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   1. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: May 19, 2006 at 01:34 AM (#2026832)
I think your prejudices are blinding you, Ross. A 4th 2nd baseman is exactly what this team needs.
   2. SouthSideRyan Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:05 AM (#2026890)
To be as optimistic as humanly possible Dusty had similar things to say about Grissom and Boehringer.
   3. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:17 AM (#2026894)
In theory at least, we could have:

Walker
Neifi
Hairston
Bynum
Theriot
Womack
Cedeno

on the roster all at once. That's 7 second basemen. With the 12 pitchers that we absolutely have to have even though at least one of them rusts away like a car up on blocks in a trailer park, that would leave room for:

Barrett
Pierre
Jones
Murton
Blanco
Ramirez

I don't know what we'd do when Lee gets healthy. Probably release Ramirez. You can't give up that option for a double-double-double-double-double-double-double switch. Seven relievers and seven second basemen - it's perfect.

I pointed this out today but it went without comment, so I'll say it again: the Nationals hit 4 HRs today. In the month of May, the Cubs have 6 HRs. That's one fewer than Pedro Feliz has hit this month.

It's Pedro Feliz people.
   4. Neil M Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:23 AM (#2026900)
the Cubs have 6 HRs.

Thank goodness for those renowned sluggers, Ronny Cedeno and Freddy Bynum. They probably got fined for not bunting.
   5. SouthSideRyan Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:24 AM (#2026902)
The worst thing is Mike Fontenot would probably rank around 3rd in that 2nd baseman listing.
   6. Neil M Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:29 AM (#2026909)
Dusty's Three Ages of Man -

Darren........Rookie........Veteran Presence
   7. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: May 19, 2006 at 08:41 AM (#2027034)
oblivious to problems that would be glaringingly obvious to a Nepalese yak herder.

Are Nepalese yak herders supposed to be oblivious to things? I never heard this before.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: May 19, 2006 at 10:03 AM (#2027045)
the Nationals hit 4 HRs today. In the month of May, the Cubs have 6 HRs.

Wow!

That's even more depressing than these two tidbits:

Wood gave up a HR to Damian Jackson.
Ramon Ortiz was the winning pitcher.
   9. Neil M Posted: May 19, 2006 at 12:11 PM (#2027058)
From the Trib:

"I was just trying to do the best for the team," Perez said. "I've been struggling with the bat right now, and if I got a base-hit hitting, or a base-hit bunting … I have [John] Mabry behind me. If I got that bunt where I should have, the third baseman was way back and he didn't have a chance to throw me out. I didn't get the job done."

Cubs manager Dusty Baker said afterward it "was not a bad play," and Perez said he did not regret the surprise move.

"If I had a chance to do it again, I might, because that's my game," Perez said. "I'm not a big power hitter. I hit eight or nine home runs a year, not 30. [Bunting] is part of my game."


Neifi gambles on beating out a bunt and Mabry getting a base hit rather than either swinging away or showing some patience. After all, Cordero had just walked Jones and it was a 1-0 count. If Neifi really thought that was the best bet then he should stay the hell away from casinos.

And WTF was he doing in the 6 spot in the first place?

Wood gave up a HR to Damian Jackson.

Jachson's only hit as a Cub was a HR. He must like Wrigley Field.
   10. Mike Isaacs Posted: May 19, 2006 at 01:01 PM (#2027083)
This very little play that ended the game is so reflective of some of the very large problems that have become part of the fabric of Dusty Baker teams.

Neifi Perez gets the playing time he does from Baker in part because he's credited as being a savvy veteran. His justification for bunting here is simply baseball-dumb to me and not acceptable on a team intent on playing the game right. No matter the level of their physicial play, this team should at the very least be making basic "strategy" decisions that give them the best chance for success.

Ross is exactly right in raising how pathetic it is that the Cubs have no one but Perez to turn to in this situation. But even in that that's the case, I believe you have to swing away (or show patience as the last poster suggested) for the chance for a gapper. The idea that Perez will beat out a bunt and Mabry -- with his .212/.268 -- will drive in runs is a less likely scenario than Perez actually driving in runs himself. Granted, counting on Perez and/or Mabry to come through in the clutch is not a great situation no matter what decision is made.

But still, Baker defending the Perez bunt as "not a bad play" is head-scratching to say the least.

