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.



TCR 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.,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.

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
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.
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."

"Lola --

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 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.

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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  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).