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I noticed Gordon Wittenmeyer (sun-times) hasn't been around since the Phils series...must be on vacation otherwise he would have been all over the Lilly stuff

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

Tribune/Sullivan goes over the Stone/Kaplan/Bradley rumor stuff...

"I don't pay attention to rumors," he said. "I'm always rumored. I'm one of them guys that are multi-talented, can do a lot of things. I'm not surprised. It's just a rumor."

A Cubs official then told Bradley the rumor was "100 percent untrue." Bradley began berating the media for spreading the rumor, calling it "garbage."
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and this quote from Hendry on Soto...

Does Soto need to get in better condition to avoid injuries like his oblique strain?

"No, he's naturally a big-boned guy," Hendry said. "I don't think his weight is any different than last year when he won [N.L.] Rookie of the Year. He came to camp in real good shape, gained a few pounds after the [World Baseball Classic]. He's never going to be tall and skinny, but he's not overweight."

Soto=Cartman

Sullivan/Tribune article about Lilly but has brief mention that BJ Ryan, who reports to Iowa monday, may be with the Cubs as soon as next weekend (in Florida vs Marlins)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2009-07/...

AP photo of Big and Little Z

The Cubs' day began innocently enough when Carlos Zambrano's dog, "Little Z," left a present in front of the locker of Kosuke Fukudome's Japanese hitting coach.

"That means good luck," Kyosuke Sasaki said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

also this quote that I really like...

Hart credited Lilly for sitting next to him on the bench and giving advice.

"Teddy's a gamer," he said. "You just try to bring the same energy he brings every time he takes the mound. He's a great guy to sit right next to you going over hitters."

speaking of big-boned, Hideki Irabu attempting a comeback...

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/07/odds-ends-sh...

great quotes from Rickey's career...set your Tivo for his speech.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/p...

Re: Run differentials, Cards, etc.

ROB G: Did you happen to catch the run diff. for the Astros? I have not, but just can't imagine with their pitching staff that they will remain in this race much longer. Wtf!? I mean RUSS ORTIZ???

Since I have been out of the country w/out consistent WiFi, was there any talk here why the Cubs did not make a play for Julio Lugo?

The team does not have a credible SS back-up that can hit.

I don't get it.

What were the details here? Waiver? Trade?

I fucking hate the Cardinals.

he sucks?

Soriano hitting .358 in July w/ .940 OPS. 64 ABs. Granted, I think he didnt get moved down the order until July 4th or so, but does this finally dispel the"Soriano can't be moved out of the leadoff spot" bullshit?

I'm not even in that camp, but 64 AB's doesn't dispel shit.

Fewer than 64 ABs were used to prove he couldn't hit down the order...

No, they didn't
People may have said he can't hit other places after fewer than 64 ABs, but 64 at bats could never prove that. Just like how 64 ABs doesn't prove that he's a better hitter in the 6 hole.

Having said that, it looks like Sori's heating up now. Len and Bob said he's hitting 392 or something since he moved to 6. CAUTION: It is a coincidence that he's hitting now and hitting 6th

just glad he's hitting...don't care where

I was using the term "prove" sarcastically.

a call goes the Cubs way...

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9854894/Sources...

Martinez, Lee for Loney and maybe Billingsley or Kershaw and a prospect...

I assume Martinez would become a 1B full-time in this move?

That was the speculation, but now Rosenthal is reporting his own rumor as false.

hell yeah...

have to hold on for 66 games..

Let's make a run towards .600 ball at the same time, OK?

TOO SOON!

ha, ha, ha, ha

Jess Todd.

I think this is fantastic news. Todd came into the year as the Cards' #4 prospect, and has a 2.20 ERA in 49 innings at Triple A.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/07/indians-acqu...

Yeah Cardinals fans REALLY like this guy. I've seen his name mentioned alot lately on Cardinals boards wanting him to be called up.

Anyway we are in first f*ing place! woo hoo! This team is FINALLY playing like we thought it might at the beginning of the season. Not a moment too soon.

Lets keep it up and take 3 out of 4 from Houston.

While the Card's losing a great prospect helps the Cubs, I'm sure Hendry was none too thrilled. The Injuns got half a season of Dero and better prospects back. Perhaps Hendry can intern with Shapiro next season, maybe learn a few things.

Harden pitching, Aram hitting like bad-asses. Soriano over .250, driving in runners.

First place.

Could get used to this.

And... Fontenot STILL sucks!

Someone here during the first week of July mentioned his "torrid start in July".

Well, since that time he has gone from bad to worse:

LAst 14 - .259 .286 .556, 28 PA's

LAst 7 - .067 .125 .267, 16 PA's

Jim Hendry is still a fucking asshole for trading DeRosa and counting on this guy. I hope he can pull it together like some of the other guys have been post-ASG, but if he cannot soon, he's gonna land in Iowa real soon.

Ronny Cedeno still has not cracked the Mendoza line in Seattle yet, however. He also was tagged out while trying to tag up from first.

"Jim Hendry is still a fucking asshole for trading DeRosa and counting on this guy"

I think Lou is just as much to blame for counting on Fontenot. I'm sure he was in Hendry's ear.

I don't think any other team in baseball would start Fontenot. Maybe KC, but that's about it.

Wow, maybe Padres, too.

and you people can only complain? Get a life and be happy for once.

Sorry you construe criticism of a player who has had a bad year - thought to be the "starter" in ST - with "getting a life".

The baseball season has not ended today, has it? And, the Cubs have won nothing. So requesting a player play better is not out of bounds at all.

I have a life, BTW, which includes - but is not limited to - going to many Cub games at the ballpark.

well, let's put it this way: if you live your life the way you comment on this blog, you will stress your way to a shorter life.

i just wish some of us would not fret about every little thing and just learn to relax and take joy in every victory. trust me, you will live longer and you will enjoy your life more.

