Here Come the Hawks, the Mighty... Boise Hawks!

6/15 UPDATE: BOISE OPENING DAY ROSTER HAS BEEN RELEASED (see COMMENT #11 below)


Arismendy Alcantara singled, doubled, and tripled, stole a base, drove-in three runs, and scored two more, Richard Jones and Wes Darvill had three hits a piece, and Alvaro Ramirez clubbed a two-run HR, but it wasn’t enough, as Kyung-Min Na had three hits, stole two bases, and scored twice, and Xavier Batista had three RBI, leading the upstart AZL Cubs (Mesa Cubs) to a 9-7 victory over the Boise Hawks at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning. The game was a pre-planned eleven-inning contest.

This was the final tune-up for the Hawks, who will fly from Phoenix to Boise tomorrow morning. Their first game will be Friday night at Yakima.



Some of the innings in today's game were terminated with less than three outs ("Roll It!") because the pitcher reached his maximum pitch limit for that inning, while other innings were extended beyond three outs ("Stay Out There!") to allow a pitcher to throw more pitches.


After the game, Boise Manager Jody Davis called Kyung-Min Na over to the Hawks post-game huddle from the Mesa Cubs bench ("Kyung-Min Na, come on down!"), as the speedy 18-year old Korean apparently won the Hawks' “4th outfielder” job (at least temporarily) with his outstanding play in today’s game. (Cody Shields would have been the 4th OF at Boise, but he will be left behind at Fitch Park after suffering a broken hand in an intrasquad game the last week of Extended Spring Training).


Infielder Brandon May was on the Boise bench today, but did not play due to a lingering sore left leg. I don't know if May will be traveling with the Hawks to Boise tomorrow, or if he will be remaining at Fitch Park for a few days to rehab the injury.


Also, 1B-3B Bobby Wagner will apparently be remaining at Fitch Park a while longer while he continues his conversion to catcher. He played with the AZL Cubs (Mesa) squad today, and he did not participate in the Hawks post-game meeting.


Here is today’s box score:


BOISE HAWKS


LINEUP:
1. Alvaro Ramirez, CF: 1-5 (5-3, F-7, 6-3, HR, F-7, 2 RBI, R)
2. George Matheus, 3B: 1-5 (6-3, 6-3, 2B, F-7, K, R)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 1-5 (5-3, L-3, 1B+E7, 6-3, 4-3, R)
4. Richard Jones, 1B: 3-5 (1B, 1B, P-7, K, 1B, R)
5. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 3-5 (6-4 FC, 3B, 1B, 2B, 5-4 FC, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB)
6. Runey Davis, LF: 2-5 (1B, K, 2B, K, F-8, 2 RBI)
7. Chris Huseby, DH #1: 0-4 (6-4-3 GIDP, 5-3, 5-3, F-8, BB)
8. Jose Guevara, C: 1-5 (1B, F-7, K, F-8, FC+E6)
9. Wes Darvill, 2B: 3-5 (3-6 FC, 1B, 1B, F-8, 1B, R, SB)
10a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST THREE TIMES THROUGH ORDER
10b. Jeff Vigurs, DH #2: 0-2 (F-7, 4-3)


PITCHERS:
1. Chris Huseby: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO
2. Juan Yasser Serrano: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 6/6 GO/FO
3. Austin Kirk: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 7/4 GO/FO
4. Corey Martin: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 BALK, 2/1 GO/FO
5. Carlos Rojas: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 3/1 GO/FO


ERRORS: 1
George Matheus E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base – eventually scored unearned run)

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Jose Guevara: 0-3 CS


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AZL CUBS (MESA CUBS)


