Were You Expecting A Warning?

As you can see, we've got a whole new design to the website and we're adding a writer from "Behind the Ivy", Graham Funk. There are obviously some kinks to still work out and I imagine the redesign will go through a few more versions before we settle on anything. And no, I had nothing to do with any of this. So be patient, we'll hopefully get this all fixed up in no time. And yeah, I want the comments in their own pop-up box too.


Looks great. Easier to navigate.

Maybe it's just me, but the posts show up below the links. Like this: http://www.kudzufiles.com/otherstuff/cubrepor...

Harry: IE bug. works fine in Firefox. Webmaster should have it fixed today.

I believe Randy Bush was just promoted to AGM...or SA-to-GM...

Oops, typed that wrong...I meant R.Bush promoted to AGm from SA to GM.

We want the funk, we want the funk! We want the funk, gotta have that funk... Welcome aboard.

Welcome Graham!

Now I can't e-mail nasty messages to blowhards. :(

It looks good so far. Maybe use some Cubbie blue so it doesn't look so drab.

This still blows.

Ahh, now we're talking. Still some work to do, but thanks to Evan & Co for taking our suggestions seriously.

Hmm.. Test1 123 456 789 Test2 123 456 789 Test3 123 456 789

^^ Awesome.

Needs Cubbie blue and some pinstripes. Too generic. I'll wait.

The new site is still pretty much the TCR equivilant to "New Coke" , but at least there's been some improvements so far. Is Ruz even going to pretend to still be apart of TCR, or has he "officially" abandoned it?

woo...rough. hey, since you guys are taking suggestions on site redesign, how about disabling the static window popup size or at least making it able to resize? its something i wanted pretty badly on the old site popup.

See they are tweaking the comments. If possible bold the "Comment by..." to distinguish better from post to post. If possible a line break between each post such as ------- or _________ Just things that make it easier to read.



I'd like to see the "comment by" line moved to the top of the comment, if possible -- makes it easier to know whose comment you're reading. Making it bold would be nice too.

needs more bold and blink and flamingskull.gif

black and powder blue color scheme? what is this, the Carolina Panthers blog?

The new look is OK, I am sure I will get used to it. But the readability of the comment section is poor so far: (1) we need the popup window back and (2) there needs to be more delineation between posts. A rating system for posts (or even posters) would be interesting too. Also needs some blue and red and some pinstripes. As an alternative to the above changes, I would accept $50 in cash sent to my home.

I like the new design..but Black/Grey/White? This isn't a Sox site. Lets get some cubbie blue in there. I know, people have said this before, but well, i just had to voice my opinion.

So what's the link for the official Cubs front page? When I click on the former allbaseball link in my bookmarks, it auto-sends me to this link, which is an error page: http://mvn.com/mlb-cubs/index.html

Evan, what's the IE bug and what's the fix? This happens at another site I go to regularly, and the owner would like to fix it if he could. You can email me if you don't want to glop up the comments any further with this - hboswell AT kudzufiles.com

I want Movable Type back!

This new format will make white WR'ers even less effective!!!!

Ha, I thought I was taken to one of those spam search sites when you mis-type the web address.

Nice looking site, wtg. ESPN News is reporting that Cubs sign Cuban pitcher Yoslan Hererra to a 3 yr deal.

Ron, the Pirates signed Herrera.

Maybe it said 'Bucs' sign Herrera, and Ron is dyslexic or something.

Is the Marquis deal done and official?

The Randy Bush promotion won't be official until later in the week. I'd also like to pluck down a vote for the comment pop-up window...surely MVN is part of the Chicagoland Democratic machine...all voices need to be heard.

Uh oh, I wonder if someone will smash Soriano's boom box.... "He's real loud in the clubhouse," Ward said. "He likes for everyone to know he's around. Ward was asked if Soriano carried a boom box, as did another former Cubs outfielder from the small town of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. "I don't know," Ward said, laughing. "I'm pretty sure he likes to play his music loud."

100% sure it said Cubs, since it makes no sense for ESPN News to use "Bucs".

Like the redesign so far, good work. Please, no popup windows. Hate the popup.

