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".


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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  • Still really early but Rizzo is currently 5th in baseball in OBP. His power hasn't been there but maybe his working the count can make up for Castro, Baez and them.

    3 hours 57 min ago
  • Yes rizzo too
    And yes to ur idea to move boni to cf

    4 hours 26 min ago
  • get rid of barney, put valbuena (and his 2 years of club control after this season) in at 2nd...let boni play more CF...tell renteria that r.sweeney really doesn't need as many ABs as he's getting...problem solved as far as i'm concerned.

    seriously's either valbuena or rizzo that sees more pitches per PA so far this season just guessing off the cuff.

    4 hours 34 min ago
  • His platoon partner does it pretty good too and hits hrs too

    4 hours 38 min ago
  • does anyone on the team work a count better than valbuena so far this season? short sample size and all (as well as a somewhat disappointing average), but he's had some long ABs all april with a good amount of walks.

    no HRs yet...surprising...but given last season and especially this spring, he's got it in him.

    4 hours 41 min ago
  • 4 hours 53 min ago
  • Bounced a throw earlier on easy grounder but he's getting there

    4 hours 58 min ago
  • And follows up the slick play with a double... nice.

    4 hours 59 min ago
  • I <3 Starlin Castro.

    5 hours 3 min ago
  • Hopefully with his glove work tonite, TheJedi talk to Cpt Happy about playing him every day

    5 hours 41 min ago
  • m.olt HR...maybe he'll get to play more than 3-4 games a week if he keeps doing that...maybe.

    5 hours 48 min ago
  • out-si-si-si-si-si-si-si-si-si-si-si-de-de-de-de-de-de...

    6 hours 11 min ago
  • Alex Wood with 8 IP/11 K vs. Marlins and outdueled by Jose Fernandez with 8 IP/14 K, neither give up a walk, but Marlins up 1-0 heading into the 9th.

    6 hours 28 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Albert Pujols hits HR's #499 and #500 tonight vs. Nationals

    6 hours 47 min ago
    Rob G.
  • parachat license has expired

    /I'm a loser

    7 hours 13 min ago
  • 7 hours 57 min ago


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