Gameday Open Thread / Split Squad Action

Alfonso Soriano returns to the lineup today with Jon Lieber taking the mound against the Snakes at HoHoKam Park. Sean Marshall will face Rich Harden against the A's in Phoenix for the other game.

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i would say f the orioles but i would be all for the cedeno for davis trade
with sanfrancisco/ safe are assets for july trade deadline.

wgn has the game against arizona on so we will get jon lieber on tv
any idea who else will be pitching in this game.

Not available on the web but in today's paper:

-ISFA will make offer next week for Wrigley Field. Kenny hopes to have "framework for a transaction" by opening day.

-This would allow major renovation paid by trib, naming rights owner, new team owner and city. Which means Cub would be homeless for part of a season or whole season. They would play at US Cellular, although Sox not notified tough shit, ISFA owns that park too.

-Advantage of ISFA owning Cubs, more night games. Closer to league average of 54.

-Kenney does not expect Cubs sale to stretch into 2009, but the CUbs books have not been provided to approved potential buyers yet.

-Movie production of Cubs season will be filmed throughout the year. "We Believe;Chicago and its Cubs" should be ready for Sundance next year.

-Whatever the new name of stadium or renovation, Kenney said "we are not going to touch the existing scoreboard".\

jacos- But in Trib he mentioned they could change name on marquee in front due "to first ammendment"

-Two concerts this summer at Wrigley

And for Carlos-
Cubs plan on putting games on radio in Spanish though no deal through radio station has been made.

This from Gordon Wiitenmyer in todays' Sun times.

"-Advantage of ISFA owning Cubs, more night games. Closer to league average of 54."

I was under the impression that the Cubs have always tried to play more night games but the city won't allow it.

Chad:
"I was under the impression that the Cubs have always tried to play more night games but the city won't allow it."

That is true Chad, it has nothing to do with who owns the stadium, it has to do with Wrigeyville. I still haven't heard one good reason for the city to own Wrigley except it guarantees the team to stay there for 30 years since they are going to stronghold new owner into a 30 year lease.

That 'First Amendment' crap is nonsense. And apologies to all, but it's so horribly misused and misunderstood that it bugs me.

Cliff Notes: It's a FEDERAL issue. I don't think washington dc is going after the wrigley marquee (marquis?) - so the 1st amend. has nothing to do with anything.

It's your sign. You CAN do whatever you want with it, but the real question is SHOULD you?

Gibbon:
"It's your sign. You CAN do whatever you want with it, but the real question is SHOULD you?"

It isn't totally theirs. I think it is one of the things that is under historical status and thus needs approval from someone else, not sure if it is the City/State/Federal governments, to make changes.

The more Crane Kenney talks and acts like the new face of the Cubs, the more reason I see why the Trib was doing so bad.

you cant replace a doorknob at wrigley without the proper paperwork.

every tax advantage they take requires the proper paperwork. they're the ones that wanted the landmark status.

That's exactly my point.

The advantages for landmark status demand cooperating with state agencies and restrictions inherent in the designation, but to claim some overarching federal mandate like 'free speech' is being impeded is the height of absurdity.

And I wasn't all that clear in my comments earlier - what I mean is, yes, they own the marquee and can do with it what they want (not entirely true I know as there are governmental issues) but should they (do they really want to set into motion the governmental dominoes that have to fall to alter signage?)

Kenney should just shut up and leave the 1st amendment interpretation to the lawyers. Oh wait. Aren't they the ones who misused it in the first place?

This was asked before, not sure if there was an answer or consensus -- I'm watching the game on WGN and Soto does look heavier than he did last September. What do people think?

Soto definetly looks more ovoid then he did when he got called up last year.

tye dye wright...good ol' number 95...gets to make sportscenter tonite with a stupid, but nice catch.

oops...wrong reply area...

to bring it back on subject it looks like s.gallagher's dropped the amount of weight soto's put on. =p

loober delivering with the 82-86mph HEAT!!!

great location for him early...impressive even if the velocity is (hopefully) still working its way up.

added bonus...he was throwing his sinker. he had almost abandoned it the past couple years. his sinker was at 82-84mph, though...

loober works 4 today...a little wild up in the inning, but got it done.

couldnt ARZ field some legit regulars today? wtf...

judging loober by things you should judge him by this early in spring...his slider and location...both are there and pretty advanced for this time of year. his velocity is working the low-mid 80s, though. as mentioned above he's breaking out his splitfinger...the first batter of the game got almost nothing but splitters.

