Welcome to The NEW Cub Reporter!

On July 21st, 2001, Christian started this site somewhere on the World Wide Web with a post simply titled, "Welcome to the Cub Reporter." About six and a half years later, the NEW Cub Reporter is born. Yes, the rumors are true, we've moved to a new site and to our own domain name (finally). If anything, we'll be easier to find now at www.thecubreporter.com. I suppose the first question will be: Why the move?

While we appreciated the opportunities afforded to us at MVN.com and all the fine people working over there, we're just not the conforming types. Plus, we were very anxious to take on the headache of maintaining our own website. Mostly though, we just wanted to do our own thing and be able to swear whenever we wanted.

The second question you might be asking is: What's the ultimate answer to life, the Universe and Everything? Answer: 42 (it's even in our FAQ).

Third question(damn, what's with all the nagging): What's new about the site?

Plenty my friends...plenty.



The first thing you'll want to do is register for the site. The links are in the upper left or below an article. It's simple enough, choose a username, enter your email of choice and you'll receive a verification email. Follow the instructions and then change the password provided by the system and you're in. Now you may be tempted not to register if you don't comment too often, but I strongly encourage that you do, indeed register. First, only registered users are allowed to comment, but nearly as important, registered users will get the uncached version of the site. In order to do our best to speed up things around here, guests are served a cached version of the site which will not contain the latest updates.

In the upper left, you'll see a box with your username in it. You'll want to check out the "My Account" link. The first tab labeled "View" just tells you how long you've been a registered user. Under the "Edit" tab though" you can change your email address or password if you desire. If you want to add a signature to your comments, you can add it here. We do ask that you either bold or italicize your signature to offset it from your the main content of your comments. You can use the tags <em></em> for italics or <strong></strong> to accomplish that. As soon as I figure out how to make the system do it automatically, I'll let you know.

There's also an option to have a personal contact form. If you want other users to be able to email you, leave it checked. Do not fear, your email address is never displayed. Finally, there's an option to change your time zone as well and any time references on the site should follow that.

If you experience any problems trying to register, please drop me an email right away and I'll do my best to fix it for you. Please include the email address you registered with and the username.


Now that your logged-in, let's take a spin through the site. The menu bar
up top is pretty self-explanatory and we'll touch on some of those at a
later date, To say the least, it's incomplete at the moment, think of this as TCR v0.5 Beta, we'll hopefully be close to TCR v1.0 by Opening Day.

One of the new layout features is a "fluid width" middle column. If you go ahead and try and resize your Internet browser and drag it from left to right, you'll notice how the sidebars stay the same size, but the middle column expands or shrinks depending on the size of your browser window. A little more room for our posts and main content.

If you wish to increase or decrease the size of the font, most browsers will let you do that automatically. It generally is either the Control key (PC) or Command/Apple Key(Mac) and the + or - sign to increase or decrease the font size.

You'll notice under the headlines of each story, the author's byline followed by the date and time of the post and the categories of the post. You can click on the categories and it'll bring up all the other articles under that category. Underneath each post is the number of comments on an article plus a new feature that will tell you how many new comments since your last visit. You'll now never miss a chance to get in the last word.

Moving to the sidebars, you'll notice in your "Navigation" Block in the upper left, something labeled "Quick Links". Simply a few links that we think everyone will find handy, especially for our comment discussions. A quick rundown of the rest of the sidebar content:

Featured Post - Somewhere to highlight the latest and greatest post. Makes us writers feel less guilty if we want to just blog about a little something and still feature one of our more in-depth columns.

Gameday Weather - Self-explanatory.

TCR Approved - We'll cycle through some products that we feel you might like, books, DVD's, apparel. Afterall, we do now have to pay the bills. Don't be shy about clicking on the google ads on the left or footer as well.

Vote! - This will display the latest poll. Polls though will also have a front page entry where you can comment.

Site Search - Self-explanatory, it should search our archives over at MVN though as well, through the magic of Google.

Player Search - Search Baseball Reference if you wish. I'll try and add a Fangraphs one eventually, I was just having problems with the size of the graphic and our sidebars.

Archives - Right now, it's just got some posts from about early January. Hopefully (Maybe), we'll get the rest of our archives all hosted locally. If you want to access past months, just click on the current month and it'll take you to a full page view where you can access past months.


The comment system probably went through the biggest changes. Most of that is due to just how our new software handles comments (Drupal if you must know). As mentioned earlier, underneath each story you'll either see "Add New Comment" or the number of comments left on an article. A new feature is that it should tell you how many new comments have been left since you last visited. If you click on the number of total comments, it'll take you to the first comment on the article. If you click on the number of new comments since you last visited, it'll take you to the first new comment.

I imagine the biggest concern over the comments is that there is no longer an option to view them in a pop-up box. Unfortunately the software we used to build this, DOES NOT natively allow for pop-up comments, so all comments now are in a full page view. At the moment, we don't have the resources (meaning money) to code that any differently. We hope to bring that feature back one day, but please know that most websites out there do not have that feature for a variety of reasons.

