Archie Bradley Shoots Broken Arrows at Cubs

Pinch-hitter Matt Jensen clubbed a two-run home run with one out in the top of the 9th to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead, and the Diamondbacks held-on to edge the Cubs 5-4 in AZ Instructional League action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this afternoon.

19-year old 6’4 225 RHP Archie Bradley (Broken Arrow HS - Broken Arrow, OK) got the start for the D’backs, and threw three perfect innings with eight strikeouts. The only non-strikeout was a feeble broken bat 5-3 ground out.

I can certainly see why Bradley was the 7th overall pick in the 2011 June draft.

He is a beast.

While Bradley was calmly mowing down the Cubs, the Diamondbacks got on the board as Raywilly Gomez blasted a solo HR over the RF fence leading off the top of the 2nd inning against Cubs starting pitcher Starling Peralta.

The Cubs remained hitless into the 5th, when Reggie Golden broke-up the no-hitter (and tied the game) with a one-out gargantuan 400+ ft solo HR over the left-centerfield fence (just to the left of the “Green Monster” Batter’s Eye) onto 8th Street off D'backs RHP Juan Valdez. Then with two outs, Neftali Rosario grounded a single through the 5.5 hole into left, and Dustin Geiger smoked an RBI double off the RF fence to drive-in Rosario from 1st base with the go-ahead run. Carlos Penalver followed with a line-drive opposite-field single to right to plate Geiger, and then after Garrett Schlecht walked and Zeke DeVoss reached base on an error to load the bases, Penalver scored the fourth and final run of the inning on a WP.

The Cubs took their 4-1 lead into the 8th, but the D’backs fought back to score two in the 8th and two in the 9th. 

Cubs RHRP Dustin Fitzgerald took the loss, surrendering an RBI double in the 8th (inherited runner scored - run charged to Kyler Burke) and what would prove to be the eventual game-winning two-run HR in the 9th.

The Cubs did get the tying run to 3rd base in the bottom of the 9th as Dan Vogelbach drew a one-out walk, stole 2nd base, and advanced to 3rd on an E-2 overthrow into CF. But Reggie Golden struck out and Eliecer Bonne grounded out to end the game.

Cubs hitters struck out a total of 15 times in today’s game.

Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):

1. Zeke DeVoss, 2B: 0-2 (K, BB, E-4, BB, SB)
2. Javier Baez, SS: 0-4 (K, P-3, K, L-7)
3. Rubi Silva, DH #1: 0-4 (5-3, 4-3, 4-3, 5-3)
4. Dan Vogelbach, DH #2: 0-3 (K, 3-1, K, BB, SB)
5. Reggie Golden, LF: 1-4 (K, HR, K, K, R, RBI)
6a. Taiwan Easterling, CF: 1-3 (K, F-8, 1B, CS)
6b. Eliecer Bonne, CF: 0-1 (4-3)
7a. Neftali Rosario, C: 1-2 (K, 1B, R)
7b. Rafael Lopez, C: 0-1 (F-9)
8. Dustin Geiger, 1B: 1-3 (K, 2B, F-8, R, RBI)
9. Carlos Penalver, 3B: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, R, RBI, SB)
10. Garrett Schlecht, RF: 0-2 (K, BB, K)
11b. Alberto Mineo, DH #3: 1-1 (1B)

1. Starling Peralta: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 32 pitches (17 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
2. Michael Jensen: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 23 pitches (11 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Tayler Scott: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 24 pitches (14 strikes), 3/1 GO/FO
4. Austin Reed: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 19 pitches (11 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
5. Kyler Burke: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 25 pitches (17 strikes), 3/0 GO/FO
6. Dustin Fitzgerald: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 32 pitches (20 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO

1. P Austin Reed - E1 (overthrow on pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed base-runner to advance to 3rd base)
2. P Kyler Burke - E1 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. 1B Dustin Geiger - E3 (missed catch allowed batter to reach base safely)

1. Neftali Rosario: 0-1 CS
2. Rafael Lopez: 0-1 CS

RF Garrett Schlecht - runner thrown out 9-6-5 trying advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to RF

ATTENDANCE: 97 (mostly students & instructors from MLB Scout School)

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the upper 90’s


Pirates up in the 5th over Brewers, Royals up in the 6th over Twins, Marlins down in 5th to the Nationals

WC watch
Red Sox losing, Rays winning, both in the 7th

Braves (8th inning) and Cardinals(5th inning) both losing

c.pena gets walk #100

ozzie gone...has booked a flight to south florida.

