Sun funnies: How does Chris Bosio improve pitchers, anyway?

How does Chris Bosio do it?

Explain Jason Hammel. 
Explain how Kyle Hendricks misses bats.
Explain... Tsuyoshi Wada.
If you were watching last night and saw Wada limit the 1st place Dodgers to 2 runs and 6 hits with 6 strikeouts over his 5.2 innings... you might have seen the cutaway to Bosio that I captured above.
Note his right hand.
Bosio...simply uses his brain.
Have you seen the new documentary "Lucy"?
It's in theaters now.
If so, then you heard Morgan Freeman state, "It is estimated most human beings only use 10% of their brain's capacity. Imagine if we could access 100%."
Obviously, Bosio uses 100%, just like Scarlett Johansson does.
But cool.
So glad Bosio's on our side.

All kidding aside, isn't it awesome that they're not bringing up guys like Thomas Diamond?
The positive vibe going on around our favorite team... that's not a special effect.



Genius!!!!! Thank you!

Castro sitting today after back-2-back 3-hit games...

well done Tim

Well to sit him down...his arms are probably tired.

Not to mention his legs!

Plus Scully complimented him so better get him out of the limelight.

When a guy comes out of a slump, best to rest him ... lest his rhythm actually become habit.

Castro may have tweaked his lower back during his pinch hit at bat. Had an awkward swing before his 2 run rbi line shot to CF and had long conversation with the training staff when he got back to the dugout after being pinch run for. Hopefully he's okay and back on the field for the Rox series. Who knows, maybe his back was already acting up before the start of the game ...

The article on just said Ricky wanted to give him two days off for pretty much no good reason and that Castro didn't want to ... maybe Ricky should think through sitting a guy who plays every day and stretches and runs the field all day - maybe shouldn't sit him and throw him in fairly tight for a PH at bat. Stupid move # 3691 by our genius manager. If you're gonna give him a mental day off, don't pinch hit a guy who's basically never done it before.

Hmm, I didn't read it that way at all. "We know he needs a day, and two days in a row will really help him" doesn't sound like no good reason at all. It sounds like they are watching him and thinking about the long season and knew that a day off before an off day would be good for his health and focus in the long term. Most every play wants to play and will say what he said about wanting to play and not needing a day off--but days off are often still good for them.

Yeah - regardless of that (and you may be right) I question 1.) the timing - he's as hot as he's been in weeks. Maybe could have waited another week? Maybe not.

2.) and more importantly if you are going to rest him - then REST him. Say, relax, watch the game. Unless this thing goes 13+ innings you are to relax tonight. Otherwise what's the point. Now here's a guy who never pinch hits, tight muscles sitting on bench all night, may not have stretched out to prep for his PH and apparently tweaked his back? Hopefully no biggie.

EJax being EJax. Bags loaded, no outs

He's the human draft pick.

Addison Russell with another HR. Wow.

Valbuena batting cleanup.

Anyone who hasn't seen Alcantara's defensive play against Uribe, well, look it up it's sick.

Rizzo's play is pretty good too.

It's really weird watching a Cubs team playing good baseball in the field.

That was CRAZY! The defense was absolutely demoralizing to the Dodgers. You gotta wonder if they just thought they'd take the series without trying, cause I gotta tell you The Dodgers sure didn't look like the best team in the NL. Weird. But yeah the defense was insane (offense not bad too).

As much as you dislike Capt Happy, he has this team playing good, sound, fundamental baseball. He can't be responsible for those defensive gems, of course, but overall the team plays good baseball. Best last place team I've seen in a very long time. In game one Vin Scully called them "those pesky Cubs". Scully has always enjoyed Chicago Cubs games anyway, but he seems to like this team a lot for a team that has the record it has. If you think about it, if they'd won more of those close games early in the season, they'd be knocking on .500.

Agreed, when all the behind the scenes managing adds up to good baseball, he's probably a better manager than not. His lineups and increasingly his use if bullpen indicates EXTREME over managing. Maybe he'll settle down as he gets experience.

"This is not the hanging curve ball that your looking for"

BTW Guardians of the Galaxy best summer movie.

Btw addison Russell homers, so Baez hits TWO!

Olt with another decent 1/3 night. Wish I lived in Iowa. Not really.

I believe Javy is now tied for 2nd in the PCL for HRs.

