Archive - Feb 2008

February 12th

Chicago’s favorite former Chunichi Dragon gets the attention of the New York Times today. The article talks about how Fukudome played shortstop (badly) for his first three years as a pro, and the memory of that evoked this funny, self-deprecating description of what kind of shortstop Fukudome was:

“The kind that caused my pitchers great anxiety.”

(Actually, the comment came through Fukudome’s translator. I guess that means the comment wasn’t self-deprecating...just deprecating.)

Most interesting part of the piece to me was the connection drawn between Fukudome’s move to the outfield and his emergence as a big-time hitter. Fukudome thinks it's no coincidence that the events happened in tandem; says he found playing the outfield "much more relaxing."

If Fukudome struggles early, I hope the right field bleacher creatures at Wrigley give him a break. Otherwise "relaxing" will be the last word he'll use to describe his new home.

February 11th

The phrase "ex-Cub factor" has been thrown around quite a bit. It was
originally coined by writer and Cub fan Ron Berler, who wrote an
article in 1981 stating that since the Yankees of that season had five
ex-Cubs on their roster, they were doomed to lose the World Series if
they got there. He was right -- they lost to the Dodgers in six games.


Roster Rules & Procedures


LAST UPDATED: 7-11-2014

CUBS MAJOR LEAGUE RESERVE LIST (40-MAN ROSTER):

40 players, plus two players are on the 60-day Disabled List (roster is full)

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YOUR 2007 AVERAGE BATTING PARTNERS (ABPs)
By Lawhide

Being bored recently, I decided to work on some statistical tomfoolery: I decided to find out who was the ABP for each Cubs pitcher in the majors. What’s an ABP? I took the OBP- and SLG-against for each pitcher and tried to find the most comparable 2007 MLB hitter. For instance, batters hitting against Will Ohman in 2007 hit a line of .355 OBP and .436 SLG (an OPS-against of .791). Luis Gonzalez (the old one) hit .359/.433/.792 this year, making him Will Ohman’s Average Batting Partner, or ABP.

Keep in mind that there’s not really any useful statistical information in an exercise like this, it’s purely for fun (at least, fun for those of us who are into the numbers side of things). That being said, here are your 2007 Cubs Pitcher ABPs.

February 10th

With Cubs pitchers & catchers scheduled to report to Fitch Park in Mesa this week, and with position players scheduled to report next week, let's take a quick look at the Cubs 2008 Spring Training roster:

February 8th

...for those that missed out on the West Coast scores.

- One of our wonderful readers, "Wolf at the Door" has been burning the midnight oil with all kinds of fancy charts and graphs over at the Wolf-Report. Fantastic stuff. His latest is a comparison of Japanese players making the transition to the majors, although he did forget one player....

- Tadahito Iguchi, who John Dewan points out had remarkably similar numbers to Fukudome in their age 29 seasons in Japan (that was two years ago for Fukudome). Iguchi's first season with the White Sox produced a 278/342/438 line with 15 HR's. That doesn't sound $12M worthy.

- Another Dewan factoid questioning the effectiveness of the Cubs seven-year run as NL strikeout kings.

- I was actually going to mention that same "Stat of the Day" that Cubnut did earlier, but more for the fact that Zambrano has the most plate appearances (84) for a .300 hitter or above without a hit by pitch or a walk in a season (in 2005). I also wanted to note the one about "The Most Average Batters of All Time". Bill Buckner leads the list of hitters with most career plate appearances and an OPS+ between 99 and 101.

- I thought this article was a fun read by Ken Arneson on "How to Defeat a Sabermetrician in an Argument".

- A few weeks back I put up a video of Hendry watching a Felix Pie home run. Here's the clip of the actual moonshot.

Enjoy the weekend....

-- Dayn Perry’s anti-All Star list–the worst National Leaguers, position by position–includes no Cubs, but two exes, Jason Kendall and Juan Pierre.

Congratulations, men.