The Chicago White Sox have accepted manager Ozzie Guillen's request to be released from his contract.

"We certainly cannot thank Ozzie enough for all he has done during his eight seasons as manager of the Chicago White Sox..." chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. "I personally appreciate everything he has done for this organization, our fans and the city of Chicago. We shared the greatest moments together and wish him nothing but future success in baseball and in life."

Guillen gone before Quade

The difference is nobody wants Q-Ball.

Can't we package a player and Quade and send them to the Marlins for free?

...and coleman breaks up the no-no with a triple (in the 6th)!

plus Campana's one out bunt with a dash of Cubbery keeps the shutout intact. Go draft choice!

Not the first time he's pulled that with a runner on third.

Doesn't bother me, it's not like he's well known for bashing 360 fly balls.

He's not known for being a good bunter either.

That's what bothers me about Campana. If he could even slap hit he'd have some value, but he swings the bat pretty poorly all around. Not even a very good bunter, as navigator points out.

Red Sox and Rays now tied with 2 games left; Cards lose in extras so they stay a game behind the Braves who lost to the Phils.

Cubs losing, Pirates winning, Royals won

Marlins lost though

How the heck did Dan Vogelbach steal a base?! I didn't think his body type was conducive to that sort of thing.

Submitted by SheffieldCornelia on Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:58pm.
How the heck did Dan Vogelbach steal a base?! I didn't think his body type was conducive to that sort of thing


SHEFF: It might have been a hit & run. Golden swung & missed, and then the Diamondbacks catcher (Fidel Pena) made a really bad throw to 2nd base that ended up in right-center or else Vogelbach would have been out. (Vogelbach advanced to 3rd on the overthrow).

While he is not fast, Vogelbach runs OK for a guy his size. He runs hard (that is, with a lot of hustle and effort). I would compare him to a "pulling guard" in football.

There's a video on youtube of him being timed (probably on the 40) during the HR contest showcase thing. He can move a lot faster than you'd think.

We'll see how fast he is in 5 years.

I believe with tonight's loss, the Cubs can do no worse than the 9th pick in the draft, currently tied for 5th and own the tiebreaker at the moment.

A Cubs loss and a Royals win tomorrow I believe would clinch them the 5th spot or some combo thereof over the last 2 games.

38-game getting on-base streak continues

Quade (Gaub for Ortiz after a two-out single in the 8th, really?) finally does something right.

Juan Valdez now is pitching for the D-backs? And I thought he just grew tasty coffee beans.

Sandberg reconciliation article, without much substance other than Ricketts man crush on #23, from Wittenmeyer...

Sox next manager might be Dave Martinez. If Cubs hire Ryno next year, the BP Cup might have to be renamed the Corn Dress Cup.

Sox next manager might be Dave Martinez. If Cubs hire Ryno next year, the BP Cup might have to be renamed the Corn Dress Cup.

Or The Cindy Sandberg Memorial.

Is she dead?

Corn Dress Cup=Cindy Sandberg

scarier thought, White Sox hire Ryno.

Looking like Alomar jr

Doesn't he have the HIV?

wrong Alomar...but, if he did, why couldn't he manage?

No reason he couldn't I suppose? Not sure a team would want to sign up for a manager who is going to miss a bunch of games though. Or a guy who will likely have sizable medical bills going forward for that matter.

Not sure a team would want to sign up for a manager who is going to miss a bunch of games though.

Not sure why he would miss a bunch of games. It obviously depends on the status of his diseases, but there is little reason to believe that he would have to miss a bunch of games. People with HIV are living full normal lives all around us.

That kind of depends on the status of AIDS/HIV in MLB right now. How strong is the stigma associated with it, particularly in the fairly old-school social environment of professional athletics? I have no idea. Personally, I don't think it should be a problem. I do wonder whether it might be an issue, though. Probably nothing a good manager couldn't get past, though. I doubt he'll ever get a shot after two law suits filed against him accusing him of withholding information about his condition from women he was having unprotected sex with, though. That's some pretty bad publicity.

