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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    • Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.

      He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.

      billybucks 2 hours 32 min ago view
    • Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.

      Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.

      billybucks 2 hours 37 min ago view
    • 101 wins...most since 1910 (104).

      neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.

      crunch 2 hours 52 min ago view
    • Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?

      billybucks 2 hours 55 min ago view
    • Sean Rodriguez's helmet looks like it's taking a dump

      jacos 2 hours 59 min ago view
    • Grimm not doing himself any favors lately re: making the playoff squad. Seems to have lost the feel for his curveball.

      billybucks 3 hours 4 min ago view
    • j.grimm is literally worse than hitler.

      felix pena, your turn.

      crunch 3 hours 5 min ago view
    • it's been a while since joe's over-managed a game...it's gotta feel good for him to be back in the saddle making people's scorecards look like their pens blew up.

      crunch 3 hours 51 min ago view
    • Fuck a bench spot on the playoff roster, Coghlan is competing to bat cleanup.

      John Beasley 6 hours 7 min ago view
    • barely any...especially for an evening game. place looks 1/2 full at best to start the game.

      crunch 6 hours 29 min ago view
    • Listening on the radio. Are there any fans in the stands at all?

      Brick 6 hours 38 min ago view
    • "An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage."

      crunch 7 hours 39 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. 8 hours 53 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 9 hours 38 min ago view
    • Agree -- I think you want to keep him on a regular schedule.

      billybucks 9 hours 57 min ago view
    • Ramos torn ACL

      jacos 10 hours 25 min ago view