Home Run Howry Returns to Cubs

UPDATE: Apparently CSN Chicago jumped the gun on that one as Sullivan is saying that nothing has been agreed upon, although the Cubs are interested in bringing Howry into the bullpen fold.

It appears that Carlos Zambrano's return to the rotation can be partially credited to the return of Bob Howry to the Cubs. He'll join the team this weekend after being released by the Diamondbacks earlier in the week.  Howry was 1-0 with the Diamondbacks and that's where the good news ends. He also had a 10.69 ERA in 14 IP, 1.674 WHIP, struck out 6, walked 6 and I guess this isn't a typo, but gave up 6 home runs in those 14 IP.  Howry did have a decent season with the Giants last year with a 3.39 ERA albeit a 2-6 record to follow up the 5.35 ERA he put up with the Cubs in 2008. If Fangraphs data can be trusted, his fastball is averaging 89.4 mph, down about 2-3 miles from where he's been most of his career.

Speaking of Z, he'll throw a 60-70 pitch simulated game on Monday and he may have found his spot in the rotation after tonight. Sloth was pitching a gem against the Phillies before a line drive knocked him out of the game hitting his bare pitching hand. Grab-Ass came in to finish the 7th inning and they head to the bottom of the 8th, up 2-0 and looking for their 4th straight win.


Just shoot me!

1. Holy macaroni was that a nice play by Castro to nail Werth.

2. Holy macaroni is Howry a bad idea.

Cubster -- is there anything you can't find a picture or video for?

I bow three times to your incredible superiorityness.

What the hell?? Do you just have that saved somewhere in your bookmarks, in case someone says "Holy Macaroni"? I'm baffled....

Haven't any of you heard of a google image search?

Of course I have. I just would have never thought to do a image search for the term "holy macaroni", much less expect that there would be a picture that could adequately convey that idea effectively. Cubster seems to come up with surreal visuals (video or pictorial) that address an incredible array of topics we discuss here at TCR. It's a talent that deserves commendation, not trivialization.

Anyone can type in a Google image search. Few have the vision to make it yield so much.


sounds like a play theriot might [wink, wink] not have made...howry? really? don't you wish you were in a fantasy league w/ hendry?

a late April fools joke?

per a Wittenmeyer tweet...

X-Rays on Gorzelanny's left ring finger are negative (no fracture seen) after he took shot off hand in 7th and left the game.


That's a relief. He seemed to be yucking it up after they won, so I guessed the news wasn't too bad.

Howry to the Cubs? Not funny. Not funny at all.

At what point will Marmol's arm actually just fall off?

Howry gives me gas.

when Howry officially gets put on the Cubs 25 man roster, does his May 1st blown save get changed by the official scorer? Will they take away Marshall's first win and credit it to Howry?

HR: Soriano, A (4, 7th inning off Howry, 1 on, 2 out).


rumors are flying (pigs too) that Will Ohman is on Hendry's radar, and both Scott 'Stevie' Eyre and Joe Borowski are considering coming out of retirement



I'm disappointed Marshall didn't get into the game, but at least Lou got him up twice.

I didn't know they called that "dry humped". When pitcher warmsup and does not get in.

Barry Rosner was saying on the radio last week.

"Z was getting mad because he was getting dry humped" I almost drove off the road.

probably cuz he saw lou do it to both wuertz and eyre for days in a row without actually using them. i imagine there's a bit of negative conatation to anyone who's been there and seen it before.

still, Z didn't come close to wuertz or eyre's level of "dry humping"...lol.

Now I've got a mental image of Lou dry-humping Z. Now I gotta take a cold shower.

Really? Something wrong with your gag reflex?

Actually, I thought Tim Stoddard looked pretty good in the booth with Len and Bob the other day; why not sign him?

Anyone know the single season record for K's per inning pitched? And, anybody know what Marmol is on pace for? Seems like about 2 per inning.

17.4 k/9 is what Marmol is currently doing.

Randy Johnson has the record at 13.4, but Marmol would have to pitch 162 innings in order to qualify. Not sure what the record is at a lower qualifying level.

If Marmol has too many more games like last night he'll probably qualify by mid-June.

Huh? That doesn't make any sense. How would he throw more innings if has more games like last night?

I mixed up innings with pitch count. That's what I get for hitting the discussion board at work. I think he through about 30 or so pitches last night.

If you can continue to do that, you can continue to walk as many people as Marmol does.