Baker is responsible for a team that not only fails to execute fundamental baseball but may not even understand what it is. The manager does impact the culture of a team and how they respond to given situations, IMHO.

Is this Baker just being clueless about "situational baseball" and the best odds for success or is it Baker just willing to defend one of his pet players at any cost?

Let me answer my own question even if it is bad form to do so: Doesn't much matter. This team is too often baseball-mentally-impaired, and that Dusty Baker oversees it is no coincidence.
   11. Hack Wilson Posted: May 19, 2006 at 01:38 PM (#2027094)
Are Nepalese yak herders supposed to be oblivious to things? I never heard this before.
Actually there are not a lot of yaks in Nepal. There are a lot of yak/cattle hybrids and the locals give each variety a different name. Yaks do not do well in lower altitudes and thrive on the Tibetan plateau, but there are only a few mountainous areas in Nepal in which yaks can be found.
To learn more about yaks see the Tibetan movie "Mountain Patrol" which has just been released in the U.S. but does have English subtitles.
   12. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: May 19, 2006 at 01:44 PM (#2027096)
Baker is responsible for a team that not only fails to execute fundamental baseball but may not even understand what it is. The manager does impact the culture of a team and how they respond to given situations, IMHO.

It was just a couple of days ago that Dusty said "he's a good baserunner" in the postgame interview after Jones was doubled off 2nd for the third time this month.

Now maybe behind closed doors Dusty is really laying into Perez and Jones for being so mind-numbingly stupid, but somehow I doubt it.

(On a side note, my friend and I were talking last night and compared this bunt to the Otis Nixon bunt that ended the 2002 World Series. We concluded there were a couple of key differences: (1) the Braves were down 1 run with a runner on 3rd, so all they had to do was get that guy home to tie the game; and (2) Nixon was very fast and a good bunter, so the chances of him beating one out were good.)
   13. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: May 19, 2006 at 01:46 PM (#2027099)
Hack on Yak?
   14. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: May 19, 2006 at 01:47 PM (#2027100)
# Hack Wilson Posted: May 19, 2006 at 09:38 AM (#2027094)

Are Nepalese yak herders supposed to be oblivious to things? I never heard this before.

Actually there are not a lot of yaks in Nepal. There are a lot of yak/cattle hybrids and the locals give each variety a different name. Yaks do not do well in lower altitudes and thrive on the Tibetan plateau, but there are only a few mountainous areas in Nepal in which yaks can be found.
To learn more about yaks see the Tibetan movie "Mountain Patrol" which has just been released in the U.S. but does have English subtitles.


You should really change your handle to Yak Wilson.
   15. Styles P. Deadball Posted: May 19, 2006 at 01:50 PM (#2027104)
Good God, I thought the "astounding move" was Neifi's bunt attempt. I didn't think it could get any worse than that.

It just did.

I can't even look my six year old son in the eye anymore when he wants to know why we're Cub fans.
   16. Andere Richtingen Posted: May 19, 2006 at 01:59 PM (#2027108)
I think your prejudices are blinding you, Ross. A 4th 2nd baseman is exactly what this team needs.

I know that I look at the Cubs roster and the first thing I think is that what this team needs is another slap-hitting middle infielder. Or maybe I've been watching this team too long.

While the significance of this move itself might not be huge, it does speak volumes about the depths of cluelessness in this organization.

The offense has also improved, although it is almost completely dependent on putting together a string of singles for runs to score.

You think? They managed 4 runs per game against a pretty mediocre pitching staff, and only faced one pitcher having something other than a terrible season. I see few signs that the team's offensive woes are behind them in any significant way. In fact, the iffy status of Aramis Ramirez makes the prospects look pretty bad.
   17. Andere Richtingen Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:00 PM (#2027110)
Is this Baker just being clueless about "situational baseball" and the best odds for success or is it Baker just willing to defend one of his pet players at any cost?

I hasten to point out that these things are not mutually exclusive.
   18. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:06 PM (#2027116)
Look at the situation in today’s game. With the tying runs on third and first bases in the bottom of the ninth and two outs, against a reliever struggling with is control, the Cubs have no better option than Albatross Neifi to call on (of course, he started the game in place of Ramirez which is another problem on its own).

Wasn't Hairston sitting on the bench?
   19. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:11 PM (#2027120)
Speaking of Ramirez, I caught this quote in today's Daily Herald:


Baker ruled out Ramirez as the Cubs’ designated hitter this weekend, with the games being played under American League rules.

