Archive - Nov 2008

November 29th

Everthing Arizona Phil writes in the comment section is worthy of a Best of TCR article. But this Best of TCR writeup is to show that I can find a post when news is particularly thin (beyond those gimme's from our TCR guru in the desert). Thanksgiving weekend is usually a desert of baseball news unto itself. Thus to brighten our tumbleweed desolate weekend, my long time friend, The E-Man steps up with a summary of Bruce Levine's ESPN AM-1000 saturday morning "Talking Baseball" weekly radio show. Enjoy (except for the part where he says that my season tickets will be more expensive). Take it away E-Man:

Just heard Hendry on WMVP this AM with Bruce Levine.

Jimbo came on the show...

- no slam dunk with Marmol as closer. He is not "set to close", but it is Lou's decision. They (Marmol/Gregg) may share duties. One may close more in the beginning of the year than the other.

November 28th

MLB clubs have until Monday (December 1st) to decide whether to offer salary arbitration to their Type "A" and Type"B" free-agents. 

November 26th

In a special, Thanksgiving edition of his Stat of the Week, John Dewan chronicles the Cubs' aversion to taking walks from 2003 through '07.

Here is how the Cubs hitters ranked among NL clubs in BB:

2003 14th of 16 teams
2004 14th of 16 teams
2005 16th of 16 teams
2006 16th of 16 teams
2007 15th of 16 teams

Last year  was a different story.

I read the Sun-Times writeup on an interview with Lou Piniella in yesterday's paper and thought it was worthy of TCR discussion.

''The two things that I take from the postseason are that I didn't get a chance to pitch [Ted] Lilly, and he was such an integral part of us getting there.."

Here's my translation of Lou's comment #1:

1) The Ted Lilly Fan Club Super Computer predicted this.

2) Lou prefers Jason Marquis to Jake Peavy or Rich Harden because the latter two makes it tougher to pitch Ted Lilly in the playoffs.

3) You should have seen Z's reaction when (Lou) told him Dempster was pitching game one and Ted Lilly was pitching game two vs LA.


And Lou's comment #2: "And, two, we've just got to figure out a way to score more runs in the postseason."

...then Lou says: Raul Ibanez is the type of professional hitter "that we are alluding to".


1) I'm batting Raul 4th.

2) Defense? We don't need no stinkin' defense.

3) Is there a Raul Ibanez Fan Club Computer I can check with?

November 25th

Back in April, I put up some polls for our readers to rank the position players and number one pitchers in the division. I originally intended to get them up before the season started so any hot starts wouldn't influence the results. I failed miserably at that and the poll results showed that (Derrek Lee second?). Nonetheless, let's revisit the fun.

November 22nd

Kansas City is focused on Sean Marshall and Mike Fontenot in talks with the Cubs about Mark Teahen. …

That is according to a Phil Rogers article.

That's great, I'm focused on solving world peace after I cure cancer, which will all happen after I retire at age 35 because the charming widow across the street is really the heir to the Buffett family fortune and appreciates when I roll her garbage can up her driveway on Tuesdays.

Let's just say I don't see either one happening.

November 21st

November 19th

Recent comments

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  • Not to be too disparaging but I see that a lot in the majors. I think you're bleeding a little Cubbie blue for them :-)

    14 min 53 sec ago
    Old and Blue
  • I may have been reading between the lines but I thought he was another guy AZ Phil liked. Or maybe it was just I was reading a lot of AZ's arizona reports and he was always putting up a good line. I can't remember.

    20 min 45 sec ago
    Old and Blue
  • Jeimer Candelario went 3-5 with a double and triple yesterday.. I've noticed he's hitting well in the last few weeks/month and his average is now .249 up from the low .200's.. I didn't look up his short term slash line but it looks like he's finally "getting it' at KC level which is very encouraging. Any comments from someone who might have been watching closer. What is the ceiling at this point for him? He's a switch hitter, so if he is OK from both sides that's somewhat unique for a third baseman. He was always considered more of an offensive player than a defensive one.

    1 hour 18 min ago
  • I've never seen the type of focus and 'attitude' that Baez and Hendricks display. I mean that in a good way. Hendricks looks like an assassin or British spy.

    1 hour 28 min ago
  • just don't blame me if they go all Cleveland on you.

    6 hours 49 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Admit you guys. Anyone who has a bit of spiritual karma stuff going on has to admit that all our incantations are beginning to have some meaning. Anyone who is over 30 knows that if you push hard enough with your thoughts, things happen, miracles happen. People who were sick, suddenly, get better. I've always jested about bringing them up, but I have been trying to "visualize" a Cubs team that is like this. I doubt I"m alone here.

    If that sounds crazy, fine, it's just an internet forum.

    6 hours 50 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Very true. Who was it earlier who was saying our heart pumps were tethered to the Jake Foxes of the world? There's just so many now. It's fun. Most of them won't pan out. Unlike others, I don't think Baez is gonna fall into that group but I did like Choi so don't listen to me. Talk about opposites though, huh?

    6 hours 58 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Could be but if so I apologize because i ignore him and if he found his way into my Flipboard I should be shot, and tortured.

    7 hours 1 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • The next wave go a combined 6/25...Schwarber and Soler with HR's.

    • Soler 1/4 with a HR
    • Bryant 1/4
    • Almora 1/4
    • Russell 0/4
    • Schwarber 2/5 with a HR
    • McKinney 1/4 with a BB 

    Almora hitting .310 over his last 10 games, 0 BB, 8 K

    7 hours 56 min ago
    Rob G.
  • I think you are referring to Peter Gammons recent quote from within the last few days, O&B? Ot was on his blog, then Tweeted about.
    That is almost verbatim from what you're describing...

    12 hours 17 min ago
    The E-Man
  • I remember talking to a couple of scouts at an Instructs game post-2011 (pre-Epstein/Hoyer), and even back then they both said they thought that within about five years there would be more players signed and/or developed by the Cubs playing in the big leagues than from any other MLB organization, but that the vast majority of them would be platoon guys, 5th starters, middle relievers, utility infielders, 4th or 5th outfielders, and back-up catchers.

    12 hours 24 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • Was 2003 that Rick Telander predicted with absolute certainty that the Cubs wouldn't make the playoffs? Then they did. That shit annoys me, because in April these jokers make predictions and are never held accountable to them. It's like they just say whatever they want because they know no one will hold them to it.

    And by the way, if he's trying to write that article like it's a blog, fine, but compared to most blogs, that article is complete shit.

    12 hours 53 min ago
  • Fun stuff. I don't believe it- some of these guys won't work out- but the simple fact that scouts are talking with this level of hypobole tells you just how good the Cubs system is now.

    12 hours 59 min ago
  • So far so good.

    14 hours 10 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • I saw a quote from some scout who said the Cubs have the best minor league system for position players in the history of the game as far as he knows. Unfortunately I read too many things on my iPad and don't bookmark them or forward them to this computer, so I don't have a link, but the scout mentioned "forgotten" but good prospects like Caesar, Vogelbomb, and another name that eludes me. He was very high on Caesar.

    14 hours 31 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • There are no comps to Baez that I can think of. Except maybe the Wild Thing, in a way.

    14 hours 34 min ago
    Old and Blue


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