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".


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

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  • Ramirez indeed on the DL, but Lars Anderson sent down to AA as well.

    3 hours 44 min ago
  • some rumors on what Rays are looking for to move Price or Zobrist

    steep, but if you're the Giants might be worth a shot, none of their top prospects are considered world beaters. Supposedly a rumor they turned down Addison Russell for Price, but no idea what other players were involved.

    3 hours 53 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Someone had to play second

    3 hours 57 min ago
  • nice call by AZ Phil, Manny to DL...Lars Anderson optioned to AA as well.

    4 hours 2 min ago
    Rob G.
  • heh, it's like an All-star outfield until Sureouts and Lake show up

    Lake: 089/109/133

    Sureouts: 193/190/316

    4 hours 8 min ago
    Rob G.
  • best resolution for the "competitive" lottery draft I've read

    4 hours 11 min ago
    Rob G.
  • And Ruggiano is 354/381/519 over his last 30 days

    4 hours 34 min ago
  • Chris Coghlan last 30 days



    4 hours 39 min ago
    Rob G.
  • it only took 1360 PA over 2.5 seasons for the new regime to do away with barney.

    5 hours 56 sec ago
  • Barney-Last of the Jimtown followers

    Want to throw up in your mouth ? Read Henry's quotes

    5 hours 13 min ago
  • Hannemann promoted to Daytona. Jeffrey Baez promoted to Kane County.

    5 hours 48 min ago
  • The last of the Jimtown followers

    Want to scare ur kids? Read them Hendry's quotes

    6 hours 19 min ago
  • The I-Cubs had 14 pitchers active (including Kyuji Fujikawa) prior to Wada getting called-up, so Olt would replace Wada on the Iowa Cubs Active List, and I would think Manny Ramirez will probably be placed on the 7-day DL with some kind of vague "soft tissue" injury to make room for Soler. 

    And then Szczur and Jackson will probably share CF, and Vitters and Kalish will probably share LF duties.  

    At Tennessee, Almora plays CF (obviously), so Jae-Hoon Ha would move to RF.

    6 hours 46 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • The Eloy Jimenez moonshot HR last night for AZL Cubs at Cubs Park (Riverview Park) went over the LF berm and his walk-off RBI double hit off the right-centerfield wall.

    7 hours 15 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • Q-MAN: That makes a lot of sense. Why waste Lake's last minor league option with only six weks left in the minor league season? 

    Olt has two options left, so he'll still have one left next season even after using up one this season. But I still don't understand why he wasn't sent down earlier. 

    7 hours 42 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • Lake only has one option remaining. Maybe they want to save it for next year?

    7 hours 52 min ago


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