Archive - 2007

November 12th

And the 2007 Awards Go To…

Every year I dip my toes into the post-season awards waters. Here's one man's opinion... Manager of the Year NL - Bob Melvin AL - Mike Scioscia This award seems to usually go to the manager of the team that no one had expectations to win before the season started but my vote usually goes to the manager who had to handle the most adversity throughout the year. I figure it's a lot easier to manage when everyone is healthy and the lineup and bullpen choices were decided in spring training. In the NL though, Bob Melvin seems like a slam-dunk. The Dbacks end up leading the NL in wins and take their division despite being outscored by their opponents over the year. The manager deserves some credit for that I say. Clint Hurdle of the Rockies seems to be the only other skipper worth even mentioning.

November 10th

November 9th

TCR Friday Notes

So little to talk about.... - The Denver Post gives more credence to the Kaz Matsui rumors, saying the Cubs might go three years on a contract and covet Kaz's speed and (pardon my insensitivity here) Japanese-ness. As reader "The Joe" pointed out, signing Kaz might help sway other Japanese players to sign with the Cubs, most notably Fukudome. The same blurb suggest the Rockies might look at Michael Barrett for catching duties if Torrealba walks.

November 7th

Cubs Suffer Tough, Pretend Loss

On Monday, The Sporting News Web site began a day-by-day replay of the 1986 MLB season using the Strat-O-Matic baseball simulation software. The site will be tracking the season with a daily scoreboard, box scores, game recaps, and player stats. Each of the 26 teams in existence back in '86 is being managed by a different baseball insider, writer, super-fan, etc. The faux Cubs’ manager is espn.com writer Dan Shanoff.

Just One More Reason to Hate the Trib

It seems that as I get older, there's just very little in the world that surprises me anymore. You read the news and people seem to redefine the word despicable almost everyday. And it might just be the sensationalistic nature of journalism today that has numbed the pain, or just my generally placid everyday demeanor that makes everything just a little too bearable.

November 6th

GMs In Favor Of Reruns

  • The GMs have voted 25-5 in support of limited use of video replay. A proposal will now be forwarded to the Commissioner, who will involve representatives of the Players and Umpires unions in evaluating the proposal. Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB's VP of Baseball Operations, says he does not expect the proposal to become a rule in time for the 2008 season.

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    • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

      "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
      "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

      billybucks 9 hours 47 min ago view
    • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

      billybucks 9 hours 52 min ago view
    • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

      2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

      Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

      billybucks 10 hours 40 min ago view
    • Contreras keeps hitting/walking like this, and Miggy keep up the poor D and lack of offense - the kid could be the #1 catcher very soon.

      billybucks 10 hours 45 min ago view
    • it doesn't hurt that the Cardinals lose the KC and the Pirates lost too.

      Cubster 10 hours 46 min ago view
    • ...still trying to process what I just saw. From both KB and Jake. Walking Billy Hamilton twice is a cry for help. I think the nudie photos are messing with Jake's head.

      billybucks 10 hours 48 min ago view
    • Hopefully Peralta's time on the Cubs roster will be shorter than R. Soriano's.

      Cubster 11 hours 4 min ago view
    • it took 9 pitches for peralta to give up his 1st cubs homer. neat.

      crunch 11 hours 9 min ago view
    • damn...totally missed that ruben quevedo died on june 7th. he was only 37...heart attack.

      he threw some really horrible games for the cubs in 2000 and followed it up by doing the same for 3 season for the brewers.

      crunch 11 hours 16 min ago view
    • Holy Kris Bryant what?!

      Ryno 11 hours 18 min ago view
    • Hitting 3 HR, 2 doubles in a game. Never been done in mlb history per Len/Bob.

      Cubster 11 hours 30 min ago view
    • walks? this is baseball, not a nature hike. he needs to get his head in the game.

      in my opinion, he would have been better off hitting 2 homers rather than walking twice. /moneyballs

      crunch 11 hours 33 min ago view
    • Rizzo: 2-3, homer, double, 2 walks - meh

      Eric S 11 hours 35 min ago view
    • in other news, the site seems to be eating about 50% of my comments...which is probably a good thing in hindsight.

      Rob G. 11 hours 37 min ago view
    • The Tucker Barnhart reactions after each Kris Bryant HR are kind of priceless.

      Rob G. 11 hours 41 min ago view
    • ...but, he's also good at home runs, too.

      also, rizzo.

      crunch 11 hours 45 min ago view