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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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.