Bring him up. As I said in the previous post, I don't give a shit about service time. If they lock him up to a long term deal service time doesn't matter, despite some opinions to the contrary. We don't even know if he'll be able to play in 2021, so worrying about that extra year is pointless. Baez has a history of taking some time to adjust to a new level, so let him adjust in September, get some playing time with Castro and Rizzo so they are a nice, cohesive unit come April. My only hesitation on the call up would be that from what I'm reading they are working very closely with him in Iowa on working the plate - he struck out 3 times the other day but yesterday got a couple walks with his two homers. That said, he has a better opportunity to work on that with major league pitching than in Triple A.

Addison Russell is sure making things interesting, though. From what I'm reading he's the best fielding shortstop of the bunch. As CubbyBlue says in his post, quite a different thing that bringing up guys like Thomas Diamond.

When the Cubs acquired Anthony Rizzo from SD post-2011, he was on the Padres MLB 40-man roster and had already accrued 68 days of MLB Service Time (0+068). 

Rizzo was optioned to Iowa to start the 2012 season and he absolutely lit it up at AAA (he hit 342/405/696 in 70 games at Iowa), but the Cubs waited to bring him up until June 26th.

By waiting until 6/26 to recall Rizzo, they gained an extra year of club control, meaning that he would not be eligible to be a free-agent until post-2018, instead of post-2017 (which would have been the case if he had been recalled prior to 6/24).

Some might say that the Cubs were cold & calculating to wait until June 26th to bring him up to Chicago, something that was obviously done just to gain an extra year of club control (the Cubs made some comment at the time about wanting Rizzo to get so many AB at AAA before getting recalled), but the Cubs were merely doing the smart thing, "playing" the system by understanding how to work the CBA to their advantage.

I'm sure there were those who thought at the time that the Cubs were "poisoning the well" with Rizzo by intentionally keeping him in AAA longer than necesary just so they could retain club control for an extra season, but Rizzo and his agent must not have harbored any hard feelings about what the Cubs did, because Rizzo signed a "team-friendly" nine-year contract extention the following May. (Fact is, agents, GMs, and most players understand baseball is a business... it's the fans and the media who don't seem to get it sometimes). 

So the nine-year contract bought out all of Rizzo's arbitration years plus three years of free-agency (taking him to age 32). Also, the last two years (eight & nine) are club options with a $2M buy-out each season, so the "big bucks" years ($14.5M each season in 2020-21) are not guaranteed in case Rizzo has a downturn in his career and is not worth $14.5M per year by that time.

From Rizzo's POV, he sacrificed potential bigger money at the back-end of the contract in exchange for the security of a long-term deal (at least seven seasons guaranteed) and more money in his pre-arb and arbitration years than he probably would have made if he had just gone year-to-year with the Cubs, Rizzo also can void the last year of the deal (making 2021 a "mutual option") with a top two finish in the MVP voting anytime 2013-19 or if he gets traded. 

Meanwhile, Rizzo is not a drag on the club's payroll (he'll be making $5M each season 2015-16, $7M each season 2017-18, and $11M in 2019), and if he does stay through the length of the contract, he won't hit free-agency until age 32 (a point when the Cubs might feel his best years are behind him). 

I would think the Cubs will want to make similar deals eventually with Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Arismendy Alcantara, and Albert Almora (presuming the player doesn't  "flame out"), but Bryant, Russell, and Almora are Scott Boras clients, and Boras does not believe in buying-out free-agent years during a player's career-peak (ages 28-32). Arbitration years? Maybe.  Free-agent years? Likely not. 

Baez might be a different case, however, because he is not a Scott Boras client (he has switched agents twice in the last year), and he supposedly has family issues that could motivate him to take the money (and the security of a long-term deal) if it's offered (as Rizzo did), 

While I suppose it's possible that the Cubs might offer Baez a long-term contract before he spends even one day in the big leagues (as the Astros did with George Springer during Spring Training, although Springer turned the offer down), they might want to wait to see if Baez can "master" MLB pitching before they offer him a Rizzo-type, and that means probably not until sometinme in 2015 or maybe even 2016. But the earlier he signs, the more "team friendly" the deal has to be.

Starlin Castro got a better deal (a larger signing bonus and more $$$ per season ) than Rizzo because he was already an established MLB player (an All-Star) when he signed his eight-year extention in August 2012, and he was arbitration-eligible (as a "Super Two") after the 2012 season. The Cubs bought-out all of Castro's arbitratrion years plus four years of free-agency (the last year--2020--being a $16M club option). Without the extension Castro would have been eligible to be a free-agent post-2016, but by signing the extention he is under club control through the 2020 season (club option for 2020), and, if he remains with the Cubs through the length of the contract, he won't be a free-agent until age 30 (turns 31 in March 2021). 

