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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  • another golden sombrero for Baez

    25 min 20 sec ago
    Rob G.
  • I think Travis is about to suffer a lat injury.

    2 hours 52 min ago
    billybucks
  • pre-game is on the air...game starting soon.

    3 hours 7 min ago
    crunch
  • ArizonaPhil - when a trade is made for a PTBNL, can the value of that PTBNL be subject to the performance of the player received.

    For instance, if the Cubs trade Schlitter for a PTBNL, can that depend upon how many games he appears in, holds, saves, etc.?

    3 hours 37 min ago
    DavidP
  • It sounds so weird to say: Nice walk by Baez. Keep taking those outside curves and down and in sliders, kid, and eventually they'll have to swallow hard and try to work the strike zone a bit, and you'll bury them.

    3 hours 58 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • I hope this suspended game gets finished: Valaika will be able to tell his kids he batted cleanup for the Chicago Cubs.

    4 hours 44 min ago
    Carlito
  • Ghost town wrigley

    4 hours 46 min ago
    jacos
  • Tough year for real south siders with this and Paulie retiring.

    /da sox got too many of dem Cubans

    5 hours 9 min ago
    jacos
  • say hi to the new clubhouse manager

    http://goo.gl/IbRVjK

    5 hours 17 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Did David Bowie sing the 7th inning stretch?

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fw...

    5 hours 26 min ago
    Cubster
  • 6 hours 4 min ago
    Rob G.
  • If today's games are rained-out, the only future common off-day shared by the Cubs and Giants prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season is Thursday September 4th. 

    The Cubs have that day off in the middle of a six-game homestand, and the Giants are already on the road, playing at Colorado Wednesday afternoon 9/3 before beginning a series at Detroit Friday night 9/5. 

    Neither team would be playing more than 20-days in a row if the games are moved to 9/4, so the rescheduling would not require a waiver by the MLBPA. 

    6 hours 12 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • Gordon Beckham traded to Angels because...why the hell not?

    6 hours 20 min ago
    Rob G.
  • RHRP Blake Parker has been recalled from Iowa as the 26th man for the second game only (the "regularly scheduled" game)... 

    6 hours 25 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • Mother Nature has an incredible sense of humor...

    pouring in Chicago, delaying suspended game

    6 hours 32 min ago
    Rob G.
  • A player must remain on the Bereavement List for at least three days but no more than seven.

    If the player needs additional time beyond seven days, he can be placed on the Restricted List.

    6 hours 59 min ago
    Arizona Phil
 

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