Sat Funnies: Darwin Barney angers "The Cubs Way" Forefathers

I read the Cubs/Astros recap on ESPN and found this quote from Darwin Barney and couldn't help but think... what BLASPHEMY!
The Forefathers must be furious!
And then "Forefathers" led to George Washington so...
Anyway, not to be taken too seriously, just hopefully making a laugh out of molehill.
Happy to see the homers (nice one, Anthony!) and of course, Go Cubs.

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Quite a production there, Tim!

h.takahashi to the rockies for PTBN/cash...omfg, promote rosscup to AAA already (also a lefty...a recently-turned 25 year old one).

28.2ip 18h 12bb 44k (2.20era/1.05whip)

awesome numbers, but it's hard to get excited about them because he's not been challenged much vs all those 21-23 year olds he's been feasting on. it's time to challenge his stuff.

tie game...man on 1st...0 outs...bring in s.camp...

this could get interesting.

success! to the bottom 7th.

holy f'n blown call in the bottom 8th...badly blown ball 4 call ruled a strike with the bases loaded and 2 outs.

...followed by a popout.

...and HOU takes a 1 run lead in the top 9th.

...and HOU wins.

Operation #2 draft pick!

i can't wait until garza, feldman, gregg, and sureholds are gone...should make for a fun august/september.

Jim [email protected]
#Cubs sign Scott Frazier for $267,600. Talent value in 6th rd. Pepperdine RHP, 6-7/230, 91-93 to 96, flashes plus curve.

That's slot for the pick.

"Tommy Birch [email protected]

More #IowaCubs news: OF Brett Jackson placed on the DL with a right calf strain. INF Ian Stewart reinstated from the suspended list."

...des moines register writer, btw

When are the Cubs gonna bring up Bryant?

September. 2014.

Darwin Barney has a better OPS than Starlin Castro

Time to sign Barney to a seven year contract, I guess.

Shawon Dunston Jr. and Kevin Encarnacion had HR's for Boise; Albert Almora hit his 2nd HR for KC; Javier Baez hit his 16th HR for Daytona; Matt Szczur had 4 hits and upped his avg. to .298

Bring 'em up!!!

More Minor Cubbery...Clevenger setback. Jae-Hoon Ha started in Iowa (1-3, single) as BJax replacement (DL with calf strain). Stewart un-suspendered.

The Cubs also announced that catcher Steve Clevenger, whose Minor League rehab assignment was to end Saturday, was experiencing some tightness in his oblique area. Clevenger will rest, and then be re-evaluated by the Cubs’ medical staff. In 15 games, he batted .327 with five doubles, three home runs, and 11 RBIs.

http://muskat.mlblogs.com/2013/06/22/622-stewarts-...

TCR is dead today. I expected a bunch of posts about the Cubs putting up 14 runs, and even more about Castro going 0-for-4 with 2 errors. It's nice to win another series, even at home against a bad team.

Sorry about that. I was mowing the lawn. I was listening on the radio, however.

There was some talk in the post game about giving Castro a day off or two. They even brought but demoting him to AAA, that seems unlikely to me.

Usually you can count on being able to read "The Crunch Reporter," featuring a "Game of the Day" running commentary in which crunch replies to his own posts over the course of several hours. Other features include funny variations and spellings of player names.

i was busy with the wife planning a trip out of town and chilling with people who are going to look after the house (rather the dog and cats) for 9 days.

it figures the cubs bats wake up when im not around to watch them. whatevers.

Cool your going to take a trip out of town. Are you all going to take the same plane?

there's somewhere between a .201 and .168 chance of taking the same plane.

So is this some sort of unpaid vacation?

I never covered exhibition games too well :)

the only interesting part of this season is who they'll trade.

Well the continued Neifization of Starlin is kind of interesting, but not in a good way.

Hannemann hit his first pro HR today

http://boise.hawks.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?g...

Bring him up!!!

There's talk of a roster move with a pitcher prior to tomorrow's game with the Brewers. Instead of playing musical roster DFA with Henry Rodriguez or coming down with a phantom injury for Hector Rondon, how abou just letting Shawn Camp go? Camp has no future here. Why not see if Rodriguez is fixable at the major league level. And sticking Rondon on the DL does nothing for his development.

Maybe the Cubs get lucky and some team takes on the rest of Camp's salary. Or at least prorated MLB minimum.

Agreed. Camp can go away now. Time to retire, Bro.

Well said. The only thing better would be to trade Gregg before the clock hits midnight and he turns back into a pumpkin.

I would think the Cubs would option Blake Parker to AAA and have him be the closer for the I-Cubs until Kevin Gregg gets traded.

Parker and James Russell are the only two pitchers on the 25-man roster who can be optioned to the minors without having to give their permission, although Optional Assignment Waivers would have to be secured before Russell can be optioned to the minors (Optional Waivers are revocable and thus can be withdrawn if the player is claimed, so they are more-or-less a formality).


