2015 HOF Ballots in: Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, and Biggio Elected!

Randy Johnson (97.3%), Pedro Martinez (91.1%), John Smoltz (82.9%), and Craig Biggio (82.7%) were all elected to the Hall of Fame today. Mike Piazza came up just a bit short with 69.9%.

This is the first time four players have been elected in one year since 1955 (Dimaggio, Lyons, Vance, and Hartnett) and only the third time ever, following 1947 (Hubbell, Frisch, Cochrane, Grove) and the inaugural 1936 class (Cobb, Ruth, Wagner, Mathewson, Johnson). Four were also elected in 1939, but Lou Gehrig was admitted on a special ballot, not the normal writer’s ballot.

Looking ahead at 2016, Ken Griffey Jr. is the only clear first-ballot Hall of Famer who will arrive on the ballot. Trevor Hoffman will certainly get some significant votes, but it is always difficult to predict how voters will treat closers. Beyond those two, the best of the rest include Billy Wagner, Garret Anderson, Jason Kendall, Troy Glaus, and Jim Edmonds. I think Edmonds deserves some serious discussion, but given the fate of Larry Walker and others, I doubt he will get much support. Given the gains made this year by Piazza, I would expect him to be in next year with Griffey. That would make at least 9 Hall of Famers elected in a 3-year span, something we haven't seen since 1956. Nine were elected from 1954-56 (9 total were also elected from 1953-55). The only other time more than 7 players were elected in a 3-year span was the first two years (1936 and 1937) where 3 more joined the inaugural 5.   



Sosa stays on the ballot, 6.6%

Lee Smith 30% Jason Schmidt 3.44% (imaginary votes, actually 0.00%)

55% for Raines

biggio is better than Raines and Piazza? Cmon

Well, I was pretty close with my predictions on most. I clearly undersold John Smoltz, and predicted a bit lower with Pedro. I also thought Edgar and Mussina would climb a bit more than they did. But otherwise, I was within 4-5% on everyone else on the ballot, including the climbs for Schilling, Raines, and Piazza. Piazza should be in next year. Raines will climb again, but might run out of time. Next year's weak group of first-timers might help him though. Schilling should continue to climb and has a chance then of building a case over 4-6 years and getting elected.  But Bagwell looks stuck, and no movement for Mussina or Edgar likely means they won't ever get serious consideration from the writers. Likewise, Clemens and Bonds made no move in light of the 15 to 10 year change, so it seems unlikely they will ever get in this way.

I was way off on Raines. I thought there was a real groundswell this year, but it turns out it was just his supporters panicking because it is now evident he won't do it in 10 years. A real shame.

Wiscgrad--Great to see your posts. Do you have a Twitter handle? I'll include it when tweeting links to your posts.

Actually I don't; because of my job I try to keep a low profile with social media/networking.

You can easily make a fairly anonymous Twitter persona just for your baseball articles.

Yeah, I could, but my students would almost certainly find it eventually! But I don't think I need it anyway; fans of TCR will see my posts and that's all I am shooting for.  

welcome to the internet incognito club. because of my job i keep a strict anon profile on agriculture forums/blogs and because i write for a baseball blog that's not very casual in it's approach, i'm "crunch" here and "someone else" elsewhere...neither of which carry my real name. i've got over 2 decades of innerwebs under my belt and no one's dox'd me yet. it's worth it to me to keep lives separate, even different internet "lives" though some don't worry about it.

Looking further ahead, it might look like this:

2016: Griffey, Piazza

2017: Ivan Rodriguez (could Tim Raines gain enough next year to join him in his last year?)

2018: Chipper Jones, Jim Thome

2019: Mariano Rivera, Schilling, Roy Halladay (maybe, or is he more like Schilling and has to build?)

2020: Derek Jeter

I think Bagwell still has a chance to build and jump in there in the later years. Other newcomers over those years to keep an eye on: Trevor Hoffman (2016), Vladimir Guerrero and Jorge Posada (2017), Scott Rolen and Omar Vizquel (2018), Todd Helton (2019).


