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Monthly Archive: August 2005

Sunday

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August 2005

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#23 retired

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I missed today’s number retirement ceremony (dangit!). Ryno was my childhood hero; I picked him out in his rookie year when he was a third baseman and was vindicated a couple of years later when he was MVP in ’84. He later became the highest paid player in baseball (for a year) with a 4 year, 7.1 million dollar deal, hit 40 homers in a season, and retired once because GM Larry Himes was so wretched the game wasn’t fun for him. When he came out of retirement after Himes’ ousting, he wasn’t the same player, but I didn’t care. […]

Friday

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August 2005

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Thru Cub Eyes: Mitch Williams

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The Wild Thing. Sutcliffe has the best quote with relation to this weekís featured player. ìI pitch like Iím in a lawn chair. He pitches like his hair is on fire.î Williams does seem very low key, however, once off the mound. Enjoy this excerpt from Carrie Muskatís compilation Banks to Sandberg to Grace. Sure, I remember Opening Day. I came in in the eighth and got out of the eighth with a one-run lead. I had to bat in the bottom of the eighth in my first game in the National League, and I hadnít hit since I was […]

Thursday

25

August 2005

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Fact or Fiction

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And now it’s time for a gimmicky little thing I like to call, Fact or Fiction: Fiction: The Cubs are still in the Wild Card hunt. Fact: With a patchwork rotation, a terrible bullpen, an injury riddled infield, Corey Patterson starting in centerfield, and 6 teams ahead of them in the standings, nothing short of a miracle (like Bud Selig suddenly moving them into the NL West) will get the Cubs into the playoffs. In fact, they’ll be hard pressed to fight off Cincinnati to stay in 4th place. Fiction: The Cubs need to play Nomar everyday to evaluate him […]

Wednesday

24

August 2005

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Pitches per plate appearance

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MLB.com writer John Schlegel posted something that’s mentioned in the blogging community but not often on the big money sites: P/PA. Read it and come back; the rest of this post will wait for you. Here’s an exerpt: That’s where the patience factor comes in, and those hitters who demonstrate an ability to keep an at-bat going can make an impact on a game even if they don’t wind up getting a hit. Whether it’s extending a starter’s pitch count or wearing him down so the next guy gets something good to hit, the patient and/or pesky hitter makes a […]

Tuesday

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August 2005

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Apology and Opinion

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First, I would like to give an apology to everyone that has logged on the past few days and have seen the same Matt Murton article each time. I am in the process of moving, so my schedule has been swamped. Once this weekend is over, it’s back to normal for me. As for these other guys, who knows. =) Second, I’d like to pose a quick opinion question to the readers. Do you like when we as a staff share our opinions of other events going on in sports? Sometimes it’s hard to write all Cubs everyday and not […]