But yes, the ESPN scroll now says, "Pirates sign Cuban pitcher Yoslan Hererra to a 3 yr deal."

I can live with this style with the bold names. As long as it isn't the BCB style, that one confuses my little brain.

Nice job MVN - must have taken a lot of work for the redesign. In terms of feedback, I would suggest as others have some Cubbie blue and red but I would also like to see some more pictures as well. Finally, one feature that would really be cool would be to have a search feature so if I just wanted to read ceratin comments say from Rob or AZPhil I could capture them easier. Also a mute feature so those commentators who we don't care much about can be eliminated.

"Also a mute feature so those commentators who we don’t care much about can be eliminated." lol

Bogey, Where did you hear that Randy Bush will become the new AGM?

The redesign is fine, the switch to the new URL bothers me not at all. But YEAH, I would have liked a warning. I follow TCR via RSS newsfeed, so rather than suddenly seeing a new site, I suddenly got nothing but a broken link warning in my newsreader. I'm not mad or anything, just sayin' ...a little heads-up woulda been nice.

Z, no the Marquis deal is not done yet. He apparently has not gone in for his "physical." Maybe they had him submit to an MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) and Hendry still is trying to decipher the results.

Please, no popup windows. Hate the popup. The popup has never been mandatory. Under the previous design, clicking on the permalink (or the "read more" link if there was one) would give you essentially the same view we're looking right now.

What I like: - No more waiting for "360 the pitch" ad server to load an image, constantly. - Black and white with no banner ad format allows me to size the window to fit into my preview pane of Outlook at work for low-visibility comments board scrolling. A toolbarless pop-up window would restore convenience - A new writer What I don't like: - kennylofton is still here - a warning that the URL (and RSS feed) locations were changing would have been nice. - the stupid MVN site icon in the address bar

The popup will be up soon.

I just noticed I see no parachat......OMG!!!!!!!!

Joe Hamrahl reporting the Tigres locked up Bondo for 4 years. He's only still only 23 and two years away from FA.

I heard the Randy Bush news on ESPN 1000. ESPN was also reporting that J.D. Drew failed his physical and is seeking a second opinion. I liked the Comment numbering at the old site. It made it easier to pick up where I stopped reading the last time.

Maybe they had him submit to an MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) and Hendry still is trying to decipher the results. "I feel my average success has been damaged in the past year due to callous decisions by my superiors. TRUE/FALSE/CANNOT SAY"

I also need the popup. This is too big to have up at my computer at work. The popup is nice and small so I can hide it in the corner... We need a more friendly, use it at work, site.

The parachat is up to the TCR writers.

"the stupid MVN site icon in the address bar" Oh yeah, that has to go. It's hideous.

This still blows. Chad, you have another caveman club? I wanna swing one around and grunt at this new design too. Maybe bang on my keyboard... MVN had a nice layout and now it looks like a jumbled newspaper website.

ability to resize the popup would be nice, especially with the current wraparound of the comment/date/time line. currently i copy/paste long posts in a new browser window just so i can escape the stylesheet resize constraints. dunno what other people think or the site designer or if all the sites use a common style sheet for such things...etc...adam dunn.... btw, cubs supposedly have a deal on the table for schmidt 3/44m

Everything feels so... crowded.

RORY: "Finally, one feature that would really be cool would be to have a search feature so if I just wanted to read ceratin comments say from Rob or AZPhil I could capture them easier." If you want to keyword search, simply use "Apple+F" on Mac, and "Ctrl + F" on Windows mach.

Olney is saying Alex Rios is on the block. I wouldnt mind a Hill and Cedeno for Rios trade and then send Murt to Pit for Maholm.

i dont know what TOR wants to do with rios...who do they plan on having in RF?

chifan: Why? Bats and Throws right. Give up Rich Hill, so early? For these guys? Go the fantasy route and let us know how it works out for ya.

#s are now up.

I don't really get that trade idea. Maholm seems like a downgrade from Hill and Rios looks like a downgrade from Murton. I haven't seen much of either player beyond stats -- what am I missing?

