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 10 hours 51 min ago (view)

    mid-july and watching pre-spring training scrimage games (no cubs tonight) because that's so 2020 and we're doing 2020.

    the piped-in "ambient crowd noise" isn't that bad most of the time.

    it's weird when some team's broadcasts amp up some cheers into the mix or raise the volume when "action" is happening, though.  if they do it for homers it's gonna be really weird with all the noise and empty stands.  i think we're all in for weird.  it's 2020.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Q got his stiches removed...gonna play catch tomorrow...it probably won't be as good as the end of Field of Dreams, though.

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 55 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed veteran switch-hitting catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to Iowa reserve list and the Cubs Club Player Pool.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Steele, K. Thompson, and Patterson have all been developed (so far) as starting pitchers, so this will give the Cubs potentially three more SP candidates for their Practice Squad. 

     

  • Craig A. 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, and he's no better at calling fiowl balls. He belongs on a talk show, not on a baseball diamond. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    sergio mitre is under investigation for the rape and murder of a 2 year old in mexico.

    wtf...

    evidently the child of the 19 year old woman he's been living with for a few months ended up in the hospital where they found damage (most likely from sexual assault) leading to her death.

    i'm done with 2020.

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    braves sign puig.

    that's a risky signing with so many young kids the braves have still forming their professional lives.  he's a bit toxic and combative.

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    if we had less joe west mentality we'd be on our way to being over it.  i'm not going to address those fake ass "facts" that people like him are standing behind in order to keep from doing the bare minimum to sacrifice comfort for country.

    him and his kind are the issue keeping this "unfair" thing continuing.

     

  • Cubster 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Hopefully Joe West will retire. Unfortunately, he's a crazy conspiracy guy and doesn't believe Coronavirus is killing people.

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  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    11 umpires opt out of 2020...

     

  • Cubster 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    IMPOTUS 45: "ANYBODY WHO WANTS A TEST CAN GET A TEST"

    then said quietly by his elves: although it can take up to 1-2 days (or two tanks of gas) to get through test lines and then 7-14 days to get results.

     

  • crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    5 cubs players + d.ross didn't work out with the team today because their tests were dealyed.  4 players + d.ross later came back negative and 1 test will have to be done again because it was compromised during transport and invalidated.

    ...turns out the compromised test was not a player, but a non-player/non-ross Tier 1 employee.  neat.

     

  • crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    v.caratini will continue to be darvish's preferred catcher this season.

     

  • crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    j.hicks (STL) opts out.  he's a T1 diabetic currently rehabbing from TJ.  he was expected to return in august.

     

  • JustSayin' 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports.  The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers.  The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits.  If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt.  At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.

     

  • crunch 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    rizzo took BP and did some field work today.  also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.