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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus six players are on the 60-DAY IL

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Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Brad Boxberger
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Tyler Duffey 
Jeremiah Estrada
Shane Greene
Kyle Hendricks
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

# Jeimer Candelario
Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom
* Jared Young

Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

60-DAY IL: 6
Nick Burdi, P
Michael Fulmer, P 
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Nick Madrigal, INF
Ethan Roberts, P


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Cubs Rumor Round-Up: Nady and Kennedy

We're about three weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting and Hendry still has at least two moves to make and possibly up to four if the latest from Jon Morosi is to be believed.

The top priorities remain the bullpen and fourth outfielder and according to Morosi, Xavier Nady has floated to the top of the Cubs' wish list. His agent is Scott Boras though and much like all the players the Cubs are interested in, his demands will have to lower into the Cubs price range. Otherwise, Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli or Johnny Gomes are the other options.

On the bullpen front, things with Kiko Calero have cooled.  No other names are mentioned.

Another starting pitcher is more a want than a need and Ben Sheets is asking too much at the moment.

Finally, the Cubs have shown some past interest in Adam Kennedy and Orlando Hudson, but like starting pitching, not a big priority. If an upgrade at second base is available at the right price, then the Cubs could make a move although I fail to see how Kennedy would be an upgrade.


If there is any GM who could be termed "friendly" with Scott Boras, it's fellow failed minor league player Jim Hendry. They get along very well. So signing Boras client Xavier Nady would not be a problem for Hendry, as long as the Cubs believe Nady can make all the necessary throws from RF (Nady had his second career TJS last year).

Nady would be fine, I suppose. He would bump Hoffpauir or Fuld off the roster, I wonder? Mostly likely bump Hoffpauir unless they'd let Kosuke play center again. Eh?

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In reply to by Rob G.

Submitted by Rob G. on Mon, 01/25/2010 - 3:33pm. most likely Hoffpauir, but I'm sure it would likely be a competition in spring training. I would guess they'd be comfortable with Fukudome as a back-up center fielder if it came down to that. ==================================== ROB G: Micah Hoffpauir would probably have trouble winning a job if the Cubs aign a right-handed hitting OF other than Rocco Baldelli or Reed Johnson, because somebody has to be the late-inning defensive replacement for Soriano in LF, and right now that's Sam Fuld's job to lose. I think one way Hoffpauir could make the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster is if Jeff Baker plays 2B everyday and Andres Blanco is the only back-up at both SS and 2B, making Mike Fontenot's slot available. But Hoffpauir would have to outhit Fontenot in Spring Training, and even then Piniella might want two back-up middle-infielders even if Hoffpauir shows the better bat.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Submitted by The Real Neal on Mon, 01/25/2010 - 5:03pm. Baker, Theriot, Blanco and Fountainout? Sounds like Pinhead already has four backup middle infielders. What do you think the relationship between Barney/Blanco and Castro is going to be. If Castro looks great in ST is he going to get a starting gig at AAA or does Barney's presence block him, or do they both have a chance to knock off Blanco for the MLB spot? ==================================== REAL NEAL: I think Blanco gets the MLB back-up SS-2B gig, Barney is the starting SS at Iowa, Castro is the SS at AA, LeMahieu is the SS at Daytona, and Hak-Ju Lee and Logan Watkins remain together at Peoria. Castro is the type of prospect who might not see one day of AAA. To me, AAA is a place for players who need additional polish in order to become major leaguers because they are a bit short on talent. The best talent goes directly from AA to the big leagues. My question is how Piniella will manage the transition, as Theriot is replaced by Barney or Castro. What if Theriot continues to perform as he has for the past couple of years? That's probabbly good enough for Uncle Lou, but what if Barney and/or Castro exert roster pressure from below? Would Hendry do an end run on Piniella and force Lou to play Barney or Castro by moving Theriot in a trade? Or has it already been decided by Hendry/Piniella/Fleita that when Barney or Castro are ready, Theriot gets moved to 2nd base? And if that is the case, what if Jeff Baker is playing well at 2B at that time? I'm not sure that Lou Piniella is the guy I would want to be the Cubs manager with young middle-infielders like Barney and Castro nearly-ready, especially if they are legitimate prospects and it gets to the point they are clearly ready. Having Barney and Castro in big league camp should (hopefully) help Piniella get a feel for what they can do.