#57 BJS I don't get your post. Are you slamming me or supporting me? Seems like both.

Yeah, count me among those who doesn't see how Rios/Maholm would be an improvement over Hill/Murton.

More Japanese pitchers? So - are there any more Japanese pitchers you folks think Hendry would pursue? Any Marquis "Drew" problems foreseen?

Evan. Can you take us through some of the html functions that are allowed? ie.

The following HTML is allowed:

Err... Just look right above where you put your name. It tellsyou.

You guys can't be serious about the logo in the address bar? Why would that bother anyone? I like the way the comments are shaping up now and if you haven't noticed, each comment gets it's own URL now if you ever want to reference something. They're making progress...

"You guys can’t be serious about the logo in the address bar? Why would that bother anyone?" When you bookmark the site, the ugly logo shows up on your bookmark menu. Always. Never goes away. And yeah, I was half-joking.

Wow! Big improvements from this morning. Nice work Evan & co. Thanks for keeping a cool head whilst we bellyached about all your hard work. Some Cubs type colors would be nice, but I'm sure they're coming. Also, I like the option is easy for the pop up window (for work on PC) or drop down (for home on Mac) for the comments. In other news, I'd like to add to the chorus of people who would much prefer to hold on to Hill/Murton over Maholm/Rios. Our two guys started showing what they were really capable of the last part of the season, and not Angel Guzman, Felix Pie showing what they are capable of, but putting up legit major league numbers. I firmly believe long run they put up better production than their Pittsburg & Toronto counterparts.

Do we really need "Comment by"? Wouldn't the name of the commenter be adequate enough?

Rios and Murton are about equals at the plate, but Rios is hell of a better defensive outfielder and basestealer/runner. As for Hill I think his Semptember was a fluke.

I wouldn't mind Rios but Tor is looking for starting pitching and I think they can easily swap Rios for a guy like Dan Haren. We really got nothing to offer Toronto for him. (oh and to the webmaster/designer of this. Make the "Your Comment" section fit the window or expand the window. You guys are doing a hell of a job, got numbers on the posts, bold "comment by", a little breaker between each post. Add a splash of subtle color and some free beer and I think we got a site.)

Hi guys, the new site looks decent, but I agree with some of the other posters, we do not need to see "Comment by" in front of every comment, it's not as easy to pinpoint someone's post with it like this.

And the "Comment by" section is off.... you guys are on top of this !! How about the "Preview" button? Is that a goner?

I'm kidding, Chad. I don't much like the new layout either, so I was agreeing. This will have to shape up a whole lot for me to like it as much as the old format. Why the huge empty space at the top of the page? TCR should start at the top of the page, with a link to other team sites on the side or in a drop down box. Also stretch out the left hand column to fill more of the page. Good job on getting rid of the "Comment by" at each post.

Rios and Murton are about equals at the plate, but Rios is hell of a better defensive outfielder and basestealer/runner. As for Hill I think his Semptember was a fluke. Except that Murton has much better plate discipline. Hill probably has a better chance of repeating his 2nd half than Rios does of repeating his fluke 1st half. Murton/Hill are much better than Rios/Maholm.

What's to like about Maholm? The .295 BAA... The 1.61 WHIP?

Big John -- "Why the huge empty space at the top of the page? " It's a bug. The guys who designed the page don't know enough about CSS (a style language for web pages) so it's hosed on IE. Generally, most web developers work in a sandbox before they push major changes out to poor, unsuspecting users.

What if Drew can't pass a physical, how stupid will Boras look for having JD turn down 3/33 guaranteed from the Dodgers? Surely if Drew is hurt, Boras knew about that before advising him to opt out from LA. Until the Drew situation is resolved, I guess that means Boston sits on Wily Mo for awhile longer. My thoughts were that Pena would be very attainable, perhaps for a lefty reliever like Ohman and some middle infield insurance like Cedeno. I wouldn't mind seeing Pena platoon with Floyd in RF if the Cubs can move Jock.

