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July 2011



VFTB Radio – Episode 2

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Episode 2 of the VFTB Radio show had this as the show agenda.

Leading Off

Reaction to an interesting idea from David Kaplan

What’s the Word?

  1. Last week Mike Quade made some controversial comments to the media, calling out middle infielders Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney while defending the play of his veterans.  Quade’s comments were _____.
  2. Aramis Ramirez’s refusal to waive his no trade rights is _____.
  3. I am ______ that Jim Hendry has yet to make a trade in the month of July.
  4. My reaction to the Cubs sweep of the Astros was that of _____.

Over or Under

  • 1.5 trades by Jim Hendry before Sunday’s deadline
  • 0.5 more three game winning streaks for the Cubs this season
  • 3.5 more blown saves by Carlos Marmol this season.
  • 4.5 players on the current Cubs roster that will still be on the team when they return to the postseason
  • 3.5 weeks until Brett Jackson is called up to the big leagues

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  • Buddy

    Nice work fellas! Keep it up!

  • Buddy

    For you Bears fans, the Trib is reporting that TE Greg Olsen has been dealt to the Panthers.

    • PackerCubBull

      what a joke. watch him become a perennial pro bowler in Carolina.

  • CubbieDude

    Great job on the podcast guys. FWIW, here’s my (belated) input:

    Soriano is the guy who should be seated on the bench for the rest of forever.
    – Quade’s comments were “misdirected”.
    – ARam’s refusal to waive his NTR is “anticlimactic”.
    – I am “unimpressed” that JH has/had yet to make a trade.
    – My reaction to the Cubs sweep of the Astros is “snoring”.
    Over, under, over, “return to the postseason”??, over.

  • Buddy

    John Sickels take on what the Cubs got for Fukudome…

    –Abner Abreu, OF: Abreu is from the Dominican Republic. A 21-year-old outfielder signed in 2006, the right-handed hitter has power and speed, as shown by 12 homers and 19 steals for High-A Kinston this year. His overall line is .244/.294/.429, with 22 walks and 102 strikeouts in 336 at-bats. He’s got tools and is young, but has very significant issues with plate discipline. Grade C.

    –Carlton Smith, RHP: Smith was a 21st round pick back in 2004, and has moved through the system slowly. He has a decent arm, with a 90-92 MPH fastball and a good slider, but his statistical performances have been mixed. He’s pitching for Triple-A Columbus this year, posting a 4.50 ERA with a 46/20 K/BB in 46 innings with 45 hits allowed. He has a chance to contribute as a middle reliever. Grade C.