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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  • You always had it in for Olt.

    Glad to see Vicaino.

    2 min 44 sec ago
  • Hamstrings, man. That's why I had mine removed. *falls over trying to make pompous gesture*

    13 min 20 sec ago
  • No Mike Olt if anyone is wondering, out for rest of year because of hamstring injury.

    23 min 21 sec ago
    Rob G.
  • I can't wait to see Vizcaino. I wondered why no Rivero, but he's not on the 40 man roster (so that's my answer).

    23 min 52 sec ago
  • Nice read, always liking hearing the tangible specifics on how someone may have helped someone...

    Whatever he did with Baez sure didn't stick, hopefully Baez is a bit humbled this offseason and a bit more accepting of coaching.

    24 min 13 sec ago
    Rob G.
  • Cardinals are back in first place


    26 min 36 sec ago
    Rob G.
  • No Manny?

    And I see Straily is up as I thought he would be. It will be good for Bosio to work with him over the next few weeks. Perhaps he can help him a bit like it seems he has with Turner.

    27 min 11 sec ago
  • 35 min 20 sec ago
    Rob G.
  • Thanks for sharing

    2 hours 35 min ago
  • To be fair, he took the first pitch and the umpire called a strike (it wasn't). He's a guy who can't afford to get down in the count at all right now.

    3 hours 55 min ago
    Doug Dascenzo
  • "No one should confuse Manny with Midas -- Cubs minor-league hitting coordinator Anthony Iapoce, Double A hitting coach Desi Wilson and Triple A hitting coach Brian Harper all played significant roles in the young hitters’ developments. Still, Ramirez’s impact was undeniable."

    "Another episode, about a month into Ramirez’s stint in Iowa, left an even greater impression.

    4 hours 28 min ago
    Rob Richardson
  • Whenever you fire someone, it's not pretty. But in Sveum's case, there was a dangerous situation in baseball terms in that Castro and Rizzo were not just having bad adjustment sophomore years, but seemed to be regressing rather badly. Rizzo maybe not so much regressing as not moving forward in a way that satisfied the men who had just handed him a hefty contract. Look at this way. If you fire Sveum and those two still have suck years the next year, then you know the problem is quite a bit deeper than you thought.

    5 hours 8 sec ago
    Old and Blue
  • Haha! Well who's protecting him? Wellington's hot ...

    6 hours 47 min ago
  • disagreement on the way to handle things and that a better manager was needed for the next step. The number of meaningless wins is an irrelevant point. They hired someone and it wasn't quite what they were expecting or what they think they need going forward.

    14 hours 25 min ago
    Rob G.
  • you see more fastballs in the #4...oh forget it.

    16 hours 7 min ago
    Rob G.
  • the nice thing is there's an option at 2nd with l.watkins if baez needs to be returned to AAA to "work on something" in 2015.

    ...and there's a.russell pushing the middle IF situation even more by 2016 at the latest (pending suck/injury).

    the bats pipeline is looking good all over the place with the exception of C (unless you buy into the new guy being able to stick there...which i don't buy into).

    19 hours 30 min ago


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