“I need his defense out there,” Baker said. “I got ideas for a lineup. I need him at third. I’ll DH somebody else.



I'm trying to wrestle with which is more ridiculous -- the fact that Dusty would rather have Ramirez's defense at 3B than (presumably) Neifi's . . . or the fact that he would (presumably) prefer Neifi as a DH?
   20. More Indecisive than Lonnie Smith on 2nd... Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:11 PM (#2027121)
I'm not a Cubs fan, but I have always been partial to them over the other chi-town team. Cubs fans are enthusiastic (when they have reason to be; see playoffs against the Braves) and an intelligent lot. The problem is that there are 10,000 Cubs fans who could GM better than Hendry. There are likely a similar number with better managerial acumen than Dustbin Baker. And I would hazard that at least a few could play second base at Wrigley.

Thus it was with stunned silence that I watched Nosferatu Perez lay down that bunt. After a stunning near-comeback (short-circuited in part by Non-Pierre playing pepper with the pitcher for a nice inning-ended DP), to have Perez up made things difficult. But the Cubs had momentum. To finish a game that way was simply disgusting.

I feel for you guys. This is getting ridiculous.
   21. Andere Richtingen Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:17 PM (#2027129)
Wasn't Hairston sitting on the bench?

Yes, but Hairston is a right-handed hitter, against a RHP. Perez, being a switch hitter, is by definition a better hitter against RHP than any right-handed hitter.
   22. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:17 PM (#2027130)
As for Womack, what I wonder about is that old saw about managers preferring guys who are like they were when they were players.

I would've sworn I remembered Dusty as a good-hitting outfielder with power (even one who would draw the occasional walk!), but are we sure he wasn't actually a slap-happy, sort of fast but not really second baseman with no pop?
   23. Hack Wilson Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:20 PM (#2027133)
Albatross Neifi
Actually I visited an albatross breeding area a couple of years ago (waited an hour for one of the lazy buzzards to take off). Although there are similarities, on balance I think it very unfair to them to be linked to Neifi.
Consider just calling him--Nefarious.
   24. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:20 PM (#2027136)
Thanks for clarifying Andere. In my playing days (Downers Grove 13 yr. old league!), I switch-hit, primarily batting lefty.

I'm 39 now, but perhaps I might send a scouting video to Jim and Dusty.
   25. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:22 PM (#2027137)
Actually I visited an albatross breeding area a couple of years ago (waited an hour for one of the lazy buzzards to take off).

Were they trying to avoid all the yaks?
   26. TDF, trained monkey Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:24 PM (#2027138)
Ya know, I'd laugh, but the Reds' pinch hitters yesterday included:

* Ray Olmedo, career .237/283/290
* Quinton McCraken, career .274/336/374, .182/270/303 this year
* Javier Valentin, career .241/303/394, .242/309/339 this year

And all 3 hit before Brandon Phillips (becasue Ryan Freel, a worse hitter, fielder, and runner than Phillips, was starting). Oh, and David Ross pinch hit, too.

3 catchers. An outfielder with an OPS+ of 59 last year. Nice bench.

At least Chris Dinorfia (who is a better defender than anyone in Cinci not named Kearns, and is probably a better hitter than Jr or Freel (and certainly better than McCracken))is rotting in AAA.
   27. Meatwad Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:30 PM (#2027147)
####### cubs
   28. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:31 PM (#2027151)
Ya' know, maybe the Cubs are trying to hoard all the available middle infielders from the competition. Because right now with JJ Hardy spraining his ankle the only real infielder on the Brewers roster is Jeff Cirillo. And he hasn't played shortstop since 1994.

In all seriousness I wouldn't object to the Crew flipping some reliever down to Wrigleyville for Neifi. The Brewers have clearly determined that the double play combo is Hardy/Weeks I have no concerns about Ned Yost deciding to play the Neifster on a regular basis. Even if he WANTED to Doug Melvin wouldn't allow it.

Ned Yost keeps his job predicated on following the team's plan for the future. The foundation for that future is the firm of Fielder, Hardy & Weeks. Period.
   29. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:34 PM (#2027154)
The only BACKUP infielder is Cirillo.

