Ron Santo statue to be unveiled today.

It's Ron Santo Day.
Today at 5:30 outside the right field gate at Wrigley, the Ron Santo statue will be unveiled.
The team will be out there along with the Santo and Ricketts family and any other member of the Chicago Cubs family.
People will speak, maybe even Kerry Wood, and it's sure to be pretty emotional.
So take a minute today to think about Ron as a Cub and Cub Fan.
I don't know for sure, but I'd turn on WGN AM 720 about 5 today and see if they cover it live, and leave it on thru the game because you'll want to hear Pat Hughes do the game tonight.
And man do I hope they did something with the statue along the lines of the Billy Williams and Ernie Banks statues rather than get all arty like the Harry one. 


I agree on the Harry statue. Looks like something out of Dante. The only problem I have with the Williams statue is that rather than showing his distinctive batting stance or swing, it looks like he just awkwardly fouled a ball down the left field line.

Agreed--like a comic book splash page or a medieval woodcut, or a Lord of the Rings commemorative pewter statuette and Harry is Sauron.

Harry Caray Statue Looks like Sauron

"Pop up to Rey Sanchez. This will be the third out of the in....WOOOAAHH! He dropped the ball! You cannot hide. I see you. There is no life in the void. Only death. Holy Cow."

Supposedly the Santo statue is of him fielding.

I guess clicking his heels would have been too ironic.

from callis

None. Believe those are both done & under wraps. @jdfisch: Does Rock shoulders signing affect vogelbach Gretzky signing? #cubs #mlbdraft


Believe it's done, just not officially announced. @Dylanj85: what happened with Trevor Gretzky ? Did that deal fall through? #cubs #mlbdraft

John Manuel doing a chat as well right now, just got started

No Cubs stuff so far, what's the point? ; )

Bubba S for $6 million - I continue to be glad we didn't sign him, at least until we don't sign Baez.

I think I saw Miles say we're close on Baez.

Colin (Chicago): If Cubs are able to sign the likes of Maples, Dunston Jr, and Jacquez, as well as Vogelbach, Baez, and Gretzky, are all those guys immediately Top 20 prospects for them?

John Manuel: I'd say yes on Baez, Vogel-bomb and Maples and probably on Jacquez, who I really like though he's small. Not so much on the legacy kids.

itto (PR): What's the upside of Abreu, aquired by the Cubs in the Kosuke Fukudome deal?

John Manuel: We had a feature on Abreu earlier this year by venerable K-Tribe beat writer David Hall, and Abreu has all kinds of upside. He's got plus raw power and bat speed to spare. But he's one of the minors' freer swingers (kind of strange how the Cubs keep accumulating such players) and has to identify spin better, and that's just not a skill that develops overnight. Good to see him off to a good start in Daytona, but he's new there; curious to see if he makes adjustments when pitchers realize they don't have to throw him strikes.

Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 2-for-5, R, K. Three straight multi-hit games for the first time in over a month; .317/.389/.442 overall.

Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 3-for-5, 2 R, BB, K, SB. Up to .313/.407/.615 in 26 Triple-A games; hard to see him not spending most of 2012 in the big leagues.

Jae-Hoon Ha, OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI; 2-for-4, CS. 20-year-old Korean was hitting .241 entering August, but 16-for-32 run in last nine games have him up to .300/.336/.457 in 37 games.

Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs (Double-A Mississippi): 2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, CS; 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 K. Hitting .406 in August in .287/.322/.463 overall; there is progress here, but is it enough?

speaking of, Lee promoted to AA with Tim Beckham moved to AAA

Supply side economics, baseball style.

beckham still hasn't shown the power he was supposed to develop...shame.

Reminds me of the Lou Montanez pick.

Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs (Double-A Mississippi). Huh?

Not following you there, but Beckham slugged .359 in High A at the age of 20, Montanez .353.

Vitters slugged .445 at High A in his 20 year old season.

Jason Parks chat

Moe (NYC): Hey Jason- I had a question concerning #TheLegend. I was curious who you consider a better prospect, Mr. Alfaro or Matt Szczur? I ask because they are extremely different beasts one (#TheLegend) is a raw MONSTER the other (Szczur) is a solid player with an unspectacular upside. I know Alfaro's chance to reach his ceiling are just a fraction of Szczur's chances to be a solid everyday guy or bench guy, but how to you weight the factors? Thanks Professor.

