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January 16, 2014

How a Kid Makes An All Time Greatest Baseball Team Roster

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 10:23 am

An interesting day for news today but before we get to that, I want to ask your opinion on something. I ran across a person the other day who spelled her name Beutrice, but it was pronounced Beatrice. That got me thinking. With all the crazy spellings of names these days, what percentage of them are just a result of the parents being dumb and simply not knowing how to spell when it comes to putting it down on the birth certificate. What other reason would there be for someone to spell a name that way? The longer I live and the more stupid people I encounter, the more convinced I am that a lot of the weird spellings are just a result of uneducated folks having babies and not having the benefit of spell check. On to the news.


  1. Could Paul Maholm Be Back in Chicago? – According to this report by the Tribune’s Mark Gonzalez, if the Cubs fail to land Tanaka they could look to someone in the lower tier of available starting pitchers, with Maholm being an option. How crazy would it be if the Cubs were able to sign him to another team friendly deal, see him do well, and then move him again for pieces at the deadline like they did two years ago when they traded him to the Braves? I like the idea of signing Maholm.
  2. Cubs Grab a Rookie of the Year – Joel Sherman Tweeted out yesterday that the Cubs took a chance and signed former Marlins ROY winner, Chris Coghlan, to a minor league deal with incentives should he make the team. I like these deals. They are extremely low risk and high reward. Much like the deal last year for Kevin Gregg, you never know what will come of it. Most likely, there is a reason Coghlan is not still attractive to teams, but if you do it once, you may be able to do it again.
  3. Mark Cuban Wants To Get Fined – If you follow the NBA even a little, you know that Mark Cuban and David Stern haven’t always seen eye to eye. With Stern set to retire as of February 1st, Cubes wants to get fined by his old friend just one more time. The way I see it, if you’re going to ask for it, do something to really send Stern out in style. My advice would be go crash Stern’s farewell press conference and boo each time he goes to speak.
  4. BONUS UP – A Kid Makes the All Time Greatest Baseball Team – We have to qualify that a little, but if you missed this post from Buzzfeed, you need to check it out. It’s the all time greatest team that can be formed from baseball movie / television characters.


  1. Bulls Win Again – Good god, we can’t even tank like we’re supposed to. With a draft class scheduled to rival the class that produced Lebron, the Bulls sit in a position where they have the legitimate option of getting themselves into the lottery, but not unless they do some tanking. The East is such a bad conference that it’s going to take some work. It can be done, but not if you fight to win triple-OT games against Orlando. Make smart decisions.
  2. Orioles Sign Tyler Colvin – I miss Colvin. I interviewed him when he was in the minors and followed him pretty closely since he was drafted. A lot of people said it was an overdraft at the time as the Cubs draft that year was overshadowed by them picking Jeff Samardzija. They may be correct, but I still wonder what would have happened had he not been impaled by a bat late in the year just as he was beginning to figure things out.
  3. Ryan Tannehill’s Wife Is Not One to Cross – In case you missed this, the wife of Dolphins QB, Ryan Tanehill, was busted for leaving a gun in a rental vehicle. Let’s just say it’s not the average gun you’d see being carried by someone with a concealed carry permit. Moral of the story: Don’t mess with Mrs. Tannehill.


  • Fan Graphs released their Top 14 Cubs prospects list. (Source)
  • Kris Bryant is going to begin his season in AA. (Source)
  • Jason McLeod is falling in love with Rick Renteria. (Source)
  • CJ Edwards and I need to do some weight swapping. (Source)

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  • PLCB3

    You don’t tank. That is disrespecting the game. The NBA is already littered with thugs who have no respect for the game. The Bulls are above that. Besides, it’s going to take a lot of losing to miss the playoffs. Currently, the 9th place team is 5 back in the loss column of the Bulls.

  • PLCB3

    Also, we got lucky when we got Rose. A 1.7% chance. Not going to happen again. Top pick in the draft is going to be the Lakers.

  • jswanson

    I’m with you on the name thing, Joe. Here is my favorite take on the subject:

  • Doc Raker

    Joe, did you just figure out people are stewped? How about a person named Fem A Lee because that is what they already named her at the hospital, it said right there on the birth certificate, Female.

  • Noah_I

    A few thoughts: I’ve heard the Cubs being in on the lower tier pitchers if they don’t get Tanaka, but have heard Jason Hammel being more likely than Maholm. I’m guessing Gonzalez picked Maholm because he’s remembered fondly by Cubs fans. Hammel has somewhat better stuff than Maholm, although they’ve been essentially been equivalent MLB pitchers. They’re about the same age. Either would be fine as a back end rotation option, and both would be better than Chris Rusin over a full season, in my opinion.

    Coghlan is likely done as a productive Major Leaguer, but I agree with you that there is no reason not to load up on guys who previously had success in the Majors to minor league deals. At the least, you’ll probably find a few guys who will give you a productive couple of months a piece as Gregg, Bogusevic, Murphy and Sweeney did last season.

    Regarding Colvin, I find it interesting that his walk rate just keeps decreasing every year. He’s going to strike out, but he had enough power to be the left handed part of an outfield platoon if he walked 7.5% of the time. He hasn’t done that since 2010, though. He could still end up as a Nate Schierholtz type, though, but with a bit more power and strikeouts.

  • Bryan

    Speaking of kids names, my wife and I are expecting #3 in May and we have no idea what to name him/her. Our other two kids’ names are baseball related and rare. Giana (a play off of Giambi) and Colvin. I wanted Samardzija but my wife said she will leave me if I sign the birth certificate with that name. Any suggestions?

  • PLCB3

    If it’s a boy name him Woody

  • Lizzie

    Geovany is nice. :-)

  • Seymour Butts

    I have actually met an infant whose first name was Female. As well Lemonjello and Orangejello who were twins. Yes their parents were stupid.
    This was all in a 2 month peds rotation, small sample size.

  • Eddie Von White

    Jer-Smardja has a nice ring to it.

  • Seymour Butts

    Of course taking moniker advice from me is risky…

  • jswanson

    Ballsy choice.

  • Bryan

    I actually said that but my wife said it is too close to Giana (pronounced Gee-ah-na) and she is always right so…

  • Bryan

    I’ve been corrected again…pronounced gee-ah-nuh

  • Doc Raker

    I met someone who was suffering from The Spirit of Mighty Jesus, also known as Spinal Meningitis.

  • Doc Raker

    I always liked Clark or Addison.

  • jswanson

    Did somebody say lady-mascot?

  • PLCB3

    I went to high school with a guy named Addison. He said that his parents gave all their kids Cubs names and he has 2 brothers named Clark and Sheffield. I forget what his sisters are named. I think one has Waveland in her name and the other has Ivy.

  • Doug S.

    What happened to everyday names like Rock Shoulders?

  • Doc Raker

    The Cubs mascot is a boy, I saw it with my own two eyes.

  • PLCB3

    You were at the convention!?

  • Doc Raker

    No, I am referring to the fuax cartoon that made the news that Jswan referenced.

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