Last updated 4-13-2014
25 players (plus 13 players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT, two players on 15-DAY DL, and one player on 60-DAY DL)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* James Russell
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
# Emilio Bonifacio
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Ryan Kalish
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
15-DAY DL (2):
Jake Arrieta, P
Kyuji Fujikawa, P
60-DAY DL (1):
James McDonald, P
# Arismendy Alcantara, INF
Dallas Beeler, P
* Brett Jackson, OF
Neil Ramirez, P
* Zac Rosscup, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Brian Schlitter, P
Jorge Soler, OF
Matt Szczur, OF
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, IF-OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
* Logan Watkins, INF
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Wondering if David Lynch was at the game scouting...
Jake Arrieta very good in his 3rd rehab assignment. 5.2Ip 1r 3h BB 2K 82p 52k
I heard he's going to get one more rehad start. But that may still be up in the air some.
Dropped 3rd strike?
Nice summary. Overall, given the current conditions, I'd still say that in Theo they are in as about a capable a group of hands as they can be. I'm like you. I'm not sure that's enough.
I think he'll clean up his mechanics a bit. I am sure they're working on that. His swing reminds me a bit of a Sammy Sosa sneeze.
KC boxscore, Arias 1.0 IP, 4 K's
Blackburn also had a strong night.
"I'll be more patient (at the plate) when I come back," Baez said.
bwhahahahahaha. oh man. wow. hahaha. phew...wow.
i wonder how much of that back pain is from his hacks... he actually has a good number of swings where his momentum takes his back foot off the ground (and still manages to put the ball over a fence).
Javier Baez rolled his ankle last Friday... "I thought it was broken," Baez said...Baez suffered the injury at Memphis while fielding ground balls during batting practice. "I jumped a little bit to throw the ball and when I landed, it was kind of like a hole or something (there)," Baez said. The 21-year-old said after rolling the ankle, he braced for the worst.
I may not be as Old or Blue as Old & Blue (maybe approaching this)...but I marvel at the Tampa Rays.
They don't spend - except wisely, have an incredible scouting and development machine - and a fucking smart MLB Manager - and when they sucked, they sucked ass for long enough to make their draft choices really count.
However, much of their foundation building came before the latest CBA.
It's hard to get a real gauge on this ownership. They seem committed in many ways, and it's not really sensible to complain about their lack of making an impact in an insane free agent market. The real test is wins and losses for me as a fan. So far, that hasn't gone well at all under this ownership.
setting up for 5 seasons in a row of getting top-tier draft picks (2011-2015 draft classes) along with the recent slew of trading away the roster + signing then trading almost everyone they get on 1-2 year contracts goes a long way in collecting youth.
it'd be hard to not screw that up. the downside is sitting through this many years of trash, though...especially considering the 2010 season preceding all of this was a crap season, too.
2007 and 2008 seem so far away. that was fun...until the LDS.
"O&B is mixing mediocrity with shittiness. "
I'm not mixing them up at all. The Cubs have had both, in abundance. They've never had greatness. Just shittiness, mediocrity, and shitty mediocrity.
When Theo changes that, and I'm at least thinking there's a 50% chance he will, I'll be the first to praise him. He has stuff going against him (see comments on ownership by others) that aren 't going to help him at all.
We shall see. I'm a Cubs fan and their history justifies my skepticism. It has nothing to do with Theo, really.
One thing that is always overlooked when complaining about Cub mediocrity is ownership. Without good ownership, a team will languish. The Cub's ownership history is indicative of the won-loss record posted by Cubs' teams over the past many decades. Mr. Wrigley was not an owner that wanted to spend too much to procure or develop players to win consistently. This was no secret. The Tribune Company was most happy with bottom-dollar profits - Harry Carey being the best acquisition they ever made. Again, this was no secret. The worst owner also was the least tenured, Sam Zell.
TOONSTER: When Marco Hernandez first arrived at Fitch Park (Instructs 2010) as an 18-year old he had good range at SS, but he threw sidearm (sort of the "sidearm sling" second-basemen use) and so his throws would sometimes bounce to 1st. He also was a switch-hitter back then, and he just could not hit with any authority RH. But then he changed his arm slot and stopped switch-hitting, and his two main problems disappeared overnight and he had an outstanding 2011 season with the AZL Cubs.
I think they have been investing in the organization and minor league system. I posted a week back, in a drunken rage, when Theo came on the scouts didn't know what excl was and there were feral cats roaming the scout office. (only one is a joke)
I believe why you see the influx of kids because someone with a clue is in there now and not basing players on their looks or how their girlfriend is.
That being said I will be disappointed if they spend on some pitching this offseason.
"it is unacceptable for the Chicago Cubs to have the 8th lowest payroll"
A team committed to a serious rebuild should spend less money, not more, in order not to fill positions with veteran free agents who are slightly on the plus side of mediocre. Olt is having enough trouble displacing a guy making $1.7 million. Would you prefer that the team won more games but Lake and Olt were in Iowa?