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February 6, 2013

Minor Move

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 9:40 am

It’s a struggle to write the Morning News each day and come up with something noteworthy about the team at this point. It’s a dead period right before spring training begins. All the good free agents are in the fold with their new teams (sorry Michael Bourn). It’s a rather dead period for news. So, in an effort to try to scrape something together, here are a few news and notes nuggets for your Wednesday perusing.

  • Righty reliever, Lendy Castillo, was outrighted to AAA Iowa after being designated for assignment late in January. If you’re not familiar with who he is, he was drafted in the Rule 5 draft in 2011 from the Phillies and his numbers in 2012 were less than stellar.
  • Theo Epstein was a guest on the Waddle and Silvy podcast for ESPN 1000 on Wednesday. If you’re not a regular podcast listener, you can download the full show that day here. Epstein was the first guest of the day so you won’t have to listen long, though I would highly recommend the show. It’s my favorite podcast to listen to.

 

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  • Gymjok

    I guess one has to dig deep to come up with a minor move.

  • Chuck

    Why haven’t the Cubs offered Bourn a bloated 1-year contract?  It is not like he sucks and he could fill a glaring lineup need (legit leadoff hitter). It’s not like the Cubs don’t need a  good OF now that Soriano is going to 3B.  Give him a 1-year $12M deal and let him re-establish his value.  The Cubs could also flip him for prospects later when the season craters.

    There are no bad 1-year deals.  Get this done.

  • Cap’n Obvious

    I’ll give you a topic. The worlds youngest female billionaire is a thrice married dragster driver with no college or management experience. She runs a chain of mediocre hamburger stands frequented by potheads. A female Billy Madison if you will. Discuss.

  • Joe Aiello

    Chuck, there are a couple responses here.

    1. Just because he hasn’t signed doesn’t mean he hasn’t had offers. Perhaps he doesn’t want a one year deal and has been turning those offers down.

    2. Most teams have passed on Bourn because signing him results in forfeiture of a draft pick. Because of the changes in the CBA that have restructured how foreign talent is acquired, it has made those draft picks more valuable for building. It’s doubtful someone would want to give that up for a one year deal.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    She is a poor man’s Wendy.  

  • Doug S.

    Lots of cheap In-N-Out jokes could be made, but I won’t touch ’em.

  • Eddie Von White

    Is this bad?

  • Doc Raker

    The Blackhawks remain the only unbeaten team in regulation in the NHL after beating San Jose last night 5-3 after going down 2-0 early. The Hawks are 8-0-2 and look to be a strong contender for Lord Stanley’s Cup. Discuss.

  • 1B7L16P13C2B6

    Whoever wins the title gets an asterisk because it’s a shortened season

  • Doc Raker

    Ocean View Little League in Huntington Beach has it’s rosters set and will begin league play Feb 23. In the Major Division the Vegas odds makers has the Ocean View Marlins as favorites. The Marlins boast a deep pitching staff, several of the top hitters in the league and a very baseball savvy coaching staff. Discuss.

  • Josephine (D)

    Guys, look: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/fan-contest-decide-wrigley-100th-birthday-logo-154738822–mlb.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    BTW, if anyone gets MLB Network(including moi), they’ll be doing a “30 clubs in 30 days” tour of all spring training parks, starting with the Cubs on the 15th. http://mlbnetwork.mlb.com/network/schedule/?ymd=20130215 Should be on MLB Tonight, but it doesn’t say specifically.

  • 1B7L16P13C2B6

    We are we doing something for the 100th anniversary if we didn’t play in the park until 2 years later? At least the BoSox played at Fenway as soon as it was built.

  • Seymour Butts

    Is she hot?

  • Eddie Von White

    I remember Little League like it was yesterday. We had two pitchers – a righty and a lefty. The righty threw nothing but heat. The lefty threw junk. We won every game. They called me the vacuum cleaner at first base. No, I was not fat. It was a great time of sweat and dirt.

    Fast forward a few years: The righty dropped out of high school in 10th grade. He flipped the teacher off and walked out. The lefty hung out most of the time by the dumpsters getting high. I think he drives a potato chip truck now – seriously.

  • Joe Aiello

    length of the season doesn’t matter. The playoffs are the same. Both the NBA and NHL already play too many games in the regular season anyway.

  • cap’n obvious

    not really. I suppose on the dragster circuit she’d be considered OK.

  • cap’n obvious

    the Blackhawks are looking good.  I wouldn’t hate seeing them trade for a better goaltender…Crawford cost them the Phoenix series last year, and I’m a little concerned about him crapping out in the playoffs.

  • cap’n obvious

    one of the best lefties I ever played with drives a Frito-Lay van, too!

    Coaching 12 year olds is a snap.  I’ve taken a role s head coach of the Redondo Beach Blue Wahhoos in the tee-ball division of RBLL.  Defensive outs are not awarded in the T-ball division of RBLL, so games will be like a perpetual Kevin Gregg 9th inning.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Just barely hot enough to carry Wendy’s jockstrap.  

  • 1B7L16P13C2B6

    I don’t follow hockey, but I remember in their title season, that everyone kept saying a better goalie would be the final piece for them. Is that the case this year too?