Would love to see it, but 20.3% to 24.6% in years 1 and 2 doesn't bode well for him. The biggest jump on the ballot this year was 10% for Schilling. Mussina would have to do that 5 years in a row to reach 75% and get in by 2020. Difficult to see a climb like that for him. 

Silly really......that Smoltz waltzes in....and Mussina can't get a sniff. I'm not saying Smoltz DOESN'T deserve it, but saying that Mussina does too. Oh well...

the yearly "let guys other than writers vote" articles and tv appearances was really heavy this year. i think the system is a bit jacked and they definitely need to expand the voting pool to non-writers, but some dudes pretending that the HOF is nothing but a stats game isn't going to get very far. there's a reason bonds/clemens isn't the HOF and it isn't because sportswriters are butthurt about something personal. playing the game and being enshrined in the game's HOF are 2 very different things. speaking of butthurt...what is with the hyper-emotional last 2 paragraphs in this linked article? my god...he outdid what brian kenny did on MLB network last night.

playing the game and being enshrined in the game's HOF are 2 very different things. That line of thinking might lead one to believe the players in the hall are all sterling or that baseball's greats are defined by their morals. Cobb and Ruth would've done steroids if they were available (OK, I can't prove that), not to mention their performances are enabled in part by segregated leagues. It's not synonymous, but the pretension of a clean HOF is an extension of the pretension that professional baseball isn't founded upon exploitation of various kinds.

cobb wouldn't have a shot of getting in if he played in our era...hell, he wouldn't even be employed. the HOF evolves it's morals...whether people think some are a step back vs a step forward. i'm not saying the HOF is clean. there's a LOT of racist, sexist, violent, drug convicted (hey fergie), and other undesirable people in the HOF. i'm saying the HOF establishes it morals according to the times. ...let the vet's committee put them in. they'll do it eventually. they're not banned. the HOF is the all-star game of retirement...it's a neat side-show.

the daily say something stupid comment from crunch...

nice to hear from you, too.

On another note, the "here's a vote for a good guy I covered" always irks me. Darin Ertad (1), Tom Gordon (2), Aaron Boone (2), Troy Percival (4) received votes. And none of those voters were of course among the 35% of the public ballots (or those making their ballots public lied). Take it seriously or stop doing it.

i'm not a fan of that one, either. that said, i enjoy the clusterfuck that is the HOF voting process...there's a set of hard rules that can be played rather loosely and it moves to the whim of the leadership and morals of the times. don't like PEDs? don't vote em... don't think anyone deserves 100% vote even though they're a sure 1st-rounder? don't vote em... that .260/.310/.350 hitting no-HOF-chance SS that shared a taxi with you and paid for it...vote em!

Nice post, and great job on the predictions.

Is there any updated news on the Cubs' efforts to purchase some of the roof top buildings?

Saw this on the twitters last night. I don't know anything about who they are. Wrigleyville Nation @wrigleyvillenat · 14h 14 hours ago #cubs on verge of purchasing at least three rooftops. More likely to follow.

Stupid question- Do they own only the roof top or the whole building?

Not really a stupid question. I believe they own the entire buildings.

See I was thinking it was a different entity and then not have to deal with leasers/tenants. I know they would have a real estate company handle it.

Sounds like they did purchase some buildings. ------------ The new sign arrangement shafts rooftop owners who weren’t willing to sell, but will “restore the views of the Rooftops the Cubs contracted to purchase,” say the owners, who want a Cook County Judge to stop the signs from going up. http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/276...

I don't see where they have the ability to stop the sign from going up. They may be entitled to monetary damages, but the sign doesn't cause them irreparable harm.

That's also been my take on it all along. Take your money damages (if any) and go away.

