November 2008

Everthing Arizona Phil writes in the comment section is worthy of a Best of TCR article. But this Best of TCR writeup is to show that I can find a post when news is particularly thin (beyond those gimme's from our TCR guru in the desert). Thanksgiving weekend is usually a desert of baseball news unto itself. Thus to brighten our tumbleweed desolate weekend, my long time friend, The E-Man steps up with a summary of Bruce Levine's ESPN AM-1000 saturday morning "Talking Baseball" weekly radio show. Enjoy (except for the part where he says that my season tickets will be more expensive). Take it away E-Man:

Just heard Hendry on WMVP this AM with Bruce Levine.

Jimbo came on the show...

- no slam dunk with Marmol as closer. He is not "set to close", but it is Lou's decision. They (Marmol/Gregg) may share duties. One may close more in the beginning of the year than the other.

MLB clubs have until Monday (December 1st) to decide whether to offer salary arbitration to their Type "A" and Type"B" free-agents. 

In a special, Thanksgiving edition of his Stat of the Week, John Dewan chronicles the Cubs' aversion to taking walks from 2003 through '07.

Here is how the Cubs hitters ranked among NL clubs in BB:

2003 14th of 16 teams
2004 14th of 16 teams
2005 16th of 16 teams
2006 16th of 16 teams
2007 15th of 16 teams

Last year  was a different story.

I read the Sun-Times writeup on an interview with Lou Piniella in yesterday's paper and thought it was worthy of TCR discussion.

''The two things that I take from the postseason are that I didn't get a chance to pitch [Ted] Lilly, and he was such an integral part of us getting there.."

Here's my translation of Lou's comment #1:

1) The Ted Lilly Fan Club Super Computer predicted this.

2) Lou prefers Jason Marquis to Jake Peavy or Rich Harden because the latter two makes it tougher to pitch Ted Lilly in the playoffs.

3) You should have seen Z's reaction when (Lou) told him Dempster was pitching game one and Ted Lilly was pitching game two vs LA.

 

And Lou's comment #2: "And, two, we've just got to figure out a way to score more runs in the postseason."

...then Lou says: Raul Ibanez is the type of professional hitter "that we are alluding to".

Translation:

1) I'm batting Raul 4th.

2) Defense? We don't need no stinkin' defense.

3) Is there a Raul Ibanez Fan Club Computer I can check with?

Back in April, I put up some polls for our readers to rank the position players and number one pitchers in the division. I originally intended to get them up before the season started so any hot starts wouldn't influence the results. I failed miserably at that and the poll results showed that (Derrek Lee second?). Nonetheless, let's revisit the fun.

Kansas City is focused on Sean Marshall and Mike Fontenot in talks with the Cubs about Mark Teahen. …

That is according to a Phil Rogers article.

That's great, I'm focused on solving world peace after I cure cancer, which will all happen after I retire at age 35 because the charming widow across the street is really the heir to the Buffett family fortune and appreciates when I roll her garbage can up her driveway on Tuesdays.

Let's just say I don't see either one happening.

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  • Let’s start with the strikeouts. Baez has fanned 43 times in his first 99 plate appearances, a 43.4 percent clip. No other player with as many PAs in 2014 has topped 40 percent (although, as most Cubs fans could tell you, Mike Olt has come close). According to data from Baseball Prospectus, if Baez strikes out in his next trip to the plate, he’ll set a record for the most K’s in the first 100 plate appearances of a nonpitcher’s career since at least 1960.

    42 min 2 sec ago
    Rob G.
  • ok. Thanks for the response. Do you know the dates? I always like to check out the first week of afl and catch cubs instructs. Thanks

    46 min 19 sec ago
    brett
  • says the guy sitting on beach chair in front of his palatial beach house in Malibu.

    /still has snow pile end of my driveway
    //SAUSAGE!
    ///DITKA!!

    2 hours 31 min ago
    jacos
  • But this is Chicago!!!!!

    /ducks

    might add the fancy TV deals and publicly financed new stadiums that most teams are using to bolster their payrolls these days are not available to the Cubs at the moment.

    but yeah, they should totally throw more of their personel wealth into the situation to be a .500 team. Good long-term strategy...

    3 hours 52 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Really? A scout who harasses players he has basically no relationship with as if that is part of his job?

    5 hours 41 sec ago
    Charlie
  • We have to get over "this is Chicago" bs.

    Yes, it is and in the long run will prove beneficial for both owner and city. But they came into a situation with an old neglected stadium that can not be modernized without approval from the state, city and neighbors even though owner is using their money. Tell me where else outside North Korea and Cuba does that situation exist.

    The farm system was in shambles, minimal scout system, and bloated underachieving major league team. But yeah they should have signed Prince Fielder and this would have been all better.

    5 hours 19 min ago
    jacos
  • Former Cubs Player Development Director Oneri Fleita used to yell at Cubs minor leaguers from the Tower at Fitch Park (with a few choice "f-bombs" thrown in), but I don't recall ever hearing a scout yell at a player from the stands. In fact, scouts are usually exceptionally quiet and unassuming.

    Perhaps the cross-checker enjoyed a libation or three prior to the game.

    5 hours 33 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • Montero grades out at a 20 for the mental toughness tool.

    5 hours 44 min ago
    Sonicwind75
  • He can have a job with the Cubs, as far as I'm concerned--maybe to wake Castro up.

    5 hours 56 min ago
    VirginiaPhil
  • i have little to no issue with what theo/jed have done, but as far as the "fans, wait until we build our core" thing goes (and the 3 years of tanking to do it) that's done as far as i can tell. they got what they've asked the fans to wait for.

    beyond that...and what got me interested in this part of the thread...i don't wanna hear about how they're scraping together pennies in the budget from season to season. this is a top large-market team with billionaire owners.

    6 hours 48 min ago
    crunch
  • that is off the hook. what the hell got into that scout...and does he expect to keep his job after doing something that stupid?

    6 hours 56 min ago
    crunch
  • A scout goes out to find prospects and then reports back to the Scouting Director on which prospects show enough ability for another set of eyes. The cross-checker is that second set of eyes. He gives another perspective, a second reference, to the Scouting Director. A cross-checker is a step-up from a scout.

    7 hours 18 min ago
    videographer
  • What is a cross-checker?

    7 hours 38 min ago
    Rob Richardson
  • Incident in Boise:
    http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140829&...

    (Not a Cubs prospect.)

    8 hours 27 min ago
    QuietMan
  • Wasn't Alcantara about Jimenez's age when he signed? I don't remember that signing but his age and time spent in the minors suggest he was about that age, maybe a year older. I suspect a 17 year old won't be fast tracked. Gleyber Torres sounds like he's a bit more advanced at about the same age, but I doubt he'll be challenging for Addison Russell's position at short for the Cubs next year. Boy, this is fun!

    8 hours 39 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • One thing I'll give Crunch on the Ricketts front is that had they not taken a fast food franchise approach to running the team, they probably would have avoided Tarpgate. The cutting of the hours of the grounds crew to avoid Obamacare is a pretty ghastly way to run a business. I'm not a big fan of the Ricketts. I'm a pretty good fan of Theo - but I'm not convinced that Theo is still not facing considerable financial constraints. This is a very heavily leveraged team thanks to the way the finances were structured in the Zell deal.

    8 hours 48 min ago
    Old and Blue
 

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