Wind Clocked at 20; I-Cubs Clock a Trio

Waiting for the game to begin tonight I noticed that the pitchers would be throwing into a stiff breeze. A couple young scouts, I thought, sat down a couple rows in front of me to chart the game, one of them armed with a jugs gun. I sauntered down to ask them how the scoreboard speedometer compared to their readings since the last time I checked it was thought to generally register a couple mph slower than actual velocity. No, the gunslinger told me, the scoreboard readings run pretty true. In fact, he said, he doesn't really use the gun when he's charting; he just goes by the scoreboard numbers. Only then did I realize the "scout" was Randy Wells.

The Iowa hitters, including young Vitters, did indeed surf the wind to the tune of a long ball hat trick tonight. Besides JV, Brett Jackson and, ho hum, the Rizzo kid, also went deep.

Jackson played left tonight and was dropped to sixth in the order. He began the game leading the PCL in strikeouts but tonight he was but a double shy of the cycle. All three of his hits, not to mention Rizzo's league-leading 14th homer, came off Salt Lake lefty Brad Mills. Rizzo's towering two-run blast in the 3rd came on a 3-0 count after Dave Sappelt stole second with two out on the previous pitch. It was last seen well on its way to the Des Moines river beyond the street that runs behind the right field bleachers. Rizzo also drew a walk off side winding loogy Matt Meyers. He looks supremely at ease and confident at the plate in this league. How numbered are his days here?

Travis Wood worked seven solid innings in evening his record at 3-3, notching nine fly outs against one long homer that came to rest in the left field parking lot where I found it lodged beneath a car tire. Manny Corpas traded three runs for three outs in the 9th to make the final 7-5 I-Cubs.

Sappelt played center instead of Jackson who didn't appear hampered legging out his triple or getting cut down at second by the cutoff man when Ty Wright was held at third after Jackson's sharp single to right. Looking for the elusive cycle in his last trip he grounded out, but still his night was whiffless.

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T. Wood the "logical choice" to replace Volstad in rotation according to Sveum. Nothing decided yet.

Harry Teinowitz ‏@HeyTweetHarry Cubs could have some very big news coming! believe he's a Chicago radio dude that happened to get popped for a DUI earlier in the year. earlier tweet said news could pop tomorrow. ~shrug~

orlando hudson...sup? =p /noreferencesgiven

possibilities Castro signed to extension Garza signed to extension Dempster traded Garza traded Soriano kidnapped by extremists Soto traded Michael Jordan buys Cubs LaHair traded Rizzo called up/Soriano DFA'd price of beer dropped by $.50 ballgirls will wear bikini's More bathroom renovations More ad signage!!! Papa Joe decides to fund Wrigley renovations

Was Soto bumped from his start because of a sore knee or is something in the works???

said it was a bum knee, day to day -edit- MRI tomorrow, Sveum says he's available in case of emergency

That's the dude from Mac, Jurko and Harry, though I think the lineup is different now. I'm pretty sure he's Mac.

So you think that Harry is the Mac from Mac, Jurko, and Harry?

hahahha

My hilarity is lost on the internets.

Friday NATO guests singing in the 7th inning? Saturday NATO protestors singing in the 7th inning? Sunday Papa Ricketts singing in the 7th inning?

Rev. Wright has been hired as the Cubs' team chaplain?

I will be in the Bud Bleachers today, look for me I'll be wearing a Cubs hat. Pix and report to follow.

Wear an Obama t-shirt

Yes we can!

Thanks for the report, Mike. It doesn't sound like Rizzo's HR was wind aided. If LaHair keeps hitting, and that's always an if for a guy who hasn't really gone around the league more than once, I wonder how long TheoCorp will be able to keep resisting the urge to bring him up. I know there is some service time stuff involved (unlike AZ Phil, I don't have a microchip implant so I don't recall the details), but it still must be tempting. So where does LaHair go? I still don't see them giving Soriano the boot - and he actually has a .333 or so RISP, Campana is too much fun in center, and DeJesus was their prime free agent acquisition (!) for the summer, and actually has a reasonable OBP. The only thing I can see them doing is moving DeJesus to center and moving Campana into a late inning role, on the assumption that he just isn't an every day player. Should be interesting. Now you see why I'm not paid to make these decisions.

Kerry Wood is retiring... per ESPN.

Sounds like he took everyone's advice. I thought he would retire after last season, myself, but was glad he came back. Oh well. Sad...such a star-crossed career, but always a favorite.

Kerry drove me crazy. Now, I can stop taking my heart medicine. That said, one of my favorite Cubs of all time.

I always liked the presence Kerry brought to the proceedings at Wrigley. I'll always miss watching him as a Cub. It seemed to be his time to go performance-wise, though. Given that he and his wife are ingrained in the community here by now, hopefully the Cubs offer him some kind of position with the organization and he sticks around for awhile (if he doesn't un-retire first, like so many players do these days).

ESPN1000 reporting Kerry Wood to retire today.

"Thanks to Arizona Phil of the website thecubreporter.com for paying such close attention to these things." http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

this is 3/44. posted yesterday. Gotta be on it 24x7!