Yankees sign Stephen Drew to a one-year contract for $5 million with another $1.5 million in incetives?  Yikes! Seems like a huge waste of money to me, glad the Cubs steered well clear of that one. For the same price ($5 million) the Phillies picked up Aaron Harang in what could be a nice move; he pitched 200 innings last year with a 3.57 ERA.


Two scouts disagreed on Castillo’s worth on the market. One highlighted the lack of good catchers around the league and Castillo's potential at the plate -- at least against lefties -- and thought the Cubs could still get a decent prospect or bullpen arm for him. Another said the fact that the Cubs need to move him, combined with his deficiencies, would only net them a second- or third-tier kind of prospect.

I like how they have Travis Wood as the ERA leader (5.03) as if higher ERAs are better. Silly.


Curt Schilling...great pitcher, but one dumb-ass m********ker.

almost all of baseball is republicans...hell, his entire rsox 04 world series team was republicans except for (oddly...or not) gabe kapler. something about giving up 40+% of your pay to a slew of federal, state, local, entertainment, and sports taxes that does that to players.

Did I miss a line on Baseball Reference that list the US political party for every player?  The vast majority of players don't go on the record about political affiliation; only those who are very vocal like Schilling are known.

The only thing you can actually track would be campaign contributions and data shows: "The vast majority of baseball's political contributions stem from team execs and owners. Only a handful of players opened their pockets for last year's election, and those who did gave modestly. Current players that donated to conservative candidates include White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham, Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner, Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and San Diego Padres pitcher Huston Street. Tony Gwynn, Jr. of the Dodgers, and son of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, was the only player we found donating to liberal causes. But a few baseball legends serving as special assistants to their clubs also gave to Democrats, including Hank Aaron and Lou Brock as well as Sammy Sosa, one of the sluggers caught up in baseball's steroids scandal who still may be nursing a grudge over getting traded by former President George W. Bush when the Texas Republican was running the Rangers."

Given their wealth, I would guess more major leagues are Republican than Democratic, but saying "almost all" is just silly and is not supported by anything. We just don't have that kind of data and it won't be as clear cut as you think.

what you said...I'd go 55/45 at best....okay 60/40.

Well, he didn't play for the Blue Sox.

i got no data...hell, i don't got a conversation about it that's less than 8 years old and it's not like i can get them here to talk about it...and even then, they have no data. at least we don't have john birchers left in baseball...maybe...

Holy shit what a dumb ass. Best not bring up gov shit head http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/38_Studios

Blast from the past The case for Neifie Perez, All star, is made in the comments http://www.thecubreporter.com/2005/05/30/game...

Of course I miss Manny.

"Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports report the Cardinals are exploring a trade for David Price or Cole Hamels, or the possibility of signing Max Scherzer." boo.

They need a better starter for the first game of the season! :)

Whatever the new hitting coach is telling Baez down in PR, it's not taking yet.

I'm expecting Baez will spend a lot of time in AAA in 2015.

If Baez still had rookie/prospect status, where would he now rank? Personally I would slot him 4th behind Bryant, Addison, Soler. Trying to gauge how much his value has dropped since this time last year.

I would drop him behind Schwarber, who I have forth on my list. The rest of the top ten either has questions of their own or much lower ceilings.

Baez is such a wild card at this time that trying to figure out his MLB prospect status hurts the brain. He could be great or a total bust. He reminds me of a young Sammy, swinging at anything that can make him a star - a MEathead.

Bless that LaStella trade right about now...

(just cursed him to an 0/30 start on the season most likely)

Yes, seems like a wise insurance move.

The kid is still young and has adjusted before to put up huge numbers throughout the minors, so I still have high hopes for him, but it may take a while or never happen, so it's good to have contingencies in place.

A follow up question might be, which is more valuable to a franchise and by how much, Baez's upside or Betts's high floor?

I'm curious to know if his PR struggles are related to him trying some new stuff, though. I guess we'll find out when he gets back. I've gotta root for a guy who tattoos MLB on the back of his neck before he hits the big leagues.