Good job, Evan & Co. for making the changes to the comments quickly. I'm still having a problem with the fixed sized of the comments pop-up. I want the text to either wrap-around or have the window re sizable so that a scroll bar doesn't appear at the bottom.

also when you click the name of each person to follow the website link i'd rather it opens in a new window that is fullscreen withe the regular toolbars than in this little crowded pop-up box.

Does the teletype html tag work?

Abbr tag, huh? ADIDAS
Block Quote, that's very cool.
What is this? What is the em tag do? Strong tag?

Underline Me!

see, underline isn't listed as a working html...was just checking

I would like you all to read my blockquote!

FYI...the html tag listing is not on the permalink comment entry.

Links gone? Hey Rob - This blog template does not have a listing of links of any of the worthwhile Cubs Blog bretheren like the old site. I occaisionally enjoy tuning into some of the "other guys" to see their spins on things. Is this planned for the future?

10Man: "Good job, Evan & Co. for making the changes to the comments quickly." I agree... Lots of improvements from this morning. Good job....

Testing Testing sorry, just ignore...

We're getting there, I believe if you click on the "friends" link, each author can tailor their own links. in due time....

how do you close italicizing/bolding, etc.?

The comments section is looking great. The only thing I miss is the preview. It was nice to be able to test your html tags without creating a post.

/i With brackets or /b with brackets

comments show up a lot faster and they automatically puts you at the end without much of a reload, that's nice. It'll make it easier to keep up when the comments are flying fast and furious.

test test sorry...thanks Rob.

Wow, looks cool.

So I guess the new addition makes it official that John Hill is gone. No eulogy or anything. I almost shed a tear...ALMOST. He wasn't that new "Jack the Ripper" wannabe guy in England that is killing those prostitutes, was he?

john hill's gone? hell, i blame hendry. this new layout has to be dusty's work, too. i have no proof of this, but i feel strongly enough about it to present it as fact. anyway, once the team trades for arod it'll all work out.

Semi-lucid Rogers writes an article saying Cubs spending is the downfall of the White Sox- http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/hotstove06/ columns/story?columnist= rogers_phil&id=2701105&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab5pos1 Shame.

The old site had the "double-post" feature, where your comments would sometimes show up 2-3 times. Will the new site design retain this?

crunch: "john hill’s gone? hell, i blame hendry." No, it can't be Hendry's fault. It was that MacPhail was not willing to pay for him.

"The Cubs aren't looking for a new left fielder -- they're looking for a left-handed bat. Murton is expected to get the majority of the playing time. Floyd batted .266 against right-handers, .179 against lefties. The Cubs are doing extensive checks on Floyd's medical reports before finalizing a deal; he had problems with his Achilles." from ms. thang's new mlb.com cubs mailbag. seems floyd is just a matter of a medical report and some paperwork by that rant.

Well, Let's test the double-post feature.


I think I'm being left out of the executive committee decisions, when DID John Hill leave, and Graham Funk join? In any case, welcome, my surprise new colleague! I wish I had the time to actually, you know, do my fair share of work!

I'll try not to add too much to the chorus of critique as I'm sure a lot of work went into the upgrade. By and large I feel that the stylistically the site has been improved by the redesign. Nice job. What I'd find most helpful is a brief list of additional functionality that comes with the site redesign. You have some professionals who deal a fair amount in web application development and design--many of whom have made suggestions regarding functionality. I'm excited to see if any of it has found its way in on this phase of development.

Rob G: Can I be one of your friends?

Yeah, what did happen to John Hill? Did he give up on the Cubs? I thought it was the French that surrendered so easily.

i hired a private investigator to look into the john hill situation. so far, he's not been located, but 4 separate charges totaling $382.27 has been charged to his credit card for cardinals gear. he was also spotted at a bar a few weeks ago celebrating with other cardinals fans laughing at cubs signings...til they stopped to cry realizing their offseason pitching upgrade so far has been giving kip wells 4m. what a fair weather cubs fan...what a bum...

btw...wonder how much suppan/weaver are worth...that should be interesting.

In John's defense, he seems to have been very caught up with life as a college student. It's something I can sympathize with. That said, for all I know, he was fired for getting the Denny Neagle treatment from some Ladies of the Evening in St. Louis.

