Ron Santo statue to be unveiled today.


It's Ron Santo Day.
Today at 5:30 outside the right field gate at Wrigley, the Ron Santo statue will be unveiled.
The team will be out there along with the Santo and Ricketts family and any other member of the Chicago Cubs family.
People will speak, maybe even Kerry Wood, and it's sure to be pretty emotional.
So take a minute today to think about Ron as a Cub and Cub Fan.
I don't know for sure, but I'd turn on WGN AM 720 about 5 today and see if they cover it live, and leave it on thru the game because you'll want to hear Pat Hughes do the game tonight.
And man do I hope they did something with the statue along the lines of the Billy Williams and Ernie Banks statues rather than get all arty like the Harry one. 

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I agree on the Harry statue. Looks like something out of Dante. The only problem I have with the Williams statue is that rather than showing his distinctive batting stance or swing, it looks like he just awkwardly fouled a ball down the left field line.

Agreed--like a comic book splash page or a medieval woodcut, or a Lord of the Rings commemorative pewter statuette and Harry is Sauron.

Harry Caray Statue Looks like Sauron
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"Pop up to Rey Sanchez. This will be the third out of the in....WOOOAAHH! He dropped the ball! You cannot hide. I see you. There is no life in the void. Only death. Holy Cow."

Supposedly the Santo statue is of him fielding.

I guess clicking his heels would have been too ironic.

from callis

None. Believe those are both done & under wraps. @jdfisch: Does Rock shoulders signing affect vogelbach Gretzky signing? #cubs #mlbdraft

and

Believe it's done, just not officially announced. @Dylanj85: what happened with Trevor Gretzky ? Did that deal fall through? #cubs #mlbdraft

John Manuel doing a chat as well right now, just got started

http://www.baseballamerica.com/chat/?1312987961

No Cubs stuff so far, what's the point? ; )

Bubba S for $6 million - I continue to be glad we didn't sign him, at least until we don't sign Baez.

I think I saw Miles say we're close on Baez.

Colin (Chicago): If Cubs are able to sign the likes of Maples, Dunston Jr, and Jacquez, as well as Vogelbach, Baez, and Gretzky, are all those guys immediately Top 20 prospects for them?

John Manuel: I'd say yes on Baez, Vogel-bomb and Maples and probably on Jacquez, who I really like though he's small. Not so much on the legacy kids.

itto (PR): What's the upside of Abreu, aquired by the Cubs in the Kosuke Fukudome deal?

John Manuel: We had a feature on Abreu earlier this year by venerable K-Tribe beat writer David Hall, and Abreu has all kinds of upside. He's got plus raw power and bat speed to spare. But he's one of the minors' freer swingers (kind of strange how the Cubs keep accumulating such players) and has to identify spin better, and that's just not a skill that develops overnight. Good to see him off to a good start in Daytona, but he's new there; curious to see if he makes adjustments when pitchers realize they don't have to throw him strikes.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/minorleague...

Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 2-for-5, R, K. Three straight multi-hit games for the first time in over a month; .317/.389/.442 overall.

Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 3-for-5, 2 R, BB, K, SB. Up to .313/.407/.615 in 26 Triple-A games; hard to see him not spending most of 2012 in the big leagues.

Jae-Hoon Ha, OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI; 2-for-4, CS. 20-year-old Korean was hitting .241 entering August, but 16-for-32 run in last nine games have him up to .300/.336/.457 in 37 games.

Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs (Double-A Mississippi): 2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, CS; 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 K. Hitting .406 in August in .287/.322/.463 overall; there is progress here, but is it enough?

speaking of, Lee promoted to AA with Tim Beckham moved to AAA

Supply side economics, baseball style.

beckham still hasn't shown the power he was supposed to develop...shame.

Reminds me of the Lou Montanez pick.

Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs (Double-A Mississippi). Huh?

Not following you there, but Beckham slugged .359 in High A at the age of 20, Montanez .353.

Vitters slugged .445 at High A in his 20 year old season.

Jason Parks chat

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/chat/chat.p...

Moe (NYC): Hey Jason- I had a question concerning #TheLegend. I was curious who you consider a better prospect, Mr. Alfaro or Matt Szczur? I ask because they are extremely different beasts one (#TheLegend) is a raw MONSTER the other (Szczur) is a solid player with an unspectacular upside. I know Alfaro's chance to reach his ceiling are just a fraction of Szczur's chances to be a solid everyday guy or bench guy, but how to you weight the factors? Thanks Professor.

Jason Parks: Alfaro is the better prospect. I'm a big fan of Szczur, but despite the speed, does he have anything elite in his skill-set that could change games at the next level? Not really. Lots of tools, but he's not going to be elite. #TheLegend, on the other hand, is a bigger risk, but a much bigger reward, with an arm that is a 7/8 and power potential that is at least a 7. Those are game changing tools from a premium position on the diamond. That makes him the better prospect.

and

Toby (Toronto): The Blue Jays have the 2nd best farm system in baseball. True or False?

