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  • Olt healthy as fuck. Just crushed a ball to 3B and raced down 1st base line. Great play by 3Bman.

    Olt. He'll never be a Valaika. Hasn't got what it takes.

    Author: Carlito
    1 hour 43 min ago
  • Maybe Renteria signed a pact with the devil that he has to play all players who were born in 1985 and first three letters of their names are V-A-L.

    Most breakout seasons happen after age 29 from journeymen don't ya know.

    Author: Carlito
    2 hours 37 min ago
  • I'm cringing through most of his atbats. I really don't think this is helping him. So hard to watch.

    He watches the low fastball strikes and waves at the sliders. Completely out of his mind lost. Do you think mngmt is trying to humble him? I don't, but it's possible.

    Author: Carlito
    2 hours 42 min ago
  • And Javy starts off by K-ing on a wild pitch.

    Last night, 2-2 count, and I said to Javy on TV -- "everyone knows it's going to be a slider low and away -- don't swing!". Slider, low and away. Swing and a miss. Another K. His baseball IQ is really beginning to concern me. It obvious he's not going to see a fastball with 2 strikes (possibly with a full count) -- yet he swings and swings and swings...

    Author: billybucks
    2 hours 50 min ago
  • I don't think so. We'd have heard about it. There's something else up - Valaika has batted ahead of him in all games they've played together as well. There's either a major personality conflict going on behind the scenes or Olt is just accepting his fate gracefully. But there's a completely consistent pattern by Renteria of playing him as little as possible. He doesn't think he's any good. Period.

    I cannot f'ing believe I am watching Valaika. He's a non-prospect 4A scrub who was brought up when he was to be a warm body. And Renteria ... whatever.

    Author: Carlito
    3 hours 8 min ago
  • I wonder if he aggravated his hammy. There's gotta be some kind of rationalization out there somewhere for not playing him.

    Author: Old and Blue
    3 hours 19 min ago
  • She is a friend if Laura Rickett
    /no joke

    Author: jacos
    3 hours 53 min ago
  • Quite possibly worst rendition of Natinal Anthem I ever heard

    Author: jacos
    3 hours 54 min ago
  • I know
    Coming from deep Sw suburbs was not feasible this time

    Author: jacos
    5 hours 37 min ago
  • How can you set such a bad example for your son, everyone knows you should take public transportation.

    Author: Rob Richardson
    6 hours 49 min ago
  • My son is 13
    He can drive

    Author: jacos
    7 hours 9 min ago
  • Enjoy the game jacos. No absinthe until you are home tho!!

    Author: Carlito
    8 hours 20 min ago
  • And Olt on bench again.
    Thinking it's something personal between him and Cpt Happy .

    Going to my first game of season tonite got Baez, Rizzo, Soler and baby Maddux but no Oltimate Warrior.

    I will survive.

    Author: jacos
    8 hours 23 min ago
  • LOL. It is not about compassion or "ballplayers" (whatever that means). Baseball is a business and if you don't understand that you definitely shouldn't be a GM.

    Author: WISCGRAD
    9 hours 59 min ago
  • Since being called back up Olt is batting .259 with OBP of .394 -- K 30% 3 doubles.

    Author: Carlito
    12 hours 41 min ago
  • There's not much that separates a 4A guy from a player who can draw a major-league salary for three or four years and maybe make the investment of ten years of the prime of his youth something like a wash, at least. Either you like ballplayers or you don't. If you do, then you want to deliver on your promise to give a Valbuena or a Ruggiano or a Coghlan or a Valaika a shot. If you don't like down-on-their-luck 28-year-old ballplayers, you probably shouldn't be a GM. I think Epstein has compassion or at least respect for these guys and also for Kalish and Sweeney, who weren't quite able to find the playing time they needed.

    Valbuena and Coghlan and Ruggiano, meanwhile, have gotten a nice career boost from the opportunities given them this year, and might even bring something back in a trade.

    Olt is in a different situation. He will get several opportunities if he needs them before he is 28, including, I hope, with the Cubs.

    Author: VirginiaPhil
    12 hours 46 min ago
  • Author: jacos
    12 hours 47 min ago
  • Since the minor league seasons are over, they are treating these major league games like rehab starts.

    Author: Rob Richardson
    14 hours 26 min ago
  • what exactly is a blue collar work ethic? I know lots of programmers who work 23 hour days.

    That's a smart move, the instructional league. They're gonna have themselves a left handed hitting Buster Posey.

    Author: Old and Blue
    15 hours 7 min ago
  • 26 games LF, 9 games DH, 9 games C.

    his career arc defensively should be interesting next season.

    Author: crunch
    15 hours 7 min ago
  • Kyle Schwarber video from Wrigley and a PSully article...(not sure if they block it without subscription, idiots)

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

    "With his make-up, aptitude and work habits, we are going to give him every chance to stay behind the plate," President Theo Epstein said. "I wouldn't bet against him."

