Archive for October, 2007

Sunday Morning Webtopia

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

I’ve got some good ones for you this week. I’ll be back tomorrow with a commentary of the Q & A that Jim Hendry did with Carrie Muskat the other day. Until then, enjoy the world wide web.

  • Sean Gallagher was mentioned in the latest Monday Morning Ten Pack on BP

    Gallagher continued to impress Cubs brass this season, putting up a 3.10 ERA between the organization’s Double and Triple-A affiliates while limiting opposing hitters to a lowly .233 batting average and just four home runs. While he wasn’t nearly that success in a couple of brief big league stints, allowing 15 runs in 14 2/3 innings, he’s now in Arizona, and working on making a fresh start next year. In his first three innings, Gallagher has allowed just one hit while striking out four, a difficult task in the hitting-friendly environs of the AFL. He’ll likely go to camp next year with a real chance at a big league job, and his long-term role remains a valuable, durable, middle-of-the-rotation starter. (Source)

  • The Cub Reporter posted a humorous look at the 2008 season of the Cincinnati Reds now that Dusty Baker is the confirmed manager. I particularly like the entry for October 1st, 2008 (Source)
  • The Hardball Times takes a look at Why the commissioner is allowing the Mitchell Investigation to intrude on the Fall Classic. (Source)
  • MLB Trade Rumors breaks down a little bit about how Type A,B & C free agents are determined. (Source)
  • Ken Rosenthal addresses the issue of Manny Ramirez and his terrible antics. I usually agree with Rosenthal quite often, but when he suggest that the Red Sox trade Manny and sign A-Rod, that lost me. Does he not remember that in the off-season of 2003/2004, the Red Sox placed Manny on waivers and no one claimed him. If he wasn’t claimed for nothing more than a claiming fee of like $50,000, why would someone suddenly have interest in giving up prospects for him? (Source)
  • Our friend over at Cubby-Blue posted a funny cartoon of Lovie Smith that we thought we’d share. Be sure to check out his site more more great artwork a couple times a week. (Source)Every Sunday morning, we’ll highlight some good writing around the web and beyond. Feel free to send me submissions of things you run across, whether it be good YouTube videos, sports related blog posts, or good columns. In addition, this is a good day to submit some of your own writing for posting as a guest post. Send all submissions to:
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    Saturday Morning Coffee Thread

    Saturday, October 20th, 2007

    In game five of the ALCS, Manny Ramirez didn’t slide on an obvious sliding situation in the first inning and then argued a ball that went off the wall instead of taking second base. Are these things just Manny being Manny or are they a disgrace to the game?

    On a side note, I’ve been meaning to mention it, but the following players have become free agents under the minor league free agent rules.

  • Federico Baez, RHP
  • Cory Bailey, RHP
  • Gary Cates, INF
  • Robinson Chirinos, INF
  • Jorge Cortes, OF
  • Koyie Hill, C
  • Ben Howard, RHP
  • Geoff Jones, LHP
  • Josh Kroeger, OF
  • John Nelson, INF
  • Mike Nannini, RHP
  • Mike Mahoney, C
  • Ryan O’Malley, LHP
  • Carlos Rojas, INF
  • Ismael Salas, INF
  • Les Walrond, LHP
  • John Webb, RHP
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    Question for the Day

    Thursday, October 18th, 2007

    Does it frustrate you or encourage you that the Rockies are in the World Series already in their short history? Are you rooting for them or the AL rep?

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    Closure Part 2

    Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

    Each week I will make effort to write a Tuesday column that we have begun to title “Killing Time Until Opening Day.” Then on opening day we will probably need to change the title again. Then if the Cubs are bad we will just go back to the title even if it is mid-season like one of those perpetual calendars. As soon as we deem that the Cubs are out of it we will begin counting time until opening day next year.

    This column will sometimes be about baseball and sometimes not. Sometimes it might not even be about sports. Hopefully, you will find it interesting enough to read and provoking enough to throw in your two cents. This makes things more interesting for everyone. I have noticed that many people read the site while they are presumably at work and keep the discussions going throughout the day. This is good. A bored, laboring community joined together to beat the man.

    I had computer issues at home and so this column is a little short right now and I will extend it throughout the day. Last week I wrote an article entitled “Closure Part 1” which had to do with many of the things that the team did wrong in the playoffs. Next week I want to reflect on how far the team has come or not come in the past year. But the article from last week started what I think could be an interesting discussion and a timely one as well.