Or the Cubs could just DFA Hector Rondon and see if they can get him through Outright Waivers. He hasn't been that impressive, and so there probably wouldn't be much interest in him on the waiver wire, especially since the claiming club assumes the Rule 5 roster restrictions. If Outright Waivers could be secured, Rondon would have to be offered back to the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians (the AAA club from which he was drafted), and if the Indians were to re-claim him, he MUST be outrighted to that AAA club. (A Rule 5 player who is reclaimed by his former organization MUST be outrighted to the AAA club from which he was drafted). But Rondon can elect free-agency if he is outrighted because he has been outrighted previously in his career, so the Indians would get stuck paying $25,000 to get a player back who can walk away immediately, and I'm not sure they would risk that. (And Rondon would be able to elect free-agency immediately after the conclusion of the MLB regular season even if he were to decline to elect free-agency immediately upon being outrighted).


If Outright Waivers could be secured and the Indians decline to reclaim Rondon (because he can elect to be a free-agent if outrighted), the Cubs could option Rondon to Iowa (even though Cleveland would not be able to option Rondon to the minors, the Cubs could if the Indians decline to reclaim him). Rondon is eligible for a 4th minor league option, so the Cubs could send him to the minors without Rondon being able to elect free-agency. (BTW, just because Outright Waivers are secured does not mean the player must be outrighted to the minors, but because he is a Rule 5 player, the Cubs would have to secure Outright Waivers on Rondon before he can be offered back to his original organization, and he has to be offered back to Cleveland--and the Indians must decline to take him back--before the Cubs can option Rondon to Iowa). 


Also note that even though the Cubs would probably DFA Rondon before starting the Rule 5 return process (the process takes about five days to complete), he can be optioned to the minors as long as it happens within the ten day DFA period. A player must be traded, released, or sent to the minors (by outright OR optional asignment) within ten days afrer being Designated for Assignment. (NOTE: The Optional Assignment choice does not to apply if the club's 40-man roster was full and the designated player was replaced on the 40-man roster by another player, or during the off-season prior to the start of Spring Training).

This DFA scenario for Rondon has some appeal.

If they feel he could have a future as a starter, they could stretch him out some at Iowa. But with his past of multiple arm issues, is he better suited for the pen? If they feel the pen is the way to go, then why not just keep him in Chicago and get him more consistant use. Wins aren't overly important this season.

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  • early tim tebow stuff rolling in...

    ran a 6.7 60yd (above average)...shagging flies in RF and showed off a rather impressive arm...

    live batting practice to come soon.

    crunch 10 min 10 sec ago view
  • LHP Clayton Richard (released by the Cubs earlier this month) is pitching very well as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and could be a good candidate to get traded to a contender looking for a veteran SP before tomorrow night's post-season roster eligibility deadline.

    Because they released him, the Cubs are paying most of Richard's 2016 salary (the Cubs are on the hooks for $2M, minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary that is paid by the Padres).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • it is honestly awesome (for real) that anyone would even have a strong opinion on AZL playoffs. i guess if you invest enough time watching it, you want to see a fair/just playoff structure.

    plus, the kids deserve it.

    crunch 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • The AZL team with the best record over the course of the full 2016 AZL season and the only AZL team to play .600 ball (the AZL Dodgers) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, and the AZL East Division team with the best record over the course of the full season (the AZL Athletics) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, either. 

    That's because of the ridiculous "split season" schedule most of the minor leagues now play, a stupid system that rewards mediocrity at the expense of the worthy. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • Despite good movement on his fastball, I think location kept him from getting Ks. Left some pitches up and away that got hammered up and away. Then of course Travis Wood gave up the 2-run double in the 7th, but both runs counted against Arrieta.

    Charlie 2 hours 18 min ago view
  • "i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."

    This level of discourse is #charming.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).

    Have a nice day.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?

    i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.

    crunch 2 hours 25 min ago view
  • In this instance, yes, I care more about the result of this big thing that isn't really a big thing.

    #crunchsplaining

    #willlistentojeffsullivanmorethanyou

    #blessyourheart

    #hitler

    #tcrmartyr

    #billyhamiltonwar

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 2 hours 25 min ago view
  • Two things:

    Fangraphs WAR #s include baserunning and Hamilton is elite at that. He leads in SBs with the 54 and and has an 87% rate which is really good. I'm sure once he gets on base he's able to take the extra base quite often too. Both those things will up his overall WAR value.

    The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.

    johann 2 hours 29 min ago view
  • i have no doubt at all you quit reading at that point. you're very enamored with outcomes without caring what it takes to get there.

    the fact it's exploitable, especially without someone to cover the running game for him, as well it's evolution in how people are testing possible exploits is interesting to some people...to me...i'm some people...hurrah.

    some people want to check the boxscore to see who won, some want to know how it went down.

    crunch 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • I read it as him saying it's not really that much of a concern and that the one time it really cost Lester, vs. K.C., was an anomaly.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • if jeff says it, it's cool...when i say it, it's straight from the mouth of hitler.

    aside from the lack of jeff touching on the insane leads runners take and lester's inability to throw if he's fielding, this is a lot of what i've said about the issue.

    exploitable, needs his own personal catcher to control his shortcomings, relies on his ability to get outs along with his personal catcher keeping runners in check before things become further exploited...

    crunch 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • That would be Rice Krispy Treat

    The E-Man 4 hours 8 min ago view
  • "Crunch's cousin"

    Butterfinger or Baby Ruth?

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 22 min ago view
  • I saw the first three innings and the last three, so I didn't see Arrieta get hit. His stuff looked nasty at first...what happened? Any insight from anyone who watched?

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 34 min ago view