Bad News, Good News, Really Good News

While I’m weighing multiple $300m+ offers, I wanted to take a moment to announce a change to the site: I will no longer be making regular daily game thread posts.

If anyone is interested in stepping up to fill that void, let me know. (Perhaps a once-a week rotation could work.)

The good news is that I will still be lurking in the background to keep the site running and making the occasional snide comment. I’ll keep the contests running, too. 

The really good news is that AZ Phil is firmly committed to doing everything that he does to make the site essential reading. As long as Phil is in AZ, there will be a TCR.

In other news, which is not great but not bad, either, we have replaced the chat feature. For as much as we love our animal noises, our usage didn’t exactly warrant the cost for the Soviet-era technology called Parachat. 

In its place, we have added a link to the new TCR MeWe group. Apart from being free, it's also excellent on mobile. It has a live chat feature and also the option to make more substantive posts, should the occasion arise. You’ll have to make your own animals noises.

Our man on the inside, Michael, will continue to use the best duct tape and crazy glue that we can afford to upgrade the site.

As always, go Cubs!

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thanks to all of you guys.  i appreciate it.

Thx, Steve, AZP, et al. If TCR went down I'd have to start paying my way into I-Cub games again & I just got approved yesterday for renewed privileges in 2019...

Big thanks to all of you!!!

Yu caught what Chatwood's throwing? 4 walks & 4 outs...

cards extend m.mikolas 4/68m (2020-24)

they also signed m.wieters to a minor league deal.

Thanks for keeping this site being the best

bote is back, and in the lineup today.

Thanks for all the free labor, CTSteve! Free tip: Take more than one of those offers and just play for multiple teams--easy solution!

I love the idea of a once-a-week rotation and I'd be willing to step into that. 24-ish posts over 6 months would be way more manageable than 162+.

Willson with a “mammoth” (as described by Len) two run homer over left field off of Jesse Chavez.  Contreras power trending up!  Len said it was among the longest home runs he’s seen at the Rangers spring training facility.  

Video of HR (and quality crack of the bat sound that’s been sorely missed)

https://twitter.com/protvsports/status/1100868127368273920?s=21

Crunch will you be doing the daily game thread posts? Its got your name all over it.

Seconded.

i would be willing to do it if site ownership is comfortable with it and doesn't have someone else already in mind.

i wouldn't be able to do every game because of the nature of the demands of my work, though.

Crunch’s Corner?

i demand 3 corners, 2 walls, and a partially obstructed doorway.

This site is great.  Screw Twitter and the information revolution.

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  • crunch 15 hours 50 min ago (view)

    cubs trade for travis lakins for a PTBNL or cash considerations from the rsox.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lakin...

     

  • Charlie 20 hours 30 min ago (view)

    I mean, the "overrated" criticism is always more about other people deserving of the honor being snubbed or put through more rigamarole. Jeter was definitely a great player for a long time. I just want people to remember that guys like Scott Rolen are not 60% less deserving, as the current voting system seems to indicate.

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    speaking of the HOF...

    schilling had a nice bump in his 8th eligable year going from 60.9% to 70.0%.  he's probably gonna get in next year...and if not for his abrasive personality and questionable interests outside of baseball he would probably already be in.  he's good enough to be there based on performance alone.

    fellow 8th year guys bonds and clemens held steady, going up around 1% point to 60%-ish range.  they may or may not get some love entering their 9th or 10th years.

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    m.ozuna signs with the braves 1/18m.

    he was expected to sign for similar pay over a number of years.  the cards must be "wtf?" about him walking away from the 17.8m qualifying offer, though.  at least they get a draft pick out of it.

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    5x gold glove...and earned 0 of them.

    whatever.  hell of a hitter, and he played SS "good enough" to not embarass himself or the team.

    but yeah, overrated even if he's a no-doubt 1st ballot hall of famer...which seems like an odd thing to say even if it's true (at least in the eyes of many).

     

  • Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    That's a significant boost for being the face of the Yankees. Expected, but in retrospect he wasn't that much better than plenty of people who didn't have full support for the hall (Santo comes to mind).

    *Tries to start an "over-rated" chant.*

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    d.jeter and l.walker (10th and final year on ballot, 76.6%) are going to the HOF.

    jeter got 99.75% of the vote...highest for a position player (griffey jr 99.32% 2016).  m.rivera got 100% last year.

    larry walker decided to dress up for his first post-election interview.  class act.

    https://i.ibb.co/Dfqtz1p/EO15-ODUX0-AU6id-Y-format...

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    nice.  i love seeing the undrafted who still try to make a career get a shot.

    it seems he's somewhat recently hit 97mph on his fastball which helped attract some interest.

    https://uspbl.com/max-bain-signs-with-chicago-cubs/

    good luck to the dude.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released eight players from their Dominican Academy: RHRP Donato Auguste, RHRP Marco Encarnacion, RHRP Rodrigo Garcia, RHRP Francisco Gracia, LHRP Anderson Parra, RHRP Willians Vasquez, 1B Jeinser Brete, and OF Kevin Miranda.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Rex Brothers has one minor league option left and Article XX-D status (so he can elect free-agency if outrighted) if he were to be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster at some point in 2020. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    RHSP Max Bain (contract acquired by Cubs from Utica Unicorns of USPBL last week) minor league UPC has not yet been filed with MLB. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    The Josh Phegley, Bryan Brickhouse, Rex Brothers, Juan Gamez, and Caleb Simpson minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but the Tyler Olson and Jason Adam contracts are still pending.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed LHRP Rex Brothers (ex COL, ex-ATL), RHRP Bryan Brickhouse, RHRP Juan Gamez (pitched in Mexican League in 2019), and RHRP Caleb Simpson to minor l;eague contracts, and Brothers is the only one of the four likely receive an NRI to Cubs MLB Spring Training. 

     

  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    ummm...nevermind...

    ""There’s a lot of disrespect from people there that I don’t want to be a part of," Arenado said. "You can quote that." Arenado added, "You ask what I thought of Jeff’s quotes and I say I don’t care what people say around there. There is a lot of disrespect."

    The third baseman didn't want to elaborate on what he felt was disrespectful, but clearing the relationship between Arenado and the front office needs to be repaired."

     

  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    some good news...or bad news depending on how you feel about it...for the k.bryant trade market...

    "Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich on Monday indicated that Nolan Arenado will not be dealt prior to spring training and trade talks involving the third baseman are off for now."

    now MLB and crew need to decide whether bryant has an extra year of club control or not...still waiting...

    rangers, braves, and nats are supposedly looking at 3rd base upgrades.  cards are, too, but bryant to the cards would be a mutiny level trade decision.

     

  • crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    "Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Marlins, Cubs, Rangers, and Brewers are "believed to be among the teams with some interest" in free agent reliever Pedro Strop.

    Nicholson-Smith on Sunday that Strop had three offers in-hand (two from NL clubs and one from an AL club) and will likely make his decision soon."