Lawton Steroid User

According to multiple sources, Deadspin.com is reporting that Matt Lawton is the "AL outfielder from a playoff team" that tested positive for steroids. Rumors have been floating about for quite awhile now. Apparently he's in the appeals process at the moment, which is why you haven't heard anything from MLB yet. Also from Deadspin.com, they have been rating the best blogs out there for most of the major sports franchises. I was trying to keep my eye out for their take on the Cubbies blogs, but those sneaky devils posted it way back on October 3rd, which is a national mourning day for Cubs fans everywhere, so I missed it apparently. Anyway, we finished first:
1. The Cub Reporter. Part of the consistently excellent All-Baseball network, this immensely popular Cubs site covers everything you might possibly want to know and more. Smart, and able to resist Cub Fan Fatigue.
So, um, yeah, Cool!!! We'd like to thank....[orchestra warming up in the background already]. Hey wait!!! All-baseball.com was all over their rankings: Boston: 3rd place for Fire Brand of the American League Chicago White Sox: 2nd place for Exile in Wrigleyville San Diego Padres: 2nd place for Ducksnorts Kansas City Royals: 1st place for Kauffman Confidential So win, place or show, congrats to all who were mentioned by Deadspin. And look, we get a fancy graphic to display as well, what more could a blog ask for?

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Guardado off the market, Mariners exercised 2006 option.

Rob, first place in anything is worth a beer, so PayPal gets another $6 from me, assuming this is roughly the price of a beer at Wrigley?

Anyway, we finished first: 1. The Cub Reporter. Part of the consistently excellent All-Baseball network, this immensely popular Cubs site covers everything you might possibly want to know and more. Smart, and able to resist Cub Fan Fatigue. Congrats to Rob, AZ Phil and the entire TCR crew and all us Cub fan contributors. This is quite the BASEBALL MITsVAH!

Thanks for the donation, Dave! The way the accounts are set up, that money goes into, uh, my personal checking account. So. Brent, John, Rob, I owe you each a buck-fifty.

I'm willing to double Dave's donation if it helps us land B.J. Ryan.. who's with me??? You can keep the $1.50 Christian as long as it go towards bringing back the Rachel Wacholder ads. :) Thnx for the donation Dave!

We Cub fans are spoiled and must be patient- http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/due/

Maddux wins gold glove.

Derrek Lee gold glove ...to go with silver slugger.

2005 NL GG Winners (Defensive Win Shares in parenthesis + rank, WS leader if applicable) -- C - Mike Matheny (11.1, 1st) 1b - Derrek Lee (3.0, 1st) 2b - Luis Castillo (6.0, 3rd - C. Counsell, 6.9) SS - Omar Vizquel (6.3, 5th - R. Furcal, 8.1) 3b - Mike Lowell (4.2, 4th - D. Wright, 4.8) OF - Bobby Abreu (3.7, 15th), A. Jones (5.8, 4th), J. Edmonds (5.5, 5th) (Beltan 7.2, B. Clark 7.2, W. Taveras 6.6) P - G. Maddux (no calculations for pitchers fielding) Abreu seems to be the NL version of J. Varitek, otherwise not too far off at all by WS standards. Vizquel got a reputation award.

I was reading over at Ivy Chat and was reminded of another Dusty tactic that I completly forgot about. Incentives in contracts. Veterans have them, younger players usually don't. And Dusty since he "owes" to us fans and is such a great "players" manager will do everthing in his power to get players their incentives. As pointed out by Chuck....Holly had incentives for AB's which is a another reason why he continued to be trotted out. Hawkins had incentives for saves so Baker was hell bent on getting that for him. I did a little back checking and Perez had performance bonuses as well. So yet another reason why he got so many AB's and was played everyday. Dusty has to get his player's paid, he doesn't give a rats ass about putting the best player on the field. Rusch has incentives in his contracts for games started so that automatically puts him ahead of Williams in the rotation who has none.

Dusty has to get his player's paid, he doesn't give a rats ass about putting the best player on the field. Gregg Maddux owes him bigtime!!

You really think Maddux should have been removed from the rotation?

Must have been a joke due to the huge $9M extension. Clearly Maddux earned it like he has for a decade & a half.

No, I was OBVIeffingOUSLY referring to the fact that thanks to Dusty, a pitcher who has watched his skills dip precipitously the last three years was able to exceed 400 innings pitched over the last two (even led the team in IP last season) and as a result has automatically vested a nine million dollar contract to pitch even more mediocre baseball for the Cubs in 2006.