-- Riffing off of Friday's Stat of the Day feature at Baseball-Reference.com, a list of players who went an entire season without a BB or HBP, here’s a list of Cub hitters who achieved the feat, in descending number of plate appearances:

Joe Carter (52 PA’s in 1983)
Dee Fondy (51 PA’s in 1957)
Mike Hubbard (39 PA’s in 1996)
Bubbles Hargrave (37 PA’s in 1914)
Don Young (36 PA’s in 1965)
Billy Cowan (36 PA’s in 1963)
Coaker Triplett (36 PA’s in 1938)
Rob Talbot (32 PA’s in 1953)
Sandy Martinez (30 PA’s in 1999)
Jeff Kunkel (29 PA’s in 1992)

Note: no Neifi Perez. Just doesn’t seem right. (And yes, Bubbles Hargrave is Pinky's brother.)

-- A tv-related note by way of the Muskrat: Comcast marks the 10th anniversary of Harry Caray’s passing with a day of Harry-related programming on February 18th. Included will be a documentary on Harry’s life and complete rebroadcasts of three big games from Caray’s time with the Cubs, including the NL East clincher in 1984.

--The sun is out in Chicago today for what seems like the first time in months. A fitting reason to point out that pitchers and catchers report to Mesa 5 days, 23 hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds from now.

February 6th

...we have rumors. 


Ken Rosenthal throws a few bones out there about the Cubs, including Coco Crisp and Brian Roberts talk. To fill my monthly MVN quota, I will be posting the full excerpts below:

The Cubs do not view Crisp as a viable alternative if they fail to acquire Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts; Crisp's .329 career on-base percentage makes him ill-suited for the top of the order, and the Cubs don't want a center fielder who might block Felix Pie or Tyler Colvin; they would prefer a platoon partner such as the Rangers' Marlon Byrd.

And on Roberts...

Trading Roberts would be the logical next step in the Orioles' tear-down, but even though the team finally is on the verge of sending Erik Bedard to the Mariners, a Roberts deal might not quickly follow. The Orioles and Cubs have spoken infrequently over the past several weeks, sources say, and while some Cubs officials believe that a deal remains possible, others aren't so sure. The Orioles are likely to insist on Pie, a player the Cubs are not willing to move in a package for Roberts ...

At least the last sentence about not willing to move Pie is encouraging.

Today, Carrie Muskat asks herself, "Can Dempster make a successful conversion from closer to starter?"
Her answer:

After three seasons as the closer, Dempster is switching back to the rotation for the first time, full-time, since 2002. The right-hander has trained hard this offseason, but it won't be easy to go from one-inning outings to seven or eight. He'll be challenged with the addition of Lieber.

I think Dempster will mostly be challenged by the fact that he is not a very good starting pitcher.
Dempster's career numbers as a starting pitcher only, along with those of another guy who we often kick around:

 

 

 

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February 5th

LAST UPDATED: 7-12-2014

Chicago Cubs Organizational Depth Chart  
Pos. CUBS IOWA TENNESSEE DAYTONA KANE COUNTY
C Welington Castillo/John Baker Rafael Lopez/Eli Whiteside Charlie Cutler/Luis Flores Chadd Krist/Willson Contreras Kyle Schwarber/Will Remillard/Cael Brockmeyer/Ben Carhart
1B Anthony Rizzo Lars Anderson Dustin Geiger Dan Vogelbach/Rock Shoulders Jacob Rogers
2B Arismendy Alcantara/Darwin Barney Logan Watkins Stephen Bruno Gioskar Amaya David Bote
3B Luis Valbuena/Mike Olt Jonathon Mota Christian Villanueva Jordan Hankins Jeimer Candelario
SS Starlin Castro Chris Valaika Addison Russell/Elliot Soto Marco Hernandez/Wes Darvill Carlos Penalver
LF Chris Coghlan/Junior Lake Josh Vitters Pin-Chieh Chen Bijan Rademacher Shawon Dunston Jr
CF Justin Ruggiano/Ryan Sweeney Matt Szczur/Brett Jackson Jae-Hoon Ha Albert Almora/Zeke DeVoss Jake Hannemann/Trey Martin
RF Nate Schierholtz Ryan Kalish/Manny Ramirez Jorge Soler/Anthony Giansanti Billy McKinney Kevin Brown
REHAB: +++++++++++ +++++++++++ +++++++++++ +++++++++++
 