Again, the earlier the player signs a long-term contract extension, the more "team-friendly" it has to be (at least two seasons of club options at the end of the deal), because the player won't have the track record of a more-established player. 

Some might think a club manipulating service time to gain an advantage is "gaming the system," but it's really no different than an NFL team placing the "franchisc tag" on a player to keep him from becoming a free-agent, or hiring a "capologist" to manage & manipulate the salary cap (sometimes to a player's detriment), or from an agent's POV, convincing an NBA GM to engineer a "sign & trade" deal so that a player can get more money than if the player signed as a free-agent with the new team.   


Bryant has 36 HRs this season at Tenn and Iowa, one behind--who else?--Joey Gallo, who has divided the season between high-A and double-A. Last year, Gallo hit 38 to Baez's 37, when Baez was dividing his season between A+ and AA and Gallo was in low-A.

Bryant should hit 40, a number not quite attained by Bryan LaHair (38) at Iowa in 2011 or Brian Dopirak (39) for the Lansing Lugnuts (A) in 2004. I don't recall another Cub prospect hitting 30+ HRs in the minors.

Baez has hit 60 in two seasons, and Baez and Bryant together have 59 this year. That must be a record for two Cub players in the same season.

In terms of "wishing you were in Iowa," it is exciting to think maybe just shy of 70 home runs will be moving from Iowa to Wrigley in early 2015.

Just for kicks, I went back 40 years through Baseball Reference, which has a nice easy way to bring up all minor leaguers for a franchise in a given year with their stats and you can sort by HR. I noted all players with at least 25 homers for the Cubs in the minors. I listed them below. There have been a fair amount of 30+ Cubs minor leaguers, and 59 would definitely not be the record for 2 players in the same season. Dopriak combined with Kevin Collins for 72 in 2004. And, in fact, Jason Dubois and Brandon Sing had 63 combined that same year. And there have been several other combos over 60, including Tuffy Rhodes and Eddie Zambrano in 1993.

Javier Baez 2013 A+, AA 37
Bryan LaHair 2011 AAA 38
Bryan LaHair 2010 AAA 25
Brad Snyder 2010 AAA 25
Jake Fox 2008 AA, AAA 31
Jason Dubois 2008 AAA 25
Micah Hoffpauir 2008 AAA 25
Geovony Soto 2007 AAA 26
Michael Restovich 2006 AAA 27
Scott McClain 2005 AAA 30
Brandon Sing 2005 AA 26
Brian Dopirak 2004 A 39
Kevin Collins 2004 A 33
Brandon Sing 2004 A+ 32
Jason Dubois 2004 AAA 31
Phil Hiatt 2003 AAA 25
Julio Zuletta 2002 AAA 31
Hee-Seop Choi 2002 AAA 26
Chris Haas 2001 AA 25
Chris Hatcher 2000 AAA 31
Julio Zuletta 2000 AAA 26
Hee-Seop Choi 2000 A, A+ 25
Bo Porter 1999 AAA 27
Roosevelt Brown 1999 AA, AAA 25
Rod McCall 1998 AAA 30
Micah Franklin 1998 AAA 29
Rod McCall 1997 AA, AAA 26
Eddie Zambrano 1993 AAA 32
Tuffy Rhodes 1993 AAA 30
Dave Hostetler 1985 AAA 29
Jim Dickerson 1985 A 28
Joe Hicks 1984 AAA 37
Don Werner 1984 AAA 25
Carmelo Martinez 1983 AAA 31
Mel Hall 1982 AAA 32
Carmelo Martinez 1982 AA 27
Joe Carter 1982 AA 25
Rolando Roomes 1982 A-, A 25
Karl Pagel 1979 AAA 39
Karl Pagel 1977 AA 28
Jerry Tabb 1974 AA, AAA 31
Wayne Tyrone 1974 AA 29
Adrian Garrett 1974 AAA 26

Gene Lillard, 3B (Los Angeles Angels) - 56 (1935)
Steve Bilko, 1B (Los Angeles Angels) - 55 (1956) 
Chuck Workman, OF (Nashville) - 52 (1948) 
Jack Harshman, 1B-OF-RHP (Nashville) - 47 (1951)  
Carl Sawatski, C (Nashville) - 45 (1949)
Frank Demaree,OF (Los Angeles Angels) - 45 (1934)
Gene Lillard, 3B (Los Angeles Angels) - 43 (1933)  
Adrian Garrett, 1B (Tacoma) - 43 (1971) 
Babe Barna, OF (Nashville) - 42 (1949) 
Charlie Gilbert, OF (Nashville) - 42 (1948) 
Buzz Clarkson, 3B (Beaumont) - 42 (1954)
Lou Novikoff, OF (Los Angeles Angels) - 41 (1940) 

Workman, Barna, and Gilbert were ex-MLB players, and Clarkson was an ex-Negro League player

Wasn't Wrigley Field in L.A. tiny?

