October 2009 Archives

(This is an article I wrote for Bleacher Report)

The St. Louis Cardinals today announced that former Cardinals superstar Mark McGwire would be joining the team as its hitting coach.
This is the same Mark McGwire who in 1998 set the then major league record for homeruns in a season with 70. It is also the same Mark McGwire who has been at the heart of the "steroid era" of baseball from the very beginning.
In August of 1998, while McGwire was chasing the homerun record, Associated Press writer Steve Wilstein noticed a bottle of Andro which since 2004 has been labeled by Congress as an anabolic steroid. McGwire first denied taking Andro, but later admitted he has been taking the substance for more than a year while claiming that "Everybody in the game of baseball that I know uses the same stuff that I use".
Nobody knew at the time this article came out what was in store for Major League Baseball concerning steroid use in the years to come.
At the time, ...

I just thought I'd create an entry about what this team might look like in 2012, which happens to be the final year on the Mayan calendar...maybe the response, "the Cubs will win the World Series when hell freezes over" really will come true.

Anyway, it got me thinking...what will the roster look like then (if we used only our own system)?

Here would be my roster:

c-W. Castillo
1B-Ridling
2B-Flaherty
SS-Castro
3B-Vitters
LF-Guyer
CF-Jackson
RF-Burke

bench-Brenly, LeMahieu, Hak Ju Lee, Colvin, Campana

rotation:
Carpenter
Jackson
Rhee
Antigua
Suarez

pen- Gaub, Papelbon, Mateo, Berg, Samardzija, Cashner, Parker

Did I miss anyone? Was this a pretty good list? Let me know your thoughts

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The following is from Phil Rogers from the Chicago Tribune, he is trying to make a point about pitchers starting on three days rest. To counter his point he points oit that last year
(2008) Milwaukee Brewer Manager Ken Macha used CC Sabathia on three days rest on 4 occasions. Uh, Phil. It was Ned Yost and Dale Svuem who managed the Brewers in 2008.


By Phil Rogers

Just so nobody thinks I'm second-guessing Joe Girardi tomorrow - as Yankee fans were after he pulled David Robertson with two outs and nobody on base in the 11th inning Monday - I'm going to first guess him. He's making a mistake starting CC Sabathia on three days' rest in Tuesday night's Game 4 against the Angels.

Long-time readers won't be surprised. The folly of short-rest starts in the playoffs is a recurring them for me in October. I've been pointing out the consistent downside -- the stupidity? -- of this for about a decade now, and the numbers just keep getting worse.

The ...

Winter Ball Stats Update

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Yesterday I posted the rosters, so I thought you might be interested in how the guys are doing:
Andres Blanco: .217 AVG, 3 RBI in 5 Games
Matt Camp: .344 AVG, 5 RBI, 7 Games
Welington Castillo: .286 AVG, HR, 2 RBI, 2 Games
Starlin Castro: .500 AVG, 3 RBI, 4 Games
Robinson Chirinos: .375 AVG, 5 Games
Marwin Gonzalez: .500 AVG, 3 Games
Jonathan Mota: .364 AVG, 1 RBI, 4 Games
Nelson Perez: 2-4, 1 Game
Brad Snyder: .368 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 7 Games
Josh Vitters: .455 AVG, 3 Games

Pitchers:
Andrews Cashner: 1 Game- 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H
John Gaub: 2 Games- 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H
J.R. Mathes: 2 Games- 9.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER
Blake Parker: 2 Games- 2 IP, 1 SV, 3 H, 0 R
James Russell: 2 Games- 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R
Jeff Samardzjia: 2 Games- 10 IP, 9 H, 2 R
Brian Schlitter: 5 Games- 4.1 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 6 H

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Cubs in Winter Ball

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The list of Cubs playing in Winter Leagues

Arizona Fall League - Mesa Solar Sox
Andrew Cashner - P
John Gaub - P
Blake Parker - P
James Russell - P
Welington Castillo - C
Starlin Castro - SS
Josh Vitters - 3B

Mexican Winter League - Mexicali
Bobby Dickerson - Cubs minor league manager, manager of Mexicali
Jeff Samardzija - P
Brian Schlitter - P
Matt Camp - CF
Brad Snyder - RF

Venezuelan Winter League
J.R. Mathes - Caracas, Pitcher
Marwin Gonzalez - Caracas, Short Stop
Robert Hernandez - Magallanes, Pitcher
Robinson Chirinos - Magallanes, Catcher
Luis Rivas - Magallanes, Short Stop
Andres Blanc o- Magallanes, Infield
Leopoldo Sanchez - Lara, 3B
Jhon Rodrigez - Margarita, Pitcher
Jonathan Mota - Aragua, SS
Eduardo Figueroa - Caribes, Pitcher
Carlos E. Rojas - Caribes, Pitcher
Jose Guevara - Caribes, Catcher
Geo ...

I apologize in advance if I'm being redundant regarding posts from the front page. I am interested in creating a running entry here in the community section where we can talk about different rumors we come across throughout the offseason, along with moves we'd like to see done.

Here's a generic list of players rumored to be on the move:

POSITION PLAYERS:
Uggla
Hermida
Fields
Jenks
Alexei Ramirez
Dye (if the White Sox pick up his option and try to dump him)
Fielder
Hardy
Vernon Wells
Halladay
Beltran
Oliver Perez
Reyes
Bradley
Miles
Hoffpauir
Fox
Dunn
Guzman
BJ Upton
Burrell
Crawford
Willis
Granderson
Teahen
Guillen
DeJesus
Adrian Gonzalez
Kouzmanoff
Heath Bell
Chris Young (P)
Pierre
Eric Byrnes
Chris Young (OF)
Brandon Phillips
Harang
Arroyo
T ...

Everybody said the Cubs will win the division but besides that with the Cubs in second I will look at the standings.

People that had the standings of:
Cubs
Cardinals
Milwaukee
Reds
Astros
Pirates

Nathanael
tim
rswartz
Jeff Lescher
joe
nick
Cubbiefan07
Sean

People who has Fukudome 11 homers:

Mike T
survken
rswartz
Logan
Jim C (Tinley Park)

People who has Zambrano 4 homers:

Bo
Jim C (Tinley Park)
waldo7239117
phil wilson
Nathanael
Gary
Jon Hackler
Josh Man
Joe
Boseph Heyden
MikeT
Fully Krausened

People that got all 3 right:

No one

People that got 2 out of 3 right:

Nathanael (Cubs 93 wins)
rswartz (Cubs 90 wins)
Joe (Cubs 103 Wins)

TieBreaker, who was closest to Cubs win:

rswartz with 90 wins

I know the ...