Sh!tters Full! Cubs officially announce that "Cubs Park" in Mesa will now be "Sloan Park" as part of new partnership with Sloan Valve Company. Sloan Valve does toilet valves.

view from the Sloan Park master men's room... http://0.static.wix.com/media/083854_e9039a5c...

Marcos Mateo signed a minor league contract with the Padres.

Bears hire Ryan Pace for GM job, Saints Player Personnel Director...37 years old, same age as Theo when hired by Cubs.

Pace played football at Eastern Illinois and joined the Saints in 2001. He was pro scouting director for six years before being promoted to his current title in 2013.  

"He is really good at what he does," Payton said about Pace on Monday. "He's a big part of what we do. He's very talented and I know he has been promoted here a few times, and deservedly so.


Saints currently in salary cap hell. But hey, welcome aboard!

The Monkees? Really?



Monkees, Addams Family, Munsters, Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island, Batman, so on, so on...they were all on syndication on our 5 channels of TV back in the day. I watched them all.

I watched them too


a little more info and the HC search

The Bears interviewed Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase last weekend and have an interview scheduled for Saturday with Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

Tim Brown didn't submit a HOF vote because people are mean...or something like that.

(He seemed to think this was some grand gesture to provoke the Hall into realizing the system is broken...kudos to the idea, thumbs down on the execution)


Ok you have been noticed,now go crawl back under your rock

I believe Schilling is now claiming that whole thing about being a Republican losing him HOF votes was all just a joke.


(Today is TCR Gif Comments Day, sorry if you missed the e-vite)

Maybe "It's Because I'm a Republican" is the "Thanks Obama" punchline for Republicans ~shrug~


I checked my spam folder and there was nothing there, Rob. http://www.quickmeme.com/img/4e/4ed9be9cce98a...

Bucs hired someone other than Trestman for their OC job. Trestman did interview with Jaguars as well.

pretty good overview of what Pace has to deal with it...


Cutler's a $19M cap hit if they release him I believe prior to June 1st, so that's not happening. Rumor was a trade would involve Bears having to give up a draft pick to get a worse pick and dump his salary, don't know how wise that would be and there are no alternatives on the FA market imo. I believe his cap hit after next season if he's cut is only around $3M, so I think one more year of Cutler is inevitable.

If they can swing it, you stick with the offense personnel you have for the most part and try to keep most of the system in place so they're not learning they're 5th new offense since Cutler joined. I'd be happy to see at least a 50% turnover in defensive personel. Beyond Fuller, maybe Christian Jones and some of the defensive lineman, the rest can all go.

Speaking of, has he cut Chris Conte or fired Mel Tucker yet?

I'd also keep Bostic...Paea, Willie Young if he comes back ok...Ratliff...and the 2 back up DT's

I'm sure Bostic is back, he's cheap and not completely terrible. They can bring Paea back, but won't be too upset if they don't. Ratliff, Young and Houston, eh, two of them were injured right?

J. Allen is a $12.5M cap hit. Thanks Obama!

True....but at least Young was productive. Houston? Oof...he was bad.

Guys have good years, guys have bad years, he's still pretty young. No idea if he was any good in the first place though.

That's what Mr. Pace is for.

I can't believe I'm saying this because as an older guy in a young person's business I run into my share of ageism (it doesn't seem to affect me personally but I see it, and it's not as bad as the sexism), but, I'm glad the guy is as young as he is. The Bears could use that youthful shot in the arm. Again, I can't believe I'm saying this, but Halas Hall has probably smelled like a senior citizen's home the last few years. Good to see a youngin' get a shot at fixing this.

Cubs making the Cardinals nervous? http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie...

All through the baseball world (even in the wider sporting world) you hear commentators now talking about whether or not a team should do a Cubs-style rebuild. It's awesome.

And the amazing thing is they don't have a playoff appearance yet to show for it.

Haven't been able to break 75 wins yet, even.

