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:  
















Victim # 20 busted for drugs, nice mug shot-


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:

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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  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • Brooksbaseball.net has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.