Of course, then you also throw 29 pitches an inning.

Angel Pagan completes one of the rarest feats in baseball, he hits an inside the park homerun and then starts a triple play with a shoestring catch in the same game.

AND his throw after the catch went to none other than Henry Blanco.


via ye olde world o' roto:

"Kerry Wood suffered a massive implosion on Wednesday night, blowing a save and giving up five earned runs while getting just one out against the Royals.
Wood tossed his glove into the stands as he was booed off the field."


Wood for Howry? (Tribe picks up remaining salary)

So is this actually confirmed anywhere? Len and Bob reported on the air during the game that the team explicitly denied the reports that a deal had been reached with Howry, and I don't see it reported anywhere else.

Still annoyed at watching Howry get rocked down the stretch in 2008 while seeing Eyre help the Phillies get to the World Series

Kap on the postgame show said despite the reports that it's not, the Howry deal is a done deal according to at least two of his insider sources. The papers are supposed to be signed by Friday.

looks unconfirmed to me...Sullivan unconfirms this in the link below (the equivalent of Sullivan saying he doesn't not dislike Milton Bradley?).

The Cubs denied a report that Bob Howry was signed after clearing waivers Wednesday, though they are interested in the veteran right-hander.

...If the Cubs bring him in, it wouldn't be as a set-up man, but as a sixth or seventh inning reliever.


Maybe they are unstretching Bobby Howry out as we speak.

It would also be cool if someone told Wrongway that setup men pitch in the 7th.

“If it happens, it would give us some experience in our bullpen from the right side,” manager Lou Piniella said after Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. “I’m not saying anything’s going to happen. I’m saying when we had him before he was a rock in the clubhouse. He was great with the younger pitchers.”

sounds like Kaplan is closer to the truth than Sullivan, probably just waiting for a physical and medical reports.

Oh goody, a clubhouse chemistry move. What could possibly go wrong with that? But no, I see the need. Young pitchers like Russell and Marshall have clearly been the problem, and it's not like the Cubs have anybody like Greg Maddux around to lend them a word of advice.

Can he also be a rock with veteran pitchers? Can he hit Grabow with a rock?

/had my Sarcasm Wheaties this morning

Can he also be a rock with veteran pitchers? Can he hit Grabow with a rock?
Bob Howry posing for his role in the locker room...


This is plan B. Hendry called Rod Beck's place several times but there was no answer.

Rod Beck's corpse would probably out perform Homerun Howry.

That is pretty low coming from a WISCGRAD. Feel the burn, HR Howry.

I'm still annoyed at 2003 when Beck had 20 saves and a 1.78 ERA in 35 IP for the Padres after leaving his Des Moines trailer, while we watched guys like Afonseca and Veres suck it up on a regular basis. Maybe Beck improves the bullpen down the stretch, maybe the starters don't throw so many pitches in August and September, maybe the playoffs turn out differently. We will never know.

I'm generally a fan of Hendry, but seeing bullpen guys like Beck, and Eyre, and Wuertz get away, while he continually signs guys like Grabow (and maybe now Howry) irks me.

I'm amazed that someone is generally a fan of Hendry????

Well, he's made a handful of terrible moves, but I think the vast majority of his moves have worked out well, we just tend to focus on the bad ones. And in the 7 seasons he has been GM the Cubs have finished over .500 fives times and finished in 1st place three times.

But he does it by outspending everyone else by the Pirates payroll.

So by that logic, GMs with high payroll's can never be good at the their jobs? That makes no sense.

Also, this year and last year the Cubs were third in payroll, but in previous years they were 8th, 8th, 7th, 8th, 6th, and 11th. You can find all of those rankings here:


Take a look a many of the teams with higher payrolls than the Cubs. A lot of top 10 payroll teams suck. This should prove to you that even with a high payroll, the GM has to know what he is doing. Hell, the team ranked 2nd the last two years behind the Yankees is the Mets!

Also, you can find all of Jim Hendry's signings and trades here, with my commentary below them:


The vast majority of the time he unloaded veterans at the right moment. Gained prospects who developed while trading away Cub prospects who did not. And his gambles like signing Ryan Dempster paid off.

Yes, he has screwed up a bunch of times, sometimes royally, that's to be sure. But on the balance, I think he has done a pretty good job. You are, of course, free to disagree with me.

There have been worse GM's than Hendry. I just don't think he has done anything overly special.

He fleeced two teams who were desperate to shed payroll and overpaid for some solid vets. Not rocket surgery.

