Tunney Vision

This story is already so old and stupid I apologize for putting it up.

But Tom Tunney suggesting the Wrigley Field scroreboard be replaced with a jumbotron "as big as you want" is, well, I kinda drew Tunney's Vision here.
Really, I just care about making a better baseball team, and usually Chicago politics are just fun to watch.
But this thing gets under my skin.
Did you see "Django Unchained"?
If not, this'll go over your head so I apologize:
Tunney is an ouchebag.
The D is silent.

Now please go back to watching Phil's far more insightful post about Travis Wood!

ps: thanks for the suggestions, guys.


Don't know what happened on my first attempt, and Rob I couldn't find a "delete post" button.

Tigers asked for H. Street or Gregerson from Padres for Porcello and were turned down.

Awesome, thanks Cubbyblue!

The TruLink ad is genius.

"Baseball is better with Bison!"

"Cubs manager Dale Sveum confirmed Thursday that right-hander Michael Bowden will have a bullpen spot."


"Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Thursday that Matt Garza (lat) is a week or so away from throwing off a mound."

Very nice.

He' back!!!!
Trans good to hear from you.

Please don't be a stranger.

Jason Bay can play CF? Or did Seattle just totally decide to punt on defense this season?

TCR is broken!

What I tried to say was that I'd heard Bay was competing for a bench spot. Looking competent in CF would help that...

Az Phil,
Have you seen Vizcaino throw at all?

HAGSAG: I have not seen Arodys Vizcaino throw yet.

BTW, today is the first day that a player on an MLB 40-man roster can be placed on the 15-day Disabled List, and it's also the earliest date that a 15-day DL assignment can be backdated if the player is placed on the 15-day DL between today and the start of the MLB regular season. Players on the 15-day and 60-day DL cannot play in MLB Grapefruit League or Cactus League games, and if the DL assignment is backdated, the player cannot have played in an MLB Grapefruit League or Cactus League game during the backdated period, but the player can play in minor league Spring Training games.

It seems very likely that the Cubs will place Arodys Vizcaino, Scott Baker, Matt Garza, and Ian Stewart on the Disabled List prior to MLB Opening Day, and Vizcaino and Baker will either be placed on the 60-day DL directly or wlll be transferred to the 60-day DL from the 15-day DL (a player can be placed on the 60-day DL or transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL only if the club's 40-man roster is full) to make room on the 40-man roster for IF-OF Brent Lillibridge and whichever NRI pitcher gets the last slot in the bullpen (at this point, probably LHP Hisanori Takahashi).

If for some reason the Cubs don't want to place Baker on the 60-day DL (and I don't see why they wouldn't, since he is now back at "square one"), they could recall Junior Lake from his minor league Optional Assignment prior to Opening Day and place him on the 60-day DL (Lake has a stress fracture in his rib-cage and probably won't be ready to play until May), except Lake would both accrue MLB Service Time and be paid at the major league salary rate (rather than the minor league split salary) while he is on the Cubs MLB 60-day DL, so I doubt that the Cubs would want to do that unless they were really stuck for a 40-man roster slot. 

WGN game today at 3 pm.


Roster Moves...Sappelt makes team, one bullpen spot open.

Can't say I've paid a ton of attention, the roster will change within a week of the season starting anyway..but is this right?

C: Castillo, Navarro

INF: Rizzo, Barney, Castro, Valbuena, Lillibridge, one bench spot open

OF: Soriano, DeJeus, Schierholtz, Hairston, Sappelt

SP: Samardzija, Jackson, Wood, Feldman, Villanueva

BP: Marmol, Fujikawa, Camp, Russell, Rondon, Bowden, one bullpen spot open

Still Competing for Bench: Clevenger, Gonzalez

Still Competing Bullpen: Wade, Takahashi, Dolis, Putnam

DL: Garza, Baker, Stewart, Vizcaino


speaking of...

the new LB

With word that the Bears have reached terms with D.J. Williams to fill one of those vacancies presents more questions. Cheaper and younger (30)? Yes. But Williams' best season was six years ago, and he's gone down a slippery slope since. There have been driving-while-impaired issues. Urine sample swapping issues. Is Williams the better choice than the stability of Urlacher and/or Roach, even if it required some financial juggling? Williams no doubt has something to prove after Denver decided he wasn't worth $6 million. Can he prove it positively? And how will he fit into a group that swore by Urlacher, and to a lesser extent, Roach?

hopefully him and Marshall room together on road trips...

The Bears need more guys with criminal records.

I think Marshall is BFFs with new TE guy.

Urlacher had something to prove, too. I haven't paid much attention to the Bears upper management structure since they switched McCaskeys, but that sure smelled like Ted Phillips still to me.

That's what I'm seeing elsewhere/tweets/etc. I think Clevenger would be best in Iowa, and I was impressed with Takahashi when I saw his start a week or two ago

Today's lineup will be the starting 8 for opening day.

DeJesus, Castro, Rizzo, Sori, Schierholtz, Castillo, Valbuena, Barney

today's home plate ump is calling strikes inches below the zone...

into the 9th, tied 1-1...back to back cubs (barney/navarro) homers scoring 3 total runs...after 2 outs...


Apologies if someone else has posted this link. If you did, I missed it.


I liked:

"Forbidden fruit," Epstein says of free agency and he shrugs. "We just didn't have the patience to make it across the gap without giving into temptation . . . Free agency is where you get your worst return on investment. It's really that simple. The draft and the international market, that's where you get your best return, dollar for dollar. And free agency is the worst return on investment."

Epstein shrugs again. "We knew that but we did it anyway. It was a negative lesson."

There was a time where I really looked forward to the free agency period of the hot stove league, but today free agency mostly means bad signings. There will come a time, hopefully soon, where the Cubs will need to add a big time free agent to get them over the hump. But that free agent signing is almost certain to become an albatross at some point because of today's free agent system.

It's a Posnanski article. That guy can write.

He slaps "The Cubs Way" again and admits he's counting on some of that optimism in Chicago because he and Hoyer and Sveum and the rest will not take any short cuts. Last year, when they were going through the 101-loss season, they kept reminding each other to stay together and to remember that it's a long term plan.

that should go over well with some


cubs score 4 in the bottom 7th for a 1 run lead...give marmol the top 8th...alarming lack of control today...mid-season form...sigh.

walk, hpb, ground out, ground out (play at home), passed ball scoring run, walk, ground out.

marmol was throwing a ton of sliders today...most missing, even the ones swung at...lot of movement/action on them, though.

tie game...6-6 going to middle 8th.

cubs re-take lead on a wild pitch in the bottom 8th...lulz.

also, BJB has been aptly replaced with BJJD based on today's announcing.

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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 mlb.tv 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 equation...plus 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.