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March 5, 2013

Cubs Sign 21 Players

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 4:12 am

Just a couple notes to report from  Spring Training today:

I joined Marty Tirrell on his radio show Monday afternoon and talked about Cubs. You can listen to my appearance here.

The Cubs came to terms with a host of non-arbitration eligible players and the signings were announced by the Cubs PR Staff

Right-handed pitchers Michael Bowden, Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis, Trey McNutt, Hector Rondon, Arodys Vizcaino and Robert Whitenack.

Left-handed pitchers Brooks Raley, Chris Rusin and Travis Wood.

Catchers Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger.

Infielders Darwin Barney, Junior Lake, Anthony Rizzo, Christian Villanueva, Josh Vitters and Logan Watkins.

Outfielders Brett Jackson, Dave Sappelt and Matt Szczur.

Keith Law had an article on ESPN.com in which he discussed Jackson’s new swing adjustments. It’s subscription only, but here was a quote that stood out. “I saw a little bit of Jackson’s swing Sunday afternoon, and while it is different, I’m not sure how it’s going to be better, especially for making contact.” (Source)

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  • Dusty_Baylor

    Eh…Law has never liked Jackson as a prospect it seems, so it’s going to take a long period of sustained success to change his mind. We’ll see how the swing change helps with a few hundred at bats in AAA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.strickler.73 Mark Strickler

    I remember when Corey Patterson “changed” his swing, it lasted one game at the Major League level.

  • Dusty_Baylor

    Well hopefully Jackson is more coachable than K-Pat was. Because a 41% K rate isn’t going to get it.

  • Doug S.

    Marmol is pronounced MarMole?………Yikes.
    Great job on the interview, Joe.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Sweet the interview loaded into iTunes. Got workout material for tonight

  • Cap’n Obvious

    Korey Patterson actually had a great swing. It was his approach and pitch selection that turned him into an Oriole/Red/National/Brewer/Mariner/Oriole/BlueJay/Cardinal/Brewer/Met. Hot potato!

  • Joe Aiello

    Yikes, if that is your workout material, I’m afraid the calories will not be burned tonight.

  • Joe Aiello

    Thanks Doug. I think they’re kind of boring until the season starts.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Genuinely surprised the Ham Fighters haven’t made a move on Patterson.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Only part of it. I have a bunch of Car Talk and 60 minutes episodes also

  • BLPCB_NAO

    I’m surprised Cardinals luck didn’t work on him and he didn’t turn into the superstar he was projected to be.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Sounds like you are really into a slow burn

  • BLPCB_NAO

    What are you talking about? I love Car Talk! You can burn so many calories laughing. I once strained my abdominal from laughing too hard from that show.

  • Doc Raker

    It ain’t Jackson’s swing that is the problem, he has to have an idea where the ball is before the swing matters.

  • Dusty_Baylor

    How did he maintain such a good OBP if he didn’t know where the ball was?
    Wasn’t this change a concern of making better contact on pitches he should hit?

  • Doc Raker

    Good job Joe but you have to drop some VFTB references in order to drive people to the blog. You mentioned Trey McNutt instead of calling him his VFTB name of Three Nut or at least saying, “Trey McNutt commonly referred to as Three Nut at the View.” Instead of referencing Theo you must reference THED. When they say Theo, you say Thed, when they seem confused you mention that Jed is also part of the front office. Then you invite them out to dinner and tell them they could hang with you at Chrissy Ruth’s Steak house or with Seymour at the local Subway. You gotta peak their interest and drop some VFTB humor so people want to visit your site. For the baseball content I will give you an A but for creating a buzz for the View, I gotta give you a D, sorry.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Don’t forget giving opinions based on what people in line at Disney think

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Step 1: locate balls?

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    “As Homer, Lenny, Carl, Barney, Sam, and Larry, 6 guys who cause 91% of all traffic accidents in Springfield pointed out on VFTB, White Sox fans at Disney are only capable of saying one thing: “Cubs Suck!””

  • Jedi

    Are you like me, have you been afraid to ask what the NAO stands for? Lest it be something obvious like a Simpsons reference or shorthand for the number of championships won by CAPS’ myriad of teams.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    That’s White Sox fans everywhere

  • BLPCB_NAO
  • Chuck

    This has nothing to do with the Cubs, but I thought I would throw this out to dedicated baseball fans to see what you guys think. The Little League team that I am coaching this season is the Pirates (I never choose the Cubs and the kids like saying Arrrgh! in the huddle) and I was wondering what you thought of this uniform scheme for the season (keep in mind the kids are 7 and 8).
    Jersey: Black with yellow lettering (default Pirates)
    Hat: Black with yellow “P” (default)
    Pants: Knee-high baseball pants with black pinstripes
    Socks: Solid bright yellow

    Cleats: Prefer black, but don’t care
    What do you think? Female comments count as double.
    I am also going to do helmet stickers this season along with my standing rule of: If you get a double-play (don’t care how) coach buys the team ice cream.

  • Chuck

    BTW: The baseball pants are Gray with black pinstripes.

  • Doug S.

