Get a brain, morans.

If you image-search "get a brain morans", a million shots come up of this guy who was apparently protesting something.
I'm not going to really try to find out what, I know we just like that sign next to that team logo.
And "morans" does come up here quite a bit so... enjoy.

 

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anyone see Baez or Olt?

Andrew (Raleigh )

Did you see the Time article on the Royals (or their perceived style of play) being the future of baseball? Not every postseason result has to mean something. Sometimes teams just win. People should enjoy the ride and stop trying to create false narratives.

Klaw
  (1:09 PM)


I didn't, and that's pretty silly. I do think you'll see two changes in player valuation, though. Players who make more contact will see an increase in value after years of teams just not caring at all about hitter strikeout rates, and I think the recent shift toward assembling bullpens of power arms to try to shorten games to 6 innings will accelerate.

very subtle

if only I could make the text flash...

clearly not reading Phil's reports...

Re: Schwarber sticking at C

Klaw
  (1:16 PM)



Of course they feel that. Every team tells you that about a kid they just drafted four months ago. I highly doubt he can stick there. LF is the best case scenario, 1b the worst.

Re: CJ Edwards and moving to the bullpen

Klaw
  (1:30 PM)



Meaning you don't want him to be a bullpen arm, right? There isn't a starter in the majors built like him, he doesn't have much fastball plane or life, and he needs a better changeup. Those are tangible concerns.

and

Not sure there's any injury risk involved. Let him start until he proves he can't. Let Schwarber catch until he proves he can't. Let DJ Peterson play third base. You have to try the high-upside scenario.

Redbirds are deadbirds.

instantly deflated dugout on the red side of the park.

HOLY F'N CRAP WHAT A POSTSEASON! the giants are NL champs. walk-off HR in the 9th...wow.

so game tied, season on the line and they put in Wacha who hadn't pitched in 20 days.

~shrug~

Wow. I'd love to hear the candid reasoning for that move...

Not directed at you, but Captain Happy would have been hung in effigy on this site had it been him. Just a reminder that all managers seem to make daffy moves.

Oh are you kidding me? I think Matheny screwed up on a major scale. I just hate the cards so I'm happy.

So in reality, it was a great move, and the Cubs should hire him.

not using a pitcher for a really long time followed by letting him go out there and crap himself is more of a lou pinella move...followed by having them traded away.

http://deadspin.com/mike-matheny-manages-the-...

I put him in a tough spot. But you [saw] the first couple pitches come out of [his] hand and I think everybody in the baseball world asked why we had been waiting so long to let this kid throw. Just a tough spot for him to be in and not the spot we want him to be in but we'll put him out there again in a similar situation.


Matheny, when asked about not using closer T. Rosenthal in 9th: "We can't bring him in, in a tie-game situation. We're on the road.”

Why can't you Matheny? Is the mafia involved? Will the natural order of things crumble? What good is he doing now?

It's a little bit of an advantage to a road team, in an extra-inning game, to be able to save their closer until they have a lead. A home team can't do that. That's why, in tie games, the home team tends to use its closer in the ninth.

Ooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhh! Thaaaaaats why. Now I get it.

TJ, Maybe it would have been less obvious to say that players are protective of their roles, and a closer might not appreciate being used in a non-closing situation on the road. You're managing players as well as situations--but I guess that sounds obvious again. If you asked most people who has the advantage in a tie game from the start of the ninth inning on, they would say the home team. So then the home team uses its closer in the ninth, and the game is still tied after nine. Who has the advantage now? It's just an interesting question to me, one that I've never heard discussed.

Many people think it is a mistake to lose an important game with your best bullpen pitcher (assuming that is your closer) still sitting in the pen.

Hopefully he got a large advance http://www.amazon.com/The-Matheny-Manifesto-M...

Rick Telander...again pissing all over the Cubs....shock. http://www.suntimes.com/sports/30449347-419/c...

Fangraphs Top 30 Cubs prospects

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the...

There’s a case to be made that this is the best system in baseball and  it has to be in the top five, but I’ll hold off on an official determination until I’ve formally evaluated all of the candidates.

