Andy McPhail snubs Ryne Sandberg

Orioles President Andy McPhail, of the royal baseball McPhail lineage (grandpa Larry, dad Lee) had a chance to snag another ex-Cub and went another direction today by hiring non-nonsense manager, Buck Showalter.  Recent speculation by Tribster, Steve Rosenbloom, had Sandberg on Andy's speed dial but it seems it wasn't so. The O's beat writer for said the short list was former O's catcher Rick Dempsey, former Indians manager Eric Wedge and Bobby Valentine, who has recently volunteered his services as the next Cub manager.

Sandberg did add some fuel to the speculation when he was quoted in the Des Moines Register back on June 16th:

“The last time I talked to Andy was during the winter meetings, when we
were on a committee together,” Sandberg said before Monday night’s
Pacific Coast League game against New Orleans at Principal Park. “But
I’d listen if someone called, for sure.”

Since shedding the official Tribune Tower sweatervest worn as the Cubs President at the conclusion of the abysmal 2006 season and finding refuge in the tender clutches of Oriole owner Peter Angelos in June 2007, Andy has stocked the Orioles with ex-Cubs like the Statue of Liberty says (paraphrasing now):

"Give me your near retired, your poor fielders,

Your huddled masses short of breathe rounding third,

The wretched refuse of your teeming minors.

Send these, the homeless once Cubs, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the Orange Oriole door!"

We've all enjoyed his accumulation of cast off ex-Cubs. I shall list the names with Cub ties from the McPhail (Cub) era:  Front Office: John Stockstill (Scouting/Farm director, previously O's Director of International Scouting); Manager/Coaches: Dave Trembley (former O's manager, minor league manager for the Cubs 1994-2002), Rick Kranitz (pitching coach), Alan Dunn (bullpen coach); Players: Steve Traschel, Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, Rocky Cherry, Scott Moore, Caesar Izturis, Paul Bako, Jake Fox, Luis Montanez, Will Ohman, Rich Hill.

Could you imagine the Chicago media frenzy if McPhail had named Sandberg as the next Oriole Skipper? If one imagines standing in the room where Tom Ricketts puts the phone receiver to his ear, while on the other end of the phone call, Jim Hendry tells the new Cub owner that beloved Ryno's gone orange. THUD.


Well if he's not good enough for Andy McFail...

Capps to Twins, Ramos to Washington.

Sure would be nice to receive a future MLB player in a trade this season.

Great poetic & dramatic post, Cubster.

While reading the list of cast off ex-Cubs, I was reminded of the old LP record "Great Moments in Chicago Cubs History", narrated by the late, great Jack Brickhouse. At the end of the album, he intones the names of Cub greats (with lots of reverb added) while dramatic music swells in the background: "Cap Anson. Frank Chance. Johnny Evers. Joe Tinker. Rube Waddell...." etc. I was imagining Jack reading the names of the Cubs cast offs with the music swelling in the background and Jack finishing up by saying, "another championship can't be too far away for our own wild, wonderful, and unforgettable... CHICAGO CUBS!" (music ends, with horns giving a dramatic flourish). As a side note, that record was produced following the 1970 season. Exactly what would Jack have considered to be "too far away"?

Anyway, thanks for taking me back. I haven't thought about that record for several years now.

A friend of mine has that record. Fun stuff.

new picture up to go with the post.

Thanks for the recollection Pepi. I loved (and have) that album somewhere, now I just might be motivated to digitize it.

Please post a link to your digital version.

I have the album in vinyl and have a usb turntable to digitize albums on my puter...but I'm filing this under projects to do when I'm unusually bored.

The album is currently availible on ebay for $14.

Great pic! Yeah, that's the one. Of course, now I notice how I screwed up the title of the record.

I always had the feeling that the record was originally conceived and largely put together during the 1969 season to coincide with the pennant that the Cubs largely had in the bag. When that fell through, they put it off for a year in hopes that the pennant would come in 1970. When THAT fell through, I think they just said, "The heck with it. We'll just put out what we've got now -- enough people will still buy it." And guess what -- we did!

Rosenthal/Morosi buzz post...

The Dodgers are talking to the Cubs about a trade for both left-hander Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot, according to a major-league source.

It is not known whether a deal is close. The Cubs almost certainly would need to include cash to cover part of the nearly $5 million combined that Lilly and Theriot are owed for the rest of the season.

...Theriot likely would take over at second base, with the Dodgers possibly sending Blake DeWitt to Triple-A.

