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Closing The John McDonough File

In the wake of his big job change, John McDonough absolutely carpet-bombed the Chicago media today. I heard his interview with Mike Murphy on WSCR over the noon hour, just missed his late afternoon interview on WMVP (local ESPN Radio), then caught his appearance around 6pm with Roe Conn on WLS Radio. Naturally, his mug was all over local television as well, so much so that he effectively deprived poor Drew Peterson of the screen time he requires to continue creeping out the viewing public. McDonough's 24 years with the Cubs coincided with the 24 highest annual attendance totals in Cub history. The Cub fan convention, McDonough's idea, has become an annual rite of winter in Chicago and the blueprint for similar events now hosted by many teams in all major sports. (The 2008 Royals FanFest will be held January 19th at the Overland Park Convention Center. Get your tickets now!)

Cubs Suffer Tough, Pretend Loss

On Monday, The Sporting News Web site began a day-by-day replay of the 1986 MLB season using the Strat-O-Matic baseball simulation software. The site will be tracking the season with a daily scoreboard, box scores, game recaps, and player stats. Each of the 26 teams in existence back in '86 is being managed by a different baseball insider, writer, super-fan, etc. The faux Cubs’ manager is espn.com writer Dan Shanoff.

GMs In Favor Of Reruns

  • The GMs have voted 25-5 in support of limited use of video replay. A proposal will now be forwarded to the Commissioner, who will involve representatives of the Players and Umpires unions in evaluating the proposal. Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB's VP of Baseball Operations, says he does not expect the proposal to become a rule in time for the 2008 season.

    Scott Boras, Extortionist and Ex-Cub

    First of all, how angry do you think Bud Selig was Sunday night when Scott Boras effectively shattered Bud’s edict prohibiting major announcements during the World Series by telling Ken Rosenthal of Fox who then told the world that Alex Rodriguez would be opting out of his Yankees contract? Not that the report smothered any World Series drama: the Sox and the Rox took care of that by playing four long, mostly tedious games that were decidedly short on compelling moments. Back to Boras. Even before the A-Rod announcement, I felt like I was having an all-Scott Boras weekend. First, I happened on the Boras profile in this week’s New Yorker (headlined “The Extortionist”). It paints a picture of a profoundly driven man who has built a firm with an infrastructure—complete with talent scouts, stats guys and sports psychologists—that would put many Major League front offices to shame.

    World Series Notes From Cub Country

    Things you think of while watching a World Series slaughter and waiting for an all-old rerun of The Daily Show to come on: * Last night’s one-sided contest looked like the Dads vs. Kids softball game at the annual Cub Scout Picnic, only in this version, the dads wanted to be sure the kids went home in tears and never had the will to get on the field again.

    TCR Roundtable: Guest Stars Edition

    Today we welcome five esteemed Cub bloggers who were kind enough to share their thoughts on the questions which the TCRers addressed on Monday. The guest list includes: Andy from Desipio.com, Adam from Bugs and Cranks, Joe of View From The Bleachers, Cub Reporter alum and Mayor of Cub Town, Derek Smart, and the Ted Lilly Fan Club. It's an honor to be your hosts, gentlemen. Thank you for coming over to play in our sandbox. Enjoy… 1.) What was your favorite memory of the 2007 season? Joe (View From The Bleachers): My favorite moment of the season was by far the comeback on June 25th, when the Cubs had seemingly blown the game in the 9th after a bullpen implosion that allowed six runs. The Cubs came back and won it on a walk-off, two-run single by Soriano that made Len Kasper’s voice crack. I wanted to jump up and scream, but the family was asleep. Adam (Bugs and Cranks): Aramis Ramirez' walk-off homer against the Brewers on June 29th was probably my favorite memory. It was the moment where it really seemed like winning the division was going to happen.

    Notes From Dusty Baker Press Conference

    From Dusty, himself:
    "I love challenges." "I know I'm not a miracle man. I don't know if it's going to take a year or two years or whatever. But we're dedicated to winning.” "I want to dispel the reputation that I can only work with older players…I'm looking forward to having a mixture of young and old. I sometimes feel I have more in common with younger players." "I want to help guys on the team have a winning attitude. I'm almost more of a teacher than a manager."

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    • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

      crunch 26 min 52 sec ago view
    • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

      VirginiaPhil 4 hours 57 min ago view
    • video of Maddon.

      http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

      always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

      Rob G. 20 hours 8 min ago view
    • from Muskat:

      #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

      Rob G. 20 hours 13 min ago view
    • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

      Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

      Rob G. 20 hours 18 min ago view
    • great defense

      Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

      Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

      I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

      Rob G. 20 hours 30 min ago view
    • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

      Craig A. 20 hours 41 min ago view
    • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

      Fun with FIP

      • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
      • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
      • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
      • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
      • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
      Rob G. 21 hours 6 min ago view
    • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

      he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

      crunch 21 hours 46 min ago view
    • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

      My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

      Jackstraw 22 hours 58 min ago view
    • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

      billybucks 23 hours 15 min ago view
    • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

      not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

      really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

      crunch 23 hours 20 min ago view
    • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

      Eric S 1 day 4 min ago view
    • Classic Scully - great stuff.

      Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

      Eric S 1 day 4 hours ago view
    • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

      "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

      VirginiaPhil 1 day 6 hours ago view
    • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

      VirginiaPhil 1 day 6 hours ago view