It's a rare moment in history when the general public is more optimistic about the Cubs' chances than Cub fandom itself.

I'm optimistic enough to think they could win 80-84 games this year, provided that Lester, Arietta, and Rizzo do not have any season-ending injuries.

I think they have a decent shot at a playoff spot in 2015 if things go their way.

if they have career years, along with Bryant and Soler. (yes I know Byrant is a rookie and his first year will be his career year)

Debbie Downer.

Bryant projections for 2015: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2319842-kr... "Bill James has him down for 152 games, 33 homers, 105 rbis, 18 stolen bases and an .864 OPS. " Steamer Projections for Kris Bryant PA HR SB AVG OBP SLUG OPS WAR 600 31 9 .261 .340 .496 .836 4.5 Kris Bryant's 2014 Season Split PA HR SB AVG OBP SLUG OPS AA 297 22 8 .355 .458 .702 1.160 AAA 297 21 7 .295 .418 .619 1.036 Total 594 43 15 .325 .438 .661 1.098 Bryant is the first prospect we've seen out of the Cubs organization in recent years with the statistical chops to suggest he's a can't miss: Bill Madlock's average minor league OPS was .828, although he wasn't a slugger. His OPB was .375. Compare Bryant with Corey Patterson's last two years in Iowa: .261 .338 .491 .829 .253 .308 .387 .694 The .829 OPS was pretty good but the stats overall aren't "can't miss". Maybe sometime WISCGRAD will do an analysis of Cubs past prospects and we can see how many can't misses there were, but Bryant is the first I remember. He has a high K rate, but with that high OPB it doesn't mean a thing. It will go down in future years but next year it will be up there, but it shouldn't impact his stats too negatively. So if he comes close to matching that, that's nearly 5 wins alone. Add a full season of Soler and throw in full seasons of Lester and Arrietta and a healthy Rizzo, and suddenly the Cubs get interesting. And I like Kyle Hendricks a lot more than just about everyone else in the world does. As far as I am concerned, the Cubs have 3 starters that can shut down a losing streak, which is a key for a young team. Add in a pretty nasty bullpen, and you have a team that you pretty much need to be leading by the 6th inning or so. Add in a more experienced Alcantara, who is another guy I like more than a lot of people do, who this year cuts down on his Ks a bit, a really nice defensive catching tandem (one of whom hits pretty well at least from one side of the plate, and maybe even Stella leading off if he's as good as some scouts say. IF everyone stays healthy I think 90 wins is possible. Only if everything falls into place, and I'll admit that's rare. Things always go wrong for most teams at some point. And don't forget Mandonini's 40 WAR.

Choi's minor league numbers are pretty stellar except for 2001, his 77-game first go round in AAA at age 22. I don't mean that to be a downer--I actually think Choi could've been league average-ish if not for some injuries and if for a few more shots. If he were 25 right now, he'd be some team's starting 1B and wouldn't be so criticized for being overly passive at the plate.

I think Bryant is in a different category. He's some people's #1 MiLB prospect.

You're right about that. Bryant is doing this in an era where sometimes you can lead the league with fewer than 40 HRs. Also, Choi's minor league OPS was routinely in the .900s. Bryant's minor league OPS is 1.095 so far. But I was mostly trying to think of the last player who looked like a real can't-miss by the numbers and Choi is the closest I can come up with.

Agreed. I know that there have been others with more hype like Felix Pie and Corey Patterson but Choi may have had the steadiest actual stats. Then there are the ridiculous claims that Bryant might be the BEST hitting prospect ever. I'll have to find the origin of that. Does anyone remember who said it or who explored the idea that he is?

I thought about Hee Seop as I was writing it but I just didn't see the comp because most of his experience was up through the Korean system - not that that is bad - it's just harder for me to know how to measure. But I really thought he looked like a can't miss prospect, too, at least in just watching him, if not the stats. I remember once shot off his bat, a line drive that drove into the outfield fence and seemed at the time it nearly went through it. Even for today's OBP happy baseball world he was a bit passive at the plate but it seemed to me at the time not to be so critical, even then. He would have figured that out. I was pretty surprised when he ended up a bust.

