Ex-Cub Not A Bud Selig Fan

There's a whole lot of nothing going on as Mother Nature and the Rays have ruined the Fall Classic. Part of the fun over the last two days was a supposedly anonymous quote by a Phillies pitcher after seeing the beleaguered Commissioner roaming the halls of the Phillies locker room.

"That fucking guy. I wouldn't let him supervise one of my shits."

Of course, a reporter was there to catch the moment and well, not much stays anonymous in the Internet age. There's to choose from , who may or may not have forgotten to take his Ritalin that day.

Speaking of the ex-Cub factor, the Phillies are one win away from being the third team to buck the trend and if it happens, it will be the first time that the Yankees aren't involved. It's probably more likely though that they end up blowing the whole thing and that it ends up being Scott Eyre's fault.

 

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That's just... awesome.

and an ex-Cub is now a Brewer. Casey McGehee claimed on waivers. Never enough 3B in Milwaukee apparently. Hall, Gamel, M.Lamb, Branyan, McGehee, none of which can actually play 3B.

weird that the Cubs removed him off the 40-man, seems like they had the room.

No big loss though...

On October 7th, Arizona Phil gave us a list of "players eligible to be minor league free agents" if they are not on the 40-man by the end of the World Series. I'm not sure when the exact deadline was. Today, maybe? Anyway, there are several players on that list whom the Cubs might be more interested in protecting than McGehee. The ones who occur to me are Matt Craig, Doug Deeds and Josh Kroeger. Two of them are lefty-hitting right fielders with a little pop. Phil also provided a list of players who will have to be added to the 40-man by Nov. 20 or they will be eligible for the rule 5 draft. Three from that list that they might want to protect are Veal, Spears and Mitch Atkins.

doubtful it was for the minor league free agents, pretty sure Kroeger was one last year and the Cubs usually offer them an NRI to spring training if they resign.

Rule 5 on the other hand I forgot about, Veal and Atkins seem like no-brainers and Jake Fox and Sam Fuld can be dropped to make room for Berg and Spears if they want. They have up to 6 spots in potential free agents as well.

I don't think the Cubs have entirely lost interest in Fox or Fuld. Should they have? Fox hit pretty well last year, admittedly at AA. SLG leader in Southern League. 31 HRs overall. Not apparently a klutz either like Dubois.

Eyre's wrong. Selig supervised all of his 19 Cub appearances this year. Wait. Oh I get it. That wasn't what he meant by "shits". I see.

Ha.

+3 Wes.

Well, I guess as a few of you who said, "I'm more afraid of the Dodgers than the Phillies..." can see why the Phils were a much better team tonight. But the Cubs still had "the best record in the NL." Pat Gillick put together a very balanced ballclub that played hot at the right time.

No one said that. We said we were more afraid of the dodgers than the Mets. Those were the two teams we could have played in the nlds yes of course the phils could have won the wild card but at the time we were saying this, it was between the mets and the brewers

I was more afraid of clowns....

whoops, wrong forum.

the key word there is "balanced". Their lineup is very balanced (even with Manuel's decision to not breakup Howard and Utley)whereas the Cubs lineup is woefully imbalanced. Not sure the Phils played "hot", moreso the Rays' bats went cold. Only Navarro hit over .265 and that was with 0 HR & 0 RBIs. Howard, Ruiz and Werth were good but that's about it. As a team the Phils batted .262, and were a woeful .167 with RISP (worst ever for a World Series). The Rays simply pulled off Cubbery in the series and Cole Hamels just likely cemented himself into a top 5 SP.

Yeah, had we played the Phillies, we would have lost -1 to 3. Good catch, E-Man.

Is it spring yet?

heard that.

I'm happy for Philly and all. Still found this a particularly boring Series.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08304/923970-6... Among Ben Roethlisberger's stated concerns about playing the Washington Redskins is their cheerleaders. That's what he said, anyway. "I'm not a big fan of playing there because it is loud, they're really good at home and they try to make their cheerleaders stretch in our tunnel before we come out of the locker room. That's just not good," Roethlisberger said yesterday. The practice by the Redskins cheerleaders was so legendary around the league that when commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all teams last year banning the practice some dubbed the "Redskins Rule." "The couple of preseason games I've played down there, we've seen it," Roethlisberger said. And it's a distraction? "It can be, let's be truthful. They've done it before. I've heard a rumor that they're not allowed to do it anymore."

Ok point taken. So come next playoffs the Cubs should get Ronny Woo Woo to stretch in the opposing teams clubhouse.

Sounds like it's Macha. http://www.rightfieldbleachers.com/?p=2877 Brenly's interview apparently didn't go well. He insisted on Sabathia allegedly.

Yeah bad move. I would be thrilled to have a rotation anchored by Jeff Suppan and Dave Bush.

Anyway, as we are all becoming aware of the baseball playoff system, it really has become like March Madness in that teams hot at the end of the season seem to go deep, if not win the thing... I know within the next ten days I will be receiving my Season Ticket invoice!

I've also noticed that the team that wins the series, moves on to the next series or game, just like March Madness. Maybe there's a lesson to be learned there.

Also the team with the hotter cheerleaders get more TV exposure... oh nevermind.

I have not thought about, or watched, any baseball for three and a half weeks, which has been liberating in a sense. Although this did not hurt as badly as 2003, I don't know if I can warm up to this team again for a while.

ha. just wait till pitchers and catchers report and you'll be changing your tune then.

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  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 55 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' 22 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 58 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 1 hour ago (view)

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

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 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' 3 days 29 min 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 2 hours 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 18 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 6 days 12 min 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 2 hours 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 1 week 23 min 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 7 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 9 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 13 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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