...so far, he’s not been located, but 4 separate charges totaling $382.27 has been charged to his credit card for cardinals gear. ------- So he's being accused of impersonating Mark Buerle?

ouch, lol

For reference: Yes, the site is a bit glitched up right now. I, not knowing anything about web admin, had to go into to fix something for an emergency. It's fixed, but it glitched other stuff. It'll be done tommorrow.

Denny Neagle treatment... classic.

FWIW, I like the re-design. I (vaguely) remember the look of TCR BEFORE the design that just got replaced. To be honest, the design that we're leaving behind was my least favorite. One question: where did that nice button go that I could click on and see site traffic patterns? anyone?

Rob's got mail. BTW Heya Trans. Guess who has the first pick in next years' draft and is going to pick Matzusaka?

~grin~ I turned in my grades this morning, decided NOT to drive to Omaha tomorrow but the next day, and am celebrating the end of a very, very difficult semester. Oh god it's been brutal. So glad to be able to watch MNF and hang out here.

Heya Carlos. IT was a very interesting couple of decisions that resulted in the first pick falling to you. I'm disappointed, but not surprised, to hear that you'll go with Matsuzaka. Is there ANY young prospect that might get added to the yahoo system that you'd take before him?

Only Hunter Pence, Elijah Dukes and Clay Buchholz. But I'm going with Dice-K.

433? Are you around here? I'll be in Omaha for awhile, give me an email if you'd like to meet up for a drink.

I've seen two different sites list Dukes as a top 20 prospect, and two other sites refuse to list him at all, due to behavioral issues. I wouldn't take him. Then again, my OF is loaded.

And Evan, thank you for the fix and the improvement to the website. You've done a very nice job building the mvn network.

My OF is wafer-thin. I need at least a top flight SP and a good to great OF. BTW, I love fantasy baseball. The Gagné flier I took last month looks a lot better now.

Oh wow, I forgot: did you acquire Gagne for keepers? My decision to keep Saito is ALSO looking a lot better now.... I am very pleased with how I managed my 20 keepers. Wafer-thin reminds me that I haven't watched Monty Python's The Meaning of Life in a long, long time. I love the snooty french waiter from that scene. I've borrowed that accent on several occassions to do impersonations of Dead French Men for my students.

Kudos for getting the reference :) and yeah, I thought Gagné would get a cheap contract to set up Benítez or Otsuka, but no! He got a guaranteed closer job, his to lose, on a league that doesn't know him. Woot.


how the hell did you make that smiley face? I'm just hoping Burrell gets traded. He might not be able to run or field, but he's still an asset on offense for a team that appreciates what he has to offer.

Smilies... hmm... will parachat be added before the season starts?

Ok, here's a question. A Tribune article mentioned that something like eight pitchers wore Maddux's (and before him, Jenkins') number 31 before Maddux returned in 2004. Are there numbers in baseball that tend to correspond to specific positions, the way that there are in football? (where WRs get the 80s, Linebackers get the 50s, etc)

what the hell? I try to make a parentheses, and instead I make a winky yellow face man? wtf????? and yeah, where's parachat? it's not TCR without parachat....

hmmmmm.. :) :~) :-) ;)




(: (; :>) :)~


Parachat is probably what kept me alive last season...

ok, what have we learned: colon followed by right parenetheses gets you :) and semicolon followed by right parentheses gets you ;)

and colon followed by left parentheses gets you :(

;( can you wink and frown? (semicolon and left parentheses)

Carlos: Parachat is probably what kept me alive last season… *sigh*

no parachat is the only way I contributed to TCR after last july. and it's one of two things that kept me alive.

See if this creates a graphic: ROTFLMFAO

Colon followed by D -- :D


Transmission: ;( can you wink and frown? Winking is very rarely sad. Can you give an example?

:D I didn't know about that one, thanks.

I started winking a lot, a few years ago. I'm not quite sure why. With time, I've started to wink in order to share sad experiences where I and the other person know we'll just have to get through it. I'm also probably sociopathic. The real question is, how do we make the ninja?