Hah, that would be a short analysis. There have been several Cubs prospects in the past that fans and analysts said "couldn't miss" and all of them have. There, done. 

Which prospects were can't miss? Patterson Pie Who else?

Don't know about "can't miss", but Vitters supposedly had the "best swing" of any hitter in that year's draft. Pie was supposed to be the "Michael Jordan of baseball", according to one of the Cubs minor league coaches. Sadly, he was exactly that -- Michael Jordan playing baseball...

guess everyone's defintion may vary, but if you look at their major league rankings, they rarely had anyone in the top 20 of the whole game.


Castro before 2010 was #16

Baez was #16 before 2013 and #5 (with Bryant #8) before last year.

Otherwise you have to go all the way back to Mark Prior before 2002 at #2 with Juan Cruz at #6 the same season..

  • 2001: C. Patterson #2, J. Cruz #17
  • 2000: C. Patterson #3
  • 1999: C. Patterson #16
  • 1998: K. Wood #4
  • 1997: K. Wood #3
  • 1996: K. Wood #16
  • 1990: M. Harkey #14

F. Pie's highest ranking was #27 before 2006, H. Choi got up to #22 before 2003, B. Dopirak got up to #21 before 2005

Could miss I'm surprised (not for the first time) how unimpressive Patterson's minor-league numbers are above low-A ball. Pie is better, but he's no Kris Bryant, who played 36 games in 2013 and then hit 45 home runs in his first full season as a pro, which included half a season at Iowa. edit: 43 Hrs

Patterson was never can't miss for me, no matter what the media said. He showed no baseball acumen on the field or at the plate whatsoever. His minor league numbers didn't scream at you the way Bryant's did. Pie had a couple of really nice years in the minors, but his body of work didn't scream out the way Bryant's has, but in fairness Bryant has only had one full year, so that's a crappy comp. What we can say about Bryant is that he's dominated at every level, but you have to throw in college there, and that's not the minors. Pie seemed like he had some potential to me, but I never really thought he was going to have a higher ceiling than, say, Alcantara has. Pie to me was a comp to Alcantara - but of course I was not aware of Alcantara at the time. Potential to be a good player, but no sure thing. The last time I saw a Cub come up through the system and I said to myself on first watching him, "That guy is going to dominate the competition" was Lee Smith. I thought that the first time I saw him pitch. Well, there was Prior, but everybody was talking about him. But as for position players, I honestly can't remember being wowed to the point of thinking, "all star in the making". I remember loving Bill Madlock, but I don't remember a moment early on where I sat watching in awe. Soler did that too me, and even Baez in his first few at bats until I started realizing he had some pretty awful mechanics that I think are fixable. I know I went on and on about Olt, but I've never said, "can't miss". That was more, "why the hell aren't we trying to find out what he's got?" Prodigious power, but a Brett Jacksonish knack for missing hittable pitches. So, for me, so far, it's really just Soler in recent memory where I think sure thing, but even that is hedged by injury paranoia. I haven't seen Bryant other than one game here in Round Rock and he didn't do anything there, but his stats speak for themselves, and he played the corner position pretty well. A lot of baseball people talk about Addison Russell as a can't miss, but even he doesn't have Bryant-like stats. But then again, not many have had those kinds of stats. One year being a small sample size, of course. Bryce Harper had the same kind of hype, but not even his stats were as good. I don't remember Mike Trout hype until he got up to the MLB level, but his stats weren't even as good in the minors. Thus my suggestion that Bryant is probably going to be worth 4-5 WAR, barring injury.

