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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Players union sees potential bargaining issue with Cubs-like spending restrictions | Chicago

This does seem to be a valid issue for the union. Essentially, the players are helping Ricketts pay for the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Forbes: Chicago Cubs Valuation Hits $1.8 Billion In Minority Sale Of Team

In 2009, the Ricketts family paid $845 million for the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, 25% of Comcast SportsNet Chicago and a small parcel of land outside the stadium. The owners recently recently raised a total of $150 million of equity to help fund the renovation of their ballpark by selling minority interests of the same assets to six investors, plus a tiny piece of land they subsequently bought for $20 million where there was a McDonald’s, for $2.25 billion, according to two people at different companies who have insight on the transaction.

 

McCoy Posted: February 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, finances

Friday, February 27, 2015

Juan Pierre officially announces his retirement

Juan Pierre, who sat out last season after struggling for the Marlins in 2013, has officially decided to retire at age 37.

A delayed goodbye from one of the game’s fastest men.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ex-big leaguer (Jim) King, 82, dies

Former professional baseball player Jim King of Elkins died Monday in Fayetteville.

He was 82.

An outfielder, King played 11 seasons with six major-league teams. He began his major-league career in 1955 with the Chicago Cubs where he played two seasons. His first at-bat came at Wrigley Field, where he had a pinch-hit double against eventual Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.

King went on to play a year for the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. He didn’t play in the majors in the 1959 and 1960 seasons.

King’s longest professional stint came with Washington where he played six years. He started the 1967 season with the Senators before wrapping up his career later that year playing a combined 42 games with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Levine: Cubs’ Bryant Asked To Play Outfield This Spring « CBS Chicago

Something needs to be done to fix this issue.

This new task will give Bryant something else to work on at Triple-A to start the season. He most likely will spend at least 21 days in Iowa to confirm another year of service-time control for the Cubs.  This is done by most all clubs with young stars who have agents looking forward to six-year free agent status.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Baseball America: Five Historical Precedents for Cubs’ Loaded Top 100 Class.

1. 2006 Diamondbacks

The Players

SS Justin Upton (#2), SS Stephen Drew (#5), 1B Conor Jackson (#17), OF Carlos Quentin (#20), OF Chris Young (#23), OF Carlos Gonzalez (#32), RHP Dustin Nippert (#67)

The First Six Seasons
Arizona went 477-495 (.491) from 2006-11, with three winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs, one courtesy of an National League West division title.

The precedents aren’t as strong as I would have expected.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 22, 2015 at 02:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, cubs, diamondbacks, prospects, rays, royals

Friday, February 20, 2015

Posnanski: The Pat Tabler Experience

Tabs was clutch man.

I think about Tabler now because of an email sent by Tom Tango referencing a contradiction in my Strat-O-Matic post. On the one hand, I say I don’t like the horseshoes on Strat-O cards that reference a players ability to hit in the clutch (I have been told by several people that these were actually added to regulate a player’s RBI totals so that they somewhat mirror what happened during the season but it’s the same general thing). On the other hand, I say that I did like the fact that Statis Pro gave Matt Alexander a ridiculously awesome card in 1979 when he only had a few plate appearances. “Pick your poison,” Tom writes. “Do you want to reflect that card relative to what we observed? Or do you want to reflect the card after removing the ESTIMATED random variation?”

I told Tango that I fully embrace that I’m being inconsistent … but it’s mainly because I was 11 years old when I loved the Matt Alexander card. I think that card was ridiculous but wonderful at that point in my life.

In any case, Tango brought up Pat Tabler and I thought back to a question: How much of what Pat Tabler did those three years was luck and random variation? When I was a kid, I was pretty confident that NONE OF IT was luck. The guy was Mr. Clutch. It said so right on his card. Something came over him when the bases were loaded. True, the year the card came out he hit .200 with the bases loaded, which I recall was talked about quite a bit. It’s also true that in 1989, he went 1-for-11 with two double play grounders — and it seemed that whenever he came up with the bases loaded that year, the radio announcers talked about how he was Mr. Clutch which just accentuated the disappointment.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 20, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, indians, joe posnanski, pat tabler, royals

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A 1966 Astros Program vs. The Cubs Had ‘LSD’ On It. Why?

There’s an asterisk after “LSD.” The asterisk refers to some words just below the hand of the Astros player in the rocking chair. According to Hartig, those words read: “Leo S. Durocher,” apparently trying to call the Cubs manager a crybaby.