LINEUP:
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, 2B: 1-7 (1B, 4-3, 4-3, 1-3, F-8, F-9, 4-3)
2. Kyung-Min Na, CF-LF: 3-7 (1B, 2B, 4-3, 1B, F-8, 6-3, 4-1, 2 R, 2 SB)
3. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 2-6 (5-3, 1B, 6-3, K, 1B, E-5, RBI, 2 R)
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 2-6 (K, 2B, F-8, 6-3, 4-3, 1B, 3 RBI)
5. Sergio Burruel, C-DH: 0-5 (4-3, F-9, L-7, K, BB, 6-3, R)
6. Bobby Wagner, 3B: 2-6 (P-6, F-8, K, K, 2B, 2B, 2 R)
7a. Rafael Disla, SS: 1-5 (1-3, K, L-3, 3B, K, R)
7b. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FINAL TIME THROUGH ORDER
8a. Blair Springfield, LF, 2-6 (HR, K, 1B, 1-3, 5-3, F-9, RBI, R, SB)
8b. Melvin Camarena, CF: PLAYED DEFENSE ONLY - DID NOT BAT
9. Carlos Romero, DH-C: 0-6 (4-3, F-7, 4-3, 5-3, P-4, 6-3, 2 RBI)


PITCHERS:
1. Jose Rosario: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1 BALK, 8/2 GO/FO
2. Jadel Mendez: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R (5 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 3/2 GO/FO
3. Alvido Jimenez: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/5 GO/FO
4. Tzu-An Wang: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO


ERRORS: 2
1. Blair Springfield E-7 (throwing error at 3rd base on single allowed batter to advance from 1st to 2nd base)
2. Rafael Disla E-6 (dropped throw at 2nd base on force attempt allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely – did not score)


CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Sergio Burruel: 0-2 CS, 1 PB


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ATTENDANCE: 7


WEATHER: Hot and sunny, with temperatures in the 90’s


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The Boise Hawks are the Cubs "Short-Season A" affiliate in the Northwest League. Besides the Cubs affiliate in Boise, ID, the other seven clubs in the league are the Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies) in Pasco, WA, the Yakima Bears (Diamondbacks) in Yakima, WA, the Spokane Indians (Rangers) in Spokane, WA, the Eugene Emeralds (Padres) in Eugene, OR, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants) in Keizer, OR, the Everett Aqua Sox (Mariners) in Everett, WA, and the Vancouver Canadians (A's) in Vancouver, BC. All eight of the clubs have their minor league base in Arizona, so the players know the rival players pretty well from having played a lot of them in AZL, Spring Training, Extended Spring Training, and/or Instructional League games.


Per MLB Rule 51, a "Short Season A" club may have a maximum of four players on its roster age 23 or older, and a maximum of three players on its roster with three years or more of minor league service time coming into the season. (Seasons spent playing in DSL, VSL, Mexican League, or MLB international academies don't count toward minor league service time limit, the age limit does not apply to first-year players who sign after June 5th, and there is a one-year service time exemption for position players who are being converted to pitcher).


Generally speaking, players assigned to Boise would include college players selected in the recent Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft), and Latin, Pacific Rim, and U. S. high school and JC players who have "graduated" from Fitch Park (EXST Cubs & AZL Cubs).


Players assigned to Boise stay with "host families," which are local Boise residents who house and feed the young Cubbies (Hawks) during their stay in Boise. In return, the families receive complimentary season-tickets to the Hawks home games.


It's not unusual for players and host families to stay in touch for many years after the player has left and moved on to other things. Occasionally a player who stayed with a host family one year and another player who stayed with the same host family in a different season meet each other in later years and discover their "family connection."


The Boise gig is a lot different than Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, AZ Instructional League, or playing for the AZL Cubs in Mesa at Fitch Park. The players assigned to Fitch Park stay in the same motel (two players per room) with a curfew and no alcohol allowed in the rooms. Shuttle vans (maxi-vans) transport the players from the motel to Fitch Park and back, and road trips consist of maybe a 20-minute ride to another minor league complex in the maxi-vans.


