Welcome, Commissioner! Let’s talk.

In Uncategorized by myles

Hello, Rob! Congratulations on replacing the Witch-King of Angmar as the commish of the MLB. The Thousand-Year Reign is now over, and Mr. Manfred will indelibly try to leave his mark on baseball as soon as possible. He’s given some thoughts as to what he might do (and what he might not do). I’m sure he could not give less …

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Cubs Nation Says Farewell to Mr. Cub

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Ernie Banks’ career had just ended when I was born, so I never had the pleasure of seeing him play and I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but nevertheless he will always be the first player I think about when you say “Chicago Cubs.” Ernie transcended his accomplishments on the field and that was not an easy thing …

The 2015 Cubs (with ZIPS projections)

In Commentary And Analysis, Uncategorized by myles

Position Player wOBA Pos Avg pwRC+ C Montero 0.304 0.305 100 1B Rizzo 0.367 0.328 112 2B Baez 0.319 0.298 107 SS Castro 0.33 0.297 111 3B Bryant 0.364 0.316 115 LF Coghlan 0.307 0.318 97 CF Fowler 0.345 0.32 108 RF Soler 0.335 0.316 106 – – – – – C2 Ross 0.277 0.259 107 IF La Stella 0.313 …

Post-Convention Post

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Another Cubs Convention is in the books and the Cubs did their usual nice job of building the embers of hope into an actual flame. This is a time when Cubs fans get to speak and they did not disappoint. The first THREE questions from fans weren’t even questions, but statements thanking and praising the Ricketts more than they ever have …

Better Know a Cub: Dexter Fowler

In Better Know a Cub, Uncategorized by myles

Yesterday, the Cubs spun Lou Goodvalue and Dan Straily into their (presumable) starting CF for 2015. A short eulogy for Luis Valbuena follows. Valbuena was underrated by the general population and probably slightly overrated by the blogging community (and with his batflips, it’s easy to see why). Valbuena was cheap, able to play anywhere on the diamond, and he took …

Cubs Fans Convening Conventionally Again

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The Cubs Convention is many things, but different is not one of them. John McDonough’s template has been used for 29 years with very few changes, so for the 30th iteration, they’ll stick with what isn’t broken. Cubs fans aren’t exactly known for their ability to roll with change, so it’s not like I can blame the Cubs. Here’s the …

Yellon Gets BOFA’d on Twitter and It’s the Best Thing

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If you’re not familiar, BOFA is the next incarnation of up dog. “What’s up dog?” you might say. NOT MUCH, WHAT’S UP WITH YOU?! Get it? Well, BOFA is very similar and you can see how it plays out between Twitter user, and American hero, @J_Mendoza8, and everyone’s favorite bologna aficionado, Alvin Yellon: Nailed it. UPDATE: @J_Mendoza has acquired a …

Bulls 114, Rockets 105 (1/5/14)

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I can say a lot about this game, but there is really only one stat that you need to know: the Rockets were 3-5 from the free throw line, and the Bulls were 27-30. I don’t have the numbers in front of me as far as how often you win when you have 22 more free throws than your opponent, …

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DFP: Lester, Montero, and Framing

In Commentary And Analysis, Facepalm by GW

Jon Lester Paying $150+ million for a pitcher with 1600 career innings isn’t the safest of investments, but it sure is nice that the Cubs finally signed someone. After years of missing out on seemingly all of their big-name targets, I can’t have been the only person that was worried that the team simply didn’t have the TV revenue necessary to hang …

Happy Rule 5 Day!

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Today is the Rule 5 draft. Courtesy of the inimitable Arizona Phil, here’s the list of Rule 5 eligible players. A few of these players are in danger of being selected. Gioskar Amaya: 2B/C prospect who has fallen on lean times. I like Amaya, but he might be too far to be stashed for a whole year. I’d say it’s …