Related to Alomar and those lawsuits, he has denied the allegations, and I don't believe he's ever admitted to having HIV.

Sorry CRUNCH, you need to revise your thinking:

D Barney, Age 25
PA 564
BA .276
OBP .311
SLG .354
OPS .665

R Theriot, Age 31
PA 480
BA .271
OBP .321
SLG .337
OPS .658

Its remarkable how close they are, except Barney has almost 100 more PA's - and is 6 years younger.

I'd rather have Barney at this point, though.

The comp is between Theriot when he first came up and Barney. He's not comparing them now.

If he called Vogelbach "Babe Ruth Lite", would you compare the 18 year old to a grave plot and say it's a bad comparison?

Oh, are you his mouthpiece on the subject?

I didn't know this was his clarification on the matter.

And, btw, he and I already discussed this matter previously on this blog and we joked about it. I am teasing him here, in fact. He agreed at the time he'd prefer Barney as well.

But you are so obtuse, you have to be smarmy when comments weren't even directed at you.

No wonder why you are the least-liked person on this board.

The reason I am the least liked person on the board, is because you don't comment often enough.

Why comment at all when you answer for everyone? And when you have demonstrated poor netiquite time and again?

From the guy making "jokes" with no humor and yelling at people...

You get called "Black Pot" alot?

From the guy who has been called out numerous times here by nearly every poster.

"Yelling at People"? Other than you? Or Silent Towel. No.

You bring out the worst in people.

Nope, I don't get called "Black Pot". You are the one that lives in the "Sewer Hole" of Houston. How fitting. You arent even worth the keystrokes I am typing anymore. It always resorts to this with TRN.

Typing in all caps is considered "yelling", genius.

Well ok:
Barney- .276/.311/.354 OPS+ 82
Theriot (2007) .266/.326/.346 OPS+ 71

Meh..Theriot improved in 2008-2009, but has been bad in 2010-2011, and his career OPS+ is 83. Can we just get a new 2B and make Barney the backup?

On a related note:
TOOTBLAN (ˈto͞ot·blæn)
1. Baseball a foolish play made by a baserunner which results in an out, especially Ryan Theriot

2. any unforced error on the bases committed by Ryan Theriot

Theriot's TOOTBLAN last night may have cost the Cardinals the wild card.

(2005-2008) Chicagoism; acronym for thrown out on the basepaths like a nincompoop

Theriot got thrown out by a mile in the 10th at the Astros game last night.

Theriot looked pretty good in 2006 too. I am sure if you took their first 600 PA's it's ridicously close.

Keep in mind this is the bulked up "Camp Colvin" Barney with the ISO slugging approaching .080. It may have been negative if he didn't juice up over the off-season.

I don't think there's anyone outside of the Cubs' mouthpieces who think Barney's any type of long-term answer at second. He's a 220 PA backup on a good team or a 2nd divisional starter (which is what we are.)

Well that may be true...if we start looking a pieces of Theriot's career, he had times where he was useful. He's still been mostly mediocre to bad though.

Wait...i mean, like I said...let's just get a real 2B, and make Barney the backup SS-2B that he should be. Unless he figures out how to keep his OBP at .350 or so going forward....which I don't see happening.

Speaking of Colvin, I could be wrong but it sure looks like he's lost weight.

Theriot looked pretty good in 2006 too.

Sure... in 159 plate appearances and a .363 babip.

I am sure if you took their first 600 PA's it's ridicously close

Not a perfect comparison, but here you go:

Theriot (2005-2007 - 770 PAs) - .276/.341/.379 OPS: .720, .300 BABIP
Barney (2010-2011 - 649 PAs) - .272/.308/.346 OPS: .654, .307 BABIP

Theriot was definitely better early in their careers, though Theriot was a little older.

they both suck nards...but i guess as long as they make 400K it's not that bad...


Man, I wanted Bradley really bad in the draft. I knew he wouldn't fall to #9, but I was hoping. I like Baez, but there's no question that Bradley is a TOR type arm we need in our system.

There were a lot of high upside HS arms in the draft this year. They're still high school arms though, and their odds of making it to the majors in one piece are lower than any other slot.

We should get a crack at another one next year. It seems like Wilkens prefers college arms, though.

