Gameday Open Thread / Padres @ Cubs

The Cubs host old friend Greg Maddux and the Pads, Thursday at 3:05 in Mesa. With his family's welfare in the balance, Jason Marquis will start for the Cubs. Marquis has allowed seven hits and two walks in two starts (5 IP) so far this Spring.

The game will be carried live on Gameday Audio.

Also, if you haven't placed your bid on any of the CBOE seats, . The bidding ends at 3:00 pm.


I was wondering how best to spend this $80,000 bill I found on the street. Looks like I'll be bidding on some tickets.

I'm live-blogging the auction if anyone cares. (Sorry, I'm an economist, I think it's cool and I want the data.) Click here if you wanna follow the action.

Those aren't just 'rights' they're bidding on, that includes the price of the tickets?

Yeah, it's the tickets, not just rights.

Lincoln Holdzkom signs a one year deal and gets a 40-man spot. I guess there's comfort in knowing the Red Sox and Cubs value the same types of pitcher.

They don't even have JVB anymore. Think he's with the Nationals now.

I know...just talking in general over the last few years. Remlinger, JVB, Aardsma off the top of my head...

Ahhhhhhhh...JVB. Blast from the past. I can remember all the 1,200 word diatribes from John Hill giving lots of love to JVB. Moment of silence for John Hill...(((crickets))). OK, back to regular scheduled Bill Crystal leading off for the Yankees programming.

JVB needed to retire before he got smacked on the back of the head by a comebacker. COL tried to fix it, CHC let him use it again, BOS tried to fix it and then let him use it again...

Sorry, guys -- I'm blanking on "JVB". Who is that?

Jermain Van Buren

Thanks, manny -- I should've remembered. Premature senior moment.

Rob: The Red Sox will probably want to dip into the Cubs reliever pool one more time if Coco Crisp ever gets healthy enough to stir up more rumors.

Perhaps they will auction off naming rights for each individual seat.

diagnosed with colon cancer. (Sigh)

Good luck to the Red Baron, and we will keep in our prayers. If Coco Crisp wants an exit out of Boston, teams want to see that he's healthy and playing before trying to swing a deal. The Chicago Cubs have had some interest in Crisp, but won't do anything until they see him play.

Also amusing from that article is the following quote: "Francona said he conferred with Dustin Pedroia's wife Kelly before inserting him into the lineup. "Since I knew she wears the pants in that family, I asked 'Do I have your permission to put him in a game?' (She said) 'Yeah, I have to get him out of here.'" ' although $35 for one of those is a bit much, usually go for like $10.

Variant figures are always a tad more once you can't get them at retail. I did a Google search for you and found them from 29.99-49.99. But on this site there's one at 9.99 and another starting at 99 cents... search for sandberg mcfarlane and they pop up.

aw thanks...

I'll keep an eye on it.

No surprise, but no Cubs listed here. You would think Marmol would have made it. Pretty good list though.

looks like age 25 was the cut-off, Marmol would be the only one to even qualify and looks like they just looked at starters. Half of those guys will end up with arm injuries anyway.  :)

True enough. But Chamberlain was not a starter.

he will be...or at least shuffle between the pen and the rotation and he's considered the top pitching prospect in the game with Bucholz.

True. Really just bitching to bitch about our lack of young talent.

If they werent with the Yanks and the Sox both guys would be Wayyyy down the list. Next year they are going to be Hyping Andrew Brackman and Michael Bowden on that same damn list.

Too bad to hear that about Sutcliffe. Any updates on the Cubs game?

it starts in about a half-hour :)

Funny blurb about Zito if anyone else thinks he's an overpaid ass. Also, a smoking ass pic of Alyssa Milano!! WOO HOO!

wrong link I believe...that's the same link to the top 20 young pitchers.

Sorry Rob...I'm dumb Here you go:

Alyssa Milano was smoking ass? That is odd.

Can't figure out if that's hot or not. I'm going with not, though.

Haha, Justin Verlander is probably nice, but he's just not my type.

the Cardinals in the Kyle Lohse pool? (from Rotoworld) Even though a deal is not yet done, free agent Kyle Lohse reportedly will take a physical for the Cardinals on Friday. Lohse is only requesting a one-year deal at this point, probably for $5 million or so. It's unclear whether he'd be an option for the rotation during the first couple of weeks of the season, but we're guessing he wouldn't be. The Cards still might need Anthony Reyes, Todd Wellemeyer and Brad Thompson as starters initially. and fueling the Brian Roberts is coming, that's why Soriano got moved to the 2 spot... "This gives a sneak preview,'' is the way Piniella delicately put it.