10-Man: You are probably right. This can be said about many people, but I certainly cannot deny part of it. However, no-where in any other areas of my life have I followed something so passionately for 41 years only to be "kicked-to-the-curb" time and time again.

It is my stupidity for taking this franchise too seriously sometimes. I wonder how many Red Sox fans felt the same way until they won the WS recently?

Anyway, thanks sincerely for your comments.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/columns/blog?post=43574...

pretty much a repeat of yesterday...

Grabow, Sherrill, Beimel, Rhodes are relievers mentioned

Davis, Garland, Gorzelanny as starters mentioned...

throws in Teahan and O. Cabrera as well...

scouts from A's, White Sox, Tigers, Brewers, O's and Blue Jays scouted the series...

Cubs win, move into first...and Milton rips the fans. The same fans who were standing and cheering in the second inning.

Maybe he was in a bad mood for taking another called third strike with a runner on third and no outs.

What a complete and total dick. If he has a boom box, it should be smashed.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

I found this, more ripping the media...although he says he didn't notice any of the cheers.

Who the fuck cares?

If he continues to get the job done, I could give a shit.

I have been to plenty of games where he has been mercilessly booed. So - this is the guy Hendry signed for three years. We have to deal with it.

Kelly Johnson starting to heat up for the Braves after a miserable year, but doesn't appear to be knocking off Martin Prado from 2b anytime soon. Braves have no pop at first base with Kotchman "sluggin" at .385/4HR clip.

Johnson's HR/OBP/SLG
2007 16/375/457
2008 12/349/446
2009 5/288/362

He's no savior, he may continue to suck, but he's 27 and has shown Derosa type offensive skills in 2007-2008 over full seasons. Maybe Jake Fox could cure the power outage at first for the Braves?

Fox for Johnson? I think that would be an absolute steal for the Braves. Johnson for 'sorta prospect' Bingo!

4-game set versus the NL Central's hottest team starting tomorrow, then the Cubs nemesis...3 on the road at Florida.

The End of Spin-0-Rama?

Kosuke Fukudome's Japanese hitting coach, Kyosuke Sasaki, departed Sunday after spending a week with Fukudome and working out some mechanics in his swing.

''He did a really nice job, and I told him that,'' Piniella said. ''We thank him for being here, and we were very appreciative and grateful to him and invited him back. He'll be back in September.''

Piniella noted the coach incorporated a slight knee turn that has helped Fukudome from spinning after an at-bat.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/11287...

I wouldn't mind seeing the Cubs pick up Cabrera and Sherrill... I think both could definitely help, for the right price...

The Orioles are going to be asking for what you would expect for a closer for Sherrill, but the Cubs would use him as a setup man. I can't see how he would come at "the right price".

Arthur Rhodes would be a better target, unless Pinhead has some problem with him.

Oh, The Fake Bob, you always come up with the funniest nicknames.

I agree with The Real Neal (rare, I know). Rhodes will give you almost as good production as a LH setup pitcher. Plus, I'm a big believer of having experienced, journeyman pitchers in the bullpen. No sense in overpaying for Sherrill.

First Place?!?!?!? 3 up in the loss column!

Go Cubs Go....Go Cubs Go...

I just might be visiting Chicago in October after all.

First Place?!?!?!? 3 up in the loss column!=Fire Hendry

only at TCR

Talk to me when Hendry wins a World Series as a GM.

Every year, 31 GMs should be fired!

Your words, not mine...

Dickhead Bud Selig is trying to cement his place in the history of stupidity by reconsidering Pete Rose's lifetime ban from the Hall.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4358260

Long overdue...

I love Bradley continuing to swing at 3-0 pitches and fouling them off.

Maybe a bit more from the left side?

....while also taking close pitches with 2 strikes and being shocked --- shocked! -- when he is called out.

. Plus, I'm a big believer of having experienced, journeyman pitchers in the bullpen.
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howry, eyre, remlinger, hawkins, heilman, cfox, leiber, rusch, veres, aguillera, guthrie, alfonseca, weathers, van poppel, karchner

i'm agnostic on this topic...but dont recall acquiring one that really helped make a difference

Rod Beck!!!!

Seriously though, I'm with you on this one, Cubster. I've always said I'd much rather take the best young pitchers our minor leagues have to offer and start their careers in the bullpen rather than spend $2-3 million on guys like Howry, Eyre, Remlinger, LaTroy, et al.

Great Names! Aguilera and van Poppel.

Nice trip down (bad) memory lane.

a big believer of having experienced, journeyman pitchers in the bullpen.
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and although the trade was from Ed Lynch's (not Hendry) at the trade deadline...Karchner for Garland should be a lesson learned for all GM's out there who trade for mediocre middle reliever help at the deadline.

and another Ed Lynch trade with a hefty pricetag:

Rick Aguillera

...before the Twins traded the 37-year-old and pitcher Scott Downs to the Chicago Cubs for Kyle Lohse and Jason Ryan.

I guess Scott Downs was a nice haul here...he eventually went to the Expos...July 31, 2000, he was traded by the Cubs to the Expos for Rondell White.

Ed Lynch is still on the Cubs payroll! (an old Murph line), but it's still true.

...listed as Special Assistant to the General Manager

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/team/front_office.jsp?...

(I say he's got unsavory pics of Zell/Crane Kenney/Hendry/Dusty/Lou and a few others...hopefully not any Ricketts in his photo inventory)

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  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 12 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 6 hours 52 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 6 hours 53 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 16 hours 34 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 19 hours 32 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 19 hours 45 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 19 hours 53 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 19 hours 59 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 20 hours 17 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 20 hours 53 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 21 hours 11 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 21 hours 13 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 21 hours 31 min ago view