Your 2010 AZL Cubs!

After eight weeks of Extended Spring Training and another couple of weeks of mini-camp work-outs, the AZL Cubs begin league play tonight, as they face the AZL Angels at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.  

Tennessee Smokies LHP Casey Lambert will get the start for the AZL Cubs, as he continues his rehab from 2009 Tommy John Surgery.

RHP Jesse Ginley has been moved up to Boise, and the Cubs have signed two more Non-Drafted Free-Agents (U. of Washington 2B Doug Cherry and Old Dominion 3B Jake McAloose) for their AZL club, giving the team a couple of additional college seniors to help provide some veteran leadership and mentors for the kids. (NDFA Siena U. OF Anthony Giansanti was signed ten days ago).

Here is the latest AZL Cubs roster, although it changes virtually by the hour:

* bats or throws left
# bats both

* Hunter Ackerman
* Brent Ebinger
Eduardo Figueroa
Dustin Fitzgerald
* Cam Greathouse
* Cody Hams
Alvido Jimenez
Dylan Johnston (DAYTONA DL REHAB)
* Eric Jokisch
Aaron Kurcz
* Casey Lambert (TENNESSEE DL REHAB)
Luis Liria
Matt Loosen
Hector Mayora
Jadel Mendez
Austin Reed
Melvin Rosa (DL - 2010 TJS)
Tzu-An Wang

* Sergio Burruel
Carlos Romero
* Bobby Wagner (ex-3B)

# Vismeldy Bieneme
* Pin-Chieh Chen
Doug Cherry
* Ryan Cuneo
Dustin Harrington
Albert Hernandez
Jake McAloose

Xavier Batista
Melvin Camarena
Anthony Giansanti
Dong-Yub Kim (DL - ???)
Manuel Pestana (DL - 2010 shoulder surgery)
Cody Shields (DL - broken hand)
Blair Springfield

# Rafael Disla, IF-OF
# Micah Gibbs, C
Gian Guzman P
Ryan Hartman, P
Eric Rice, P
Colin Richardson, P
Jose Rosario, P
* Drew Rundle, P (ex-OF)
Hayden Simpson, P


Looking at this list, just think, some day some of these kids will be promoted to the big leagues and play for the Orioles.

$10 bleacher seats for some upcoming games. Oh, and they're honoring Santo for 50 years of baseball.

To help fans celebrate with Santo, the Cubs are offering a limited allotment of $10 bleacher seats throughout the team's next homestand against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, June 28-July 4. Fans can purchase these tickets by entering the promo code "SANTO" when purchasing bleacher tickets on


Cubs taking a hit with tix.

The biggest is their scalper dept.

A guy on radio went to Cub site for 4 tix against Oakland 2 months ago was told sold out. Last week checked again and found 4 14 rows up from home plate.

That is pretty typical, and has little to do with the recession, ticket prices, or how the Cubs are playing.

Tickets always open up right before games.

Those tickets would never be available at regular ticket prices in the last 5 years.

Yes... they are. Again, tickets like that go on sale right before games all the time, and not just this year.

They are typically tickets that the team holds for whatever reason, and they get released when the team decides they don't need them anymore.

Yeah. "Whatever reason" is the Cubs premium ticket scalping company. They give them back to the Cubs when they aren't getting sold way over face value.

I'm sure that's absolutely right, but they also open up seats that were player tickets and other random Cubs personnel/guests seats.

I walked up to the box office a couple years ago the morning of a game and got some really great seats that had just been released, and ended up sitting directly in front of Gary Hughes (special assistant to the GM).

Byrd, Baker, Lee, Nady, Soto, Soriano, Colvin, Castro, Theriot, (Dempster)


Ichiro 9, Figgins 4, Bradley DH, Lopez 5, Guti 8, Carp 3, Alfonzo 2, Wilson, Ja. 6, Saunders 7 (Vargas 1)

Per Cubs: Gibbs, LePage (13th-round), Soto (15th), Hartman (16th) and Noble (37th) sign.Cubs have signed 20 of its 50 picks from draft.

Orioles found their next pick-up, Eric Patterson DFA'd by A's.

Once they add him and Reynel Pinto, I think McPhail is just missing an Angel Guzman for the complete set.

Remember when people freaked out about giving up E-Pat and Jake Fox?


"some people" = crunch

i wasnt upset to see him go...just what for and paying out money to make it happen.

Oh... and happy birthday rob!


I'd wish for a Cubs win, but I'm not a miracle maker.

Better get one tonight, with Lee and Hernandez scheduled to pitch for SEA tomorrow and Thurs.

Vargas has a better ERA than Felix and just a little worse than Lee but in 3 more starts.

via gordo witty:

"Rami to wait till sox wkd to come off dl. about 1 hour ago via txt"

on a side note...gordo is now a 16 year old girl on the internet.

I don't think it's just on the internet.

also, Lilly will start Thursday vs King Felix

Silva's hamstring still bothering him and will try again Saturday vs WSox (Z, Friday)

...HR starved Mariners get a 2 run type, ruh-roh.

Silva is done. I predict he ends the season with 10 wins.

from Rotoworld, DeRosa having a second wrist surgery next week:

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Mark DeRosa (wrist) will undergo season-ending surgery next week.
In what was essentially a foregone conclusion for weeks now, DeRosa will have the tendon sheath in his left wrist fixed and undergo a second procedure to free an aggravated nerve. The 35-year-old ends the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract with a .194/.279/.258 batting line to go along with one home run and 10 RBI.

Going to bed early.

You guys hang out and let me know where we are going to meet for the Ron Santo 50th anniversary as a miserable failure.

Top 5th, Soriano doubled off 2nd on a sinking flyball easily caught by the LF.

