Gameday Open Thread/White Sox @ Cubs; Koskie Signs

Aaron Heilman goes for the Cubs, Jeff Marquez for the White Sox.

Corey Koskie and will join the Cubs after Team Canada is eliminated from the WBC. The Cubs have been searching for someone that could play third base and spell Aramis Ramirez on occasion, and with his left-handedness he seems like the perfect fit if the game hasn't passed him by.

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Buster Olney/ESPN reporting the Juan Cruz is "moving closer" to signing with Royals. Since their first round pick is protected it costs a 2nd rounder and sandwich pick, so no sign and trade issues. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3...

As I opened TCR just now, iTunes selected, on random play of 30,364 possible songs, "We Are The Champions". Just sayin'.

itunes and ipod random always know

Call the RIAA.

Carlos Marmol has changed his mind and will participate for the Dominican Republic in the WBC. It sounds like Marmol was swayed by the promise of landing the closer's role on the Dominican team. "I think it's a good idea for me and my team," he said. "It's a good thing when you get to represent your country. I've got a chance now, and maybe the next couple times I won't get that chance. Who knows?"

by next week every WBC team will just be out on the street going "who wants to play? do you own a glove?"

"It's a good thing when you get to represent your country." Go! P.E.D.(ominicans) Go!

Yup... because only Dominicans used/use PEDs.

Don't worry. That's just what they call 'racism'.

of the MLB and Minor leaguers who have been busted for PEDs the breakdown is USA - 97 Dominican Republic - 82 Venezuela - 53 other - 14 The US/D.R. numbers do not include A-Fraud since he flip-flops on which is his home country anyway. Next WBC he'll likely suit up for Canada in order to show support for his favorite country to solicit strippers in.

I'm not disputing the use of PEDs. The initial statement was the Marmol was proud to represent his country. I think it's ridiculous and racist to respond to this with a random criticism of an entire nation because some of them may have cheated (or done anything perceived as negative).

hey, hey! you were watching espn yesterday...

From Sullivan/Trib: Curt Schilling might come back for "a team that has championship potential and has never won a title."

Schilling: "The challenge would be in a place like Tampa Bay or Chicago."

Schilling says his shoulder feels fine and he'll decide whether or not to come back in the next couple weeks.

http://tinyurl.com/aovu2y

Heilman, scoreless first. Pierzinski single. Lilibridge and Thome K's.

might be, it could be, it is... 3/44...Jason Schmidt in an intrasquad 10 strikes in 21 pitches. Reports shoulder soreness.

Heilman thru 2, two more K's (4 total), Ramirez and Kroeger in the 2nd. Scoreless bottom 2nd. XM reporting the Juan Cruz deal with KC is official. 2 years.

2yr/6m...the "system" works...well, not for cruz, but KC got a hell of a deal.

Has Corey Koskie really not played in a game since 2006? I can't find any record of him anywhere. No indy leagues. Not overseas anywhere. I know the guy has had concussion trouble, but jeez. That's a long time to just sit around and not play.

funny thing is he was working out (without a contract) with MIN this spring. i like those little things like that...MIN doesn't owe ex-players (esp. ones they traded away last they were in contact) anything like this, but it's good stuff to help him get back on his career track.

Koskie was on XM baseball recently and was talking about how long it took for him to get "right". Sounded like a terrible ordeal, walking in walls and scraping his knuckles on tables. But, he ended up saying all is fine now. Maybe this is Hendry's Reed Johnson signing for this spring.

I'm no expert (like the Doc) but I gotta think if you're walking into walls and busting your hands on tables, your brain is seriously fucked. Baseball's not like football, of course, but one collision at home plate or a hard slide at 2nd or 3rd and Koskie could be talking about long-term brain damage or worse. Is it really worth it to put the cleats back on now?

I'm no doctor either, but I think the same could have been said/can be said for Jim Edmonds. That dude was messed up with post-concussion syndrome, too. He came back and had a nice productive season last year.

I forgot about him. Where the hell is he now? mlb.com says he's a free agent but has no team...

That is correct, no one has taken a chance on him yet.

no score after 2, Gregg pitching top 3. No Cub hits, Miles walked, Soriano/Fontenot K's.

Cubs up 2-0 in the 4th. According to a poster at ESPN: "koyie hill doubled and scored Fontenot and Brad Snyder in the 4th "

Apparently Scott Eyre is broke.

twentieth!

Dude, that's so last week. He's already made some money back and has wisely invested in Citigroup.

twenty eighth!

Koskie 122 OPS+ in 2003! Man, those days are gone...

WTH, after the Mexicutioner the Royals main 3 bullpen guys are now Farnsworth, Cruz and Ron Mahay. Countdown to an imminent Felix Heredia and Bob Locker signing in 3, 2, 1..... I like the idea of Harden, Marshall or Heileman, and Schilling splitting 64 starts between them over the course of the season. Count me in. To AZ Phil--what's the story with Snyder, Patton and Mark Johnson? Also, does Kevin Hart have options remaining? I'll hang up and listen.

Anyone have a tally of who threw today? ESPN lists the game as 13-0 Cubs after eight. I'm curious how our pitchers performed below the top-line.

Don't go with ESPN, Cubs.com has a live box score going for all the games: http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp...

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 28 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 29 min ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 50 min ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  

     

  • bradsbeard 10 hours 20 sec ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 10 hours 58 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 14 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 43 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 16 hours 20 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 26 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 16 hours 30 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 16 hours 40 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 40 min ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 43 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 46 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...