TCR is Back on the Air

Well I'm sure there are some bugs, but as far as I can tell everything is functioning with one minor exception. That being under the "Our Writers" drop-down menu, the links for Arizona Phil's latest (also under AZ Phil's Corner), Cubnut's latest, Dr. Hecht's latest, etc currently aren't working. Some of the code is clashing with some other code and now they're waiting for the other to apologize. I should be able to fix it down the road, but it's not particulalry vital either for the site...at least not for the moment.

As for the upgrade, most of the new bells and whistles are behind-the-scenes, but they will appear around the site as the offseason progresses. The one change you will notice is in the comments. We've added something called AJAX comments, which is basically some cool javascript code that will now post your comments without having to refresh the whole page (although it doesn't seem to work for the first comment of a post if you click "Add New Comment"...shrug). That should save on some load times for everyone. You still need to refresh the article or go to the front page to see if anyone else has posted new comments, but all your postings will load right up at about half the time. So let's say you visit the site and there are a bunch of new comments and you want to reply to a couple of them. You can do that without having to refresh the page three times and losing your place. The one little bug in that is that the comment subjects get erased after the first reply, so if you guys can stay on top of filling that in I'd appreciate it. It's always better for other users using the flat view if you type in a unique comment subject anyway.

Anyway test some things out and let me know if you come across any bugs.

UPDATE: Also, the ability to add signatures to your comments has disappeared. This wasn't a decision on my part, rather the developer that created that functionality didn't update it for this version of the software. If I can find a suitable replacement, I'll install it.

UPDATE #2: One feature that was requested awhile back was a Return to Homepage link at the bottom of the comments so you don't have to scroll all the way back up. It's there now.

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lulz...also the "save" button might need to be renamed "post"

also, the Drupal logo is the site's "bookmark logo" (upper left corner of browser bar).

Picky, picky, picky.

free qa is free. hehe.

The font is different.

Meh.

Hope all are having a nice halladay weekend.

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do....

Where's the nudity?

where's the profanity?

Yeah, where's the fuckin boobs and shit?

Jokes and kidding aside, Rob, the work is always appreciated man.

occasional TCR conversation piece and baseball (and other sports) sportswriter Mike Penner/Christine Daniels dead at age 52.

no cause of death released...believed, but very unconfirmed to be suicide.

When Grabow officially inked a two-year deal to serve as their primary southpaw bullpen guy recently, he admitted to the huge expectations that go along with playing for a big-market team that hasn’t won a World Series in 101 years. At least Grabow has his eyes wide open. The likes of Milton Bradley and Jacque Jones barreled in, grabbed the Cubs’ megabucks and then folded quickly upon the first setback with literally the whole world watching.

use the tag blockquote when quoting text.

Neat.

Not much news out there, saw this yahoo sports summary of the Cubs...

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=teamrep...

Saw this interview with John Sickels. Pretty nice job of describing a philosophy about the ML system

http://www.minorleagueball.com/2009/11/20/116...

Thanks for the work you do here, Rob. The comment feature that you talked about is something that I had noticed. I was starting to get the shakes without this site

Keep Milton! "Come, let us reason together..."

No signatures?! How will people know how awesome I am?

Your awesomeness precedes you. It makes me want to change my name to "the jumbo"

As you should! Everyone needs a direct article.

If I am only 'A Tony S.', what does that say about me??

You have the humility I need?

Actually, years back someone else started posting as "Joe" so I needed a way to distinguish.

Muskat tweets:

Jake Fox hit first HR in fourth game Sat with Licey in DR; is batting .333 so far. Some AL team should consider this kid for DH/OF

I assume she is aware that Fox is still a Cub? If she is just a mouthpiece of the team that sure ain't a good sign for Fox being on the team next year. For all the teams problems I don't see why it's such a no-brainer to just get rid of Fox. I know Lou had him in the doghouse or was protecting his trade value from sliders or whatever but the guy is a cheap bat that can fill in for Aram or Soriano for league minimum. I think you hang on to that

bobby scales disagrees.

