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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  • Yeah, Cardinals fans.

    1 hour 44 min ago
  • Ron Cey with a CAREER 53.5 WAR. Wow.

    Then you showed Mad-Dog: 106 Career WAR.

    Good thing we traded Maddux. He was not worth the money. [fucking idiots]

    8 hours 40 min ago
    The E-Man
  • Nats exercised Denard Span's option. There was some discussion about Cubs interest in him if that option was declined. Move on, there is nothing here.

    8 hours 53 min ago
  • List of 121 players (including Cubs RHP Carlos Villanueva) who were declared MLB Article XX-B free agents this morning:  


    These players were automatically removed from their club's 40-man roster at 9 AM (Eastern) today. The club retains exclusive negotiating rights with the player through 11:59 PM (Eastern) Monday night, after which the player is free to sign with any club.

    10 hours 40 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • Yeah, I am with you on that, I had a guest post examining the Cubs drafts throughout history this past June:

    It lists all players with 3.0+ career WAR by draft year.

    14 hours 34 min ago
  • True. But Vitters brought to you by the same team that gave us other 1st round busts like Hayden Simpson, Mark Pawelek, Ben Christensen, Bobby Brownlie, Jerry Tabb, Scot Thompson, Drew Hall, Make Harkey, Ty Griffin, Lou Montanez, Tyler Colvin, and Brooks Kieschnick.

    15 hours 20 min ago
    The E-Man
  • j.heyward 24.5...dude wut?

    15 hours 43 min ago
  • I thought it was funny because Vitters was released yesterday and looked up the 2007 draft and then vomited on my desk.

    15 hours 49 min ago
  • True, though you can say that about almost any team drafting in any round any year. With the supplementary picks, there were 61 First Rounders in 2007, and here are the only ones with a career WAR over 5.0 so far:

    1 - David Price - 23.1
    5 - Matt Wieters - 13.6
    9 - Jarrod Parker - 6.0
    10 - Madison Bumgarner - 17.1
    14 - Jason Heyward - 24.5
    27 - Rick Porcello - 10.6
    34 - Todd Frazier - 10.9
    38 - Brett Cecil - 5.5
    48 - Josh Donaldson - 16.6
    54 - Tommy Hunter - 6.2

    15 hours 54 min ago
  • 16 hours 48 min ago
  • Speaking of.. guess who was taken in 2007 draft 7 picks after recently released Josh Vitters?

    /for the 1000th time FU HENDRY!

    17 hours 4 min ago
  • with the trend of run scoring, it seems that having a good pitching staff is nearly an afterthought...

    Cards win a WS a few years ago without Wainwright the whole year and Giants win with bad Lincecum and no Cain. Just get in the playoffs and hope for the best.

    1 day 1 hour ago
    Rob G.
  • Given the Cubs' system and makeup, should we be excited or depressed that a team can win with one elite dominant pitcher?

    1 day 1 hour ago
  • Madison Bumgarner for manager!!!

    Well that was fun...

    1 day 1 hour ago
    Rob G.
  • going to the bottom of the 9th with SF trying to protect a 1 run lead and hosmer/butler/gordon due up...yeah, that's a satisfying game 7 even it ends without a KC comeback (or attempted comeback).

    1 day 1 hour ago
  • They will offer, doubt he will take it.

    1 day 3 hours ago


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