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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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 10 hours 27 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 10 hours 32 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 10 hours 37 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 10 hours 49 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 11 hours 34 sec ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 11 hours 25 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 12 hours 5 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 13 hours 18 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 13 hours 35 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 13 hours 39 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 14 hours 23 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 19 hours 14 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 20 hours 28 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 20 hours 32 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 21 hours 50 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 5 hours ago view