Then how do you get the roster space for Aaron Miles?

Thanks for all the hard work, Rob.

I caught the Sporcle bug from you so I whipped up this quiz:

http://www.sporcle.com/games/ruz/cubs3b

How many of the Cubs thirdbasemen between Santo and Ramirez can you name?

32 of 97...brutal quiz.

That is wicked
I only got 8
After the results were revealed I recognized about 10 more names. What a black hole.
I'll bet CF's of the last 10-20 years would be equally difficult

Ruz... Where the hell have you been young man?? =)

10... that's a bitch.

I've been...around.

Some of those names are never going to be guessed by anyone, I'd imagine, but some of them sure do bring back memories.

There are quite a few Cubs quizzes up already, but I'll try to get some more up over the next few weeks.

I may not be creative enough to make them, but they sure are fun.

And I just hope things are well.

Looks like the updates have attracted spammers. You're moving up!

CCO reports on Bruce Levine's saturday talking baseball show. Mostly no/old news on Hendry still working (seems more desperate now, but that's my read into it) on a Bradley deal and an interview with Samardzija after his Mexican league experience

http://chicagocubsonline.com/archives/2009/11...

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2009/11/...

The White Sox and Cubs are among eight teams pursuing former Dodgers closer Takashi Saito, who had a 2.43 ERA in 56 games out of Boston's bullpen last season.

make your own joke, but he was commonly known in LA/BOS as "sammy saito"

lulz.

Where's the Real Neal when we want some action?

Waiting for some actual Cubs news to comment on. I wouldn't mind Sammy Saito. With an excellent manager like Lou in the fold, I am sure there wouldn't be any clubhouse distractions.

"Saito, 39, does make sense for both teams"

that's a blockquoter if ever.

Hey, I'm old as shit, but I don't make sense for any team at that mother fucking age.

Rob, I'll echo others and say, whew! Nice to have you back. I would recommend a new Drupal developer, however. There are ways to set up staging (test) environments without kissing away a lot of advertising, which you've worked hard to get. But I also understand budget constraints, so no big deal. I see you still have a Ford ad on the right rail, so I guess all is good.

yeah, im sure the TCR corporate helicopter didn't go out to Martha's Vineyard this weekend.

I suppose you mean the 3 day downtime...

but there was a test environment, just that with the holiday break it took a bit of coordination to make sure everything was up and running. Not a lot of visitors to lose over Thanksgiving break to be honest...

I was just playing. I know how hard this shit is, and I think, Mr. Rob, you are kicking some serious ass. If you had Ricketts money it wouldn't be much better cuz web dev is harder than most people think.

I'm happy with the new updates. however, i have been noticing that as the number of those 3rd party boxes and stuff are growing on the main page, the time to load it up is also taking longer. too many thingamajigs and whatchamacallits. i'd consider removing those that aren't so critical.

and thanks for the return to homepage link. i've been lobbying for that for who knows how long.

Most anything with a tab now will only load if you click on the tab which loads up the home page much quicker.

But most of the 3rd party boxes are ads and they're not going anywhere

So part of that is the upgrade. Rob has obviously upgraded to the new version of server software (called Drupal) and it is using a technology called AJAX. AJAX is this thing where when you type something in things change on the page. I'd get more detailed but, well, no point.

The other problem Rob is having is a part of his own success and I say let's be patient with that.

By that I mean, he's getting more ads. So the site is getting sluggish cuzza that.

The only real solution is to give Rob all your money, every penny, so he can Akaimize his ads.

My point is that the more Rob's site sucks, the more he needs the bucks. Maybe Bleeding Blue will stick a few bucks in to the cause.

i have been noticing that as the number of those 3rd party boxes and stuff are growing on the main page, the time to load it up is also taking longer

The ads are fine. I would hope TCR would be somewhat profitable considering the quality unique content that is provided regarding medical issues, the farm system, and general baseball expertise.

My only objection to ads would be IF they were racy (thus far they've been acceptable). I'd hate to have improper images show up on this site while I'm at work. I'm in the midwest (NE Indiana... the very red part of Indiana), so it doesn't take much for an image to be considered improper around here.

