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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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  • Eric S 1 hour 38 min ago (view)

    Not a hill I’m going to die on for sure, but compare the 2019 defense vs 2016, I believe Cubs are bottom half on defense.  Also, last info I saw on the topic, Cubs lead the majors in outs recorded on the basepaths.  At six games over .500, Four teams in the NL have better records than the Cubs, who are now tied with the Phillies and just a game ahead of the Brewers. I think it was Bill Parcells who said you are what your record says you are - have to agree here too. 

     

  • CubbyBlue 2 hours 13 min ago (view)

    I've lost the joy of making this Cub fan blow himself up.

    If I had continiued today, Dan would have dragged himself back into frame as a bloodied Leonardo DiCaprio and said, "I ain't afraid to die any more. I done it already."

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 41 min ago (view)

    I wonder if Joe will talk about how he feels re: next years contract to media today?

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 42 min ago (view)

    I don’t think Kintzler threw a single pitch where a Pirate swung and missed. All swings led to foul balls or that walk off hit. It was obvious he had nothing. The guy hadn’t pitched in over a week, so I can’t really blame him.

     

  • Jackstraw 6 hours 39 min ago (view)

    Cubs at home = Roadrunner

    Cubs on road = Wile E. Coyote

     

  • crunch 13 hours 32 min ago (view)

    23 years old and carving up the hopes and dreams of the very young kids he was pitching against...

    hard to take a 23 year old in DSL too seriously, but his numbers were filthy.  0.87 era, 0.48 whip, 11.6 k/9

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 48 min ago (view)

    RHRP Marcos Encarnacion (DSL Cubs #2 closer) busted for PED (the ever-popular stanozolol), gets 72-game suspension that will carry through the 2020 season (he will be 25 in November 2020). Encarnacion formerly pitched in the Reds organization and was signed as a 23-year old second-contract FA by the Cubs in June. 

     

  • crunch 14 hours 15 min ago (view)

    truth.

     

  • Charlie 14 hours 21 min ago (view)

    By the end of this road trip, Bill might really have seen some things. No shortage of stuff to discuss in therapy.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 28 min ago (view)

    obligatory farnsworth flashback video...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZbG5MPsfYM

    some nice bonus "pissed off sarge" gary matthews in there, too...and dusty baker handling shit.  say what one wants about his lineup construction, dusty put up with some insane baseball attitudes with players he managed.  i still can't believe a clubhouse with jeff kent and barry bonds didn't result in attempted murder at the very least.

     

  • Charlie 14 hours 38 min ago (view)

    I think they are better than slightly above average in every area but the bullpen. Fangraphs WAR numbers suggest they are top 4 offense in the NL, top 5 rotation in NL, and bottom 5 bullpen in the NL. But that still suggests they should be right where they are, struggling to stay in the back of the pack of contenders for the postseason. So, that's probably close to what you are saying, but we could maybe attribute it mostly to one flaw--the bullpen.

     

  • Eric S 14 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Brandon Morrow says hello too re the front office’s best laid plans

     

  • Charlie 14 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Started to feel like I was watching Kyle Farnsworth and just knowing that he didn't have a way of getting the batter out.

    For those looking to identify the particular nightmare I was reliving: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/2004...

     

  • Charlie 15 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Kyle Ryan and Brandon Kintzler handling a 1-run lead in a 9th inning following a sweep to the Phillies. This is not the bullpen the front office has been trying to assemble. The closer, the setup man/backup closer (Strop), the future closer (Edwards), and the replacement closer (Kimbrel) have all fallen through in one way or another. If they can make the playoffs, I suppose we expect Kimbrel and Cishek as reinforcements? It's still going to be rough with Strop underperforming.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 30 min ago (view)

    this has been a particularly rough set of losses...ow.

     

  • Eric S 15 hours 31 min ago (view)

    The thing is, this Cub team has so many flaws you really can’t take the inevitable  meltdowns too harshly. The Cubs are a slightly above average team - that’s all