Old Ballplayers Never Die
Jackson (Red) Hollis passed away last fall. Cancer finally got him out at the age of 90. He was a fixture at Principal Park, home of the Iowa Cubs, where he preached the gospel of baseball for even more seasons than he played the game professionally.
I wrote an homage to him last summer for our local paper near the end of the minor league season that sketches an outline of who he was and why he is missed.
Today I was reminded of him which led me to look him up (again) @ Baseball Reference. His extensive minor league resume includes seven stints at various levels of the Cub system without ever reaching the top.
I noticed the meter’s still running on his age. As of 12/28/18 he’s listed at 90 years and 334 days.
Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 45 min ago (view)
Lame. He was intriguing
crunch 12 hours 54 min ago (view)
cubs release matt dermody...he's heading to japan.
Cubster 22 hours 8 min ago (view)
and they are including amusement tax, healthcare costs (Doc Adams doesn't come cheap!), social security and political donations to the City and the Governor of Nebraska.
bradsbeard 22 hours 33 min ago (view)
It all depends what you count as "payroll." If you include the $11M in Lester and Descalso's buyouts plus the $3M sent in the Darvish trade you get to somewhere like $145M. If you include the $15M in estimated share of player benefits, you get to $160M. I think that last year, including player benefits, they were slated to be up around $205M for MLB payroll before the pandemic.
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
not sure, but i think it's around 130-135m right now even with bryant/baez/contreras still on board...including the 3m to set darvish free and other random $$ expenses on the roster.
tack on another 3-4m for happ when that gets settled....plus other odds/ends that have a chance to make the roster (s.miller, a.morgan, j.holder, etc) and other pre-arbitration guys...
cubs still need someone to back up contreras (if he sticks around, which i wouldn't be surprised to see him stick around)...not sure if taylor gushue is gonna be that guy and m.amaya is too young.
George Altman 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Seriously, what's the 2021 payroll number? Currently at approximately $165M and after they trade Bryant, Baez, & Contreras - $130M. Is that it, $135-140M.
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Q to the angels...supposedly 1/8m
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
pete ricketts (the governor of Nebraska ricketts) is a key part of an anti-gambling Nebraska group called "Gambling With The Good Life" that actively lobbied their open legislature...including a speech by pete...to keep gambling illegal in Nebraska.
he last spoke for the group to the state government in-session 3 months ago.
...it's also worth mentioning all of this is separate from the Draft Kings/Wrigley Field deal that flew under the radar toward the end of the season that will put a sportsbook directly in wrigley field, itself.
Charlie 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Of all the things, why does this most make me want to punch
Cubster 2 days 24 min ago (view)
I thought the Cubs had lost a rising star in Porter, seems the just got lucky with him leaving the organization.
crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
jared porter...damn dude...mets gm, ex cubs director of scouting...
crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
cubs freeing up that chatwood + lester loot sure did help...wait...sigh.
Cubster 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
Plus Chatwood signing w Bluejays is done.
crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
...and done. 1 year deal with a mutual option.
Cubster 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
Dolorous in discussions with the Washington Schwarbs.