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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  • 2014 7th round draft pick RHP James Norwood (Saint Louis U.) worked a dominating 9th for AZL Cubs, pitching with swagger (unlike pro debut last week, when he looked uncomfortable on the mound) and pumping one 94-95 MPH fastball with heavy sink & run after another. Unhittable tonight.

    3 hours 34 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • Kyuji Fujikawa with another rehab outing for AZL Cubs (second in four days after being shut-down for a month following conclusion of EXST), a 1-2-3 inning (9 pitches - 7 strikes). Fastball velocity was consistent (90-91 MPH on all six fastballs thrown), plus three outstanding hard-splitters (one used to chase the strikeout on first hitter faced). After the first batter struck out (swinging) on a 1-2 pitch, second man popped out on a bunt, and the third hitter flied out to short-center. Very fast inning. 

    3 hours 50 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • jason hammel delay of game because of a thumb cramp. trainer is out...

    we're about 4 minutes in so far. crazy.

    6 hours 36 min ago
    crunch
  • Hahaha! Well played ...

    8 hours 58 min ago
    Carlito
  • Since it's early, I'll go way out on a limb.

    Best college bat. Or shortstop.

    8 hours 58 min ago
    Jackstraw
  • another failed Cubs prospect

    /troll'd

    9 hours 1 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Alcantara underwhelming debut, 0-4 with 3 ugly ABs, with his third and fourth trips of the night being much worse than the first two.

    9 hours 6 min ago
    John Beasley
  • Just watched it, looked foul. But the ump in slow motion was awesome, he was like screaming "Bye Bye" as he gave him the boot.

    9 hours 20 min ago
    Carlito
  • Well you don't mess with his main man Valbuena! You just don't do it ...

    9 hours 25 min ago
    Carlito
  • When Cubs don't come back it will be 6 losses in a row

    currently with 5th worst record, 1.5 games back of Astros for worst overall (Houston, DBacks, Texas, Rockies ahead of them and Boston a half game behind),)

    Astros losing in 3rd against Texas, Rockies and DBacks already won and Red Sox losing.

    I'll just leave these here

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/never-too-early-to-look-ahead-to-15-...

    9 hours 26 min ago
    Rob G.
  • We can do this!!!! I want #1 for the last big sell year ... C'mon boys!!!

    9 hours 26 min ago
    Carlito
  • valbuena fielded a bouncer foul...he was claiming to the ump at 3rd it was fielder fair...renteria came out and starting bitching about it and got tossed.

    9 hours 39 min ago
    crunch
  • Haha. I actually turned it off. What happened?

    9 hours 52 min ago
    Carlito
  • i dont blame renteria for getting tossed...im a bit sick of watching this game, too.

    9 hours 56 min ago
    crunch
  • 20 strikeouts for Iowa pitchers in 14-inning win. Jokisch started them off with 11 in 7.

    9 hours 58 min ago
    VirginiaPhil
  • Well I can tell you that based on some of Alcantara's swings that he could use a large helping of Captain Happy's patented big league rest. Let's bring him up and get his ass on the pine for a few months - he'll be fine in no time at all.

    10 hours 4 min ago
    Carlito
 

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