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Thursday Randomness

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

It’s Thursday so that means Dave will be here with In the News, right? Nope, he’s retired so you’re stuck with me. Let’s get it on.

Trivia Answer

On Tuesday I asked the question “Since 1960, there have been five (now only four) players who have thrown at least 200 innings, struck out at least 200 batters and have failed to win more than 10 games. Name them.”

Here are the answers:

Nolan Ryan (3 Times)

Year Age Tm W L ERA IP SO WHIP
1978 31 CAL 10 13 3.72 234.2 260 1.411
1985 38 HOU 10 12 3.80 232.0 209 1.293
1987 40 HOU 8 16 2.76 211.2 270 1.139

Roger Clemens

Year Age Tm W L ERA IP SO WHIP
1996 33 BOS 10 13 3.63 242.2 257 1.327

Bob Johnson

Year Age Tm W L ERA IP SO WHIP
1970 27 KCR 8 13 3.07 214.0 206 1.215

Turk Farrell

Year Age Tm W L ERA IP SO WHIP
1962 28 HOU 10 20 3.02 241.2 203 1.097

Where are they now?

In case you forgot, the Cubs used to have a certain red-headed young OF that wasn’t really given a proper chance to hold down the starting LF job for the Cubs. Said redhead just made some news in Japan. (Source)

NAGOYA — Matt Murton topped the 200-hit mark, Atsushi Nomi threw seven innings of one-run ball as Hanshin beat Chunichi 6-1 in the Central League on Thursday.

Murton became only the fourth player in Japanese baseball history and first since Alex Ramirez in 2007 to have a 200-hit season when he had a solo homer in the seventh off Kazuki Yoshimi (12-9), the second of his three hits in the game.

Nomi (5-0) struck out nine and allowed five hits. Hanshin took over second place from Yomiuri in the CL standings.

In other CL games, at Tokyo Dome, Jose Castillo hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning as Yokohama beat Yomiuri 5-2 to snap a six-game slide; and at Mazda Stadium, Shohei Tateyama outpitched Kenta Maeda with his third shutout of the season, leading Yakult over Hiroshima 3-0.

In the Pacific League, Softbank took advantage of a shaky Bryan Corey to score eight runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Lotte Marines 9-3. With their fourth straight win, coupled with the Seibu Lions’ fifth consecutive loss later in the day, the Hawks held a half-game lead atop the Pacific League standings and had a magic number of two to clinch the PL title.

Elsewhere in the PL, at Seibu Dome, Rakuten chased Seibu ace Hideaki Wakui after just three innings en route to a 4-3 win for the Eagles.


Hmmm, very interesting

I’ve been tough on a guy like Koyie Hill over the last few years. I like him as a guy and appreciate his ability to call a game, but he just can’t hit the baseball. I questioned why the Cubs didn’t go with another option like Robinson Chirinos while we let someone like Wellington Castillo develop. The other day I found a nugget that may explain why. Koyie Hill is the player’s rep. Obviously that’s not preventing a move, but it does mean he’s got responsibilities and every responsibility means you’re more valuable to the team.

Did You Know?


Bruce Levine mentioned in his latest chat on ESPN Chicago that “
Adam Dunn is a top priority for the Cubs if they can afford him.” Dunn will be a type A free agent, which means a team that signs him will have to yield their first round pick to the Nationals as compensation, right? Wrong!!! The Cubs will finish in the top 15 picks, which means their first round selection would be protected. They would have to give a 2nd round pick to Washington.

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As We Come Down to the Wire…….

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Happy Wednesday!

I wrapped up my 2010 season by attending the Cubs/Cards game at Wrigley Saturday.  The mood was somewhat somber at the ballpark for obvious reasons. I mean, how often do we actually see a series between the Cubs and Cardinals where neither team is in contention?

The In-Laws were visiting from Minnesota and wanted to take in a game.  All of them are rabid Twins fans, which makes talking baseball painful.  Every year, for the last decade, when the leaves start to change color, their team is preparing for the playoffs, and every year I feel the need to go through a twenty minute diatribe stating why the Cubs have failed yet again.

It gets old but their is a benefit, as I feel I have every right to adopt the Twins as my post- season prom date  (remember last week’s post?) without guilt. You see, I married into it.