Nothing new from Morosi here. While I get the need for a good 4th OF, the desire for a short-term upgrade at 2B and maybe some SP insurance to cover Lilly, I'm not sure that I get the need for another righty RP. For the right side of the pen, I count Marmol, Guzman, at least one (and possibly both) of Silva/Samardjzia, Rule 5 guy Parisi, Gray, and the kids (Caridad, Berg, Stevens, Patton, Atkins and Parker) competing for a total of 4-5 spots. From the left side, Grabow and at least one (maybe both) of Gorzelanny and Marshall are locks for the pen as well. Gaub is a longshot too. That's about 15 legit contenders for 6-7 pen jobs. Dealing off some promising kids for a guy like Frasor (and his $2.65 million salary) only makes sense if there is real concern about Guzman's durability (and a guy like Calero makes no sense at all).

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In reply to by Seamhead

Guzman was pretty lucky when you look at his peripherals last year, throw in his injury history and that leaves Marmol as the only thing resembling reliable from the right side. Almost all those other guys have options left, and with injuries and performance being pretty volatile when it comes to your pen, not a bad idea to get someone else back there. Depends on the someone else of course. Calero on a one year deal is pretty low risk imo. He's good when healthy and if he gets hurt, then all those other names get a shot. Not to mention Cashner or Jackson could get opportunities if they're tearing up the minors.

What I like about Xavier Nady when compared to Jonny Gomes and Jermaine Dye is that while he has played mostly RF, Nady has the atleticism to play all three OF positions and 1B (and even some 3B in a pinch), while Gomes and Dye are strictly corner outfielders with no experience at 1B. Also, Nady is a better hitter than Gomes (who is a strikeout machine and a terrible PH), and Nady is seven years younger than Dye (who had a really bad second-half last year and looked like he might be was washed-up). And Nady is the kind of a guy who can play everyday for an extended period if necessary (he hits both LHP and RHP). And if he wants a two-year deal, that would be OK, because the Cubs are probably going to need to platoon Fukudome again in 2011, too, so that what Nady would bring to the Cubs in 2010 would almost certainly be needed again in 2011. Again, my main concern with Nady is whether after having his second career TJS last year (and missing most of the season as a result) he can still make strong throws from RF, or if he has become a rag-arm DH.

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In reply to by Charlie

Submitted by Charlie on Mon, 01/25/2010 - 4:25pm. Does Hendry have an aversion to weak-throwing players? We have Ryan Theriot playing SS and at various times in the pat had Juan Pierre playing CF and Jacque Jones playing RF and CF. How pitiful would Nady's arm have to be to make him a bigger liability in the outfield than Soriano, anyway? ======================================= CHARLIE: My main concern with Nady is whether his arm (elbow) is up to making strong throws from RF. That doesn't mean it's a concern of Hendry's. In fact, it's probably not a big deal to him. I'm just saying Nady's arm-strength should be an issue, not that it is.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

If Nady was such a good hitter he wouldn't have this much trouble finding work. For their careers, Gomes and Nady have had the same OPS+ (OPS to league average adjusted for park factors) but Gomes has played in baseball's tougher league and toughest division for most of his carreer. I agree about the defensive flexibility, but Baker already offers a similar skill set. The best thing would probably be as suggested above, use young guys for the bullpen, and then sign Hudson and push Baker to reserve and Fountainout to the SS/2B backup spot.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Somebody remind me just why the Rox let Baker get away? Was it simply the injury? He had a reasonable rebound in the 2nd half. Did I hear say Lou he thought Baker would be good batting 5th?

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In reply to by The Real Neal

fwiw... over the last 3 years, their splits Nady in 227 AB's vs LHP: 278/358/454 812 vs RHP: 297/340/504 844 Gomes in 296 AB's vs LHP: 267/341/503 844 vs RHP: 223/307/456 763 for their career, Nady at 5.8% BB/9, 19.9% K/9 and a .342 wOBA, Gomes at 9.9% BB/9 and 32.2% K/9 and .344 wOBA I'd prefer Nady myself if he can throw.

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In reply to by Rob G.

The thing that gets me about Nady is that he has gone from being the opening day starting right fielder for the Yankees, to being viewed as a valuable free agent being looked at for a starting gig (in Atlanta and elsewhere), and now he has fallen to being looked at as a potential platoon partner or 4th OF. And he's the same player he was at the beginning of last year when he was the starter for the eventual World Champions. The only thing that changed was he had (a second) TJS. I don't get the impression that teams are overly concerned with players who have TJS. It's fairly routine these days. And yet, poor Nady's stock has plummeted.