I hate watching dumbass baseball.

Kind of tough going thru life losing the first game of every series...

Legacy of the 2010 Cubs.

it's gonna be a victory if the Cubs score a run this entire series...

if they don't score a run in Seattle, the next call up from Iowa just might be Ryno (or Von Joshua)

i-cubs score another walk-off win in front of hendry...

doesn't rudy have a 3-year deal like grabow?

2-year deal for Grabow.

w/ an option right? whose is it? thought that was the sticking point in getting him signed last fall...

never mind

At least it was a somewhat quick game, could the cubs be holding off on roster move till friday because there could be a trade.

Welcome to the Tom Ricketts newest retro idea...the College of hitting coaches

Fredi Gonzalez gets fired.

Maybe we can trade our manager to a Florida team for a useful outfielder.

I was at the game. It was boooorrrrring. Cubs fans outnumbered Mariners fans (or so I was told). Looking at the crowd, it seemed likely. Bradley got booed loudly EVERY time he came to bat. There was a nice "Let's go Cubbies/Mariners" battle that got pretty loud...Cubs won. Unfortunately, this happened seconds before Soriano got doubled up after rounding 3rd on a popup. Mariners fans got loud, then. I got drunk and cheered loudly for Aardsma when he got called in. The end.

For whatever reason last night's game disgusted me more than everything else this year. I think I am going to stop watching until they let Cashner start games or they get above .500 (2013 season?)

I was amazed how excited I got when Colvin came up with two on in the 9th. It helped to be there and to be surrounded by Cubs fans. The group I was with had equal parts Cubs and Mariners fans, so it was fun for one moment. No one really cared up until then, though...except the old man in sweat pants who stood up and cheered every time the Cubs caught a popup. But I'm kind of the same as you right now. I go to the game fully expecting a loss...and even with a win, I feel bittersweet, because I feel it'll only postpone the inevitable.

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  • Fuck a bench spot on the playoff roster, Coghlan is competing to bat cleanup.

    John Beasley 57 min 47 sec ago view
  • barely any...especially for an evening game. place looks 1/2 full at best to start the game.

    crunch 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • Listening on the radio. Are there any fans in the stands at all?

    Brick 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • "An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage."

    crunch 2 hours 29 min ago view
  • rare air though if he can keep it under 2. Sounds like Maddon already made up his mind though and Hendricks seems like the sort that would want to earn it. Guessing he gets a quick hook if he's still under 2 after 5 innings.

    Fwiw, he can give up 1 ER in 5 innings (or more) and still be under 2. If he gives up 2 ER, he would need throw 9 IP to keep it under 2. 1 ER in 4 IP would give him an ERA of exactly 2.

    In terms of WAR, it's still Scherzer by a lot (6.4), then Cueto (5.6), Lester (5.5), Kershaw (5.5), Roark (5.4), and then Hendricks (5.1)

    Rob G. 3 hours 43 min ago view
  • Boring lineup tonight in terms of guys trying to reach milestones -- no KB (40 HR), Addy (100 RBI) or JHey (can he keep it going?), and Lackey isn't really going for anything, plus the team has already reached 100 wins. I get the "rest" thing, although they will have 4 days off after Sunday, but....bleh.

    billybucks 4 hours 28 min ago view
  • Agree -- I think you want to keep him on a regular schedule.

    billybucks 4 hours 47 min ago view
  • Ramos torn ACL

    jacos 5 hours 15 min ago view
  • Sure, its not about his record.

    jacos 5 hours 16 min ago view
  • Do you start him Sunday or not?

    @jonmorosi Pitchers w/ sub-2.00 ERA in year of 185+ IP this century: Pedro ’00, Clemens ’05, Kershaw ’13/’14, Arrieta ’15, Greinke ’15, Hendricks ’16.

    Rob G. 6 hours 38 min ago view
  • Yeah -- that would be rough for him. But, Monty is getting people out, he's a lefty and he has experience working out of the bullpen. Hammel? None of the above.

    billybucks 7 hours 33 min ago view
  • even if he's not starting, abandoning hammel would be a bit of a 'screw you.' i think it might be -monty +hammel, but it's speculation.

    either way, someone's gonna be disappointed.

    crunch 8 hours 34 min ago view
  • Joe said he is leaning towards 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

    - 4 starters, Chapman, Rondon, Strop, CJ, Wood, Grimm, Monty. No dice for Cahill or Smith.
    - 3 catchers, Rizz, Zo, Addy, KB, Javy, Heyward, Fowler, Soler, Coghlan, TLS and then Sczcur over Almora?

    billybucks 8 hours 45 min ago view
  • Cubs 3B Jason Vosler made two really bad throws on consecutive AB in the 8th. Fortunately the game was no longer in doubt at the time  

    The first one was a one-hop lob that allowed the batter to reach base on an infield single, and the second was air-mailed so far over the first-baseman's head that it went over the fence and landed in Field #4.

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 20 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Despite the HR, Donnie Dewees is really more of a slash hitter (the HR was an opposite-field line-drive) who can accumulate lots of doubles & triples. He's also a good bunter and can get on base that way, too. Although he was thrown out trying to steal in the game, he's actually a good base-stealer and baserunner.

    Defensively he has plus-range and tracks fly balls OK, so he can play CF, but he has a rag arm that requires the middle infielders to go out further into CF to make relays.

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 21 min ago view
  • I don't know how many of you remember Bobby Knoop, who played 2B for the Angels, White Sox, and Royals back in the day, but he is a coach-emeritus for the Angels, and works with the infielders at Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and Instructs. He's pretty spry for a 77-year old, and he really knows his shit.

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 49 min ago view