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  • Ranch 06/03/2005 - 7:19am (View in context) Of course this is an exercise in hindsight, and there's nothing wrong with that. In this case, it's the best way to judge true success. But at draft time in '88 Ty Griffin looked like a great pick. He'd been a solid college player, and had great numbers in the Olympics. Still, Ventura became one of my favorite players ever, and had been one of the best college hitters ever. As for Gooden over Dunston, again true in hindsight. But I'm pretty sure that anyone who picked first in '82 would have taken Dunston, who had hit about .750 as a HS Senior.

     

  • SaxFax 06/03/2005 - 6:57am (View in context) Excellent series of columns this week, Rob. Mike Harkey . . . proof that a great arm doesn't necessarily guarantee a great head. I'll never forget the sight of him sliding headfirst on the wet tarp.

     

  • 433 06/03/2005 - 6:42am (View in context) Are the Cubs nearing the end with CP? FRom Cubs.com... "His attention comes and goes, and it's time for him to figure it out himself," Cubs hitting coach Gene Clines said of Patterson. "You can only do so much. "You see good spurts. You think he's on his way, and then you see a backslide, and, 'What do I do next?' Everything has been said, it's been shown to you, and now it's time for you to do it."

     

  • Jedi Knight 06/03/2005 - 6:19am (View in context) Just checked on another site. Walking is included in that so a nice 4-4 performance tonight would tie the record.

     

  • H. Vaughn 06/03/2005 - 6:18am (View in context) Quincy Carter and Matt Mauck?

     

  • Jedi Knight 06/03/2005 - 6:17am (View in context) Walt Dropo has the most consecutive hits at 12. The NL record has 3 guys tied at 10. I'm not sure if that's 12 straight at-bats (without walking) or 12 straight official at-bats. I used baseball-almanac as my reference and it's a little vague in defining that record.

     

  • Scott de B. 06/03/2005 - 6:12am (View in context) What's the record for consecutive ABs with a hit? William's streak included something like 9 walks and a HBP, so Lee has already equalled Ted's mark.

     

  • Jedi Knight 06/03/2005 - 5:53am (View in context) Ted Williams does indeed hold that record with 16 straight times. The NL record is 15 set by Barry Bonds and John Olerud both in the 98 season.

     

  • Bleeding Blue 06/03/2005 - 5:53am (View in context) Superdave, I'd guess you saw so many homeless people because they knew there would be a ton of foot traffic walking around by the stadium. I haven't been to SD since Petco opened, but when it was being built I parked my car next to the construction site for two days and didn't worry about it at all. I imagine there are seedy parts of SD, but I never got the impression that this was one of them. BTW, how was the parking at the game? I remember thinking when the stadium was going up that parking spaces would be few and far between.

     

  • jacos 06/03/2005 - 5:44am (View in context) Whip- Any more worried than Koronka vs Lowe? I believe Ted Williams has the record of reaching base 18 straight times. I know I can look it up on the net, but I'm lazy.

     

  • Mr. Whipple 06/03/2005 - 5:37am (View in context) Anyone else look at Mitre v. Eaton today and get a little worried about our streak? I wnat Dusty to put together the best, hardest hitting lineup to back him up--no Holly, no Blanco, no Macias, no Wilson, no Hairston. I'd be satisfied with a duplicate of yesterday's lineup (or mix and match as you please within): Perez Walker Lee Burnitz Ramirez Patterson Dubois Barrett P Anything else is asking for trouble with Mitre on the mound. Mitre can get us there if he can hold them to 3 or 4 runs over 5 innings and our bullpen stays strong. This new spate of small ball needs to keep going in Petco. Long ball isn't going to get us the series win in the park designed to stymie Barry Bonds. Lastly, anyone know what the longest streak of getting on base is for any player? How close is Lee? 8/8 with 2 walks? He's possesed!

     

  • tbone 06/03/2005 - 5:28am (View in context) By the way, Harkey hitting the first batter he faced in the head was not an example of his great stuff. He actually didn't pitch that great his first game.

     

  • tbone 06/03/2005 - 5:26am (View in context) One of the great disappointments of the 90s, aside from letting the best pitcher in the league leave, were the injuries to Mike Harkey. The guy had great stuff. I was at the first game he ever pitched, the second game of a double header against the Phillies, and Harkey hit the first MLB batter he faced in the head with a pitch. Early the next season he almost threw a no-hitter against the Padres. Because he was a black guy and threw hard sportswriters said he might be the next Bob Gibson or Fergie jenkins. (why are Dominicans always compared to Dominicans, blacks to blacks etc? Or maybe that's more of an observation than a question. I know the answer) Anyway, with all the injuries, he ended up being the next Scott Sanderson.

     

  • tbone 06/03/2005 - 5:13am (View in context) And Eckstein is second at short. Nine errors on Memeorial Day and you're second in the All-Star balloting? I think not, sir.

