Lawton Steroid User

According to multiple sources, Deadspin.com is reporting that Matt Lawton is the "AL outfielder from a playoff team" that tested positive for steroids. Rumors have been floating about for quite awhile now. Apparently he's in the appeals process at the moment, which is why you haven't heard anything from MLB yet. Also from Deadspin.com, they have been rating the best blogs out there for most of the major sports franchises. I was trying to keep my eye out for their take on the Cubbies blogs, but those sneaky devils posted it way back on October 3rd, which is a national mourning day for Cubs fans everywhere, so I missed it apparently. Anyway, we finished first:
1. The Cub Reporter. Part of the consistently excellent All-Baseball network, this immensely popular Cubs site covers everything you might possibly want to know and more. Smart, and able to resist Cub Fan Fatigue.
So, um, yeah, Cool!!! We'd like to thank....[orchestra warming up in the background already]. Hey wait!!! All-baseball.com was all over their rankings: Boston: 3rd place for Fire Brand of the American League Chicago White Sox: 2nd place for Exile in Wrigleyville San Diego Padres: 2nd place for Ducksnorts Kansas City Royals: 1st place for Kauffman Confidential So win, place or show, congrats to all who were mentioned by Deadspin. And look, we get a fancy graphic to display as well, what more could a blog ask for?

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Guardado off the market, Mariners exercised 2006 option.

Rob, first place in anything is worth a beer, so PayPal gets another $6 from me, assuming this is roughly the price of a beer at Wrigley?

Anyway, we finished first:

1. The Cub Reporter. Part of the consistently excellent All-Baseball network, this immensely popular Cubs site covers everything you might possibly want to know and more. Smart, and able to resist Cub Fan Fatigue.

Congrats to Rob, AZ Phil and the entire TCR crew and all us Cub fan contributors. This is quite the BASEBALL MITsVAH!

Thanks for the donation, Dave!

The way the accounts are set up, that money goes into, uh, my personal checking account.

So. Brent, John, Rob, I owe you each a buck-fifty.

I'm willing to double Dave's donation if it helps us land B.J. Ryan.. who's with me???

You can keep the $1.50 Christian as long as it go towards bringing back the Rachel Wacholder ads. :)

Thnx for the donation Dave!

We Cub fans are spoiled and must be patient-
http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/due/

Maddux wins gold glove.

Derrek Lee gold glove ...to go with silver slugger.

2005 NL GG Winners (Defensive Win Shares in parenthesis + rank, WS leader if applicable)
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C - Mike Matheny (11.1, 1st)
1b - Derrek Lee (3.0, 1st)
2b - Luis Castillo (6.0, 3rd - C. Counsell, 6.9)
SS - Omar Vizquel (6.3, 5th - R. Furcal, 8.1)
3b - Mike Lowell (4.2, 4th - D. Wright, 4.8)
OF - Bobby Abreu (3.7, 15th), A. Jones (5.8, 4th), J. Edmonds (5.5, 5th) (Beltan 7.2, B. Clark 7.2, W. Taveras 6.6)
P - G. Maddux (no calculations for pitchers fielding)

Abreu seems to be the NL version of J. Varitek, otherwise not too far off at all by WS standards. Vizquel got a reputation award.

I was reading over at Ivy Chat and was reminded of another Dusty tactic that I completly forgot about.

Incentives in contracts. Veterans have them, younger players usually don't. And Dusty since he "owes" to us fans and is such a great "players" manager will do everthing in his power to get players their incentives.

As pointed out by Chuck....Holly had incentives for AB's which is a another reason why he continued to be trotted out. Hawkins had incentives for saves so Baker was hell bent on getting that for him.

I did a little back checking and Perez had performance bonuses as well. So yet another reason why he got so many AB's and was played everyday. Dusty has to get his player's paid, he doesn't give a rats ass about putting the best player on the field.

Rusch has incentives in his contracts for games started so that automatically puts him ahead of Williams in the rotation who has none.

Dusty has to get his player's paid, he doesn't give a rats ass about putting the best player on the field.

Gregg Maddux owes him bigtime!!

You really think Maddux should have been removed from the rotation?

Must have been a joke due to the huge $9M extension. Clearly Maddux earned it like he has for a decade & a half.

No, I was OBVIeffingOUSLY referring to the fact that thanks to Dusty, a pitcher who has watched his skills dip precipitously the last three years was able to exceed 400 innings pitched over the last two (even led the team in IP last season) and as a result has automatically vested a nine million dollar contract to pitch even more mediocre baseball for the Cubs in 2006.

I don't have a problem with Maddux getting his innings. He is a hall of famer you don't dis-respect a hall of famer like that. If he is healthy enough to go out and do what you signed him for then you owe him every cent of that contract.

Maddux has earned it, Macias, Holly, Perez, they haven't earned a damn thing in their career except a reputation of being lousy ball players.

maddux rarely pitches more than 90 pitches anyway. he's still a decent pitcher...except for his horrible long-ball problem the past couple years.

besides...until late last season the pen was a disaster...and no it wasnt because of hawkins 10 innings or rusch not starting or whatever. it was a combined effort suckfest except for the dumpster who arrived in the pen after a month. bleh...anytime april-july i'd honestly rather see almost anyone who wasnt falling apart out ther over almost anyone in the pen.

MLBPA or Maddux or somebody definitely would have taken some kind of action had the Cubs pushed him to the pen. There has to be something they could have pursued under whatever version of "team must act in good faith with regards to incentives" clause is in the CBA.