They called up Hart who theoretically can play third and first. Just like I could theoretically model swimsuits. It could happen but the results wouldn't be pretty.
   30. Spahn Insane Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:39 PM (#2027156)
are we sure he wasn't actually a slap-happy, sort of fast but not really second baseman with no pop?

He wasn't, but he always wanted to be. He also wanted to be an architect, and a lumberjack.
   31. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:44 PM (#2027158)
Yes, but Hairston is a right-handed hitter, against a RHP. Perez, being a switch hitter, is by definition a better hitter against RHP than any right-handed hitter.

So here are my questions --

1. Did the thought of pinchhitting Hairston even enter into Dusty's mind?

2. Alternatively, does Dusty actually believe that Neifi is a better hitter than Hairston?

3. Which is worse -- the fact that he probably didn't think about a switch or the fact that he may believe Neifi is a better hitter?
   32. Meatwad Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:45 PM (#2027159)
im watchign mr. 3000, i think that the guy in there would be better then womack
   33. 100 Years is Nothing Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:47 PM (#2027162)
Dusty is just looking for that guy that can get that bunt hit with two outs and tying runs on. Next on the ajenda is a catcher that can get to the ball faster on his passed balls, and get the guy out at home! Then, the pennant!
   34. Andere Richtingen Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:49 PM (#2027163)
1. Did the thought of pinchhitting Hairston even enter into Dusty's mind?

2. Alternatively, does Dusty actually believe that Neifi is a better hitter than Hairston?

3. Which is worse -- the fact that he probably didn't think about a switch or the fact that he may believe Neifi is a better hitter?


Well, it's not like the Cubs don't recognize this situation as a problem, and aren't doing something about it. They did sign left-handed hitting Tony Womack, you know.
   35. God can’t be all that impressed with Charles S. Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:52 PM (#2027165)
Appreciate the thought, Harveys, but just about the only thing the Cubs don't need right now is another relief pitcher. You got any outfielders with a little pop that you're not doing anything with?
   36. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 02:54 PM (#2027166)
And when Charles asks about "a little pop," that's what he means -- compared to the guys we got, it doesn't take much to improve.
   37. Meatwad Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:01 PM (#2027173)
unless i want to arrive in chicago at 6:30 i may have to take the 1pm train which arrives at 3:30, suggestions as to what to do?
   38. Kiko Sakata Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:01 PM (#2027174)
Not directly on-topic, but Phil Rogers did his All-Chicago Team in today's Tribune (RR). The Cubs got 6 guys on the roster, half of them relievers (Howry, Eyre, Dempster), with Ronny Cedeno being the only position player to beat out his White Sox counterpart, and, honestly, I'd take Uribe right now. The other two are Maddux and Zambrano.

Now, I know the White Sox are defending World Champs and all but still, 6 players out of 19 guys that Rogers lists is just god-awful (this is a criticism of the Cubs, not Rogers' list, in case that's unclear).
   39. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:01 PM (#2027175)
Charles/dJf:

Nelson Cruz is 27, was MVP of the Triple A World Series last year, is similar to Glenallen Hill only better defense/arm, and has no real chance in the Brewer outfield with Corey Hart three years younger along with Gabe Gross already as a backup guy on the big club.

If Cruz got 300 at bats a year with 200 against lefties he would hit .250/.330/.480ish. Likely become a local fan favorite with his arm probably catching 5-6 runners a year.

I doubt Melvin will go for it though. The Crew doesn't have any Double A outfielders worth a darn. And Charlie Fermaint is still too young to know if his improvement is for real.....
   40. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:02 PM (#2027176)
You got any outfielders with a little pop that you're not doing anything with?

Given this way the team's being run right now, the only way we're going to get someone with a little pop is to track down a slap-hitting middle infielder whose father was a midget.
   41. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:05 PM (#2027178)
unless i want to arrive in chicago at 6:30 i may have to take the 1pm train which arrives at 3:30, suggestions as to what to do?

What's wrong with 6:30? You can take the El from there to the Belmont stop and hoof it over by 7:15 or so.
   42. Kiko Sakata Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:10 PM (#2027182)
Glenallen Hill only better defense/arm

That's a perfect definition of what the Cubs need on their bench / platooning in right field.
   43. Meatwad Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:16 PM (#2027191)
i wasnt how sure it takes to get around that time of day in chicago
   44. Spahn Insane Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:19 PM (#2027193)
That's a perfect definition of what the Cubs need on their bench / platooning in right field.