What a damning statement about Blake DeWitt.

DeWitt as part of the deal??


Bruce Levine radio report says Dodgers not in on Theriot. Mentions Theriot for Kelly Johnson of D-Backs.

If I were the Cubs, I'd take that deal. You lose one year of club control in Johnson over Theriot, and Johnson will surely get a decent raise in arbitration after this year, so he will cost more next year than Theriot or a youngster from AAA. But Johnson is 2 years younger, and is the better player.

They are strangely similar in that both have really 4 full seasons 2007-2010. Of those four, Theriot has had WARs of 1.7, 1.8, 1.0, and -0.7 this year. Johnson basically had one really bad year, last year, where his WAR was 0.9, otherwise it was 4.3, 3.5, and 2.0 so far this year.

Based on their past performance, I would guess Johnson has an average OPS of around .800 for the next few years, about a 100 points or so above what Theriot will put up.

Yeah, that's a really easy deal to take for the Cubs. I'm guessing there's more to the story.

There does seem to be more to the story...

From Bruce Levine:

The Cubs also have a possible deal with Arizona for second baseman Kelly Johnson. The Diamondbacks have asked for Ryan Theriot --AND-- left-handed pitcher James Russell in return.

I would do that deal. I wonder how much less we'd get from the Dodgers if they only got Lilly?

I guess I think Kelly Johnson is a better option right now at 2B, but DeWitt has more years under club control. So I would guess that the Cubs would rather take the chance on DeWitt with a lower salary

could have had johnson for nothing at beginning of year

So? I never understand that argument. It's like not drafting someone and then trading for them or signing him later in their career. Yes, you could have had them for basically nothing earlier, but you didn't know their value then. Now you do. Why would Hendry have signed him after last season with the idea of Theriot-Fontenot/Baker this season at second and with Johnson coming off of a bad year? Now we have Castro, and Theriot has continued to slip at second, and Johnson has rebounded. It makes more sense now than then.

Why would Hendry have signed him after last season with the idea of Theriot-Fontenot/Baker this season at second and with Johnson coming off of a bad year?

just pointing out that he could have been had at the beginning of the year for very little if Hendry/Lou had some balls to throw Fontenot/Baker to the curb.

Just a player I've always liked and had some knee injuries the last two years to explain his slump and his 2008 wasn't even that bad.

No biggie, Russell and Theriot seems fair to me, but as I said, I like Johnson.

Agreed. I didn't like the Fontenot/Baker platoon idea either. We needed a starting second baseman. As I said above, I'd be fine with this trade. I'd try to replace Russell with another (or maybe another two or three) of the less talented Berg-Atkins type guys, because I think he will probably end up being a decent reliever over his career, but I'd still pull the trigger if I had to.

I read a few days ago teams were calling the Dodgers about DeWitt. Maybe the Dodgers have another deal in mind to create a need for an infielder. The latest rumor says the Dodgers are talking about Lilly and a Cubs position player, but it's not necessarily Theriot.

Nice job here, CUBSTER.

Bonne voyage!

I believe former Cub Rick Kranitz is the O's pitching coach. Add him to the list.

former Cub Rick Kranitz is the O's pitching coach. Add him to the list.
so noted. Thanks. Also that lead to the following two additions:
Alan Dunn (bullpen coach) and former O's manager, Dave Trembley

Alan joined the Orioles as bullpen coach on August 25, 2007 and begins his third full season on a major league staff...He was in his 15th season in the Chicago Cubs organization and his first as minor league pitching coordinator when he was named bullpen coach by Manager Dave Trembley, with whom he had worked in the Cubs organization from 1994-2002

and in the front office, former media relations director for the Iowa Cubs [Jeff Lantz] now works for the O's too...

You guys realize we will become the "Orioles West" in 2011 with our record and level of talent?

all the fears about immovable players is beginning to look pretty accurate.

Miles says Diamond was on a pitch count last night at Iowa - 64 pitches. He speculates that hey may get the call to take Lilly's spot in the rotation after a trade.

speaking of pitch counts...holy kerry wood, batman!

The scouting report will read: “Get to him early. His second 100 pitches are stronger than his first 100.”

It was up to Kockler, who walked 10 batters, hit three others and unleashed four wild pitches, to make the lead stand up. He never hesitated to return to the mound for the seventh inning.

“I just ran out there. No conversation. I just wanted it,” he said.

A mere 17 pitches later, he’d stranded two more runners and started a spirited celebration.