Yes, L. A. Wrigley Field was a small park. It had similar dimensions as Chicago Wrigley Field, with the same short power alleys. 

The Los Angeles Angels were the Cubs top minor league affiliate for many years, and the Angels were the #1 minor league team in all of baseball, out-drawing several MLB clubs each season.

When Walter O'Malley wanted to move the Dodgers to L. A. from Brooklyn after the 1957 season, Cubs owner Phil Wrigley sold the the Dodgers the rights to the L. A. market and L. A. Wrigley Field (which was owned by the Cubs) for $3M and the Dodgers AAA Ft. Worth affiliate. (Another really lousy trade by the Cubs). 

BTW, Len & JD mentioned this a bit yesterday, but L. A. Wrigley Field was located at 42nd & Avalon in South Central L. A., and that's where the TV show "Home Run Derby" (a ZIV production) was filmed in 1959-60. The Dodgers could have played in L. A. Wrigley Field when they moved to L. A., but the park had a 30,000 seating capacity, and O'Malley wanted to play in the L. A. Coliseuim (which was built for track & football, but could seat 92,000 for baseball despite the ridiculously short LF fence & high-screen... screw baseball, I want more $$$$$$!!!).  

The Dodgers played in the Coliseum for four seasons (1958-1961), before moving to Chavez Ravine in 1962. 

The American League Los Angeles Angels were an expansion team in 1961, and they did play one season at Wrigley Field before moving into Chavez Ravine with the Dodgers in 1962. (The Angels moved to Anaheim in 1965). And even though the Angels were an expansion team, they still finished 2nd in the A,. L. in HR in 1961 (thanks to the cozy dimensions of Wrigley Field!). 

L. A. Wrigley Field looked almost exactly like Chicago Wrigley Field (pre-1937 bleachers & scoreboard renovation), except L. A. Wrigley Field had lights. 

The Cubs and their Los Angeles Angels affiliate had Spring Training on Santa Catalina Island for many years before the Cubs moved to Mesa in 1952 (Wrigley owned most of Catalina island), and there were three other MLB clubs that had Spring Training in the Los Angeles area pre-1952 (White Sox in Pasadena, St. Louis Browns in Burbank, and Pittsburgh Pirates in San Berardino), and so the Cubs played only the Sox, the Browns, and the Pirates (owned by Bing Crosby) in Spring Training. 


One other thing to keep in mind about HR totals for players on the Los Angeles Angels in the 1930's, 40's and 50's, is that the PCL played a 190-game regular season schedule back then (April through mid-November). 

"190-game regular season "

HAHA, ok thanks for that tidbit.

Not too many familiar names there. Bilko--but I'm probably thinking of Sergeant Bilko. I do remember Harshman as a pretty good pitcher with the Orioles. That's getting close to the beginning of my baseball consciousness.

In terms of my original point about the uniqueness of Baez and Bryant--well, maybe not so much. But they are probably younger than most of these other guys, and Bryant was in college LAST YEAR.

Thanks for the long list and walk through painful memory lane. I guess the main difference for me is that most of those guys didn't get hyped the way these two have, but then again, there wasn't the twitterverse to help fuel the hype machine. I remember being somewhat excited about Carmelo Martinez, and I was very excited about Hee-Seop. I'll never forget a line drive he hit off the basket in Wrigley that looked like it almost went through. That guy surprised me - I really thought he was gonna make it. He had some trouble getting that bat off his shoulders, though, and for awhile I was a little concerned Rizzo was afflicted with that - he sure isn't though. And of course, I was excited about Joe Carter, but mostly because my baseball acumen told me he'd be an outstanding color guy someday.

As Mike Krukow continues to call San Francisco Giants baseball games on TV and on the radio, he’s fighting a battle in his private life. The former major league pitcher and current Giants broadcaster is fighting a degenerative muscle disease.

