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Friday, January 18, 2013

Cubs showing the next Mark Prior and Kerry Wood what it takes

The show that makes them realize just how tough Cub life can be! Tonight…on Scared Signees!

The Cubs bookended their rookie development program around Kerry Wood and Mark Prior. The next generation got to hear about how you carry yourself in the big leagues and what it takes to make it in Chicago.

Do they have any idea what they’re getting into? That question might have gone through your mind on Thursday if you were watching those 12 prospects working out inside Northwestern University’s field house in Evanston.

It shouldn’t have been hard to see the warning signals. Last year’s Cubs Convention was overshadowed by the sexual-assault allegations against Starlin Castro. The night before, the Internet exploded with Deadspin’s story about Manti Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend and the scandal at the University of Notre Dame.

“Everyone’s under a microscope,” said Jason McLeod, the vice president of scouting and player development. “So we’ve spent a lot of time trying to help talk about those types of things and letting them know what to watch for. Of course, we can’t be babysitters 24/7, but we can give them the tools to make good decisions. Ultimately, that’s what we’re trying to do.”

... It started last week with Wood and was scheduled to end Thursday afternoon with Prior at Wrigley Field, leading into this weekend’s convention at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

“Who better to know and understand having all the hype, having all the pressure, being the young guy coming up and then performing in this environment?” McLeod said. “Who better than those two guys? Those had to have been two of the most hyped Cubs prospects of the last 15-20 years.”

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2013 at 12:08 AM | 46 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: January 18, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4349894)
"First, you grasp Andre firmly by the wrists, and pulllll him out of the ivy...!"
   2. Misirlou is on hiding to nowhere Posted: January 18, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4349948)
On a recent road trip, we passed the time by naming baseball players with legal scrabble words for first and last names. Mark Prior was my first one.
   3. Swedish Chef Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4349989)
On a recent road trip, we passed the time by naming baseball players with legal scrabble words for first and last names. Mark Prior was my first one.

The one I can instantly answer with is Urban Shocker.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:21 PM (#4349997)
The one I can instantly answer with is Urban Shocker.

Bob Walk. Elroy Face. Bob Friend. Jeff and Jered Weaver. The Matts Carpenters. Cecil Cooper. All the many Millers. Joe Thatcher. Bill Bean. Kerry Wood.
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:26 PM (#4350001)
Joey Jay
   6. zonk Posted: January 18, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4350012)
Wood & Prior make for an odd title to this article --

I was expecting something more "First, make sure you keep your arm or shoulder very still while the MRI machine is creating the image... " and "second opinions are very important - and remember, your manager doesn't count as the first opinion".
   7. VoodooR Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4350046)
"kerry" is a legal scrabble word?

**looks it up**

oh. yes it is.

KERRY [12 pts] , (KERRIES)

one of an Irish breed of cattle


Never mind.

Frank Baker. Mark Grace. Randy Johnson (maybe not). Chipper Jones.
   8. JJ1986 Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:07 PM (#4350049)
Rich Harden
   9. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:07 PM (#4350050)
Prince Fielder should work
   10. Swedish Chef Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:11 PM (#4350055)
He's not a baseball player, but it would be a pity to leave out Dick Pound in any discussion where he would be even remotely topical. Because he has the best name ever.
   11. Ron J2 Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:21 PM (#4350060)
Randy Ready
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4350062)
Frank Chance

Bob Chance

Dean Chance

Chance Gardiner

   13. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: January 18, 2013 at 03:35 PM (#4350070)
Superstar McBaseballguy
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4350106)
Dick Pole
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4350108)
Our very own Bob Tufts
   16. mathesond Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:12 PM (#4350111)
Lee May
   17. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:12 PM (#4350112)
Tommy John, aka British Soldier Toilet.
   18. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:16 PM (#4350113)
Darren Fletcher. All the Smiths. Cy, Matt, Eric and all the other Youngs. Ernies Banks. Candy Cumings (first name).
   19. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:17 PM (#4350114)
Prince Fielder should work

Dean Chance

These and John Jay are double entries (both names work).
   20. Lassus Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:19 PM (#4350115)
Wait wait wait. Darren and Elroy are not legal scrabble words.
   21. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:21 PM (#4350116)
How is Jeff legal in Scrabble? Or Cecil? Or at least some of the many Millers? I think snapper missed the part about the first name being legal as well as the last.

Anyway, Jerry Reed. And of course, Babe Ruth.

Not a ballplayer, but Jay Leno.

Not a real person, but Maxwell Smart.
   22. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 04:52 PM (#4350137)
I think snapper missed the part about the first name being legal as well as the last.

