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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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  • E-MAN: I suspect Stinnett's transponder has been turned off. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 32 min ago view
  • 11-10...back over .500!

    crunch 3 hours 1 min ago view
  • bob costas and john smoltz sang the 7th...neet.

    never forget this legendary costas moment...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqLxzOWW_M8

    crunch 3 hours 42 min ago view
  • he played 2nd (not that well) when he first came up when maddon wasn't busy trying to make lineup space for jonathan herrera.

    it's one of those things where baez is more talented, but that talent allows him to play 2nd as well as SS while russell excells at SS compared to his play at 2nd.

    that said, if they decide baez is in a groove they might shift russell to 2nd anyway... *shrug*

    crunch 4 hours 16 min ago view
  • n.hoerner took one off the wrist and was removed from the smokies game.  boo.

    also, cory abbott had another good outing.

    crunch 4 hours 31 min ago view
  • I was thinking the same thing.  Has Addy taken any reps at 2nd? 

    Sonicwind75 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • No way in hell should they move Baez off of shortstop when Russell in back.

    Hagsag 4 hours 47 min ago view
  • rizzo did a good baseball thing.  hopefully more of that will follow.  HR #195 career.

    maeda kinda sucks tonight.  he picked a great night for it.

    crunch 5 hours 9 min ago view
  • Thanks PHIL!

    A killer ASS.

    Jake Stinnett on the Cubs radar anymore?

    The E-Man 5 hours 30 min ago view
  • crowd is heavily sparce for a LAD/CHC night game except for the bleachers...even if it is a cold april night.

    crunch 5 hours 54 min ago view
  • David Bote to the Paternity Leave List and LHP Randy Rosario is recalled from Iowa, so the Cubs will apparently go with a nine-man bullpen and a three-man bench while Bote is absent. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 17 min ago view
  • Crying poor is more acceptable than honesty, if honesty would note a "gentleman's agreement" between the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, and Red Sox to not go over the spending limits.

    In the highly unlikely case that's in play.

    tim815 12 hours 49 min ago view
  • I agree that for only 3 games, taking into consideration option years and 40-man roster makes complete sense.  Guess I'm still a little peeved about the Ricketts crying poor when they more than likely have a lamp not being used that costs more than $25k. 

    Sonicwind75 13 hours 44 min ago view
  • VA PHIL: It's not better to be a cheetah if you end up with a suspension that keeps you off the savannah for 80 games.  

    Arizona Phil 15 hours 28 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 15 hours 58 min ago view
  • As long as you're one of the faster gazelles, it's probably ok!

    Charlie 16 hours 7 min ago view