If you happen to be the first user to comment, you'll see a dialog box with your signature already placed in the comment box. You'll notice comments now have a "Subject" and "Comment". Most folks just type the first few words of there comment in the subject line and the rest in the comment box. Most folks will be happy to see the "Preview" option is back. Below the comment box, you'll see some basic instructions. Web page addresses will be automatically linked and truncated (past 50 characters), so no need to learn the <a> tag, although you can use it if you wish. There are only five tags that can be currently used in the comments: <em> for italics, <strong> for bold, <a> for links, and <cite> and <code>. Those last two I may get rid of and if there's something else people feel should be allowed, let me know.

Moving on, once there's at least one comment on a post, you should see a series of drop-down menus labeled "Comment Viewing Options". The defaults are "Threaded View - Expanded", "Date - Oldest First", "150 Comments Per Page", but each person can tailor those to their individual preferences. You can play around with the settings as you wish, but the comments are now set up so that you can reply directly to another user's comment without having to do a lot of cutting and pasting. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that if you do use the "Reply" button that you copy and paste the title of the comment that you are replying to into your subject box and add Re: in front of it (okay, still a little cutting and pasting). So if there's a post with the subject "Soriano", your reply would look like "Re: Soriano". The reason is that if a user chooses one of the flat views, they'll know which comments are related to each other. I do hope to automate that in the near future.


Otherwise, it's business as usual. You will be seeing quite a few more articles from me in the very near future(once I recover from elbow surgery that I had yesterday). Getting this site up took up most of my writing time from me...you guys can decide whether that's good or bad. I did compile most of the prospects lists from this offseason, in case you want to stick to baseball talk today.

I did want to thank all my fellow writers for their patience, as the process of getting this site designed and ready to go took far longer than it should have. Also wanted to thank Steve at HotDrupal for saving us from a near server disaster...we were just days away from repeating the MVN fiasco that plagued us the last time we moved. Hopefully I didn't just jinx everything...

We do hope you enjoy the site and feel free to contact us with any suggestions. This is really just the tip of the iceberg though, and we do think everyone will be thrilled with the new site, the new look, and the new features.

PS - If you happen to have any experience with Drupal or web applications in general, particularly CSS stylesheets, we(I) could always use the help ,especially if you're willing to help out for free or for a very, very small fee.



This. Is. Awesome.

Well done, friends!

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Love the site! Good job!

Well played, gents.

Good move, you guys aren't letting the man hold you down. Fuck MVN!! I can swear now, right? :)

Go Cubs!!

just hopefully not at each other.

I don't swear at other posters, well at least not in the posts. Now in my head, that's a whole other story...:)

Can we have one exception to the no swearing at each other rule?

We should always be able to swear at Chad.
visit the mindful mission.

That is all


sorry couldn't resist

I'm glad to see you all made the move from MVN. The site looks great!!

This is some serious digital sexiness.

nice site change. maybe i'll comment more. nah, probly not.

Well done.

Its too bad you moved since I enjoyed the other MVN blogs that were in one place. Good luck. Since you guys are free to do what you want. Can AZ Phil stick some wireless webcams up at Fitch Park etc. so the rest of us can see what he sees.

Nice job. I like the Quick Links for people looking for real actual data to back up their (various) arguments.

that was the idea...I'll switch them up from time to time.

you can add the ESPN MLB Stats page as they have some real good stat breakdowns that baseball-reference doesn't have.

The new site looks great!

I'm so confused.... Am I at the right party? Was I supposed to bring beer?

Trans... you are ALWAYS supposed to bring beer.

I expect beer in parachat this afternoon.
visit the mindful mission.

Drinks on me in Parachat, this afternoon!

Way to go guys!

And a warm welcome back to Preview function. No more typoes!

We can only hope Silent Towel shows up.

Silent Towel doesn't know about the new site yet so keep it down.

I've been wanting to get that off my chest for five months.

Welcome, all. And thanks Rob for all the time you put into decorating the new place.

Aquire as many 2nd baseman as possible and hope for the best?

Longtime lurker at the old site. Love this new look. The RSS feed seems to work nicer than the old site's as well.

I love it, Rob (and everyone else)! I knew I held on to this domain name for years for a good reason.

Any chance Christian comes back and writes for us again?

I've been away so long that I don't have the feel for what's going on with the team anymore, and the rest of the guys are doing a great job.

That said, I always get excited around Opening Day, and now that we're here, who knows?

I love the new site smell.

So replies to comments don't show up in chronological order but directly under the comment they reply to? Is this a setting I can change?

At the top of the comments there are different options (right under "Comment Viewing Options").

If you don't want the threaded comments, choose one of the two "flat comments" options.
visit the mindful mission.

I believe if you change your viewing preference to "Flat List-Expanded," you'll get what you're looking for.

Yep, change to "flattened" view in the drop down above the comments.

And make sure you do "Re: Whatever" when you're replying, so those of us using flat view can make sense of it..

Got it. Thanks guys.

is I found a plugin that will fill in the subject box automatically if you hit reply. Will implement shortly...