Starting Pitchers
1 Jake Arrieta (R)
2 Travis Wood (L)
3 Edwin Jackson (R)
4 Carlos Villanueva (R)
IOWA Kyle Hendricks (R), Chris Rusin (L), Tsuyoshi Wada (L), Dallas Beeler (R), Dan Straily (R), and Eric Jokisch (L)
TENN Pierce Johnson (R), Corey Black (R), Matt Loosen (R), Eduardo Figueroa (R), and Alberto Cabrera (R)
DAYT Felix Pena (R), Tayler Scott (R), Rob Zastryzny (L), Nathan Dorris (L), and Justin Amlung (R)
KANE Paul Blackburn (R), Tyler Skulina (R), Daury Torrez (R), Jen-Ho Tseng (R), Juan Carlos Paniagua (R), and Duane Underwood (R)
 
Relief Pitchers
1 Hector Rondon (R)
2 Pedro Strop (R)
3 James Russell (L)
4 Neil Ramirez (R)
5 Wesley Wright (L)
6 Brian Schlitter (R)
7 Zac Rosscup (L)
8 Justin Grimm (R)
IOWA Blake Parker (R), Armando Rivero (R), Arodys Vizcaino (R), Marcus Hatley (R), Marcos Mateo (R), Yoanner Negrin (R), Dae-Eun Rhee (R), and Carlos Pimentel (R)
TENN Frank Batista (R), P. J. Francescon (R), Hunter Cervenka (L), Tony Zych (R), Andrew McKirahan (L), Zach Cates (R), Jeff Lorick (L), Lendy Castillo (R), and Jeffry Antigua (L)
DAYT Tyler Bremer (R), Zack Godley (R), Michael Jensen (R), Austin Kirk (L), Steve Perakslis (R), Yao-Lin Wang (R), Starling Peralta (R), and Jose Rosario (R)
KANE Jose Arias (R), James Pugliese (R), Michael Heesch (L), Michael Wagner (R), Corbin Hoffner (R), Garado Concepcion (L), and Zak Hermans (R)
 
BOISE
P SP: Trevor Graham (R), Tyler Ihrig (L), Erick Leal (R), Trevor Clifton (R), Josh Conway (R), and Ben Wells (R) - RP: Jasvir Rakkar (R), Francisco Carrillo (R), David Garner (R), Sam Wilson (L), Trey Lang (R), Josh Davis (R), Brad Markey (R), Tommy Thorpe (L), James Norwood (R), Ryan Williams (R), and Ryan McNeil (R)
C Mark Malave, Justin Marra, and Mark Zagunis
INF Danny Canela (1B), Jesse Hodges (3B), Giuseppe Papaccio (2B), Alex Tomasovich (SS), Jason Vosler (SS), and Chesny Young (2B)
OF Jeffrey Baez (RF), Rashad Crawford (CF), Calvin Graves (LF), and Charles White (LF)
 
AZL CUBS
P SP: Carson Sands (L), Jose Paulino (L), Luis Hernandez (R), Jesus Castillo (R), Alexander Santana (R), and Adbert Alzolay (R) - RP: Carlos Llano (R), Yomar Morel (R), Pedro Araujo (R), Andin Diaz (L), Greyfer Eregua (R), Hector Perez (R), Jeferson Mejia (R), Alberto Diaz (L), Scott Frazier (R), Victor Salazar (R), Zach Hedges (R), Jordan Brink (R), Tanner Griggs (R), and Austyn Willis (R) - REHAB: Kyuji Fujikawa (R)
C Tyler Alamo, Erick Castillo, Alberto Mineo, Tyler Pearson, and Eufran Vargas - REHAB: Yorvit Torrealba
INF Roney Alcala (1B), Varonex Cuevas (3B), Andrew Ely (2B), Bryant Flete (2B), Joey Martarano (1B), Dalfis Ortiz (2B), Adonis Paula (3B), Ho-Young Son (SS), and Gleyber Torres (SS) - REHAB: Emilio Bonifacio (2B)
OF Charcer Burks (CF), Eloy Jimenez (RF), Ricardo Marcano (LF), Kevonte Mitchell (LF), and Shamil Ubiera (RF)
 
