Community Views: January 2009 Archives

Anyone going to be in Mesa for a Spring Training game and want to meet other CCO folks for a beer? Let us know here. Neil and I will be there for the games from Feb 25th-28th. Will also be at the away game in against the Rangers on the 27th. Anyone else? If not, post the day you're planning to be there and see who else will be around. Most importantly, have fun! ...

OUTFIELD ARMS

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here's an interesting link from Hardball Times, on the evaluation of outfield arms: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/best-outfield-arms-of-2008/ And for those of us who complain about his lackluster plate discipline, look who's #1 in left field... ...

Ideas for a Peavy trade?

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Now that it seems Tom Ricketts is poised to become the Cubs new owner, barring any problems with the pending negotiations, many believe that Jake Peavy will be a Cub by opening day. Once Ricketts gives Hendry the okay to go ahead with the trade, he will still have to put together a package that the Padres will agree upon. So, it is time for us Cubs fans to guess on what it will be. Post your ideas here. I think that Hendry should offer the following five guys for Jake Peavy: 1. Garret Olson (we got him, we know they want him) 2. Ronny Cedeno (they could use a nice young shortstop, they lost Khalil greene) 3. Kevin Hart (they want young pitching and he has been brought up a lot) 4. Rich Hill (this one may not work but the Padres gotta believe he is a low risk, high reward guy) 5. Any one of the following could be the fifth guy from my perspective (Angel Guzman, Luis Vizcaino, Michael Weurtz, Randy Wells, or Mitch Atkins) ...

Additions to the Cubs Blogosphere

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The world of Cubs' blogs has two new additions....

Chicago Cubs Rumors - www.chicagocubsrumors.blogspot.com
Tinkers To Evers To Blog - www.chcbaseball.blogspot.com

Stay Classy Phil and Josh Man!!

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HISTORY

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In what can be compared to those who got to watch Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in baseball.....I am excited to watch the Presidential Inauguration in just a few hours!! We are going to witness something very historic. Something that will be taught in history books for years to come. Some of our parents or grandparents talk about the day Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. This is the same situation. What really got me to thinking is realizing it was just a few short years before my birth in 1970 that the first civil rights bill was signed (1964). I was that close to being a part of segregation, instead of just reading about it in my History classes. Now, 45 years later we are about to witness a black man take office as the President of the United States. While Rev. Jesse Jackson and Oprah can't seem to stay out of the limelight of this hotsorical moment, there are several people who I wish truly could be front and center for it: Martin Luther ...

Why I'm A Cubs Fan

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from my new blog at chcbaseball.blogspot.com called Tinkers To Evers To Blog... So, the last two seasons have seen the Cubs winning the National League Central only to get swept out in the first round of the playoffs. Let's face it, that's been painful. As was 2003 and the failure of 2004. As was the embarrassment of 1989 and the near miss in 1984. And with the exception of 1998 (when we were also swept out of the first round, but lets face it, we didn't really expect to be there that year) every other year has also been a huge disappointment. So, why do I (and so many other loyal fans) continue to root for this franchise? Simple answer, because we can't help it. There's just something about the Cubs that reaches into our souls and makes us believe. Something that connects us to this franchise in a way that is only comparable to the way some people feel about their Alma Mater (Go Frogs, by the way). We Cub fans are more connected to our franchise then the normal fa ...
Hey all - One last attempt to find a couple of tickets for the Cubs Convention. Trying to them for my neighbor, but hoping to pay below the eBay price - if you have a couple for a couple fans, please email me at Michael_Gomoll at yahoo dot com ...

2009 HALL OF FAME

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We are hours away from the announcement of this years inductees for the Hall Of Fame. Obviously Rickey Henderson is a no-brainer. Best lead-off hitter of all time! Hey, aren't the Cubs in the market for a lead off hitter?? You wouldn't mind waiting another 5 years for election, would ya Rickey? My guess is it will also be a special day for one Lee Arthur Smith. Now that a few closers have been recognized in recent years, how can you not put the pitcher who until Trevor Hoffman passed him, was the all time saves leader? I think he gets the call. It could also be the shot for Bert Be Home Blyleven. I think he definitely is deserving. Almost 300 wins (287), 3700 strikeouts, 242 complete games, and more suprising to me a career ERA of 3.31. Many critics point to his 250 losses. But, cmon his ERA shows he wasn't getting bombed. The losses were a result of the number of years spent playing for crappy Twins and Indians teams. He definitely should be in. There is debate ...

THE LINE UP...

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I posted this under the MEET MILTON post, but I thought it'd be interesting to flesh out our line-up cards under one thread, now that MB's here. Here's my plan again: a proper old school line-up, going from last years numbers. THERIOT ss (R) FUKUDOME/JOHNSON cf (L/R) SORIANO lf (R) RAMIREZ 3b (R) BRADLEY rf (L/R) SOTO c (R) D-LEE 1b (R) FONTENOT/MILES 2b (L/L/R) ZAMBRANO p (L/R) Over the long haul of the season Theriot and Johnson will prove to be the best in-house leadoff options. Sorry, but soriano has to grin and bear it. He's got to adjust. Besides, he'll see more fastballs in the 3-hole in front of Ramirez, turning him into an RBI machine. All those long fly-outs might actually generate some sacrifice runs. Having Fontenot and Miles in the 8-hole provides good consistent hitting for RBIs if there's men on, or can restart the line-up to begin an inning, using the pitcher to sacrifice them over. On paper, it really has everything: above-average speed, good plate dis ...

NL Central

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With all the negative talk about our roster right now, I have to say that even though I haven't been thrilled with the moves we've made so far, we are still by far and away the best team in the NL Central. Basically we have traded Bradley for Derosa and lost Marquis. I'm sure we will find a suitable replacement for Marquis. So after that, we still have pretty much the same team with the same core of players that won 97 games last year. I had the opportunity to hear John Shuerholz speak a few times and he always stressed that it is the GM's job to create a roster that is capable of getting to the playoffs, after that it's up the players to find a way to win 11 games to win the World Series. As we've seen year after year, the best team doesn't always win the World Series...the hot team does. With all that said. I like our team. I liked it last year and since not much has changed I still like it this year. The NL Central is probably one of the worst in baseball with the Brewers g ...
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