Testing... :| ::kiss

sort of like, a wistful wink. maybe.

woah, how'd you do that?


In Field of Dreams, when Kevin Costner's dad walked away after they played catch, I think his dad may have winked while being sad. Also in Ghost when Demi Moore said "Ditto" I think she may have winked while being sad. There may be others.

:o :o :0

ok, colon and the letter o, either capital or lowercase.

I found a guide! Scroll down until you see a smiley table: click here. :evil:

from http://www.computeruser.com/resources/diction... !-( Black eye !-) Proud of black eye #-) Wiped out, partied all night #:-o Shocked $-) Won the lottery, or money on the brain %(|:-) Â Propeller-head %*} Inebriated %+{ Got beat up %-( Confused %-) Dazed or silly %-6 Brain-dead %-\ Hung over %-{ Ironic %-| Worked all night %-} Humorous or ironic %\ Hangover >>:-- Female >-> Winking devil >--) Devilish wink >:) Little devil >:-> Very mischievous devil >:-:-:-( Annoyed >:-) Mischievous devil >=^ P Yuck Devilish expression Devilish expression .. ) alienated (( )):** Hugs and kisses ((())) Lots of hugging (initials or a name can be put in the middle of the one being hugged) () Hugging (-: Left-handed smile, or smiley from the southern hemisphere (:& Angry (:- Unsmiley (:-& Angry (:-( Unsmiley (:-) Smiley variation (:-* Kiss (:-\ Very sad (::()::) Bandaid, meaning comfort (:| Egghead * Kiss *--->--- A dozen roses 2B|^2B To be or not to be 5:-) Elvis 7:) Ronald Reagan 7:^) Ronald Reagan 8 Infinity 8 :-) Wizard 8) Wide-eyed, or wearing glasses 8-# Death 8-) Wide-eyed, or wearing glasses 8-o Shocked 8-O Astonished 8-P Yuck! 8-[ Frayed nerves; overwrought 8-] Wow! 8-| Wide-eyed surprise : ( Sad : ) Smile : [ Bored, sad : | Bored, sad :( ) Loudmouth, talks all the time; or shouting :* Kiss :*) Clowning :**: Returning kiss :+( Got punched in the nose :,( Crying :- Male :-# My lips are sealed; or someone wearing braces :-& Tongue-tied :-> Smile of happiness or sarcasm :-> What? :@ What? :C Astonished :e Disappointed :P Sticking out tongue :X Hear no evil :x Kiss :\' Crying :\'( Crying :\'-( Crying :\'-) Tears of happiness :^D Happy, approving :`-( Shedding a tear :{ Having a hard time :~) A cold :~-( Crying :~/ Confused ; ) Wink ; P Wink with a raspberry ;( Crying ;-( Angry, or got a black eye ;-) Winkey ;-D Winking and laughing = O Surprised = X My lips are sealed =):-)= Abraham Lincoln =:-) Punk, or hosehead =====:} Snake =^* Kisses =^D Big grin ?( Black eye ?-( Black eye @>--->--- A long-stemmed rose @== Atomic bomb @}->-- Rose B:-) Sunglasses on head d :-o Hats off to you! IOHO In Our Humble Opinion M-) See no evil M-), :X, :-M See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil M:-) A salute O 8-) Starry-eyed angel O :-) Angel O+ Female O-> Male O8-) Starry-eyed angel O:-) Angel P* French kiss Q:-) College graduate X-( Just died [:-) Wearing a Walkman [:-] Square head [:-| Frankenstein [:] Robot [:| Frankenstein [:|] Robot [[ ]] Hug Insert a name in the brackets of the one who is being hugged, as: [[Marcia]] [] Hug \') Winky \'-) Winky \_/ Empty glass \~/ Full glass ]:-> Devil ]:-) Happy devil ][ Back to back ^ ^ ^ Giggles ^5 High five `:-) Raised eyebrow {{ }} Hug; the one whose name is in the brackets is being hugged Example: {{MJ}} {} No comment |( Sleepy (on late night email message) |- Puckered up for a kiss |-( Sleepy, struggling to stay awake, or sleeping badly |-D Big laugh |-O Yawn |-{ Good grief! |-| Asleep |I Asleep |^o Snoring }-) Wry smile }: [ Angry, frustrated }{ Face to face ~ :-( Steaming mad ~:-( Flame message ~:-\ Elvis ~:o Baby ~:\ Elvis ~= Lit candle, indicating a flame (inflammatory message) ~== Begins a flame (inflammatory message) ~~:-( Especially hot flame message ~~:[ Net flame ~~~~8} Snake ~~~~~8} Snake