I don't have a problem with Maddux getting his innings. He is a hall of famer you don't dis-respect a hall of famer like that. If he is healthy enough to go out and do what you signed him for then you owe him every cent of that contract. Maddux has earned it, Macias, Holly, Perez, they haven't earned a damn thing in their career except a reputation of being lousy ball players.

maddux rarely pitches more than 90 pitches anyway. he's still a decent pitcher...except for his horrible long-ball problem the past couple years. besides...until late last season the pen was a disaster...and no it wasnt because of hawkins 10 innings or rusch not starting or whatever. it was a combined effort suckfest except for the dumpster who arrived in the pen after a month. bleh...anytime april-july i'd honestly rather see almost anyone who wasnt falling apart out ther over almost anyone in the pen.

MLBPA or Maddux or somebody definitely would have taken some kind of action had the Cubs pushed him to the pen. There has to be something they could have pursued under whatever version of "team must act in good faith with regards to incentives" clause is in the CBA. That we have an average pitcher playing for superstar money next year is the result of a bogus starry-eyed contract, and we shouldn't blame Dusty Baker when that happens.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sport... Sully on Furcal...the Braves have till Nov 11th for exclusive negotiations, then katy bar the door (another Jack Brickhousism). Sully sez that if the Cubs sign Furcal, Cedeno is in at 2B and Walker will be shopped (I doubt that and hope Cedeno gets playing time as the 2006 version of Neifi)

Well, you can bet your ass on Maddux making 33 starts and pitching over 200 innings in 2006. You can also count on him winning 12-15 games. Maybe a couple more if he has a better bullpen finishing off games. $9mm is big bucks, but you can't count on anyone else in the rotation doing the above. If you take away his worst few starts this year, it drops his ERA well below 4.00 and he had 20 quality starts in 35 games. It's not like he got bombed every time out... just every 4th time.

Anyone know what Cory patterson is doing this winter? Is he playing? Packing his things for the inpending trade or what?

"You can keep the $1.50 Christian as long as it go towards bringing back the Rachel Wacholder ads. :)" AMEN

SCOTT G F: Corey is out here in Mesa "working on his swing & his approach to hitting" at the Fitch Park facility with AA West Tenn batting guru Von Joshua, who apparently has more cred as a "hitting instructor" than either Gene Clines (the Cubs so-called "Hitting Instructor"), Pat Listach (AAA Iowa's so-called "Hitting Instructor"), or Dave Keller (the Cubs so-called "Roving Hitting Instructor"). Hey, here's a thought. If Tribune Company would like to save a couple grand, why not get rid of the Cubs "Hitting Instructor" position, Iowa's "Hitting Instructor" position, and West Tenn's "Hitting Instructor" position, and just have a "Roving Hitting Instructor" (like maybe Von Joshua) who works with any player in the organization who wants and needs help? Which brings me to Phil Wrigley's "College of Cosches." The reason the "College of Coaches" was a misguided concept was because it assumed (and what happens when you assume?) that the Cubs and Cub minor league teams could rotate the "Head Coach" during the season without having an adverse affect on leadership, discipline, or team morale. What WAS good about the College of Coaches was hiring coaches who were TEACHERS & INSTRUCTORS instead of the manager's CRONIES, and these TEACHERS & INSTRUCTORS were assigned to "rove" and work throughout the organization as one-on-one TEACHERS & INSTRUCTORS (with players and pitchers in need of help with certain aspects of their game) instead of as the manager's flunky, drinking buddy and/or gim rummy pigeon, or as a spy for the GM.

Lawton's a cheater, but I do respect him for at least admitting it and not trying a lame Palmeiro style defense: "I made a terrible and foolish mistake that I will regret for the rest of my life," Lawton said in a statement that he read over the telephone to The Associated Press. "I take full responsibility for my actions and did not appeal my suspension. I apologize to the fans, the game, my family and all those people that I let down. I am truly sorry and deeply regret my terrible lapse in judgment." Link

Congrats on finishing first at Deadspin, guys. The accolades are well deserved.

My wife and I live in the St. Louis area, and so getting up to Wrigley is usually only once or twice a year, but we something about touring the field on an off-day. I'm sure many have been through it, what are your thoughts? Is it worth it?

I took the tour and it is terrific. You see the locker room, broadcast booth, security room, go on the field, in the dugouts. Highly recomended.

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  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 29 min ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   

     

  • JustSayin' 20 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 22 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 12 min ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 

     

  • JustSayin' 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

     

  • crunch 3 days 35 min ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.

     

  • crunch 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 5 days 22 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 6 days 1 hour ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 6 days 22 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 1 week 6 hours ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 week 8 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 12 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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