Cubs Cut 9

Muskat says nine have been cut and they are (drumroll please)....

Pitchers Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg and Jeff Stevens have been optioned to Triple A, with Marcos Mateo headed to Double A(for now).  NRI's C Welington Castillo, INF Luis Rivas and Darwin Barney and OF Doug Deeds and Jason Dubois have been assigned to minor league camp.


A week has gone by since I last blogged, and Fontenot just walked by
and he's still as small as he was when I first met him. He hasn't grown
at all. We'll leave it at that.

So FonteGOD is short huh? He makes up for it with scrap, grit, hustle, and heart. Take that Reed Johnson.

reed johnson gets to make fun of him because he guards fonte's pot of gold from thieves and boxes of lucky charms from kids while he's in the field.

fun facts....listed heights on

Fontenot - 5'8"

Johnson - 5-10"

Theriot - 5-11"

it's not nice to lie Mr. Theriot....

i like watching david ortiz's weight go up.

as of 2 years ago he was still listed at 210.

now he's at 230.

both are funny.

I'm a little disappointed with his blog so far

Looks like May 3rd to retire Fergie and Maddux's #31....

The Mets released former Cub Rocky Cherry. A Rule 5 pick, he was offered back to the Orioles, but the team declined to take him since he had the option of becoming a free agent. Rotoworld speculates that the Mets will offer him a minor league contract to stick around.

{From previous thread}

Ahone Ahtwo Ahthree:
Murton is in the perfect spot in Colorado and I think he can do pretty well there. As for Cedeno, we all know how he rolls... he won't hit .316 over the course of an entire season..

Ground balls are ground balls. Let Murton go. He's not nearly as good as the Cub faithful wanted him to be.

I was never much of a Murton fan myself, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like to see him succeed. The writing was on the wall for Murton when the Cubs gave Soriano that fat contract...

Maybe even earlier, like when Dusty wanted to platoon him with either Boom Boom Bynum or Angel Pagan.

"I feel fine," Lee said Tuesday. "I'm not worried."

Then he's scratched from the lineup because of a sore quad.

Confident Lee shrugs off hitting swoon

Eh. Who cares? It's still early in spring training, etc., etc.

Even if it were an injury, Lee is one of the few regulars I think we could live without for a while.

Lee was on the Team USA provisional roster and with Chipper likely being replaced for the final round, there was a chance he could have been named to the team if not for this injury. Evan Longoria was the only other IF on the provisional roster so he is a lock to take Chipper's spot now. If Braun has to go I imagine his replacement will by Ryan Ludwick as Sizemore and Hawpe have already pulled out with an injuries sustanined before the WBC and the other OF Carlos Quentin ended the year on the DL and has no insurance for the Wsox monteralily if there was another injury to him. As for Lindstrom, if they were smart they would replace him with a SP to start the semi final because their SP has sucked in the tourney. Danks is likely their best option, if they go the RP route it will certanily be Chad Qualls.

So, how much more sense does Esteban German make for the 25th man than Joey Gathright?

The guy stole a lot of bases in the minors, plays 2nd base and has appeared in LF, CF, 3B, SS, and 1B, and is a righthanded hitter with a career .284/.364/.404 line against lefties (making him the slightly more likely platoon partner for Fontenot than Miles, with his .284/.352/.352 line against lefties). It really seems to me that either German or Koskie could be more valuable than Gathright (Koskie more so as 3B insurance).

gath is waaaaaaaaaaay faster.

and i wouldn't get too stoked about his minor league numbers...he's a contact hitting singles hitter that owns a few gloves.

and he's a perfect example of how ob% can be overrated in some cases. yeah, he's got a decent ob%, but it's almost all via his bat and hits falling for's not some great batting eye or his ability to draw walks.

Except for the very first sentence, can't that all be said about Gathright as well?

