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i lost it at the yadi/chest protector/ball thing.  10/10.  A+.

Me too...

for those who may have missed it:

https://youtu.be/cAWvKOCjfP0

Thanks Crunch!
And thanks for posting this link. I forgot how incredible that was when I first saw it. Good GOD!

i like how both teams and the umps universally laughed it off because everybody doctors the ball with pinetar/resin/etc and everyone knows it...the umps just don't like it when you make it too obvious.

michael pineda was out there trying to ruin it for everyone, though...and trevor "i have a phd from trevor bauer's mind university" bauer, too.

cards GM stating publically they're attempting to sign goldschmidt to a longterm extension...also molina won't start playing spring games until mid-march (knee) and will probably miss the start of the season..

"Brandon Morrow (elbow) is aiming to begin playing catch around February 6.

Morrow told Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic that he typically begins throwing around January 6, so it figures that the 34-year-old right-hander will miss at least one month of regular-season action following his early-November elbow debridement surgery. "Every game counts, but you’d rather miss the first month than the last however many months," Morrow said Tuesday"

I really think Morrow missing the start of the season can be a good thing. Strop/Cishek/Edwards can cover the late innings for a month. Hopefully a shortened season helps Morrow stay on the field in September-October. 

Am I the only one that has problems posting?

no, many threads are locked for comment 

Can I ask why?

no idea, myself

cubs b.brach 1/3m

not bad

I like it. Now if they can unload Kintzler or Duensing maybe they can get someting else done.

What will that cost as far as prospects? I'd prefer to keep them both, and hope they are useful.

Emily Litella says Brach gets traded for Ernie Broglio before the trade deadline

if brach is so jaded, he shouldn't have signed the contract.  i can't blame the cubs brass for this.

besides, all the rumors of excessive violins in chicago is vastly overblown and some people like them if that's his concern.

a.alzolay threw his first bullpen today and supposedly feels great.

that's good.

3 weeks til pitchers/catchers...

"Cubs signed RHP George Kontos to a minor league contract."

unless some spring cuts happen the average age of iowa's team this year is gonna be around 28-30 years old (kidding/not kidding).

AZ Phil, has the ban on signing Mexican youngsters ever been resolved? Thanks.

HAGSAG: The ban is still in effect, but it only applies to players under contractual control of a Mexican League club.

In common practice, most all Mexican baseball players sign "development contracts" with their local Mexican League club when they are 15 years old, binding the player to the Mexican League club, and (up until last June) allowing the club to negotiate a contract with an MLB club and receive 75% of the signing bonus.  

The MLB Commissioner banning MLB clubs from signing players out of Mexico last year was as the result of the signing bonus being paid directly to the Mexican League club and then the Mexican League club paying the player 25% of the bonus and keeping the rest.

Meanwhile, the MLB club signing the Mexican player only had the percentage of the signing bonus that was actually paid by the Mexican League club to the player (25%) applied to its International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) limit, but since the system was unregulated, sometimes (as was the case with RHP Florencio Serrano Jr, signed by the Cubs in July 2017) the bonus percentage paid by the Mexican League club to the player "under the table" was actually more than 25%, even though the MLB club was only dinged for 25% of the signing bonus toward its ISBP. (Although Serrano's contract was voided by the MLB Commissioner, there was no evidence that the Cubs knew about the arrangement between Serrano and los Toros de Tijuana).    

So MLB and the MLBPA want the Mexican League and its clubs to agree to a standard "release fee" system similar to what MLB has with the NPB (Japan), the KBO (Korea), and the CPBL (Taiwan), and what MLB now has with the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB).  

Last December, MLB, the MLBPA, and the FCB agreed to a system whereby any Cuban player age 25 or older with at least six years of professional experience who is under contract to a FCB club can be signed by an MLB club after the MLB club pays a "release fee" to the FCB club (the fee is pre-determined by the same formula used in calculating release fees paid to NPB, KBO, and CPBL clubs), and Cuban players under age 25 and/or with less than six years of pro experience who are under contract to a FCB club can be signed by an MLB club (with the FCB club receiving the standard release fee) only with consent of the FCB club.  

So far, the Mexican League has not agreed to implement this type of system, and until it does, the ban will likely remain in effect. 

The Mexian League is going to have to give-in eventually, however, because Mexican League clubs are not making any money from signing bonuses while the ban is in effect. A standard release fee would be a lot less than 75% of the bonus, but it would still be better than nothing.  

BTW, while there is a ban on MLB clubs signing players who are under control of  Mexican League clubs, there is no prohibition on signing a player from Mexico who is an unrestricted free-agent, and MLB clubs are still permitted to loan minor league players to Mexican League clubs during the regular season (as happened with Cubs minor leaguers RHRP Mario Meza and C Ali Solis last season). 

