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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  • Does Watkins really suck this bad at defense, or is he just having the week from hell?

    2 hours 17 min ago
    John Beasley
  • ...and awesome.

    2 hours 36 min ago
    The Joe
  • As an Elkhart native, I would love this! I'd finally have one reason to go home and visit family.

    2 hours 37 min ago
    The Joe
  • That makes me sad...

    2 hours 41 min ago
    The Joe
  • And in breaking news, South Bend rooftop owners have just sued the owner of the new South Bend Cubs.

    2 hours 57 min ago
    Jackstraw
  • Improved? At least the numbers seem to say he was the worst in baseball in 2014. In his defense, it's a cumulative counting stat, so he has more opportunities to hurt his score than part-time players, and he's partly being penalized for catching so many innings. But the number is what it is.

    3 hours 57 min ago
    John Beasley
  • I'm wondering if the South Bend Silverhawks will become the South Bend Cubs. The owner has already mentioned they will grow Ivy on the OF walls and do something that is Cub Marquee-like. Supposedly they will announce those type of changes next Thursday.

    http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Petition-drive-...

    4 hours 31 min ago
    Cubster
  • Double post, deleted, internet connection sucks right now.

    5 hours 7 min ago
    WISCGRAD
  • Actually, I am pretty sure Captain Happy hates Valbuena. He was 1-3 with a Run and a Walk on Tuesday, 2-4 with Run and RBI on Wednesday, 2-5 with a Run and RBI on Thursday, and then he is BENCHED Friday. WTF??!?!??! He clearly hates him and is out to get him. Free Valbuena!!!

    5 hours 8 min ago
    WISCGRAD
  • same...and when he gets that 0-2, 1-2, etc...it's time to pound the zone with sliders.

    the batters know sliders are coming, and his slider is good, but not that good.

    5 hours 42 min ago
    crunch
  • In the few games I've followed EJax on gamecast I sense just the opposite...lots of times of him being up 0-2 and 1-2 and then letting the batter get away. Very Carlos Zambrano. No data, just opinion.

    6 hours 31 sec ago
    Jackstraw
  • Murakami? That's the thing where you fold paper into swans, right?

    6 hours 3 min ago
    Jackstraw
  • rizzo/soler/bryant seem to be the 3/4/5 of the future (in no particular order).

    i still don't get this m.stanton thing, though...the cubs intentionally tank the team for years and then trade away a huge chunk of their haul to pay a bat they don't need $25m a year? yeah, they can afford it, but bats seem to be the last thing they need with bryant + a.russell knocking at the door of the bigs with rizzo/castro/soler already here. add baez to the mix along with the support bats and there's plenty of hitting to go around even if it doesn't all pan out.

    6 hours 3 min ago
    crunch
  • Normally I'd be annoyed with all that, since stats don't like and most prospects don't make it. But right now I'm having a very hard time thinking Soler isn't an impact player - I just hope he stays healthy, and Bryant seems as close to can't miss as they come. That alone will be huge, even if none of the others make it, and the chances are at least one will.

    6 hours 11 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Most of the stuff I read say it's pretty teachable. One thing about Castillo is that he works well with Arietta and Hendricks - they both seem to like his pitch calling. I know a lot of people keep expecting Hendricks to go Travis Wood on us, and he might, but he does seem to have a knack for the game.

    6 hours 14 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • More Cubs are gonna be good fluff:

    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/95313116/five...

    6 hours 16 min ago
    Carlito
 

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