  • Doc Raker

    I always kept score in tee ball in how many actual outs our team got on defense, regardless of if the league actually made us take them off the bases. I think we did take the runners off the bases when an out was made.

  • Eddie Von White

    Yeah – that’s what he drives – a Frito-Lay truck. He hauls around 7 oz bags of potato chips.

    Are the kids required to wear those weird goggle like things too?

    Maybe we can pray you of Greggatory.

  • Doc Raker

    Don’t all lefties eventually end up by the dumpster getting high? Sometimes before they pitch even.

  • Chuck

    I certainly hope not.  My middle son is a southpaw and he is a junkballer too.  On his USSSA team he is the softest thrower of all the regular pitchers, but he throws a very good changeup that gets a lot of weak contact.  He gets more than his fair share of 1-pitch outs.

  • Chuck

    We don’t keep score in T-Ball.  I am coaching a 7-8 year-old team this season and it will be a blast.  

  • 1B7L16P13C2B6

    I played Little League for 3 years, one of the leagues I played in, if you batted around, that was it, the inning was over. No hitting 2x in the same inning. So whenever the last batter came up, coaches would be like run on anything, even if there were less than 2 outs. Which made no sense to me, because if you scored on a groundout with less than 2 outs, the run counted. Same rule applied to fly balls.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Just to be safe, you had better hide the chips.  

  • Eddie Von White

    Or teach him to drive a potato chip truck. Apparently there is a future there if the arm doesn’t work.

  • Eddie Von White

    Maybe we can pray you out of Greggatory.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I’ve coached that age range in both a scoring leage and a non-scoring leage.  I always thought the kids learned more when the outs were counted.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Valid point.  Worst case scenario, you still get free chips.  

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Absolutely.  I’m fairly certain we kept score at 7-8.  Coaches pitched, and we used some sort of cloth-covered safety ball.  One time through the lineup, per inning, if it came to that.  Seems like a good way to introduce the game.  

  • 1B7L16P13C2B6

    All leagues I played in kept score, and we had safety bases at 1B. It was my first year league that only allowed 1 turn through the lineup. None of the leagues allowed stealing home. The first league allowed no stolen bases, you were only allowed to advance on a wild pitch/passed ball, and if the catcher overthrew 2B, you couldn’t take 3rd on the error. Nor could the trail runner advance on a throw/error to 3B if there were runners at 1st and 2nd and the runner at 1st made no attempt to advance on the wild pitch/passed ball.

    One year I played in a 5th grade-6th grade league, and 5th graders had to pitch at least 2 innings a game, everyone had to play the infield at least 1 inning a game (pitcher and catcher counted), everyone plays, and any 3rd or 4th graders called up were required to bat last in the order. Those were usually the only games that I didn’t bat last.

  • Buddy

    At the end of the day, it all comes down to free chips.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Requisite: second child to burn out and drive beer truck.  

  • 1B7L16P13C2B6

    I want you to march yourself directly to the [store] and get me some chips and a beer!

    And get a little something for yourself, sweethart.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Honest suggestion CAPS…you should find an adult league to play in.  You know the game very well, and it is an absolute blast.  You’ll quickly understand some of the nuances that currently escape you.  The comment about starters going on zero days rest is absolutely nuts…that type of knowledge is gained quickly in real life.  Most leagues are made up of baseball fans who like getting out of the house and drinking beer.  

  • 1B7L16P13C2B6

    I would love to play in a Sunday Beer League if I could find one in Boston. I never said anything about starters going on no rest, I was just saying in cricket that the pitchers throw more

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Make it a priority…I think you would love it.  There is a different sort of appreciation for the game that comes with getting mowed down by a 75 MPH fastball  that is about an inch too high for you to put wood on.    

  • Doc Raker

    You both can come out to PHX next January and play with the Cap’n, Seymour and I. You can have your choice at dinner time, steaks and cocktails with me, Cap’n and the others or Subway with Seymour.

  • Doc Raker

    What age I your son? What USSSA region do you play in?

  • Cap’n Obvious

    For the record, the Blue Wahoos are 4 and 5 year olds. My daughter turns 5 in June, and can, coincidentally, Rake off Randy’s machine.

  • Cap’n Obvious

    I think the Frito drivers only get the stale chips for free. Something to consider. When I worked for Anheuser-Busch, we always had to remove the out of code beer from stores, and it would find its way into my garage in Hollywood. From there, Alec Berg would swipe it and bring it to family gatherings. Often 2 years out of code product would be served at a Raker BBQ. Stale beer and chips, the backbone of many an Italian-American gathering.

  • Chuck

    We live in Iowa and I have two sons in USSSA.  They play 13U and 11U this season.

  • Doc Raker

    The Blackhawks goalie is good but not spectacular. Goalies are like pitchers in that they are so important. I think the Blackhawks goalie is fine, I think they are missing a large physical presence like Dustin Byflen. Byflen was a big part of the Stanley Cup run but now is gone. Keep your eye on the Hawks, they look good.

  • Doc Raker

    Fun, we are 12U. Did you do Cooperstown?

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