November 2008

The Best of TCR: The Hendry Chronicles

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.

636 Reasons for Cub Fans to be Thankful in 2008

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.

Lou Piniella's Last Thoughts on the Playoffs

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.

NL Central Smackdown Revisited

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.

Delusions of Grandeur

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.

Pluck On Demand

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MLB ACTIVE LIST 
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Last updated 5-21-2016 

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 12
Jake Arrieta
Trevor Cahill
Carl Edwards Jr (26th man)
Justin Grimm
Jason Hammel
Kyle Hendricks
John Lackey
* Jon Lester
* Clayton Richard
Hector Rondon
Pedro Strop
Adam Warren
* Travis Wood

CATCHERS: 3
Tim Federowicz
* Miguel Montero
David Ross

INFIELDERS
: 6
Javy Baez
Kris Bryant
* Tommy LaStella
* Anthony Rizzo
Addison Russell
# Ben Zobrist

OUTFIELDERS: 4
# Dexter Fowler
* Jason Heyward
Jorge Soler
Matt Szczur

OPTIONED: 11
Andury Acevedo, P 
# Arismendy Alcantara, IF-OF
# Jeimer Candelario, INF 
Willson Contreras, C
Carl Edwards Jr, P
Pierce Johnson, P  
* Munenori Kawasaki, INF
Spencer Patton, P
* C. J. Riefenhauser, P
* Giovanni Soto, P
* Dan Vogelbach, 1B 

15-DAY DL : 2
Dallas Beeler, P 
Aaron Brooks, P 

60-DAY DL: 4
Joe Nathan, P 
* Zac Rosscup, P
* Kyle Schwarber, C
Christian Villanueva, INF

DFA: 1 
Neil Ramirez, P

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