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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  • Damn. I was afraid it was some existential or metaphysical crap like that.

    6 min 12 sec ago
    Dusty Baylor
  • Apparently mere mortals will never understand the brilliance of captain happy. He sees that which we cannot grasp and acts accordingly.

    13 min 57 sec ago
    Carlito
  • Someone please explain why, with Villanueva cruising, Capt. Happy pulls him with 2 outs and no one on base? Fortunately, the two lefties who reached against Wright were stranded.

    20 min 47 sec ago
    Dusty Baylor
  • Bryant with a HR.

    Olt batting .333 through his first 24 AB at Iowa, he has 3 doubles, 8 K's and 0 HR - probably working on his stroke and making contact etc. 2 for 3 tonight with a BB. Not platooning of course because he's not a platoon type player.

    31 min 12 sec ago
    Carlito
  • TIE GAME!

    boni HR...a triple away from the cycle.

    also, it's taken almost 2 hours to play 4 innings of 3-3 ball.

    1 hour 23 min ago
    crunch
  • 103 pitches through 3.2!?

    1 hour 34 min ago
    Newport
  • Starting Pitchers + Free Agency = Wasted Money

    Unless you go bargain hunting like TheoCorp has done with some of the lower rung guys.

    2 hours 22 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • I think the front office is guilty of hopeful thinking with the amount of time they gave Sureoutz Barney Jackson etc this year. Probably shrewd to see if any if them could get their heads above water in time for a trade. But hard to watch. Sad news is he is probably prime meat for a waiver deal too ... so they might keep pitching him all year!!??

    2 hours 28 min ago
    Carlito
  • With EJax, we may be witnessing history. He may well be the worst starting pitcher to get so many starts over a 2 year period.

    It simply boggles the mind -- he kills the bullpen, puts the team in a big hole, and has no role in the future success of this team.

    Bizarre.

    2 hours 35 min ago
    billybucks
  • /probably the scotch talking

    The only reasonable way to watch an EJaxulated game.

    2 hours 35 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Something makes me feel sympathetic to Jackson

    Like the guys who built the basement of the Empire State Building
    Dug the trenches in World War I

    He might be forgotten but by God he runs his face into that wall every five days.
    I hope he gets a ring out of this.

    /probably the scotch talking

    2 hours 50 min ago
    jacos
  • ejax 26 pitches in the 1st inning and counting...1 out...3 runs in.

    glorious.

    -edit- 35 pitch 1st...no more runs on top of the 3, though.

    3 hours 4 min ago
    crunch
  • Exactly. But wtf with an article saying he has 4 days to shine. Frankly he shouldn't be playing at all and left handed pitchers have nothing to do with it. What bugs me is Renteria's blind submission to clichéd decades old platoon theory.

    3 hours 37 min ago
    Carlito
  • Lake has played himself out.

    Earlier administration would sign him to a 3 year no trade.

    3 hours 43 min ago
    jacos
  • How good a friend?

    4 hours 10 min ago
    Jackstraw
  • Weird.

    4 hours 16 min ago
    Carlito
 

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