Evening Wrap-up

Some of this has already been reported in the previous thread, but rumor has it that there are a few jerks out there who don't read every comment of every thread.  I can't imagine who would be such a loser, it's just something I heard...

 

For those ignorant non-message board reading unwashed masses, I sadly report that Henry Blanco's brother has been murdured in Venezuela.  Carlos Blanco had been kidnapped two weeks earlier and held for ransom.  For several years now, Venezuelan players in MLB have had cause to worry about their families' safety back home.  Before making news for his attempt to use a machette to, uh, creatively beat out the fire he had started by dousing five employees with gasoline, Ugueth Urbina had to cope with his mother's kidnapping.  The personal security measures that Venezuelan players have felt compelled to take since then are eye-opening.  Our sympathies are with the Blanco family. 

 

Our sympathies are also with Dusty Baker, if he thinks Kerry Wood will sign with Cincinatti in order to serve as set-up guy to Francisco Cordero. 

The latest rah-rah piece from Muskat informs us that the Cubs like their current roster as they enter the winter meetings.  As well they should.

Finally, there's some phony-baloney corporate-sponsored baseball awards that the fans can vote on, and that carry about as much weight and meaning as your vote on ratemypoo.com  (I didn't link to it, on the grounds that no good could possibly come of it.)

My votes:  

Pujols

Halladay

Soto

LouPa

Mariano

Marmol

McLouth

Zambrano

Johnson

Young

Maier

Friedman

Price

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Victim # 20 busted for drugs, nice mug shot-

http://deadspin.com/5100971/operation-shutdown-sti...

That list of defensive plays was pretty non-inspiring. I would have to go with Ramirez.

Whatever you do, don't look at the Top 20 for ratemypoo.com. I haven't felt that nauseated since the Cubs resigned Neifi Perez.

I TOLD you no good would come of it, Guancous.

 

Trans finally comes up with his first post since God knows when and rating poo immediately rises to the surface. what gives?

White sox trade Vasquez to the Braves:

Vasquez and Logan for Tyler Flowers, infielder Brent Lillibridge, Class-A third baseman Jon Gilmore and 20-year-old left-hander Santos Rodriguez.

see below:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whit...

Now what does that mean the Braves are out of the Peavy sweepstakes...does that mean we are it or you think this is one of the two pitchers they are targeting....or is this the trade and the other is a free agent...

The winter meetings should be interesting!

the braves have already stated that they are moving on and will not pursue a trade for Peavy. this is just further proof of that.

Vazquez costs more than Peavy over the next couple of years. I'm sure that the Padres aren't interested in him. I doubt the Pads are interested in Boone Logan either.

It looks like Hendry is working overtime for a quality pitching prospect.

Obviously i wasn't talking about Vasquez going to the Padres....was talking about the prospects that the Braves gave up for him that may have gone to the Padres for Peavy.

Ah, the internet.

On the one hand, millions of people desperate for change used the internet to help donate over a billion dollars to get Barack Obama elected.

On the other hand, there's a website for rating poo.

Yeah, just your average folks. People like Dahsudhu Hdusahfd of Df, Hawaii with the following employer CZXVC/ZXVZXV and Uadhshgu Hduadh listed as living in Dhff, Florida employed by DASADA/SAFASF donated big bucks to Obama.

It was an inspirational outpouring. Go internet!

yeah, that 7 grand accounts for a good 90%+ of the money raised online.

i guess most of the money did come from corruption rather than joe everyman.

*runs around screaming about 9/11 conspiracies and impending socialism he read about on the internet*

lulz...internet...i've been there.

Those funds were returned. Every election both major parties deal with this. There were similar stories out of the McCain camp. There is nothing to stop citizens from contributing under fake names or giving more than the maximum allowable amounts. I could go online and donate $500 each day for 10 days to a campaign via credit card. It is then up to the campaign and the FEC to realize later that I gave more in total than I was allowed and then refund me the difference. It's not a perfect system by any means, but for the most part it works. Issues like Dahsudhu are not new to the Internent age, although it does make them more frequent. But the Internet also brings more people overall into the political process - so it's probably a wash.

Those funds were returned to who?

Shouldn't the DN Party try to get their hands on some of them? I hear they took deficit spending to a new level.

Rate my poo? Give me a Hot Karl everyday over that shit. Oh oh oh pun!

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  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 3 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 16 hours 14 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 16 hours 19 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 16 hours 24 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 16 hours 36 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 16 hours 47 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 17 hours 12 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 17 hours 52 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 19 hours 5 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 19 hours 22 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 19 hours 26 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 20 hours 10 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 3 hours ago view