Oh, no doubt. We got one of those aforementioned upside HS arms in Maples. The difference is that Bradley's only question mark is an above average 3rd pitch. His fastball and curve are already plus pitches; he has a clean delivery; he has both good control and command; he has a great pitcher's build; he was monitored well in HS and doesn't have a terrible amount of abuse; etc. He is about as "safe" as a HS TOR type can be these days.

As for 2012, it does appear to be a very prep-heavy draft. But as I said before, Bradley wasn't just your usual "upside HS pitcher".

We'll see about the draft, I would guess that Bradley wasn't considered a top 10 selection at this time last year either. I think BA had him ranked 7th among right handed pitchers in the draft.

It sure would be nice to have a legitimate ace coming up through our system, though. I think we're going to have to get it a late pick or a college one, based on what we've seen so far. Or maybe, heaven forbid we sign another one out of Venezuela, instead of the relivers we've been getting the last 10 years.

Matt Szczur #9 in Midwest League Top 20

granted, this is a paraphrase from a tweet, but if Ozzie said this in his press conference, it's awesome.

"U gonna take your coaching staff with you? Ozzie: Hell No, They got me fired!!"

Milton Bradley for his hitting coach. Ryan Theriot for bench coach.

Fired before even managing a game

after Guillen was "released", Joey Cora was named interim manager for final 2 games. He was fired via text this morning and the job given to Don Cooper instead before he could even manage a game.

says something about Cora joining Guillen in Florida, so I presume White Sox didn't know that at first.

Tracy Ringolsby on who should win the MVP's... I have to take it with a grain of salt, though, because he thinks it's 2017.

he lost me with M. Young 3rd place vote because he's the "heart and soul" of the team, the guy they try to trade every offseason.

also with J. Upton as NL MVP

Verlander or Granderson or Ellsbury in the AL (I think my vote goes to Verlander, but I might change my mind still, haven't looked at the numbers in 2 weeks)

Kemp or Braun in the NL (swaying towards Braun at the moment)

Verlander and Kershaw for Cy Young

I have to wonder if Ellsbury cost himself the MVP with that "dropped" ball last night. He's no 1989 Kevin Mitchell.

Ringolsby is certainly sticking to his MVP and ROY based on 1992 fantasy baseball stats school of thinking... Michael Young coming in a cool 29th in baseball in the VORP rankings, just ahead of Yunel Escobar.

being a Red Sox at the moment is probably costing him, no matter how many HR's he hits or bases he steals

He lost me at "Freddie" Gonzalez. That and the fact that he's kind of a douche.

let's throw moneyball crap aside on this rant...we all know how i feel about that.

i like beane...i mean, i think he's a top 5 GM, easy.

that said...why are so many articles about him maybe coming to the cubs being written? the guy has an ownership stake the A's. it could cost so much, and he's not that magical.

our owner said the word "sabr" and all of a sudden that means 100 articles about beane and a few about theo.

on that note...

all the GM stuff is speculation, from an outsider point of view, Beane would seem the unhappiest because the A's still lack sufficient payroll and the stadium issue.

"why are so many articles about him maybe coming to the cubs being written"

movie is out, lazy journalism

stuff from Muskat

Garza has left a game with the lead 7 times this year that ended in a no-decision.

feels like also seems like 20 is the number of errors garza's made this year.

Castro, Barney, Ramirez, Pena, LaHair, Soriano, Byrd, Soto, Garza


Venable 9, Bartlett 6, Maybin 8, Guzman 7, Headley 5, Hudson 4, Blanks 3, Martinez 2, Bass 1.

Art Howe not happy about his portrayal in movie.

Howe, who managed the A’s for seven seasons from 1996-2002, won two AL West division titles in Oakland and managed two 100-game winners (2000, 2002). But he told interviewers that after seeing how he was portrayed by author Michael Lewis in the 2003 best-seller by the same name, the former manager expected the worst.

“They never called me to get my slant on things as far as the movie was concerned,” Howe said of the filmmakers. “So, I mean, it’s coming from someone. I don’t know who it is, but maybe it is Hollywood to make it sell, I guess. I don’t know.

fair enough, but if he expected the worst, why did he let them use his name? I'm not exactly sure how these things work, but if Paul DePodesta was able to get his name off the film, I presume Art Howe could have. I'll apologize if that's not the case, but otherwise he's either stupid or greedy or both.