... Now, this larger than life man has a debilitating muscle disease that is slowly stealing his ability to walk and properly use his hands. It's called inclusion-body myositis, and it's not fatal. But it already makes it difficult for him to walk down hill or even in crowds, because his balance is compromised.

Oh no!

Love him as an announcer and as Cub pitcher.

My father went to St Louis in '70s to watch games and he would meet up with players at bars after to chat.

Krukow once started a fight with visiting team at their dugout after getting hbp (see Rizzo vs Reds)

My dad asked Larry Biitner about it, and Biitner said "Yeah that dumb Pole(not Polebut deragatory term)would start a fight in front of other dug out."

Take care Mike.
Wish you much peace and happieness.

When I lived out in the Bay Area I loved listening to Krukow. I still listen to the Giants announcers instead of Len and JD when they play the Giants, not so much because of Len and JD but just cuz I like hearing Krukow.

Baez called up!!
In COLORADO tomorrow according to Bruce Levine

Here we goooo!


I'm wondering if Castro tweaked his back yesterday.

And I bow down to Old and Blue's superior baseball acumen

He's going to be unbearable.
/pun intended

And while I bow down to no man (especially an Old & Blue one), I will at least concur with WISCGRAD about Old & Blue having superior baseball acumen. 

Nah - most baseball arguments between you two both and me are going to be won by you - you guys both have more baseball knowledge in your pinkies than I have ever had, but I'm glad they brought him up.

Now that Baez is coming to the big leagues, let's all remember that his real first name is Ednel. 

Also, he can do whatever the fuck he wants. 


Over his last 20 games (86 PA), Baez is hitting 342/395/763 with 9 HR & 25 RBI, and 6/20 BB/K. If you prorate that out over a full season, that's a lot of HR & RBI (and not necessarily all that many K).  

763 SLG is very sustainable...

If Javy wants to slug 763, he will slug 763. But it's very possible that he doesn't want to slug that much. We'll see.

Another thing to keep in mind... 

You better think kind thoughts about Javy. And no Perry Como music at Wrigley Field! Unless you want to get turned into a jack-in-the-box and end up in the cornfield. 

Billy Freakin Mummy

AZ Phil is bringing it today!!

Yeah, you can tell he's in a good mood about this.

Me too. Now I can start watching this team even when Hendricks is not pitching.

Or Arrieta for that matter.

nice place to start career, at Colorado...all downhill from there

You're mad you missed him by a few days.

I didn't even know they were in town until I saw highlights on year might be worth watching though.

looks like Zazzle has removed the "Waiting for Baez" t-shirts off their site

looks like Zazzle has removed the "Waiting for Baez" t-shirts off their site
Dr. Evil is selling them for ONE BILLION DOLLARs!

Now we're just waiting for the new Javy Baez TCR post.


Baez starts off slow, which vet does Capt Happy replace him with while Baez sits on bench.



I hear he is only going to platoon him.

If Ricky gets Olt-ish on Javy I'll have a heart attack.

If he does that I'm pretty sure you'll see Theo in the dugout on national TV giving Capt Happy a haircut with these:

Well that's the absurdity of the Olt situation. From day one of the season Happy platoons him and says he's picking matchups to help him succeed. What if he did that with one of our other prospects? I think Olt is FAR better than many people on this site give him credit for... and the funny part is if he ends up being successful for us or another team all the same people will say "oh I knew he was a good player blah blah." The way he was "groomed" this year was highly fucked.

Hell, he's ripping AAA pitching a new asshole as we speak. Batting .340, got 2 RBI Double already tonight and batting cleanup ahead of Soler.

I assume hope and pray that there was something unique about Happy/Olt and that we won't see the same thing with any of our other prospects. Clearly he is letting Alcantara play.

I find it incredibly annoying, too, but I have to believe there was just something there we aren't privy to. He gave Lake enough opportunity to hang himself, he's giving Alcantara at bats, and I'm sure he won't be platooning Baez. Maybe it was something in his swing and he figured it out down in Iowa, or somebody there helped figure it out, or they figured it out in Chicago and said, "go get some at bats and see how this works." It's such a strange thing that it seems like it must be something like that. I'd love to see Olt, Baez, and Rizzo in the same lineup for a month. With no days off for the kids. They can rest in winter.

bryant + soler september callup is starting to look very likely.

now all the cubs need is almost everyone to work out nicely...and some quality starting pitching.

i'm ready for the end of this too-long rebuild...5 years of losing and 3 (wtf really?) years of rebuilding. let's see how good this front office is with late 1st round picks, deeper picks, and not dismantling the team via trades mid-season.

