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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Recent comments

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  • The accent is on the second syllable.

    al CAN ta ra.

    When the accent is on the second syllable, you can barely hear the third syllable "a", but it is there.

    47 min 35 sec ago
    DavidP
  • Almora'a 20 years old in Hi-A, chill. Some injuries and a slow start is all...

    49 min 11 sec ago
    Rob G.
  • Pretty damn great basketball piece:

    http://grantland.com/features/god-loves-cleveland/

    54 min 27 sec ago
    Carlito
  • Fuckin' kids

    1 hour 19 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Hector Rondon 10 games since returning from Paternity Leave: 8.2 IP, 13 H, 8 R (8 ER), 5 BB, 10 K

    1 hour 45 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • It's funny though because his maturity and fast track baseball instincts were supposed to be his strengths and he's moving slower than anyone in the system. That said I realize he was a HS'er and that he had injury trouble. Still ... he is a curious case.

    1 hour 59 min ago
    Carlito
  • It seems to me one of the shiniest bits about Almora is his "makeup", which I don't know how Cubs brass measures it, but they think he has lots of it. Also, since I've just recently looked through the MLB.com evaluation of Cubs prospects, Almora's defense gets the single highest score (75) of any Cubs prospect specific tool.

    2 hours 6 min ago
    Jackstraw
  • I think I remember reading that he actually changed the pronunciation of his last name last year ... Which may have lead to the confusion and inconsistency. I'll see if I can fund a link.

    2 hours 14 min ago
    Carlito
  • All Arismendy, all the time.

    However, I am baffled as to how pronounce his last name -- I have heard Pat Hughes say "AL-Cantra", while Len seems to say "Al-Can-TARA", which is what I always thought.

    Oh, to dream:
    1. AA - CF
    2. Russell -SS
    3. Bryant - LF
    4. Rizzo - 1B
    5. Baez - 3B
    6. Soler - RF
    7. Castro - 2B
    8. Castillo - C

    2 hours 19 min ago
    billybucks
  • Addison 2 more hits tonight already ...

    2 hours 25 min ago
    Carlito
  • I actually thought the walk to get to Upton was a nice move.

    The PHing for Olt didn't even bug me in that situation, because they needed to keep things moving along and Valbuena puts up good at bats, whereas Ot can be a bit Oltish. Instead of worrying about pinch hitting him, I am more annoyed with the fact he doesn't play, but that is pretty well documented.

    2 hours 38 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Excellent point you make. Maybe he knew no one was staying in Miami?

    2 hours 54 min ago
    Carlito
  • Why the fuck did Wade opt out of 2yrs/$40+ million?

    2 hours 57 min ago
    Newport
  • Ricky makes Lou and Dusty look like the Mothers Theresa of rookies. He's just completely lost.

    3 hours 56 min ago
    Carlito
  • Rondon has gone from a good thing to a questionable thing. The bullpen has been OK overall, but they have blown a lot of late leads.

    4 hours 15 min ago
    billybucks
  • Ramirez should have stayed in for the 9th. He only faced one batter in the 8th and should be the closer anyway based on his stats and performance. Rondon hasn't had it lately. This is one they should have won easily and closed out. Annoying.

    4 hours 18 min ago
    WISCGRAD
 

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