Bad News, Good News, Really Good News

While I’m weighing multiple $300m+ offers, I wanted to take a moment to announce a change to the site: I will no longer be making regular daily game thread posts.

If anyone is interested in stepping up to fill that void, let me know. (Perhaps a once-a week rotation could work.)

The good news is that I will still be lurking in the background to keep the site running and making the occasional snide comment. I’ll keep the contests running, too. 

The really good news is that AZ Phil is firmly committed to doing everything that he does to make the site essential reading. As long as Phil is in AZ, there will be a TCR.

In other news, which is not great but not bad, either, we have replaced the chat feature. For as much as we love our animal noises, our usage didn’t exactly warrant the cost for the Soviet-era technology called Parachat. 

In its place, we have added a link to the new TCR MeWe group. Apart from being free, it's also excellent on mobile. It has a live chat feature and also the option to make more substantive posts, should the occasion arise. You’ll have to make your own animals noises.

Our man on the inside, Michael, will continue to use the best duct tape and crazy glue that we can afford to upgrade the site.

As always, go Cubs!

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thanks to all of you guys.  i appreciate it.

Thx, Steve, AZP, et al. If TCR went down I'd have to start paying my way into I-Cub games again & I just got approved yesterday for renewed privileges in 2019...

Big thanks to all of you!!!

Yu caught what Chatwood's throwing? 4 walks & 4 outs...

cards extend m.mikolas 4/68m (2020-24)

they also signed m.wieters to a minor league deal.

Thanks for keeping this site being the best

bote is back, and in the lineup today.

Thanks for all the free labor, CTSteve! Free tip: Take more than one of those offers and just play for multiple teams--easy solution!

I love the idea of a once-a-week rotation and I'd be willing to step into that. 24-ish posts over 6 months would be way more manageable than 162+.

Willson with a “mammoth” (as described by Len) two run homer over left field off of Jesse Chavez.  Contreras power trending up!  Len said it was among the longest home runs he’s seen at the Rangers spring training facility.  

Video of HR (and quality crack of the bat sound that’s been sorely missed)

https://twitter.com/protvsports/status/1100868127368273920?s=21

Crunch will you be doing the daily game thread posts? Its got your name all over it.

Seconded.

i would be willing to do it if site ownership is comfortable with it and doesn't have someone else already in mind.

i wouldn't be able to do every game because of the nature of the demands of my work, though.

Crunch’s Corner?

i demand 3 corners, 2 walls, and a partially obstructed doorway.

This site is great.  Screw Twitter and the information revolution.

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  • crunch 10 hours 19 min ago (view)

    * all figures stated are in a range of +/- 10m

    yeah, that was me not typing info correctly.  my bad.

     

  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 55 min ago (view)

    Bryant got $19.5M 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 5 min ago (view)

    bryant 9.5m, contreras 6.65m, baez 11.65m, z.davies 8.63m

    looks like happ is going to arbitration.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    RHP Edward Vasquez (2017 IFA - Dominican Republic) has retired.

    E. Vasquez was one of the top SP on DSL Cubs Red in 2019 and was expected to be a SP on one of the Cubs AZL teams in 2020 if the minor league season hadn't been canceled.

    He would have been first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021. 

     

  • K Dub 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Phil!

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    danny hultzen retires and joins the cubs as a "pitching development assistant"

    shame the comeback story didn't last longer...but hey, at least he got to taste the bigs after his body failed him for so many years.

     

  • crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    theo joining the commish's front office operation as a "consultant reguarding on field matters"...basically weighing in on the possible impact of rules changes.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    https://www.thecubreporter.com/comment/266505#comm...

     

  • K Dub 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, to my calculation that suspension should be over by now unless he got caught again...

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    (Not Phil) - Last I saw, he was on the restricted list.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Did the Cubs release Saul Vazquez?

     

  • Sonicwind75 5 days 20 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 guaranteed amount is $7 + $3 million mutual option buyout. 10>8.  Most media reports summarizes it as a $10 million deal. 

     

  • CubbyBlue 5 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Eric. After I put it up I thought.. damn I'm old. I wonder if people even remember back that far. I still think about that day. Uggh. Sorry. 

     

  • Charlie 5 days 21 hours ago (view)

    I'm always confused by this. They also could have tendered him and then boosted his value by trading him with a million or two in cash considerations. Obviously, that's a million or two more expensive than simply non-tendering--but couldn't you at least get an interesting prospect in return from one of these teams? They obviosuly thought it was worth their return to toss in a few million in the Darvish trade.

     

  • tim815 5 days 23 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 amount is 7.

    The buyout is 3.

    8>7

     

  • crunch 6 days 12 hours ago (view)

    chase strumpf is quickly emerging as a "trendy" organizational hot prospect, even among non-cubs fans.  amaya is having a decent winter league showing so far...taking a lot of walks, too.