Monday Funnies: Manny Ramirez is a AAA Cub Player Coach

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Kalish down, Ruggiano activated

That should help the team about 0%.

Also, how in the world does anyone justify Olt not starting with Petit on the mound?

Cptn. Happy frickin hates him for some reason. Let's sit Rizzo and Castro after every ofer. I'm sure they'd respond reall well. And against a lefty now?

Honestly it's so bizarre that I can only think the Cubs feel Valbuena and SureHolds (and Barney) are trade bait along with Shark. I would be surprised if Schierholtz plays much at all after the trade deadline if they aren't able to move him. I think the Cubs are likely going for a last run of trade fodder before they attempt to start bringing guys up and handing out jobs. I just can't believe they are this stupid. That includes Ricky. It's just a big extended spring training and they are trying to fatten certain cows. The big question is will ANYONE else approach the desperation the Rangers had the last two years at the deadline.

Edit: that goes for Bonifacio and a couple more pitchers too ...

" Hi, fellow GM! It's me! Theo! Hey, I've got some players I'd like to talk about....Schierholz & Barney! A package deal! What do you say? Really? Wow -- I didn't even know team still HAD minor league players at the "C" level."

Ryan Kalish will qualify for Salary Arbitration post-2014 if he accrues at least 139 days of MLB Service Time in 2014, or he could qualify for Salary Aribtration as a "Super Two" with at least 86 days of MLB Service Time accrued in 2014.

Prior to being optioned, Kalish had accrued 57 days of MLB Service Time in 2014. If the Cubs leave him at Iowa and wait until September 1st (when rosters expand) to recall him, he will accrue 85 days of MLB Service Time in 2014.

Savvy.

Or they could just release him.

I don't understand this comment. Do you have something against Kalish?

Meh.

Funny stuff, Tim. My talking hallucinatory goat is an instigator, too.

Manny, to the Iowa kids: "I took PEDs, and I made over $100 million playing baseball. ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS! Without baseball, I would be living in a shack and eating dog food. Thanks to baseball, I have more money than I could ever need. But, you? The guy hitting .220 in AAA, who signed out of high school and has no other realistic career options? No, you should not take PEDs."

if the PED control and enforcement has taught us anything...

...if you're a minor leaguer and smoke some weed, you will derail your career...but you can have all the booze and painkillers you want as long as you can get a prescription in your injury filled career choice.

...if you take PEDs at any level at AAA or beyond...especially if you don't get caught for a while...you can have a long and occasionally well paid career.

...if you get caught taking PEDs you will be shunned from baseball and potential teammates, probably ending your career...HAHAHAHAHAHAHA...no seriously, you'll get to play (sometimes with a raise in pay over past years) until you're too broken to take the field...and then you get hired to teach/coach kids for a few decades or until you get bored...and the home crowd will give you a standing O to show support much in the same way they give a standing O to a random military person singing at the game or a person in a wheelchair who overcame something or other throwing out a 1st pitch.

fun stuff.

If you're going to bring in somebody to teach the kids how to benefit from PEDs, at least they could have found somebody better at not getting caught. It's like hiring a finance professor who just filed for bankruptcy.

may 26th...1st surehold HR. wut...

FInally, Shark wins.

Now, maybe someone will give us something for him.

/good baseball face

They really need to move him now before Cubbery sets in.

Rizzo's double today was his....5th....of the season? Yeeps.

Mike Krukow on the Giants broadcasting team was saying he's not using his legs at all on pitcher counts from what he is seeing, so that would affect his power numbers. I think that's probably been a necessary adjustment and that will change a bit over time

He's definitely shortened his swing dramatically when he's got 2 strikes on him. And with 2 strikes he's putting up .219/.311/.314. With the pitcher ahead he's putting up .181/.192/.250.

Let's comp that to Joey Votto, who seems to be the kind of hitter that Rizzo is trying to turn into. In his career Votto has done this with two strikes: .210/.319/.330 - very close to Rizzo's 2014 numbers. With pitchers ahead, he's done this: .235/.243/.366, significantly better than Rizzo's numbers.

So what's the difference? It's what they've done in and following 0-1 counts.

Rizzo 0-1: .000/.000/.000
Rizzo after 0-1: .234/.294/.372

Votto 0-1: .380/.393/.662
Votto after 0-1: .272/.349/.451

Basically, pitchers who have been able to get ahead of Rizzo on the first pitch this year have been able to turn him into a slightly more powerful version of Darwin Barney. Pitchers who have thrown him a first-pitch ball have put him on base in some way 48.4% of the time. And while he's only swung at that first pitch 20 times this season, he's produced a .450/.500/.900 line by doing so.

So the numbers might help support Krukow's claim. Rizzo needs to find his slugger swing when he's 0-1 (and 1-1). He can basically do exactly what he's done in all the other counts and still be Joey Votto--actually, he's done better in 2014 than Votto's career numbers in most other counts.

Good stuff!

Funny stuff.

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  • Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth

    Eric S 27 min 2 sec ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 41 min 52 sec ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 4 hours 57 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 5 hours 39 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 5 hours 43 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 7 hours 38 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 9 hours 25 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 10 hours 19 sec ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 10 hours 13 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 11 hours 37 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 38 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 44 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 11 hours 48 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 51 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 12 hours 52 sec ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 2 min ago view