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.

Recent comments

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  • s.doolittle blows an awesome piece of 8-inning pitching by ninja out in OAK.

    just like old times.

    1 hour 18 min ago
    crunch
  • Niiice

    2 hours 20 min ago
    Ryno
  • 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.

    4 hours 16 min ago
    Carlito
  • 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.

    5 hours 10 min ago
    Carlito
  • 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.

    5 hours 15 min ago
    Carlito
  • 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...

    5 hours 23 min ago
    billybucks
  • 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.

    5 hours 41 min ago
    Carlito
  • I wonder if he aggravated his hammy. There's gotta be some kind of rationalization out there somewhere for not playing him.

    5 hours 53 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • She is a friend if Laura Rickett
    /no joke

    6 hours 26 min ago
    jacos
  • Quite possibly worst rendition of Natinal Anthem I ever heard

    6 hours 27 min ago
    jacos
  • I know
    Coming from deep Sw suburbs was not feasible this time

    8 hours 10 min ago
    jacos
  • How can you set such a bad example for your son, everyone knows you should take public transportation.

    9 hours 22 min ago
    Rob Richardson
  • My son is 13
    He can drive

    9 hours 42 min ago
    jacos
  • Enjoy the game jacos. No absinthe until you are home tho!!

    10 hours 53 min ago
    Carlito
  • 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.

    10 hours 57 min ago
    jacos
  • 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.

    12 hours 32 min ago
    WISCGRAD
 

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