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GirlieView (06/27/2013)

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely quote made on the VFTB site by our writers or commenters.
  • Lizard = The best Lizzie.
  • MVL = Most Valuable Lizzie’er: The person with the most Lizzies in the period under review (usually the past two weeks.)
  • Top 10 of 2013 = The folks with the most aggregate Lizzie points YTD (1 point for every Lizzie, 3 points for every Lizard.)

As you already know, this is all completely subjective and according to my whims.

Lizzies

  • My wife says I am the king of stupid movie knowledge.
  • I can’t print what my wife says about me.
  • I don’t have a lot to say that would be worthwhile about this game or this team right now.
  • Wake me if Theo makes a move in December.
  • Would you like Chuck to gently stroke your beard to wake you?
  • I am available.
  • I lost out on a $650mil when my last lotto ticket had the wrong numbers printed on it.
  • That will be followed by a rousing round of mowing the lawn before the Army requests to use my yard to simulate jungle conditions.
  • First to arrive gets 1 free signed Cap Obvious baseball. second prize is 2 Cap Obvious balls.
  • Second prize for the Missus is also two Cap’n Obvious balls.
  • I like the symmetry
  • I heard one of the sportscasters say he was a wide receiver at Notre Dame.
  • Shaun “I spell my name wrong” Marcum
  • Dave “I-defend-Ian-Stewart-on-Twitter” Sappelt
  • Make sure you keep up with VFTB on your honeymoon, CAPS and jswan musings can be very romantic.
  • What kind of bizzaro world are we living in when the words “Marlon Byrd went yard” are still being uttered?
  • The one where we were upset to not see Kevin Gregg on the bump.
  • And one where Kevin Gregg is on our list of All Star candidates.
  • Also where last year’s representative is battling hams in Asia.
  • Other things Marmol wouldn’t be able to close victoriously: The toilet seat, Child-proof medicine bottles, A war with France
  • why does no one seem to care that he’s got musical notes tattooed on his neck?
  • Is that what is on Yadi’s neck, musical notes? I thought they were Chinese symbols, they are hideous either way.
  • As opposed to all of those tasteful neck tattoos.
  • I still don’t miss Braun.
  • How on earth did you get Sveum’s diary?
  • Spy craft. I watched a lot of Get Smart as a kid.
  • Imagine if football teams had closers.
  • [Barney] has no business that high in the order unless he’s playing in a lineup full of pitchers, and even then I’d have to strongly consider Travis Wood over him.
  • With a project of building my wife’s kitten a cat “castle” awaiting me on the back deck, I felt safe leaving the fate of the game in Wood’s very capable hand.
  • It is clear that Rizzo’s haircut is the reason for breaking out of the slump.
  • Raspberry cheesecake cookies actually pair wonderfully with ranch.
  • …in the trash? …as a digestive? …when trying to pass a kidney stone?

Lizard

  • the team has released disgruntled third baseman Ian Stewart.

MVL

  • Congratulations to Jeremiah Johnson, the Most Valuable Lizzie’er this time around!

Top Ten of 2013 (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. jswanson
2. Seymour Butts
3. Eddie von White
4. Doc Raker
5. Jedi Johnson
6. Joe Aiello
7. Chuck
8. Jeremiah Johnson
9. Buddy
10. Doug S.

Chit Chat

By the time the next GirlieView is published, summer will be more than half overwith and we’ll be past the All Star Break. What are a few things you’d like to see the Cubs do during the remainder of the season? “Be done with Ian Stewart” was on the top of my list so I’m a happy gal, and I know many are very happy that Marmol won’t be throwing any more games for us (literally and figuratively.) How about you? What’s on your Cubs to-do list?

