Your Opportunity to B*tch About TCR

As I've mentioned in the comments, a new site design is on its way in the near(ish) future. Ideally before Opening Day arrives so I can work out the bugs before the games start. It will hopefully be easier to navigate and more importantly to me, easier to maintain as I'm finding the time that I can spend on the site dwindling year by year.

Since absolutely nothing remotely interesting is happening, I'm going to dip into the shark infested waters and dare to ask what more or less you'd like to see from the site.

There's a survey below to start you off (or click here), but feel free to add anything in the comments. Just don't take it personally if it doesn't get implemented. It's all fair game...any issues or ideas you may have with the site layout, articles, readers, etc.

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Thanks for the input and bear with me as I try to get the new site up relatively soon.



I just took the survey, but I'd also like to suggest that you make the site suck less. Also, if you could make all of the commenters suck less, especially Crunch, I'd appreciate that.

That survey is way too long. I'll just say that I come here first for news on the Cubs, to see how grouchy crunch is, to read up on AZ Phil's ridiculously detailed look at the kids, and to occasionally try my hand at off base humor. Most of the commenters here are also way more knowledgeable about players than I am, which makes it great for hot stove league stuff. In fact, they are more knowledgeable than most of the writers out there, too. I can't say I miss the snarkiness that left when TNR left. It's too bad that had to happen though, because when he behaved himself he had some good stuff to say. But getting all bent about a baseball post seems a little "do you have a life?" to me. Oh, and I wish people would quit farting on this site.

Keep up the site comments, but in the meantime...… Epstein is counting on injuries to the rest of the division. We have one advantage over some of the opponents we might face, in that we can withstand an injury or two and still throw a very reputable starting pitcher out there every day, five days around the rotation. And if our opponents in the division can’t – because of injuries or attrition or poor performance – then we might surprise some people

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In reply to by Rob G.

Ain't it amazing what a title and money can do? 'Cuz he was trying to get us to lose every time we went out there. At least he understands how it is to laugh at us, now he is in the same boat,, dugout. Did Lou P get stressed? Only when his mom got sick. Hey Dale! WE ARE STRESSED... PS Rob - Since ESPN hates all things Chicago and WGN devotes 30 seconds to sports each day, I can't tell you how much I appreciate this site. It keeps moving up my Chrome hits as ST ebbs closer. Sincere thanks from Texas...

via trib.. "Next week looks like a big one for the commissioner's office. Look for both the Ryan Braun and Theo Epstein rulings to come down, although only the Epstein compensation matter is under Bud Selig's control."

In the Feb Vineline, among the scouting reports on page # 28, it says that the Cubs have signed another Cuban athlete. Leugim Barroso,26, is expected to start at AA or AAA. He is an IF with a strong glove. I hadnt heard of this signing.

watching the aussie ABL championship game. i haven't seen this many 80-88mph fastballs in a wooden bat league since summer highschool/college invitationals. also, "everybody clap you hands" gets mad royalty payments in aussie-land baseball, too.

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In reply to by crunch

On the eve of the Finals, the baseball report here in Perth was story number 6, after cricket, rugby, pre-season Aussie Rules Football, soccer (Australian A-League), and basketball (NBL). I was gone from town 'til today (Weds for me, Tues in Chicago). There was a one-column by about 3-inch (er, 8-cm) piece in the depths of the sports section of the West Australian today about the pitcher who won the MVP, about him hoping to get back to the big leagues but having no hesitation about coming back here next year.

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

I understand your point, but I have a hard time believing Theo is worried about Concepcion being out of option years (4) before he's ready to nail down a roster spot. He's signed him to a contract that assumes the kid can move from PEO/DAY in 2012 to the MLB roster by April of 2016. I would have to assume this is a gamble Theo was willing to make based on the kid's ceiling, make-up, and skills. For reasons you and many others may not agree with, Theo chose this over signing a FA pitcher (like CJ Wilson) to a 5-year contract with comparable risks the player could be ineffective or on the DL in years 4 and 5 at $14-15M per season. I can't confirm that was his reasoning but it seems more plausible than not, and if so, I can't disagree with this type of risk for a 'major market' team.

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In reply to by George Altman

I agree with that. They are obviously building for the future and trying to lessen their financial commitments for the very near future. It kind of makes me wonder if there is some validity to playing in the Cell over the next couple of years while they restore Wrigley? If that is indeed what the plan has been. Then I take back much of the flak that I dished out towards ownership this off season. Obviously they don't have the kind of deep pockets to lose Tens of Millions while they play on the South Side.

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In reply to by The Joe

actually, if you look at everything but the last cuban signing i've been okay or liked every move they've made for what they're trying to do. even though i expect Z to outperform volstad, i really like that one. even the stewart trade i dont mind even though i expect anything out of it. if the guy hits .250/.320 with 20+ HR i'd be happy as hell about it. i don't feel like he's capable of it and highly exposed, though. but what was given up...*shrug* i'm down on cubs 2012. i think they have hope for 2013. i don't buy into them being some long-term 2015 plan...but i'm not pretending some 19 year olds are going to be impact in 12/13 and probably 14.

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In reply to by jacos

i'm talking more of the minors youth movement...didn't realize you meant the pro team. i don't see 2012 on the MLB club as a youth movement given the upside of most everyone but rizzo/lahair. lahair isn't youth, but for the use/cost he might as well be. if stewart comes through he's got 1 cheap year left at least. i guess wood/volstad could technically break out ace-style, but it's not likely. imo, the pitchers are middle/end rotation fodder which should hopefully help support a good 2013 team...especially with spending money on it...if enough of the 2012 gambles play out.

The 40-man roster has improved, while the payroll has gone down. It might not be the "perfect offseason," but I'm going to go ahead and call it a solid effort.

Let me bitch about Levine instead. I've got a serious question for the group: Is there any quantifiable f'ing reason the top article on the espn Cub blog page for the last day or two (at least) should be about another team's manager's thoughts on an overpaid 30 y/o pitcher who may or may not be a possibility for 'comeback player' this year? Am I the only one who wishes Zambrano well (as long as it's not against us), or not well, but ultimately just doesn't give a fuck? And ditto the reanimated Hendry article. They're gone, Bruce, you may actually have to write about baseball now. And let me clue you in, Pulitzer was never coming calling anyway. Just me...?

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Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full)    

Last updated 1-24-2023
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Adbert Alzolay
Javier Assad 
Brad Boxberger
Ben Brown
Jeremiah Estrada
Kyle Hendricks
Codi Heuer 
* Brandon Hughes
Ryan Jensen
Caleb Kilian 
Julian Merryweather
Ethan Roberts 
Michael Rucker
Adrian Sampson
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele 
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski
Rowan Wick

* Tucker Barnhart 
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
* Eric Hosmer
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Zach McKinstry
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Trey Mancini 
Seiya Suzuki 
Nelson Velazquez


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