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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  • One thing the Cubs have in their favor is Theo. I have a hunch his reputation is pretty good among players. I can't say I have evidence to back it up, it's just a gut feeling. Another thing going for them is who wouldn't want to be part of the team that beats the curse. Naturally, there are guys who barely know much about it, but overall I gotta think that's pretty powerful stuff. Last I saw Houston was number 1 in minor league rankings, so they're doing something right, too.

    4 hours 27 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • BP's Monday morning 10 pack, reviews ten prospects including Cubs...

    Gleyber Torres, SS, Cubs (Short-season Boise)
    In 2013 the Cubs were aggressive in the international free agent market as they completely blew out their pool money to acquire their targets. Torres and Eloy Jimenez were the two headliners from that class, with Torres commanding a $1.7 million bonus. He is a shortstop at present but, at 17, he’s still a raw product at the position. I think he has the athleticism to remain there but he will need to take to further coaching and instruction to stick.

    5 hours 45 min ago
    Cubster
  • Shields v Lester is an awesome way to kick off the playoffs!

    Everyone knows that tonight's game is for rights to advance to the ALDS, but also know that the losing starter is going to have to wait until Day 2 of the Cubs' 2015 season to pitch, giving Opening Day rights to tonight's winner.

    5 hours 49 min ago
    John Beasley
  • well lots of people are stupid, who the fuck cares what they think?

    Rich people know how to stay rich, I'm sure Crane wants the money in his pocket instead of someone's else's, it's what rich people do. They got screwed over on a TV deal, I'm guessing that's the big sticking point and where the 100s of millions is coming from.

    Astros had nearly the same plan as the Cubs and our year ahead, they're doing just fine.

    13 hours 45 min ago
    Rob G.
  • people are still trying to gauge how serious jim crane is about the astros and investing heavily in them.

    last year he sued the former owners for artificially inflating the team's value causing him to lose "100s of millions."

    the whole b.aiken thing this year didn't help things.

    16 hours 4 sec ago
    crunch
  • Major Free Agent Player in 2015?

    Watch the Houston Astros

    Have the #2 and #5 protected picks and #32 compensation pick, plus no state tax.

    16 hours 14 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Turner has nice stuff but eventually potential has to become something more than that. I can't imagine they'll be standing pat on the rotation. I wouldn't be shocked to see a move for Lester as much as I loathe the idea of free agent TOR contracts. It'll be interesting, also to see what they do with Jackson. I don't think they're quite ready to eat the contract. Reading between the lines, it sounds like they're going to see what he does in the off season to try to address his woes. I myself do not hold out any hope on that front, but I'm not the one whose wallet is getting emptied.

    17 hours 7 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • 18 hours 50 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Always could be worse, could be the Rockies...

    22 hours 21 min ago
    Rob G.
  • I guessed Bochy and Black at first, but it is Maddon.

    22 hours 23 min ago
    Rob G.
  • At first I thought Bochy or Girardi, but I think it's Joe Maddon.

    22 hours 46 min ago
    WISCGRAD
  • Gardenhire fired by Twins...13 years at the job.

    Scioscia still on top with 15 seasons with Angels.

    Trivia time...Who now has the 2nd longest tenure?

    23 hours 1 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Well, yeah, I didn't mean it as predictive, of course, but that article is odd in that it sets up a dichotomy between past performance and predictive measures. Predictive measures ARE based in part on past statistics. Each team focuses on a set of statistics they feel are most predictive of future success, and they have arrived at their model almost certainly by estimating a range of sophisticated models on the statistics of past players to see what stats in one stage in a career are most highly correlated with the stats they value in a later stage of a career.

    1 day 1 hour ago
    WISCGRAD
  • eh, WAR shouldn't really be used a predictive measure...not that it won't correlate well, but not in and of itself. It's mostly a good measure of how the season went.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/descriptive-and-predictive-metrics/

    1 day 1 hour ago
    Rob G.
  • I meant to say it would be fun to see how closely this roster matches the 2015 All Star roster. He's not making any predictions here, but we do use WAR as a predictive statistic, so you would think many of these names should be the same.

    1 day 1 hour ago
    Ryno
  • What do you mean by accurate?

    1 day 2 hours ago
    Rob G.
 

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