The Cub Reporter Presented by Motorola®

Check out that headline...thanks to the hard work of Cubnut, we've struck a sponsorship deal with Motorola. As far as we know, it's the first of its kind. We actually need to still cross a few T's and dot a few I's on the final deal, but we felt the off-day was the perfect time to make the announcement. We realize the whole thing is a little unorthodox and some folks will call us sellouts. That's fine, we'll accept the criticism knowing that this will be better for the site in the long run.

The deal is pretty simple, in exchange to referring to ourselves as "The Cub Reporter Presented by Motorola®" or "TCR Presented by Motorola®", Motorola backs up the Brink truck and gives us a bunch of cash to run the site. And of course, like any sponsorship deal, Motorola gets their name and logo plastered on the site.

The benefits are obvious, the site keeps going and we'll be able to make improvements and additions without having to run a canned food drive every time. Plus, it's rather obvious that the marriage of cellphones and the Internet are one of the big waves of the future. And although those details haven't been worked out quite yet, we've had already discussions with Motorola in helping create a full-functioned mobile version of the site.

The rest should be business as usual although we are in talks with a few other companies to sponsor individual sections of the site. Much like this Wrigley Field renaming chaos, we're not naive enough to think that everyone will jump on board and start referring to us by our proper name right away.. We understand it'll take some time to get use to it. So, to speed things along, we're imposing a $1 fine on anyone who calls us just "TCR" or "The Cub Reporter" without mentioning Motorola.

Okay...that last part was a joke...but we think the Rays are onto something.

So welcome to The New Cub Reporter presented by Motorola®! We're confident that in the end this will make us the biggest and best Cubs blog out there. I've got contest updates for later this afternoon as well.

 

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NOKIA OWNS MOTOROLA. There; I said it. Seriously now, I think this is a huge step towards the enrichment of Evan Brunell-- oh wait. This is a huge step towards the enrichment of Rob G.. I expect to see flawless bandwidth use and full-featured profiles for each and every one of us. They must include post counts and avatars, as well. Okay, so now I'm really being serious. Congratulations to TCR and a big hug and thank you to Cubnut, who made the sponsorship possible. Who knows where TCR would be right now if it weren't for the dark period of the bloated association with MVN.

It's okay about the last name. And I agree with Cubby -- the site header would look pretty cool with a "powered by Motorola" banner, like Sportsline's "presented by" logo, which can be found here. Finally, an edit function would be ace :)

too much Tequila on the brain Carlos? I'm a scotch kind of man. But yeah, you can thank Bob Howry for that. The "presented by" logo looks alright. I'd align it to the right, but it's a wash. Congratulations again... Re: the edit function; it's pretty weird, but I can edit my next to last post, but not the most recent one -- ever. Odd stuff.

Let's start making the shirts! "Top 10 Ways You Know You Read TCR": 10) You know the starting third baseman for the Lugnuts because of AZ Phil 9) You just bought a Motorola phone 8) You know that MannyTrillo is Hendry's red-headed step-child help me out here! ;)

7) You know a writer for TCR-PBM has an Asian fetish. 6) You know the name of Chad's wife. 5) You have a strong dislike of silent towels. 4) You know that the thunder rolls every time something inappropiate is typed by certain members at Parachat. 3) You remember John Hill's book-long entries. 2) You know the name of Ruz's new blog and you read it. and finally... top way you know you read TCR-PBM is: 1) You know "no good shall ever come from this."

This is a really exciting day for TCR and the culmination of a lot of hard work. Also, this is just the first in a series of announcements we'll be able to make today -- stay tuned for more!

I can't wait for comments on this issue by: Silent Towel presented by Snuggle Fabric Softener ("Great, TCR is gonna steal money from Motorola now. I hope Motorola's benefits plan covers gynecologist visits. I'd trade a Motorola sponsorship for a case of the Lysol (tm) brand cleanser they use to clean out the showers in the visitors' locker room at Wrigley!") NO presented by NOkia ("Whatever you like, I hate! Chew on that, losers!") Graham Funk presented by Honey Maid and George Clinton ("[...]") Congrats & thanks for slaving away at the site before the corporate behemoth took notice.

Hey, is this where I can brag about having the player who scored the most points in the fantasy league yesterday? I got 11 points from Fukudome! Oh, wait, I better use my new login next time I post today...

Today is April 1st, so I will assume this is an April Fool's Joke. If it is, it is a good one and well done. I do wish it is true though to take any financial constraints from you guys. Best of luck!! Oh yeah, I am down for any sponsorship of my rants. I am a sponsorship whore like that...:)

Congrats guys! When you're ready for audio, keep me in-mind. I was hoping that a Mobile version would get up and running sometime soon. With my WM6 phone, I can pull up the site, but the scrolling and waiting for all the graphics to load make it somewhat painstaking. Make it simple and light for the mobile platform, please!

I didn't like the "be satisfied" message at all. Be satisfied losers!! Made me queasy. Jesse Jackson showing up for the photo op made it worse.