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In reply to by Sweet Lou

I don't get the impression that teams are overly concerned with players who have TJS. It's fairly routine these days. --- I'd agree with the above especially for position players except that this is his SECOND Tommy John surgery. The basic operation takes a tendon graft from the forearm from a small tendon called the palmaris longus.… On a second surgery they have to take a graft from somewhere else. Other sites are available (the other arm or a tendon from the calf (plantaris) but that means he's gonna have two limbs involved to recovery. I'm not sure why his graft failed but it's pretty unusual for this to happen (expecially when it's not a pitcher). This would make me a bit leary too (Chad Fox alert!) but my guess is he'll be OK. Nady is the best mix of hitter with some power and defensive RF for a righty bat. If his arm isn't right though and he can't throw that's a problem for RF (but not as much for LF or PH), Reed Johnson is probably the next best option. I thought about Gomes as I do like his power... but I don't like his K rate and his defense is bad.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

"For their careers, Gomes and Nady have had the same OPS+ (OPS to league average adjusted for park factors) but Gomes has played in baseball's tougher league and toughest division for most of his carreer." As you note, OPS+ is already adjusted. The tougher league and division have already been accounted for, so Gomes doesn't get extra points for them.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

"There's no mention in there about adjusting across leagues or about quality of competition." OPS+ is adjusted so that a league-average performance is 100. It's all there in the link I included. A 100 OPS+ performance in the NL is average performance for that league. Likewise for the AL. So a 120 OPS+ performance is 20 points of value over average, regardless of the league. A 120 OPS+ in the NL is not worse or better than a 120 OPS+ in the AL. It is the same. I won't address the "quality of competition" issue because it's nominal if present at all after normalizing for the league. "Read it again." Enough petulance.

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In reply to by Stevens

I'm sure I don't want to be part of this argument, but: Let's say the NL has these numbers: 6 4 7 8 2 3 Their total is 30, and their average is 5. So 5 is the league average. Now let's say the AL has these totals: 6 4 7 8 8 3 Their total is 36, and their average is 6. So the average production of the AL is one higher. Maybe that's because they have a DH hitting instead of a pitcher. Regardless of the reason, it skews the average upward, so the average performance in the AL is a little better, which means in order to meet that average, a hitter has to perform a little better. On the other hand, they aren't facing the same competition, so we're looking at many factors that are difficult to measure in order to determine whether there really is a more difficult or better league. But it certainly is possible for the average hitter in one league to be more productive than the average hitter in the other league. I'm very open to hearing some opposing arguments, however, because at this point I think I may just be confused about what you're trying to say.

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In reply to by Charlie

OPS+ takes out the pitchers... I haven't been able to figure out what they mean by league, although my assumption is a separate number for AL and NL, but can't find confirmation. If you could find two players with the same OPS+ in each league, same park factors, but slightly different OPS numbers then it would indicate that league means AL and NL and not just MLB. But I'm not sure how they calculate their park factors. to the original argument of Gomes vs. Nady's bat, Gomes is more hit and miss while Nady has been pretty consistent, another reason why I'd prefer Nady. Almost 18% of Gomes's PA's were with the Reds too which brought him up to the level of Nady. And Gomes is a defensive hack, Nady doesn't appear to be.

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In reply to by Charlie

Charlie: "It certainly is possible for the average hitter in one league to be more productive than the average hitter in the other league." In terms of raw numbers, yes. But not in terms of performance relative to their league. Imagine 2 good players. One is in a higher run-scoring environment and hits 330/400/550. But it's the same performance as a player in a (much) lower run-scoring environment hitting 300/360/490. OPS+ tries to correct for this by not presenting a raw value, but a percentage of value over the average performance for the league. That's important for all that you've suggested: competition varies by league, parks vary by league, and run-scoring varies by league. The AL and NL are not the same animals. And while it's correct to say that a 750 OPS in the NL is not the same as a 750 OPS in the AL, it is not correct to say that a 100 OPS+ in the NL is not the same as a 100 OPS+ in the AL, as long as we keep in mind that performance mostly matters relative to the league. interview in BP with Andrew Cashner by David's the intro:
Be it as a starter or out of the bullpen, Andrew Cashner looms as a big part of the Cubs’ future. A 6-foot-6 right-hander who was taken in the first round of the 2008 draft from Texas Christian, the 23-year-old Cashner has gone from college closer to professional starter, albeit with a strict pitch count. In 24 games split evenly between High-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last year, Cashner posted a 2.60 ERA while allowing 76 hits in 100 1/3 IP. Notably, only one of them left the yard. Cashner talked about his power game, and his future, at the conclusion of the Arizona Fall League season. --- David Laurila: If you had to write a scouting report on yourself, what would it say? Andrew Cashner: It would say that I have a good fastball and a good slider. My slider is my out pitch. And then, I’m developing a changeup. I’d say that I can throw three pitches for strikes and I’m a big competitor out there on the mound.