The WISCGRAD/AZ Phil argument may apply to Bryant, especially given that he's a Boras client.

Szczur, Watkins (2B), Bryant, Olt (1B), Soler (RF), Vitters (LF), Kalish (DH), Whiteside, Soto (SS).

Look ma! No Javy. The Jokisch is on them.

1st inning: Szczur GO, Watkins singles, Bryant Walks, Olt 2 rbi double. Solar walks. Vitters Doooble play.

Does anyone know anything about Santiago Rodriguez of the Cubs' DSL team? I'm not sure what the competition is like down there, but from the stats it looks like he's dominating the heck out of that league. After throwing 8 scoreless today, he's 8-0 with a 0.92 ERA.

if he wasn't 20 years old it would be more impressive. the league is full of 17-20 year's common to see guys in their teens.

good numbers, though. it would be interesting to know what he throws and how hard he throws it.

Anyone know who will be demoted to make room for Javy?

Also will Russell head to Iowa?

Rangers really want the first pick in draft...

I wish I could be a Trib sportswriter for a day.
Then I could call Ty Griffin--who, from his pre-Indy-league stats, looks like a poor man's Logan Watkins--and ask him what it feels like to be Javier Baez.
Bryant could get a call-up soon. Anybody have Kelton's number?

I saw the Ty Griffin article and thought the same thing. Typical Tribune and this time David Haugh takes a big dump.

"They talked about moving Ryne to third but then it was, 'Ty's a good enough athlete so let's try him there and see if we can catch lightning in a bottle,' '' said Griffin, 46. "It was an unbelievable opportunity in my lifetime and something I'll never forget. But when the experiment went south and I injured my arm, there were repercussions."

Can Earl Cunningham be on speed dial when Soler gets the call up?

E. Cunningham: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 1st round (8th) of the 1989 MLB June Amateur Draft from Lancaster HS (Lancaster, SC).
Prospect Ratings by Baseball America:
Pre-1990: Rated #44 Prospect

the sad thing about the 1989 draft, 1st round is that really Frank Thomas was the only major success and he went #8 just before the Cubs (a dose of historic cubbery). The Cubs got a crack at Tyler Houston after it was clear his wasn't going to be a star. Houston was the #2 pick in that draft. There were a few with major league careers and the only one who had all-star credentials other than Thomas was Chuck Knoblaugh. Others who had mlb careers were Tom Goodwin (also briefly a Cub), Cal Eldred, Charles Johnson.

If you think Haugh is a bad writer

Listen to him on midday radio with Kaplan.
So bad, can't talk and his "thoughts" on sports are incredibly off base or ancient because he's still a newspaper guy.

I first noticed Haugh as a football writer and thought he was pretty good at it. As a baseball writer, not.

There's been times watching Baez swing that I literally can't see him swing. I am watching, and I *think* I see movement, and it's out of the park. I can't remember seeing anything quite like that. I remember growing up they said Ernie Banks' big claim to fame was his wrists, but he was near the end of his career when I was watching and probably too young to really notice, anyway.

I'll repeat: anyone think Russell is headed to Iowa?

I'd guess he'll stay in AA. He's only 20...he missed some time due to an injury this year, and he only has 154 PA's at AA. There's no need to rush him. Just my opinion.

Makes sense - I was just curious who they have to play SS?

Looking like they'll play Eliot Soto and Logan Watkins up the middle.

Might send Valaika back?

Hmm...Him, or maybe Junior Lake?

CARLITO: I would think Jonathon Mota will probably move up to Iowa from Tennessee. He's a veteran organizational player (IF-OF) who can play anywhere (he went through the Catcher Training Program at Fitch Park a couple or three yars ago). He's already previously been at Iowa a couple of times earlier this season. 

The Cubs also could activate utility INF Edgar Gonzalez (Adrian's brother). He's been at Iowa all year as a player-coach.  

If Mota goes up to Iowa, Wes Darvill will probably be moved back up to Tennessee from Daytona (he was at Tennessee earlier this season), If so, there would likely then be corresponding moves involving infielders below Daytona (like maybe Danny Lockhart from KC to Daytona, Alex Tomasovich to KC from Boise, and Andrew Ely from AZL Cubs to Boise). 

Can Junior play short? He needs to do something to up his value a bit.

O&B: Junior Lake played infield (SS-3B-2B) for most of his career until he was moved to the OF last season. But Lake plays infield like the proverbial Bull in a China Shop, so if he does play INF it would have to be on a temporary/emergency basis only. He can do a lot of damage there. But he does have a lot of experience playing INF. 