Both? Oh. I thought it was either/or.
   23. jobu Posted: January 18, 2013 at 06:17 PM (#4350254)
First things I thought about when reading this article's title:
"Yanks Groom Next Brien Taylor and Joba Chamberlain"
"Zancanero, Dressendorfer, Van Poppel, and Peters Address A's Future Aces"
"Rangers Looking to This Generation's David Clyde and Bobby Witt"

Granted, Prior and Wood have had major league success--and a lot of guys would be happy with either's career. But setting their careers as an aspiration for a young prospect reflects Cubbylike diminished expectations.
   24. asinwreck Posted: January 18, 2013 at 06:25 PM (#4350269)
Jay Bell

John Smiley

Chuck Tanner

Bob Lemon

Butch Huskey

   25. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: January 18, 2013 at 06:33 PM (#4350282)
I really enjoy people whose first names are adjectives and last names are nouns, so they can be imagined as the item their name creates. For example, I once worked with a woman named Sandy Wall and a man named Randy Weir.

Baseball versions:

Rusty Shellhorn
Randy Johnson
   26. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: January 18, 2013 at 06:41 PM (#4350289)
Herald Banes.


Sorry.
   27. asinwreck Posted: January 18, 2013 at 06:50 PM (#4350298)

Sorry.


Amazed you didn't try with your own handle.
   28. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 18, 2013 at 06:54 PM (#4350301)
I really enjoy people whose first names are adjectives and last names are nouns, so they can be imagined as the item their name creates. For example, I once worked with a woman named Sandy Wall and a man named Randy Weir.

I knew someone named Randy Granger. Which is basically a synonym for Jolly Rancher.
   29. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 07:40 PM (#4350321)
Baseball versions:

Rusty Shellhorn
Randy Johnson


Happy Chandler? He really enjoyed his candles, I guess.
   30. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 18, 2013 at 07:42 PM (#4350324)
Don August. That one's kind of cool, because his first name's both a noun and a verb, and his last name's both a (proper) noun and an adjective.
   31. andrewberg Posted: January 18, 2013 at 08:06 PM (#4350337)
Pepper Martin, Bobby Jones, Randy Jones, Tommy John (never trust a man with two first names that are both legal Scrabble words), Derrick May, Heath Bell, Jay Bell, Cool Papa Bell (that's a stretch), Lee Smith, and how did nobody say Dick Burns?
   32. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: January 18, 2013 at 08:10 PM (#4350339)
Chicken Wolf and Chicken Hawks

Lance Johnson could be a very uncomfortable command
   33. Sweatpants Posted: January 18, 2013 at 08:11 PM (#4350341)
Still Bill Hill.
   34. Swedish Chef Posted: January 18, 2013 at 08:20 PM (#4350345)
Not good in Scrabble, but Gary Sheffield merits a mention for having two city names.
   35. Swedish Chef Posted: January 18, 2013 at 08:22 PM (#4350346)
Still Bill Hill.

Bill Bell
   36. Walt Davis Posted: January 18, 2013 at 08:37 PM (#4350355)
Ichiro could be a legal scrabble word if he wanted to.
   37. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: January 18, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4350357)
Pepper Martin

If we're allowed to use nicknames as first names our horizons will be greatly expanded, but it will be hard to top "Phenomenal Smith".
   38. Transmission Posted: January 18, 2013 at 09:23 PM (#4350373)
Bill Hall
Dizzy Dean
Three Finger Brown
Babe Ruth
Frank White
   39. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: January 18, 2013 at 09:23 PM (#4350374)
Mientkiewicz isn't a legal scrabble word, but millions wish it was.
   40. Transmission Posted: January 18, 2013 at 09:33 PM (#4350377)
Bud Black
Frank Viola
Mike Za (if Za is a legit word short for Pizza, then it's damn well also a legit shortening for Piazza)
Branch Rickey
Chuck Carr
   41. jobu Posted: January 18, 2013 at 09:40 PM (#4350381)
Catfish Hunter
Billy North
Bob Locker
Mudcat Grant
Dick Green
Shooty Babitt

   42. Transmission Posted: January 18, 2013 at 09:43 PM (#4350383)
Dusty Baker
Rich Hill
Billy Butler
Joe Tinker
Rob Deer
Herb Score
   43. Transmission Posted: January 18, 2013 at 09:52 PM (#4350385)
King Kelly
Joe West
Joe Morgan

This is too easy. Next, baseball players whose names can be spelled as the sum of the two-letter words, only.
   44. Barnaby Jones Posted: January 19, 2013 at 08:30 AM (#4350464)
Death to Flying Things
   45. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 19, 2013 at 03:21 PM (#4350603)
Alkaline
   46. Transmission Posted: January 19, 2013 at 04:00 PM (#4350615)
Bravo, 45.

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