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  • The Brinson for Yelich trade sure is looking like a bust for Miami.  That is a bad team.  The type of team so bad that it will have somebody like Bryan Lehair (club for men) represent them at the All Star game.

    Sonicwind75 6 days 11 hours ago
  • Castro had 529 hits before he turned 23, so we thought he'd have a shot at 3,000.  Looks like he MIGHT get to 2,000.

    VirginiaPhil 6 days 12 hours ago
  • 7ip 6h 0bb 7k, 0r/er, 92 pitches

    not bad for a spring training warmup vs a AAA team...oh wait, this MIA squad is a regular season MLB team...really?  okay.  good job Q.

    crunch 1 week 1 hour ago
  • meanwhile heyward has a ob% around .450 and is tied for 2nd with baez for the team lead in homers.

    crunch 1 week 1 hour ago
  • Somebody give me a nudge when one or preferably both of Bryzzo are batting above .250 - m’kay, thanks!

    Eric S 1 week 1 hour ago
  • s.matz(NYM)

    0ip 4h 1bb 0k, 1hbp, 8r/6er

    that is one of the most impressively odd-in-the-worst-way pitching lines i've ever seen.

    crunch 1 week 2 hours ago
  • descalso/bryant(LF)/rizzo/baez/heyward/contreras/bote/almora/Q

    crunch 1 week 4 hours ago
  • Can/should the Cubs pick up Swihart? DFA'd by Bosox...

    Mike Wellman 1 week 5 hours ago
  • he just turned 29 a month ago...a very young elder of the game

    crunch 1 week 9 hours ago
  • Good ole Starlin Castro.  Not that he was ever my favorite Cub, nor do I ever feel too bad for somebody who makes millions of dollars playing baseball but seriously, guy was part of really bad Cubs teams, then the mediocre/rebuilding Yankee teams and now the Marlins.  He has to own some sort of record for being part of a worst team winning %.

    Sonicwind75 1 week 9 hours ago
  • Latinos abound on team “B”

    Hagsag 1 week 11 hours ago
  • [Send sound: America's Funniest Home Videos horn.]

    Charlie 1 week 11 hours ago
  • neat.

    that said, he did epic horrible this winter (7+ ERA/2+ whip) on part 1 of his latest comeback so i wouldn't expect to see this go anywhere.

    crunch 1 week 12 hours ago
  • QuietMan 1 week 12 hours ago
  • Yes, lots of action on the pitch & no more action for Brinson... HIYO!!!

    First.Pitch.120 1 week 12 hours ago
  • I've never seen that... fantastic!  Or they could do an MLB fog bowl game... that would be neat until somebody died due to blunt force trauma from the pitched/batted ball. 

    First.Pitch.120 1 week 12 hours ago
  • truth...

    there was a lot of action on that pitch.

    crunch 1 week 23 hours ago
  • I think that caught more than Brinson's thigh.

    Charlie 1 week 1 day ago
  • darvish's night comes to an end after a long delay caused by a high-90s fastball HBP off the batter's thigh that then caught the ump in the throat.

    5.2ip 4h 4bb 8k, 1 HBP, 2r/er

    he could have easily finished the inning out given he had only thrown 96 pitches, but k.ryan was warm enough to come in anyway...and he gets a 3 pitch K.

    btw, darvish's HBP wasn't retaliation for the 3 cubs HBP earlier in the game, nor was it treated that way by either team...MIA simply sucks that badly...

    crunch 1 week 1 day ago
  • this MIA team is all kinds of assorted awful...i dunno how they've won 4 games so far.

    crunch 1 week 1 day ago
  • they should have played.

    snow games are pointless, awful, and fun.

    crunch 1 week 1 day ago
  • LAA game rescheduled for June 3 at Wrigley. LAA goes from Seattle to Chicago for 1 game and then back to LA. Good for them!

    First.Pitch.120 1 week 1 day ago
  • zobrist(2nd)/byrant(LF)/rizzo/baez/heyward/contreras/bote(3rd)/almora/darvish

    for those that havent seen the updates they've made to the park @MIA, it no longer looks like a tacky discount aquatic theme park from 1985.

    crunch 1 week 1 day ago
  • Thanks Phil.

    videographer 1 week 1 day ago
  • Paul Sullivan‏ @PWSullivan

    Cubs will skip Chatwood after snowout. Yu, Q and Hamels in Miami.

    crunch 1 week 1 day ago
  • Thanks Phil

    Childersb3 1 week 2 days ago
  • Confirmed RHRP George Kontos has been released. 

    Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago
  • CHILDERRSb3: Abbott is the best SP prospect of the three because he has a true SP-type four-pitch mix, and two of the pitches (SL and FB) are above-average. 

    Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago
  • Phil,

    Who do like best: Abbott, K. Thompson, or T. Miller?

    I saw Miller pitch last year in MBeach. I liked his aggressiveness. He seemed like a competitor.

    But, Abbott reads like the best pitcher of the three.


    Childersb3 1 week 2 days ago
  • VIDEO: CV-ball pitcher (it's his best pitch)... uses 89-91 MPH FB to set-up CV... below-average command... can throw just about every day... the classic "rubber-armed" LHRP.... was one of the last cuts from South Bend at Minor League Camp... 23-year old polished college arm so he could probably pitch at just about any level (if needed)... has probably already reached his ceiling... 

    Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago
  • Phil, can you give a brief scouting report on Jack Patterson?

    videographer 1 week 2 days ago
  • Monday 8/26 (day game) would seem to be the best common open date, with Cubs home on Sunday and play at NYM on Tuesday, and Angels finish series in HOU on Sunday and begin homestand on Tuesday.  

    This would cause Cubs to play 15 days in a row (well within reasonable limit) and Angels have off days the previous Thursday and the next Thursday as well. 

    Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago
  • Sunday's game is postponed due to weather. Cubs miss their chance to seal another series win and Chatwood might be deprived of a start for now. Make-up date tbd.

    Charlie 1 week 2 days ago
  • Something to keep in mind regarding the Cubs bulllpen...

    Brian Duensing and Tim Collins have Article XIX-A rights (both have accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time) and both accepted minor league assignments prior to MLB Opening Day (Duensing accepted an outright assignment and Collins accepted an optional assignment) and so Duensing and Collins likely signed the waiver explained in the next paragraph:  

    A player with Article XIX-A rights can waive his right to refuse an outright assignment or elect free-agency if outrighted, but the waiver cannot be signed more than ten days prior to MLB Opening Day, the player has the right to designate in advance which minor league team to which he can be assigned, and the waiver automatically expires if the player is not outrighted to the minors within 45 days or by the 45th day of the MLB regular season (whichever is later).

    As this might pertain to Collins, the 45th day of the MLB regular season is May 11th.  

    Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago
  • Not an egregious call by the third base umpire. Schwarbs just feeling the heat of letting his team down again. Willson’s at bat was the killer - strikes two and three swinging at balls out of the strike zone  

    Also: Cubs did not deserve to win that game. Bullpen is el stinko (4 walks in an inning, two with the bases loaded - you should lose the game on that alone)

    Eric S 1 week 3 days ago
  • so close...also, wow ive never seen schwarb so mad.

    crunch 1 week 3 days ago
  • Tim Collins looks like a jr. high school student cosplaying as Jake Arrieta.

    Charlie 1 week 3 days ago
  • Interesting and a good read.

    Hagsag 1 week 3 days ago
  • I am glad to see that the Cubs are being very careful with Marquez. 

    Hagsag 1 week 3 days ago
  • E-MAN: Brailyn Marquez is the Cubs #1 pitching prospect right now, a legit TOR SP prospect. Of course in order to reach his potential he will need to continue to develop and avoid significant injury as he progresses through the pipeline. And hopefully he won't get traded (unlike what happened to Dylan Cease). 

    Arizona Phil 1 week 3 days ago
  • E-MAN: The Cubs released RHSP Jen-Ho Tseng yesterday (he was Designated for Assignment last Saturday).

