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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  • 4 hours 28 min ago
    Newport
  • Totally agree. I think the pitch was inside (only a couple inches) but it was unhittable and ultimately not a strike so I liked the take too. Ump wasn't calling that all day either.

    9 hours 38 min ago
    Carlito
  • The umpires are burying him even deeper. But I'd honestly rather he looks that one in than get burned swinging on it. It was a good pitch and the pitcher got his call. I thought I saw Baez shorten his swing to just pop the previous one foul, too, although I do have a pretty active imagination.

    10 hours 23 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Baez usually keeps his mouth shut, to his credit. But that strike 3 was inside and he said a word or two. he doesn't get any calls- that will change with time too.

    10 hours 51 min ago
    Carlito
  • d.straily pitches an inning without giving up a run...neat.

    it's his first appearance this season without giving up a run.

    11 hours 18 min ago
    crunch
  • Rosscup with 1.0 IP and 1 ER -- which lowers his ERA.. Nice.

    12 hours 15 min ago
    billybucks
  • I know what you meant to say. But the last four words are impossible, strictly speaking. Is there any way to rephrase it?

    (Turner is still a baby, they'll work with him in off season and spring training. See if anything changes).

    13 hours 38 min ago
    Carlito
  • i think it's time for the j.turner experiment to end...dude is making ejax look good.

    14 hours 20 min ago
    crunch
  • These lineups are killing me. I put the % chance of victory today at about .09% with Turner working through his tough season, and Valbuena at cleanup with Valaika and Szczur kicking major butt today.

    Reminds me of my freshman baseball coach who used to have the team actually vote on the bus as to who would start each game. Yes the bus ride on the way to the game, we'd vote. "Who wants tommy to play SS?"

    14 hours 52 min ago
    Carlito
  • I think the rebuild was too time consuming and costly to gamble multiple prospects for a single entity, no matter how good he is. The idea I think was to start a machine that produced consistently and improves the odds of winning every year for a long time. Stanton would certainly cost too much in terms of prospects to gamble on ... The gamble btw isn't necessarily his production, but also his health etc.

    15 hours 8 min ago
    Carlito
  • Soler, Bryant, and Russell are definitely my untouchables. There's a chance that trading Baez could look really stupid in hindsight, but Stanton is a player I'd take that gamble on. In any case, I legitimately think the Marlins are planning to extend him and wouldn't trade him for less than 10 WAR per season.

    15 hours 25 min ago
    John Beasley
  • Bet most Tiger fans are happy for Miggy versus the cost controlled years of Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin. Cubs are one of a few teams that have the prospects and payroll space for this move so let idle speculation begin.

    That being said, I've drank enough kool aid and believe that Soler/Bryant are pretty close to can't miss. Don't feel the risk on those guys is worth a $25 mil per year Stanton insurance policy.

    15 hours 46 min ago
    Sonicwind75
  • Hah, Nice.

    17 hours 51 min ago
    Ryno
  • Stanton talk is just the talk of bored reporters/fans. It doesn't make any sense. The salary alone would scare me off. I seriously doubt TheoCorp has any interest in Stanton. If they had gone the other way and built a pitching staff of young studs they might, but there's no need now. Roll the dice on what you have and shore up the starting pitching.

    1 day 8 hours ago
    Old and Blue
  • Elkhart native? No shit. I'm Elkhart Memorial, class of 96

    1 day 9 hours ago
    Ryno
  • Apparently you never saw Mickey Morandini play.

    Downs a shot.

    1 day 9 hours ago
    Old and Blue
 

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