattle, Pirates, Reds, Pads, Nationals. The AL East this year is certainly no cakewalk.

Actually, nor is the AL Central!

I don't think one in 50 baseball experts could correctly predict in which order the AL Central teams will finish this year.

I love the MLB Network... greatest channel on tv...

but the only thing that completely drives me nuts is the farking Viagra commercials during every break! i guess they are immune to recession! i think i'd rather watch Frank TV commercials...

I know what you mean kid, sitting through even a half hour is really hard.

delivery confirmation on callahan...


TV sucks.

Gammons says Lilly might not open the season in the rotation.

"with Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot -- who have been double-play partners for LSU"

Thanks Peter Gammons, learn something new everyday!

Well, Gammons doesn't just write for Chicago Cubs fans.

I think anyone who has ever seen any cubs game EVER has been informed how Riot and FonteGOD played together at LSU.

And, Gammons should only write to cubs fans. No one else matters.

Not sure what you think you're doing. That's not an honest quote of Gammons, you cherry picked apart a sentence. His point was, Theriot and Fontenot have been double play partners for three different teams. But if he had put it that way most readers would be left wondering, what three teams?

Gammons says Lilly might not open the season in the rotation.
...using that logic, neither will Oswalt or Peavy

sean seems to have won the 5th roster spot officially...

Winning the 5th starter spot in spring training should be featured in "Much Ado About Nothing." I would bet that the average starts that person gets for MLB teams is about 8.

So then, by that logic...Jason Marquis had 8 starts last season?

I am going to out on a limb and take the over on Sean Marshall and 8 starts.

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  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).