    This week the Cincinnati Reds hired Dusty Baker as their new manager. I have heard that there has been a backlash from fans regarding this hiring, I am not sure how true this is. But following my post last week there were some comments that implied that the team still would have gone to the playoffs this year even if Dusty Baker had been their manager instead of Lou Piniella. What do you think about this? Did Lou do anything that Dusty would not have done, aside from being a little more fiery? Would the team still have done as well with Dusty here? Or maybe would they have even done better?

    On another discussion note. Last night I was up late watching the Colorado Rockies celebrate the National League pennant. (Are you like me and know for absolute certainty that if the Cubs can ever do it you will break down sobbing like a little child?) So I was thinking to myself it seems to me that the National League teams that are successful build their teams one way and American league teams that are successful build them a different way. This is probably obvious, although I think there is more meaning to what I am saying than is present on the surface. But I was thinking last night that the Cubs seem to build their team more like an American League team than a National League team. Do you think this is true? Help me flesh this thought out. Why or why not?

    And finally a question that I think might be somewhat fun. During the press conference introducing Dusty Baker yesterday he said that a number of players called him and said they would be willing and excited to join the team. Who do you think those players are? I bet Jon Kruk, since they’ve gotten so close from hosting Baseball Tonight together…Krukky might be ready to throw on the cleats again.

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    From Right Field – Cleveland Rocks!

    Monday, October 15th, 2007

    As the Cubs season has moved past us, I’ve continued to watch baseball. Sometimes thinking about what might have been, as I still think the Cubs were the one of the top two teams in the National League to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, I’m not sure they would have found their way past the buzz saw that is the Colorado Rockies. Proving once again, that all you need to do is make the playoffs. After that, it’s anyone’s game. This year has proven tough, as I typically pull for the underdog, and this year’s final four can typically always be considered the underdog from year to year. Boston may be the only exception to that in recent history, but really with the Yankees in your division, you’re always going to be a second place team, if not by virtue of the standings.

    My family has strong roots in Cleveland. My father and two uncles both attended John Carroll University, before it was even co-ed (hee hee). My one uncle moved back there after a short stint in Chicago, and now my cousins have laid down families there as well. Even my wife’s best friend from college and her husband live in the suburbs of Cleveland. We’re pretty connected to the city, and I typically hear my relatives of Ohio complaining that if it weren’t for Chicago, the Cleveland fans would have the worst teams to cheer for. I agree to a certain degree. I pulled for the Indians back in the nineties, I loved Matt Williams in his lone year with them in 1997. That team was stacked, with a young Brian Giles, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, David Justice, Sandy Alomar, and Omar Vizquel. After the Cubs, I root for the Indians, and I was let down again back in 1997. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment. Then again, it’s still like rooting against the White Sox, right?

    This year, I was treated to opening day tickets from a friend. It wasn’t to the Cubs, it was for the White Sox. I know, blasphemy! He’s a season ticket holder, and I never pass up free tickets, no matter who’s playing. That day was against the Cleveland Indians. There was no way I was passing that up! I sat there in silent joy, as the Indians beat up the Sox twelve to five, leaving the Sox faithful disheartened, and somewhat flummoxed at what they had just seen. Over a steak at the Chop House, my buddy and his two friends that tagged along, was certain it was an aberration. There was no way the Sox would look that bad all season. He was right, they didn’t, but they certainly didn’t look that good either. It was the Indians that impressed, and I’ve been secretly cheering them on the rest of season, as I do every year.

    I’ve said before, that I have a man-crush on Eric Byrnes. That man-crush is only eclipsed by Grady Sizemore. I love watching him gracefully and effortlessly play outfield. If you haven’t watched and of the games, check him out. He makes baseball look easy. Not too shabby fora white guy. Then there’s Travis Hafner. Last summer, while visiting friends and family, we took in one of the Cubs and Indians’ games in Cleveland. We were introduced to Pronk. My cousin informed me he was brandished the nickname in the minors from being half prodigy-half donkey. I’m not sure what the heck that means, but after watching a ball reach the deepest part of the second deck, I was in love. He can flat out hit. Along with Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, Ryan Garko, with veterans like Casey Blake and Kenny Lofton…..mmmm, Kenny Lofton, this team plays both small ball and the power game the way it should be. Which makes for fun baseball.

    These Indians are rockers and I am too, So, Cleveland Rocks!

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