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Monday, November 13, 2017

Fanrag: Alex Cobb Destinations

Gotsulias can tie him to three clubs.

Plenty of teams need a solid starter but won’t break the bank — Cobb fits the bill. He’s also younger than some of the other more expensive free agents such as Yu Darvish and Jake Arietta, which makes him an attractive target. MLB Trade Rumors sees Cobb getting a four-year deal worth $48M.

fra paolo Posted: November 13, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, hot stove, rangers, rays, twins

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Offseason Outlook: Chicago Cubs - MLB Trade Rumors

I can’t see Otani fitting into a NL club. If his goal is to remain a two-way player, it will be much easier for an AL team to get him ABs.

The ideal candidate for the Cubs’ rotation, of course, is 23-year-old righty Shohei Otani.  If MLB, the players’ union, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the Nippon Ham Fighters are able to reach an agreement, Otani may make the leap to MLB despite being subject to international bonus pool restrictions.  While Cubs fans are surely dreaming of Otani pitching every fifth day and patrolling the Wrigley outfield on some of his off days, the Cubs are one of a dozen teams capped at $300K in the potential bidding.  Many other teams are able to bid more than ten times as much (the theoretical maximum is about $10MM), although Otani would be leaving hundreds of millions of dollars on the table either way.  Like every team, the Cubs will have to do a hell of a marketing job to win Otani’s heart if he’s posted, and they can’t build their offseason around him to any degree.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Saturday, November 04, 2017

New York mayor calls Cubs owner ‘a coward’ over closing news site DNAinfo, but Emanuel won’t go there

The owner of the Cubs shut down two of his news outlets because his employees unionized. Makes me wonder what he thinks of his players.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: November 04, 2017 at 01:03 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Sunday, October 29, 2017

WaPo: Dave Martinez to Manage Nationals

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a deal with former Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez to become their next manager, and are finalizing the details of what will be a three-year deal with an option for a fourth, according to a person familiar with the situation….

Martinez gives the Nationals a different look — a fresher face than Baker or Davey Johnson, but a more relaxed leader than Williams. He is fluent in Spanish, well-versed in advanced analytics and multiple Nationals players have spoken highly of him.

fra paolo Posted: October 29, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, managers, nationals, rays

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cubs need to get their pitching in order or else this entire foundation could crumble | NBC Sports Chicago

“You don’t want to make a living or make a habit out of trying to solve your problems with high-priced pitching free agents,” Epstein said, “because over the long run, there’s just so much risk involved. It can really hamstring your organization.

“But we have a lot of players who have reasonable salaries who contribute an awful lot that might put us in a position to consider it going forward in the future.

“So I wouldn’t rule it out completely, and I wouldn’t rule it in. I would just say it’s not our preferred method. We prefer to make a small deal and find Jake Arrieta, but you can’t do that every year, either. That’s tough.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cubs Fire Bosio

@BNightengale


The #Cubs have fired respected pitching coach Chris Bosio, and now could reach out to Jim Hickey,who’s a top candidate for #STLCards opening

I don’t know if firing a pitching coach is worth a posting here, but Bosio seems to get credit for Arrieta and Hendricks. Those are some pretty big feathers in his cap.

 

Greg Pope Posted: October 21, 2017 at 01:22 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: chris bosio, cubs, joe maddon

Friday, October 20, 2017

Theo Epstein: Joe Maddon has taken enough heat, don’t blame NLCS on Cubs manager | NBC Sports Chicago

“It’s not manager against manager,” Epstein said. “That stuff just gets under the microscope so much this time of year. It’s players performing. And when you get a lead in the series – and when you’ve got a bunch of relievers throwing well – you can make tactically aggressive decisions. Your strategies tend to work.

