Sunday Funnies: Albert Pujols' slump

That's it.

Just a cartoon.


Let's not forget Ron Paul... ...Bozo... ...Mr. Irrelevant... and Joan Rivers.

DeWitt DFAed to make room for Wood. Also, report that Stewart is out today due to the flu, same thing Garza had and says Maine and Baker also sick.

So Mather is playing 3B I guess, with Stewart and Baker sick and DeWitt DFA'd. When do the Cubs trade Baker? You don't need him with a righty hitting 2B and Joe Mather ready to sub at 3B and 1B when necessary. Please find a taker, Theo.

Yeah, Mather is starting at 3B today. And if Mather can play 1B and 3B, Barney can play SS and 2B, and Cardenas can play 2B, SS, and 3B, you don't need Baker or DeWitt on the roster.

is Maine up? or was he sent to Iowa to infect Mike W, BJax and Rizzo?

with maine's numbers and performance in the bigs over his short time...he, out of all the relievers, has no business being in the minors. conspiracy watch (ron paul approved): maine was the 1st of the cubs players to come down with the bug that's taken down garza/stewart/baker. *shrug* he pitched last night in iowa... 1ip 0h 0bb 1k

so when TWood gets sent down when Garza is better, do they bring up Adrian Cardenas to fill the utility role that DeWitt held? or add another lefty for the pen (Maine)?

My money would be on Cardenas coming up.

So much for my theory that Concepcion was going through a cultural hangover. He got hammered again.

He's had about as much success against Midwest League hitters as I would expect to have. Where's my $6 million?!?!?

Severe thunderstorms passing thru Chicago but it looks like they will be over the lake by 2pm

I'm in the NW burbs by O'Hare and it's been thunderstorming here for the last hour or so. The rain hasn't been crazy bad though.

Ugh. 4 IP, 6H, 4BB, 2HR, 5ER. Time to try to make it as a position player? ERA up to 6.75. Wonder how long he'll continue on the mound if he doesn't start getting better results.

At the ballpark, just announced weather should clear in 30 min (3:30pm). My guess is game starts in about 1 hour.

My nose hairs are known for their 80 power.

Per Muskat... I-Cubs release Dan Berland (we hardly knew ya) Jonathan Mota promoted to Iowa. Grounds crew on the field to clear tarp, start 4 pm cst. Edit, 3:40 pm. Tarp off.

Guess DB was a one-hitter wonder. That first out came too easy for him last night & went to his head. Forget I mentioned him...Wells quoted in local paper today as essentially admitting that he figured he was golden on the big league roster & is bitter about demotion...sure he had some modest success but not nearly enough to figure there was no need to get better...away w/ him!

I read this that the new regime is very hip to R.Wells shit. I believe he would have had to blow them away in Arizona to bring him North, and he is rotation insurance until 7/31. Not that they wouldn't trade him NOW if the right offer came to them, but he will be traded or non-tendered after the season. No sense in giving him away this early for nothing and/or paying his $2m+ salary to boot.

I musta been jinxing bjax the last couple nights! Umpire trivia: where did today's 1B ump Eric Cooper work part-time during his college days? Answer: @ a pub in des moines owned @ the time by TCR correspondent yours truly!

hi, we're the cubs middle us not turn double plays. classic... 1-0 dodgers. i think this is perhaps the biggest untold story about this middle's frustrating to watch.

that was decidedly not major league caliber defense!

Castro looked safe at 2b after his RBI single.

Agreed. Safe on a bang bang. Ball beat him but was high. Man, LaHair gets more 1/2 at bats that are finished the next inning than anyone. This wasn't one of them, but Castro has a lot of crazy baserunning in front of LaHair. Doesn't seem to bother him tho . . . Btw does LaHair qualifies as rookie this year?

No, 150 PA's in 2008 plus the handful last year.

Fuck you, Rob.

chris davis (BAL, 1st/3rd) goes 0-8 at the plate...but is about to pick up his 1st MLB pitching win. woo, 17 inning games. btw, darnell mcdonald (BOS, OF) is in line to pick up the loss. 2ip 2h 1bb 2k and a win for davis...ha. 0.00era/1.50whip

Tomorrow's headline: Cubs acquire Chris Davis, DFA Marmol.

whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy was he sent home??? ...tie game at least.

Right call by ump.


Wrong call by cubs. Castro and LaHair on deck. Wtf.

Also safe to say, if LaHair leads off 5 innings in the game - Castro is having a rough game. Probably as bad a game as you can have with 2 RBI ...

MLB tv just cut off the telecast. Damn. Anyone else getting this? seems like 7hrs from when the coverage was scheduled to begin is the limit?

Cubs just played three series in a row damn well.

Well this cub win helps softens the blow of the death of George "Goober"Lyndsey. BTW Pujols homered today...d'oh! Well some of us have been clamoring for this patient ab's and taken extras bases, seems we are getting are share this year.

latroy hawkins's stint as angels closer for the injured s.downs started and ended tonight...broke his pinky on the last play of the game. doh.

He can do what we can, but we can't do what he does...

Rotoworld says they expect Cubs to call up Adrian Cardenas when TWood goes back (tomorrow).

How about an "attaboy" for Travis Wood? Pitched pretty good, and hit even better!!

Maybe the boys know what they are doing, after all.

voodoo magic he performed on Kemp's hamstring worked out well :) best you can expect for an emergency start certainly

Especially the bat tho! Who'd a guessed? He pretty much ignited a dead team with that first double.

Fuck you, Rob. --- O&B. Jealous of Rob's nosehair?

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  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 38 min ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   


  • JustSayin' 21 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.


  • Hagsag 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 


  • JustSayin' 3 days 12 min ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.


  • crunch 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.


  • crunch 5 days 18 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.


  • crunch 5 days 23 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in may happen in late might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...


  • JustSayin' 6 days 2 hours ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca


  • crunch 1 week 7 min ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...


  • bradsbeard 1 week 7 hours ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 


  • Hagsag 1 week 9 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.


  • Arizona Phil 1 week 13 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   


  • jdrnym 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.


  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."