Hendry Cleansing Continues

The folks in the fine city of Park Ridge (Maine East, represent!) have found their window to try and remove the "Jim Hendry Way" signs that Cub fan and all-around criminal Rod Blagojevich put up on Northwest Highway. 

Schmidt said the request is nothing personal against Hendry, a Park Ridge resident, but the city never wanted the signs mounted in the first place.

Schmidt later added that he can't believe Hendry signed Milton Bradley while putting on his White Sox hat.

Speaking of Park Ridge, back around 2005, Jim Hendry walked into my Dad's bicycle shop in Park Ridge on Devon Avenue. My Dad, never a shy fella, immediately let it be known that his son writes for some website on the Internet about the Cubs. For whatever reason, Hendry didn't immediately bolt out of the place, but made some joke about how he hopes I write nothing but nice things. I can't be sure if my Dad would have even known the name of the website. As anyone who has met my father over the years would expect, he sold two kids bikes to Hendry (no, Hendry did not overpay) and scored Hendry's cell phone number out of it with the promise that if I ever wanted tickets, just ring him up. I think I went to the well about two times over the years, a game in San Francisco in late 2005 that I wrote about here and another in L.A. in 2006, which I believe was the infamous Derrek Lee wrist break game, although I went to two games that series and can't recall which one I paid for and which I didn't.

There's not much I can relate about my two brief phone calls with Hendry, the first was more enjoyable than the second as the meeting with my Dad was fresher in Hendry's mind. I just recall both times the cell reception being poor on his end and the sense of a man that had more important things to do. By the second call, the rules changed where you were taxed on giving away free tickets and he made it clear to me that was a bit of an issue if I wanted more than one game. Being a man that just prefers to pay his own way, I decided it best not to trouble him anymore after that point. There were many times that I considered how I'd approach him about doing an interview for TCR, but for various reasons that never happened and as time passed, I just presumed he wouldn't know who I am, nor can I be sure where the phone number is in my house.



New Rule: Do not throw Matt Garza the ball, or make him throw the ball. WTF.......

guess he needed 3 batters to warm up today, was it a DP ball he messed up?

Ground Ball past a diving Pena...Barney comes over a makes a nice play....backhand shovel flip to Garza....which doinks off his glove... so a 2-run HR, becomes a 3-run HR.

He's riding that .775 fielding percentage, through the 2nd and 15% of his runs allowed this year are unearned. He's like the anti Jay Jackson - great pitcher, can't hit or field his position for shit...

It may be time to convert Jackson back to the outfield, .253 .270 .425 batting line, without trying is pretty good. For comparison Zambrano hit .186 .205 .326 and Ankiel .240 .269 .400 (during his time in AA, much better in the rookie league playing DH the year before).

D Willis: 250 .286 .350
C Sabathia: Not listed at BR.

Carlos Pena talks about how he wants to be a Cubs long-term.


Do you think this is indicative of Pena & the Cubs discussing an extension?

Probably not without a GM.

if Ricketts really wants a big name GM in there, he wouldn't do anything that stupid.


Cashman, Friedman, Colletti talk...

nonsense about Colletti bringing Sandberg in to manage, and wanting Cashman and Girardi to come over together

How would Cashman perform with a much smaller payroll? In my opinion Cashman is little more than Jim Hendry with a $200 m payroll.

Cashman with a budget is an unknown. He also hasn't done a great job producing prospects on a regular basis, but then again, they trade anyone who shows an ability to stand up and breathe.

Fair point.

Yahoo says Castro scored from 2nd on a groundout to SS?

Can't help you on that, I have the game on but doing work and not able to watch every play. I did see Garza take a comebacker and then fire a 100mph fastball into Pena's midsection. Len and Bob got a kick out of that. Pena was shocked.

Castro stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd when the thrown ball went into CF. So he was on 3rd.

Byrd with a hr to left. 3-2.