“When you’re in a tough spot late in the game – and you’re searching for consistency in the ‘pen – it just puts all managers in tough spots.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 02:46 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Dusty Baker Will Not Be Back as Manager

The Nationals on Friday announced that Dusty Baker would not return as the team’s manager in 2018. Baker this past season led the Nationals to 97 wins a second-straight NL East title. However, the team once again failed to advance past the division series in the playoffs. In two seasons on the job in Washington, the Nationals on Baker’s watch posted a winning percentage of .593.
Baker’s now managed for 22 seasons, and over that span his teams have gone 1,863-1,636. Those 1,863 wins rank 14th all-time, and Baker’s also led four different teams to the playoffs. As well, he’s been named NL Manager of the Year three times. It’s possible, though, that his never winning a World Series will keep him out of the Hall of Fame. At age 68, Baker may also have managed his last big-league game.

Not fired, just simply let him go at the end of his contract. That seems really rare to me, but it’s the third time out of his four stints where the team has simply let him go at the end of his contract.

Greg Pope Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dusty baker, giants, nationals, reds

Must C: Hernandez’s trio of HRs | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, kiki hernandez, playoffs

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to advance to the World Series for first time since 1988 | LA Times

On a night when a 28-season drought ended, Kershaw reaped the benefits of an offensive bounty. Enrique Hernandez supplied a trio of home runs, including a grand slam in the third inning that transformed Wrigley Field into a tomb and a two-run blast in the ninth that turned the Dodgers dugout into a mosh pit. The Dodgers led by seven runs after three innings and by nine midway through four. Kershaw responded to the largess with six innings of one-run baseball. He will be ready to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:07 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, world series

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cubs hold off Dodgers in Game 4 of NLCS | MLB.com

These 9 PM East Coast starts are a killer. I fell asleep around the third inning. It looks like I missed a good game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How the mob, politics, a burlesque dancer and The Babe shaped the ‘32 World Series

There’s a story here. This building used to be the Sheffield House Hotel, and before that it was the Hotel Carlos, as the baroque carvings on the entryway still announce. All of that, though, was before a reported 53 code violations ended the building’s days as a single-room occupancy hotel. It’s now luxury condos.
Back in the 1930s, the Hotel Carlos was a popular choice for Cubs players seeking a place to live during the season. Shortstop Billy Jurges, who toiled for the Cubs from 1931 through 1938 before being traded to the Giants, was one of those players. He lived in room 509. Jurges’ girlfriend, Violet Popovich, also lived in the Hotel Carlos. On July 6, 1932, not long after Jurges broke things off, she wrote the following note:

A fun read from Dayn.

Meatwad in mourning Posted: October 18, 2017 at 06:59 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, corruption, cubs, wrigley field, yankees

Do the Cubs realize how badly the Dodgers insulted them on national TV? - Chicago Tribune

It’s not the end of Snarktober, but you can see it from here:

Do the Cubs know enough to be insulted by what the Dodgers pulled in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series?

Do the Cubs know they got pantsed on their home field on national TV?

Do the Cubs realize the Dodgers have so little respect for their offense that starting pitcher Yu Darvish batted with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of a two-run game?

The Cubs certainly didn’t respond as if they knew they were insulted. They didn’t respond, really, after the first inning. They didn’t respond the way the Dodgers did.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:48 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Dodgers Dugout: Andre Ethier is there when the Dodgers need him - LA Times

He does?

—TBS analyst Ron Darling seems to have an intense dislike of the Dodgers. I wonder why? Maybe someone still remembers Game 7 of the 1988 NLCS? The mighty New York Mets were favored to slaughter the Dodgers. But what happened in Game 7. Oh, yeah, the Dodgers won. Who was the losing pitcher…. Let me check ….. Oh yeah, it was Ron Darling.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Cubs could really use 2016 Javier Baez right about now - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

Will Almora’s play push Kyle Schwarber out of Chicago? Schwarber really should be a part-time catcher/full-time DH.

“You’re not going to be perfect,” teammate Albert Almora Jr. said. “You’re going to have your week or two that you’re not feeling at your best. I know I went through it. The way he’s handling it, he’s not bringing anybody down. On the contrary, I actually saw—one of the first guys I saw when I looked into the dugout when I hit the home run [in Game 1] was him cheering.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Monday, October 16, 2017

Joe Maddon calls John Lackey, not Wade Davis | MLB.com

He’ll be well rested for game 3.