This won't sound very "old school", but I think that was incredibly irresponsible. Irresponsible of the pitcher and irresponsible of the manager for not stepping in and doing something.

it happens a lot, both in college and highschool...especially highschool.

it's not mega-uncommon, especially with highschool players, to have a guy throw 120-150 then go out 3-4 days later and do it all over again.

Especially for a 1-A (smallest school) Iowa team. If he is a senior, this might be the last real game he will ever pitch.

also, fwiw, diamond has been on a pretty short leash pitch count-wise all year...

Not lately.

His last outing on the 24th.
Diamond, T 92-59

6.0 IP 6K 3BB 2H 0R

From the Fox Sports boys:

Ted Lilly remains a trade option for the Twins, but as of mid-day Friday ET, virtually every team pursuing Lilly was continuing to report that the Cubs were asking a high price for the veteran left- hander.

I don't have much faith in Jimbo the shrewd trader. He is more Jimbo the bull charging forward to get the FA he wants, i.e., give them anything. I'm very concerned we will end up with Lilly after Saturday, and of course, he will not offer him arbitration and we will loss Lilly and get nothing for him.

Mike, why has Diamond been on a short pitch count all year?

Steve Stone is convinced Ted Lilly will be traded, it's just a matter of who will get him. If true, I say Dodgers. Stone also saying much of the team is untradable, which I don't necessarily disagree with.

Steve Stone went on to say, "Steve Stone Steve Stone Steve Stone Steve Stone".

Levine...Lilly might go to Yankees (or Dodgers)

Lilly in the AL east? Yikes. {g}

The Dodgers and Yankees are the last two teams rumored to be looking at Lilly, although the newest report says the Tigers are back in.

Cubs and Reds spoke. But not in the last couple of days.

(Yonder Alonso??)

they're fake

Don't know. Don't care. Don't tell Johann.

Don't watch Seinfeld?

Levine latest on ESPN 1000 radio...2:30 pm, cst:

Bud Selig's can make fun of him if you want to but the guy is 75 years old. Bruce bought him a box of prunes for his BD.

Otherwise, nothing new...Dodgers have no money making a trade there iffy...Lilly might not get traded by deadline but still could go later on a waiver deal. Theriot-KJohnson still possible.

BL is in Colorado with Cubs (it's his punishment).

You know, taking a look at the Dodgers lineup, the only positions they could possibly upgrade via trade would be 2b, LF (which makes little sense since they just traded for Podsednik and they should get Manny back eventually), and...gulp, catcher. Now would they bench or trade Russell Martin? He's having a crappy year with the bat and his salary keeps going up through arbitration, and they have several other young guys in the same arbitration pattern. It would make sense that the Dodgers try to move one of those increasing salary arbitration players to save some moolah. I wonder if Hendry would be dumb enough to give up on Soto. I'd rather not take Russell Martin. For some reason he just reminds me of Paul LoDuca too much, like he's primed for a short career. His performance this year only helps fuel that theory.

What do other people think, Russell Martin or Geo?

Rob G., you're in LA, what do you think of Martin?

I think you're pretty much right on with Martin. The problem is that Retardo and Pinhead probably aren't that high on that baseclogging power hitting Soto because he calls too many sliders or some nonsense.

.400-ish ob%

14hr 15 doubles in 240ab....

at least we have one of the best 7 or 8 lineup hitters in the game.


aram 240ab in the 4 slot pre-allstar... .268 ob% .380 slg%
dlee 330ab in the 3 slot pre-allstar... .330 ob% .369 slg%

we should pay the next manager $10m so he'll be sure to be awesome like this. at least he didn't bat the wrong guy leadoff. that would have sunk us.

crunch, I keep telling you that managers don't matter enough to pay one so much money.

so paying a huge sum of money won't get us quality like this?

i'm not sure i'm willing to risk that chance.

Only if that manager is awake during the games instead of dreaming up ways to look more and more like Tweedle Dee.

Preaching to the choir.

Where did Jody Davis bat?

not a big fan of Martin myself...looks like he's on the Jason Kendall career path

much bigger fan of Soto and the Jorge Posada career path he's on

Roider-The Dodgers were trying to dump him last year when scouts noticed he didn't have the same body he used to have. An AL Scout said he wasn't as strong as he was the year before and an NL Scout said his bat speed was way down. This got in the papers and two days later Martin denied he used steroids. Dodgers told the media he might lose his starting job and were trying to shop him. So, Martin who weighed 206 in 2009 showed up weighing 231 (those magic 25 lbs of muscle)in spring training. Said he "bulked up" by lifting weights AND cutting out yoga. Then he promptly pulled his groin and has had one physical problem after another all year.

