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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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.


    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.