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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    Jason Schmidt signs with Dodgers, 3/44.

     

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    20 year, 800m contract incoming...front loaded 150m over the first 2 years with a player opt out after that...

     

  • videographer 16 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Darth Vader to rescue Carlos Correa's bruised ego. 

     

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  • bradsbeard 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    The IFA market isn't exactly an equal access thing. Not only do the Cubs have a slightly smaller bonus pool than some teams, players are often linked to teams through their trainers well before they are able to sign. It's not like when these kids are 14 that the teams know for sure that they have a top of the class player on their hands two years in the future.
     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Cubbies.4ever - I read that the Cubs strategy with international free agents has been to spend most of their bonus money on young, position players and then take chances on cheaper, older pitching prospects who have been late bloomers (taller, stronger, more command of pitches, etc.). They are also grabbing guys at the end of the international signing period and signing them to future service contracts. They have six pitchers that were signed last year to future service contracts, and only one position player.

     

  • cubbies.4ever 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Cubs IFA Signings are heavy on SS (given SS usually can play many positions as the develop), but only 1 pitcher.  Given it's still early.  Also disappointing that their best signing is #18.  Gone are the days of Soler, Eloy, Torres, Marquez, Amaya etc.  I believe Christian Hernandez last year was highly rated though.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    One more international free agent signing announced today: Daniel Benschop, OF, Aruba

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)? 

     

  • Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Les Grobstein dies at age 69. Encyclopedic Chicago historian and longtime sports talk overnight radio host, plus a controversial listen. https://www.robertfeder.com/2022/01/17/les-grobstein-1952-2022/

     

  • Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Hernandez ranks 18th on MLB's International prospect list. Sanchez ranks at #43.
    Tribune article today on the Cub https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-chicago-cubs-alexis-hernan...

     

  • CubsCentral08 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    List is up to 12 now

    Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama
    Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic
    Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
    Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
    Freylin Silverio, RHP, Dominican Republic
    Sandy Sanchez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Darlin de Leon, SS, Dominican Republic

     

  • Wrigley Rat 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    In addition to those signed today, it's worth noting that seven players were signed to future-service contracts during the last international free agent signing period, and are expected to make their system-debut this coming season (most likely in the Dominican Republic). Those players are:

    • RHP - Luis Angel Reyes
    • LHP - Kevin Valdez
    • RHP - Jensi Ramirez
    • RHP - Yafrerlyn Vasquez
    • RHP - Eligio Paredes
    • RHP - Jair Jimenez
    • OF - Edward Vargas

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs added four more International Free Agents so far today:

    • Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    • Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Sneak peak into the International Free Agent Signings that officially start tomorrow (Saturday):

    Chicago Cubs ($5,179,700 total bonus pool) - 5 Signings (so far):

    • Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama ($1,500,000 bonus)
    • Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,300,000 bonus)
    • Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,000,000 bonus)
    • Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela

     

     

  • crunch 4 days 23 hours ago (view)

    wsox snagging cuban oscar colas...23 year old high end power prospect that could slot into the majors quickly.

    they're building a hell of a batting core on the south side of town.