    The Cubs could not place Tseng on Outright Assignment Waivers because he was on the Iowa 7-day DL, so they had to either trade him or release him. And they could re-sign him (to a minor league contract) if he clears Outright Release Waivers on Saturday, presuming both Tseng and the Cubs have a mutual interest in Tseng remaining with the Cubs at the minor league level (at least through the 2019 season). NOTE: If he is released and then re-signs with the Cubs, Tseng must sign a minor league contract, and he cannot be added back to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster (and 25-man roster) for at least 30 days. 

    If Tseng is not claimed off Release Waivers and does not re-sign with the Cubs, he gets his 2019 minor league split salary (about $90,000) as terminatton pay. That's because the termination pay for a player signed to a "split contract" (one salary if the player is on an MLB Active List or MLB injured list, and a different and much lower salary if the player is on Optional Assignment to the minors) is the minor league salary, as long as he is released while on Optional Assignment to the minors (as was the case with Tseng). The one caveat is that a club cannot option a player to the minors and then release him just to avoid termination pay paid at the Major League rate. 

    Also remember that while - AN INJURED PLAYER CAN BE RELEASED AT ANY TIME - (and an injured player can also be non-tendered on 12/2), most injured players can be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers (and be outrighted to the minors) only during a limited period of time extending from the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season until the off-season roster filing deadline on 11/20. The one exception is an injured player on an MLB 40-man roster who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season. As long as the player is not a Rule 6 Selected Player or Draft-Excluded Player or MLB Rule 55 player and as long as the player has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time in his career, a player who accrued no MLB Service Time the previous season can be outrighted to the minors (even if he is injured) beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until 15 days prior to MLB Opening Day. 

    Arizona Phil 1 week 3 days ago
  • AZ PHIL: Thanks for the AZ eyes. Say, I see in the 40-man list that Jen Ho Tseng was DFA'd? I am surprised. Is it a numbers thing? Or has he just looked bad since the Cubs gave him a cup of tea in 2018? 

    Also, do you think Brailyn Marquez is the real deal with his consistent mid-90's and up stuff?

    The Cubs have not had a young pitcher do this since...Dylan Cease.

    The E-Man 1 week 3 days ago
  • eloy hit his 1st MLB homer tonight @NYY...and his 2nd...

    crunch 1 week 4 days ago
  • great piece headlining most of's worth a read if you have some time to spare.

    "They had 1 career AB, 1 career hit. Nothing else."

    ....includes ex-cub roe skidmore (1970) who sinlged in his one and only MLB plate appearance.  they have fake/mock baseball cards for the 5 players they profile, but it's worth mentioning to those that care about baseball cards that roe skidmore does have a legit 1971 topps card.

    crunch 1 week 4 days ago
  • The Cubs have added RHP Manuel Heredia and LHP Joel Machado to the EXST roster, so that makes a total of three 2018-19 IFA making their pro debut at EXST (RHP Richard Gallardo is the other one). 

    Arizona Phil 1 week 4 days ago
  • he's got 2 more seasons after this one unless he's cut.  it doesn't seem like he's ready to take his broken down body home without being forced to do so.

    he should catch/pass mays (5th) on the career HR list, but arod (4th) will probably be out of reach.

    crunch 1 week 4 days ago
  • Alburt Pujols's wraith can still hit dingers, if anyone was wondering.

    As harsh and prolonged as his decline with the Angels has been, I will never stop being impressed with what a tremenouds hitter he was in his prime.

    Charlie 1 week 4 days ago
  • Baseball is a lot more fun when the rotation performs. Really nice to see 10 groundball outs and 0 walks from Hamels. More of that.

    Charlie 1 week 4 days ago
  • cubs win!

    these last 2 games have been good for the soul.

    crunch 1 week 4 days ago
  • ha.

    last night i was worried my TV was on it's way out until i checked twitter and saw others were sharing my misery.  today i was at work with earbuds in and it was especially annoying.

    crunch 1 week 4 days ago