DSL CUBS
P SP: Oscar de la Cruz (R), Jose Morel (R), Moises Ramirez (R), Junior Marte (R), and Santiago Rodriguez (R) - RP: Aneuris Rosario (R), Pedro Silverio (R), Assael Aquino (R), Chris Pieters (L), Deibi Torres (R), Dilson Vasquez (R), Jeffry Hernandez (R), Jesus Perez (L), Luiz Escanio (R), Andri Rondon (R), Erling Moreno (R), and Enderson Mercedes (R)
C Antonio Valerio, Johan Matos, Martin Hodwalker (ex-OF), Richard Nunez, Carlos Ramirez, and Erick Gonzalez
INF Frandy de la Rosa (SS), Antonio Gonzalez (2B), Carlos Jimenez (SS), Jose Paniagua (1B), Jhonny Pena (1B), Miguel Ruiz (3B), and Franklin Tineo (2B)
OF Luis Acosta (LF), Roberto Caro (CF), Jenner Emeterio (CF), Robert Garcia (RF), and Luis Ubiera (RF)
 
VSL CUBS
P SP: Enrique de los Rio (R), Harrinson Bermudez (R), Yapson Gomez (L), Carlos Rodriguez (L), and Mauro Vides (R) - RP: Jesus Arias (R), Salvador Jerez (R), Julio Sanchez (R), Angel Mejias (L), Ramon Valera (R), Jose Leidenz (R), Yeiker Lovera (R), Alex Pacheco (L), Alejandro Colorado (R), Gabriel Lima (R), Ivan Medina (R), Eugenio Palma (L), Juan Rengifo (R), and Yomar Pacheco (R)
C Jhonny Pereda, Roberto Vahlis, and Leonardo Gonzalez
INF Wladimir Galindo (3B), Humberto Garcia (SS), Jesus Gonzalez (2B), Danny Gutierrez (SS), Andrews Monasterio (SS), Henry Pedra (2B), and Miguel Rico (1B)
OF Luis Ayala (CF), Moises Colasante (RF), Victor Gomez (RF), Jose Gonzalez (CF), Luis Hidalgo (LF), and Fidel Matos (RF)
 
INACTIVE LISTS
CUBS RHP Kyuji Fujikawa (2013 TJS) is on 60-day DL (retro to 3/21) and is on a MINOR LEAGUE REHAB ASSIGNMENT at AZL CUBS, RHP James McDonald (shoulder) is on 60-day DL, and IF-OF Emilio Bonifacio (rib cage) is on 15-day DL (6/13) and is on a MINOR LEAGUE REHAB ASSIGNMENT at AZL CUBS
IOWA RHP Barret Loux (shoulder) and RHP Trey McNutt (shoulder) are on 60-day DL, INF Edgar Gonzalez (calf) are on 7-day DL, C Yorvit Torrealba is on 7-day DL and is on an INJURY REHAB ASSIGNMENT at AZL CUBS, and INF Javier Baez and INF Kris Bryant are on TEMPORARILY INACTIVE LIST (playing in Futures Game 7/13)
TENN RHP C. J. Edwards (shoulder), RHP Ivan Pineyro (elbow), C Taylor Davis, OF John Andreoli, and OF Rubi Silva are on 7-day DL
DAYT C Nate Maldonado (player-coach) is INACTIVE, RHP Marcelo Carreno (2013 shoulder surgery), LHP Anthony Prieto (2014 TJS), and RHP Austin Reed (elbow) are on 60-day DL, and C Lance Rymel is on 7-day DL
KANE RHP Brad Renner (2014 TJS) and OF Kevin Encarnacion (injuries suffered in off-season car crash) are on 60-day DL, RHP Dillon Maples (rib) is on 60-day DL, INF Danny Lockhart and OF Yasiel Balaguert (foot) are on 7-day DL, and IF-OF Tim Saunders is on TEMPORARILY INACTIVE LIST
BOIS NONE
AZLC LHP Frailyn Figueroa and RHP Jose Zapata (injuries suffered in off-season car crash) are on 60-day DL, RHP Trey Masek is on 7-day DL, and RHP Dylan Cease, LHP James Farris, RHP John Michael Knighton, RHP Jeremy Null, LHP Justin Steele, and RHP Jake Stinnett are INACTIVE
DSLC RHP Gilberto Abreu and RHP Wagner Disla are INACTIVE, RHP Luis Guillen is on SUSPENDED LIST, and LHP Wander Cabrera, INF Yeiler Peguero, and INF Tony Rico have been SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE
VSLC LHP Manuel Fuentes, LHP Victor Garcia, RHP Brohiglyn Rivero, RHP Cesar Romero, and 1B Delbis Arcila are INACTIVE, and INF Francisco Garay has been SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE

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