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January 2018



Morning News – No News is Good News?

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Today’s Headlines

  • Cubs Still Kicking Tires on SP – We’ve talked about this one now for quite some time and I’m ready for this to be over. Just sign someone already. If it’s Yu Darvish, great. If it’s Alex Cobb, great. Just do something already.
  • Rockies Sign an Old Friend – Well, really more an acquaintance, in Wade Davis. Davis signed a three year deal for $52 mil. The Rockies have gone bullpen crazy this off-season, also signing Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw. I remember the days when Colorado first came into the league when if you could just get to their bullpen, you’d be just fine. Now, the game has changed and bullpens are taking on more an more importance to shorten the game. I still can’t see spending the money they’ve spent on these guys, but it’s worth a try.


2009 – Major League Baseball launches the MLB Network. The channel debuts in nearly 50 million cable and satellite homes – the largest debut in cable television history, exceeding any other cable television launch by approximately 20 million homes.

2009 – The friendly confines of Wrigley Field see a different type of action as the ballpark is fitted with an outdoor hockey rink to welcome an afternoon game between the Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Red Wings. The event is a huge success with 40,818 in attendance and a huge television audience in place to watch the Wings beat the Hawks, 6 – 4. Other ballparks are lining up to host future editions of what is set to become an annual New Year’s Day event.

  • JTBarrett16

    MLB Network is awesome. Happy anniversary.

  • Doc Raker

    The outdoor classic is awesome. Sabers vs Rangers at Citi field today. Enjoy and Happy New Year VFTB buds, wishing everyone a safe and prosperous New Year.

  • Buddy

    If you believe the rumor mill, the Cubs have offered Arrieta four years, $110 million. Can’t imagine he will sign for that.

    • JTBarrett16

      If I was Arrieta I would do it if there were 2 vesting options added.

      • Seymour Butts

        If you were Arrieta the “fire Len Kaspar” sign would have made the telecast.

      • Arrieta would have used a much wider Sharpie.

    • Doc Raker

      4 years at $27.5M per year. He isn’t worth that. Anyone who pays him for more than 4 years will be way over paying. I can see Arrieta taking that deal. How much more does one need?

      • Buddy

        It’s not really a need issue. I’m sure he lives very comfortably already. Thinking at least one more team will offer him five years or more, and that’s the deal he will take.

      • Right. They “need” whatever they think they can get.

      • Maybe Arrieta yelled at his parents and showed them how serious he was by taking a trip and then said he was done with them for good and moved in with a poor adopted family and his car battery died and he’s starving.

      • JTBarrett16

        Maybe he’s got a family to feed. Like Latrell Sprewell when he turned down a 21M contract and then filed for bankruptcy 2 years later

      • I bet Latrell had to file for bankruptcy because he abandoned his family to show them how serious he was, and then moved in with a poor adopted family to help them with their rent. We all know you can’t make ends meet doing that..

      • Doc Raker

        True, the business end of things is about the market but the personal end of things could be about comfort and happiness. Some players have taken home town discounts because they know they will be happy with their current team verse a new team in a new city. If he and his family like Chicago then he could take the 4 years from the Cubs, if he wants to live near an ocean then the Cubs are out at any price. Someone will offer him more than the Cubs have offered but is it where he wants to go? Stay tuned.

      • JTBarrett16

        Like most people, Arrieta likes making money

      • Seymour Butts

        Unlike some people, Arrieta is willing to put in the hard work to make that a reality.
        ( NB- not a Johnson reference)

      • ..and he didn’t stop working hard once he got to the bigs.. that part was missed by a ton of my former coworkers. They figuratively are still sitting in the insurance office, bitching about it.. maybe.. not there to hear.

      • Sherm

        Agree – his work ethic sets him apart. If the Cubs have offered 4? Offer a 5th year option and get it done.

        Here’s the thing about Jake that intrigues me. Consider HOF’er Dennis Eckersley. When he went to the A’s, after 12 years of decent starting pitching, they turned him into a closer. Why? Because he was practically unhittable in his first three or four innings every start. So is Jake. So give him a couple more years to start and then turn him into a dominant closer. He’s absolutely got the stones for it. With low mileage on the arm and the shape he’s in? He could close for ten years. Think about it…

      • Eddie Von White

        I’m thinking …

      • Doc Raker

        Like Winnie the Pooh sitting on a log poking my head……think…..think……think

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Mark Prior is going to be the Dodger’s bullpen coach. It looks like Hanley will need to learn how to do the towel drill, we all know that Mark is very familiar with it.

    • Prior probably had to take the job because he found himself living with a poor adopted family and barely making ends meet.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I hope he doesn’t batch cook, the towel drill and batch cooking do not mix.

      • JTBarrett16

        Shirt on or off?

    • Doc Raker

      Prior, “Your velocity is a little low, take a shot in your ass and build up your legs. Then come and talk to me”

  • Doc Raker

    CAPS, how is the second job search going?