Daily Facepalm/Game Thread 3.11.15

In Facepalm, Game Threads by berselius

Back to Back to Back Your browser does not support iframes. Brett cooked up some odds on this happening Even if we generously say each of the three would normally homer in 1 out of 15 plate appearances (that’s a 40-homer pace in 600 plate appearances), the odds that the three would go back-to-back-to-back is 1 in 3,375. There was a …

Spring training pics

In News And Rumors by berselius

Fun in the sun from the last 2.5 days Cool stuff outside the park. The park in general was quite nice, and I can confirm that the toilets flushed extremely properly. Baseball is coming. Arrieta and Bosio, warming up before the game. Arrieta warming up with long toss. The Cubs take the field. Solid ballpark music in both games, including …

Cubs Blogger Loses His Sandwich and Mind Over Cubs Latest Dick Move

In Uncategorized by aisle424

The Cubs have finally pushed Alvin beyond the brink of what he can accept. He can accept years and years and years of a sucky team with no real plan in place to ever change that. He can accept that his seat 400 feet away from home plate now costs as much or more than seats that don’t require binoculars …

Daily Facepalm/Game Thread 3.6.15

In Facepalm, Game Threads by berselius

Schwarber’s grand slam from yesterday “@BleacherNation: KYLE SCHWARBER! Grand slam in his first at bat. Dude. pic.twitter.com/ui0Y0687Dg” @AlexBauwens_XL — Shadows Of Wrigley (@ShadowofWrigley) March 5, 2015 No hard feelings @CblackCHC It happens my friend. Thanks for the concern, it’s a part of the game we love. No slowing down! — Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) March 6, 2015 Joe Maddon talks up …

Game(s) thread – first day of Spring Training

In Game Threads by berselius

Today’s lineups! At Giants (radio via Giants on mlb.com) La Stella, 2B Denorfia, LF Alcantara, CF Soler, RF Castillo, C Bryant, 3B Schwarber, DH Valaika, 1B Russell, SS Turner, P Vs A’s (Len and Mick on mlb.com) Fowler, CF Rizzo, 1B Castro, SS Montero, C Baez, 2B Coghlan, LF Olt, 3B Sweeney, DH Lake, RF Wood, P Random stuff Rizzo …

Previewing the NL Central via the BP Annual

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

Being more or less snowed in over the weekend provided plenty of time to leaf through this year’s BP annual. I was originally just going to rant about the Cardinals chapter, but figured I’d go ahead and do the whole division. Chicago Cubs Sahadev’s essay was excellent but not really news to those of us who follow the team as …

Daily-ish Facepalm 2.26.15 – Rizzo’s stance, Coach Manny

In Facepalm by berselius

Is Rizzo’s offensive surge for real? Sahadev takes a long look at Rizzo’s hitting mechanics during his breakout 2014 season vs his relatively disappointing 2013 over at BP. It’s behind the paywall*, but here are some highlights. Some of these are not super surprising for those of us who watched way too much Cubs baseball last year but it’s nice …

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“Daily” Facepalm – Moncada, Epstein, Wood Extension?

In Facepalm by berselius

Yoan Moncada ——-> Red Sox The Cuban defector goes to the Sox on a $30m deal. The Cubs continued to scout him despite being under the CBA signing limit penalty, hoping for the slim chance that he’d sign after July when their probation ends. The Red Sox burned their own signing bridges with the deal and are now due for …

Ten Changes Rob Manfred, the MLB Players Union and Owners Should Enact Ten Years Ago

In Commentary And Analysis, Major League Baseball, Uncategorized by andcounting

http://gty.im/52444340 It’s been almost a month since Rob Manfred discussed the possible, out-there, well-maybe-I-would-do-this-if-I-got-really-drunk-at-a-party changes with Karl Ravech. (Don’t worry, the “Ten Changes AndCounting Should Make to His Posting Habits” post is in the works including #6: “Consider posting every four years rather than annually or just whenever a new president is sworn into office or upon the closing ceremonies …

2015 Cubs Baseball is Coming

In Uncategorized by aisle4241 Comment

Pitchers and catchers report for the Cubs in three days. Based on tweets from Carrie Muskat, it looks like quite a few players are already in Mesa: Need a shot of spring? Lester, Wood, Motte, Arrieta doing drills. #Cubs pic.twitter.com/HjNf6DIqta — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 16, 2015 Bryant, Szczur, Lopez, Russell prep for BP. #Cubs pic.twitter.com/XWQMpcKx8l — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) …