If the manager was not named Art Howe in the movie, it would have ruined it for me.

/paging crunch

rant rant rant

blah blah blah

/preparing to be over-interpreted

also, im glad to be home to watch the last 2 meaningless cubs games after being away for a week doing not fun stuff in a place that didnt have WGN or MLB Network.

Bad, pointless baseball always > no baseball

I'm a little bummed today.

did they consider using Dick Pole as the managers name is Art Howe wasn't letting them use his name?

Moneyball, starring Dick Pole. The porn adaptation would've been even simpler then.

Braves already down 4-0, another Astro win is probably too much to ask for...

sure there's a wild card race, blah, blah, blah

more importantly for Cubs, it's Twins vs. Royals - Huzzah!

Royals don't score in the top of the first, also Marlins tied in 5th and Pirates tied after 1 in their respective games.

cause I know you all get your score updates through the comments

Nats take a 2-1 lead over Marlins (top of 6th), Royals take a 1-0 lead (bottom of 2), Pirates/Brewers remain scoreless (top of 2).

Rays and Red Sox winning, Braves losing, Astros up 1-0 over Cardinals (top 3).

Astros 5-0 lead over the deadbirds (3).

Phils 6-0 over the Braves (6).

more importantly Royals vs Twins 1-1 (top 4), Pirates 1-0 (top 3), Marlins tied 2-2 (top 7).

game day says Matt Holiday left the game in the 3rd with an injured hand

Rays turned a 5-4-3 triple play, but down 3-2 in the top of 7th. Red Sox up 7-3 (top 6). Cardinals down 5-1 with bases loaded, 1 out in 4th.

and Schumaker clears the bases, 5-4.

and tied at 5.

Twins take 3-1 lead (top 6), Brewers take 2-1 lead (bottom 4), Marlins/Nats tied in top of 9th.

Red Sox and Rays both winning, Braves in the 9th down 7-0.

skip schumaker a 3 run double, ick. 5-4

Marlins win, Pirates take the lead 3-2 (top 5), Twins up 3-2 (bottom 6) but with bases loaded and 0 outs.

Marlins win means Cubs will draft higher than them and Cubs can do no worse than 8th.

Castro 39 straight

it must have rained in SD, like it always does...because garza is having issues picking up the ball.

blown "gimmie" double play...

his fielding has been unreal this year...he wasn't this bad in TB in all his years combined =p

awesome 2 run double to follow up that blown DP.

he's gonna be an great cub...he lives cubbery.

...and he still can't bunt.

rest until he can fuck up the Cubs as much as possible

Garza threw 124 and 123 pitches his last 2 starts and after 108 so far tonight is gonna send him out for the 7th inning.

Mind you also the tying run was on first with Garza's spot due, so he sends him up there to bunt to go for the tie. So he's not even trying that hard to get him his 10th win,

the "magic 120" hasn't made an appearance in quite a while.

his fastball velociety is still nice, fwiw...and he's bringing the changeup tonight with above average velocity...threw a few 85-87...curve is clicking.

he's gonna get paid next year...

bwhahahha...that is now my favorite castro error.

...ruled a base hit...good for him.

Is a faster changeup good? I always thought it was the other way around, as long as you were deceptive with it, too.

depends on if the batter hits it or not..hehe. well, it depends on how it looks coming out of the hand and the arm slot and how much it matches to the fastball, etc etc...

93-95mph on his fastball...there's enough of a "change" to make a difference. he just must have been amped up as hell to bring his change 85-87 a few times.

122 pitches...utter brilliance.

at least our next sabr-minded GM won't give him more than a 1-year arb deal thanks to this.

soribomb 4-2 cubs.

well Garza in line for his 10th win now thanks to Soriano...

and soriano succeeds while lahair's average drops below .300

i dont mind soriano because i have no idea how much of a benefit you can get in return without a player ready to fill his slot given his value...but i kinda wanted lahair to show we should take him serious for more than just a bench slot.

small sample size works both ways, but you gotta got a limited amount of time to show that it's a mistake you weren't brought up earlier thanks to projections.

lot of cubs fans left in SD...big noise for marshall after he ends the inning.

