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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  • The Cubs have ten days to either release, trade, or outright Darwin Barney to the minors, but because he was not replaced on the 40-man roster by another player when he was Designated for Assignment, the Cubs could also choose to return Barney to the 40-man roster and option him to minors.    

    12 min 52 sec ago
    Arizona Phil
  • Tony Four Sacks
    /league leader
    //fourth straight game

    35 min 20 sec ago
    jacos
  • Paternity leave gone wild.

    1 hour 39 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • I agree with everything that was said on that page. EVERYTHING. Without exception.

    1 hour 44 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • "Honey, Iowa is beautiful this time of year"

    ~ducks~

    2 hours 24 min ago
    jacos
  • not sure how accurate the WAR listing is on the BR draft page by year, but I got Barney as #3 (discounting Donaldson) of the Hendry era (since 2002).

    1. Josh Donaldson 14.1 (none with Cubs)
    2. Sean Marshall 9.8 (obviously not all with Cubs)
    3. Randy Wells 7.9
    4. Darwin Barney 6.8
    5. Jeff Samardzija 5.7
    2 hours 35 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Thanks folks. I'll be here all night. Remember to tip your cocktail waitress ...

    2 hours 40 min ago
    Carlito
  • Need's pitchers who can hit

    2 hours 45 min ago
    jacos
  • "Rangers placed C Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain."

    I heard it was because he got caught with a good strain.

    AMIRIGHT??!!!

    2 hours 46 min ago
    jacos
  • With a team that can hit, Darwin would be a great addition

    2 hours 51 min ago
    Ryno
  • Yikes

    "At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul." Principal to Billy Madison

    3 hours 30 min ago
    Sonicwind75
  • No kidding!

    4 hours 14 min ago
    JoePepitone
  • I liked Sveum a lot and I still do, but in retrospect I would say he was a little too hands-on with hitting advice, especially coming from the manager, who controls a young hitter's playing time. Triple-A and the big leagues might be a little late to teach a guy how to hit. If Bill Meuller is even partly responsible for the year that Rizzo is having, then he's a great coach, but I haven't heard Rizzo mention it, and I suspect that Rizzo has figured it out himself. In horse racing, the trainer talks to the horse, but that doesn't mean the horse is listening.

    4 hours 25 min ago
    VirginiaPhil
  • per Roto... Lone star state Cubbery:

    Rangers placed C Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain.
    Soto lasted just three games on the Rangers' active roster. He missed the first three-and-a-half months of the 2014 season following knee surgery and will now likely be sidelined through mid-August. Robinson Chirinos will again serve as the primary catcher in Texas.

    4 hours 36 min ago
    Cubster
  • Scrappy devalued.

    4 hours 42 min ago
    Cubster
  • Don't worry Boni will be next

    4 hours 47 min ago
    jacos
 

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