Jason Parks: Alfaro is the better prospect. I'm a big fan of Szczur, but despite the speed, does he have anything elite in his skill-set that could change games at the next level? Not really. Lots of tools, but he's not going to be elite. #TheLegend, on the other hand, is a bigger risk, but a much bigger reward, with an arm that is a 7/8 and power potential that is at least a 7. Those are game changing tools from a premium position on the diamond. That makes him the better prospect.


Toby (Toronto): The Blue Jays have the 2nd best farm system in baseball. True or False?

Jason Parks: I don't know. They are top 5 for sure. I haven't thought about it much because it ultimately doesn't matter how the national media grades systems.

hehe, truth.


Matt (Chicago): What is your current call on one Josh Vitters? He's squaring the ball up but BBs still lacking.

Jason Parks: He's never going to walk. He loves to swing and has one of the better raw hit tools in the minors. If only he could work himself into quality hitting environments he could hit .300 at the major league level. It's not going to happen and its a huge waste


Starlin Castro has put a few doubles over the fence the last week; sign of things to come? What would you project the power to? Thanks for everything.

Jason Parks: ... Castro will develop more power as he matures, but I don't expect crazy production in that department. I love his swing. He has one of the best hit tools in the game.

keeps going

Matt (Chicago): Is there any hope of Trey McNutt materializing into a decent mid-to-top of the rotation SP? Is he the only notable SP prospect in the Cubs system?

Jason Parks: Sure. I think staying in the middle-of-the-rotation is more realistic, but I'm a fan of his stuff.


Matt (Chicago): How do you think Brett Jackson's D will hold up in CF at the ML level? Btw, I love reading your pieces at BP, you've helped cover the loss of Christina?

Jason Parks: Thanks. In my recent CF piece (submitted to BP editing) I called Jackson Mr. Solid-Average. I think his defense will be just that.

When these analysts talk about average players are they all on the same page about what they mean? Are they talking about middle of the pack qualified regulars or just talking?

More importantly, who the fuck is Jason Parks?

CUBBY BLUE: Caught your back page in Vineline.

Ricketts may be "SO COOL" to you in the 500 section as you cash your freelance check, but you may want to wipe the grease off your fingers.

I hope your check doesn't bounce, either.

Any mixed feelings about doing that for an owner that can't find the toilet yet, or are you able to separate yourself from the whoring that many of us have had to endure to make a buck?

Anyway, you sure are getting some nice gigs. Congrats.


Just saying. I'd say 100% of us have been pretty critical of Ricketts here, including this artist. I'm sure, without a doubt, Tom is a very nice person but he is doing nothing for myself or any other Season Ticket Holders after two years, who have supported this team with emotions and a small fortune.

Recession rage?

Frugal fatigue?

Hi E-Man.
Yeah, you're right and there's no defending that drawing.
Stupid on my part.
Next time I'm doing a VL, yes I have to be positive there, but I'll remember your words here.

I so want to see this drawing...

That might be the rudest comment I've ever seen at TCR. Congrats.

Q-Ball mentions LaHair as a possible Sept call-up to reward his good season.

I can't wait!

MLB eliminates off days, tightens up playoff schedule


But still a good thing. The playoffs have almost become unwatchable with the 6 man pitching staffs and the delays.


live stream of the today's event

article on the advantages of signing before the deadline, here's the Cubs mentions I could find

Catcher: Neftali Rosario, Cubs. Rosario, a sixth-round pick out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, received a $150,000 bonus, one of the biggest in the round. The 18-year-old has lived up to expectations by showing excellent receiving skills and a plus arm. He’s also shown a surprisingly good bat, hitting .340/.375/.566 in limited action for the Cubs’ complex team in Arizona. He might not be ready for a full-season assignment in 2012, but this summer's performance gives him a better chance for one.

Big Names Unsigned: Cubs second-round pick Dan Vogelbach is an exceedingly beefy bat-only slugger with huge power potential, and it will take big money to sign him away from Florida. Cron's younger brother, Kevin, was a third-round pick by Seattle and is a similar player to his brother.

Big Names Unsigned: Players are rarely drafted as second basemen, as it's a position created when shortstops prove unable to play on the left side of the infield. There are no unsigned players drafted as second baseman in the first, but plenty will end up there. Cubs first-rounder Javier Baez is the highest-drafted player likely to end up at the keystone.

Nice likeness of Ron, Tim!

From a photo I got online a long time ago, and I wish I'd have gotten the name of the photographer so I could give props. And thank you!

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.