I would like him better if he didn't overpay everyone he deals with by 25-40%

I guess I think it is more than just the Ramirez-Lofton and Karros-Grudzielanek trades. See Choi for Lee for example. On that page I linked to you can see dozens of trades in which the Cubs gave up nothing and got something, even if it was just a bench bat or a reliever in return. He comes out ahead way more times than not.

Also, there were 28 other teams who could have picked up Ramirez then if it was so easy, but no one else did.

Thanks, the wiklifield article is an interesting read. Of course, such things need periodic updating.
"[Kevin] Gregg has settled into the closer’s role nicely for the Cubs in 2009."

It's a wiki article, so I was hoping others would add to and update it when I put it up last year! It's also not formatted too well. Feel free to make any changes.

But I thought it would be nice to have a record of transactions all in one place. I also hate when looking at transaction lists that I have to go to baseball reference to look up the stats to see things like "how did he do after getting traded away." So I tried to put those types of things in there as well.

Happy to pick up a game on the Cards and Reds. More disappointed that we're just a half-game ahead of a team with a -100 run differential.

Anyone else have an ominous feeling about today's game? I think this is gonna be one of those throwaway games that Lou pulls, where he blatantly forgets that even games on getaway day count. I see Hill at C, Baker at 3rd, Fonty at 2nd, Colvin in LF, Nady at first... The regulars will be on the bus by the 7th inning...

Aram and Lee taking a day off sounds like a good plan to me.

I don't mind giving these guys days off. In fact, I think they should get more of them. But I think they should do that ONE AT A TIME so that the game they miss is not a complete throwaway.

Jace it is not like either of them are hitting the cover off the ball.

I am not just talking about Lee and Ramirez. I am talking about Lou's propensity for giving more than one, often more than two, regulars the day off at the same time...

Fair enough, and I agree with your main point, but TRN was talking about ARam and Lee in particular.

Yeah in general I agree with this, but if today's lineup has Baker at first and Fountainout at 3rd, I'll be happy.

Lineup per Muskat...

Fukudome, Theriot, DLee, Byrd, Soriano, Fontenot (3B), Castro, Hill, Dempster

ARam held out due to a sore thumb (per Sullivan tweet)

Marshall will be in closer role today, giving Marmol and Z day off (also Sullivan)

Okay. This is better than i was expecting... Just two regulars get a day off, and it is a sort of platooning situation... I can live with this (not that i have any choice).
Oh yeah...

Rob G and I did that with Gorzellany yesterday and it seemed to work... I think not really expecting the reverse psychology on the fates to work makes it work.

Agreed - That shit never works (maybe it will work).


that was some dumb pitching...3-0 on Rollins with first base open and he lays it down the middle.

6th inning
Another throw by Marlon Byrd that goes wide right of target allowing a runner to take second. The Chicago media doesn't seem to notice his wildly innacurate arm, but believe me, opposing team broadcasters do.

he threw it online actually to the cutoff man, but Theriot let it go for whatever reason, I assume because Castro told him to. Looks like they were lined up for the throw to third for no good reason.

oh, I think they just line up like that in anticipation of another wide throw by Byrd. :^)


off a lefty as well

That should be Fuku Bastardo!

Theriot on 3-1 does everything he can to not walk...

aw crap, Grab-Ass up in the pen

good job once again Grab-Ass, Fuku fumbled the throw or something as well, took some extra steps.

I just saw on gameday Soriano was hit by a pitch, and the ominous words, "Injury delay". Is he hurt?

Injury delay was actually before the hbp. Soriano fouled a ball off of the back of his knee. He seems fine now.

cool, thanks. Ya I just saw he made it to third on Fontenot's hit

he's fine

fouled off a ball off his leg earlier in the at-bat, then nailed on a 3-2 pitch, also broke 2 bats during the at-bat.

was running on 3-2 when Fontenot singled

bah Castro

let's go Aramis!!!

parachat rally?

holy craptastic swing aramis

Fucking pathetic.

dear god, 1st/3rd 0 outs and can't get a run home

epic Reds fail.

up 9-3 heading into 9th, lose 10-9 on walk-off grand slam by somebody I never heard of (Conrad).

the cubs are like the car in front of you in traffic; you must follow @ a safe & sure distance...monitoring on a daily basis, the # of failures to score w/ 1&3; no outs, etc. really lead to madness - didn't they do the same thing in the 1st inning last night? so much for the 'streak' -

Grabow sucks

Grabow really sucks

This has been well-established.