    "He impressed immediately with his big personality, genuine nature, advanced understanding of hitting, passion for the game, leadership qualities and blue-collar work ethic," Epstein said. "He's a really good player who other players want to be around. It was easy to project him being not only in the middle of our lineup someday, but also in the middle of our clubhouse dynamic."

    Author: Cubster
    15 hours 55 min ago
  • per Mark Gonzalez/Trib tweets, with some Theo quotes:

    Theo on switch from Daytona to Myrtle Beach: "We just had a lot of weather issues and that was really the crux of it."
    Theo praised Daytona but said Myrtle was looking for national brand.
    “The Carolina League, in our opinion, is the best high-A League for developmental purposes. These are tough decisions."
    "In the end, it comes back to what’s best for our players."

    Author: Cubster
    16 hours 2 min ago
  • Hahaha!

    And it's awesome because he basically looks like nobody. The trimmed beard, athletic build, really unique dude.

    Author: Carlito
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • Seriously considering relabeling the file in my hard drive currently titled "Arrieta Porn" to just "Porn." Seems redundant now. (It's full of animated gifs and short video clips...)

    Author: Charlie
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • Be interesting to see if one of our power relievers puts one between his shoulder blades tomorrow.

    Author: Carlito
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • Agreed.

    And frickin Jake - unbelievable. What a pitcher ...

    Author: Carlito
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • Brandon Phillips all class

    Author: jacos
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • What a dick move by Phillips -- stands and watches a ball that lands on the warning track. I think he knew it wasn't gone -- he was just rubbing it in that he broke up the no-no.

    More like Soler, please.

    Author: billybucks
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • 2 things:

    Phillips flipped the bat and jogged, thought it was gone. Such a hotdog. Wasn't even close.

    Szczur TOTALLY laid it all out trying to catch it. No idea if he got close but THAT was the real deal as far as dives go ...

    Author: Carlito
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • 7 1/3 no hit, double by philipps

    good job jake!

    Author: jacos
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • hahaaha

    Author: jacos
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • Author: crunch
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • And he shall thusly be dubbed THE BEAST!!

    Author: Carlito
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • Soler hr

    Author: jacos
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • nice seeing o's clinch

    Author: jacos
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • he wasn't suppose to come back, soo shrugs

    Author: jacos
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • no hitter through 7

    Author: jacos
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • Obviously. But have you ever heard of playing a player every other day? It's more romper room crap. If you have heard of it I'd love to know who the player was. It's not a big deal, but if his back is tender, shut him down. If he's healthy then why the tentative schedule?

    Author: Carlito
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • No reason to push him this time of year.

    Author: jacos
    1 day 1 hour ago
  • 66 pitches thru 6.

    Author: John Beasley
    1 day 2 hours ago
  • Arrieta looking quite good through 5, faced the minimum, walked Hamilton but he was caught stealing.

    Author: John Beasley
    1 day 2 hours ago
  • It's mysterious. Valaika's got nothing as far as I can see. I don't know if Olt is going to do some damage for another team or not, but the window to find out how he might do for the Cubs is just about closed, and so is any chance of getting anything worthwhile for him in a trade. It's bizarre not to see what you have there. You can't be playing Valbuena at third to showcase him, and you sure as shit aren't playing Valaika to showcase him, or even figure out what he can do. He's just a 4A guy.

    Author: Old and Blue
    1 day 2 hours ago
  • He probably aggravated the injury when Castillo put that idiotic move on him in the scrum.

    Author: Old and Blue
    1 day 2 hours ago
  • Rizzo plan is to play every other day? That's just bizarre. Is he hurt or not?

    Author: Carlito
    1 day 3 hours ago
  • valaika getting so much consistent playing time is only as odd as baez hitting 2nd to me...and i hope both have nothing to do with anything besides getting them high opportunity looks for next season.

    they seem to be grooming valaika for a supersub role...though if he's the main backup 1st baseman then something is wrong with the 2015 cubs.

    Author: crunch
    1 day 3 hours ago
  • Cueto vs Arrieta tonight, neat.

    Author: Rob G.
    1 day 3 hours ago
  • I guess the info must be on fangraphs or somewherez but isn't he always behind in the count?

    Author: Old and Blue
    1 day 4 hours ago
  • it is remarkable how a guy with the stuff he has is so ineffective with it.

    it's also remarkable how many times he'll pound sliders on anyone once he gets 2 strikes even if he has to throw a dozen in a row. ejax, you're not mariano rivera and your slider isn't his cutter.

    Author: crunch
    1 day 4 hours ago
  • On edge of seat with anticipation...

    Author: WISCGRAD
    1 day 4 hours ago
  • http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/cubs-moving-class-daytona-myrtle-beach

    es official, Cubs Hi-A moves to Myrtle Beach

    Author: Rob G.
    1 day 4 hours ago
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