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Was the Carlos Marmol Extension Jim Hendry’s Worst Signing?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

As Jeremiah noted yesterday, the Cubs designated Carlos Marmol for assignment. This nearly marks the end of the era of Jim Hendry’s big spending, which will officially and mercifully end with the conclusion of Alfonso Soriano’s following the 2014 season. Hendry signed some petty notorious contracts over the last several years of his stint as the Cubs’ general manager. He bid against himself to sign Soriano to an eight year deal, when all reports indicate that six years would have nabbed the left fielder easily. He overpaid Kosuke Fukudome, a corner outfielder with a lack of power. He signed Carlos Zambrano to a big extension. He signed Milton Bradley at all.

Yet, I’d argue that Jim Hendry’s worst actual decision was signing Carlos Marmol to his current extension, which bought out a year of Marmol’s free agency at $9.8 million. Let’s look at the competition.

Sure Soriano was overpaid, but it was similar to the idea behind the Angels signing Albert Pujols. You know the contract will be bad at the back end, but hope to get an elite talent at the front end. And Soriano was elite in the first two years of that contract, contributing more than 10 fWAR in valueas the Cubs made the playoffs both years. On top of that, Soriano was signed specifically under orders from management to increase payroll to raise the value of the franchise.

Carlos Zambrano quickly declined following signing his extension, but from 2003 to 2006 was one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball. Kosuke Fukudome was still in that ordered adding payroll phase, and had dominated Japanese baseball sufficiently to be arguably worth the risk.

OK,Milton Bradley was a disaster. Not only was Bradley a well known malcontent, but to expect Bradley to be able to play regularly in Wrigley’s right field at that point of his career was optimistic at best, if not down right foolhardy. But I understood the move. The Cubs were trying to take that last step to getting to the Series before the sale from the Tribune. It was a disaster, and was clearly one very quickly.

Yet I still don’t find it as bad as signing Marmol to that extension. Here is my problem with the extension: it was rewarding Marmol for past success, not paying him for expected performance. Any baseball personnel man worth his salt should have realized Marmol, a high strikeout, high walk, high stress pitching motion reliever who relied on an ability to locate an inconsistent but devastating slider was someone who was unlikely to have a long peak. Any baseball personnel man should also have realized that even a great reliever doesn’t turn a bad team into a good one. You ride the Carlos Marmols of the baseball world through arbitration and let them go, or trade if you’re out of it. Yet the Cubs were stuck with Marmol an additional season in a year that Hendry should have known he had a high likelihood of ineffective. As a result, the Cubs were both unable to trade Marmol a year earlier, and now will be paying him nearly $5 million to play for someone else.

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Game 75: Basement Dwellers Unite

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Box Score / Highlights

I either need to A) stop signing up for recaps altogether or B) stop recapping games in which Edwin Jackson pitches.

With both the Cubs and Brewers tied for the fourth place in the Central, somebody had to fall back into the basement by the end of the evening. The game got off to a good start for Jackson when Nate Schierholtz added his 11th round-tripper of the year for a 3-1 advantage.

But Jackson selfishly decided to pull within a loss of Cole Hamels for the MLB lead in the category, falling to 3-10 on the year. Jackson gave up a solo shot in the second and couldn’t miss a bit during a five-run fifth for the Brew Crew.

The Cubs had a couple of doubles off of Kyle Lohse, but they couldn’t put together any multi-hit innings after Schierholtz’s home run.

Cody Ransom got the start over the struggling Starlin Castro and performed status quo for the position this season. He was 0-4, but didn’t commit an error as the first Cubs’ player other than Castro to start at short for almost 300 games.

Not much that Dale Sveum has touched has turned to gold this season, but maybe the decision to sit Castro for a game will get him kicked started. Nothing else seems to be working. Young players go through slumps and Castro’s won’t have much staying power in the second half.

Or will it?

JJ covered the breaking news of Carlos Marmol and Ian Stewart getting the double ax on Tuesday. Stewart finally got his wish of an unconditional release, but I don’t know what team would be crazy enough to give him a full-time gig in the bigs. If he was unhappy in Iowa, what AAA club is he going to be thrilled going to? The unfortunate end of a once-promising career.