That we have an average pitcher playing for superstar money next year is the result of a bogus starry-eyed contract, and we shouldn't blame Dusty Baker when that happens.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sport...

Sully on Furcal...the Braves have till Nov 11th for exclusive negotiations, then katy bar the door (another Jack Brickhousism). Sully sez that if the Cubs sign Furcal, Cedeno is in at 2B and Walker will be shopped (I doubt that and hope Cedeno gets playing time as the 2006 version of Neifi)

Well, you can bet your ass on Maddux making 33 starts and pitching over 200 innings in 2006. You can also count on him winning 12-15 games. Maybe a couple more if he has a better bullpen finishing off games. $9mm is big bucks, but you can't count on anyone else in the rotation doing the above. If you take away his worst few starts this year, it drops his ERA well below 4.00 and he had 20 quality starts in 35 games.
It's not like he got bombed every time out... just every 4th time.

Anyone know what Cory patterson is doing this winter? Is he playing? Packing his things for the inpending trade or what?

"You can keep the $1.50 Christian as long as it go towards bringing back the Rachel Wacholder ads. :)"

AMEN

SCOTT G F: Corey is out here in Mesa "working on his swing & his approach to hitting" at the Fitch Park facility with AA West Tenn batting guru Von Joshua, who apparently has more cred as a "hitting instructor" than either Gene Clines (the Cubs so-called "Hitting Instructor"), Pat Listach (AAA Iowa's so-called "Hitting Instructor"), or Dave Keller (the Cubs so-called "Roving Hitting Instructor").

Hey, here's a thought. If Tribune Company would like to save a couple grand, why not get rid of the Cubs "Hitting Instructor" position, Iowa's "Hitting Instructor" position, and West Tenn's "Hitting Instructor" position, and just have a "Roving Hitting Instructor" (like maybe Von Joshua) who works with any player in the organization who wants and needs help?

Which brings me to Phil Wrigley's "College of Cosches."

The reason the "College of Coaches" was a misguided concept was because it assumed (and what happens when you assume?) that the Cubs and Cub minor league teams could rotate the "Head Coach" during the season without having an adverse affect on leadership, discipline, or team morale. What WAS good about the College of Coaches was hiring coaches who were TEACHERS & INSTRUCTORS instead of the manager's CRONIES, and these TEACHERS & INSTRUCTORS were assigned to "rove" and work throughout the organization as one-on-one TEACHERS & INSTRUCTORS (with players and pitchers in need of help with certain aspects of their game) instead of as the manager's flunky, drinking buddy and/or gim rummy pigeon, or as a spy for the GM.

Lawton's a cheater, but I do respect him for at least admitting it and not trying a lame Palmeiro style defense:

"I made a terrible and foolish mistake that I will regret for the rest of my life," Lawton said in a statement that he read over the telephone to The Associated Press. "I take full responsibility for my actions and did not appeal my suspension. I apologize to the fans, the game, my family and all those people that I let down. I am truly sorry and deeply regret my terrible lapse in judgment."

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Congrats on finishing first at Deadspin, guys. The accolades are well deserved.

My wife and I live in the St. Louis area, and so getting up to Wrigley is usually only once or twice a year, but we something about touring the field on an off-day. I'm sure many have been through it, what are your thoughts? Is it worth it?

I took the tour and it is terrific. You see the locker room, broadcast booth, security room, go on the field, in the dugouts. Highly recomended.

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  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 3 min 18 sec ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 7 min 53 sec ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 1 hour 56 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • Phil, when will the Cubs start moving international players from EST to the Dominican for the start of the DSL season?

    diamondjaxx 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • It was a nice barehand pick-up but he was close enough to 1st where he could underhand the ball to Bryant. The trouble he's had has been with the overhand throw. He's definitely working on it, but I don't know if that play was a good example of progress made.

    K Dub 5 hours 46 min ago view
  • Phil, have you heard anything about the condition of Oscar De La Cruz's elbow? Has there been talk of a time table? Is he throwing?

    K Dub 11 hours 35 min ago view
  • i was distracted for most of the game and also missed the first few innings.

    but yeah, any time he makes a good fielding+throwing play on D it's worthy of praise and a trip to pizza hut for a personal pan pizza and $1 worth of songs on the juke box.

    seriously, i'll take it.

    crunch 13 hours 39 min ago view
  • BTW, CRUNCH, Lester made a nice bh pick-up and toss to Bryant. Did you catch it?

    He's been workin' on the D!

    The E-Man 15 hours 35 min ago view
  • j.urias didn't have a good debut...

    2.2ip 5h 4bb 3k...3 r/er...1 wp

    81 pitches. yow.

    crunch 18 hours 19 min ago view
  • Ach - I really only saw it quickly and thought that's where it it. No matter - he crushed it and the video board people did not have to repair the panels from what I saw!

    The E-Man 18 hours 32 min ago view
  • Totally agree with that re Soler, whereas Bryant seems to get the close call (so far) this year.

    Good to see Baez get a couple knocks today - been awhile

    Eric S 18 hours 38 min ago view
  • that works too...there wasnt a good CSN replay...was going off whatever len or jd (dont remember) said.

    crunch 18 hours 43 min ago view
  • I was there. From what I saw it was upper third of the scoreboard

    The E-Man 18 hours 47 min ago view
  • No I have been thinking actually that he seems to lead the Cubs with balls called strikes all year. He really shouldn't be expanding his zone to swing at many of those either because it wouldn't lead to anything good. He's seeing the ball well though so hopefully it'll even out.

    johann 19 hours 44 min ago view