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DFP: The Lost Generation

In Facepalm by GW

I’m in the minority around here when it comes to fretting about the Cubs leaving WGN next year. My argument is basically that being on basic cable around the country when no one else is has a huge impact on a team’s future bottom line, even if that impact is less today than it was twenty or thirty years ago. …

Cubs 3, Padres 8 (7/24/14)

In Uncategorized by myles

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Tsuyoshi lays an egg, and the Cubs bats (with Luis excepted) fall mostly silent. Three Up 1. Luis Valbuena hit a 3-run HR, which provided the entirety of the Cubs’ scoring. In the best case scenario, Valbuena is a super-DeRosa in 2015, and even if he starts, you don’t feel too bad. 2. Anthony Rizzo …

DFP: Welp, It Begins

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Update Your Depth Charts Darwin Barney —> DFA Emilio Bonifacio —> Activated from the DL Tsuyoshi Wada —> Cubs Arismendy Alcantara —> Time to play Mike Olt —> Iowa Jorge Soler —> Iowa Albert Almora —> Tennessee Jacob Hannemann —> Daytona Moving Too Late The Yankees acquired Chase Headley yesterday for Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula (maybe). I really …

Cubs 6, Padres 0 (7/23/14)

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Did The Cubs Win? OSS: (one of the) 24-year olds homered twice, and the 22-year old homered once. Three Up 1. Anthony Rizzo now leads the NL in HR, and he is sneaking up on the ML lead. I thought Rizzo’s peak was a .250/.350/.500 guy, and he’s at .283/.385/.539 right now. Just enjoy the ride, however long it lasts. …

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Series Preview: Padres (43-55) at Cubs (40-57)

In Uncategorized by berselius

Since leaving for my summer travels*, the Cubs have gone 2-10, pushing their run differential from around even to today’s -38. Oh well, at least the Cubs minor league bats have been hitting. I chatted with a Padres fan at a SFO bar who was glum about his team and seemed to think the Cubs beat up in them recently …

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DFP: Future Pen vs. Future Rotation

In Facepalm by GW

Neil Ramirez scoffs at such amateurish pantomimes. Daniel Lewis Day The Cubs signed pitcher Daniel Lewis out of the Cape Cod League yesterday. Lewis is 23, but took four years off to serve in the Air Force. He was reportedly reaching the high-90s on the Cape. Mark Gonzales has more. The one interesting takeaway for me is that this is …

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Daily Facepalm 7-21-14

In Facepalm by GW

Did The Cubs Win? Nope. Swept by the Diamondbacks this weekend. Anthony Rizzo is devising innovative ways to help the Cubs lose close games whilst performing admirably. Rizzo hit three homers in the series and is now tied for the NL lead with Giancarlo Stanton. Race To The Top Speaking of which, the Cubs now have the third worst record …

A Few Good Tweets on Brady Aiken

In Commentary And Analysis by GW

“I think you’re better off calling Jeff (Luhnow),” Jim Crane tells the Chronicle when asked about Aiken. “You’re ahead of the curve on me.” — Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 18, 2014   First time No. 1 pick hasnt signed since 1983 (Angels- Tim Belcher). Only other time was 1971 (White Sox- Danny Goodwin) — Clint Longenecker (@Clint_BA) July …

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Series Preview: Cubs (40-54) at Diamondbacks (40-56)

In Series Previews by GW

It’s nice to have a competent front office. Sure, the team is really bad, but I don’t ever really worry about the little things, like our GM so offending a draftee that his agent won’t even return the team’s calls on signing deadline day. I never thought that Jim Hendry was a terrible GM, but were he in charge right …

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Brady Aiken is Not Injured (Or Three Lists of Three)

In Commentary And Analysis by GW

Today at 4 pm is the signing deadline for draftees. The big story concerns #1 overall pick Brady Aiken, and can be read about here and here. Summary: Aiken has a smaller than normal UCL. The Astros are offering him the minimum amount required by the CBA to an injured draftee (40% of their original deal). Because the team hasn’t completed a deal …