Marshall deserves it. He's been among my favorite Cubs for a few years. I hope he gets paid after next season.

I hope he gets paid as little as possible and stays with the Cubs.

Well, that too.

At the end of the day, you can't complain too much about Soriano hitting 7th and coming close to 90 RBI's. A lot of teams would like that type of production from the bottom of their lineup. Now, he's only been driven in 24 times, which is probably some sort of MLB record, but he's not the worst player in the majors.

I'd tell him to buy a first base mitt and buy some winter league team to practice on, in case the Cubs don't land a big fish first basemen.

I'd also see if the Giants would be interested in turning Zito and Huff into Soriano and Zambrano, if they realize they're wasting Burmgarner/Cain/Lincecum time frame and jump hard on Fielder or Pujols.

Do the Cubs have somebody to put in LF that they couldn't play at 1B? I don't see Soriano increasing his defensive value at first.

First base is the last stop on the defensive spectrum before DH, and probably would be a little more familiar to him than left field was. It could be a complete disaster, but it wouldn't hurt to check him out.

If I am using the BR season finder correctly, Sorian will be the first player in MLB history with 25+ HR's, 500+ PA's, and fewer than 54 runs scored... and you thought he was overpaid!

Those are disgusting stats, especially when you take his hr runs scored away.

Here's one that's surprising. Soriano with 2 outs and RISP: .279/.362/.525.

Question for anyone.

Impressions on LaHair in the OF? Arm strength, range, glove?

I haven't had time to watch many games lately, or the time to watch them closely, it's mostly been having them on in the background while working. From the little bit I've noticed he looks a little more fleet of foot than Hoffpauer was. I think I saw him make a throw to the plate from RF a week ago or so, a one hopper if I recall. It wasn't a horrible throw but looked like it was a bit wide of the 1b line and they didn't get the runner.

imo, he's got a decent enough arm for RF or LF...ideally suited for LF, but not a butcher in RF with the arm strength. not that accurate, but not wild...not rocket armed, but not bad...

he's obviously got to be comfortable at 1st with all the time he's put in there

On the few plays I've seen him make, he looks comfortable in the outfield, not like a converted first basemen.

He looks average-ish in a corner outfield spot. He doesn't play particularly aggressive defense which helps to keep him out of situations where he could look really terrible. Certainly looks better than Soriano with the glove and tracking down fly balls. Colvin is the better right fielder still, but that's to be expected.

presuming the Cubs hold on, they need a loss and a Royals win over Twins for the 5th spot in the draft.

They can drop as far back as 8th if they win and Pirates lose, regardless of what Royals do.

Stupid Soriano... your albatross contract isn't enough, you've got to cost your new GM three spots in the draft?

pretty much...

but at least garza got 10 wins!!!! we'll all remember it right up there with Sutcliffe's 84 and Maddux's '92 season.

AZPhil has me spoiled. I come on here EXPECTING a recap of the Instructs game from the previous day. I should be happy we get any at all, as I'm not sure fans of other teams do.

Thanks again, AZPhil.

Seconded. My expectations of AZ Phil are also markedly higher when the MLB club has almost nothing going on to be interested in--heck, Castro's even tied the bow on leading the NL in hits.

Thanks, Phil! The info is great, and I think that Hrubes is right that we are pretty privileged on this blog. Thanks for that privilege!

And thanks to Rob, too! We give AZ Phil a lot of love, but we rarely thank you for keeping this thing going and for all the thoughtful and entertaining posts and comments. Running a blog seems to require some journalist skills, some editorial skills, and some host-keeping-the-party-going skills; you do a great job at all of it.

I'm just here for the vast amounts of money I make from this...

Me too.

Bubba-Ho-Tep Starling cited for alcohol possession.

I knew he was going to be a bust...

Would love to hear Phil's take on him when they come to town.

Also on with that link there's a story about the A's trading for Kila Ka'aihue. I think that's the first time Billy Beane has gotten a guy with a solid minor league track record and a low major league BABIP for a song.

Kila Ka'aihue Traded To A's Because Duh

they also have 5 1b-men now, so that's a bit of an issue for them.

Was it Black JFK's alcohol?

Reyes got a hit in his first AB and they took him out to try and preserve his NL Batting title.

and Mets fans boo'd.

