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".

Translation:

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

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Recent comments

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  • Good to hear Beeler is getting better--I've become anxious about all Cubs pitching prospects.

    Does anyone know if firstinning.com is ever coming back? What's going on over there?

    4 hours 6 min ago
    Charlie
  • When did Eric Wedge turn 60?

    4 hours 14 min ago
    jacos
  • AND Darwin Barney really gotta hold of one. The bad news with that is it may have bought him more playing time. Maybe the good news will be that another team noticed.

    Nice move by Rob's new webmaster on moving the site over to cloudflare. This will be a great help for security for those of you worried about that kind of stuff.

    4 hours 21 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • AZ Phil: I am not familiar with any of the manager/coaches at EST. Are they all new to the organization and is anyone a holdover from before Theo/Ged/McLeod took over?

    6 hours 21 min ago
    Cubster
  • AZ Phi: any comments on the Extended Spring Training manager/coaches? I'm not familiar with any of them. Are any of them holdovers from pre-Epstein era?

    6 hours 23 min ago
    Cubster
  • excellent point!

    6 hours 26 min ago
    Cubster
  • AZ Phil, have you heard if there is a new injury to Fujikawa? I know he left the mound early this week. Thanks.

    8 hours 1 min ago
    Hagsag
  • AZ Phil, do you feel Jimenez and Torres will stay in Mesa for the summer? Thanks

    8 hours 44 min ago
    Hagsag
  • AZ Phil, do you feel Jimenez and Torres will stay in Mesa for the summer? Thanks

    8 hours 44 min ago
    Hagsag
  • When did Eric Wedge turn 60?

    16 hours 35 min ago
    jacos
  • rizzo, back spasms...expects to play tomorrow, though.

    19 hours 15 min ago
    crunch
  • 1 day 6 hours ago
    Hagsag
  • He's obviously been talking to an agent... :)

    2 days 45 min ago
    Ryno
  • Mooney with some really telling quotes from Samardzija.
    http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/samardzija-sabathia...

    “When you’re hitting your prime and you’re hitting free agency — like it’s supposed to be done — then that’s the way it sets up for guys behind you,” Samardzija said. “I definitely have a responsibility to the players that are younger than me and approaching arbitration or approaching free agency to keep the numbers where they should be.

    2 days 2 hours ago
    QuietMan
  • ...not only that, but ECU doesn't exactly play a top-tier NCAA college baseball schedule. given his stuff, one would expect some better than average #s, not worse than average numbers compared to other top tier guys...both current and historical.

    he's got 8 WP in 59.1ip this year...he had 9 WP last year in 109.2ip. sure a better catcher can turn some WPs into blocks/catches, but that's still a lot of missing his target.

    2 days 15 hours ago
    crunch
  • Are they rotating Wrigley as part of the renovation or is Bryant going to hit a ton of foul balls backwards?

    2 days 15 hours ago
    Newport
 

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