TCR Servers Preemptively End Season As Well

Sorry about the rather epic error message at the top of the site, working on trying to isolate the problem which seems to be somewhere on line 174 of the database. Considering I haven't changed anything recently, not sure what's going on and unfortunately I've got a full day planned around the Cubs game and the Angel Fan Wife's birthday. I hope to get it fixed by tonight.

UPDATE 7:47 PM: I think it's fixed.

UPDATE #2 7:48 PM: I'm done with this season.

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TCR Knuckleball...how timely.

good news is our host company seems to have a good idea on what happened, bad news is I have to leave and I forgot my password to access the database.

My apologies once again...

Did you try "steroidtaco69" ?

Is your password "Big Boy"?

Get your priorities straight.

Fuld, Bradley, DLee, ARam, Fukudome, Baker, Soto, Miles and Lilly

Theriot out with a sore knee. Soriano out so he can practice hitting knuckleballs in the mirror.

massive props for the Simpsons image.

Not a bug. This is the text of Soriano's mental routine at the plate.

$140m for this?

damn u dusty. death to rothschild. cubs trainers all need to be fired. yosh = satan. free dubois.

enough already with the good pitching being wasted...

Nothing spells success better than Sam Fuld, starting, and being your leadoff hitter.

I really can't imagine why we got shut out with that lineup.

Sam Fuld is awesome...

everyone else sucks...

might have been the farthest HR I've ever seen in person by Matt Kemp, he hit it over the bullpen in LF.

Lilly has a way of giving up long homers.

Not much to say about this one, more of the same old same old. Depressing.

Well at least I won't have to put out thousands of dollars for playoff tickets to see them get swept. This has been the worst season, when taking into consideration of expectations, I can remember.

I hope Mr. Ricketts makes the necessary change at the top and finally cut the fat. Yes i am talking you you Teflon Jim.

Uh. Lots of things to complain about on this team. Sam Fuld isn't one of them.

He's at least a push from an offensive productivity perspective with Soriano and defensively a comparison is frankly insulting.

It would be refreshing if we didn't play Soriano the rest of the year to figure out what Fuld really has other then running into the wall catches.

sam fuld kicked my dog and it up n' died.

true story. screw him.

Is that the story we're all gonna hear when he plays for the next ten years in Boston?

he shouldn't have kicked muh dog. boy ain't right.

Yeah, well Chipper Jones murdered and ate mine and Carlos' cousin. So there.

STL up by 5 in their top of the 7th...for those that still care.

What a f'n season... Congrats to those still hoping for a Cubs surge and STL tanking.

Guessing by the timestamp on your updates, I'd say you could have probably combined those into one big update. Now you're just being frivolous.

UPDATE 12:11AM: I'm reaching for something else other than this fucking piece of shit baseball team to talk about. Should have liveblogged the NASCAR race or something of equal non-value instead.

two words: word quota

Rob, I think I slammed you for the db issue but fuck that. We're here for....

.... wait.

Why ARE we here?

Anyway, my God, it scares the fuck out of me that Hendry may find a way to trade Fuld before Hendry gets fired, and he'll be like, all BoSox on us for ten years

apologies once again for the earlier issue, I had turned on a cache setting a couple months back and apparently it fills up after awhile. I didn't know I had to reset/repair it every once in awhile and then hijink ensued when I realized I couldn't get into my host account+wife's birthday festivities.

Glad it happened on a weekend at least...

BTW, dudes

Fuld was an intern at STATS,inc or whatever.

The dude studies stats.

How much you guys wanna bet we lose this dude?

now that the season is over....the fun reading begins.
Sun-Times article by David Roeder.

http://www.suntimes.com/business/roeder/1729710,CS...

Summary of the transactions, titled...How Zell Botched Cubs deal. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. To think we had this baggage going on for over 2 years.
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excerpts:

Oh, the tangled webs that Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell can weave. The long process he spun for selling the Cubs probably cost his debt-strapped company at least $150 million.

It also gave Zell an uncomfortable role in the federal corruption investigation of now-indicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

But his sell-Wrigley-to-the-state gambit delayed the sale of the team for months, at a time the economy was worsening and lenders began cutting off promises of credit. By late 2008, getting $1 billion for the whole Cubs package, including Wrigley Field, was out of the question.

Zell left Tribune with $13 billion in debt when he borrowed heavily to buy what was then a publicly held company, taking it private in December 2007.

The transaction in which he took Tribune private was a complex one. To save on taxes, he created an employee stock-ownership plan as the official owner, though Zell exercised control by buying an option to acquire up to a 40 percent stake. Bankruptcy has made that option worthless.

Zell completed the Cubs sale amid increasing pressure from creditors...his creditors are working on a plan to assume ownership of the company and elbow Zell aside.

another Sun-Times link

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/17298...
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Through May 17, Soriano was hitting .280 with 12 home runs, 25 RBI and a .383 on-base percentage. And the Cubs started 21-15.

- From that point through July 3, he hit .175 with two homers and seven RBI. The Cubs went 18-23.

- He was moved out of the leadoff spot for good at that point — to sixth — and hit .367 with five homers and 16 RBI as the Cubs went 15-9 the rest of July.