Article linked in MLBTR about Yankees and Red Sox being heavy favorites on Moncado, but then it says if he isn't made available by June 15 or something like that they are out of luck because of the international signing bonus thing. Anybody have a good grasp on how that works and where the Cubs lie in this latest Cuban quest? I've read the Cubs are actually pretty heavily involved, but that they are better served by a longish delay because of their bonus pool being exceeded. From MLBTR
Neither team can spend more than $300K on any player during the 2015-16 international signing period, a penalty incurred for exceeding their 2014-15 int’l bonus pools. If Moncada isn’t cleared before June 15, the Yankees and Sox will be out of the running, as Moncada will command a bonus in the $30MM-$40MM range.
So I guess the Cubs are ok for 2014-15? If not, why would they be in on this guy? Good thing I'm not a GM. I can never keep that stuff straight in my head.


Moncada, on the other hand, will be subject to spending limits, but executives that spoke with Passan still seemed to believe the price tag could approach $40MM. That would obliterate any team’s bonus pool, and a signing team would have to pay a 100 percent luxury tax on all overages (in addition to subsequently being prohibited from spending more than $300K on a player in the next two signing periods). In that regard, then, a team would essentially be dropping $60-80MM to add Moncada to its farm system, based on the range Passan received in his poll of execs.

So the dude is so good apparently that teams are willing to pay a 100% luxury tax of $30-$40M on him...wow. Somehow I bet this works out for the Yanks or Red Sox.

Has anybody seen my international baseball fantasy draft picks lately? Oh, wait. Never mind.

on that note, if the system is designed to keep amateur player salaries down, but teams willfully could give 2 fucks about keeping within those rules, maybe they should just get rid of the rules?

Teams must realize that this is all going to an international draft and are gonna spend as much as they can now.

Yeah I read somewhere that is why Cubs are in on Moncado.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss Todays press conference for Ryan Pace Bears new GM "Ryan will report to me" -Ted Phillips Rinse, repeat.

I still don't get the Ted Phillips hate, Bears have always hit near the salary cap and he's not evaluating the players. Fault him for Angelo I suppose, but well Angelo was a lot better than what they had before and certainly well regarded at the time. I didn't mind Emery or Trestman, especially at first, I think most liked the offensive direction they wanted to go(although I know I mentioned numerous times that I was worried they we're gonna piss away their defense), but it wasn't working out and they cut bait a lot quicker than I expected.

Although the way they handled the HC search after Lovie was obviously very dysfunctional. But hopefully they just let Pace take over and do his thing, it's the only way to run things.

I know he's the Crane Kenney of the Bears and Kenney's a douche, but he's not keeping the Cubs from winning. Well except maybe in '08.

There's also McCaskey hate, don't forget that. But in truth, George is miles ahead of Michael, who really presided over mediocrity in a way that seemed almost like an art form - Super Bowl exception noted. George has presided over mediocrity, but he's trying like hell, in my opinion. He okayed the Cutler contract - yes, it is a bad contract but it showed that the McCaskey's aren't afraid of pouring money into the problem. He has okayed lots of free agent money. He okayed the Marshall trade - not for a minute do I think somebody trades for Brandon Marshall and at least checks in with the owner. He's shown impatience with his GMs, for good reason. Fans should cut the dude some slack - he's at least trying. I've complained here a lot about how the McCaskeys don't eat contracts. Well, they just did, and I have a feeling that if the new guy doesn't want Cutler and/or Marshall around, they'll be gone.

Pace press conference summary


doesn't sound particularly high on Cutler, build through the draft, says need to go back to Bears identiy of tough, physical defenses...I'd be happy with any defense.

Pace's thoughts on head coaches


The two most important relationships within an NFL organization, according to Pace, are the one between a general manager and head coach, and the bond between the coach and quarterback.

Good luck with that...

Denorfia official, Kickham kicked to the curb to make room.