The batting splits I called attention to were made up of only major league numbers.

the 1st sentence is the main reason he's here fwiw...that and he can cover CF.

and you can apply the singles-hitting thing to his ML numbers, too. he plays his ob% off his bat, not his eye or patience.

that said, i'd be happy with either/'s just a 25th man...a guy who will get 150-250ab's if everyone stays healthy.

German = .101 BB/PA ratio in the majors

Gathright = .074

that being said, German has fallen off a cliff in three years and just got released by a terrible team, no one should get too excited here.

I didn't mean to sound excited about him.

Gathright was recently released by that same team.

well I'm definitely not excited about Gathright....

as far as a complete player go german. his speed may not be what it was and he can't play OF as good as gathright, but he's got the arm to play OF (even RF) along with the whole "can play IF" thing.

german has more power upside which is scary considering most of his game is contact hitting for singles and trying to stretch out doubles.

from what lou/hendry say when they talk about Gath it really does seem to be all about his speed (and he can cover all 3 OF).

i can see an arguement for either one...mostly because neither bring a whole lot besides niche role skills.

I guess I'm just still terrified that Kosuke might struggle or get hurt and we'll have to watch them give Gathright a short at starting. That and I'm frustrated that they'd use a roster spot on a guy who is solely a PR when they have out of options pitchers. At least they seem to want Hoffpauir on the roster now.

and it's not Angel Guzman,

RHP Billy Muldowney to have surgery to remove bone spur

well...there goes 2010.

too late to trade soriano yet?

USA vs. USA (territory)!!!

Teddy Ballgame already down a run...totally forgot about the game.

chat is open, although I can't make it.

Who plans the TV schedule for this crap?! Two "who cares" NIT games and not the WBC. I'm guessing it's on Deportes and MLB Network or some nonsense, but that doesn't help us poor basic cable people.

I was wondering the same thing, but then I thought about it.

ESPN knows they're going to have Ken-Tuk-Eee on versus a chance of having Netherlands versus Venzuela, so they go with the sure bet... they look like dipshits in retrospect, but you can sort of understand the decision.

carlos "kenny lofton" beltran with a killer catch at the wall to rob a homer. unf.

heading into traffic...

4-3 PR in the top of the 9th...let's go comeback!!!

Phew, we get Geo Soto back.

Great ending to the game. We get Soto back, but not Mr. Lilly quite yet.

I'm not too concerned with Lillyhammer, he's a professional badass. I like getting Soto back to work with the pitchers and all that jazz. Plus he can get a chance to shot Gabor and Koyie how a real man catches.

A good enough ending to make me wish this mattered more.

It was killing me watching Geo catch balls with his bare right hand.


hoff. is much better at that

That was a fantastic ending. Too bad for PR (my brethren).


No one cares about the WBC

and Adam Dunn only cares about Fantasy Football's-passion-showing-through-in-WBC

The second article about Dunn:

"I've never been on a team that nationally had expectations this low. I don't know why we can't go out and shock everyone. That's how I'll go into it.""

Did Dunn just block out those years in Cincy?

With the Reds there was perennial hope that the team would contend if everything broke its way.

With the Nats, I think it's a stretch to imagine them at 81 wins even in the best case scenario because of the horrendous state of that pitching staff. Unless the plan is to start Stephen Strasburg every game after August, this team won't be anything close to .500 despite having a fairly dangerous lineup.

Thursday is the date that Bako and Gaudin get their salaries locked in right? I am surprisded neither one of them got cut as right now given their springs they appear to be dead money.

I only caught glimpses of the game while it happened but just watched the highlights. Awesome ending....

Ted grooved a fastball to Delgado there and the heroics will make people forget about Jeter's crappy defense in the top of the 9th.

The run PR got in the 6th was also in part due to Jeter's lack of range at SS. There is no reason in a do or die game aganist a capable team for Jroll not to be playing SS. If Davey feels like he owes it to NYY to get Jeter game time at SS it should have been aganist the Dutch.