But in Boise, the players are mostly on their own. They have to find their own way to the ballpark, and the Cubs rely on the host families to help keep the player on the "straight & narrow." (The Cubs probably wouldn't want a couple of meth freaks to be a host family). And Boise road trips consist of all night bus rides through the back roads and high deserts of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, with pre-made peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and/or Dominos Pizza (usually the only "restaurant" open late in most of the Northwest League towns) the in-bus meal.


The Boise club has a 35-man Reserve List (which is like a major league club's 40-man roster) and a 30-man Active List (which would be like a MLB club's 25-man roster).

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Looks like Huseby is right again - seems like they should promote him rapidly if he's throwing strikes, like a trip to Knoxvegas.

Thanks for the report. Are any new signees showing up in AZ yet?

CHUCK: There are several new arrivals. The new pitchers are throwing bullpens but aren't ready for game action yet, so none of them will be going to Boise at this time. I was told that #1 pick Hayden Simpson was at Fitch Park this morning, but I didn't see him. I believe Elliot Soto was on the Boise bench and at the post-game meeting, but he didn't play in the game, so I can't verify it was him. But there is another infielder going to Boise who just signed and who did not play in the game today, and I am fairly sure it's Soto.

Brett Jackson hit for the cycle tonight (in extra innings), including a walk-off home run to win the game. It's still early, but he might be the most exciting offensive player to come through the system in many a year.

The power is showing up a bit more lately. He'll probably need to flash at least a little pop with that K rate, so it's nice to see. Definitely looking good so far.

Angels shortstop Aybar taken out by Brewers Magahee have not seen it
but a litle bad blood between teams tonite

http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/video/play.j...

unnecessary but he was on the base....McGehee certainly didn't seem too upset over it.

who hasn't signed yet somehow...

http://cubs.scout.com/2/976666.html

says he sits between 93-94 most of the time..

I throw a changeup and I’ve yet to see anybody throw it the way I throw it. It’s hard to explain, but I throw it two different ways – one way to right-handed batters where it drops straight down and another way to lefties where it runs away and goes down. And I throw a two-seam fastball that’s more like a sinker; an overhand 12-6 curveball; then the four-seam fastball and then I throw a slider that’s two different ways as well.

and

was being recruited by Division I schools. They wanted to see me pitch again at the end of the spring and I more or less just wanted to get that over with because I knew we had a really good team in high school that year, and we were trying to win a state championship. I threw a one-hitter in the state championship game and got beat, 2-1. That was not good, but I felt like [going to Southern Arkansas] was the best for me and it turns out it was a very good decision and it’s hard to argue with what happened. I think that was the best decision that I could have made at the time, and looking back at it now, knowing what I know, I’d have made the same decision.

Parachatters will appreciate this bit of news... Quicksand Jesus struck by lightening and caught on fire...

Charred remnants remained this morning, June 15, of the large Jesus statue iconic to Interstate 75 that was destroyed following an apparent lightning strike during a thunderstorm late Monday night.

The photo of the giant Jesus statue on fire is kind of Revelations-esque.

“God struck God, I like the irony. Jesus struck Jesus,” said Dawn Smith, 25, of Hamilton, who was among those standing outside the vehicles along Union Road. “I had to see it. What else are you going to do on a Monday night?”

Haha... life in Dayton, Ohio... "What else are you going to do on a Monday night?" Go to bed so you can get up for wo... whoops, nevermind.

Sorry, carry on.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neu said indications are lightning struck the right hand of the statue. 911 calls received by Monroe and Warren County dispatchers confirm witnesses saw the hand on fire first.

that could have only been more awesome if it started throwing fireballs at cars going down the road...you couldn't write a script better than that.

this is like a simpson's episode .

Jesus got bbq'ed.

that could have only been more awesome if it started throwing fireballs at cars going down the road...

lol!

BOISE HAWKS OPENING DAY 26-MAN ROSTER HAS BEEN RELEASED.

There are four openings for players who sign in the next few days, plus some players on the Hawks Opening Day roster will likely get sent back to Fitch Park to make room for the new draft picks as they get moved up from Fitch Park.