It would be a bit poetic if Felix Pie retired as well today

Speaking of Felix Pie... from the Fangraphs review of Cub prospects:
14. Jake Stinnett, RHP Video: Stinnett pitched for the first time mid-way through his junior year at Maryland and was good enough to get drafted, but took off in his senior year, flashing three above average pitches and hitting 96 mph from an athletic delivery, which prompted the Cubs to take him near the top of the 2nd round. The stuff varied in the spring as Stinnett’s arm wasn’t used to the workload, but he was at his best in instructs, has mid-rotation upside and a very fresh arm for a 22-year-old. After signing and before being sent to an affiliate, Stinnett had a freak accident in Arizona on a funky hop from a fungo during PFP (pitcher fielding practice) hit him in the nuts; he needed surgery and nearly lost his testicle but I’m told he has a good sense of humor about the episode.
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the... http://deadspin.com/366269/felix-pies-minor-s...

he's catching without a cup...we got a badass over here.

It's sad to see a true baseball era come to a close, in this case the Roberts to Cubs TCR meme.

the walls are down at wrigley...someone needs to run in and lay an infield rake with a black ribbon on it at 2nd base to mourn the opportunity that never materialized.

Can't we still enlist his services as a coach? I'm pretty sure the important part is just getting him in uniform.

Seen enough of Cutler. Also the turf at Soldier Field is an embarrassment. /Chicago...the city that sometimes work

It really sucks to be a Bears fan -- year after year of relentless mediocrity. They bet it all that the QB Whisperer would turn Cutler into Aaron Rodgers and save the day -- not happening. Cutler can't read defenses and waits far too long to release the ball, which is why the Bears WRs never seem open but the Dolphin receivers looked open all day.

not to quibble, but I'm thinking Tannehill's success had more to do with the Bears D than his own abilities.

yeah they sucked too

I don't know why they didn't go with the lineup they had last week. Those scrubs did better than McClellin ever will. Whoever was arguing with me here about my complaints about the D and how we at least now have an exciting offense has now seen that argument put to rest. There's nothing here at all. And Cutler is now Alfonso Soriano in a much more important capacity.

McClellin=first pick of Emery tenure=will play until dead

Then why is he still in the lineup?

I think the whole thing about a QB Whisperer only works if the QB has the capabilities needed to see the entire field. No whisperer can magically create that ability. Holmes was open on the interception to a covered TE. Holmes had a fifty fifty chance of dropping the pass thrown to him, but that's better than an interception. Either Cutler doesn't trust Holmes with the ball, or he didn't see him. If he didn't see him, you can't fix that. You can fix the other I guess, but that's a pretty big problem, too. You can't have receivers out there the QB doesn't trust. A lot of what is wrong with this team seems related to coaching and that's a big bummer for me because I had very high hopes for Trestman when they brought him in. Damn you, Kool-Aid!!

the same mediocre team with Angelo/Lovie...at least those two had a few seasons of brilliance.

I didn't watch much of the game yesterday, Cutler seemed mediocre at best, which I think we can fairly say is about as good as he is with occasional moments of brilliance.

Tannenhill scorching your defense is far more alarming to me, he's one of the worst in the league.

Tannenwho scorching the defense just brings him in line with the rest of the league. I suspect most top 20 College teams could rip through this D on any given Saturday.

On a more positive note, it was good to see D Rose with some explosiveness last night. It'll be interesting to see if San Antonio style basketball can beat LeBron-style over the course of the season and through the playoffs if Rose stays healthy.

There is something inherently wrong with Baseball taking a 5-6 day break before WS Game 1. This is a sport that is played daily. I expect some sloppy play, it's unfair to the players, and the weather gets worse by the hour this time of year ...

I'm $ure the two team$ will find it in their heart$ to overcome a few off-days. Advanced $cheduling i$ an important part of ba$eball!

Haha, well $aid.

2 short LCS series, not much they can do. Yeah, money's the motivating factor, but not like anyone who was going to watch isn't going to watch now.

Also smart to not go up against football too much especially the early games. Ratings in a series tend to go up later in the series.

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Really bad day yesterday for Mesa Solar Sox 1B Dan Vogelbach.