     

  • Irishguy 06/03/2005 - 5:01am (View in context) Can the folks here at TCR add a link next to the "Vote Neifi!" button? I think there should be a "Vote Glendon!" button, too. I doubt he'll get any love, but damn that boy can pitch! On ESPN Radio yesterday, Mike and Mike were complaining that Nomar was the leading vote getter for shortstop for the AllStar game. Just think if all those votes had gone to Neifi.

     

  • SaxFax 06/03/2005 - 4:07am (View in context) >Would you have been satisfied with Grudzielanek's production in LF (rather than 2B) in 2003-2004? It's a valid question to ask, because that's essentially what Murton projects to, with some added speed. I guess I haven't made my point very clear, because all along I've been implying payroll considerations (that's the reality check). So the answer to your question is this: yes, I would have been satisfied with Grudz-level production in LF in '03-'04 if it came at near the ML minimum salary. Murton's .300/.350/.450 in LF, at $300-$400K, which would be Murton's effect on payroll, seems totally acceptable to me.

     

  • superdave 06/03/2005 - 12:50am (View in context) Wassup Chad. Yeah, I'm from the burbs in that I live about 1 hr NW of SD. Actually I've only been in SoCal for about 3 weeks now. Before then it was Chicago my whole life and most recently Bucktown for 4 years. Still learning it all I guess As for the music, that would make sense. At least I would hope it so. Otherwise, it would just be a stereotypical lame usage of the ballpark speakers. My friend and I had a good laugh about it and kept saying '[cueing music] in case you missed it [insert player name here] is black/white/latino...' I realize that it was probably a funnier thing at the ballpark, kind of a hard thing to communicate on a msg board I will say that Hebrew National HDs at Wrigley have gone down the tube. The quality control isn't there. It used to be a couple stands in the entire place that gave a good char to the dog, put it on a soft bun, with nicely grilled onions. This season, I was greatly dissapointed to see that there were like 10+ HD stands that served it. Except for the fact they didn't give a good char, the buns were rock hard.. perhaps steamed poorly, and the onions were skimpy. The stands are called 'Chicago Dogs' now. Eh. I am not a stat crunching fan like most of you, nor am I really a baseball diehard... so the price of beer and the quality of the hotdog are uber-important to me. Sorry to waste anyones time with my constant striving to find the tastiest ballpark dog. As for Petco, I would definitely go back. Maybe nextime I'll grab some Hooters wings afterwards too.

     

  • Chad 06/03/2005 - 12:30am (View in context) SuperDave, please allow me to retort: 1. The music in those situations, I would bet top dollar, is selected by the player. The Dodgers USED to do that (And now batting, Shawn Green, cue Blur's overplayed and now annoying "Woo Hoo") 2. Glad to see you're seeing Patterson in my eyes now. I have always said that he doesn't know how to hit. 3. Great score with the Hebrew Nationals. BTW, when did Wrigley switch to Armour from David Berg? (That was a question to all) 4. DuBois would strike out the same as Patterson. In fact it happend two nights ago vs. Gagne. 5. You must be from the suburbs cause Petco is far from a bad neighbor hood. It is a few blocks from the Gas Lamp District. BTW, Big Z was chillin at Hooters there last year after the games.

     

  • superdave 06/03/2005 - 12:20am (View in context) Just got back from Petco and a late night coffee run. Great game by Rusch and of course DLee. I am beginning to hate Corey Patterson. Not because he lacks tools, but because he's a pretty horrible situational hitter. Ridiculous. Random thoughts: - Petco is by far the quietest ball park I have ever sat in. No leatherlungs to speak of anywhere. There were probably 30% Cub fans tonight. They attempted to start the wave but gladly it fizzled out. - Racial profiling? I wonder who chooses the 'theme songs' for the Padre players. I am assuming its someone in the front office and NOT the players. Reason being.. if its a black guy is hip-hop or rap. Latino... its salsa or merengue. White dude gets rock and country. The ONLY EXCEPTION was Xavier Nady getting DMX's 'X Gonna Give it To YA' which was in reference to his name Xavier. We all had a good laugh about it - $7 beer - Wienerschnitzel hotdogs everywhere (similar to Anaheim stadium). Those are some crappy hotdogs and I'm sure those who live out West can attest to it. Thankfully there was a Hebrew NAtional HD Stand which saved me from suffering through the former option - I realize Dubious, though a rook, is older than Patterson. I also realized I'd rather have Dubois up in a contact situation than Patterson (though i'm sure he has a much worse K/9 ratio) - Glendon Rusch has been pretty dang valuable to this franchise over the past 2 years - The neighborhood outside of Petco is pretty seedy. I wasn't expecting this from San Diego (admittedly I've only visited 4 times and stayed mostly in La Jolla).. but there were dregs of homeless and the area was pretty poor. Surprising - Neifi turned 32. I'm glad he's on the Cubs. Safe to say that he has far exceeded any of our expectations of him

     

  • Reder 06/02/2005 - 11:29pm (View in context) Adam - That's amazing. I'm sure that has a HUGE effect on our recent success. I think the coaching staff has finally understood this and taught our players the importance of being selective. We're starting to take pitches, get walks, and come up with timely hits. This can't be just a string of luck. I hate to say it, but Dusty is being a good manager right now. Of course Jim Hendry had to go and trade his boy so he'd stop using him, but this is still good!

