TCR Goes National

Well it was nice knowing you all, can't say enough about each and every guys are the best, really. But now that The Cub Reporter has gone national, well, see you losers. Please send media requests to Rob G., I hear Arizona Phil and Transmission are particulary photogenic.

All kidding aside, we did get a mention in USA Today yesterday, well actually reader "DC Tom" did for one of his comments on Ron Santo missing the Hall of Fame. Who and how they unearthed that comment I'm unsure of, but we'll take it. 

I'm 98% sure that I won't be able to keep up with the rumors today as I'm fighting a nasty cold and honestly, if I read one more headline saying the deal is "close" or "closer", I'll  beat the offending reporter with their own keyboard.

Hopefully Arizona Phil or someone else will cover the Rule 5 draft today.



Is this a joke? You didn't know that THE COMMENTS SECTION of TCR is read and regularly gets picked up by the media?

You didn't know that THE COMMENTS SECTION of TCR is read and regularly gets picked up by the media?

No, do you have any other examples?

Buster Olney (on Mike & MIke, ESPN radio) said the Yankees have acquired CC's pal, Mike Cameron from the Brewers for Melky Cabrera.

and ESPN's Steve Phillips says Farnsy signs with the Royals

the site is reporting the Cabrerra-Cameron deal referencing the NY Daily news

Oh, so THAT'S why there is paparazzi stationed outside my apartment bedroom window this morning... It's the USA Today publicity... So much for my quite life of solitude.

That is pretty sweet though. Unsolicited, there's a national reporter who thinks it's relevant and useful to slog through our message board comments. Kudos to everyone for giving our conversations such a good reputation.

I think I can kill off my next round of grading by mid-afternoon. If I survive the departmental holiday pot-luck mid-day without punching anyone, I can help with winter meeting updates.

Interesting quote from Towers regarding the Rule 5 draft:

"There are some guys we're interested in taking, but a lot depends on our roster situation ... everything is tied to this [Peavy deal]," Towers said.

I always thought he was kind of bluffing when he said he'd pull Peavy off the block if he didn't get a feel a trade would happen as of Thursday morning. However, he's right -- he needs to know if he's going to be getting a bunch of players before he takes one or two in the Rule 5 draft. Maybe this thing really will be make-or-break today.

Go get 'em, Jim.

Given that the Padres would be netting four or five players from any Peavy deal, 40-man roster considerations are significant. According to their web site, they have 37 players on the 40-man roster today, so they could pick up some guys today but might have to return them (or cut others) if they make the trade later this weekend.

But if Towers pulls Peavy off the table simply so he can participate in the Rule 5 draft, that's a bit like the tail wagging the dog. Especially a talent-free-zone like this Rule 5 draft.

A speaker is only as good as his platform and his microphone. No paparazzi outside my home today, folks.

I'm very glad TCR got the publicity. Though not sure why they picked that quote, there was far better coverage of the Santo debacle elsewhere on TCR. But that's the USA Today for you, sound bites over substance. (and yes, I threw that in to see if a Murdoch paper picks it up.)

Well done for both you and the TCR guys, regardless (even if I disagree with quote ; )).

have "inside track" on Abreu...via rotoworld.

Bruce Levine just on Espn 1000

Nothing new, Cubs looking hard at Bradley they did physical on him which I believe has already been reported on TCR.

Abreu not a good fit for Cubs due to age and price.
Levine said nothing about Abreau for Sux.

Sun-Time Rumblings from meetings-,CS...

Cubs talking to Bako's agent about coming back (LEFTHANDED BAT!!)

Cubs sign catcher Mark Johnson to minor league contract(only been out of MLB for 3 years)

And a crazy new Peavey rumor which would involve Big Z going to White Sox(not even fit for this board)

my how times have changed....from that same article.

The Cubs' training staff, including head trainer Mark O'Neal and assistant Ed Halbur, was named baseball's top staff by its peers.

Hope you feel better soon.

its being noted that the Sox would have to move Dye and his contract first before they can make a run at Abreu.

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  • 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.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined).