Behind the Scenes at MVN

Congratulations to Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn on their elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Goose Gossage reached the 70% plateau and was just 21 votes shy of induction, so it appears it's just a matter of time before he gets in. Andre Dawson was at 56.7% and Lee Smith was at 39.8%. You can view the final vote tally here. Anyway they're moving some stuff around in hopes of getting rid of the glitchiness over the last few weeks. Bear with us.

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That about sums it up.

Here is a staff picture of MSN.com -- http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/2664/206...

I blew it!!! Should read MVN.Com

http://www.bizofbaseball.com/ Front page has a story about the EI package going exclusively to DirecTV.

MuskRat wrote an article on Andre Dawson posted on MLB.com -- "Dawson's Skills Were a Rare Combination." It's a puff piece but it's inspiring as hell, her Cubbie Kool-Aid lack of objectivity not withstanding. here's the url: http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.js...

To me, the most amazing vote of all is that some people actually thought Bobby Bonilla should get HOF votes. Bobby Bonilla!!!! Try to put a sabremetric spin on that.

speaking of bobby bonilla, dude's been feasting on the all-you-can eat buffets or something if you saw him on the MLB.com feed they were broadcasting..,

"Bobby Bonilla!!" All time National League Switch hitting home run leader. Just saying.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/yk6qyu Cubs 2007 Zips projections...they really like Rich Hill another system called CHONE http://lanaheimangelfan.blogspot.com/2006/12/... yet another known as MARCEL http://www.insidethebook.com/ee/index.php/sit...

I distinctly remember the time when teams were more fearful of pitching to Bonilla than to Bonds Then again, I also remember a time when the Pirates were good.

http://www.baseballinfosolutions.com/images/P... PDF of Park Factors from the Bill James Handbook, SWEET!!!

Crap, looks like Jay Buhner needs to wait another year, getting just one vote. What a crock.

The Trib has listed 11 players that were invited to Spring Camp today: Pitchers Sean Gallagher, Adam Harben, Ryan O'Malley, Carmen Pignatiello (Providence HS) and Randy Wells Catcher Jake Fox Infielders Mike Kinkade, Casey McGehee and Eric Patterson Outfielders Tyler Colvin and Chris Walker

I'm surprised Clay Rapada didn't get an invite.

Rapada's on the 40-man, automatic invite.

433: "Crap, looks like Jay Buhner needs to wait another year, getting just one vote. What a crock." Actually he will be off the ballot as he didn't get 5% of the vote. But the one person who did vote for him should be shot.

Jeff Smaesjsdfjkasdfjhksahjdfkjsa will also get an invite as that was talked about last year.

From the two times I have seen Tyler Colvin swing a bat, I have concluded that he is the next Derrick May.

I actually have a little faith on Colvin.

Is Transaction Guy dead Carlos?

So do I. Derrek Lee had a decent run as a left-handed OF for a few years, but failed to improve beyond the age of 25. Worse things in the world than being a useful fourth OF for a few years... And of course, I'm about 5% serious in making the comparison. If I had another two at bats to watch Colvin, THEN I'd be serious. ~grin~

Derrek Lee had a decent run as a left-handed OF for a few years, but failed to improve beyond the age of 25. Until he switched to the right side and picked up a first basemen's glove. :)

Derrick May, Derrek Lee, same difference.... lol....

Combine the two and you have .... Lee May.

And combine Derrick May with David West, and you have ....... May West

I sense the presence of Harry Caray.

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  • crunch 11 hours 35 min ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.

     

  • bradsbeard 15 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 31 min ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 

     

  • azbobbop 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.

     

  • tim815 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.

    I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.

    Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    Childersb3: Not much bat speed. Just "lug-power." I actually like Matt Mervis better. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Thanks wrigley rat.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG - Not Phil, but I think this info was from him in the past:

    RHP/OF (signed as a two-way player - seems to be sticking with hitting for now), R/R, 5'11 180, Age 18, SPAIN

     

  • Childersb3 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    AzP,

    Does Bryce Ball have any real bat speed, or is he just a big guy that waves at the ball and makes contact 1of5 times?

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Phil, tell me about Frank Fernandez.

     

  • tim815 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    If Matt is "not horrible" at third, that could be useful.

     

  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    bonds got a standing-O after being introduced between innings at LAD @ SF.

    as he sat down, dude looked extremely genuinely happy to hear the park errupt in cheers for him again.

    it's not his first time back, nor his first set of cheers, but the park is packed and loud.

     

  • Cubster 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Jed's GM search wrapping up, and the winner is: (Athletic write up): 37 yr old "Carter Hawkins, Cleveland assistant general manager, deals with all aspects of baseball operations in a front office admired for its stability, creativity in turning over the roster and ability to keep churning out pitchers.