Yeah, that was a frustrating play to watch. Just let him DH.

Dunn actually looked pretty good in right in the one play I noticed.

Wright looks like a vintage Rolen at third. I am on board with handing him the gold glove for the next 8 years, unless he gets hurt.

The Real Neal:
...Dunn actually looked pretty good in right in the one play I noticed...

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

on the radio they said Rollins was quite sick, probably had something to do with him DH'ing....

Wittenmeyer chimes in on Koskie and his nice double (dooble? did I miss something?)

And, on Gathright, "Gathright is out with dental work. His status is 'decay-to-decay'"

Will be interesting to see what Koskie brings in the last three weeks. OH CANADA!

Heard some tidbits on ESPN Radio's baseball spot. Perhaps it's been posted already but the Cubs want a new "state of the art facility" for ST like the new White Sox's spread at Camelback Ranch. They're even "looking" at Florida sites like Sarasota who have already expressed interest, but I think we can assume it's all a leverage ploy to get a new upgraded facility at their current home by 2012 which is I believe when they have to re-up. Also a new field is currently being installed at Wrigley to cleanup the mess the Winter Classic reeked on the field. On the NHL's dime of course.

Excellent use of money. State of the art for ST, piece of shit for the regular season.

you mean a new infield? grass? what exactly?

Didn't say exactly, I think they said the cost was $500K so I'd imagine new grass at least throughout the OF since the rink was pretty much stretched out across the OF up to 2B. But they had paths for the players to walk out from the dugouts across the INF so that too could be in play...not that it really matters either way.

Also down the right field line concourse area there will be a new Captain Morgan's Pub/Harry Caray's Restaurant venture co-owned by the Cubs and the Harry Caray's people. You can enter from Addison too and if you have a ticket to the game you can supposedly go through the restaurant/pub into Wrigley which seems hard to believe.

the soil system under a sports field is an amazing complex of soil/gravel and tubes carrying/taking water.

it's a few feet thick of human engineered layers made to look like nothing at all is going on but growing and mowing.

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  • BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.  

  • Yep

  • AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?

  • Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?

  • CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!

  • Lulz

  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.

  • I should be able to watch the game on the NFL replay app, whatever that thing is called. I've got it on my iPad. This is the first year I haven't forced myself to somehow watch every game - no I take that back, last year was - in quite some time. Last year was so unbearable, no pun intended.

    You make some good points about Cutler, and I was a holdout defender of Cutler for a long time. I gave up on him a bit after one too many dumb interceptions, but last year doesn't count. Trestman was the worst coach in Bears history.

  • Nice little reportage there!. I think you're older than me. Considerably older. Maybe several generations. Working out is so essential, especially as age kicks in, isn't it? I still lift weights, and so I'm confident that when I get to be at the hip breaking age, mine won't be a statistic. But I have a ways to go for that to be a concern.

  • What was impressive to me is that the Cubs won despite poor base running, several defensive miscues, Russell leaving due to injury, Arrieta having an off game and getting knocked out early, and Rondon giving up 2 runs in the 9th. If they can win a game like that... 

  • I was there too. The crowd was absolutely electric. People were standing for every big and semi-big moment, from the first inning on. It felt incredibly strange and exhilarating to see the Cubs (the Chicago bleepin' Cubs!) score playoff insurance runs on the Cardinals. What a game. One to remember.

  • 14 in attendance. What's the record for attendance in the fall? I guess I should ask what the record attendance listed is in one of your recaps.

  • I was there too, with my grown son. This is my miracle year-- I rose to the top of the season ticket list after eight years, completely unexpectedly, and my wonderful wife agreed to put the ticket fee on the emergency credit card. The whole point of course was that the Cubs were going to be good this year, and then for a while, so to get season tickets with the guaranteed shot at the postseason was incredible timing. We got to the remote lot at 4:10 after stopping at Nhu Lan for our usual banh mi sandwiches, only to find the lot full, way earlier than normal.