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

Recent comments

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  • Tannenwho scorching the defense just brings him in line with the rest of the league. I suspect most top 20 College teams could rip through this D on any given Saturday.

    4 hours 9 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • 4 hours 48 min ago
    jacos
  • 2 short LCS series, not much they can do. Yeah, money's the motivating factor, but not like anyone who was going to watch isn't going to watch now.

    Also smart to not go up against football too much especially the early games. Ratings in a series tend to go up later in the series.

    7 hours 10 min ago
    Rob G.
  • the same mediocre team with Angelo/Lovie...at least those two had a few seasons of brilliance.

    I didn't watch much of the game yesterday, Cutler seemed mediocre at best, which I think we can fairly say is about as good as he is with occasional moments of brilliance.

    Tannenhill scorching your defense is far more alarming to me, he's one of the worst in the league.

    7 hours 12 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Many people think it is a mistake to lose an important game with your best bullpen pitcher (assuming that is your closer) still sitting in the pen.

    8 hours 5 min ago
    Rob Richardson
  • TJ,
    Maybe it would have been less obvious to say that players are protective of their roles, and a closer might not appreciate being used in a non-closing situation on the road. You're managing players as well as situations--but I guess that sounds obvious again.

    8 hours 39 min ago
    VirginiaPhil
  • Then why is he still in the lineup?

    11 hours 32 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • McClellin=first pick of Emery tenure=will play until dead

    11 hours 34 min ago
    jacos
  • I think the whole thing about a QB Whisperer only works if the QB has the capabilities needed to see the entire field. No whisperer can magically create that ability. Holmes was open on the interception to a covered TE. Holmes had a fifty fifty chance of dropping the pass thrown to him, but that's better than an interception. Either Cutler doesn't trust Holmes with the ball, or he didn't see him. If he didn't see him, you can't fix that. You can fix the other I guess, but that's a pretty big problem, too. You can't have receivers out there the QB doesn't trust.

    12 hours 23 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • I don't know why they didn't go with the lineup they had last week. Those scrubs did better than McClellin ever will. Whoever was arguing with me here about my complaints about the D and how we at least now have an exciting offense has now seen that argument put to rest.

    There's nothing here at all. And Cutler is now Alfonso Soriano in a much more important capacity.

    13 hours 26 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • AFL on MLB Network...

    Oct. 31 (Friday) - Scottsdale at Salt River
    Watch live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 3:35 p.m. ET/12:35 MST

    Nov. 4 (Tuesday) - Mesa at Salt River
    Watch live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 8:35 p.m. ET/6:35 MT

    Nov. 6 (Thursday) - Mesa at Salt River
    Watch live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 8:35 p.m. ET/6:35 MT

    Nov. 8 (Saturday) - Mesa at Salt River (Military Appreciation Game)
    Watch live on MLB Network at 8:05 p.m. ET/6:05 MT

    1 day 1 hour ago
    crunch
  • yeah they sucked too

    1 day 2 hours ago
    jacos
  • Haha, well $aid.

    1 day 2 hours ago
    Carlito
  • I'm $ure the two team$ will find it in their heart$ to overcome a few off-days. Advanced $cheduling i$ an important part of ba$eball!

    1 day 2 hours ago
    John Beasley
  • There is something inherently wrong with Baseball taking a 5-6 day break before WS Game 1. This is a sport that is played daily. I expect some sloppy play, it's unfair to the players, and the weather gets worse by the hour this time of year ...

    1 day 3 hours ago
    Carlito
  • not to quibble, but I'm thinking Tannehill's success had more to do with the Bears D than his own abilities.

    1 day 3 hours ago
    Rob G.
 

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