- Then came the August bust. He is hitting .162 without a homer and only four RBI as the Cubs have nose-dived to 7-13 this month.

Bottom line: The Cubs play .600 ball when Soriano hits (36-24) and .410 when he doesn’t (25-36).

Interesting stats...

We all know Soriano is the uber streaky hitter, but never thought it was tied in so much to the teams plight. But having streaky hitters, especially one of your most important, is not a good thing for an overall look to a team. As seen in the playoffs the past two years.

Glad to see Sam Fuld has taken the current title of "Cubs Flavor of the Month." Sorry Jake Fox. Unfortunately I need to agree with MikeC, if Fuld is leading off, it is not a shocker to see why this team would have problems.

Yes, if Fuld, with his .414 obp and rare (on this team) ability to steal a base is leading off we are so fucked. How many runs does Fuld save on defense over Soriano?

Seriously -- what the fuck is wrong with these posters?

There are a lot of things to disparage this Cub team for, Fuld just isn't on the list.

He may turn out to be a 5th outfielder at best but he still offers more then Soriano does at this point.

Wrongway Phil Rogers even says the Tribune sucked during Tribune's reign in baseball...and his advice to Tom Ricketts is... Run Lola Run.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta1Sn6MtC9w

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...
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In the end, you would have to conclude Tribune Co. wasn't very good for baseball, but baseball was very, very good for Tribune Co.

Ricketts, if he's as smart as we think he is, will run from Tribune Co. ties, beginning with team Chairman Crane Kenney. There has been a rumor around for months that Ricketts has interviewed a group of experienced baseball types about becoming his leading man, including former Oakland A's general manager Sandy Alderson.

I find it fascinating that Tribune writers are so eager to promote firing Tribune big wigs. Besides Rogers, Sullivan wrote just a few hours after the story broke that Ricketts signed off on buying the team that Hendry should be fired if he won't agree to voiding the last two years of his contract.

Why would Hendry void the last two years of his deal? If the Cubs were stupid enough to give it to him, he deserves to get paid. Now that being said, Ricketts hopefully will clean house and get his own people in there who he beleives can make this a better organization.

Paul DePodesta for GM.....

"and his advice to Tom Ricketts is... Run Lola Run."

~sings~
"Lola --
la-la-la-la-Lola,
la-la-la-la-Lola"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWw1z3h-ee0&feature...

I was there yesterday. This just in, the Cubs also suck in person.

Aaron Harang out for rest of year...had an emergency appendectomy last night.

Somehow it's likely Dusty's fault.

Of course. There's no way Harang gets a bacterial infection if Dusty didn't throw him 115 pitches in 3 of his last 5 starts.

You think you have problems, Jerry Jones builds a one billion dollar domed stadium with a video screen in the middle that is so low you can't punt without hitting it.

Watch for a new rule book in Jerry's favor. Had the Bears that power, DB's would have to play 5 yards off Hester.

Had the Cubs that power, Kevin Gregg would have a girl's tee at 50', 5". Manny would probably still hit him, though. Heck, Blanks could hit him...

"Good luck, Mr. Ricketts." (Sounds like a new Tarantino film).

Looking back, we deserve a Cards' collapse just as the Cubs did 40 years ago!

Starts today in Mannywood! "It's Gonna Happen!"

Alderson would be OK in my book - although I would hope that the Rickett's family wouldn't clean house regarding the farm system. They're starting to make some actual progress regarding future position players.

Yes, in last 20 years they produced

Grace
Theriot
Soto

Grace doesn't make that list, but recently Fuld, Fox, Hoffpauir, Patterson, Harris, Pie and Cedeno all should have.

Yeah..because Wilken has been involved in all the drafts since then.

I say Wilken should get a pass until we get away from signability in round 1.

Colvin
Jackson
Cashner (because they were too cheap to pay up the year before)

It doesn't make any sense to give Wilken an imaginary star for drafting Weiters when most considered him the top collegiate hitter in the draft. All you need is the internet and the ability to google 'MLB Draft prospects' to scout Weiters out. Plus he's being outslugged and out OBP'd by the much maligned Felix Pie, so how good can he be?

In fairness Weiters

1. is in only his 2nd proseason
2. Already in the Majors in Said season
3. Our guy picked ahead of him is Struggling in A-Ball

Bottom line, is that every pick other than Samardizija has been a signability pick. And Samjay's Notre Dame celeb status likely led to his pick/contract with the cubs.

1. He's in his 3rd season
2. You would hope so, since he was signed to a ML contract
3. Vitters hit a HR last night and is going to the AFL - but LaPorta, the guy I said we should have drafted didn't make his MLB debut last season because of an injury and beat Wieters to the majors.

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  • This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.

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    Arizona Phil 26 min 38 sec ago view
  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    Arizona Phil 54 min 42 sec ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 22 min ago view
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  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 3 hours 37 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 6 hours 25 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

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    My guess? Toronto.

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    The E-Man 8 hours 6 min ago view
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 12 hours 6 min ago view
  • Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.

    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 12 hours 54 min ago view
  • Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.

    While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.

    billybucks 13 hours 27 min ago view