From Rob's previous post... Speaking of the NYT, they've announced a metered payment system to start in 2011 for their online content. Basically you get 10 free visits a month and then will have to pay to access anymore articles. Don't be too surprised when the Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune do something similar in a few years. --- this was on this am...
NY Times reports with the widely anticipated introduction of a tablet computer at an event on Wednesday morning, Apple may be giving the media industry a kind of time machine — a chance to undo mistakes of the past. Almost all media companies have run aground in the Internet Age as they gave away their print and video content on the Web and watched paying customers drift away as a result. People who have seen the tablet say Apple will market it not just as a way to read news, books and other material, but also a way for companies to charge for all that content. By marrying its famously slick software and slender designs with the iTunes payment system, Apple could help create a way for media companies to alter the economics and consumer attitudes of the digital era.
Here's the NY Times article (it's free, for now):…

This is probably way 3/44 or whatever, but I just started thinking about tickets this year and noticed this on the Cubs website. Apparently you can spend $130 (for 4) or $250 (for 12) for an early shot at tickets instead of waiting all day in the god-forsaken queue. Is anyone doing this or is this like buying the extended warranty?

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In reply to by Ryno

I hadn't seen that yet, so it's not 3/44 for at least one person. Here's what worries me about it - they don't specify if the ticket pre-sale is for ALL tickets, or just the bullshit small selection like they do for the 9 game package (i.e. mostly weekday games in April). Also, $250 is a lot of money to spend just to buy the privilege of spending an even more insane amount of money on tickets.

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In reply to by Ryno

I did the $250 one in 2009. With that package, you can purchase up to 12 total tickets with the presale, which is before the general onsale. You get to choose any game(s) you want, and specify the seats you want for each game. Last year, I did opening day, saturday tribe, saturday twins, 4 seats for saturday july cards, and saturday mets. In addition to the tickets, you also get a free t-shirt (yay), access to the VIP entrance on sheffield (works well for bleachers and promotions), and an on-field event. All in all, I'd say it was worth it.

Recent comments

  • crunch 10/02/2023 - 10:13 pm (view)

    supposedly going to play in the dominican winter league.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/02/2023 - 10:15 pm (view)

    I hope Canario isn’t hurt again…

  • Arizona Phil 10/02/2023 - 10:46 pm (view)

    Some things to keep in mind about post-season 40-man roster "clean-up"...  

    If a player is outrighted to the minors and he is not signed for the next year, his salary MUST (by rule) be at least 80% of what he actually was paid the previous season. So (for example), Ethan Roberts made the MLB minimum salary ($720K) in 2023 because he was on the MLB 60-day IL for the entire season, so the very least he can be paid in 2024 - ON A MINOR LEAGUE SPLIT SALARY - is about $575K, when the minor league split salary for a player like Roberts would normally be around $125K.

    So the Cubs will almost certainly non-tender Roberts (which also gets him off the 40) rather than try to pass him through waivers  and outright him, and then they will offer him a minor league contract with a salary more in line with the normal minor league split (about $125K), plus an NRI to MLB Spring Training. 

    Same goes for Codi Heuer and Brandon Hughes (if the Cubs want to drop them from the 40). It would be stupid to try and outright them, because even if the Cubs can do it, they would have to pay them too much in salary in 2024.  

    Besides being able to re-sign the player for considerably less money, the other advantage of a non-tender is that the player does not have to be placed on waivers and so there is no risk in the player getting claimed by another club. 

    The problem with a non-tender is that there is only one MLB Contract Tender Day (its the Friday prior to Thanksgiving), and so that's the only day when a player can be non-tendered. Also, the  player doesn't have to re-sign after being non-tendered, He is an unrestricted free-agent and can sign with another club. So if the club really doesn't want to lose the player off waivers but also doesn't want to pay him 80% of what he was paid the previous season and also doesn't want him to occupy a slot on the 40 in the off-season, a non-tender is the way to go, even if the player decides to sign elsewhere. Often times a club will negotiate a  minort league contract with the player in advance of the non-tender.  

    A non-tender threat is also sometimes used to avoid the possibility of going to arbitration with a player who is "on the bubble" (40-man roster-wise) for the next season. This could apply to arbitration-eligibles Nick Burdi, Mark Leiter Jr, Nick Madrigal, Julian Merryweather, Mike Tauchman, and/or Patrick Wisdom. (Codi Heuer is also arbitration-eligible but because he is injured there is no way he will remain on the 40, and Adbert Alzolay and Justin Steele -- who will be a "super two" -- are also arbitration-eligible, but they are locks to be tendered). 