No errors were charged to him, but he was unable to hold onto a room-service one-hop throw from Addison Russell (E-6 charged even though ball bounced into and then out of Vogelbach's glove), messed up his footwork while holding runner at 1st base causing him to miss a pick-of throw from LHP Sean Nolin (E-1 charged), failed to tag the runner on an off-line throw from 2B Tony Renda that had batter-runner beat by three steps (E-4 charged), and could not field another easy one-hop relay throw at 1st base so that the DP could not be turned thus extending the inning.  

I saw Vogelbach make 10 errors at Extended Spring Training in 2012 (which is why he was held back at AZL Cubs instead of being assigned to Boise) and I remember thinking at the time that he was one of the worst defensive 1st basemen I had ever seen. I know that he has worked very hard to improve his defensive play at 1st base, but the fact is, he is still a butcher in the field. Back in the day they called defensively-challenged 1B Dick Stuart "Dr Strangeglove." Well, Vogelbach is no better. 

It's not just that he isn't Gold Glove at 1st base. He can't even make routine plays consistently. He has a cast-iron glove, he can't move his feet, he has difficulty tracking pop-ups while he's moving, and he is easily confused. 

Vogebach is a really nice guy and he tries very hard, but he can't play 1st base. He is as bad defensively today as he was two or three years ago. He will almost certainly have to be an MLB DH, but to have a chance to do that he will,have to hit a ton and show a lot of power at AA and AAA over the next couple or three years. I can't see Vogelbach having much value as a trade chp until he proves he can rake at AAA, and even then he would be considered strictly a hitter with a negative defensive value.

not being able to play 1st is just kinda sad... it's a much harder position, but one of the worst displays of D i've ever seen is bj upton playing SS in AAA. it was absolutely amazing how horrible he was there in every single aspect of playing the position...and he got multiple seasons to showcase how awful he was there.

tell em wash

That doesn't fit well with Theo's versatility campaign, now does it. If I was Theo, because I have a somewhat dark sense of humor, I'd play him every position in the infield.

Long time lurker some time commenter here...I was at the AFL game AZ Phill was at and I'd have to concur that Vogelbach may be the worst fielder, period, that I've seen. Terrible hands, footwork, reactions, instincts, the whole shebang. This is a limited eyeball test so take it for what it's worth. My dad was with me and he actually referred to him as Dr. Strangeglove 2.0. His body type seems to be key inhibitor here as he's simply not built to move. He can rake, for sure, but there's no way he does anything other than DH if he makes it to the bigs. My second eyeball test was of Russell and it's hard not to like what you see. Big, athletic frame, great hands and footwork, combined with a shortstop's arm. I hadn't seen him in person before and, well, I was impressed. Final eyeball test was CJ Edwards. That tiny, lanky frame does give you doubt. Hard to imagine he won't end up in the pen at some point, which is fine. He wasn't very sharp in the couple innings he pitched and his body language reflected that. I'd like to see him get a full healthy season under his belt before testing him in the bigs.

Awesome, thanks for the insight.

Phil - the Cubs have a PTBNL coming from the A's after the draft. What are the rules in this case. I am pretty sure it couldn't be anyone that was on the 25 man roster after the trade, but could it be someone on the 40 man roster?

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/chicago-cubs-ow...

don't they spend all their money on the Cubs?

/rage

//not really

it's tough being a billionaire in obama's america. maybe the cubs could do a Kickstarter campaign. i'm down for $5.

DAVID P: The PTBNL must be named or cash substituted within six months of the date the trade is reported to the MLB office. Cash (typically $50,000 for trades involving players on an MLB 40-man roster) can be substituted for the PTBNL. The exact cash amount that can be substituted for a PTBNL must be stated in writing when the trade is reported to the MLB office. Therefore, the PTBNL owed to the Cubs from Oakland in the Samardzija trade must be selected by the Cubs (or else cash will be substituted) no later than January 5th, and the PTBNL the Cubs owe Boston must be selected by the Red Sox (or else cash will be substituted) no later than January 30th.

Typically the PTBNL is selected from a list of minor leaguers agreed to in advance by both clubs when the trade is made, although it could be a player on a DL. If the club owed the PTBNL does not select a player within six months, the cash amount is automatically substituted. 