I saw the tweet yesterday. Isn't AZ Phil worth an extra mention.

Two things about the AZ "credit". First, It sounds like Rogers got the info directly from this site. He should have attributed it correctly by saying, According to AZ Phil, of the (link)thecubreporter.com(end link), and then some info about Whitenack. I assume after reading this he asked somebody in the organization if they are quietly getting excited about him, but, he being in the mainstream media, it's possible he made that part up, since he didn't even bother saying something like, "my sources tell me". Especially since his "source" was AZ Phil. I'm sure the reason he didn't link is because we are a bunch of foul mouthed bastards on here, but it's still lame.

Agreed. But coming from Cat. Wrongway, it is expected.

Cubs - City deal dead? How is Tom and Big Daddy Joe going to get out of the mess created? Are we looking at PSL's next year if the City doesn't come back to the table? Then again, fiscally, from what I have read, the City stood to make a nice chunk from the Wrigley/Cubs project.

I read somewhere that somebody in Rahm's office says that the deal is off the table for now.

Not surprising. "Daddy, why did you do that?!!"

I'm ready for the Hoffman Estates Cubs.............see ya' Wrigleyville!

Soto has meniscus tear, headed to DL.

Ugh. fucks up trade value nicely. How close is Clevnger again? I believe I read something that he was getting "close", but the last time I asked AZ PHIL he had not seen Clev in EXST on the field as of early last week.

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  • Arizona Phil 7 min 3 sec ago (view)

    Someone to keep an eye on in 2021 is RHP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter. 

    He was selected by the Cubs from the Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs  immediately converted him from a mediocre AA first-baseman to a full-time pitcher, having seen him throw garbage innings in blow-outs for the Pirates AA Altoona affiliate in 2019.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 42 min ago (view)

    Good to see Roederer and Velasquez  providing some production. From what I've followed they haven't been up to much. Granted this season isn't great for development

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 45 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have added OF Brennen Davis to their AZIL Active List roster. 

     

  • crunch 7 hours 8 min ago (view)

    "He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable."

    reggie golden flashblacks...if BP was a game he'd be an all-star.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Unfortunately for the Cubs, all of their Top 10 position-player prospects (M. Amaya, Davis, Hearn, Howard, Made, C. Morel, R. Morel, Quintero, Roederer, and Strumpf -- listed alphabetically) are two or more years away from the big leagues, in most cases more like three or four or even five years away. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 17 min ago (view)

    TIM: One of the things people wonder about when they see a young shortstop for the first time is does he have the arm and range necessary to play SS or would his tools maybe be better suited for 2B, 3B or OF. So far at Instructs Kevin Made has shown all of the attributes of a SS, and he is an advanced hitter (for his age) as well. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 55 min ago (view)

    AZBOBBOP: Ethan Hearn showed off his plus-arm by back-picking a runner off 1st base last week. You don't see catchers with the confidence to attempt pick-offs much out here. 

    He's a strong kid and shows a lot of HR power in BP and it's just a matter of making it game-usable. His hitting (contact and barreling) has improved at instructs, and that's one of the things he needed to improve.

    His receiving should improve with experience as well. 

     

  • azbobbop 22 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Phil, saw Ethan Hearn with a couple of hits today. How has he been trending?

     

  • tim815 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    That Kevin Made is already representing offensively seems, on the 1 to 10 scale with 10 being fantastic news, in the 17 or 18 range.

    Nwogu in the 9 to 11 span.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    For those of you wondering about catcher Ronnier Quintero (the Cubs #1 IFA signing in the 2019-20 ISP), he participates fully in pre-game and Camp Day work-outs and he catches bullpens, and while he has been the bullpen catcher at every AZIL game he has not yet played in a game.

    As a catcher he has a lot to learn, and the Cubs would prefer that Quintero mainly concentrates on receiving and learning how to work with pitchers right now. He can learn about hitting and baserunning later. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    In adition to the 22 pitchers originally on the Cubs AZIL Active List roster plus RHP Manuel Rodriguez (right biceps strain last March) and LHP Brad Wieck (wearing a brace on his left knee) who are on the Cubs MLB 60-day IL and are rehabbing at AZIL, the Cubs have added four additional pitchers to their AZIL Active List roster:  

    RHP Josh Burgmann 
    RHP Chris Clarke 
    LHP D. J. Herz
    RHP Michael McAvene 

     

  • Charlie 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    This is weird. He seemed well liked and shifting him to another role would've made just as much sense.

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    I'd say the only guys who struggled all season were Baez and Bryant. Willson struggled for a lot of August but was one of the few who hit in September. Most of the team hit well in 2019 (including Baez and Bryant before injuries derailed them). I don't know if there's any reason to blame Ipoce in particular for the September slump. 

     

  • crunch 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    iapoce expected to stay.  i'm surprised.  i know it's a weird/short season, but it was a season-long slump for a lot of guys and answers weren't showing up.

     

  • crunch 4 days 5 min ago (view)

    i eagerly await the espn 10 part mini-series "Rafael Palmeiro, More Like Rafael Baseballmerio" covering those 28 legendary games.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 15 min ago (view)

    In fairness those 28 games he played at 1B were breathtaking that year