Oh gawd, not smiles. Anything but that! Seriously, nice jobs by the MVN folks taking what had been a practically unreadable redesign this morning, listening to suggestion, and having a pretty nice little page up 12 hours or so later. I can't say that it's really any better than what we had yesterday, but its not any worse anymore either. Sometimes, that's all you can ask for.

ok, let's see: :mrgreen:

:idea: Let's hire some healthy pitchers.

Where can we find healthy pitchers? :arrow: that way.

lol Ryno :P Btw I just realised that Crunch is gonna love that tongue emoticon.

Hey Carlos? Are you familiar with http://www.minorleaguesplits.com/ ? If not, you are now. Looks like a site for fantasy ball die-hards, and the Transaction Guy. and last I checked, you're both.

Emoticons? Hey guys, 1998 called and they want their ideas back. Is there an emoticon for 'gay'?

If there is, sign me up!

Trans: That site is awesome! IIRC, the fantastic dudes at Brew Crew Ball are the masterminds behind it.

By gay, you mean "happy", right?

yeah it's YOUR FACE

As in, happy to be gay! Wait a minute. I'm neither happy, nor gay. Nevermind. I need to check out Brew Crew, I guess, Carlos!

Dude, Chad, emoticons are on their way back.

yeah, 2007 is supposed to be the new 1998, according to all the Fashionistas! Dust off your Chumbawumba CDs!

OH SNAP 433. BUUUUUUUUUUURN! You da man!!! If emoticons are back the consider me NOT LOL and :( this next one probably wont show up right but =:::( thats crying tears

Chad, careful with the language, I have POS.

nope didn't work how about =:::-(

Random thought, but everyone here has seen the video for the Nutty Buddy commercial, right? http://youtube.com/watch?v=6C9aiWr0Vfg I think I'm more interested in Lacey than I am in Mark Littel's nutty buddy. But it's good to know that he tells us he's "not a transvestite"

What is the emoticon for "I love Fun Dip"? Because I am having some right now and loving it.

I had never heard of Fun Dip before you mentioned it. Sounds gross.

Trans you need to get you some Fun Dip pronto. It's delicious and quite nutricious.

Anyone in for Mexican? I'm having nachos.

In case you missed it, 433, I'll be in Omaha for awhile. Drop me a line? Do our email addresses still show up in comments?

Among the many, many things lacking in my current town, Good Nachos are near the top of the list. Pass them over, Carlos.

Oh, is fun dip that thing that leaves a colored stain on your tongue? I think we have equivalents in Mexico.

nuts, I was going to make enchiiladas, but I'm out of tortillas. And there isn't a store in town open after ten. arge.

No 7-11's around?

Hey Trans -- what's your e-mail?

hmm, it's not appearing in chat b j r u s w i c k (without any spaces) at gmail dot com Carlos - nope. I live in a barren wasteland. God, I'd die for some shredded cheese and spicy salsa melted in a tortilla, right now. damnit.

Carlos - you have fantasy email.

You've got a fantasy reply.

Ok, I did the next best thing. Grabbed left over crackers that a guy brought over to an end-of-semester drink-fest, and shredded some cheese and salsa onto that, and nuked in. God bless being a bachelor who doesn't have to go to work tomorrow.

Trans-- Re: 193 Are you trying to talk like a (non-Pittsburgh) pirate (argh) or just mis-spelling "argue?"


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    * except for playing 1st base


  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...


  • Cubster 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.


  • Cubster 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...



  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.


  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 


  • crunch 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.


  • bradsbeard 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.


  • Hagsag 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 


  • azbobbop 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.


  • tim815 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).