Jason Parks: I don't know. They are top 5 for sure. I haven't thought about it much because it ultimately doesn't matter how the national media grades systems.

hehe, truth.

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Matt (Chicago): What is your current call on one Josh Vitters? He's squaring the ball up but BBs still lacking.

Jason Parks: He's never going to walk. He loves to swing and has one of the better raw hit tools in the minors. If only he could work himself into quality hitting environments he could hit .300 at the major league level. It's not going to happen and its a huge waste

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Starlin Castro has put a few doubles over the fence the last week; sign of things to come? What would you project the power to? Thanks for everything.

Jason Parks: ... Castro will develop more power as he matures, but I don't expect crazy production in that department. I love his swing. He has one of the best hit tools in the game.

keeps going

Matt (Chicago): Is there any hope of Trey McNutt materializing into a decent mid-to-top of the rotation SP? Is he the only notable SP prospect in the Cubs system?

Jason Parks: Sure. I think staying in the middle-of-the-rotation is more realistic, but I'm a fan of his stuff.

and

Matt (Chicago): How do you think Brett Jackson's D will hold up in CF at the ML level? Btw, I love reading your pieces at BP, you've helped cover the loss of Christina?

Jason Parks: Thanks. In my recent CF piece (submitted to BP editing) I called Jackson Mr. Solid-Average. I think his defense will be just that.

When these analysts talk about average players are they all on the same page about what they mean? Are they talking about middle of the pack qualified regulars or just talking?

More importantly, who the fuck is Jason Parks?

CUBBY BLUE: Caught your back page in Vineline.

Ricketts may be "SO COOL" to you in the 500 section as you cash your freelance check, but you may want to wipe the grease off your fingers.

I hope your check doesn't bounce, either.

Any mixed feelings about doing that for an owner that can't find the toilet yet, or are you able to separate yourself from the whoring that many of us have had to endure to make a buck?

Anyway, you sure are getting some nice gigs. Congrats.

wow.

Just saying. I'd say 100% of us have been pretty critical of Ricketts here, including this artist. I'm sure, without a doubt, Tom is a very nice person but he is doing nothing for myself or any other Season Ticket Holders after two years, who have supported this team with emotions and a small fortune.

Recession rage?

Frugal fatigue?

Hi E-Man.
Yeah, you're right and there's no defending that drawing.
Stupid on my part.
Next time I'm doing a VL, yes I have to be positive there, but I'll remember your words here.

I so want to see this drawing...

That might be the rudest comment I've ever seen at TCR. Congrats.

Q-Ball mentions LaHair as a possible Sept call-up to reward his good season.

I can't wait!

MLB eliminates off days, tightens up playoff schedule

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/10/...

#thingstheCubsdonothavetoworryabout

But still a good thing. The playoffs have almost become unwatchable with the 6 man pitching staffs and the delays.

LOL...really

http://www.cltv.com/videobeta/?watchLive=wgnt...

live stream of the today's event

article on the advantages of signing before the deadline, here's the Cubs mentions I could find

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php...

Catcher: Neftali Rosario, Cubs. Rosario, a sixth-round pick out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, received a $150,000 bonus, one of the biggest in the round. The 18-year-old has lived up to expectations by showing excellent receiving skills and a plus arm. He’s also shown a surprisingly good bat, hitting .340/.375/.566 in limited action for the Cubs’ complex team in Arizona. He might not be ready for a full-season assignment in 2012, but this summer's performance gives him a better chance for one.

1B
Big Names Unsigned: Cubs second-round pick Dan Vogelbach is an exceedingly beefy bat-only slugger with huge power potential, and it will take big money to sign him away from Florida. Cron's younger brother, Kevin, was a third-round pick by Seattle and is a similar player to his brother.

2B
Big Names Unsigned: Players are rarely drafted as second basemen, as it's a position created when shortstops prove unable to play on the left side of the infield. There are no unsigned players drafted as second baseman in the first, but plenty will end up there. Cubs first-rounder Javier Baez is the highest-drafted player likely to end up at the keystone.

Nice likeness of Ron, Tim!

From a photo I got online a long time ago, and I wish I'd have gotten the name of the photographer so I could give props. And thank you!

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  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 32 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 35 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 13 hours 38 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 14 hours 21 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 14 hours 31 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 14 hours 38 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 14 hours 41 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 14 hours 53 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 14 hours 58 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 15 hours 14 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 15 hours 15 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 18 hours 6 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 20 hours 39 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 21 hours 11 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 21 hours 13 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 23 hours 10 min ago view