Thanks AZ, yeah I remember the days when you used to warn us about his 3B play.

CARLITO: I don't think the Cubs will send Chris Valaika back to Iowa. I think he will remain with the Cubs for the rest of the season. Also, he is out of options and could get claimed off waivers if the Cubs try and send him to AAA,  and he has been outrighted previously in his career so he can elect free-agency if he he does get outrighted, 

Junior Lake has only one minor league option left, so if the Cubs send him down they would want to recall him within 20 days so that the option won't be used.

EXAMPLE: Lake optioned to Iowa on 8/5, recalled on 8/24 (19 days on Optional Assignment so final minor league option is not spent), then another player could be dropped from the 25-man roster on 8/24 (maybe there wil have been a waiver trade made by that time, or the Cubs might just release Schierholtz).

Or maybe Schierholtz will get Designated for Assignment today (as happened with Darwin Barney last month). 

Happy Javier Baez day, and remember to do whatever the f*** you want.

Hashtag #happyjavierbaezday or just #javierbaezday?

Chicago Cubs slogan in 2015: 

"We can do whatever the fuck we want!!!"

Pre-order your t-shirt, coffee mug, and floppy hat now. 

I an anxiously awaiting to see what happens when the unstoppable force that is Javier "I can do whatever the fuck I want" Baez collides with the immovable object that is Cubbery.

SONIC: This is what would happen: 


If he needs humility, major league sliders will probably do the trick.

RYNO: You're not worried about getting sent to the cornfield? 

new and exciting ways to have 175+ K seasons, i imagine.

The Venezuelan Summer League regular season is over and the VSL Cubs did not qualify for the playoffs, so expect a couple or three of the VSL Cubs to get moved to either the DSL Cubs (as happened with Roney Alcala and Bryant Flete last season) or AZL Cubs. 

If you ignore the strike outs, Olt is looking good in Iowa.

A bit off topic, but I have noticed that when batting at home Rizzo walks from the on deck circle directly to the batter’s box (between the catcher and the pitcher), and not around the back as most other players do. Does this break one of the many 'unwritten' rules of baseball? If so, the other teams don’t seem to care.

Anthony Rizzo lives by the Baez motto

Any idea where Baez will hit initially, 6th?

bat him second, so he can see some fastballs

and he is batting second.

Don't know who should be worried me or Capt Happy, for thinking alike.

per the entire twitter verse... Wearing uniform #9 and as said above, batting #2. Now all we need is to find out who's off the 25 man roster:

1. Arismendy Alcantara, CF
2. Baez, 2B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Justin Ruggiano, RF
6. Luis Valbuena, 3B
7. Welington Castillo, C
8. Junior Lake, LF
9. Travis Wood, P

can they cut Barney twice?

Imagine how much more fun this lineup would be if it said Olt instead of Valbuena.

Nice number. Maris. The Golden Jet. Mia Hamm.

Ted F'ning Williams

Favorite hitter of mine

Clearly they want to get their best hitters up front, which I approve of.

Heard this will be Baez walk up music

Wayne and Kathy Messmer and Gary Pressy are rehearsing this for his walk up music on Friday:

Perhaps a different direction, a tip of the hat to AZ Phil.

(Warning: explicit lyrics)

I watched that movie every day for a month in college. Sweet awesomeness.

Iowa not missing a beat on offense: OLT BOLT with a grand slam, 2-4. Soler 3-5 with a HR, double and 3 rbi. Bryant is 2-3 with a walk and a HBP. Strailey pitched 7 IP, 6H, 2 unearned runs. No BB, 9 K.

Straily's been looking back on track!

Just returned from the first 6 ½ innings of I-Cubs vs Omaha Stormchasers. 87, sunny, and humid in outlying Omaha.

Bryant: 1B, BB, K, 1B. Single in first was neither served to left or hit hard, whatever is between; single in 7th hit well.

Soler: 2B, 1B, HR, K. Double was smoked to left center, don’t know how well HR was hit since I was video-ing his swing and HR trot.

Olt: K (looking), HR, F7, 1B. Home run was simple long fly ball that went 350 or so to left, so about 40 feet too far for the field to hold. F7 in the 5th was hard hit liner, and 1B in the 7th hard ground ball right back up the middle. It certainly seemed like Omaha threw Olt almost all breaking balls.