That's a bit weak, and it doesn't protect him from Braun passing him. Odd. Maybe the manager has got some parlay on Kemp not winning the Triple Crown.

The Brewers need to win tonight to get home field advantage over the D-Bags.

Kemp needs to go 12/12 today to pass it, so doubt that had much to do with it.

Braun needs to go 3/4.

If I were a cynic I'd assume Brandon Phillips is being held out in the same game to preserve his .300. He at least has an 'injury.'

There's a lot of bitching about this, I don't really understand who the injured party is... Sometimes you go to a game in September and all the starters aren't starting, why does the reason make any difference?

(not directed at you garsky, just wondering)

The only injured parties are the fans who wanted to see him play.

That said, I fully understand the player's rationale. Come contract time, .300 pays a lot better than .299.

"That said, I fully understand the player's rationale. Come contract time, .300 pays a lot better than .299."

Do we really think the negotiators are that dumb?

some, the Cubs just fired one :)

I guess it just takes one after all.

Do we really think the negotiators are that dumb?

From Scorecasting (an excellent read, by the way) via

But no benchmark is more sacred than hitting .300 in a season. It's the line of demarcation between All-Stars and also-rans. It's often the first statistic cited when making a case for or against a position player in arbitration. Not surprisingly, it carries huge financial value. By our calculations, the difference between two otherwise comparable players, one hitting .299 and the other .300, can be as high as two percent of salary, or, given the average major league salary, $130,000. (Note that though the average MLB salary is $3.4 million, it's closer to $6.5 million for players batting in the .300 range.) All for .001 of a batter's average, one extra hit out of 1,000 at-bats.

Wow. Now I know the first question I would ask potential GM candidates.

Probably some correlation issues in there due to playing time when you talk about the $2.1 difference, but that $130K is still a lot of money.

Very interesting, from the same article:

Given the stakes, hitting .300 is, not surprisingly, a goal of paramount importance among players. How do we know this? Pope and Simonsohn looked at hitters batting .299 on the final day of each season from 1975 to 2009. One hit and the players could vault above the .300 mark. With a walk, however, they wouldn't be credited with an at-bat or a hit, so their average wouldn't budge. What did these .299 hitters do? They swung away. Wildly. We looked at the same numbers and here's what we found. Players hitting .300 walked 14.5 percent of the time and players hitting .298 walked 5.8 percent of the time, but in their final plate appearance of the season, players hitting .299 have never walked. In the last quarter century, no player hitting .299 has ever drawn a base on balls in his final plate appearance of the season.

Jeff Pearlman decides it's time for everyone to know how miserable Walter Payton his family will be thrilled to read it.

From what I heard through the years, Payton was a bizarre guy, and the articles up today say his family knew he had affairs, his wife even met his main mistress at the Hall of Fame induction.

About 20 years ago, early 90's, I was managing a retail store for a chain and Walter Payton came in, 2 mins before closing. He walked the perimeter of the store, then walked up to my asst. manager at the cash register, leaned forward, and poked Tony's name tag while slowly saying, "Tonyyyyyy." Then left. I had already heard from a friend that he had affairs, shot his best friend in the knee in a nightclub Payton owned (while on the phone with his wife), had KFC set up a studio on the street outside his house to film a commercial and then refused to come out of the house, etc. Everything outside of football I heard about him was never good.

sounds like he had a serious substance abuse problem more than anything.

wasn't he well known for his all his charity work? They named the NFL award for it after him at the very least.

Yeah. But he did have some odd behavior. Then again, almost all of these spoiled athletes/celebrities do. Years of being told your crap don't stink, and having good looking strangers wanting to sleep with you, I'm surprised any of them seem normal.

I call that the Graceland complex. Give someone from a relatively poor background a fuckton of money, and if you think about it, the weird shit they do isn't really that weird.


Did you ever see MC Hammer's house?

I don't think it's just the money though. Think about how the athletes are celebrated and idolized, same for celebrities. Just the part of nobody around them ever disagreeing, and just telling them how smart/creative they are, would lead to a superiority complex to begin with. Then add the money and strangers offering themselves for sex, it's a bad mix.

I say we adopt communism.