Kickham. I mean, to even pun on it seems redundant. Still waiting for the Castillo move that seems inevitable.

might have to wait until next season for that one...the team has the luxury of seeing who sticks in the middle IF out of their crew of question marks. mid-season, maybe... lots of neat parts in the pipeline, but we have a SS/2nd who may not hit well enough to stick around in 2015, a "next big thing" SS who's not made it past AA, and a new 2nd who may not even be able to stick at 2nd because of questions about his D...then there's castro. yeah, they'll listen to any deal offer and all that, but they can afford to wait given castro's length of contract, development age, and relative affordability. barring injury or suck, he's still going to have a lot of value on the trade market. that said, it wouldn't shock me to see him moved if the right offer came across because they can gamble on that depth.

I was thinking smaller-scale--Welington. I agree with you on Castro--that's not so inevitable and will happen only after Baez and/or Russell really show something, if at all.

speaking of Kick-em...Lavarnway is back on DFA road again

Kickham really should be a Ham Fighter.

*doffs cap*

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  • Cubster 3 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Two White Sox test positive for Covid. Not yet disclosed who they are. Reminder that the Cubs are going to be scheduled to play the WSox for 6 games.


  • Jackstraw 15 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Don't let short-term market fluctuations diminsh your enthusiasm for a great long-term investment.


  • crunch 18 hours 8 sec ago (view)

    freddy freeman + aaron nola are also positive star players.

    the scary thing is freeman tested negative on tuesday.  by thursday he was sick and tested positive shortly afterwards.  some may question the strength of the MLB test if they were the ones who gave freeman's initial negative...


  • Cubster 18 hours 53 min ago (view)

    COVID positive: LeMahieu NYY; Sano MIN; S Perez KC.


  • crunch 20 hours 45 min ago (view)

    phillies now have 7 down with covid...freddy freeman (ATL) has symptomatic covid with fever/chills/aches for the past 3 days...some players on multiple teams are still awaiting initial test results so they can join spring training 2.0 with their teams...

    also, this photo of pablo sandoval (SF) taking grounders at 3rd... https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcHFTylVcAAE5SI?format...


  • Cubster 21 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Wittenmeyer tweet: Hendricks and Darvish combine for 4 Ks in a pair of scoreless half-innings.

    Press box wag: "Cubs hitting sucks this year"


  • crunch 22 hours 55 min ago (view)

    2020 schedule to be announced monday (tentative).


  • crunch 22 hours 56 min ago (view)

    d.price (LAD) to sit out the season.

    LAD isn't going to get d.price at all in 2020 and they got m.betts for 60-ish games until he's a FA.  ow.  that duo cost them jeter downs, alex verdugo, and connor wong.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    I acquired Trout over the winter in a keeper league. Not feeling too great about that either.


  • Hagsag 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Andrew Cashner still hasn't signed with anyone. Could be useful.


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    the cleveland indians have released a statement that they are open for dialogue about the future of the team's name.

    twitter is all over it and seems to be all about going back to "cleveland spiders", an unrelated dead MLB team lineage in cleveland from the 1800s (some guy named cy young played for them).


  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Q coming back in 4-6 weeks will be like a mid-season trade!  sigh...

    but yeah, they should be good in-house with expanded rosters unless they get slammed by IL stuff.


  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    MLB has confirmed 38 positives (players/coaches/personel/etc) so far.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    With 17 pitchers likely on the 30-man MLB Active List roster for the first two weeks and then probably 15 pitchers on the 28-man Active List for the next two weeks after that, the Cubs should be able to "bullpen" games quite a bit for the first month. They won't really need five starters. 


  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    the cubs were searching car seats for coins to sign the scraps they managed to get this offseason.  i imagine doing everything "in house" might be on the table.

    the ricketts will need all the money they can spare to dump into GOP elections, too.  priorities.  btw, yes the family has been dumping 100s of thousand (to the tune of millions combined) over the past few months into state elections in areas they don't live in.  wisconsin, nevada, new york, georgia, etc...millions...many millions of dollars all over the country.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Once the MLB regular season starts, the "Practice Squad" will be a sub-group of the Club Player Pool, as will be the MLB Active List roster and the various MLB injured lists.