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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Cubs - Activated Walker

Chicago Cubs - Activated 2B Todd Walker from the 15-day DL; placed P Mike Remlinger on the 15-day DL.

A month ago, this was going to be a day of celebration.  The day in which Neifi Perez lost his starting job.  Fate intervened, however, kicking Nomar in the groin, and Neifi will be playing in games for the Cubs forever more.  Fate and Dusty Baker is a combination that nobody could overcome.

Having Walker back is a good thing for a rather stagnant offense.  Hairston’s displayed very little power this season, though Walker’s defense at 2nd isn’t good enough to really give the Cubs a big bonus overall. DL.


Remlinger allegedly hurt his finger with a rocking chair accident.  When is Congress going to step in and require chairs to remain on terra firma?

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 26, 2005 at 12:46 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 26, 2005 at 01:03 PM (#1362766)
Cubs - Activated Walker

DY-NO-MITE!
   2. Larry Bowa Posted: May 26, 2005 at 02:15 PM (#1362877)
Christmas is saved!
   3. Johnny Tuttle Posted: May 26, 2005 at 04:03 PM (#1363133)
Will Walker be a starter?
   4. Moses Taylor World Re-Tour 2.0: Warszawa Posted: May 26, 2005 at 04:07 PM (#1363146)
Yes, Walker is the starter. Hairston will gets some starts, mostly against lefties.

The worst news: Neifi is probably going to leadoff now. Ugh.
   5. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: May 26, 2005 at 04:18 PM (#1363176)
I want the Oracle to look into his crystal ball and come up with a reason for the Cubs to be carrying four second basemen, particularly when two of them shouldn't even be on a major league roster.
   6. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 26, 2005 at 04:27 PM (#1363193)
I can see having Neifi! -- at least he can play SS competently. The real problem is when (a) Neifi! is your starting SS, and (b) you compound Neifi! with Wilson and Swingline and Hairston.

It's straight from the Department of Redundancy Department, which might be ok if they can hit well off the bench. They can't. Meanwhile, they only have 4 OFers and no real replacements if Lee or Ramirez go down either. Considering Ramirez's nagging groin, the fact that Swingline is the nominal back-up is frightening.
   7. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 26, 2005 at 04:35 PM (#1363210)
Cross-posted from the Dugout --

Not that this has much of anything to do with the discussion on this thread, but I just want to announce my pet peeve du jour: The notion that there is a position called "leadoff hitter."

Can someone of prominence call for a moratorium on this?
   8. Urban Faber Posted: May 26, 2005 at 05:21 PM (#1363294)
Is that because Neifi is leading off batting in the first position today?
   9. Spahn Insane Posted: May 26, 2005 at 05:31 PM (#1363325)
Well, 3 hits in last night's game persuaded ME Neifi's a leadoff man. What about you?
   10. Sexy Lizard Posted: May 26, 2005 at 05:36 PM (#1363337)
I think it's interesting that MLB.com's transactions for today list Javy Lopez as going on the DL with "a broken right hand" while saying that Remlinger has "a left hand fifth finger non-displaced distal phalanx fracture".
   11. base ball chick Posted: May 26, 2005 at 05:40 PM (#1363346)
i think neifi is a great leadoff man and you lucky lucky cub fans should make sure he has a NICE long contract with yall. LOOK at all those walks and steals. leads the league in pitches seen, too. GO FOR IT!!!!!
   12. Andere Richtingen Posted: May 26, 2005 at 05:44 PM (#1363354)
It's straight from the Department of Redundancy Department, which might be ok if they can hit well off the bench. They can't. Meanwhile, they only have 4 OFers and no real replacements if Lee or Ramirez go down either. Considering Ramirez's nagging groin, the fact that Swingline is the nominal back-up is frightening.

The Hendry Regime is the era of "Well, we have to put up with bad roster situation X because of bad roster situation Y".

It seems to me that other organizations tend to make it through seasons without carrying four second basemen, or having 13 pitchers.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: May 26, 2005 at 08:48 PM (#1363871)
Can someone of prominence call for a moratorium on this?

My moratorium on Dusty-bashing until Neifi became Neifi again was hugely unsuccessful, so you'll need someone more prominent than me. Probably not hard to find someone fitting that description.

The Hendry Regime is the era of "Well, we have to put up with bad roster situation X because of bad roster situation Y".

When it comes to the bench, I thought the Hendry Regime was the era of "Well, we have to put up with bad roster situation X because Dusty gives me no other choice."
   14. Urban Faber Posted: May 26, 2005 at 08:51 PM (#1363881)
The Charlie Finley A's used to carry four second basemen and then pinch hit for them frequently, sometimes every time up. Of course, they had only eight or maybe nine pitchers on the roster so they could have enough pinch hitters to do it. It would be somewhat more difficult with 12 or 13 pitchers.
   15. bunyon Posted: May 26, 2005 at 08:56 PM (#1363896)
You could use pitchers to pinch hit for those particular second basemen.
   16. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: May 26, 2005 at 09:35 PM (#1363970)
You could use pitchers to pinch hit for those particular second basemen.

We can't, though. Our best hitting pitcher hurt himself by batting too much. Or looking at internet porn, it's really kind of unclear which.

And lord knows what would happen if you gave Dusty the opportunity to pinch hit with pitchers. He'd screw up a double switch and we'd see the keystone combination of Rusch and Wuertz.
   17. CFiJ Posted: May 26, 2005 at 09:49 PM (#1363996)
I wonder if Hairston could play short.
   18. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: May 26, 2005 at 10:55 PM (#1364128)
Hairston's had his hands full with second base this year, I doubt he could play ss.
   19. Urban Faber Posted: May 26, 2005 at 11:05 PM (#1364144)
Never played short in the majors. One game at 3B.
   20. The Original SJ Posted: May 26, 2005 at 11:34 PM (#1364238)
The Charlie Finley A's used to carry four second basemen and then pinch hit for them frequently, sometimes every time up.

Late in the Rizzuto's playing career, Casey Stengel used to do this with shortstops.
   21. Andere Richtingen Posted: May 27, 2005 at 12:18 AM (#1364374)
When it comes to the bench, I thought the Hendry Regime was the era of "Well, we have to put up with bad roster situation X because Dusty gives me no other choice."

I guess ultimately that fits under "bad roster situation Y". Anyway, it seems like there is always some excuse.

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