The .285 .806 OPS Martin is just a fading memory. Martin has been a .248 .679 guy the last couple seasons.

Please, no Martin.

I am not saying that I disagree with bringing up the possibility that Martin did 'roids. However, I am amazed at how commonly people put out blatant accusations about people, and seemingly feel that, by putting a question mark at the end, you are not actually accusing the person of anything.
"Johann's mom - a whore?"

Bad example; that's a fact. Not in a pejorative sense, either.

Cubs released Howry, activated Z.

that's a wash...except for the salary differential (ah c'mon, I still love Craa-Z)

berkman to yanks...geeeeeeez.

must be nice to have an upgrade you don't need or have a place to play.

go spending to crush competition go.

The Yankees have now also added Austin Kearns from the Indians to their bench. Guess they didn't want Nady back.

The Red Sox were shot down in an attempt to acquire left-hander Sean Marshall from the Cubs, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.

I think Sean Marshall is a good pitcher, but as long as the Red Sox offer someone that could really help the Cubs in a couple of years, it seems like they should listen... and I guess who says they didn't...

I can only hope by shutdown, it went the prospects you're offering are not good enough, not there's just no way we'd trade this reliever no matter what youoffer.

Wow, Braves sent Nate McLouth to the minors a few days ago, I missed that news.

He's been out with concussion symptoms for a couple months.

Solid lefties are hard to find. But if the Cubs dangled Marmol I bet somebody would bite pretty hard. I have no real basis to say this, but I think Marmol is likely to not last more than a year or two before a big injury gets him or he goes all Bill Blass on us. Perfect opportunity to sell high. And I've always loved watching the guy pitch.

By "going Bill Blass", you don't mean designing his own line of clothing? :).

BTW, this ARod watch on MLB Network is really driving me nuts. I'm tired of them breaking to every ab of his waiting for the cheater to hit 600. I keep praying someone drills him in his pretty centaur face.

This is great if you've never seen it...

or he goes all Bill Blass on us.
William Ralph "Bill" Blass (June 22, 1922 – June 12, 2002) was an American fashion designer, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[1] He is known for his tailoring and his innovative combinations of textures and patterns.


Steve Blass is best known for his sudden and inexplicable loss of control after the 1972 season.[1] His ERA climbed to 9.81 in the 1973 season. He walked 84 batters in 88 innings, and struck out only 27. Blass suffered through the 1973 season, then spent most of 1974 in the minor leagues. He gave it one last try in spring training of 1975. Failing to regain his form, he retired from baseball in March 1975.
Thereafter, a condition referred to as "Steve Blass Disease" became a part of baseball lexicon...

If he goes all Kenneth Cole on us, move him to the outfield and give him HGH like the Cards did.

yes, steve blass I meant of course.

I doubt Marmol goes Bill Blass in clothing.

Love rotoworld's commentary on howry...

Cubs released RHP Bob Howry.
Howry isn't so far removed from being a useful reliever, but this is the second time he's been released this year. He had allowed 19 runs -- 13 earned -- in 20 2/3 innings for the Cubs. Considering that he struck out just eight in that span, he should probably be written off for the rest of this year, IF NOT FOREVER.

Not that there are offers. But Z would approve a trade if the Cubs came to him.

paul sulivan still has a hard-on for getting Z fired/traded/etc. based on his twitter posts.

it's getting rather "bradley 09" on his side of the internet again.

Maybe we can trade Sullivan for a less bitter writer.


Mets offered Oliver Perez & Luis Castillo for Zambrano.

Cubs said no to inclusion of Castillo.

via CM...his uncle must be from a very remote part of india.

#cubs Lou Piniella will miss Sat-Sun-Mon games to attend funeral of his uncle

He's been at a funeral all season.

I am more curious to see if Trammel uses his 3 day gig to illustrate to GM's around baseball that he knows your second worst hitter doesn't bat #3.

at least dlee/aram are actually playing like they belong there the past few weeks.

too bad that's too little too late and too long left to stink up the middle of the order, though.

ubs lineup fri is rf colvin, ss castro, 1b lee, 3b ramy, cf byrd, lf sori, c soto, 2b riot, p demp

Guess not.

