New Day, New Goal

If you're a Twitter user and are not currently following us (@thecubreporter), please do so. The goal is to get to 600 followers—we're currently at 584—before Alex Rodriguez hits his 600th home run.

And then rub his nose in it.

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Good use of keyword 'naked'. I was done here, went looking for my daily fill of russian spies, and somehow ended up back at TCR. Thought my computer was broken...

http://www.mediaite.com/online/now-this-naked...

PS Following on Twitter

Thanks. Last time I checked the toteboard, we were up to 589.

I feel like Jerry Lewis at the Labor Day Telethon.

Soto to miss a couple days after fouling ball off his instep.

http://bit.ly/ahRdwv

Means two nights of Mario Mendoza with a chest protector, i.e., Koyie Hill.

590

597

598

600

Outstanding. Thanks for the follows.

Today, I consider myself...the luckiest man...on the face of the earth.

Now you should commission a painting of yourself as a centaur.

Doing a mermaid version of ARod.

The Marlins Chris Coghlan tears meniscus in pie in face incident.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_s...

What the hell is Twitter?

It's a popular brand of fruit-flavored candy in the United States and Canada (often called a licorice candy).

Dude, you're old.

it's a bar in the bahamas that lets 16 year old kids drink.

It's a game with colored circles on a plastic mat that generally leads to intercourse.

The chances of intercourse are doubled if played in the bar by the same name that crunch frequents.

But only if Soriano doesn't bat leadoff.

soriano would be handing out bone cookies and blood juice at my church...no leading people to seats for him.

And the manager of the bar has no effect on these chances...

unless the manager takes your glass away or you run out of money the manager of the bar pretty much has no effect anyway.

we also don't pay him $4m bucks at my bar to take your glass away you piece of shit.

Miles has a big post up on Zambrano's ESPN interview and how he pissed everyone off again:

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/4435

Maybe I'm not reading it correctly, but Z seems to be getting ripped, in part, for not talking in Iowa but then it says he was told not to talk at that time. (I read that elsewhere, too, either in the Trib or Sun-Times.)

So then he talks and is now getting ripped for that and for bypassing the media relations department that told him not to talk?

imo, i'm seeing a lot of chicago media acting like NY media...aka, OMFG CAN YOU BELIEVE DIZ GUY, GUY? HE NEEDS TO _________ (insert overblown manly statement of authority)! WHAT A PIECE OF WORK!

NY Post must be seeking new writers.

F that, Z is the new Bradley as far as I'm concerned.

Crazy is the new black.

Tito -- I'm having the same confusion as you. I just watched the interview Z did on ESPN and I didn't see anything in it that would piss people off.

I like Bruce Miles, but I don't know what he's talking about when he says that Zambrano's interview with Muskat was damage control for his interview with ESPN. I'm just not seeing it.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5412192

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

I think the problem is that the team told him not to talk to the media until he apologized to the team, and then without their permission Z went on ESPN.

I think Bruce is upset because Z seemingly used the team's order as an excuse to ignore the Chicago media, many of whom traveled to Iowa to cover Z's rehab, but was perfectly happy to ignore the team's edict when ESPN called.

Seems a lot of pettiness all around to me. But also seems like Z should have just done what the team told him.

They should re-name Wrigley Field "Pettiness Junction".

Then get some hot chicks to skinny dip in CF.

In case there was any doubt, Carlos Zambrano is available.

http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/1968905...

this team's clubhouse leadership has been fucking pathetic for too long.

we shouldn't have to trade 1-2 players a season because they "can't hang."

it just doesn't end. it's always something.

I agree, which points the finger at the front office for always pointing the finger at a different player or players every year as the reason we can't win.

They're just making things worse for everyone by ripping Z for apologizing. I'm really sick of how this entire thing has been handled. Z was an idiot, but the Cubs front office and the media have been bigger idiots.

To start with, putting an $18 million dollar starting pitcher in the bullpen after 4 starts was about the dumbest possible thing Hendry and Lou could do this season. Then Hendry completely mis-manages the Z blowup, banishing their highest paid pitcher to Siberia for a month in the middle of the season, when the team keeps claiming their trying to get back in the pennant race. Now they're mad he apologized at the wrong time, to the wrong person. This is just another reason Hendry should be fired.

This daily drama crap has got to go. We're not the dysfunctional White Sox.

Bruce Levine says Colorado, San Diego, and Detroit continue to show interest in Theriot with the Rockies being the most interested.http://es.pn/auw3xN

And in an unsurprising development, according to Witternmyer in Tuesday's S-T, Aramis Ramirez "expects to exercise his $14.6 million player option for next season." http://bit.ly/bmhe0R

Lot of money for what you get.

Well next season, as long as he stays healthy, I would expect ARam to have a monster year as he plays for a new contract. The trick is finding a way to keep him healthy (then hopefully dealing him at the trade deadline).

I love the guy but his injury problems scare the hell out of me to offer him a long term contract.

it's nice he can still field his position and throw well, too.

nice to have him at 3rd rather than expecting him to move to 1st or something.

It's back to 599. Odd.

It goes up and down as people unfollow us. Perhaps they were offended by the lameness of a particular tweet or they're just jerky White Sox or Cardinals fans trying to ruin the best day of TCR's Twitter life.

Bastards.

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  • This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.

    johann 4 min 52 sec ago view
  • CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now. 

    LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.  

    RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.   

    Arizona Phil 13 min 35 sec ago view
  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    Arizona Phil 41 min 39 sec ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 3 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 2 hours 32 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 3 hours 24 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 6 hours 12 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    crunch 7 hours 25 min ago view
  • Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?

    He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.

    My guess? Toronto.

    tim815 7 hours 48 min ago view
  • PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.

    The E-Man 7 hours 53 min ago view
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 11 hours 53 min ago view
  • Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.

    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 12 hours 41 min ago view
  • Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.

    While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.

    billybucks 13 hours 14 min ago view