    In this case the Cubs would make it clear to the player that they have no interest in possibly losing an arbitration hearing, so the club offers the player an MLB contract for the next season with a salary satisfactory to the Cubs, and if the player declines, he just gets non-tendered.   

    So, the non-tender candidates are Roberts, Heuer, and Hughes  (virtual locks), but with the player very likely re-signed to a 2024 minor league contract with an NRI to MLB Spring Training, plus possibly arbitration-eligibles Burdi, Leiter, Madrigal, Merryweather, Tauchman, and Wisdom. Or any one of them could get traded (although trades involving players on MLB 40-man rosters are prohibited until after the conclusion of the World Series), but otherwise the player could just be non-tendered. (Of those six, I would say Merryweather is the one most-likely to be retained on the 40 no matter what). 

    There are two other players (Michael Rucker and Jared Young) who could get outrighted (if not claimed off waivers), but if they are outrighted they can elect free-agency (and probably would). 

    Then there are the guys who can be outrighted and can't elect free-agency if they are outrighted, but because the are MLB Rule 9 eligible if on a minor league roster they cannot be outrighted after 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series (when minor league players are declared free-agents) or else until the player has signed a contract for next season.

    These players are Miguel Amaya, Javier Assad, Alexander Canario, Jose Cuas, Jeremiah Estrada, Brandon Hughes, Miles Mastrobuoni, Christopher Morel, and Keegan Thompson. Obviously Amaya, Canario, Assad, and Morel (and probably Cuas) are safe, but if the Cubs want to drop any of the other players from the 40 (especially Estrada and Thompson) and they don't do it by outright assignment prior to the deadline after the World Series, a non-tender is the last chance to do it before Spring Training, since players in this position are usually advised by their agents to not sign their contract until they report to Spring Training.  

    So there are very few players on the 40 who can be sent outright to the minors after MLB Contract Tender Day.  

    One unusual problem the Cubs have this year is that the two minor leaguers most likely to be added to the 40 prior to the Rule 5 Draft (OF Yonathan Perlaza and SS Luis Vazquez) are eligible to be minor league free-agents on the 5th day after the World Series, so the Cubs will need to open up roster slots for Perlaza and Vazquez much sooner than usual. 

    Once the six free agents have been removed from the 40 and the six players on the MLB 60-day IL have been reinstated, the 40-man roster will be full. So two slots will have to be opened by other means (not by free agents leaving and not by non-tender).  

    I would say the most-likely moves to open up the two slots on the 40 needed for Perlaza and Vazquez will be by placing Rucker and Young on waivers, and if they are not claimed they will be outrighted, and once outrighted they will probably elect free-agency (unless the player signs a 2024 minor league successor contract). 

    The other possibility is Jeremiah Estrada could get dropped from th 40, and while (unlike Rucker and Hughes) he cannot elect free-agency, if he does make it through waivers and gets outrighted, he would be declared a Rule 9 minor league 6YFA on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series. Again, the Cubs could offer him a 2024 minor league successor contract if he isn't claimed off waivers, but Estrada would not have to sign it. 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/02/2023 - 10:08 pm (view)

    I was looking at the 40 man for the upcoming winter and there’s a stunning amount of players who I could conceivably see getting dropped, not even including the definite free agents.

    Burdi, Estrada, Heuer, Kilian, Roberts, Rucker, Stro opt out, Thompson, Young, Madrigal, Mastrobuoni, Wisdom, Tauchman

  • azbobbop 10/02/2023 - 10:27 am (view)

    Mastrobuoni can be a classic utility man. Left hand bat adds to his value.

    Madrigal was a case of building up the asset value of a player to send him elsewhere. I don’t think he was ever viewed as a long term solution at third base. He can be a second division second baseman but not enough stick for third base and really can’t play shortstop. I expect he will be moved this winter.

  • George Altman 10/01/2023 - 10:13 pm (view)

    I agree and that's a Hoyer problem. He gave Mastrobouni and Madrigal to Ross on the same Roster. Of course Ross is going to give both PAs. The solution is for Hoyer to have 1 on the 26-man. Sign better infielders or bats next year.

  • JoePepitone 10/01/2023 - 10:23 pm (view)

    Just checked the Gameday. Joey was right (and not really close, either). 

  • JoePepitone 10/01/2023 - 10:11 pm (view)

    Works for me. 

  • crunch 10/01/2023 - 10:40 pm (view)

    lifeless last game and loss.  83-79 record...2nd place in the NL Central

  • crunch 10/01/2023 - 10:31 pm (view)

    waino K's in his pinch hit appearance.  STL crowd before and after the PA big pops...curtain call...all that stuff.