But i certainly do not mind he-hashing the point.

ROB G: you were right on questioning Hendry's zeal to sign him for the amount they did.

But - you have to grudgingly give him credit for this year's MVP's - Byrd and Silva.

I think I picked Byrd as team MVP - IIRC

- sigh -

What a shitty pitcher Grabow is.


Re: if Lou will finish the year with the Cubs...

"As the owner I don't guarantee anything, it's Jim's decision. (edit) I think [Piniella finishing the season] is what to expect. The fact is we like Lou, we support Lou. He's done very well for this team. He wants to win. He's the kind of guy you want leading your team. The players respect him and he's doing a good job.""


"I think everyone has been very impressed with [Sandberg's] performance as a manager," Ricketts said. "He's done really well. That kind of decision is in Jim's court. You hire a general manager, you make him accountable for what happens on the field. To try to take that decision away or to try to control it kind of undermines the guy you are supposed to support.

"When that discussion comes up, we'll be in the room and see what the reasoning is behind any decision. Ultimately, you've got a guy you've made accountable for winning, and you can't overrule him and then get mad at him for not winning. We've got a guy we trust who has put together some pretty good teams over the years, and we're going to back him."

loads the bases with 0 outs in the 9th and a 2-run lead

-edit- and coughs up 3 runs for the loss

I thought the fabulous Jason Frasor was the closer there?

he was for about 2 weeks, Gregg had 12 saves and a 1.89 ERA before today with just one blown save that the Blue Jays ended up winning anyway.


It's early still.

that's what aram keeps telling himself.

The stats look good so far overall, but would like to see more results - steping up more to the challenge as the team's defacto staff ace. 4 runs in 6 IPs not getting it done to keep the team hot.

Levine reporting Howry signing tomorrow, will be in Texas.

chad fox is somewhere throwing his hands up in frustration...and probably getting injured while doing it.


Great who can i hate more Grabass or Homerun Howry.

I would guess Berg will be making a detour to iowa.

Is Lou too feeble to remember to give Stevie Grabow the Scott Eyre or Will Oh-no-Man doghouse treatment? I'm hating the fact that Lou continues to use Grabs as a one inning guy, he needs relegation to blowout games or one batter Loogy at most.

Based on Iowa performances, I'm excited to see Thomas Diamond and Andrew Cashner get their chance in the bullpen at Wrigley...Shark and Gray still sucking with the I-Cubs (which probably is a good thing, consider them to have blown their chances this season).

Holy balls, Howry? That doesn't make much sense. Even if the Cubs were still in this thing (and after going 1-5 to the Pirates, how can you seriously still consider yourself "in it"?), even if, how does Howry help? I'm not as much as a Howry hater as some around here, but still, this move doesn't make sense to me.

cubs adding the only guy in the league w/ a worse ERA than grabow? you can't make this stuff up...

It is all part of the master plan: Find someone worse than Grabow -> Grabow feels better about himself -> relieved of the burden of being the club's suckiest pitcher, Grabow pitches better. That is the only logic I can find.

What about Berg and Samardizja?

Hmmm...they are...err...young. Yeah, that's the ticket--Hendry had to find a fellow veteran pitcher that was worse than Grabow because those youngin's don't count.

Berg optioned to AAA.

David Patton designated for assignment.

To make room for Howry.


Really? We kept David Patton around all last year so that we could designate him for assignment to make room for Howry? Awesome.

Why is Guzman not on the 60-day yet?

Does Jim Hendry know what a roster is?

I'm upset.

Patton's number don't look good this year. Maybe they felt this was a good time to get him off the 40 man and not end up losing him to another team. But I'm no expert like AZ Phil.

Submitted by QuietMan on Fri, 05/21/2010 - 1:35pm.
Patton's number don't look good this year. Maybe they felt this was a good time to get him off the 40 man and not end up losing him to another team. But I'm no expert like AZ Phil.

QUIET MAN: I believe that's exactly what the Cubs werre thinking, because it would have been very easy to open up a roster slot for Bob Howry by simply transferring Angel Gznman to the 60-day DL.

But having had a terrible Spring Training and Minor League Camp, then getting demoted
all the way down to Daytona, and then even struggling there, Patton's value is pretty low right now, and if the Cubs want to get him through waivers, now would probably be a good time to try it.

eh, wtf?

as mentioned below, just 60-day Guzman.

not that they probably run a big risk with Patton at the moment.