In my opinion, marriage provides an affable excuse for being a “sports team swinger”.  It is not required, but if you feel the need to swing, as long as it is with your mates team, to keep things saucy (or to keep you sane), by all means do it…..you have earned it!

It seemed, while observing from my upper deck perch over third base, that the Cardinals fans outweighed the Cubs fans.  My guess is that the Cardinals fans, getting bounced later from the post-season conversation, didn’t cancel there flights in time to get a full refund.

All of this leads us to a new edition of Five Burning Questions!!!!!!

1) Is it a requirement for Cardinals fans to wear all of their garb to the ballpark?

Next time you attend a Cubs / Cards game (or any Cardinals game) check out the Cards fans.  You can spot them from a mile away and it’s not just because the team color is red.  It is the sheer amount of red that one person can wear which draws the eye!

The coordination is unreal.  Ever see the movie Boomerang? When Eddie Murphys friend brings his dad to dinner and he has the mushroom belt with the mushroom jacket liner, and his wife uses pieces of her fur coat as earrings to match or “coordinate” with the fur coat?  These are Cardinals fans!!!!!!

Maybe it’s just me, but one hat seems to do the trick.  Is it necessary to wear a red hat, candy cane socks, a cardinals polo shirt, a belt with little cardinals all over it, and a watch with a cardinal whose wings are the hour and minute hand?

No!

I think it must be a requirement for every Cards fan to dress head to toe….they are almost as annoying as Ohio State fans! (Don’t get me started on that stupid necklace that looks like a string of turds hanging around ones neck!)

2) What if Lou retired earlier?

First off, I am a Piniella supporter. Loved the guy for everything he did and represented.

However, I wonder how the season shakes out if Quade gets the post in May or June? Are we playoff bound?

Just thinking……

3) What if Ryne Sandberg is a terrible major league manager?

What if the Cubs hire Sandberg and he swan dives right off the bat?

How will Cub nation respond to Ryno if he goes 10-29 out of the gates? Will he get a longer leash because he is Ryno? Does he deserve it?

Sometimes I wonder if Ryne Sandberg would get the publicity he gets if he wasn’t the Cub golden boy in his playing days.

If he does well then great, but if he struggles, and Quade is the next Jim Leyland, then hold on to your hats.

4) Is there a chance that somebody other then Girardi, Sandberg, or Quade gets the gig?

The are two reasons that make this outcome plausible……

1) Bob Brenly feels, in an article with ESPN Chicago, that the big three may not be the only realistic candidates for the job.  Apparently he feels Jim Hendry has an abundance of contacts in baseball and the job could go to somebody that hasn’t even been mentioned.  Take it for what it is worth……

2) I have this sneaky suspicion that Jim wants to shock the world and show us all how great he really is.  If he hand picks an outside shot and is successful he gets a front row seat in Cub lore…….the way I see it, with some of the recent decisions he has made, he might as well go for the Hail Mary pass.  He may be gone by 2012 anyhow…….

5) If you could bring any former Cub out of retirement and put them on next seasons roster who would it be and why?

My pick : Ryne Sandberg, although I want him  to play second base not manage.

I feel he would bring some leadership at the player level to a team desperately craving it.

Well that’s it, a lot of “what ifs” this week……

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Tuesday Trivia: Hardluck SP?

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

It’s a lazy Tuesday today so let’s throw out a little trivia. As always, post your guesses in the comment section.

Q. Since 1960, there have been five players who have thrown at least 200 innings, struck out at least 200 batters and have failed to win more than 10 games. Name them.

Hint # 1 – One player is on the list for list year unless he can grab another win.

Hint # 2 – One player did it three separate times.

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Good Call – Part II

Monday, September 27th, 2010

1998 was a strange year for the Northsiders. Fourth-year manager Jim Riggleman was leading a unique collection of talent that included rookie sensation Kerry Wood, aging centerfielder Lance Johnson, quirky closer Rod Beck, rubber-armed setup man Terry Mulholland, and emerging superstar Sammy Sosa. In mid-August, the Cubs added an unlikely slugger who would help propel the team to a wild finish.