A PTBNL can be on an MLB 40-man roster, but the PTBNL cannot spend any time on an MLB Active List (25-man roster)--including September when rosters expand or after the conclusion of the MLB regular season if the club is participating in the post-season--from the time the trade is reported to the MLB office until the PTBNL is named. 

A player on an MLB 15-day or 60-day DL can be a PTBNL as long as the player is not reinstated and added to an MLB Active List prior to the PTBNL being announced. So a player on an MLB DL can be a PTBNL as long as the player is either reinstated from the 15-day or 60-day DL and then immediately optioned to the minors (and is not recalled prior to the PTBNL being named), or if the player is reinstated from the DL after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. 

NOTE: All players on optional assignment to the minors must be recalled no later than the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (it's called "Recalled - Not to Report"), but players "Recalled - Not to Report" are not placed on the club's MLB Active List (25-man roster). Rather, they are "reserved" on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster). Therefore a player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who is "Recalled - Not to Report" after the conclusion of the MLB regular season can be a PTBNL.

from what I recall, the player the Cubs are suppose to get from A's is "signficant" but not that signficant to change the opinion of the trade (I think that was Keith Law's take).

The player we owe the Red Sox I don't know about, guessing cash may be enough.

Guessing post Rule 5 draft this will get tidied up.

 

I think the fact that the PTBNL the Cubs owe Boston is supposedly to be named after the Rule 5 Draft might suggest that the Red Sox will be able to select a PTBNL from the list of Cubs minor leaguers who were eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft but were not drafted. Or it could be that the Cubs will select a player in the Rule 5 Draft for the Red Sox and then send that player to Boston as the PTBNL after the conclusion of the draft, although that is less likely because the Red Sox actually select ahead of the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft (Red Sox select 7th, Cubs select 9th). .

Having an opportunity to select a player from the list of Cubs players eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft who were not drafted could be to the Red Sox advantage if they wish to select a minor league prospect too inexperienced to add to their MLB 40-man roster post-2014 or too inexperienced to select in the Rule 5 Draft, but who could have 40-man roster value later (like maybe post-2015). That type of player could include prospects like OF Jeffrey Baez, SS Marco Hernandez, or 2B-turned-catcher Gioskar Amaya, each of whom are unlikely to get added to the Cubs 40-man roster by the 11/20 deadline, or get selected in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft because they aren't anywhere near ready for MLB.

 

No Raul Ibanez on WS roster, Royals become first team in WS without a player who didn't play in the 20th Century. /per Olbermann

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    Q coming back in 4-6 weeks will be like a mid-season trade!  sigh...

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  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 59 min ago (view)

    With 17 pitchers likely on the 30-man MLB Active List roster for the first two weeks and then probably 15 pitchers on the 28-man Active List for the next two weeks after that, the Cubs should be able to "bullpen" games quite a bit for the first month. They won't really need five starters. 

     

  • crunch 22 hours 7 min ago (view)

    the cubs were searching car seats for coins to sign the scraps they managed to get this offseason.  i imagine doing everything "in house" might be on the table.

    the ricketts will need all the money they can spare to dump into GOP elections, too.  priorities.  btw, yes the family has been dumping 100s of thousand (to the tune of millions combined) over the past few months into state elections in areas they don't live in.  wisconsin, nevada, new york, georgia, etc...millions...many millions of dollars all over the country.

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 38 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Once the MLB regular season starts, the "Practice Squad" will be a sub-group of the Club Player Pool, as will be the MLB Active List roster and the various MLB injured lists. 

     

  • jdrnym 22 hours 39 min ago (view)

    All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 39 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March. 

     

  • crunch 22 hours 50 min ago (view)

    angels are missing 10-ish players from today's workout and mike trout isn't sure he'll participate this year (pregnant wife, newborn on the way).  welcome to the angels, maddon.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Are ther any FA starting pitchers that would be an addition to take a starting spot?

     

  • QuietMan 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    I'm thinking players should demand that this be added to their list.  "Sorry Honey, can't do it."

    Thanks Phil.

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    or washing the dishes turns out to be popping wheelies on a motorcycle riding around scottsdale...

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Q-MAN: Yes, unless "washing the dishes" is listed as a forbidden off-field activity in his contract 

     

  • crunch 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

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