     

  • John Hill 06/02/2005 - 11:11pm (View in context) Connelly actually just went 1.2 innings... 1.2 IP, 7 H, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 K, 21.60 ERA (4 ER)

     

  • Chad 06/02/2005 - 11:09pm (View in context) I watched Neifi Perez leg out an 0 2 count slap bouncer to third. Why can't Corey do that? I hate him so much. BTW, anyone still think that Choi for DLee was a bad trade?

     

  • John Hill 06/02/2005 - 11:07pm (View in context) Manny-- "Also, John Hill was suppose to post a thread about this, but..." That is true. But the first of the games is mid-July, Manny, and it's now the first week of June. Most people probably don't know whether they'll be able to make it on a specific day right now. I'll put it up a bit nearer the date. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten.

     

  • Adam 06/02/2005 - 9:55pm (View in context) man oh man this is fun to watch. I really think the whole key to this remarkable turnaround can be summed up by something that happened in the first inning, that nobody will read about in the box score. Cubs batters looked at (aka did not swing at) 17 pitches in the first inning. When the Cubs were pressing a couple short weeks ago, we'd probably get to the 5th inning before we left our bats on the shoulder for 17 pitches. Sure enough, they had to burn through 4 innings of bullpen, while we needed none. Patience at the plate is invaluable. Noww if only Patterson would figure that out. I hope this team continues to prove me wrong.

     

  • Transmission 06/02/2005 - 9:40pm (View in context) They no longer want "Jump"??? A small part of me just died, inside.

     

  • Brian (Vegas) 06/02/2005 - 9:32pm (View in context) After all that has happened both here and at 1060 W. Addison this year, I just want to say I love you guys. Winning breeds happiness. Hopefully, this team can continue to play. It's nice to see Ramirez's average approach .270 I am happy to see we have gotten rid of the dead arms in the pen and replaced them with some live ones. I can only hope we do that with some position players as time goes by. Since the new Cubs players no longer want "Jump" as their song, let's go with "Alive & Kicking" (just as old, by the way) for now. The Cubbies are coming tra la la la. The Cubbies are coming tra la la la.......

     

  • nohit 06/02/2005 - 9:10pm (View in context) D-freaking-Lee! That is all.

     

  • jared 06/02/2005 - 9:00pm (View in context) amen brother BJ!

     

  • Aaron 06/02/2005 - 8:50pm (View in context) Yeah, it was a bad example but the best I could come up with on a slightly inebriated short notice. Cardinals are crap anyways. EAMUS CATULI! 7 IN A ROW!

     

  • BJ 06/02/2005 - 8:48pm (View in context) Winning sure beats losing, eh?

     

  • Kissman 06/02/2005 - 8:47pm (View in context) Does anyone agree with this............Dempster started to begin the season and was rocky to start but got in a grrove and was doing good when switched to relief....upon which he was shaky the 1st couple times...and now is in a groove. NOW Rusch...after settling into the rotation and not flipping back and forth between relief and starting is doing FANTASTIC....pay attention Dusty!! Put them in a spot..and leave them the hell alone!!

     

  • Chris 06/02/2005 - 8:36pm (View in context) Without Rusch, last year's team (and this year's) would be about 10 wins worse. He's done everything asked of him, shuttling from the bullpen to the rotation and back. Nice to see him turn his career around...certainly not what the statistics would have predicted.

     

  • daniel 06/02/2005 - 8:34pm (View in context) what an un-friggin-believable game from rusch. seriously, he may have been the most important player for the cubs during the last two seasons. for all my frustrations with the management of the team talk about a textbook reclaimation project.

     

  • Z 06/02/2005 - 8:31pm (View in context) I am going to name my first born Glendon.

     

  • daniel 06/02/2005 - 8:13pm (View in context) i'm worried it guys. it appears the same aliens who kidnapped kurt warner and temporarily replaced him with one of the best quarterbacks of all time have stolen away the 2005 cubs and replaced them with robots. woe unto us when they trade them back...

