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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  • Well I guess if pitchers can keep working the edges of the plate to perfection it will be a long season. But that doesn't seem likely. Rizzo finally, fully, snapping out of it would help.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • If I didn't believe in coincidences (or science), I would apologize to Gordon Downie--one of my favorites. Sad news about a great talent.

    CTSteve 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • Hi Arizona Phil,

    Has there been any news on Oscar de la Cruz' health?

    Raisin101 8 hours 12 min ago view
  • bruh...

    crunch 9 hours 26 min ago view
  • O&B: Cease was apparently working on his off-speed pitches in his first & thrd innings, because in his second inning of work he just blew the D'backs away with high-velocity gas (that's when he hit 99-100 and struck out the side). 

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 45 min ago view
  • Wow, Lyin' CTSteve? He was just BEGGING for my endorsement last year!  Lame!

    Transmission 9 hours 51 min ago view
  • 1. I did not say the thing I insisted that Trans write down and attribute to me, or it was taken out of context.

    2. Trans and his "roast" (aka, a Salisbury steak TV dinner by Swanson) are very low energy.

    3. Make TCR great again.


    CTSteve 9 hours 57 min ago view
  • Yeah, I'm fine if I don't hear another one, furlong time.

    Transmission 9 hours 58 min ago view
  • nice recap, horrible game...i hope to never hear another horse pun/joke for at least a decade.

    crunch 10 hours 11 min ago view
  • Recap posted.  ~sigh~

    Transmission 10 hours 28 min ago view

    MY GAWD.

    crunch 10 hours 52 min ago view
  • Ok, fine. I'll do a recap.

    Transmission 13 hours 56 min ago view
  • Thanks for the post AZ. That's a huge attendance. Scouts must be excited about somebody.

    Would you say Cease's performance was a result of working on his change or was it just a bad outing? And isn't Ademan some ridiculous age, like 17 or something?What are your thoughts on him?

    Old and Blue 14 hours 3 min ago view
  • LOL and yes. No need to even be that formal, can just say "Trans, keep my name out of this abomination of a discussion."

    Transmission 16 hours 35 min ago view
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    Shane Victorino was released. Will have more details later. He was on Iowa #Cubs roster

    QuietMan 17 hours 19 min ago view
  • *tumbleweeds*

    wonder if he was released to retire or to try to latch on with someone else...

    crunch 17 hours 22 min ago view