BTW. the player I saw in the Boise post-game on-field meeting yesterday who I thought was an infielder was actually RHP (ex-2B) Joe Zeller (Cubs 2010 28th round pick out of The Master's College). Zeller and Jeff Vigurs (the only other 2010 draft pick on the Boise Opening Day roster) are (were) both college seniors, so they had virtually no leverage. (Northwestern C Chad Noble, U. of Delaware 1B Ryan Cuneo, and Lambuth U. LHP Brent Ebinger are the only other college seniors drafted by the Cubs). NDFA OF Anthony Giansanti (Siena U.) was signed by the Cubs after the draft (Giansanti also is a college senior).

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS (15):
Rogelio Carmona
Marcus Hatley
Chris Huseby
Danny Keefe
* Austin Kirk
Corey Martin
* John Mincone
Tarlandus Mitchell
* Marcos Perez
Andres Quezada
Carlos Rojas
Juan Yasser Serrano
Alvaro Sosa (ex-C)
Yao-Lin Wang
Joe Zeller (2010 28th round pick)

CATCHERS (2):
Jose Guevara
* Jeff Vigurs (2010 22nd round pick)

INFIELDERS (5):
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Wes Darvill
* Richard Jones
George Matheus
Brandon May

OUTFIELDERS (4):
Runey Davis
Jesus Morelli
* Kyung-Min Na
* Alvaro Ramirez

Also, OF Cody Shields (broken hand) will almost certainly be placed on the Boise "Inactive List."

And here is the current AZL CUBS roster (22 players).

With a 35-man roster, there are still 13 openings for 2010 draft picks on the AZL Cubs roster.

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS (12):
Eduardo Figueroa
Jesse Ginley
Gian Guzman
* Cody Hams
Alvido Jimenez
Dylan Johnston (ex-OF)
Luis Liria
Hector Mayora
Jadel Mendez
Jose Rosario
* Drew Rundle (ex-OF)
Tzu-An Wang

CATCHERS (3):
* Sergio Burruel
Carlos Romero
* Bobby Wagner (C-1B-3B)

INFIELDERS (4):
# Vismeldy Bieneme (3B-2B)
* Ping Chieh Chen (2B-SS)
# Rafael Disla (SS-2B-3B-LF)
Albert Hernandez (1B-LF)

OUTFIELDERS (3):
Xavier Batista
Melvin Camarena
Blair Springfield (LF-2B-3B-1B)

Because more than half of the players who were at Fitch Park have left for Boise, there will be no more intrasquad games for a while (only sim games).

Also, LHP Casey Lambert is still on a rehab assignment at Fitch Park, although he will likely move up to Daytona or Tennessee before the AZL Cubs begin league play next Tuesday.

THIS JUST IN....

The AZL Cubs will be playing their home games (all night games) at HoHoKam Park this season, rather than at Fitch Park. So the kids will get to play baseball on a genuine major league (albeit Spring Training) field, and have the use of the Cubs "big league" clubhouse, too.

So starting next week, Fitch Park will be used only for players on injury rehab, and as an "induction center" for newly-signed draft picks.

I hope this doesn't affect your reporting for us.

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/ran...

Randy Wells troubles in the stretch this year.

No Cubs anywhere near the All-Star vote

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100...

Byrd making a good case at the moment, 5th in OPS among OF'ers (13th overall), 2nd in the league in hitting behind Ethier who missed 2 weeks and 2nd in the league in doubles.

Submitted by Rob G. on Tue, 06/15/2010 - 11:13am.
No Cubs anywhere near the All-Star vote

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100...

Byrd making a good case at the moment, 5th in OPS among OF'ers (13th overall), 2nd in the league in hitting behind Ethier who missed 2 weeks and 2nd in the league in doubles.