Hell--Hill himself would probably be the best righthanded bat off the bench, right now.
   45. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:23 PM (#2027195)
If you can find your way from the train station to a Red Line (in the Loop, they are underground subways at that point -- head to State St.), just take that north toward Howard.

Get off at Belmont. The closest intersection is Sheffield (the intersection with the liquor store and the pizza place, not the one the other way with the Dunkin Donuts).

Go to Sheffield and turn right (north). Sheffield's is a block north of Belmont, on the left side of the street.

I'm guessing the trip from the train to Sheffield's is probably about 30-45 mins.
   46. Meatwad Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:25 PM (#2027197)
i just suddenly remembered that daylight savigns time affects this, so it shouldnt be a problem
   47. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:33 PM (#2027208)
Not directly on-topic, but Phil Rogers did his All-Chicago Team in today's Tribune (RR). The Cubs got 6 guys on the roster, half of them relievers (Howry, Eyre, Dempster), with Ronny Cedeno being the only position player to beat out his White Sox counterpart, and, honestly, I'd take Uribe right now. The other two are Maddux and Zambrano.

I like Podsednik more than most Primates do, but I'd trade him for Murton in a heartbeat, even just considering this year.

I'd also strongly consider Barrett over Pierzynski.
   48. God can’t be all that impressed with Charles S. Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:34 PM (#2027211)
Honestly, Cruz sounds like just what we need. Of course we need a lot more than Cruz, but if the Cubs could get him for Perez, Hairston, Theriot and/or Fontenot, Hendry should jump at that.

How pathetic am I? I feel like a talk-radio caller proposing a trade that will never happen. Such is my frustration with Hendry over the last 18 months.
   49. Kiko Sakata Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:40 PM (#2027216)
I like Podsednik more than most Primates do, but I'd trade him for Murton in a heartbeat, even just considering this year.

I'd also strongly consider Barrett over Pierzynski.


I'd probably agree with you, but they're both pretty close calls. In some ways, Murton is just a slow version of Pods - no power. As far as Barrett v. A.J., it comes down to whether you want an a-hole who can play some defense or a more decent guy who has trouble catching curveballs in the dirt.

Really, the amazing thing is that there isn't a single position where you can't make a reasonable argument that the Sox have a better player than the Cubs. And that doesn't even count the Sox' best hitter, who plays a position that the Cubs don't have.

Barrett's arguably the most valuable position player on the Cubs so far this year. A.J.'s what, somewhere around 6th on the Sox, and they're pretty much a toss-up. That's just sad.
   50. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: May 19, 2006 at 03:44 PM (#2027221)
I'd also strongly consider Barrett over Pierzynski.

I don't see what there is to consider, Barret is easily the superior player.

How is the Cubs farm system now outside of Pie? I don't recall being particuarly impressed with anybody else.
   51. Cabbage Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:02 PM (#2027240)
I was watching the end of yesterday's game on Gamecast. I actually thought there was an error in gamecast because no one would be dumb enough to be bunting in that situation. Then I saw the highlights and heard about Tony.

I'm moving back in with my parents when I start going to law school. I might move back early because they've got cable and I'd like to be able to watch an occasional baseball game without taking the chance that I'll need emergency angioplasty by the 6th inning. I'm sure Angel's vs. A's is nice this time of year.

<swoons>
   52. Kiko Sakata Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:03 PM (#2027241)
How is the Cubs farm system now outside of Pie?

Other people here know more than me, but my impression is that it's fairly bare. Basically, my impression is that Pie is the only guy capable to contributing in the majors within the next couple of years who hasn't already spent some time on the big-league roster this year.
   53. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:14 PM (#2027248)
the Cubs have 6 HRs.

So much for the Cubs being too reliant on the long ball.
   54. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:15 PM (#2027250)
So much for the Cubs being too reliant on the long ball.

I think they are still too reliant on the long ball. They're just not getting any of them.
   55. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:49 PM (#2027284)
In today's Sun-Times, Michael Sneed reports:

All in the family? Sneed hears top Chicago Cubs executives Andy McPhail and Jim Hendry berated Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath and Cubs beat writer Paul Sullivan over what they felt was the paper's unfairly critical coverage of the team. The expletive-laced tongue-lashing supposedly took place last week at Wrigley Field, according to a source.

