Lets start off the 2013 season with...a cartoon.

It's 2013.
If you're a Cub Fan and you don't have a sense of humor, you're in the wrong line of work.



If I didn't have a sense of humor after all this time watching this team, I'd be dead by now. Nice toon, as usual.

That's pretty funny Tim! I don't know why, but this one remind's me a bit of Lynda Berry's earlier "Ernie Pook's Comeeks" from the early 90's.

Well, maybe it's because Lynda is a genius?
So I'll take that as a pretty big compliment.
Thanks E-Man.


"Genius" is a bit of a stretch. But I'll go with damn creative and pithy.

Do they still play the blues in Chicago...

I'm concerned about the man in the back left. He appears to be consumptive.

If the Cubs are the cause, that could be a big-time law suit.

And if the Cubs get the Wrigley Field renovations done according to plan, their own estimates at one point last year suggested at least $95 million of additional annual revenue, according to a team source.

Even the financing of the renovations, according to internal club documents, will result in tens of millions of dollars in Stadium Investment Credit against their revenue-sharing bill through MLB.

Also some interesting bits on the financing the Rickett's used to purchase the team.

40 degrees in Pittsburgh at the moment, rain/snow mix...

looks like rain will pass though.

per Bruce Miles...Barney to 15 day DL. Alberto Gonzalez added to roster, including 40 man. Rob Whitenack DFA. The Cubbery of it is this may have been Junior Lake's opportunity and I'd still rather see Logan Watkins for 2 weeks.

Not sure if someone will take a flyer on RW given his poor spring albeit he's still in recovery mode from TJ surgery. My guess is he'll stay with the organIzaton.

I agree, it's a perplexing decision. Even setting aside the exposure of Whitenack, how is Gonzalez a better choice than Lake or Watkins? At least we're flexible, aka able to lose in multiple configurations.

Lake is hurt (and doesn't play 2B) and Watkins hasn't had an AB above AA? He wasn't go to get the starts, so what's the point to sit on the bench?

Indeed, cracked rib, IIRC.

Won't be able to do much at the plate with that.

So no one can start without playing above AA?
I'd rather see a decent prospect get some time. Watkins hit well at AA last year, and it's not like
they have $$$ invested in him. Lillibridge is a nice reserve. I just prefer to see someone with a shot at being a decent player get the time.
I know, I know...got to get the 500 at bats in AAA. I get it. Lol.

well no one should start without some AAA AB's unless they're really good, which Watkins isn't.

Where's this Watkins love coming from?  Other than his ability to take a walk, he seems really uninteresting. Did he even last in spring camp that long?

Well...he seems to be a decent fielder...has a little more pop and speed, and takes more walks
compared to darwin barney.
(shrug) I guess I'd rather see that than Gonzalez, or even 3 weeks of Lillibridge.

It's more like "compared to two weeks of a 30-year-old replacement-level MLB retread whose legitimate role on this team is to be a utility reserve." I'd rather let Watkins have the two-week lesson to take back to Iowa and work on.

As for the status of Watkins as a prospect, not really, but he's the guy who if he ends up being in the right place at the right time can make a tidy little career out of it. There's more long-term value to the org there than with Lillibridge, which Theo Corp knows, which is why I don't get this. It must be what you're saying Rob, that the jump would be too much for him at this point. And I think that's fair. But given the temporary nature of the situation re Barney, I still would've liked to see it.

I'm not sure of the long term value of watching Watkins get overwhelmed by major league pitching is or sitting on the bench. Could he do as poorly as Lillibridge? Absolutely!!!

Lillibridge and Gonzalez at least worked with Castro a little on the double play over camp (I presume). If there was a guy that played some AAA last year and was at least a C-level prospect, I'd be all for it, but no reason to throw guys up there that are probably not going to succeed. Watkins hardly set AA on fire last year, although he's certainly showing improvement.

Hey..Gonzalez career line is .242/.279/.317. When you can add a guy like that, you...er...

The Whitenack thing is a headscratcher from what everything AZ PHIL has told us.

He was one of, if not the only Cub young pitcher that had starter potential a couple years ago and got sidelined with the TJS.

So since I have not seen him at all, I'm wondering if his rehab just showed no promise?

I don't get it...

I can't imagine anyone will use up a 40-man spot on Whitenack...I'm sure he'll be a Cub next week.

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  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...

  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.

  • The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request

  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

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    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

  • "What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "

    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

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  • Hahahahaha