Archive - 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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  • you can't print that!

    16 min 46 sec ago
    crunch
  • Review of "Shark Sandwich"...

    29 min 59 sec ago
    billybucks
  • SONICWIND: The Cubs will continue to be under ISBP bonus restrictions (they cannot sign an international player subject to ISBP for more than a $250K bonus) until the start of the 2015-16 ISP on 7/2. Then they will get reset back to the same place they were at in the 2013-14 ISP when they signed Eloy Jimenez, Gleyber Torres, Jen-Ho Tseng and others... that is, UNLESS the long-proposed International Draft is implemented in the meantime.

    53 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • Would you say the Cubs are going to "get their mad on" in 2015. Eh?

    Eh?

    59 min 57 sec ago
    Charlie
  • VA PHIL: I still haven't gotten used to the new Cubs affiliations. For some reason sometimes I confuse one Indiana MWL city with another. I guess that's why I'm not Indiana Phil.

    1 hour 23 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • ask in april.

    if we're fed a shit sandwich of "savior manager" rather than players then i'll be mad...but not at maddon.

    sign em, trade for em, don't care...

    2 hours 29 min ago
    crunch
  • "I guess a ceiing projection would be a Madison Bumgarner type"

    I expect no less than 270+ innings from him in 2020, year 5 of The Dynasty.

    2 hours 30 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • I'm not Mad, what About You?

    2 hours 41 min ago
    The Joe
  • Joe Maddon the Zen Manager...(thanks to @TheBlogfines for the compilation)

    4 hours 34 min ago
    Rob G.
  • AZ Phil:

    While looking for more Joe Maddon info I came across an article at Fangraphs about top July 2 international prospects. I remember that this year the Cubs were very limited due to intentionally overspending their budget the previous year. How are the Cubs positioned for international signings in 2015 and are they linked to any specific players at this time? Thanks in advance.

    5 hours 48 min ago
    Sonicwind75
  • PHIL: Thanks - I feel like I won the AP Jackpot :)

    I had the pleasure of watching Tseng at Kane County this summer. He was very strong - consistently in the low 90's, and kept the poor Beloit Bees - or whatever they are called - off balance until he got tired in the 6th (although it was only a 7-inning game - game 1 of a DH).

    I was not impressed with Belliveau in his work with the big club, but I guess Joe Maddon knew how to get the best out of him.

    6 hours 49 min ago
    The E-Man
  • It's official

    Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 42s43 seconds ago Chicago, IL

    Theo statement: "Jed and I provided updates to Rick via telephone and today informed him that we will indeed make a change."

    "We offered Rick a choice of other positions with the Cubs, but he is of course free to leave the org. and pursue opportunities elsewhere."

    See ya, Rickster.

    7 hours 33 min ago
    jacos
  • "Clifton and Sands will be in the starting rotation at Ft. Wayne next season"

    I hope they get a start or two at Fort Wayne while they're playing for South Bend!

    (It's hard to tell the teams without a scorecard.)

    8 hours 34 min ago
    VirginiaPhil
  • E-MAN: C. J. Edwards will continue to start in AAA and he could still eventually end up being a starter long-term, but I think it's likely that he projects initially as a late-inning reliever, along the lines of somebody like Neil Ramirez or Hector Rondon of the Cubs, or maybe Wade Davis of the Royals. That type of reliever. And then maybe as he matures Edwards could get slotted back into the starting rotation and be another Jake Arrieta, or he could stay in the bullpen and be very valuable there.

    9 hours 3 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • AZ PHIL:

    Will CJ project out as a reliever in your view? Any other kids you have seen out there project as a potential TOR starter, or is Pierce Johnson about it? Have you seen Carson Sands yet? I remember you telling us about Chris Archer a "long time ago" when I would ask. Of course we know now Trey McNutt is better. Glad Jim Hendry realized it.

    11 hours 10 min ago
    The E-Man
  • That was very bad.

    Yet good.

    High time they got "mad".

    11 hours 14 min ago
    The E-Man
 

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