Not like in California where I imagine you pass marijuana around the workplace and fornicate openly.

Not like in California where I imagine you pass marijuana around the workplace and fornicate openly.

We call that a Tuesday.

Hey all--I'll be missing from TCR for a couple of days. I'm moving to California.

That's an upgrade. Nice going, Rob.

Status of the parachat meatspin filter feature request?

I'm in the midwest (NE Indiana... the very red part of Indiana)
We call that a Tuesday...
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Isn't Tuesday Bowling shirt day?

What day isn't bowling shirt day?

MLB.com: This offseason, when do you start your workouts?

Fukudome: I will take two to three weeks off, and then start moving, like walking and more active things.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

"I will take two to three weeks off, and then start moving, like walking and more active things."

That's my 81 year father's regimen after Thanksgiving.

That's awesome. He uses a Segway until then.

1. the guy can hit;
2. we need hits;
3. patience - it's bad karma to sign a headcase then abandon him because he's a headcase;
4. the law of averages is in our favor;
5. he'll bring more value in July.

Flame away, but the logic (other than the karma bit) is pretty solid.

FLAMES!

Trade Bradley!

I have a problem with #4...the Law of Averages does not apply to the Cubs.

Don't trade anybody or sign anyone new. We all know the 2009 roster badly underperformed expectations. We all know there's not enough money to make a bunch of high profile questionable FA signings this off-season. We all know we're back to building for the future and waiting for some long-term heavy contracts to expire. So let's field exactly the same team and see whether 2009 was a fluke. Fielding the exact same team will automatically lower expectations so any success will already exceed 2009. Really, if you think about it, it's what's best for Cubs fans. No more spring fever and delusions of grandeur. We'll start the season already waiting for next year. No disappointments unless they actually do better. And if they actually do better. . .

I vote that we sign a bunch of mid-30 guys with questionable makeup or injury questions and just backload the hell out of their contracts.

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  • Eloy Jimenez and Jeimer Candelario named to Futures Game...

    See past Cubs' participants here. Let me know if you see a mistake or any other info that may prove useful and I can add it.

    http://wiklifield.thecubreporter.com/Cubs_that_Played_in_Futures_Game

    Rob G. 41 min 53 sec ago view
  • Now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwbUCI9bEvA

    QuietMan 58 min 4 sec ago view
  • Sorry if I made it sound like a Schwarber for Sale straight up deal was reasonable, obviously Cubs would need to give up more than that. You don't trade Sale unless you're rebuilding and if you're rebuilding you want more than one piece. Easily 3-4 pieces with Schwarber being the main one...but that type of an ace arm or All-star talent with a few years of control is the type of return the Cubs should look for if they move Schwarber. I don't think they'll move him until he's healthy though. TheJedi are pretty good at maximizing trade value.

    Rob G. 1 hour 1 min ago view
  • I think you're very much overvaluing Schwarber if you think he can fetch Sale by himself. An unproven rookie with demonstrable offensive flaws he hasn't had the chance to show he can overcome and with no defensive upside will never fetch an ace of the quality of Sale in today's market where pitchers are fetching insane prices, especially with Sale's team friendly contract. You'd for sure need to throw in a pitching prospect in return at least.

    johann 1 hour 53 min ago view
  • best relievers in baseball tend to not be the best relievers for very long though...

    also, when you start just trading away guys for marginal benefits, that window will shrink. The window is easily through 2021, just have to look how long Rizzo is signed for and how long they have rights to Bryant, Russell and so on down the line.

    Can't say I'm too worried about the SP, they've done nothing but land guys on the cheap and on the expensive since they've arrived. TheJedi will figure that out.

    Rob G. 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 5 hours 12 min ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 5 hours 24 min ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 5 hours 44 min ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 5 hours 49 min ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 6 hours 22 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 6 hours 30 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 6 hours 50 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 9 hours 45 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 10 hours 3 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 10 hours 8 min ago view