Way to go, fellas. You've earned it. I too was wary of an April Fool's joke (been fooled by a Google Calendar link already today), but for billybucks' reason and because it would be a royal headache to get permission from Motorola to use their name and logo on this site, even for a day, I'm inclined to go with it. Of course, all the bigger a fool I am for reasoning it out and still being the chump.

Orioles designated hitter Aubrey Huff paid the price for an insulting comment he made regarding the city of Baltimore during an offseason radio appearance, drawing boos before all four of his at-bats during his team's season opener at Camden Yards on Monday. "It's around par for what I figured," said Huff, who finished 1-for-4 in a 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. "Like I said earlier, it was a mistake to go on and say the things that I said, but again, I'm human and I made a mistake. If I was a fan, I'd probably be the same way, have a few beers and boo me too." -- Washington Post What is he supposed to say? Baltimore is wonderful? What a load of crap.

First of all, Baltimore is a fine town. Secondly, as a player in any city, it's just not smart to badmouth the city. If you don't like it, you don't have to go the opposite way and say it's wonderful. Just shut up.

Baltimore is like a lot of large cities. It has its bad sections, of course. There's a lot to like, starting with the Inner Harbor (though a very high quotient of Baltimorons), Camden Yards, Fells Point and the Johns Hopkins area. I lived in D.C. for six years and made many trips up there, including 17 games at Camden Yards in 1993 when I had a relative living there who had season tickets.

I wake up in the morning, come to TCR, and find that we're going with THIS? And no one told me? Congratulations, Rob and Co., for foisting the dumbest idea in the history of Cubs blogging upon me and everyone else. Motorola, harrumph.

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In reply to by ruz

Yeargh.  See what you've made me do?  Motorola made me so miffed that I didn't reply directly to you, and started an new line.

 

Stupid motorola.  

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In reply to by Transmission

Stretchmaster Penis Enlargement Reciprocating Machine (SPERM) was the best sponsor they could get for the filth that happens in ParaChat on occasion.

Oh please.

For as much garbage as I get everyday to the effect of "are you going to post today's game preview? are you? who left the potato salad out? Here's how you deal with every possible intricacy of our new website." and you expect me to notice that?

 

Any problems resulting from my negligence pale in comparson to the problems resulting from the bankruptcy of this idea.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Oh come on.  We know that you could care less whether me or anyone else is up to date on what goes on at the site.  From day one this has been Rob's Baby.  TCR presented by Motorola amounts to "LOOK AT ME!  I BUCKED MVN, AND NOW I'M THE ROOSTER IN THE HEN HOUSE!"

 

Just a terrible idea, designed for the self-aggrandizement of the few.  You really expect the readers to swallow all those lies about how this benefits them?

 

Cubnut, are you in on this, too?  Where the hell is AZ Phil? 

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In reply to by Transmission

This is probably a discussion best had offline, but since I have had a direct hand in trying to put this together, I feel like I should respond to Trans and anyone else who questions what we're doing:

The idea is to monetize all of the hours that all of us, Trans included, put into writing and upkeeping the site. If it gets to the point where these arrangements are affecting IN ANY WAY the content of the site, I'll be the first to object and walk away.

That said, there are other ways we're going to able to capitalize (profit) from the work we do here and I hope everyone--Trans and all of the loyal readers included--will be patient enough to let us work out the kinks before screaming that we have ruined the site Ruz started seven years ago.

According to ESPN 1000 Moises Alou admitted in an interview recently, can't find, that "he could not have caught the foul ball in Game 6 even if Bartman was not there." It's all about healing, folks.

Jacos: IF you are referring to what I read, an ESPN writer was in an elevator and overheard Alou replying when someone was talking about Bartman - in as long as it took to reach the floor he wanted. Unless it is something else, I wouldn't call this an "interview". Was there a link?

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In reply to by The E-Man

I heard on newsbrief on ESPN 1000 this am, did not catch the source. You could be right, because I'm not seeing it on web news sites.

If this is real, it's pretty good drama. If it's not, it's still pretty good. The Bartman/Alou thing was mentioned by the d-bag Mariotti. I think Alou is nuts; seems pretty clear to me that he was going to make that catch. Not that I want to think about it anymore.

I guess I'm in the minority that at the time, I had no issue with Alou's reaction. I think people like Mariotti have always made far too big of a deal over it. I see no reason why Alou should've just stood there and gone, "Oh well."

In other news, I've been informed by the theological community that Jesus will now be sponsored by AT&T. So there will be fine (payable on damnation) to anyone who does not refer to him as "Jesus presented by AT&T". Wow, this stuff is catching on!

It's a good thing that there are still businesses today that are still on the industry despite the recession that our country is facing. Some people wonder if bankruptcy is a viable solution. Bankruptcy is something you should avoid at all costs, if it is at all possible, be it chapter 7 or 11. If you can get debt consolidation and or mortgage loan modification in lieu of filing for protection, you should do it. Bankruptcy stays on your record for 7 to 10 years, and in so many situations you have to disclose it, and failing to disclose can be a crime. Anything would be better, even getting installment loans is far better than filing for bankruptcy.

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