I just saw an example of that at the post office a few minutes ago. An attractive woman was shipping some clothes and grabbed a large flat rate priority mail box off the shelf. The postal clerk, like all of them at that location, is normally grumpy and very non-helpful. Instead, with an attractive woman at his counter, he runs and gets a medium flat rate box and tells her "this will save you $5." That's nice, but he should be doing that for all the customers. (or from a management point of view, he shouldn't do it for anyone)

I'm waiting for steroid allegations.

I'm pretty sure he was tied to steroids years ago.

FWIW, I met Walter Payton at the airport one time. He couldn't have been nicer. But I was a bit shocked at his lack of size in person.

Are you sure he was fully erect?


You've got to give Pearlman a break. He's had a tough time ever since the local cops put a stop to his pimping and selling drugs at playgrounds. What a loser.

more excerpts and some quotes from Pearlman

Pearlman said he wanted to write a book about "someone decent; about someone caring" following his Roger Clemens biography. "Walter Payton was insanely curious, and his interest in other people -- regular fans, folks on the street -- extended beyond the scope of nearly any athlete I've ever come across (Sean Casey the possible exception)," Pearlman said. "Best of all, Payton had depth. There was so much beneath the surface with this man. But that was also a problem. Because for all of his depth, Payton spent his life as a lockbox. He trusted very few people, and confided in -- at most -- three or four. The image out there when he played is the same one out there today: Classy guy, perfect in all areas, the ultimate role model, great running back and the ultimate prankster. And while that is, in many ways, sort of true, it's also a cheap, easy and unfair portrait."

Asked if he worried about facing a backlash for tarnishing the image of a deceased man, Pearlman said, "I sure do. It hurts me that this will hurt his kids. It really does because Jarrett and Brittney are wonderful, engaging, fun, caring people and they're really uplifting figures in the Chicago landscape ... That said, I set out to write a definitive biography -- period. When people would ask, 'Well, is this going to be positive?' I'd say, 'Not positive, not negative -- definitive.'"

I had a friend who lived in a high rise apartment in Schaumburg near Rt. 58 and Roselle Road in the early 80's. He said Payton used to go there all the time to visit his girlfriend. He would park his expensive car in the lot with a "Payton 34" vanity plate on it. Kind of depressed me to hear about that.

I am sure it was just long talks they were having.

Wasn't he a Jehovah witness?

Milton Bradley recently

a) signed a minor league deal
b) signed to play in Japan
c) was honored for his charity work
d) offered to repay the $30M he got from the Cubs
e) arrested for a 2nd time in less than a year for an alleged battery

You beat me to the post!

It's not going to end well for him.

Paul "Moneyball" DePodesta, back in 2004

"I would take nine Milton Bradleys if I could get them."

2004 Milton Bradley and 2011 Milton Bradley aren't the same animal.

yeah they's been going on since the expos days.

it just never quit.

i still love the cookie-throwing-at-patrons restaurant incident in cleveland.

...well, there's less laughing about it by him and more crying about it these days in the aftermath i guess.

Don't forget, DePodesta changed his mind the next year.

they traded andre either for him a few years later...along with antonio "numbers are pretty on a piece of paper" perez.

perez was part of some interesting trades in his short career...the manager trade with winn (sea/tb) and the griffey jr. to cin trade along with the either trade.

they traded andre either for him a few years later

DePodesta didn't. He had already been fired by the Dodgers by then.

well, i meant oakland, but Depo did trade for bradley while GM of LAD.

both of them got ran out town proper.

i think Depo's currently trying to ruin player developement for the mets.

was chasing his wife around swinging a bat at his wife around 2am last night.

his bat control must really suck now if he can't even make contact on a 5'x2' target.

wife not injured, btw...allegedly.

The people watching from across the street were calling him racist names so he couldn't focus.

at least they weren't throwing water bottles and baseballs at him with his back turned.

He is so misunderstood, poor fella.

so troo. so troo.

WSux season finale, Chris Sale pulls a Marmol!!!

9th inning leadoff double, puts runners to 2nd/3rd with one out, then walks three to blow a 2-1 lead.

3-2 loss costs Phil Humber a 10th win. Matt Garza says eat your heart out (then Garza bobbles a two hopper to the mound).

Is he still pitching?

Let me tell you what really impressed me about Garza's 23rd consecutive hour of pitching. . .


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