MLB.com/MLB Network is doing their top-100 live show...

they're in the 20s now, but it looks rather strongly that the only cubs top-100s are going to be

94. Miguel Amaya, C, Cubs
100. Nico Hoerner, SS, Cubs

if hoerner demonstrates even a bit more power this season he should shoot up everyone's lists next off-season as long as his quality contact holds up.

O's will not hire a bench coach for b.hyde this upcoming season.  interesting...

various other coaches will assume the role collectively.

Why is it so difficult to post on this site?

I dont know about posting, but I am unable to see any new comments without going to the "recent comments" section at the bottom of the page and clcking "view"

not sure why....   government shutdown?

it would be nice to at least have a "general discussion" thread outside of the locked threads.

having to go down 2-4-6+ posts to find the open discussion thread is a bit weird.

Agreed crunch.

"The Cubs are expected to watch right-hander Zack Jones throw on Tuesday in Arizona, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune."

he was in the twins AA program before being released last year.  he's 28.

i'm currently cooling down a 6pack on the cubs hot stove.

Speaking of cooling down, stay safe out there, Midwesterners.

*laughs in hawaiian*

...at least for another week, anyway.

Sounds like they are checking out Drew Storen also. He used to be good. (from Gonzo in the Trib)

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  • hopefully the fans stay respectful and don't lower themselves to the type of scum that were heckling hunter pence...

    http://mlb.mlb.com/assets/images/2/9/6/88256296/cu...

    crunch 4 hours 23 min ago view
  • Careful what you tweet regarding KB - he’s reading and he’s pissed!  I kinda like seeing KB hot under the collar - very out of character for him. 

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26064097/kris-bryant-chicago-cubs-motivated-criticism-entering-2019-season

    Eric S 4 hours 53 min ago view
  • For those of you who did not see the game....

    Kris Bryant's first inning HR off Chase Anderson was a towering fly ball that was a bit wind-aided, but not unlike what you might see at Wrigley Field. The line single had a lot of top-spin and fell in front of the left-fielder. 

    Here are some of the velo readings for the Cubs pitchers: 

    Mike Zagurski:
    FB: 89-91 
    SL: 81 
    NOTE: Nibbled too much, but he did strike out Eric Thames with FB/SL combo. 

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 17 min ago view
  • looked like a good one from the box score.  i've been out all day, back home now, and ready to take in my first televised game of the spring (HOU/WAS).

    is o.de la cruz still considered a starter or is he transitioning to the pen?  looks like he put in a solid inning pulling up the end of the game.

    crunch 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • First 2019 Cubs MLB Cactus League game today. This is my 42nd year of Cubs Spring Training (first one was in Scottsdale in 1978).  

    Arizona Phil 11 hours 56 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: No word yet, but don't be surprised if guys like Rademacher, Martin, and Torrez end up in Mexico or in independent baseball.

    A number of former Cubs minor leaguers and big leaguers (INF Arismendy Alcantara, C Sergio Burruel, INF Dustin Geiger, INF-OF Junior Lake, RHP Yoanner Negrin, OF Felix Pie, RHP Armando Rivero, INF Issmael Salas, OF Dave Sappelt, and RHP Carlos Zambrano) played in the Mexican League last year, and INF-OF Logan Watkins just signed with Tijuana after playing indy ball in 2018.  

    Arizona Phil 12 hours 4 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Mike Olt signed a 2019 minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins last month. 

    Arizona Phil 13 hours 58 sec ago view
  • Don’t see BJ signed to any club yet. Mike Olt, however, played AAA for the Red Sawx last year. Anyone hear if he is resigned?

    The E-Man 14 hours 48 min ago view
  • Has anyone heard if any of these past Cubs minor leaguers have found a team..Mazonni, Rademacher, D. Torrez, Coghlan or Trey Martin? 

    Hagsag 16 hours 4 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: The pecking order for minor league field assignments is: 

    Arizona Phil 1 day 4 hours ago view
  • It hasn't been announced yet, but I would expect either D'Angelo Jimenez (DSL Cubs #1 Hitting Coach) or Enrique Wilson (DSL Cubs #2 Hitting Coach) to replace Michael Carter as AZL Cubs #1 Hitting Coach, with Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach with DSL Cubs #2) replacing either Jimenez or Wilson.

    Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • Glad to see Mark Johnson get a promotion if that is what it is.

    Hagsag 1 day 8 hours ago view
  • https://twitter.com/MDGonzales/status/109751175840...

    it's now 79-83 since the brews signed moosetacos, btw...

    crunch 1 day 11 hours ago view
  • 2/25 split squad cubs/dodgers game has been picked up to be televised (dodgers feed) ..cubs also playing SD the same day (radio only)

    3:05pm EST

    crunch 1 day 15 hours ago view
  • The Rifleman!

    Mike Wellman 2 days 9 hours ago view
  • neither cubs sat/sun/mon/tues/wed/thurs games are televised.

    lame...very very lame.

    first televised game is friday march 1st unless something changes (@Dbacks on the ARZ feed).

    crunch 2 days 11 hours ago view