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

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Recent comments

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  • the wsox ran out of pitchers in the 14th...ventura put l.garcia (2nd/OF) in to throw 75-78mph "fastballs" to the rsox...it didn't work out too well.

    garcia got 2 outs via the fielders...then he walked a couple guys and gave up a 2 run double.

    wsox lose...lulz were had.

    4 hours 39 min ago
    crunch
  • -deleted- weird double post thing before the site crashed.

    6 hours 21 min ago
    crunch
  • cubs 4-10...shut out in a double header for the first time since 1962...awesome.

    8 hours 8 min ago
    crunch
  • Reminds me of when Trestman had the Bears try a 47 yard field goal on 2nd down ... hopefully just rookie coach jitters. But it sucks to be making excuses for him already.

    8 hours 39 min ago
    Carlito
  • I'm cool with playing more small ball, but that's kinda ridiculous.

    8 hours 49 min ago
    Ryno
  • So much for that theory. The best they finished was 4th.

    9 hours 10 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Edwin Jackson got 4/52.

    9 hours 31 min ago
    Newport
  • Who does that in the 5th inning, period, much less in the first month of the season for a last place ball club? It's beyond stupid. I'm stumped.

    9 hours 40 min ago
    Carlito
  • he's already been asked to sac twice this year (not counting sac flies)...he has 1 sac total in his career before this season. yeah, it's a short career...but this is only his 10th game of the year.

    9 hours 42 min ago
    crunch
  • kalish Ks...barney pops out...neat.

    9 hours 45 min ago
    crunch
  • Totally ridiculous. Welly bunting with Kalish and Barney on deck is almost inexplicable.

    9 hours 46 min ago
    Carlito
  • welly bunting with men on 1st/2nd, no outs, and r.kalish due up.

    one of the guys capable of hitting a double or homer...bunting...in the 5th inning...with a DH/AL lineup.

    9 hours 51 min ago
    crunch
  • Sure didn't take long for the Cubs to get back to PAINFUL to watch.

    10 hours 11 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Send him down.

    10 hours 11 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • 10 hours 19 min ago
    QuietMan
  • darwin "buckner" barney...wow...that's a rare whiff on a fielding try.

    10 hours 25 min ago
    crunch
 

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