Parachat is up and Rob G is happy because Theriot is batting leadoff and Soriano is unable to get him to third with the first out of the inning.

If Fonzie hits 2nd, there will be a lot of that. Walk/Single by leadoff man, steal of second, K or flyout to LF by Fonzie, gnashng of teeth at TCR Still like Fuku at #2 -- baserunners for the big bats to drive in.

"If Fonzie hits 2nd, there will be a lot of that. Walk/Single by leadoff man" Not if Theriot leads off. Then it will be pesky out followed by strike out.

Just makes me appreciate the player Ryno was even more. I'm sure he's teaching the kids in Peoria the concept of situational hitting.

Aram Ram sends one to the warning track in right, but Maddux gets out of the leadoff man on 2nd jam....first time that's ever happened.

"In Fukudome's case, I love the fact he took the No. 1 on his back," Piniella said. "That tells me a lot about the individual. He expects to do well," Piniella said. "I don't think a player takes No. 1 if he has doubts. He's very confident -- a very confident young man." Jose Macias had #1 too.

Jose Macias didn't have any doubts about how much he sucked...

hah. good one.

I think Lou might be reading too much into it. Maybe 1 is as high as Fukudome can count in English or something.

Has Jody Gerut had any chances in CF? How's he look there?

Soriano was born to bat 5th. It's where his skills fit the best.

if you weren't being sarcastic, I would say there aren't a lot of #5 hitters who can steal 40 bases.

Over/under on Soriano SB this year? Shall we start the bidding at 20?

Take the over...think he goes 30/30 this year.

I say 5th because he can't steal bases batting 3rd or 4th. Soriano batting 5th lets him run in front of the bottom half of the lineup.

Any reason to be concerned about Lee? He hasn't exactly been lighting things up in ST...

2 out rally...let's go Ward-o-saurus!!!

CINTRON!!!! Hart separating himself from the pack. Lahey had another good game it looked like though. Gonna be tougher to keep him in a trade or whatever if he actually does well during spring training.

no dlee panic yet...neat. it cant be far off...he's really close to .100...3 for 27 currently (.107) with 1 double. ichiro's "story" seems to be over. he got a hit today (1 for 25).

Those Arizona conditions are real tough so I'm going to give him a break for now.

(dripping with sarcasm)

all ive heard positive is he's been damn impressive in BP. that can only take you so far, but its not like dlee's never shown he can hit...and he is managing to take a walk. if he's showing power somewhere that's good enough for me...for early/mid-march anyway.

I agree, on March 13th you don't panic about anything (unless you don't have a center fielder or something).

maybe we keep hoff-power on speed dial to bad he doesnt play a little more outfield

lohse to the cardinals/that counts me out of that contest

Plenty of wholesome eating in Chicago Who am I kidding gravy is a beverage in this town.

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  • crunch 6 hours 11 min ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.


  • crunch 10 hours 30 min ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.


  • Jackstraw 10 hours 57 min ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.


  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.


  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*


  • Ryno 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.


  • Ryno 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.


  • Ryno 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.


  • Hagsag 1 day 20 hours ago (view)



  • Cubster 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...


  • Hagsag 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Cubster, your comments about President Bone Spurs could not be more accurate. Thanks for posting!


  • BobbyD 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace. 


  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    though the team cheaped out on this offseason (still an overall top-tier payroll), i was at least looking forward to seeing the beginning of the david ross era...and who was going to win the 2nd base job...

    nothing about 2020 baseball feels legit anymore.  just hearing the players talk about it, you'd think they were organizing a casual pickup game for charity at an inconvient time and place...doesn't seem like they're really stoked about it.


  • Cubster 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    June 1st is a week from tomorrow. Given 5 weeks of spring training before starting (July 4th?), the season is on the brink of going bye-bye. It's bad enough in 2020 to be losing prime career years for Javy Baez and Kris Bryant, let alone Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks, and Willson Contreras. If one of them gets coronavirus, loses lung capacity, and alters their career arc, Cub fans will for a long time have a bitter taste in their mouths. All for, at best,  a bizarre half-season without fans watching in the ballparks.