Colvin hit a ball into the rf corner, Braves' RF looked like he figured it was a routine double and didn't appear to hustle after it. Colvin did hustle and got himself a triple. Len and Bob didn't say anything about the Braves OF not hustling though. Just looked like he thought it was routine and went to get it at a somewhat leisurely pace.

He's a loafer! Why did we pay him $18 million per year, what are were we thinking?!? Wait... nevermind.

I hope they get really down on Heyward and trade him to us.

ye gods, what is the record for errors in a season by a pitcher & can garza get there?

this 'hendry cleansing' is reminiscent of the toppling of the saddam statue in baghdad...


record seems safe, 28 by Jim Whitney in 1881, not sure what the modern era record is...

ESPN goes back to 2002...

R. Wells and 4 others had 5 in 2010
Lilly, De La Rosa, D. Davis had 5 in 2009
Burnett had 7 in Toronto in 2008
Contreras 6 in 2007
Willis, Gold Glove Rogers and Byrd with 5 in 2006
Ramon Ortiz had 7 in 2005
N. Robertson, B. Webb with 5 in 2004
A. Petitte with 6 in 2003
Joe Kennedy with 10 in 2002 for Rays

Doesn't the Tigers pitching staff get some sort of mention in that category for their performance in the '06 WS?


random rumor about Billy Beane willing to jump ship to Cubs

First a movie about his autobiography, starring Brad Pitt, and now the big job with the Cubs, quite a year for Billy Beane.

First a movie about his autobiography

Billy Beane wrote Moneyball?

pretty sure that was intended sarcasm

part owner of the A's wants to GM the cubs...i totally buy that.

All GM's were part owner of the Cubs when Hendry was around.

part owners

Soto throws out Bourne...nice.

and Pena bunts to beat the shift again....excellent!

And then steals second, Tony Campana watch how it's done.

error #3

cue Benny Hill Theme

your dad owns Marty's? I grew up on Talcott (after my p's fled the city ... mistake) near there. Went to Maine South though ...

he did, but bought it after "Marty", just kept the name...

just sold it this year, think he owned it from 1994 to 2011...maybe it was 1995.

ahh, then I never met him. I moved to CA after college in '86 ... but spent a lot of lazy down time on summer vacation as a no good teen hanging around South Park and such.

Colorado native?

@CarrieMuskat: RT @injuryexpert: "Cubs Could Target Theo Epstein". In other news, I could target Heidi Klum.

Muskat, Seal & Heidi, ménage a troix?
(brain explodes)

Len: What again is your standard gift to your wife after a road trip?
Bob: Wrapped soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and sometimes even the ever-popular shower cap.
Len: What about the garment bag, you know, the laundry bag?
Bob: Sure, that's what you carry it all home in. That's the wrapping paper.

on prospects with 2nd half surges


Jackson, like Choice, is one of the better outfield prospects in the game, but the amount of swing-and-miss in his game has always kept him from elite status. After hitting just .256 at Double-A, a mid-July move to Triple-A has ignited a fire; he’s hitting .315/.391/.577 in 38 games for Iowa and is lining himself up for a September callup and a long look this spring. While 55 strikeouts in 149 at-bats leave the high average unsustainable, Jackson projects as a 20/20 center fielder with plus defense and one of the Cubs’ few upper-level prospects who projects as an important part of the team's future.

That .256 (.258?) average at TN was with an 18% LD rate and 38% ground balls. He's crusing around with a .453 BABIP in the PCL (24% LD, 33% GB). He's an anomaly. It will be interesting to see what happens in MLB. Lots of curvy pitches, I bet.

he's struck out in 11 straight games, multiple strikeout games in 11 of the last 16.

32.4% K rate in AAA

Bjax really reminds me of Brad Wilkerson. I can see him having that kind of career. Maybe with just a touch less power?

