Ex-Cub Not A Bud Selig Fan

There's a whole lot of nothing going on as Mother Nature and the Rays have ruined the Fall Classic. Part of the fun over the last two days was a supposedly anonymous quote by a Phillies pitcher after seeing the beleaguered Commissioner roaming the halls of the Phillies locker room.

"That fucking guy. I wouldn't let him supervise one of my shits."

Of course, a reporter was there to catch the moment and well, not much stays anonymous in the Internet age. There's three ex-Cubs to choose from and our winner is Scott Eyre, who may or may not have forgotten to take his Ritalin that day.

Speaking of the ex-Cub factor, the Phillies are one win away from being the third team to buck the trend and if it happens, it will be the first time that the Yankees aren't involved. It's probably more likely though that they end up blowing the whole thing and that it ends up being Scott Eyre's fault.

 

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That's just... awesome.

and an ex-Cub is now a Brewer. Casey McGehee claimed on waivers. Never enough 3B in Milwaukee apparently. Hall, Gamel, M.Lamb, Branyan, McGehee, none of which can actually play 3B.

weird that the Cubs removed him off the 40-man, seems like they had the room.

No big loss though...

On October 7th, Arizona Phil gave us a list of "players eligible to be minor league free agents" if they are not on the 40-man by the end of the World Series. I'm not sure when the exact deadline was. Today, maybe?

Anyway, there are several players on that list whom the Cubs might be more interested in protecting than McGehee. The ones who occur to me are Matt Craig, Doug Deeds and Josh Kroeger. Two of them are lefty-hitting right fielders with a little pop.

Phil also provided a list of players who will have to be added to the 40-man by Nov. 20 or they will be eligible for the rule 5 draft. Three from that list that they might want to protect are Veal, Spears and Mitch Atkins.

doubtful it was for the minor league free agents, pretty sure Kroeger was one last year and the Cubs usually offer them an NRI to spring training if they resign.

Rule 5 on the other hand I forgot about, Veal and Atkins seem like no-brainers and Jake Fox and Sam Fuld can be dropped to make room for Berg and Spears if they want. They have up to 6 spots in potential free agents as well.

I don't think the Cubs have entirely lost interest in Fox or Fuld. Should they have?

Fox hit pretty well last year, admittedly at AA. SLG leader in Southern League. 31 HRs overall. Not apparently a klutz either like Dubois.

Eyre's wrong. Selig supervised all of his 19 Cub appearances this year.

Wait. Oh I get it. That wasn't what he meant by "shits". I see.

Ha.

+3 Wes.

Well, I guess as a few of you who said, "I'm more afraid of the Dodgers than the Phillies..." can see why the Phils were a much better team tonight.

But the Cubs still had "the best record in the NL."

Pat Gillick put together a very balanced ballclub that played hot at the right time.

No one said that.

We said we were more afraid of the dodgers than the Mets.

Those were the two teams we could have played in the nlds

yes of course the phils could have won the wild card but at the time we were saying this, it was between the mets and the brewers

I was more afraid of clowns....

whoops, wrong forum.

the key word there is "balanced". Their lineup is very balanced (even with Manuel's decision to not breakup Howard and Utley)whereas the Cubs lineup is woefully imbalanced. Not sure the Phils played "hot", moreso the Rays' bats went cold. Only Navarro hit over .265 and that was with 0 HR & 0 RBIs. Howard, Ruiz and Werth were good but that's about it. As a team the Phils batted .262, and were a woeful .167 with RISP (worst ever for a World Series). The Rays simply pulled off Cubbery in the series and Cole Hamels just likely cemented himself into a top 5 SP.

Yeah, had we played the Phillies, we would have lost -1 to 3. Good catch, E-Man.

Is it spring yet?

heard that.

I'm happy for Philly and all. Still found this a particularly boring Series.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08304/923970-66.stm...

Among Ben Roethlisberger's stated concerns about playing the Washington Redskins is their cheerleaders.

That's what he said, anyway.

"I'm not a big fan of playing there because it is loud, they're really good at home and they try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. That's just not good," Roethlisberger said yesterday.

The practice by the Redskins cheerleaders was so legendary around the league that when commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all teams last year banning the practice some dubbed the "Redskins Rule."

"The couple of preseason games I've played down there, we've seen it," Roethlisberger said.

And it's a distraction?

"It can be, let's be truthful. They've done it before. I've heard a rumor that they're not allowed to do it anymore."

Ok point taken. So come next playoffs the Cubs should get Ronny Woo Woo to stretch in the opposing teams clubhouse.

Sounds like it's Macha.

http://www.rightfieldbleachers.com/?p=2877

Brenly's interview apparently didn't go well. He insisted on Sabathia allegedly.

Yeah bad move. I would be thrilled to have a rotation anchored by Jeff Suppan and Dave Bush.

Anyway, as we are all becoming aware of the baseball playoff system, it really has become like March Madness in that teams hot at the end of the season seem to go deep, if not win the thing...

I know within the next ten days I will be receiving my Season Ticket invoice!

I've also noticed that the team that wins the series, moves on to the next series or game, just like March Madness. Maybe there's a lesson to be learned there.

Also the team with the hotter cheerleaders get more TV exposure... oh nevermind.

I have not thought about, or watched, any baseball for three and a half weeks, which has been liberating in a sense. Although this did not hurt as badly as 2003, I don't know if I can warm up to this team again for a while.

ha. just wait till pitchers and catchers report and you'll be changing your tune then.

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  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 11 min 30 sec ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 13 min 19 sec ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 35 min 38 sec ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 36 min 6 sec ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 44 min 55 sec ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 2 hours 12 min ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 27 min ago view