Lets give thanks to the MLB.com hat photoshop guy
(note: this post got eaten by the internets yesterday, so re-posted today)
I went to Cubs.com just to see what the depth chart looks like.
Maybe there would be new pics in there.
Sure enough, there's Justin Ruggiano in center field complete with his new Cubs hat!
So I googled imaged him (you can look at this same page here).
See the official MLB portrait-looking photo of him with the white background?
He's wearing a Miami Marlins hat.
But if you click on it, it magically changes into a Cubs hat!
That's the miracle of photoshop.
And I bet there's an underpaid 2 years out of college design major kid working for MLB who's got to change every one of those hats every time a trade is made.
This last month had to be the busiest of the year.
I googled this: "what baseball player has been traded the most?"
(I thought it might be Kenny Lofton.)
But the answer is this guy Bobo Newsom.
Pitcher played for the Brooklyn Robins, Cubs, Browns, Senators, Red Sox, Tigers, Philladelphia Athletics, Brooklyn Dodgers, Yanks, and Giants.
Lots of them on more than one occasion.
He was traded 16 (edit: either traded, purchased, or dumped and picked up by another team) times.
Anyway, if Bud Light was still doing their "Real Men of Genius" radio campaign, they could do one for our guy in the illustration:
Today we salute you, Mr. Major League Baseball dot com hat photoshopper guy.
You had the honor of switching hats for Robinson Cano
The excitement of retouching Jacoby Ellsbury's new lid
The talent to make Raul Ibanez an Angel
And while it may be a pain in the ass to bother with making Jonathan Sanchez a Cub,
You'll do it anyway because you're the Tweaker of Tops, the Fidrych of Photoshop, and...
because your boss told you to do it by May.
From Keith Law:
This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago...
"Comment From Wrenzie
Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez?
Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."
"Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago"
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.