    So you’re saying he swung at air, but looked good doing it.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    You have my approval. I would have loved having you as my coach…absolutely hated stirrup socks and was a big fan of ice cream.

  • Seymour Butts

    Google the church of the flying spaghetti monster. Their preferred religious regalia is that of the pirate. Lots of fun photos for ideas.

  • Seymour Butts

    There must be something strange brewing in the NL central. The Cardinals must think spring training involves full scale participation in the WBC. I am hearing daily that they are all in Rome for some sort of chautauqua. What gives?

  • Eddie Von White

    Why is right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack the only player who didn’t get his name in bold print?

  • Eddie Von White

    I’ve been afraid to ask what the underscore stands for.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Disqus wouldn’t let me write it as BLPCB NAO or BLPCB (NAO). I had to use the underscore mark.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Well played, EVW.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Pastafarian. Nice.

  • Eddie Von White

    Chuck – I look out my window and it’s a blizzard outside. I look at your post on View From and you put me on a baseball diamond with an enthusiastic team of brightly-colored uniformed kids shouting Arrrgh! Way to go.

  • Chuck

    Thank you. I believe that my main job as the coach for kids of this age is to ensure that they have fun and want to play again next season. I am getting excited for baseball this year. Now if I could get a 3-corner baseball hat…

  • Seymour Butts

    Ramen

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Not touched upon in the interview, but the C in Carlos is silent. Good job by the way Joe.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    When I was coaching kids of the same age group, I had the same double play rule. The one time the kids did pull off a 6-4-3, unfortunately the umpire did not call the out at first. The kids still got the ice cream though.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Why didn’t the ump call the out?
    One time my team almost turned an around the horn triple play. I was playing 3B, close to the line, a 1 hop smash came to me. I fielded it, stepped on 3rd, threw to 2nd, and then the 2B pulled the 1B off the bag, otherwise we would have had it.

  • Doc Raker

    That’s what Trey McNutt said.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    My guess is that he did not see the play at first because it is rare at that age for the kids not only to have the coordination but the intelligence to pull it off. I did have a six year old complete an unassisted triple play once. It was unassisted if you do not count the coach telling him to step on third and then telling him to tag the runner who did not stop running to third base after the fly ball was caught.

  • Doc Raker

    How can one discuss trading Soriano and not discuss his increased value with his move to third base? Those radio guys are looking for silly stuff to argue about. You hand them Soriano at third base and you will be there favorite interview. These ESPN turds aren’t looking for dry acedemic analysis, hand them some good ole VFTB out of the box thinking and you are a famous main stay on the show. You don’t get recognized for being smart in the world of ESPN blowhards, and that is the Kim Kardasian type of blowing I mean.

  • Doc Raker

    ISNT the Kim Kardasian blowing- is what I meant.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I was talking about 60 minutes those guys were once great reporters, now they are old and boring.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    No Couscous?

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Trey McWhom?

  • Seymour Butts

    I always figured I would be the first to invoke fellatio here, not the Raker.

  • Jedi

    I think a number of us had our money on you.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Hey Seymour…what was your favorite Halloween costume of all time?

  • Cap’n obvious

    What’s fellashio?

  • BLPCB_NAO

    I just had a great 90 minute workout at the gym, and it included the tape of your interview. Pretty good interview, and I’m glad you used Adam Dunn as an example. I spent my warm-up, pushups and situps listening to the podcast, then 75 minutes on the elliptical was spent listening to/watching the Indiana-Ohio State game

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Yeah seriously Joe you should let us know next time you’re going to make an appereance so that we can prepare discussion items for you

  • BLPCB_NAO

    As Joe said in the interview, he has good discipline a la Adam Dunn

  • BLPCB_NAO

    You can have a good swing, but if you don’t have good discipline it doesn’t matter.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Meh. I like 60 minutes. I like the 3rd half of the show a lot, those are really interesting stories.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    For sure. I especially like Andy Rooney’s hard hitting journalism items. Stuff like your can opener smelling like tuna fish water…people using pencils less often…email. Very interesting.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Too bad he’s dead. Him and Mike Wallace

  • Eddie Von White

    Apparently you didn’t have much use for math either.

  • Doc Raker

    60 minutes is as bias as Seymour, if they can’t prove their point they always have the magic of post production editing to sell Seymour with.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Obviously you don’t listen to Car Talk

  • BLPCB_NAO

    That’s why my favorite part of it is the 3rd half of the show. If I find something interesting in the first 2 halves, I will google it

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    What a shame…whining about being dead would be a perfect Andy Rooney segment.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Or Vogelbach being fat

  • Seymour Butts

    Walk him and pitch to the Rhino.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    I typically tune in to the 6th quarter of Dateline NBC, and Bing the first five quarters if there is anything I missed.

  • Joe Aiello

    Mike Wallace is very much alive, though his fantasy football numbers would say otherwise.

  • BLPCB_NAO

    Not the 60 minutes anchor

  • BLPCB_NAO

    And thanks for the reminder, I heard this last night on 60 minutes:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hejn_xGcK9Y

    Gary Sinise is a Cubs fan too

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