     

  • Transmission 06/02/2005 - 8:04pm (View in context) Man, the Padres are just a fluff-team. (Parachat says Hi)

     

  • Kissman 06/02/2005 - 7:57pm (View in context) You look a lot of times for "signs" of a good team. How about Prior gets hurt..adding to the pitching and injury woes....and what happens? They fold? NO !! They are playin as good in every aspect of the game as any team in baseball since. I applaud my team. Shows a LOT of class and heart!

     

  • Cubsnerd 06/02/2005 - 7:47pm (View in context) Man the Cubs are playing some inspired baseball these days. What a play by Lee and Rusch!

     

  • carmenfanzone 06/02/2005 - 7:45pm (View in context) The Ballad of Corey Patterson: "Three nights in a row a man on third and nothin' to show. I struck out, couldn't make contact I'm a home run hitter and thats a fact. I hope Dusty don't lose no faith cause I don't have a very high on base!

     

  • Robert A . Booey 06/02/2005 - 7:23pm (View in context) my god, dan kolb sucks

     

  • mannytrillo 06/02/2005 - 7:18pm (View in context) Also, John Hill was suppose to post a thread about this, but it has been discussed to have a TCR day at Wrigley. I have some bleacher seats for games later this summer. Let me know if you would be interested in going. After I get all the people interested i will send out the dates I have for games and we can decide what is best for teh majority. Let me know...

     

  • mannytrillo 06/02/2005 - 7:10pm (View in context) I posted this in a dying thread, but if anyone is interested in going to next Tuesday's game vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 7:05, I will not be using my seasons (Sect. 233, Row 10, aisle seats). They are good seats. All I am looking for is face value...$44 total. This email address is my real one, so sent me an email or post a message on this thread. Thanks!

     

  • mannytrillo 06/02/2005 - 5:49pm (View in context) Adam- It might be weak and there might be more reasons, but as a season ticket holder, it is nice to know exactly what days your team would be playing home/road games in the WS. That goes for media too. I just tired to google some quotes from Selig as to why he did not like the best record idea, but couldn't find anything.

     

  • Ienpw 06/02/2005 - 5:34pm (View in context) No Dotel trade, he's having reconstructive elbow surgery http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/basebal...

     

  • mannytrillo 06/02/2005 - 5:34pm (View in context) Here is the lineup for today vs. RHP: Neifi Walker Lee Burnitz ARam CPat Dubois Barrett Rusch

     

  • Adam 06/02/2005 - 5:33pm (View in context) Manny, your time constraint argument is still weak, because the league still doesn't know who will be playing at home, and who will be traveling until the League Championship series are complete. The argument you are making just doesn't hold water when you realize previous rounds are determined by record..and you won't know who gets to have home field advantage until the LCS is over either way. There is probably a reasonable explanation..."time constraints" is not it.

     

  • mannytrillo 06/02/2005 - 5:18pm (View in context) Aaron- The Cards got swept. They could of played ALL the games in STL and they would of still lost the series. You are giving a bad example.

     

  • mannytrillo 06/02/2005 - 5:16pm (View in context) ADam- I said... "but due to time constraints that is not feasible." What is meant by this is MLB wants to be able to let the media, fans, etc. know what games will be home games and road games for their individual teams. It helps for travel and stuff like that. Possibly not knowing 1-2 days before the WS actually starts would put a serious hamper on travel for teams, etc. Sorry, I might not of worded that to make much sense before. And as for the reasoning that the players mostly "have no vested interest in home field advantage in the WS". As of the All-Star break like 75% of the teams are still in it because of the WC. And since the better teams tend to have more of the players, a vast majority of the players could have some interest in the WS.

     

  • carmenfanzone 06/02/2005 - 5:14pm (View in context) sorry for the double post-it said "internal error"...

     

  • carmenfanzone 06/02/2005 - 5:12pm (View in context) Wow! You guys are on your game today-great reading/information...I strongly remember Rick Reichardt playing for the White Sox in the early 70's. Harry Caray used to say "I can't believe this guy got that great big bonus, he's horrible"...this led to major feud between Caray and Reichardt. I told that story to a buddy last year when the Cubs were having all their media problems....As for Davy Martinez, he was apparently dealt because he had an affair with Cindy Sandberg...I loved Jose Cardenal but Jim Colborn had a pretty good career-any numbers to support that? The Hinske trade happened because the Cubs selected Chiasson and didn't want to give him back. The Cubs also had a guy named Todd Noel that was traded in '98 for Felix Heredia. I believe he was a pretty high draft pick... My thoughts on constructing the offense are based on lineup slots. When the wind blows in at Wrigley, we don't score. We may want to have one corner slot taken by an obp guy instead of a slugging % guy. I'm not sure if Murton is that guy but his type could be the balance we've been seeking. If we keep Patterson, Murton makes more sense. If Pie makes Patterson expendable, we may want a true power guy in the corner. I know one thing, I can't help but think that Dusty is pretty frustrated with Corey.

     

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