Now, Durocher’s middle initial wasn’t “S”—his middle name was “Ernest.” It does appear that it could have been a drug reference, which seems very odd in that buttoned-down era. Some have speculated it was for “Lake Shore Drive” in Chicago—but no one in Chicago referred to Lake Shore Drive as “LSD” in 1966. That didn’t happen until the 1970s. It did, however, make the Durocher-Astros feud even worse, and it didn’t help the team any, either. The Cubs had a horrendous record in the Astrodome not only during Durocher’s tenure as manager, but during its entire existence from 1965-1999: 83-137, by far their worst record in any park outside Wrigley Field in that era.

The kicker to this whole thing, of course, is that Durocher wound up his managing career in Houston, as Astros manager in 1972-73.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, astros, cubs, leo durocher, lsd

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Former Cubs coach Wendell Kim dies at 64

RIP Windmill.

Former Cubs coach Wendell Kim died Sunday near his home in suburban Phoenix after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 64.

Kim’s widow, Natasha, confirmed her husband’s death on Monday.

Kim was a major league coach for 15 seasons with four teams — the Giants (1989-1996), the Red Sox (1997-2000), the Expos (2002) and the Cubs (2003-04). Kim was known for his aggressive style as the Cubs’ third-base coach and was dubbed ‘Wavin’ Wendell.”

Although Kim’s tactics weren’t always successful or popular, he never skirted responsibility with the media. He also was popular among players he coached and managed in the minors.

“He let me be me,” said Padres announcer and former major league pitcher Mark Grant, who won 16 games for Kim at Class A Clinton in 1982 and went on to pitch parts of eight major league seasons. “He was not a manager who put his fist down. He knew who I was. I loved the man.’‘

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2015 at 11:59 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: coaches, cubs, expos, giants, red sox, wendell kim

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Starlin Castro’s changes in approach - Beyond the Box Score

Breaking down Starlin Castro.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wrigley rooftop owners go to court to stop signs - Chicago Tribune

My first reaction was, “The balls on these guys.” Then I read the article which says they have a “20-year contract that granted rooftop owners the right to sell tickets to games.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2015 at 08:15 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field, wrigley field renovation

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 18 through 13

I’m just the messenger: Just pointing out that Lester had a 4.82 ERA in 2012 and 3.75 in 2013. Yes, big 2014, new league, no DH and more cutters instead of four-seamers and he could be even better. But you never know. He may not be as good as he was last year. And then there’s Jake Arrieta, former faded prospect turned rotation anchor. He looks like the real deal but ... again ... you never know. Hey, I’m trying. I like the Cubs! I have them ranked 13th!

The final word: If I had more guts I’d predict them to win the division, but they have two strong clubs ahead of them and even the Brewers or Reds are capable of 90 wins. The Cubs are still sorting a few things out and waiting for some of the young guys to mature. Sometimes, teams do break through right away; if Bryant and Jorge Soler are 3-4 win players as rookies and Lester and Arrieta throw 400-plus innings of great baseball, the Cubs could be the big surprise of 2015.

Prediction: 84-78

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, athletics, cubs, david schoenfield, padres, royals, tigers

Monday, February 09, 2015

WaPo: Meet the startup in a trademark war with the Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs

Calling all BBTF IP lawyers to litigate WalletHub vs MLB.

Evolution Finance has been locked in a trademark dispute with lawyers representing the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs for two years after Major League Baseball, on behalf of the teams, opposed their attempt to trademark the white-and-green logo.

The league asserts that the WalletHub logo bears a strong resemblance to Ws trademarked by the two teams, and that granting Evolution Finance rights to use the mark without restrictions could create confusion for customers and complications for both businesses.

Evolution Finance, for its part, sees a bully….

Greg Franklin Posted: February 09, 2015 at 01:34 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: business, cubs, legal, nationals, trademark, wallethub

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Castro getting early jump on fresh year | cubs.com

Starlin Castro is moving out of the Dominican Republic.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ted Lilly Charged With Felony Insurance Fraud

Flo from Progressive is not going to like this.

The Tribune in San Luis Obispo (Ca.) reports that Lilly was charged back in October with three felony counts of “filing a false insurance claim, filing a false statement in connection with an insurance claim, and concealing a material fact in connection with an insurance claim,” and faces five years in jail.

According to the Department of Insurance, the uninsured Lilly got an estimate for damage on his motor home, bought insurance five days later, and then claimed the damage four days after that…

According to Kincaid, many body shops enter repair estimates into a database accessible by insurance companies. Lilly was caught in a sting that has netted at least 200 people who bought or enhanced their coverage after an accident occurred.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2015 at 10:30 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, police blotter, ted lilly

Ernie Banks, Hopeful Mr. Cub, Dies at 83; His Mantra Was ‘Let’s Play 2’

Long after retiring, Banks recalled the sweltering midsummer’s day in 1969 when he bubbled over in a phrase that became his trademark.