The Score had an interview with McGrath today, who confirmed that this meeting did take place, but about 3 weeks ago. I don't remember if McGrath described it as "expletive-laced tongue-lashing," but at the end of the interview, he readily admitted that his job would be much, much easier if the Tribune sold the team.
   56. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: May 19, 2006 at 04:56 PM (#2027292)
And Charlie Fermaint is still too young to know if his improvement is for real.....

You really love Fermaint, don't you?
   57. Andere Richtingen Posted: May 19, 2006 at 05:03 PM (#2027301)
All in the family? Sneed hears top Chicago Cubs executives Andy McPhail and Jim Hendry berated Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath and Cubs beat writer Paul Sullivan over what they felt was the paper's unfairly critical coverage of the team. The expletive-laced tongue-lashing supposedly took place last week at Wrigley Field, according to a source.

How's this for unfairly critical: Hendry and MacPhail can go #### themselves. If anything, the Chicago media has given them a free ride for too long and continues to give them the soft touch.

MacPhail has a piece of #### track record for this team. He should be hiding in his office out of shame and fear of being exposed for the incompetent fraud he is, not trying to intimidate the press. Mr. "Solid, Slow and Unspectacular" has an eleven year losing track record with some of the best resources in MLB, while the Division rivals have done far more with far less, and Mariotti's recent column is the first I've seen that actually comes close to expressing this. He must be one arrogant prick if he thinks his performance hasn't justified the level of criticism he's received.
   58. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 19, 2006 at 05:07 PM (#2027307)
battlekow:

I saw him and Angel Salome last year twice each. Both impressed me in different ways.

If Fermaint gets a big stronger I think the Crew has a real surprise on its hands. With Angel it's getting past the fact he's 5'7".

At age 20 (assuming that's accurate) he's two years younger then Braun and hitting even with him at A ball. Of course, that worries me somewhat about Ryan (I would prefer he be dominating the league at that age) but still speaks well for Charlie.

I keep hoping that Will Carroll catches a game and declares the guy can't play. Then I will know he will be playing regularly in the bigs within two years.

Cheap shot I know. But Carroll was so dismissive of Bill Hall and Derrick Turnbow I relish any chance I get to remind folks of that fact. Even if Hall suddenly turns into a pumpkin he has done more then Carroll admitted was possible. That this schmoe is a Cubs fan makes it just that more tasty as a dish of revenge. Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha.............
   59. Eraser-X is emphatically dominating teh site!!! Posted: May 19, 2006 at 05:48 PM (#2027336)
I was watching yesterday and was aghast at the bunt too. I'm not going to defend the decision--I think it was Perez on his own, but that still doesn't justify Baker sending Perez up there in the first place. Personally, and I'm not joking, I would have rather sent Zambrano up there instead.

That being said, I can understand why you would want Baker to be honest and trash Perez in the media for the decision, but it's not really realistic and it certainly doesn't suggest that Baker is a moron or doesn't understand baseball fundamentals. As gratifying as it might be, it would be a complete evasion of his job responsibilities to do so at least as defined under the McPhail/Hendry regime.

As for the Womack decision, it's certainly possible that Baker had a say, but his quote about the move, once again, is a situation where he is paid to put a spin on the move, so who knows how the decision was made.

What I will say is that, regardless, Hendry had to make the ultimate decision, and it is his responsibility. Baker probably agrees with it, but given how McPhail and Hendry will attack anyone who says anything negative about the team EVEN IF IT IS THEIR JOB TO DO SO (like the press), it's not a foregone conclusion.

Well, I hope we sweep your boys this week, but I really hope that things get turned around. I enjoy it most when both halves of the city's fanbase are reveling in good baseball.
   60. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 11:02 PM (#2027582)
Updated Status Check --

Since 1900 and through 2005, there have been 125 teams that have gotten off to 17-24 starts.

Two (1.6%) have made the playoffs --

The 1983 White Sox
The 1996 Cardinals

Six teams have made the playoffs with worse records.
   61. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 19, 2006 at 11:03 PM (#2027583)
This roughly matches the BPro odds going into today's game -- 1.20049%
   62. Walt Davis Posted: May 20, 2006 at 12:41 AM (#2027930)
Remember the other day when Hendry said the Cubs couldn't find a better 1B than Walker right now.