Did Owings bat 7th?!?

Drew and Reynolds are regulars. Guess that's what you get for a road split squad game.

The Cubs only started one regular (and their worst at that) at their road game.

Looks like Roquet bailed out Marshall... get used to that if you want to be in the Cubs pen.

samninja got lit up a bit in the boxscore...

Man, I hope he continues his success through the Spring. He had a real good performance again today 3.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 K, 0 BB, 0 ER. I hope Lou doesn't just give it to a "veteran" and push Marshall to the pen or AAA like he did last year. Marshall deserves a legit shot.

Early in the game Len or Bob mentioned Dempster was the #3 starter followed by Rich Hill at #4 with Lieber, Marshall, Marquis in a battle for the 5th.

Dont ask me how they came to that conclusion.

Bob also seems to be pretty sure howry isn't going to move out of his setup role. He did mention that howry is still in the competition for the mix, though.

fuku with his first SB attempt...late jump, not sprinting fast...nailed by a step and 1/2 on a low (but clean) throw.

I though the way Lee went after that pitch, and the bad jump indicated it was a hit and run.

true.

Pie shows off the arm to hold the runner...Eyre stinking it up.

I was a little disapointed to see Lansford not make the play on that first hit of the inning. The way everyone's talking up his D, I'm looking for Brooks Robinson.

Article on Fantasy breakout candidates, lenght blurb on Pie:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2008/columns/s...

nice swing on that change Cedeno...ugh.

Beautiful double play he turned though.... Just wish he would get hot at the plate to get a shot at unseating Theriot.

TV guys said Ward with a homer in the A's game and Murton with the go-ahead double.

Pie takes a crappy swing on a 2-0 count and grounds out...Ascaino coming in.

only watched the last 2 innings myself, but Fontenot showed some nice defense on those highlights.

I saw part of the Ari game, but with no sound (stupid BW's) ... anyhoo, who's wearing #80, was that Vitters?!?!

I posted this a couple of days ago but it makes more sense in this thread.

There's an interesting short piece on the state buying Wrigley Field in The Reader that came out today. Ben Joravsky, who has written a lot on Chicago's TIF (tax increment financing) says-

"Under the plan the state would issue bonds to pay for rebuilding Wrigley... Here's the tricky part: sales taxes going to the city would be frozen and any increase in revenues spurred by the renovation (including extra seats) would go to the state to repay the loans. 'The city would have to give up their share of the sales tax increment for the next 30 years,' Jim Thompson said."

A Joravsky correctly points out later in the article - money spent to refurbish Wrigley Field is money that can't be spent elsewhere. It's tied up in the park and will be slowly paid back from now until the year 2038. The needs of things like schools and parks will have to be payed for with money found elsewhere - probably through service cuts and tax hikes.

It's the same as so many companies these days who are supposedly free market concerns - they socialize their risk by using government dough. Nice work if you can get it...

jim edmonds seems to be hurt again out for the rest of march

bynum's gonna be out 4-6+ weeks following knee surgery...he was pretty much a sure thing to either start at SS or be worked off the bench for the O's.

According to Sporting News Radio (Overnight for the Score) a Crisp for Marquis and Fuld deal is close. Seems too good to be true.

No way, seriously? Were there any cash considerations mentioned?

alehandra tejeda is not bad either

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  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/source-red-sox-b...

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 23 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 3 hours 38 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 3 hours 50 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 6 hours 59 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 16 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 17 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 15 hours 51 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 16 hours 21 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 16 hours 43 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 17 hours 16 min ago view
  • UH OH! RALLY TIME!

    crunch 17 hours 26 min ago view
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 17 hours 36 min ago view
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 17 hours 45 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best.

    fixed that for ya.

    crunch 17 hours 52 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.

    Eric S 18 hours 36 sec ago view