Lou must have made lineup cars and left them next to meals in Tupperware marked FRI-SAT-Sun

"#cubs Lou Piniella will miss Sat-Sun-Mon games to attend funeral of his uncle"


Friday is the new Saturday btw

probably just getting the lineups from Lou anyway

gems like that

Why everyone needs to read TCR

Will his absence be noticed?

The Cubs pregame buffet table will notice.

via CM...

#cubs lineup fri is rf colvin, ss castro, 1b lee, 3b ramy, cf byrd, lf sori, c soto, 2b riot, p demp


"the athletes were subjected to a "six-hour barrage of criticism" for their poor performances...The players were then asked to step up in turn and publicly criticize manager Kim Jong-hun, who had apparently been singled out for punishment."

Seriously, that made me sad. We made jokes during the tournament that they better play well or they'll get punished. Sometimes, I just convince myself that a lot of fears are just hearsay and paranoia, but then I read that.

I have a friend who goes to North Korea every week for business. I get nervous for her every time.

per Bob Nightengale tweet...Berkman snubs WSux

Lance Berkman had recently exercised his no-trade rights for possible deal with White Sox before accepting Yankees' trade.


Kenny Williams duped?

From Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald:

Williams discussed the trade the netted the Sox starting pitcher Edwin Jackson earlier in the day, and he thinks the right-hander's power arm and experience is a definite upgrade over rookie Daniel Hudson, who went to the Diamondbacks for Jackson.
But KW also sounded like he's been duped _ likely by Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo _ in talks for Adam Dunn.
While he didn't mention any specific names, Kenny said it's been "frustrating" dealing with newer GMs, of which Rizzo is one.
He also mentioned "playing games" and "being above board," so you pretty much get the picture.
I'm hearing that Rizzo has taken Dunn off the market, but who really knows? These have been the most unusual days leading up to the trade deadline I ever can remember, by far.
But I'm thinking the original plan was for the Sox to acquire Jackson and send him to the Nats for Dunn.

I think dealing Hudson and the other prospect for Jackson is a horrible trade. Jackson has awful numbers, not just this year but most of his career, and he's owed about $13 million through next season, which the Sox are paying all of.

He's been so bad, Nate Robertson, who was released by the Marlins last week has similar numbers and could have been signed for a prorated share of the major league minimum, saving the Sox $13 million plus two top pitching prospects.

Robertson has a similar horrible ERA, 5.47 to 5.16, if I recall correctly. They each have 1.49 WHIP's, Jackson is k'ing more guys at 7.0 per 9 ip compared to 5.5 per 9 ip for Robertson. Robertson walks fewer guys, 3.5 per 9 ip compared to 4.0. (I might be off, those are the numbers I remember from earlier in the day but I think they're correct). The point is not that Robertson would be a good signing, although he's pitched better than some starters in the majors, but that Jackson, despite his talent, has never been consistent other than mostly consistently bad, and terribly overpaid. Factor in the two prospects the Sox gave up and Kenny must have dropped some acid before making this trade.

according to wscr "the retarded dave duncan " sox pitching coach don cooper "saw something that Jackson was doing wrong and he could fix."

Last guy he fixed?
Jake Peavey

According to Len if Lilly gets traded Z back into rotation.

Howry to retire.

Colorado should play one game a series w/out humidor balls.

Throw back game.

I like it.

Apparently they do.

Per Rosenthal or Olney whoever tigers and dodgers still looking at lilly but
they mentioned a third unknown team could be just BS being put out there.

Are the giants that happy that they wouldnt want to upgrade say with a
starter and also keep dodgers from getting Lilly.

From Jayson Stark:

Sources say only real gap separating #Dodgers & #Cubs on Lilly is amount of $ Cubs would take, but could be enough to prevent a deal




why do i keep clearing time to watch this trainwreck?

ps- when is the last time dlee actually ran to 1st base?

On the Lee play it seemed the ball got out there fast but Lee was not
close to first base i thought it was ramirez for a second.

Will be interesting to see if Trammel brings out the same lineup saturday
or wants to make a statement.

Doubt he's going to show up lou.

Didya know lou and dave magadan are cousins?

The way Lou handled that 8th inning I was starting to think he was related to Gene "Sleepy" Lamont.

It would have been a smart time to get Z back in major league action, down 3 to start the inning, game likely over, little pressure. At least put Z in instead of Cashner once Marshall gives up a few.

Give Brenley credit Cashner is geting shelled a rookie where is your
TEAM LEADER going to talk to the pitcher to try to settle him down
Derrick Lee take a seat for a while.

Why the hell did lou put Cashner in anyways.


