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...


http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100607&content_id=10910878&vkey=news_t451&fext=.jsp&sid=t451


http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100607/SPORTS1402/6080366/1003/SPORTS/Ryne-Sandberg-would-consider-Baltimore-Orioles-job

Comments

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)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3PNSp7E4Rw

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 MLB.com.

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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  • Great news.

    "Terms of the deal were not disclosed."

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/17662846/chicag...

    Rob Richardson 18 min 45 sec ago view
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    PC tonite at PNC

    jacos 41 min 2 sec ago view
  • Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.

    billybucks 1 hour 28 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. 1 hour 34 min ago view
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  • For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.

    [Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]

    Charlie 3 hours 38 min ago view
  • tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.

    crunch 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.

    Tito 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.

    And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.

    When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 14 min ago view
  • Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.

    billybucks 6 hours 19 min ago view
  • I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.

    Tito 6 hours 22 min ago view
  • Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.

    My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 35 min ago view
  • Old Cub fans remember when Ken Hubbs died at 22 in the crash of a small plane he was piloting in a storm in Utah in 1964. But Hubbs was not an elite power pitcher like Score and Fernandez. Score lived a long time after the accident but it was (effectively) career-ending.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 39 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: Since I've only seen them throw in one game and in one "live" BP session, all I can do is provide initial first impressions.

    Brailyn Marquez is listed at 6'4 but is probably more like 6'5 or 6'6. I would describe him as a younger version of Bryan Hudson, throwing a ton of ground balls but not getting a lot of swings & misses (yet). Because of his size he could eventually grow into more velocity, but right now he's mostly a pitch-to-contact guy. He generally throws strikes.

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 44 min ago view
  • Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?

    Hagsag 10 hours 29 min ago view
  • It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.

    Still impressive.

    John Beasley 10 hours 31 min ago view