Maybe we can trade him for Soriano.

wilkerson: 17% BB rate in minors, 19.8% K rate

Also his .256 average in AA could have been a result of his hand injury maybe? It couldn't have helped much?

Yes, his BA was .295 at the time of the injury. He missed a month, then (it could be argued) played hurt for a month, then got promoted.

or his BABIP normalized (it could be argued)

toe-may-toe, ta-ma-toe

I guess, in the sense that an injury is bad luck.

i was going for a .300 BA is unsustainable for his K rates and HR rates, play him for a full year at Iowa and we'll find out the same thing.

of course in his career, he's hit pretty well with those rates...295/.383/.492 in 1301 PA's

he won't in the majors

his K rate has essentially gone up each level (he did knock it to a respectable 20.2% in Daytona last year for a half a season), while his BA goes down with each promotion (Taking out the 175 PA's with Iowa right now, where he's managing an Adam Dunn K rate and .444 BABIP).

Adam Dunn had a BA over .300 in the minors, except he had 40-50 HR potential. Jackson is maybe a 25-HR guy at best.

Just hope no one is expecting Granderson, Beltran or pre-injury Sizemore here. An .800 OPS is probably the best he'll get to, maybe .850 if everything breaks wonderfully and a few career seasons. If his defense is truly CF worthy, then that should be fine, but elite player he will never be.

250/340/450 lines is what I'm expecting, maybe in his prime he can get that to mid to upper .800 OPS, but he got work to do to get there.

Agreed, that the K rate needs to be better if Jackson is going be more than a decent CF. He is not a finished prospect.
I guess, since it's the Cubs...if he puts up .250/.340/.450...and plays a good CF...we'd probably build a statue of him.

I'm going to hope for something like....270/.360/.450...15 HR...25 steals..
Note that I said hope. I'd be ecstatic with that. Again, we'll see...

"his K rate has essentially gone up each level . . . while his BA goes down"

His K rate has gone up while his home runs have gone up. 18 HRs this year, 50% more than last year, and many more at Iowa (per game) than at Tennessee. I've heard you say that Ks are OK if you hit home runs. (In fact you imply it in #51 above.)

Jackson is not a giant like Dunn but, despite what Mike W. says, he's bigger than Sizemore and much bigger than Granderson, and runs as fast as they do. I don't think you realize what you have here. I expect 25/25 at least, maybe not the first year but soon after.

I like the Dunn comparison because his approach is like Dunn's, but Dunn is of course bigger while Jackson is a three-way player who will do a better job of cashing those walks in at the plate.

I've heard you say that Ks are OK if you hit home runs. (In fact you imply it in #51 above.)

they certainly can be, depends how many on each end though.

I don't think you realize what you have here.

an okay prospect that will hopefully put in a few slightly above average years in his prime...possibly a complete bust though too.

I expect 25/25 at least, maybe not the first year but soon after.

that would certainly be awesome, I expect a World Series win for the Cubs in 2012. Both of us are probably gonna be disappointed.

There will be a lot of hats eaten around the prospect evaluation world if Jackson hits 25 HR's by 2013. It wouldn't shock me, but he would have to change his swing plane, and then he's not going to get those high BABIP's.

It's still a lot better than what I thought when we drafted him, which was a guy who would never get it done past A+. So a tip of the hat to the Cubs development team on that one.

A first round pick who would never make it past Hi-A ball? Even by Cub standards, that's horrific...

think he just meant had any success past A+ ball, Cubs would keep promoting him regardless of how he was doing.

I couldn't find a single guy who had been drafted that high in college ball and struck out as frequently as he did. I did mean that he wouldn't succeed past High A though. Going by the Harvey/Cunningham standard, that's not too bad.

Eek..please don't mention those guys...lol...or Dickson, or Ty Griffin..or Todd Noel...or Matt Clanton...or......

It's probably a good thing Hendry didn't know which blog you wrote for. You would've been "Dodger'd" in the parking lot after the game.

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  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.