The new site looks very good.

I voted "who are you people?"

Kidding, nice site. Excuse me while I try some tags.

What the heck is the em tag?

What the heck is the strong tag?

What the heck is the cite tag?

What the heck is the code tag?


gonna get rid of the cite tag, thought it would indent, but italicizes.

maybe blockquote?

Alright, this is worth a shot.




RobG: Just curious, why the "em" tag instead "i" for italics?

em was already there as a default to be honest. I'll play around with these later.

Hey Rob:

How about replacing the code tag with the PRE tag? I think that would let us organize stat tables in a monospaced font without having to manually enter the space character.

Good idea, wonder if you could do it with code and &nbsp

Guess who.
 Year   Team   G   GS    W    L
 2005   STL   33   32   13   14
 2006   STL   33   33   14   16
 2007   CHC   34   33   12    9


Pain, but it works.


Will test them out...

 thanks everone for the tips...

there's a post up on our prospects and will put up a game thread later.

Pretty sure that's the name of a porno I saw once.

Did it involve a Hot Carlos?

Pretty sure that's the name of a porno I saw once.

I'll file this under "Wes: Random thoughts or snapshot of a psycho?"


Just me, testing the fucking language filter. That is all.


Finally, no more spooks looking over tcr shoulders.

Truth will always replace Fact...if you wait long enough

Being unfashionably late to the beta-testing, I just created my first
"story" and saved it without it publishing yet, or without it blowing
up the new website, or without it accidentally killing anyone, or
I am the greatest blogger EVER!

Looks great guys.

This site is just so big! I don't know where to begin. Too many thingies.

when you click on the text "Quick Links" on the user box top left it takes you to a non-existent page "http://quicklinks/"

Truth will always replace Fact...if you wait long enough


I miss BIG Names as a subject. It makes it easier to skim...I know who I do and don't want to read:)

yeah, it is pretty hard to hunt for the author of each comment.


still, overall, I give the roll out a 9.5.  Has a good beat, infectious groove. 

Agreed. The user names are hard to read.

Also, it would be cool if the subject field defaulted to "Reply: *whatever the subject is*"

I root for the Cubs, how about you?

The Joe "TCR Keeper Champion"

use em instead of i tag

Did I doe it wrong? I'm not good with this stuff.

The Joe "TCR Keeper Champion"

Oh, I see...no, I was testing my signature.

The Joe "TCR Keeper Champion"

It says signature will be displayed at the end of comment, but it shows up in the top of the comment box...do i have to move it to the bottom every time?

I hit enter a few times before my signature under my account, that moves it down in the comment box.
The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion



The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

congrats for the change, its really good

roses are red
violets are blue
baseball is back
and t/c/r is new !

maybe the new site will be the impetus for a 2008 world series victory!?!?!

The site looks fabulous! BTW, I read your Bio. Does this make me your mistress, or your second wife?

Oh, you're my one and only. The Cubs are just there for a little variety.

-Rob's wife is here! Wait...Rob recently dis-invited me to his wedding.

The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

Quick--hide the strippers

I didn't invite you only because it happened in 2001 and didn't think you were capable of time travel.

I hate caps lock.....

Great new site!!!!

Fixed your username for you...

By the way...I really like the "New Comments" feature.

Yes, it is indeed the shit.

...on your new independence. Looks awesome. Thank you for all the fine hard work you do to help us Cubs fans enjoy our baseball experience even more. I appreciate your talents and efforts.

It Happens Every Spring in my pants.

-Sorry Rob, I didn't have time to read your comment...I was busy saving Abraham Lincoln.

The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

just plain vanity!

-When I entered Parachat, I was given this message:
"Welcome the new TCR!!!" Is that intentional?

The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

I like the idea of doing your own thing. About a month ago, I thought it would be nice to have the newest comments on top, and Rob G. told me that they could not because of the MVN format. Congrats.

I also like how we can edit our posts so that if we make a typo, we don't have to make another post to correct it.

Actually that`will be disappearing...a little too much power for you guys. There is a patch I want to install that puts a time limit on the edit button for users, so you can only edit your own comment for like five minutes. Unfortunately it's written for an older version of Drupal and I got a fatal error when I applied it. I'm in the process of trying to find someone to update it.

-I was given this message:
"We are currently performing maintenance operations.
During this time, sections of the site will not be available.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."

The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

-Yeah, we don't want anyone revising history...without a time machine.

The Joe - 2007 TCR Keeper Champion

Congrats, guys, on the move. You were better than MVN anyway. Now maybe you can work on fixing Sam Zell?


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Thank the Lord. Now I can resume my unholy use of colorful metaphors! What a fucking relief!

Let me just say this site is so NOT 3/44!!! Congrats

I hadn't heard any of the rumors...I was shocked!
Excellent work, Rob!
It's like watching as one's child moves into his own apartment for the first time...except that I've only known the child for like 9 months...and I don't actually have any children.
Also, I never knew the world of comment previews before. It's pretty sweet.
I never tried using tags before either.

Recent comments

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  • 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). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).