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ROB G: Betcha Carlos Marmol will be the only Cub rep at the 2010 ASG.

that was my feeling a few weeks back as well, but Byrd's making a nice run. If anything he might make one of the final 5 that fans can vote for...

This year is actually going to be really interesting because many NL players are struggling and many big names in particular are struggling. I took a quick look at the fan voting so far, the player/coaches voting from last year, and roster requirements, etc.

I would expect the fan voting to put in:

C: Molina
1B: Pujols
2B: Utley
3B: Wright (trailing now, but should overtake Polanco)
SS: Ramirez
OF: Braun
OF: Heyward
OF: Ethier (It's possible Heyward drops - he really wouldn't deserve it - and Werth moves up and takes it)

Coaches/Player voting is tough to predict. It is partly based on performance and partly on respect. A pitcher might not have many wins because he plays for a crappy team, but hitters considering him difficult to face, etc. Based on last year's voting and this year's performance, I would except something like:

C: McCann (basically no NL catchers deserve to be All-Stars this year, but I would guess he and Molina are the two again like last year)
1B: Gonzalez
2B: Phillips
3B: Zimmerman
SS: Tulowitzki
OF: Werth
OF: Hart???
OF: Byrd??? (These last two OF slot are difficult. If Hart is still leading the league HRs he might get in, as might Byrd if he is batting over .330 still and because of his defense and hustle. There are just no no-brainers for these slots. I picked Hart and Byrd out of a group of OFs having good seasons that includes Andres Torres, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gonzalez, Colby Rasmus, and Johnny Gomes. This just doesn't look like a list of All-Stars, so it is difficult to predict who the players/coaches vote for here)
SP: Jiminez
SP: Halladay
SP: Johnson (voted in by players last year and doing very well again this year)
SP: Pelfrey (9-1, w. 2.39 ERA)
SP: Wainwright
RP: Bell
RP: Broxton (both were voted in last year and are dominating again this year)
RP: Marmol (I think he has a shot here. Last year the third closer was K-Rod, who could be it again this year, but players and managers take notice of dominance like Marmol has had)

At this point the manager has to select the DH for the NL, 3 position players, and 5 pitchers. And in doing so has to make sure all teams are represented. That means a Pirate, Astro, Giant, and D-Back.

I think Rolen, with the year he is having, will be added and named the DH if he is not chosen ahead of Zimmerman by the players and already on the roster. Either way, I expect him to start if Wright or someone else wins the player vote.

The position players will probably include:

2B: Kelly Johnson (only logical D-Back IMO)
OF: Garrett Jones (or possibly McCutchen, the only logical Pirates IMO)
SS: Juan Uribe (after Tulo and Ramirez he has the third highest OPS among shortstops and the drop to 4th is big. Managers like to have 3 shortstops on the roster, and he is the most logical Giant for position players)

***But Manuel has said publicly that he likes Prado of the Braves who is having a good year, so it is possible he is picked here over Uribe and Manuel simply goes with a Giant pitcher for the SFO roster spot.

The remaining 5 pitchers are a crapshoot. Expect Lindstrom to be taken as the token Astro. I can't think of really anyone else on the roster deserving at all. Oswalt is pitching well, but you don't usually go to the AS game with a 4-8 record

So of the 4 remaining he might take K-Rod if the players selected Marmol above, or Marmol if they selected K-Rod. But Brian Wilson would be another good closer candidate if he wants a 5th closer after the 3 voted in and Lindstrom.

The remaining starters that would be considered include Cain, Lincecum, and Zito from the Giants, Carpenter, Silva, and Hudson, and maybe a couple more depending on how the last few weeks go.

Also remember that MLB has a new rule that any starter scheduled the Sunday before the All-Star can be selected but is automatically ineligible to pitch and replaced on the roster. So do not be surprised if the managers use this to spread the love a bit and avoid flak for not picking someone. For example, if Cain pitches Sunday, Manuel might pick Cain and name Lincecum his replacement. A nice two for one.