Justin Berg, son of Nancy and Bill Berg of Tempe, will become a bar mitzvah Nov. 16, 2002, at Temple Emanuel.

Grandparent is Rhoda Tucker of Tempe.

Justin attends Pueblo Middle School. His hobbies include playing ice hockey.


our berg was drafted in 03 and is from wisconsin.

that said...check this out from 05

“When I heard I would not be a good candidate for LASIK, I was disappointed,” said Berg, who is in Tampa at the Yankees’ spring training facility. “However, I was an excellent candidate for an implantable contact lens and Theda Clark and Dr. Vrabec have more experience than just about anyone.”

dude has implanted contact lenses.

Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology.

Justin Berg, giving a fan an autograph...


Kaplan's JML update page


Fuld is and so is Grabow (how embarrassing), Berg not a MOT.

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  • I agree -- I think if you are a soft-tosser, you need a track record before you are taken seriously. If Kyle posts sub-3.00 ERA consistently and wins 15+ games a few times (and pitches more innings), he may have a shot at the award in a few years. Hopefully, he gets in the top 5 this year -- would be deserved and a nice boost for his confidence.

    billybucks 8 min 39 sec ago view
  • It's also possible that the Cubs have no intention of recalling Spencer Patton. Perhaps Maddon has seen enough of him, and Patton will eventually be one of the players cut to make room for others who will be added to the 40 in September.

    Arizona Phil 10 min 29 sec ago view
  • I doesn't know what your talking about.

    Sonicwind75 15 min 3 sec ago view
  • Maybe it's to get him some game action. He's only pitched for the Cubs once in the last 10 days. I don't really care much about him going down since he's sucked when up here.

    I really want Rivero to be called up.

    chitownmvp01 20 min 11 sec ago view
  • CHITOWNMVP01: It is indeed odd that the Cubs did not just wait one more day to recall LaStella.

    As far as Spencer Patton is concerned...

    Arizona Phil 28 min 50 sec ago view
  • Why didn't they wait until tomorrow to call up TLS? Don't they have to wait 10 days to bring Patton back up now?

    chitownmvp01 49 min 50 sec ago view
  • Cubs assigned to Mesa Solar Sox (AFL):

    Victor Caratini, C
    James Farris, RHRP
    Ian Happ, 2B-OF
    Eloy Jimenez, OF
    Ryan McNeil, RHRP
    Steve Perakslis, RHRP
    Duane Underwood Jr, RHSP

    Brian Lawrence, Pitching Coach

    Jimenez, Happ, Caratini and Underwood are among the Cubs Top 10 Prospects, and playing in the AFL should help speed their development.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 23 min ago view
  • Outstanding.

    Jackstraw 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • So presuming he remains on the MLB Active List for the balance of the MLB regular season, Tommy LaStella will be at 2+102 MLB Service Time at the end of the season, far short of what he would have needed to accrue to have a chance at "Super Two" status post-2016. (Even if he had remained on the MLB Active List for the entire season and finished at 2+124 MLB Service Time, he still would have only been "on the bubble" for possible "Super Two" status post-2016).

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • I don't know about the defensive part of the equation, the fact all the Cubs pitchers are so ahead of their FIP makes me think it's a lot more defense than anything special Hendricks is doing.

    Rob G. 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • Thanks, jacos! I love a good Alice Cooper group performance video -- especially when it corresponds with a shrinking, division-clinching magic number!

    JoePepitone 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • TLS up and playing second today. Spencer Patton to Iowa to make room.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • Yeah that article describes what I said in my other post about WAR. BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is a better predictor of future performance.

    I also get what you mean by FIP being independent of luck but my point is all the soft contact Hendricks gives up negates a lot of that luck and defense aspect. In other words I believe he could pitch in front of any defense and have similar #s because for the most part he isn't giving up the screaming liners or hard hit liners to the gap.

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  • Down on the farm:

    "Dealin'" Cease with another good outing for Eugene. Last 4 outings: 16IP, 1ER 29K. But, 10BB. Throw strikes, kid.

    Candelario is killing it at Iowa after struggling at AA: .320/.406/.941 in 241AB. At age 22. Where the heck to put him next year?

    billybucks 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • SF now only 1 game ahead of the Cards for home field in the WC game.

    billybucks 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • For a start:

    "lets" should be "let's".

    billybucks 4 hours 9 min ago view