Throwing Cards at a Hat in the Clubhouse

The I-Cubs are supposed to play at noon today, but I wouldn't count on it. It's been raining for hours and isn't supposed to stop. So I thought I'd rummage through the fridge and throw something together while waiting for the draft to resume.

I've linked a couple articles below. One announces Mitch Atkins' selection as the PCL pitcher of the week for last week based on two strong six-inning starts. The other quotes Skipper Sandberg as confirming his interest in the position of Oriole manager if his old pal Andy MacPhail called and offered. As of this morning Ryno is 7th out of 12 candidates with 4.1% of the vote in an unscientific popularity poll that's been running in the Baltimore Sun since Dave Trembley got canned.

The I-Cubs have cooled recently and fallen to their division basement although the overall record is still just on the right side of .500.

I got to see the 7th of Hi-Ho's eight wins from the vantage point of a club box seat when he beat the Cardinals on May 29. Very precise location and a nice mix of pitches. That was the double digit strikeout day and he really worked in a nice rhythm. From little league to the bigs, you gotta love the strike-throwers. I got burned in the clubs despite lacquering up with sunscreen after shivering the day before and craning around a pole underneath the upper deck in terrace reserved. The two days were almost identical weather conditions. Ahhh, the bi-polar confines!

I also got to see one of the premiere screenings of the documentary film, "Ballhawks" that weekend which has been briefly discussed here previously. I was predisposed to like the film and was not disappointed. It figures to appeal more to baseball romanticists than statheads, although there is an aspect of number-crunching to it, and I am certainly in the former camp. I don't really have an answer to those who find the core, longtime ballhawks objectionable on the grounds that they lack lives and are stealing candy from babies, other than to suggest that it is not for anyone to be critical of another's joy in life [within reason, which I think ballhawking is]. And the ballhawks are not tramplers of children either. Frankly, they are more boyish in their adult attachments to a kids' game than are the millionaire sluggers whose homers they shag. You always hear that refrain: "they're getting paid millions for playing a kids' game." Well, the ballhawks play for nothing and I think they are as uniquely Wrigley as the ivy and the scoreboard. I heartily recommend the film if you get a chance to see it.

Grabow finally found a league where he can work a scoreless inning. Deep Threat had a three-walk frame of work the other night, but his jersey sold for the second highest amount [about $250] in the shirt-off-their-back charity fundraiser over the weekend. Sandberg's fetched over $500. 

Nobody's too hot with the bat right now...


There's nothing romantic about grown men muscling kids out of the way so they can hoard balls by the thousands in a box in their mom's basement.

Let the kids have the balls!

example? watch the first twelve seconds of this (freeze frame it)

but there is something romantic about a ballyard in the middle of a neighborhood where balls can still be "outta here!" and i would offer the 90 minute film as a rebuttal of the 12 second clip...and i would also submit that on many occasions there are either no kids out there or the ones who are are proteges/apprentices of the ballhawks...still, nothing is purely one way or another so there is basis for your view

2nd round pick is Reggie Golen a 5 tool Alabaman HS outfielder who is going to need a lot of experience, according to

Reggie Golden.

Listed at 5-10 210 lbs.

told you the i-cubs wouldn't play today...diamond goes 5 innings of 2 hit shutout ball w/ 0 bb's & 8 k's; tracy 4-4 [he's hitting .396] w/ 2 hr's...

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  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?

  • Less stress on the pitching staff?

  • I recall earlier this season when the Cubs played Bryant in center instead of left due to the weirdness that is the PNC outfield.

  • AZ Phil, what is the reason the Cubs are co-oping this team? They seem to have plenty of talent that would fill a roster.

  • RF is actually easier to play than LF in PNC so I'd guess Schwarber is there and that's why he was playing it Friday but yeah I'd say that's hopefully accurate.

  • Guess for Wednesday's lineup: Fowler (CF), Schwarber (LF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo (1B), Castro (2B), Montero (C), Russell (SS), Arrieta (P), Coughlan (RF)

  • Dusty already has blue and red wrist bands.

    /cmon dude

  • a day old, but fwiw...

    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat · Oct 4
    Theo and Jed at Miller Park to talk to #Cubs Maddon and staff. Playoff roster to be finalized by Wednesday morning