Those are my thoughts, but a lot can happen between now and then, and there are too many people's opinions involved in the selection process to have any hope of predicting it very accurately.

that is some impressive work...thanks.

McCutchen has to beat out Jones if it comes down to just having a Pirate on the team.

Interesting read, WISCGRAD!

You could very well be correct. McCutchen is at .307/.374/.475 compared to Jones at .274/.349/.465, and McCutchen also as the edge in stolen bases (14-5), runs (37-28), doubles (15-14), but Jones has the edge in HR (10-7), and a huge edge in RBI (39-19). Probably depends if Manuel wants more power or speed for that roster spot.

McCutchen is also a decent defender and a real CF. Jones is an average RF at best. That's what I was really thinking about. If they are close in offense, McCutchen is ahead because of his defense.

Strasburg?

http://twitter.com/thekapman

Kapman suggests Cubs have until ASB to turn it around

From now to the All Star Break will determine the long term future of the Cubs. Keep losing and there will be huge changes.

http://network.yardbarker.com/mlb/article_ext...

best thing that happened to Randy Wells in a month....

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/atlanta-br...

some Cubs stuff, Cubs would love to move Fukudome now (very forward thinking of them as always), Lilly and Lee of course possible as the deadline approaches.

Cubs stay in Chicago through July 4th, so I guess this is the time for their run.

http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2010/6/10/1511...

Ramirez and Z acting up, clubhouse disarray...2nd time I've heard about this now.

a manager does what now?

does this have anything to do with z to the pen and soto's benching?

it probably has a lot to do with lou rarely actually in the clubhouse and it running itself.

it wasn't so neat last year, either.

fragmentation and players left to themselves to form the social environment and how it's policed has become a normal thing over the past few years for the cubs.

in a clubhouse that's 1/4 the size of most team's clubhouses...phew...

But wait, manager's don't matter, right? First the other day you said they make important in-game decisions, now you say that they have an impact on the team by how well they manage the clubhouse? This is pure craziness!

every time i explain the point you ignore it.

here's craziness...explaining yet again that it's about how similar managers are and how little difference the guy making $3-5m is vs. the guy making 500K-1m.

please write that down on a note card and tape it to your monitor.

you also might note the past rants by me noted the main job of a manger is keeping people from becoming fragmented and disgruntled while working/traveling together 200+ days.

Pulling sources from Bleed Cubbie Blue now? I wouldn't trust one damn thing that AL writes as truthful or trust any of his little minions. That site feeds off its own ego and who can bullshit each other the most, while they all live in happy little world of group think.

Don't you dare post something that goes against their pre-designed thought process. AL Just bans you. Desipio has a whole thread dedicated to it in its forum.

Al didn't write it.

Try reading.

and as I mentioned, it was the 2nd time I've come across info that Ramirez and Z are being difficult, the other having nothing to do with Al or the person who posted that comment.

and you know, it was labeled gossip.

Gossip is idle talk or rumour, especially about the personal or private affairs of others. It forms one of the oldest and most common means of sharing (unproven) facts and views, but also has a reputation for the introduction of errors and other variations into the information transmitted. ...

First, relax dude, I'm just giving you a hard time. Second, I don't ignore it, I just still do not fully understand your point. Is it that some managers are good at making in-game decisions and managing a clubhouse and some are not, but the difference in pay between the former and latter is not worth the advantage gained in wins by making good in-game decisions and having a sound clubhouse? So you would prefer the manager be good at these things, but would rather pay $1 million for someone who is bad than $3 million for someone who is good, because you think the $2 million gains the team very little? Is this it?

If so, it makes sense. I certainly don't have any data to show that having Bobby Cox is worth 4 wins above a replacement manager, or something like that. I wish we did. But we don't really have that data, so your gut from watching baseball for a long time is that managers don't matter much, especially $2-3 million dollars as much. My impression is that they do. We can feel free to agree to disagree on the value of MLB managing.