“I really just needed him for the save tonight,” Maddon said. “He had limited pitches. It was one inning only, and in these circumstances, you don’t get him up and then don’t get him in. So if we had caught the lead, he would have pitched. That’s it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Sunday, October 15, 2017

With bat flips and fly balls, Yasiel Puig puts on a swaggering Game 1 show | Plaschke

He ran out of the dugout during introductions with his tongue wagging playfully out of his mouth. He took off his cap to reveal lightning bolts shaved into his haircut.

Then, a couple of hours later, with a bat flip and a chest thump and roars that made Dodger Stadium literally shake, the Yasiel Puig Show officially began.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 15, 2017 at 12:52 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, nlcs, yasiel puig

Bullpen’s failure, Joe Maddon’s decisions cost Cubs more than play at plate - Chicago Tribune

Maddon spent the rest of the postgame news conference addressing a controversial play that didn’t affect the game as much as the bullpen’s failure, the offense’s ineffectiveness or his own judgment. Relievers Rondon and Mike Montgomery gave up home runs and the Cubs managed four hits, so remember that when declaring how wonderful it was that Maddon made a strong stand against a weak rule.

Umpires ejected Maddon in the sixth inning for arguing after a replay review reversed a call, declaring Dodgers shortstop Charlie Culberson safe because Willson Contreras broke one of baseball’s most hotly contested rules by sliding his left foot in front of the plate. With the intent of getting tossed, Maddon charged from the dugout immediately.

“I have to stick up for my boys,’’ Maddon said. “I’ve got to stick up for everybody that plays this game.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

MORRISSEY: Jose Quintana stays focused despite long, scary journey | Chicago Sun-Times

This wasn’t the plan.

Or, if the plan was to have the Cubs’ flight diverted because the wife of the next day’s starting pitcher needed medical attention, forcing the plane to sit on the tarmac for five hours in Albuquerque and the pitcher to stay with his wife in New Mexico before flying that night to Los Angeles, then it needs to go on the permanent record of whoever planned this for Jose Quintana.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jose quintana

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dodgers leave Corey Seager off NLCS roster due to back injury

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced their 25-man roster for the National League Championship Series on Saturday, and in a stunning development, star shortstop Corey Seager is not on it.

Seager was held out of the team’s workouts the past two days at Dodger Stadium because of an ailing back, an injury manager Dave Roberts said Seager suffered while sliding into third base during Game 3 of Los Angeles’ sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Division Series.


Friday, October 13, 2017

For vanquished Nationals, an inning that will live in infamy | WaPo

“Some things like that happen and you just have to be able to deal with it,” Scherzer said. “This game – you can execute pitches and sometimes that’s not enough. You just got to keep going out there, stay within yourself and keep executing pitches. “

And sometimes, as the Nationals found out, you just can’t.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 13, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 236 comment(s)
  Beats: choking dogs, cubs, nationals, nlds

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Strasburg rises from mold malady to throttle Cubs, send NLDS to Game 5 | Chicago Sun-Times

The headline is just wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mold, nationals, stephen strasburg

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Joe Maddon wants the Dodgers? He’s got them if Cubs can win one more | Chicago Sun-Times

‘‘You have to beat the best to be the best,’’ Maddon said. ‘‘You can’t run away from any of this stuff. Pick the ’27 Yankees, pick the ’64 Cardinals, the Big Red Machine, whatever. You just want to believe your guys can match up with anybody, and I want our guys to believe the same thing.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cubs-Nationals Game 4 postponed until Wednesday

Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field was postponed by rain, and will be played at 4:08 ET on Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced.

The Cubs will stick with scheduled starter Jake Arrieta for Game 4 regardless, instead of Game 1 starter Kyle Hendricks, manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday afternoon.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker would not yet say whether he would replace scheduled Game 4 starter Tanner Roark with Game 1 starter Stephen Strasburg - who would be on regular rest - though that appears highly likely with the Nationals facing elimination.

Discuss.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 10, 2017 at 06:25 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, nationals, nlds, weather

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