Marmol was DFA’d and who know how that will play out over the next 48 hours. I can’t see a team crazy enough to make a move for him, but I guess we shall find out if a team like Detroit truly had interest in the first place.

As the dead weight is released from the roster, which players of more value are going to be traded over the next month?

Discuss.

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Cubs DFA Marmol

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The Cubs just announced news that’s sure to be a relief to most of their fans: Carlos Marmol has been designated for assignment. And in other unsurprising news, the team has released disgruntled third baseman Ian Stewart. It seems the Cubs–often considered baseball’s Biggest Losers–are finally shedding some dead weight.

Here’s the press release regarding Marmol:

CUBS DESIGNATE RHP CARLOS MARMOL FOR ASSIGNMENT, SELECT THE CONTRACT OF OUTFIELDER BRIAN BOGUSEVIC

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MILWAUKEE – The Chicago Cubs today designated right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol for assignment and selected the contract of outfielder Brian Bogusevic.

Bogusevic will wear uniform number 66 and be available for the Cubs tonight when they start a three-game series in Milwaukee.

The 29-year-old Bogusevic joins the Cubs after batting .319 (83-for-260) with 14 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 32 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 78 games with Iowa this season.  The left-handed batter and thrower turned in a .418 on-base percentage and a .512 slugging percentage, good for a .929 OPS.

This past offseason, Bogusevic signed a minor league contract with the Cubs that included an invite to big league spring training.  He batted .410 (16-for-39) with a .452 on-base percentage, a .692 slugging percentage and a 1.144 OPS before being one of the final cuts of the spring.

Bogusevic spent all or part of three big league seasons with Houston (2010-12), including the entire 2012 season when he saw action in 146 games and hit .203 (72-for-355) with nine doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 28 RBI.  The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Bogusevic was originally selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2005 Draft as a left-handed pitcher but converted to outfield midway through the 2008 campaign.

Marmol, 30, went 2-4 with two saves and a 5.86 ERA (18 ER/27.2 IP) in 31 relief appearances this season.  He struck out 32 and walked 21 batters in 27.2 innings pitched, an average of 10.4 strikeouts and 6.8 walks per nine innings.

The righthander originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 1999.  Signed as a catcher, Marmol converted to a pitcher prior to the 2003 season and made his big league debut in 2006.  A National League All-Star in 2008 as a set-up man, Marmol holds the franchise mark with 82 career holds.  Marmol became the closer in late 2009 and compiled 117 saves, third most in team history.  Overall, he went 23-32 with a 3.50 ERA (211 ER/542.1 IP) in 483 appearances with the Cubs, 470 of the outings in relief.

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Game 74: Cubs Were Hot

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Box Score / Highlights

Players of the Game – Anthony Rizzo (.155 WPA) and Ryan Sweeney (.095 WPA)


The Cubs broke the bats out today and put a spanking on the helpless Astros on a hot, windy Chicago day.

Today not only did we see Jeff Samardzija continue his top of the rotation performance, but we also saw an offense click throughout the game.  Many of the Cubs players got in to the hit parade with only Starlin Castro being the only starter to not record a hit.  We saw old father time Alfonso Soriano round the bags for a triple. Of all the performances Ryan Sweeney‘s 3-5 with 6RBI and Anthony Rizzo‘s slump busting 3-3 with 4RBI were the standouts.  It is clear that Rizzo’s haircut is the reason for breaking out of the slump.  Superstitious people will now hope his hair stays short his entire career.

Of note today was Castro’s horrible defense and his inept ability at the plate.  Is it time for him to sit? READ YES!

Better yet is it time for a mysterious injury to pop up and he be sent down for a rehab assignment?  Maybe he needs something to boost his confidence.

I am not sure what the answer is there.  One thing I can tell you is that the Cubs bats looked good today.  Lets hope they continue to stay hot.

What do you think is the solution for Starlin?  Lets hear it!

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