Many of us pointed out that all he needed to do was find one better than Neifi.

The Womack signing confirms that Hendry is set on Walker at 1B and is now trying to find a "solution" at 2B.

And what the hell? If Theriot's not gonna get any time, might was well option him back and bring up the 'stache.

The Rogers article is typically bizarre. Not so much in his choices, but in his rationale. Who starts an article like this with the closer? Is that where Rogers would start putting together his team? Probably. Suddenly Ramirez is good-field, no-hit ... you betcha, he's not a good-hit, no-field guy who's in a slump. (Crede might be the right choice at 3rd). I wish Lee was still healthy, would have liked to see who Rogers would have picked at 1B.
   63. John Lowenstein Apathy Club Posted: May 20, 2006 at 03:49 AM (#2028450)
Who starts an article like this with the closer?

No offense Walt, but that has to be one of the strangest criticisms I've ever heard. I know it's "canonical" to begin at catcher, go through the position in numerical order, then go the starters and then the pen, but does it really matter in the wider scheme of things?
   64. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 20, 2006 at 04:45 AM (#2028518)
Actually I visited an albatross breeding area a couple of years ago (waited an hour for one of the lazy buzzards to take off).

Were they trying to avoid all the yaks?


It would be extremely hard for an Albatros to avoid a Yak. Assuming that you're talking about an Albatros D.III and a Yak-1, the Albatros had a maximum speed of only 103 MPH, and a ceiling of 18,000 feet, while the Yak could do 348 mph, with a ceiling of 32,500 ft. Even taking into account that the Albatros was a biplane, and would probably have better manueverability, I can't see any way that the Albatros, which was a 20-year old design by the time the first Yak was built, could get away from the Soviet fighter.
   65. TerpNats Posted: May 20, 2006 at 05:59 AM (#2028575)
I'm not a Cubs fan, but I have always been partial to them over the other chi-town team. Cubs fans are enthusiastic (when they have reason to be; see playoffs against the Braves) and an intelligent lot.

If they were really that intelligent, they'd stop selling out Wrigley Field. That's the only way the Tribune Co. would get the message (just as the South Siders did when people quit going to the new Sox park). When you think everyone loves you, you feel no need to change.
   66. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 20, 2006 at 01:56 PM (#2028644)
It would be extremely hard for an Albatros to avoid a Yak.

Depends. Are we talking about an African or European Albatross?
   67. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 20, 2006 at 04:50 PM (#2028696)
Depends. Are we talking about an African or European Albatross?

The Albatros D.III was built in Germany, and under license in Austria. It was never built in Africa.
   68. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 20, 2006 at 05:08 PM (#2028699)
The Albatros D.III was built in Germany, and under license in Austria. It was never built in Africa.

Sorry my lame Monty Python reference didn't connect.
   69. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 21, 2006 at 02:06 AM (#2030101)
How is the Cubs farm system now outside of Pie? I don't recall being particuarly impressed with anybody else.


Carlos Marmol (at West Tenn) is a good young pitcher. Drafted as an OF, converted first to catcher and then to pitching. He's still somewhat raw, but intriguing. Could be a back-end-of-the-rotation starter, might wind up as a closer.

Beyond that, there's very little else. There are some guys who *could* be good - Pawelek, Dopirak, Patterson, Reed - but they're an awfully long way away.

-- MWE
   70. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 21, 2006 at 07:48 AM (#2030250)
Sorry my lame Monty Python reference didn't connect.

Oh, it did! I was just trying be even more absurd...
   71. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 21, 2006 at 02:20 PM (#2030314)
Well then let me ask if the Albatross was laden or unladen?
   72. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 21, 2006 at 07:01 PM (#2030587)
From the Keyboard of dJf Posted: May 21, 2006 at 10:20 AM (#2030314)
Well then let me ask if the Albatross was laden or unladen?


It's not bloody laden or unladen. It's a bloody albatross, isn't it? And you don't get any wafers, either...
   73. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 21, 2006 at 07:10 PM (#2030611)
What flavor is it?
   74. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 21, 2006 at 08:17 PM (#2030829)
It's no bloody flavour. It's a bloody sea bird.
   75. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 23, 2006 at 06:26 AM (#2033024)
I can't even look my six year old son in the eye anymore when he wants to know why we're Cub fans.

Maybe you should try convincing him that the Cubs are actually fans of you.

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