“We were in first place, and all the reporters were already in the locker room when I arrived at Wrigley for a game with the Cardinals,” Banks told The Arizona Daily Star. “I walked in and said: ‘Boy, it’s a beautiful day. Let’s play two.’ They all thought I was crazy.”...

“Ernie was the eternal optimist,” the former Cubs second baseman Glenn Beckert told Peter Golenbock in “Wrigleyville” (1996). “Everything is fine, a great day. You’d go back to Chicago from the nice weather in Arizona. A lot of times we’d open against St. Louis, and when you did that, Bob Gibson was going to be their pitcher. Gray, overcast, 32 degrees in Wrigley, big crowd, start snowing about the sixth inning, and Ernie says: ‘Isn’t this a great day? We’ll keep nice and cool so we don’t get overheated.’ ”

Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: January 24, 2015 at 07:28 AM | 80 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general

Tribune: Ernie Banks Dead at 83.

R.I.P. Ernie.

Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: January 24, 2015 at 02:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, death

Friday, January 23, 2015

Chicago Cubs—2015 ZiPS Projections

The most important event of the offseason!

Walt Davis Posted: January 23, 2015 at 10:30 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, moses, theo epstein

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cubs, Astros Close To Dexter Fowler Trade

I like Fowler because he’s, like, the last leadoff hitter left.

The Cubs are close to acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Astros, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com tweets. The Astros will receive big-league players in return, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets, and one of those is pitcher Dan Straily, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes (on Twitter)...

Fowler, 28, hit .276/.375/.399 in 505 plate appearances in his first season in Houston in 2014, though he posted poor defensive numbers in center. He’s in his final season of arbitration eligibility and is seeking $10.8MM, with the Astros filing at $8.5MM.

The District Attorney Posted: January 19, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 133 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cubs, rumors, trades, transactions

Friday, January 09, 2015

Visualizing 2015 Mookie Betts vs. 2015 Javier Baez | FanGraphs Baseball

Two prospects enter, one prospect leaves.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, mookie betts, prospects, red sox, sabermetrics

Forget the Goat: A Letter to Cubs Fans «

It’s the Cubs year! Or it’s not.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Sporting News: Why we picked the Cubs to win the 2015 World Series

Here you go #Cubs fans. Suitable for framing ... @sportingnews pic.twitter.com/BEcuvJjoyJ

— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) January 8, 2015 ” cols=“100” rows=“20”>

But can they beat the Miami Gators?

It’s not just because of “Back to the Future 2,” when the Cubs were a 100-1 shot, and Marty McFly got the idea to go back in time and bet on sports results for which he already knew the outcome. In reality, the Cubs are much better than a 100-1 shot. At 12-1, they are tied with the Tigers as the bettors’ fifth choice behind the Dodgers, Red Sox, Angels and Nationals.

The addition of Jon Lester to the top of the rotation is huge for Chicago, as it means that Jake Arrieta slides into the No. 2 spot, followed by returning free agent Jason Hammel, and then some kind of mix of Kyle Hendricks, Travis Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada, Jacob Turner and Felix Doubront. The depth at the back end of the rotation should allow Chicago to put together a formidable starting five coming out of spring training. Competition is healthy, and you can never have too much pitching….

The real reason to be excited, though, is the Cubs’ bountiful farm system, coupled with savvy trades, is starting to bear fruit for the lineup. First baseman Anthony Rizzo (acquired from the Padres when he was 22) and home-grown shortstop Starlin Castro are the cornerstones of the lineup, both legitimate stars entering their age-25 seasons. The fact that the Cubs were able to get significant action in the major leagues last year for Arismendy Alcantara, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez will help those players settle into their first full big-league campaigns. Eventually, Kris Bryant will be along as well.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2015 at 09:11 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, the sporting news, tigers, world series predictions

Cubs sign toilet flush valve maker for naming rights to spring training park

It doesn’t take a whiz to see that they could use the added revenue to try to be #1, but they’ll probably just piss the money away.

The Cubs have signed Sloan Valve Co. for naming rights to their 1-year-old spring training ballpark in Mesa, Ariz., the club announced today.

Sloan, a 109-year-old Chicago company, produces flush valves and other parts for toilet fixtures at commercial buildings, including sports facilities.

Commence with the bathroom humor.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 08, 2015 at 02:56 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mesa, naming rights, spring training

Friday, January 02, 2015

New Mariners’ outfielder Seth Smith knew a trade was likely | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

Smith and Denorfia are good, serviceable players.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris denorfia, cubs, mariners, seth smith

Monday, December 29, 2014

Starlin Castro’s agent says he could move to the USA

Good idea.

Spahn Insane Posted: December 29, 2014 at 11:09 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dominican

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