Sunday Funnies: How's your faith hanging there, Cub Fans?

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Steve Clevenger, Geovany Soto, and Wellington Castillo.
You can find them all on the same page - the .
3 catchers going down at the same time is incredibly ridiculous, and the result is Koyie Hill.
Like a ghost from last year's horror movie.
But in the learned words of Lou Piniella, "What are you gonna do?"
The baseball gods are messing with us big time, as usual. 
It's the year of we're-not-supposed-to-expect-to-win, so I guess we just laugh it off.
I sure could use one stinkin' W against the Sox, though.
That too much to ask, baseball god?

 

Comments

so it wasn't a nightmare?

it hurts because it's true :(

Can he hurry up with the DL so we can watch Rizzo play?

On that note, Couple articles saying he may come up when they need a DH and would then move Dejesus to CF once interleague is over with LaHair going to RF.

Fah-getta-boutit, dere ain't enough money to buy a catch-uh, specially since Kid K gone. Dat makes no sense, so I now believe in the throw away season theo-ry. Dale, I trusted you, ya bum!!! An I gots 3 tickets in Houston startin' tomorrow night. Sigh... Gettin' out the Tony Robbins-Joel Osteen-Buddah sermon CD's, rabbits feet and my Ernie Banks 8 X 10! Pouring it on for the Astros last rights! there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home...

Click those Ruby red slippers three times, not the cubby sapphire blue ones?

maholm fail...back to back homers.

t.flowers towering solo shot.

another DP not turned...dat middle IF. (castro + cardenas today) they can get there...they can catch...they can occasionally throw...they cannot turn a DP. ...and a single + sac fly later...jake peavy scores from 3rd.

i wish castro charged balls hit to him more than standing still or moving back. it's the mike bordick school of playing SS only castro isn't hanging out on/near the outfield grass for every play.

project 100ip continues for s.camp ...bookending on project 150 times up in the pen warming this season.

coleman works the pen today...looks like t.wood is volstad's replacement.

WSox sweep. 5 losses in a row. 10 games from .500 (15-25). sigh. ...currently in line for the #3 draft pick. =p

17 LOB!!! SEVENTEEN!!! RUDY? Hello RUDY?!?! Whataretheypayinyoufor???

reputation

I really don't know what else to say.

http://muskat.mlblogs.com/2012/05/20/520-sveu... Sveum likely changing top of order for Monday. DeJesus sure hasn't been a problem. Castro does really chase bad pitches with guys on base so I certainly wouldn't mind moving him to #2.

i wouldnt mind seeing campy/castro/deje/lahair/sori/stewart/etc

d.bundy continues his sick start to pro ball (19, BAL low-A) http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=... this is his older (22, and harder throwing) brother in AA (also in BAL system, neat) http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=...

Sick is right.

0.23 whip in 30ip. damn. their plan for him is to go 3 games each of 3ip, 4ip, and 5ip...then letting him loose (probably with a pitch count limit). one of his 4ip outtings was cut to 3ip thanks to pitch counts (8K, 1h, 0bb). they hope he'll transition well to A+ ball, then close the year in AA. he came drafted as one of the most polished and insanely self-motivated/trained highschool pitchers ever, but the start to his career has been better than anyone could imagine. he was "over" the A- level of competition before he threw his 1st pitch.

Why is there all the talk lately about bringing Anthony Rizzo up from Iowa in early June? Shouldn't the Cubs be waiting until later this season to bring him up and extend for another year the club's control over him?

Yes.

So he can save the season, I guess... ?

Isn't June when his due date for club control is?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 8:56am — Dusty Baylor Isn't June when his due date for club control is? ================================ DUSTY B: If the Cubs wait until June 23rd to recall Rizzo, they gain one more year of control before he can be a FA (post-2018 instead of post-2017). But that's assuming the 2012 MLB regular season ends on October 3rd & isn't extended an extra day or two due to rainouts at the end of the 2012 season involving a team or teams still on the bubble for the post-season, which could add an additional day or two to the end of the MLB regular season that would give an extra day or two of MLB Service Time to any player on an MLB 25-man roster at the end of the season (including players from teams that aren't playing in the game) who did not get credit for a full year of MLB Service in 2012. If they were to recall him prior to 6/23, they could still gain an extra year of control if they send him back to AAA again at some point for as many days as is needed, but that is kind of artless and obvious and might cause some bitterness with Rizzo and his agent, especially if he hits the ground running. The best way to do it would be wait to recall him until the homestand that starts on 6/25. That would give the Cubs a couple of extra days beyond 6/23 in case there is a day or two added to the end of the MLB regular season. BTW, if the Cubs want to delay Rizzo's eligiblity to be a "Super Two" post-2014, they would have to wait until at least mid-August to recall him, and I don't think they would wait that long, unless he gets hurt.

fwiw, Cubs away series vs. AL teams are June 8-10 vs. Twins and June 18-20 vs. White Sox. Imagine they can call him up for that stretch and just say they needed a DH. Call him back up sometime shortly after the ASB.

"Shouldn't the Cubs be waiting until later this season to bring him up and extend for another year the club's control over him?" When did the Cubs become the Royals or Pirates?

The day the Ricketts closed the sale.

I was going to say, besides this year..

Deals we have closed since they bought the team Marlon Byrd 3/15 Carlos Pena 1/5-5 split KW 2/4.5 David Dejesus 2/10 Maholm 1/4.25 Redoing Dempsters deal to defer an unspecified amount to a later date. So it looks like we are exclusively in the 5 million or less market when it comes to player transactions.

So you would prefer a $110M shitty team over an $85M shitty team? If they are going to be shitty, might as well save money for the future. Btw, Berkman has a torn ACL. Too bad they always have a stream of ass bags to be called up to do just as well.

My fear is that we are witnessing a resting of ownership expectations. I don't want us as a fanbase to be happy that Ricketts is spending 85 instead of 150, just because we have a GM who knows how to use a laptop. I don't feel like slashing payroll and trying to ransom the city for a handout shows that we have awesome ownership.

Well with weakest attendance for Crosstown series at Wrigley in years, I think he has the message that "they show up no matter what" is not true. Sound that siren if they still have $85 million payroll in five years.

The biggest advantage we have is that we can outspend the rest of the division by 50 million bucks. I just hate the idea of giving up that advantage because ownership is more concerned with profits than production.

Which is worth more a couple of months of Rizzo this season or one or two additional years of team control?

Pinch those pennies Cubs!

It's not about not being able to afford these players, it's about smart baseball management. If you can hold off free agency for a stud player for another year, you can control him (relatively) cheaply for that year. You then might arrive at a situation where you have a budget set for that year and you can afford to bring in a much-needed reliever or backup infielder or something, and if you had to give Rizzo an expensive extension that year you may not have been able to afford those pieces.

Great. I know how it works. I just am not as worried as I should be about having to potentially pay a guy 5 years from now., especially for a reliever or back-up infielder.

Its time for that fun game of will he or wont he? LaHair is now in an extended slump, hitting .238 for the month of May. It's that dreaded adjustment time, the league has figured out how to get him out, what will LaHair do? Flail away and be an all or nothing hitter? Or actually adapt? This is the part of the season i have been waiting on to see if LaHair is another joke or the real deal.

good point. Hopefully, he will adjust. On the bright side, he still has 5 HR's this month. His .246/.364/.492 for May is definitely bringing him back to earth...but I'd take it from a league minimum player like LaHair.

Theo predicted this, to his credit. The slump, I mean. And he pondered this question to some reporter a few weeks back. How will LaHair respond? I haven't seen many games during his slump. What are they getting him out on? Any patterns?

I will take a slump of an .856 OPS (LaHair's for May) any day. Only 35 players in all of baseball have a higher OPS for the year, and only 3 first basemen.

minor league depth happens "Cubs signed C Brian Esposito to a minor league contract." he played last night in iowa...barring injury there's about a 0.000001% chance he sees the cubs.

"(Reuters) - The key government witness in the perjury trial of former Major League Baseball star pitcher Roger Clemens said on Monday he also provided two other players with human growth hormones and helped a third to obtain the performance-enhancing drug." a.pettitte and c.knoblaugh, btw... baseball will not tolerate a cheater...unless they can help the team on the field. baseball will not tolerate a cheater in a position of power over younger players...unless you're a good hitting coach. both should expect boos and stuff thrown at them if they do manage to get employed again...or a standing O of forgiveness from the fans of the team that hired you.

But has Clemens ever tested positive for the use of Steroids or HGH? The evidence that McNamee turned over can't possibly be used against Clemens because no rules of custody took place. Anything could have been done to tamper with the evidence. Which is what is coming out now in the trial..... But McNamee, who admitted to multiple lies on Thursday, conceded on Friday that evidence contained in a crumpled beer can that he turned over to government investigators included medical waste from at least one player other than Clemens. McNamee, who was Clemens' personal strength coach, said Clemens did not use an orange-tipped needle that would have been used to administer HGH (something McNamee had previously testified Clemens did not receive in 2001). Asked if the cotton balls in the beer can were used on Clemens, McNamee replied: "Not for certain." Asked if a blue-tipped needle, the type used to administer steroids, was used on Clemens, McNamee replied: "Might have." But Clemens is on trial for lying to Congress and the best evidence against him is a crumpled beer can with other peoples DNA mixed in. Clemens gets off big time in a seriously flawed case that should have never went to trial.

yeah, but i still believe andy pettitte...and he's had plenty to say about his activities and his buddy clemens. about time he decided to be the "good Christian" he claims to be. to me, this is about all those minor leaguers who were shut out of the game...or worse...joined the "cheaters" gambling with their bodies and using an unfair advantage over their peers. you make -nothing- in the minors...you are still eligible for food stamps on your standard minor league pay right up until AAA and many players tap it (many in AAA are still eligable, too). yes, you "only" work 6 months out of the year (you don't get paid for SpTraining), but it's crap pay you only see for 5 months. this self-consuming cycle should have ended 20 years ago and it's my belief that these cheaters did the entire game a disservice.

Pettitte isn't telling the truth because he feels its the right thing to do, he is telling his version of reality to save his own ass. His claim was he used it to recover from an injury not to gain an edge which is just complete bullshit on his part. Pettitte only came forward when the Mitchell Report exposed him, and he did damage control to save his career. I only used it for 2 days I swear i am telling the truth! Please forgive me......just complete bullshit. And anyone who believes him is a fool. Brian Roberts who was also mentioned in the Mitchell report swears it was only for 1 time! "In 2003, when I took one shot of steroids," said Roberts. "I immediately" -- immediately! -- "realized that this was not what I stood for or anything that I wanted to continue doing. I never used steroids, human growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing drugs prior to or since that single incident. I can honestly say before God, myself, my family and all of my fans, that steroids or any performance-enhancing drugs have never had any effect on what I have worked so hard to accomplish in the game of baseball." The question i ask is who is falsely accused by steroid allegations? We know McNamee came clean to save his ass from prison. It appears that his so called evidence was manufactured to give the Government what they wanted no matter how tainted it was. Pettitte is still trying take back his comments from years ago and McNamee is trying to stay out of prison. Is Clemens being falsely accused? Maybe, but we will never know. I just hate accusations based off of hearsay and no evidence.

I feel like Mike! Mike W., that is. Altho I am on the opposite end of the country from Des Moines, Cubs AND Astros fans are treated tonite to 2 AAA ballclubs in Houston. Last time I was here Carlos Marmol gave up a 9th inning grand slam to blow another save/win. THAT CANNOT HAPPEN TONITE...because Dolis can serve it up for Carlos. At least maybe there wii be a few good SP innings tonite. From deep in the heart of Texas y'all...

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  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 25 sec 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 14 min ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 3 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 43 min 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' 2 days 23 hours 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 17 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 june...it may happen in late may...it 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 1 hour 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 6 days 23 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    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 6 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 8 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 12 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."

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