At age 39, 3B Gary Gaetti was near the end of the line. He spent most of 1998 with the St. Louis Cardinals, battling through a mediocre season. In 306 at bats, “G-Man” had only produced 11 home runs. On August 14th, the Cardinals cut ties with Gaetti, giving him his unconditional release.

Meanwhile, the Cubs were right in the middle of the wild card hunt. Despite the team’s success, Riggleman was looking for help at the hot corner. Jose Hernandez had shown flashes of power, but to call him “streaky” would be an understatement. On August 19th, the Cubs rolled the dice and signed their new third baseman.

Gaetti was an immediate difference-maker. In 37 games he put up huge numbers: .320/.397/.594. On September 28th, his two-run bomb led the Cubs to a wild-card-clinching victory in a one-game playoff against the San Francisco Giants. It was the perfect end to a crazy regular season.

Unfortunately, the magic faded in round one of the playoffs as the mighty Atlanta Braves swept G-Man and the Cubs. His 1-11 performance mirrored the output of his teammates, as the Northsiders scored only four runs in the series.

Despite the disappointing postseason, 1998 was a fun, unexpected ride for Cubs fans. Gaetti’s contributions were critical down the stretch. His signing was the textbook definition of a “low-risk, high-reward” move.

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GirlieView (09/24/2010)

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Happy Friday! Before we get started allow me a bit of an administrative interlude. After today, GirlieView will be moving to Mondays. The week’s best will cover the previous Monday through Sunday. This will allow me to actually have a life on Friday evenings. :-) And will give you something to look forward to since Mondays always need an extra little kick anyway. So, we’ll see you back here on October 4. Now, let’s get to this week’s survey.

GirlieSurvey

This is a big one. Eight questions! Get ready! As usual I’m going to keep a tally, and after the season officially ends I’ll report back as to who got the closest!

1. Who will win the AL East?
2. Who will win the AL Central? (This is the freebie. If you get this wrong you are officially out of the game!!!)
3. Who will win the AL West?
4. Who will win the AL Wildcard spot?
5. Who will win the NL East?
6. Who will win the NL Central?
7. Who will win the NL West?
8. Who will win the NL Wildcard spot?

Good luck! No prizes, just some adoration and applause.

Lizzies

  • Cubs go cannibal and eat the corpse that was once Soriano, realizing that letting him continue to fester in the dugout sends the message that it’s okay to play shoddy, half-hearted defense and make tons of outs.
  • “Cheech” Zambrano
  • Also, I’d like eight million dollars, complete education reform in this nation, nice people as politicians, pants whose waistline automatically expands as mine does, a carbon dioxide atmospheric scrubber, and a new leg for Tiny Tim.
  • Your rant was rendered less rant-ish by the unintentional ‘sunglasses guy’ emoticon.
  • I thought it gave it that “Misspelled Tea Party Protestor Sign” touch that every rant needs.
  • “Fundamentals are the most valuable tools a player can possess. Bunt the ball into the ground. Hit the cutoff man. Take the extra base. Learn the fundamentals.”- Dick Williams
  • I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Tyler all the best on a speedy recovery and restful off-season. In a season that turned out to be more about the future than the present, he’s given us all some hope.
  • I’d like to see the Cubs go into the 2011 season with a Soto/Castillo catching crew.
  • Daver, Fair winds and following seas.
  • Every year, around March, we rent a tux, a limo, maybe even purchase a corsage and prepare to lose our World Series virginity.
  • Every year our date refuses to put out.
  • I am pretty sure one of those years our date threw up on the way to the prom and we turned the limo around and went home
  • Philly Phanatic AKA green Q-Bert in a jersey
  • I love it when Midwest upstarts beat East/West Coast juggernaughts because it means that the mainstream media (I’m looking at you ESPN) must acknowledge that people live between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains.
  • Only after you have scored, can you get buyers remorse in the morning and hunt for someone you can bring home to meet mama.
  • It’s like drinking cough syrup mixed with piss.
  • I much prefer rambling on mindlessly about whatever I feel like.
  • If that gets you a visit from the FBI I hope you let us know!
  • If it gets you a visit from a terrorist I hope you let the FBI know.
  • if you aren’t suicidal in Med school, you aren’t applying yourself hard enough.

Lizard

  • I though you worked at a Dominos?

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