The Astros*



* Cheated throughout the 2017 season including the World Series.

 

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Now that Astrogate is resolved can we PLEASE get a ruling on the KB grievance?!? 3 months? Seriously? Who's the indecisive hearing officer, Hank Kimball from Green Acres? Jeez, flip a coin already!

Earnest T. Bass I believe.

The Houston Astro-isks?

Well done! 👏  Astro-isks beats TrashCanGate in my mind.

Both piggy-backing off of CubbyBlue.  Or at least I was.

Yeah but that person figured out a way to make a profit off of it, so... hey WAIT!

...and now alex cora has been fired...or rather, "mutually parted ways" is the story they're going with.

this was over the top cheating.  houston deserves to lose those draft picks and people deserved to get fired.

the players were at fault, too, but i don't really care if they never pay a price for it aside from fan scorn.

If they cheated in a major why, why aren't they required to forfeit?

you're far from the only voice asking that one.  i haven't seen an official statement, myself...dunno if there will be one.

I'm most curious what happens with Beltran as new Mets managerial hire.

His punishment is having to manage the mets. 

The investigation says Astros cheating all through 2017 including the World Series. Then Cora managing Boston for '18. You've read that the deal from MLB with the other teams is "you're not allowed to say anything". God. Not a Dodger fan but that's one royal screwing. Plaschke at LATIMES says, "Seriously, why is it that Commissioner's Trophy still in their Houston offices? Why can't they at least have the decency to give it back? Better yet, the worthless thing should be tossed in a dugout trash can that the Dodgers can bang with a bat."
https://lat.ms/2u22bf2

carlos beltran "steps down" from the mets manager job

Q is in midseason form getting blasted in the first! Maybe the Yankees are desperate enough to take him off our hands. Could get us under the tax silliness too.

Unrelatedly, does it weird anyone else out to see SOUZA 21 on a jersey in RF?

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  • crunch 6 min 32 sec ago (view)

    cubs sign michael hermosillo to a minor league contract

    boring corner OF'r that can play CF if needed...organizational depth

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hermo...

     

  • crunch 11 hours 44 min ago (view)

    hah!  also uggg...i wonder what $20m-ish of k.bryant after a down season and uncertainty of april-june for "normal" baseball is worth to a team.  we will probably find out in a month or 2, though.

     

  • Charlie 14 hours 22 min ago (view)

    What's that, crunch? Kris Bryant for Robinson Canoe? Bold call!

     

  • George Altman 16 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Phil, you used to put out a Top 10 or 20 Prospect list around the end of the AFL. Sometimes you would update mid year if trades or draft warranted. This is not false praise...your lists were more impactful than BA, MLB, BP to me, let alone the Cubs fan board lists. Today, the only thing I give any credence to are your evaluations and Fan Graphs Top 40. If the evaluator has only watched video then, hell, I can watch video.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 23 min ago (view)

    there is no way the 2-3 guys that created most of those cubs reports have seen much more than youtube video footage as far as "live" scouting.

    they seem very dedicated and eager, but there are some questionable things in their scouting reports.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 21 hours 8 min ago (view)

    I'd REALLY enjoy reading Phil's list with scouting reports!!! I'd definitely trust his ratings more than most!

    Here is what the ProspectsLive.com website says about seeing the players: "Our evaluation team has spent countless hours filling these boards with highly in-depth scouting reports from live looks and film study."

    Either way, in my opinion, it's good to read other people's evaluations, even when they vary from our own. It gets us thinking about how confident we are in our valuations and how much we're willing to modify them based on other people's reports!

     

  • Hagsag 22 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Phil, I am sure you could put together a more realistic list.

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 59 min ago (view)

    No offense intended, but did anybody at this site actually see these guys play? 

    Chase Strumpf has only "40" power?!! Andy Weber even has more power than Strumpf? Seriously? Strumpf actually has plus-power. In fact, HR power is his #1 attribute. His power tool is probably at least "60" (maybe "65").   

    Both Ronnier Quintero and Aramis Ademan are "45" run? Really? Ademan has average speed ("50"), and Quintero is Miguel Montero 2.0. His run tool is probably "30" (on a good day). Quintero's plus raw tools are arm and power.  

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Thanks for the info.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    I just discovered this site: https://www.prospectslive.com/lists/2020/11/16/chi... (Sorry if you all know about it already!). 52 Cubs prospects listed with scouting reports! Really enjoying this one! :)

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    we all knew trades were coming...getting rid of 1-2 of the core, but at this point i wonder how much (if any) of that free'd up loot is going back into the team.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    He clearly did not want to be remembered for selling off the core and then walking away from the team a year later. Can't blame him.

     

  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    every other contender is full of rumor news for who they'll sign...and the hot cubs rumor is kris bryant won't be traded before the wednesday arb offer deadline.  wee.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: The MLB contracts that are tendered on 12/2 via Central Tender Letter are are non-guaranteed contacts.

    And a player signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released prior to MLB Opening Day receives 30 days salary (paid at the minor league rate for players with split contracts) if the player is released more than 15 days prior to Opening Day, or 45 days salary (paid at the MLB rate for players signed to split contracts) if the player is released 15 or fewer days prior to Opening Day as termination pay. 

     

  • jdrnym 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    If a player signs one of those deals that allows a split salary or incentives to be included, does that get treated like an arbitration salary in that it's only partially guaranteed until Opening Day?

     

  • bradsbeard 5 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks!