Sunday Funnies: Lester orders the usual.

So nice to see Jon Lester looking like the guy we all thought he was when he came here, and lately he's doing it consistently.


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from Mark Gonzalez Sunday Trib article...
Cubs manager Joe Maddon hasn’t ruled out starting rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber on Sunday in the series finale against the Braves but admitted he’s reluctant to try him in the outfield — for now. “For you to see him in the outfield, he’ll need a little bit of work out there first,” Maddon said of Schwarber, 22, who hasn’t played the outfield this season after playing 36 games in left field in the minors in 2014...If there’s a left-center fielder, that might be OK...
Rotation roundup: Jason Hammel pronounced his left knee healthy enough to start Tuesday at Cincinnati, although he said he will wear a brace for a few starts for protection. Triple-A Iowa’s Dallas Beeler is lined up to start one of the doubleheader games against the Reds on Wednesday. Minor-league watch: Infielder Javier Baez is recovering from a fractured left ring finger in Arizona. Left-hander Zac Rosscup (left shoulder) is close to leaving Arizona to continue his rehab after throwing a scoreless inning Wednesday.

I volunteer to hit fungo flies to him.

Twilight Zone or Outer Limits?
Either way, I like the n o r m a l  one.

Twilight Zone. Season 2. Will the Real Martian Pease Stand Up. Still, the concept of diner is universal it seems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHomWdiXch0

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  • Hagsag 5 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Is AZ Phil okay?

     

  • crunch 7 hours 43 min ago (view)

    gene clines has died.

    he was with the organization on/off for a notable amount of time as both a player and coach.

     

  • crunch 2 days 4 hours ago (view)

    sammy sosa off the HOF ballot after 10 years.  he finishes up with a 18.5% vote, highest in any year.

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    cubs sign 31 year old eric yardley to a minor league deal.

    he's a 31 year old righty that throws sub-90mph junk.

     

  • Sonicwind75 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Thank you for sharing Mike.  Sounds like the former owner was a high character human being and should be celebrated.  Haven't had a chance to attend a game there since I moved away from Des Moines in 2007 but recall it being a great ballpark experience.  Has there been any word of the new owners making any major changes?

     

  • crunch 5 days 1 hour ago (view)

    a 22 month old.

    a'ite.  i'm done with Earth.  going to Pluto.  don't bother visiting or calling.  later.

     

  • JoePepitone 5 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Ex-Cub Sergio Mitre convicted of rape and murder of a young child, per a news story from SI -- 

    https://apple.news/A-Bzkh2tZSWSP27gjNhAebA

     

  • Cubster 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    Jason Schmidt signs with Dodgers, 3/44.

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

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

     

  • videographer 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    Darth Vader to rescue Carlos Correa's bruised ego. 

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    carlos correa has hired scott boras...

     

  • bradsbeard 1 week 2 days 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 week 2 days 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 week 2 days 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 1 week 3 days ago (view)

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

     

  • bradsbeard 1 week 3 days 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)?