13 hits, 11 consecutive hits plus 2 walks with 2 outs. 8 extra base hits in the inning.

Yes, it was well on its way to being just another dull unmemorable mindnumbing loss. But the Cubs made it interesting in the 8th.

11 hits in a row.

It's sheer poetry that the 1929 CUBS were one of four NL teams that held the old record of 10 consecutive hits in an inning.

this game was dildos.

but not in a good way?

ESPN's Bruce Levine:

"The Dodgers would like to obtain both Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot. The Cubs have asked for second baseman Blake DeWitt back as part of any trade...

The Cubs also have a possible deal with Arizona for second baseman Kelly Johnson. The Diamondbacks have asked for Ryan Theriot and left-handed pitcher James Russell in return.

The Cubs have been going back and forth on both deals, knowing they can’t trade Theriot twice."

Jump on Theriot and Russell for Kelly Johnson. Johnson would be a very nice addition for next season. Russell might become a good reliever in the future but he's not now. A middle reliever and a 2b we will likely non-tender for a legitimate starting 2b would be great. We have a ton of young pitching coming up, replacing Russell wouldn't be hard.

Johnson was either non-tendered or was going to be non-tendered by the Braves last off-season. The Cubs bullpen is giving up 4.73 runs/9, so a guy with a 4 ERA is a lot better than average back there, and Russell has probably been a bit unlucky with his HR's allowed.

I am not sure the rush to trade for him, anyway. Are the D-Back in the playoff hunt or are the Cubs?

Great point Neal. Here's a guy in Johnson who was freely available talent, Hendry ignored him, and now he wants to give away a solid bullpen contributor and sell low on a averagish middle infielder to acquire him. Poor stewardship of resources.

It's what the D-backs have asked for, rumor has it. Hendry hasn't agreed to it, yet.

There are a number of teams looking for lefty relievers. Even a rookie. If Hendry wanted to trade Russell, I would think there would be a better deal out there. I have a hard time believing Hendry's considering this deal.

i highly doubt you'll do better than a regular 2bmen for an okay lefty reliever.

I just think the inclusion of Russell pushes the deal too far in favor of the D-Backs. If they wanted someone else who hasn't proven to be useful ("okay") at the major league level, that would be a different story.

After Johnson's 2009 and his home/road splits this season (and the money he'll make for 2011) I have some concerns.

That's pretty much the best, most succinct way I've heard to describe Hendry's last several years.

I agree

I do wonder what we'd get to send Lilly to LA by himself. Theriot never seemed like a sweetener before, and I can't really imagine how much better the deal would get by including him. It seems the Dodgers want the Cubs to just pay Lilly's entire salary, which wouldn't bother me a bit - hell, pay Theriot's entire salary, too.

I thought I heard a trade scenario involving James Loney, he'd be nice to pick up if they had a replacement for him for the rest of the season

Any scenario involving James Loney were the ramblings of some fan. (Edit- there may have been some Loney talk in regards to Cliff Lee.)

The way I read it is that the Cubs want DeWitt. So Theriot is being offered as a 2B replacement for the Dodgers - so they don't have to go with Carroll and Belliard.

Sure they can trade Theriot twice. Maybe three times. They still have Baker and Barney, don't they?

The truth of the matter is they know they don't need both DeWitt and Johnson.

That game last night was just rock bottom, maybe the worst Cub performance I've seen in 35 years of watching games. I want some kind of apology from Ricketts, Hendry, Piniella and Lee.

Having Lou miss the next 3 games just might be useful. I'm thinking that we just might see how much a lame duck effect he has on this team. I remember the 2007 team played well for Trammel in Milwaukee when Lou was suspended for the 4 game tirade vs ump Wegener.

Bringing up as many kids would be more useful...if they got to play.

Here is the obit on Lou's 92 yr old uncle that passed away.

(it is former major leaguer, Dave Magadan's dad)

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    "Terms of the deal were not disclosed."

    Rob Richardson 20 min 41 sec ago view
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    PC tonite at PNC

    jacos 42 min 58 sec ago view
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    billybucks 1 hour 30 min ago view
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    Rob G. 1 hour 36 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 40 min ago view
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    crunch 3 hours 47 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 12 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.

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    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 16 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 21 min ago view
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    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 37 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 41 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 46 min ago view
  • Phil, do Marquez and Ocampo look like prospects?

    Hagsag 10 hours 31 min ago view
  • It helps when your defense has declared war against the H in WHIP.

    Still impressive.

    John Beasley 10 hours 33 min ago view