But what I don't get, and why I keep ribbing you, is if you believe this, then why complain at all about managers if they matter very little or not at all for wins and losses? Yet every time Lou does something you don't like you complain about it. But who cares? Right? If you think the impact of managing is not even worth a million or two a year, then these decisions should be inconsequential and not worth your time complaining about.

It would be like me complaining every singly home game about the small, crappy clubhouse in Wrigley and its effect on the team. Then when someone suggest spending money to fix it up, I turn around and say that I don't think the team should spend any money on fixing it up because it doesn't matter for wins and losses.

That's where my confusion lies. It seems on one hand that you care a LOT about managing, and then on the other that everyone who thinks managers matter is foolhardy.

"Yet every time Lou does something you don't like you complain about it"

...not...even...close.

not even a shred of close. check out lou follies vs. crunch posts. you're not gonna find a lot.

you will find the only thing i care about is a clubhouse who's players know their role and know who the 'boss' is and going to work for these guys isn't a chore.

if i wanted to bag on lou i could lay out a laundry list...just i could for dusty...just like i could for baylor...for torre...for bobby cox...for bobby valentine...etc etc etc

you don't wanna see that...though some thought it was a sport bigger than the one they were watching when trainspotting dusty was more fun than the game.

Why should we write it down when we know you'll post it over and over again?

my heart fills with blood for the torture that is reading a 'crunch' post.

yeah, we got another wonder boy manager...just like the last 3.

we'll have another and people will shake their heads when he's not mr. magic, too.

at least this manager doesn't have 100 TCR readers picking apart his every move as if he's something special.

If Al says he believes it, then it must be true...

When Dusty was the manager, I voiced my opinion several times about how he wasn't doing his job. He didn't lead, he didn't motivate, and he didn't discipline. I've been a big supporter of Piniella's up until now, but I'm having a harder and harder time distinguishing between how Dusty responded to an underperforming team in his final year and how Piniella is responding now. If the story from BCB is true, then the Cubs (and Piniella) have much more serious problems than Theriot's OPS.

I would assume the term gossip in the title would be a tipoff to how much value should be put into it.

But as I said, it's the 2nd time in the last month it's been related that Z and Aramis are being difficult from 2 different sketchy sources.

fart

Miles contradicts in the comments: http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/4198

That's good to hear. I hate how this team plays right now, but I like the players, especially Aramis and I'd hate to have to hate them too.

Wow, a BCB regular is full of shit?! Shocker. Fart.

probably not, a story was related to that person and they shared it. I'm sure that is what they were indeed told, just like when Chad was told something from someone he trusted that Peavy was being traded to the Cubs, it just didn't turn out to happen.

We're not the NYT here.

i got an email from someone I talk to regularly who was told something very similar a few weeks back about Aramis and Z being issues (nothing about not taking practice or anything), but a friend of a friend stories I tend not to pass on unless I hear it more than once.

Not a slight on you Rob. I'm glad you posted it, I'm just hopeful that it isn't true.

This also isn't a rumor sight, like, uh, other places...where there are loads of "my anonymous source tells me such and such" that turn out to be untrue, where scoops outweigh legitimacy.

I also think there is a difference between someone saying that trade is about to happen (which might be true even if it doesn't) and someone saying that people are acting a certain way (if they aren't).

fart

http://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/1624886...

says very few teams can take on money right now, also says Dbacks are open for business besides Upton and Kennedy.

Theriot, Castro, Byrd, DLee, Colvin, Soriano, Tracy, Hill, Z

Per muskat

this should drive up Fuku's trade value

atkins to aaa for grabow

they just brought up Atkins. WTF is wrong with this team? Does Hendry have a little pacman options eating game that he just lost?

http://twitter.com/CarrieMuskat/status/162528...

Fuku's hitting coach back in town just in time to honor his benching.

BCB news flash, albeit a rumor: Johnny Evers hates Joe Tinker's guts

www.bleedcubbieblue.com/alsfartssmelltoo

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