Cubs Drop 8 More from Spring Roster

Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Christian Villanueva, Arodys Vizcaino, Zack Rossup, Mitch Maier, Armando Rivero and Rafael Lopez are optioned or reassigned...and there were 45 (I think).


Castillo, Kottaras, Rizzo, Castro, Barney, Schierholtz, Ruggiano, Lake, Sweeney

Samardzija, Wood, E. Jackson, Hammel

Veras, Strop, Wright, Russell, Carlos Villanueva


Fukijawa, Arrieta, J. McDonald (NRI)


Valbuena, Murphy, Olt, Roberts(NRI), Bonifacio(NRI), Kalish (NRI), C. Rusin, A. Cabrera, Grimm, Rondon, Parker, J. Sanchez (NRI), Ramirez


Baez (NRI), J. Baker (NRI), E. Whiteside (NRI), D. McDonald(NRI),  Wells(NRI), Coughlan(NRI), Hottovy (NRI), Yong-Lim (NRI), Schlitter (NRI), Wada (NRI), Valaika (NRI)


Soler, Bryant, Almora, Alcantara, Szczur, Watkins, Valdez(NRI), Pimentel(NRI), Jokisch(NRI), A. Cunningham, M. Hatley (NRI), Beeler, Hendricks(NRI), Rosscup, J. Vitters, B. Jackson, Christian Villanueva, A. Vizcaino, A. Rivero(NRI), M. Maier(NRI), R. Lopez(NRI)

Castro may end up on the disabled list when it's all said and done and I might be jumping the gun on McDonald as he said it's just shoulder tendinitis, but seems that it's going towards Chris Rusin getting that 5th starter spot out of camp while they await Arrieta to get healthy and ready. That'll keep Villanueva in the pen and 2 spots left for Cabrera, Grimm, Rondon, Parker, Sanchez or Ramirez.


h/t to Bleacher Nation for the find...

Cray CEO Pete Ungaro recently told The Economist that an unnamed MLB team purchased a Cray supercomputer with the intention of being able to analyze large volumes of information in a very short amount of time.


[The team as] one that "exemplifies an organization that, five years ago, most people would not have dreamed would need, or even want, a supercomputer."

and Tom Tango weighs in on it (he happens to work for the Cubs, so either he's playing dumb, doesn't know about it or the Cubs aren't the team).

i'm more interested in the software behind it rather than the machine crunching the numbers.

creating a custom solution software for a single organization would probably cost nearly as much as the machine, itself. there are metadata-defined data mining solutions that are already somewhat "out of box" able to do this (my former career) once you tell the modules what metadata is being pointed to...but i wonder if they're using an already made data mining solution or creating a custom piece of software.

Couple years ago I was at a Cubs Convention listening to Oneri Fieita tell an entertaining story about how in the Dominican, the Cubs used to have goats "mow" the grass.
Tied up at a small stake, they'd eat the weeds in a circle, then someone would move the stake again and again til the field was mowed.
And that was funny.
It really was.
But it's astonishing what used to be funny.

NCSU owned a piece of "junk land" for decades that they decided to turn into a golf course (a big piece of junk land).

it was overgrown with decades of grass, weeds, and kudzu. they used goats to clear most of it...and heavy equipment to remove the kudzu base roots (they get massive). the goats were put in temporary pens and moved space-to-space until it was clear enough to be machine cleared/graded/etc.

goats are pretty good at land clearing.

They're using goats out at O'Hare these days. Well, summertime.

I think this is an awesome idea and custom software isn't needed for crunching data. We're in the big data era now, and decisions are driven by analysis. Software packages already exist for this- stata, sas... there's a long list of them and in the hands of a skilled analyst, and given enough data, these systems can help make good decisions.

And it would be a mistake to assume a system like this would contribute only to baseball decisions- you could determine the best nights to offer a bobblehead, or which concessions should be added and for how much, or what team colors are most appealing to fans. Human behavior is now being measured, predicted, and manipulated at the micro-level.

The only problem with systems like this is the so-called black swans- those game-changers that we can't predict or see coming: PEDs, some data-defying superstar, _________ fill in the blank- the point is we don't know the next game-changer.

That said, I think the Cubs ought to get on this bandwagon (if they aren't already). As e.e.cummings wrote- "while Gadgets murder squawk and add, the cult of Same is all the chic" ;)

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    Blew my prediction! I had them signing Zimmerman and trading for another arm.

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    And the updated predications page:

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    It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.

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    Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?

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