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

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    says he's being sent down to get a bit of a rest, won't report to Iowa immediately, Renteria thinks he'll be back in 10 days. We'll see...

    Says Schlitter and Grimm may get the same treatment.

    1 day 2 hours ago
    Rob G.
  • Russell and Baez both HR. Soler seems like he's a man on a mission.

    1 day 2 hours ago
  • ...and then the 7th inning happened and this game sucks again.

    1 day 5 hours ago
  • these past 2 days of games vs STL has been great...tie game in the 6th

    pinch hit HR by sureholds...first PH homer of the season for the cubs.

    1 day 6 hours ago
  • It's gotta be service time. If he stays down until September 1, it will probably delay his Super 2. If stays up he would definitely qualify after 2016. Considering how well he's pitched, it's a shitty move.

    1 day 7 hours ago
    John Beasley
  • His era is under 1.00 ??!!

    Discipline problem? Health problem? ML service time problem?

    Very weird.

    1 day 8 hours ago
  • Former GM,Salty Saltwell throwing out today's first pitch. Az Phil tells some good Saltwell stories.

    Sutcliffe throws a pitch too.

    1 day 8 hours ago
  • Back online...

    Head scratcher, Neil Ramirez to Iowa for Blake Parker.

    Peavy to sf for prospects

    Pierzinski to cards, in today's lineup

    1 day 9 hours ago
  • Addison Russell with 2 HR (4 rbi) in the first two innings vs former Cub farmhand Mitch Atkins (Miss. Braves). Smokies lead 6-0

    2 days 3 hours ago
  • While this look is not predictive when looking at the Cubs and each team that met this criterion had its own unique competitive cycle, it indicates that the majority of teams in a similar situation to the Cubs have gone on to periods of success, most of them quickly

    2 days 5 hours ago
    Rob G.
  • Szczur does lead pcl of'ers in assists...sam fuld II...

    2 days 8 hours ago
    Mike Wellman
  • maybe we should worry that he isn't worried?

    2 days 8 hours ago
    Mike Wellman
  • Watched Vizcaino warm up @ close range last night & he seemed very loose (the ManRam effect). When he came in he was throwing 96 but the first 2 hitters he faced singled...dunno the problem but his arm appears strong & he doesn't appear worried...

    2 days 8 hours ago
    Mike Wellman
  • david cone's 88 pitch (10K) perfect game approves.

    fwiw, don larsen was in attendance and threw out the first pitch of the game.

    2 days 9 hours ago
  • and this...

    The Madduxiest game ever

    Date: July 22, 1997
    Teams: Braves at Cubs
    Time of game: 2:07
    Pitches: 76
    Strikes: 63

    2 days 9 hours ago
    Rob G.

    Some Maddux love

    "The game started at 7:05 p.m. in Atlanta, and it ended before sunset."

    2 days 9 hours ago
    Rob G.


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