Straily: Fastballs early got hit hard, including outs. By bottom of 3rd he was up 5-1 and threw almost all breaking stuff of two speeds and Omaha looked feeble. Largest number I saw on the speed gun for him was 88.

I liked both Bryant and Soler in the 3rd taking what was there rather than pressing. Olt got the payoff.

Elliot Soto played SS today, last night as well. It seems the Omaha folks don’t have a photo of him to put on the jumbotron. Since he’s about 5’ nothing and looks about 12, they used a photo of Thomas Ian Nicholas (?) from Rookie of the Year.

Yeah, but those Olt strikeouts are killing them. As the kids would say, SMH.

Multiple reports that Fujikawa is also at Coors field but Muskat says he won't be activated today.

and the roster move is:

Blake Parker back to Iowa (Sure-outs stays on the tightrope, for now)

For shits and giggles May 4th line up

I hope everyone realizes that with Baez in there, there's a very real chance the Cubs don't lose a game the rest of the season. There. I said it.

Jacob Turner DFA'd by Marlins. Seems like a good Bosio reclamation project, change of scenery guy. However, apparently Turner is out of options and would need to be on 25 man roster.

hopefully it turns out better than Chris Volstad.

certainly wouldn't mind it, velocity still seems consistent,  FIP vs. ERA is Edwin Jackson-like(4.01 vs 5.97), can't stay healthy but what pitcher can. Certainly worth taking a flyer to see what they can do in offseason and have him in camp.

He was almost a major prize in they Dempster derby!

Sign him up!!!

Let's do this!

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  • Oh my! Cards down 2-1 to Reds in the bottom of the 9th -- get a leadoff triple -- and don't score!

    billybucks 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • Gameday has stopped at the top of the 8th inning. Google tells me it ended up 8-4 Pirates but I can't get further detail. Guess I'll have to wait until the Cubs' website updates...

    JoePepitone 3 hours 36 min ago view
  • Attaboy!

    billybucks 3 hours 50 min ago view
  • Phil, thanks for posting. Where do find the schedule? I have a condo in Surprise, yet I drove to Mesa and Tempe looking for a game today! Thanks!

    rvimpeny 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • Dear Baseball Gods--
    My trip to Chicago has nothing whatsoever to do with the Cubs. In actuality, I am a Red Sox fan.

    CTSteve 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • Well, if Strop had to give up a least he hit Sean Rodriguez to do it.

    billybucks 4 hours 57 sec ago view
  • strop...stawwwp.

    jaso has a cycle and 5 rbis...pit leads by 4.

    crunch 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • have a nice bowl of pizza soup deep dish pizza...or a leisurely walk around the notorious south-side (bring money) at one of the walmart supercenters...waiting in line to waste $20 at willis tower...

    seriously,'s chicago, a lot to do. have a dog for lunch, a great dinner, and catch some local comedy.

    crunch 4 hours 20 min ago view
  • Strange, because he really seemed to have the Pirates number last year.

    Bummer for Jake -- I think this is the first time all year his ERA has been over 3.00, and that will be his number for the year.

    billybucks 4 hours 23 min ago view
  • Jinx remover -- your trip doesn't have to be for a baseball game -- lots of stuff to do here in town.

    billybucks 4 hours 26 min ago view
  • Guess they could always try to White Sox (and Bears...sob) approach: Never Rebuild! Seems to work pretty well for them.

    billybucks 4 hours 27 min ago view
  • 3rd time this season he's given up 6+ runs to PIT...only team he's given up 6+ runs to this season.

    7 runs is the most he's given up since august 6th in 2014.

    crunch 4 hours 57 min ago view
  • Over 100 pitches, only the 5th.

    Brick 4 hours 59 min ago view
  • coghlan his cleats stuck in the wall attempting a play (failed, but looked great doing it). walking off on his own, precautionary/day-to-day looking stuff...hopefully not worse.

    also, jake arrieta is literally worse than hitler. 1-5, bottom 5. ...make that 1-6, bottom 5. ...make that 1-7, bottom 5.

    crunch 5 hours 32 sec ago view
  • Coghlan crashes into wall and comes up limping, looks like left knee or ankle. Leaves game...

    Arrieta inspiring no confidence yet again.

    Rob G. 5 hours 6 min ago view
  • from a sun-times article that I won't link to so you don't have to bear the ad-loading that will crush your browser

    When he left Boston after nine years as general manager, Epstein said he believed in the philosophy espoused by legendary football coach Bill Walsh: essentially that 10 years is a natural shelf life for a high-stress job.

    Rob G. 5 hours 8 min ago view