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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  • Just thinking about this AAA team from last night and what a collection of current and former highly ranked prospects it was. I put the highest pre-season Baseball America prospect ranking for each by them and the year. All of these guys played in the game last night:

    Szczur - #64 (2012)
    Jackson - #32 (2012)
    Baez - #4 (2014)
    Bryant - #8 (2014)
    Soler - #34 (2013)
    Olt - #22 (2013)
    Vitters - #43 (2008)
    Vizcaino - #40 (2012)

    40 min 26 sec ago
    WISCGRAD
  • You mean the same San Diego offense that scores about .00034 runs per game?

    59 min 59 sec ago
    Old and Blue
  • It kind of doesn't matter unless Baez becomes a star and a pain in the ass. Everything I've been reading lately though says he has a matured a lot. He looked like a player playing with a ton of intensity when I saw him in Round Rock, and he played second like he'd been playing at the MLB level for years, and playing it well. No matter what AZ said, it may have been a different Baez, people can change pretty quickly at that age under the right influence. You know that a kid is cocky when they put an MLB tattoo on the back of their neck before their first pro game.

    1 hour 2 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • One of my favorite posts ever.

    1 hour 10 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Why do you think I'm in so much of a hurry to see those kids brought up all the time. BRING THEM UP!!!!

    1 hour 11 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • Same as Rob linked, but just the you tube video. Smokies defense gems...This video includes the Russell highlight but also has some nice defense by Villaneueva, Almora and a line drive catch by Pierce Johnson.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSY7F9ZdZsI&featur...

    1 hour 29 min ago
    Cubster
  • can't figure out how to link to it directly, but Almora made a nice play as well, scroll down and you'll find it

    https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeSmokies?fref=nf

    7 hours 53 min ago
    Rob G.
  • Sureouts?

    7 hours 57 min ago
    Rob G.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0HJcd2CVb4

    Addison Russell shows off his arm and range

    7 hours 57 min ago
    Rob G.
  • So who is Cubs backup 1st baseman ?

    8 hours 9 min ago
    rokfish
  • Junior Lake....who could have predicted a 3-pitch punch-out with the bases loaded? Pack your bags, son -- you can room with Mike Olt.

    9 hours 31 min ago
    billybucks
  • Well, seeing how this awesome SD lineup KO'd the likes of Wada and EJax makes Kyle Hendricks' win all the more impressive.

    10 hours 1 min ago
    billybucks
  • BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!

    10 hours 3 min ago
    billybucks
  • Two, that will depend on what they do this offseason.

    10 hours 5 min ago
    Rob Richardson
  • good news, only 2 more years left.

    10 hours 8 min ago
    crunch
  • They were free.

    10 hours 10 min ago
    Rob Richardson
 

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