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Promotions For Everyone

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A late start for me this morning. Before we get to the news, I want to rant a little. I was clearing some brush in my yard over the weekend and got my first ever experience with poison ivy. Holy crap. That mess hurts. Thankfully it’s just on my right shin, but it feels like death. Any home remedies for me? On to the news.

In case you missed it, the Cubs promoted super prospect, Kris Bryant to AAA and he made his debut last night. When the dust cleared on the night, he had done what he always does…hit a home run. What’s exciting to me is that two of the core four of prospects are now just a phone call away in Iowa. Obviously we won’t see Bryant this quick, but you have to admit you’re starting to see the light at the end of the rebuild tunnel. I know I am. I’m still approaching with caution, but it’s hard not to get excited about 2015 and 2016 with these guys on the cusp.

Also promoted was this year’s first round pick, Kyle Schwarber, who spent just five games at short season level ball before being promoted to Kane County. My advice would be to go see him now before he’s moved again. College guys that hit the baseball tend to move through a system fairly quickly. In his five games at Boise, Schwarber hit .600 / .625 / .1350 with four home runs in those five games.

Finally, two more power arms for the bullpen were promoted. The first was my preseason pick to succeed, Arodys Vizcaino. I still maintain that he will make an impact on the Major league roster this year, and now he’s a step closer after being moved up to Iowa with Armando Rivero. Both are guys who could add depth to an already really good bullpen. What that does is free up the ability to move a guy like James Russell before the deadline.

The next few weeks will be an interesting couple weeks.

Finally, for the last few weeks, I’ve been toying with the idea of having a different theme to close a post out each day of the work week. Obviously this would have to include me actually posting each day of the work week, but what I’ve come up with is this.

Minor League Monday – A look at who’s hot over the last week and who’s not

Trivia Tuesday – Pretty self explanatory

Would You Rather Wednesday – Taken from my favorite podcast, the Waddle & Silvy show on ESPN 1000, I’ll give you some questions to answer

Baseball Reference Play Index Thursday – This one will be my favorite day, and I think you’ll see how cool it is once we do it.

Fake Team Friday / Friday Five – I will give you two special things on this day. First will be a look at the season I am simulating in OOTP Baseball with the Cubs. Basically an update on Joe’s Cub rebuild as he plays GM and leads the team to the World Series. Also included will be a top five list of some sort.

Should be fun, so be on the lookout for that and let’s get the series started off right today with a win this afternoon. Don’t look now, but this team is just 10 under .500.

  • Doug S.

    You’re weekly lineup looks good, could be even better with a CAPS Batch Cooking Tips segment.

    Funny being a Cubs fan. I look at the standings under the L10 column seeing the Cubs 5-5, think that’s not too bad.

    • Eddie Von White

      You could have stopped at: “Funny being a Cubs fan”

    • PLCB3

      What is there to learn?

      • Your recipes, for starters. Techniques…stuff like that. The weekends are open…I say you try it out.

  • Doc Raker

    Wouldn’t it be great if the Cubs could promote the AAA broadcasters to Wrigley and DFA Len Kasper. Can the Cubs put Len Kasper on waivers? Maybe the Blue Jays would pick him up and send the Cubs the “Maple Leafs Legends” video.

    • Mark_from_Toronto

      I don’t think sending the Cubs anything related to the Leafs would be a good idea since it seems both clubs haven’t been able to figure out how to win a championship in a long time. Might I suggest a completely lopsided trade for Buck Martinez (Jays TV broadcaster).

      • Doc Raker

        Buck Martinez is a great broadcaster. I really enjoyed him on XM radio when they first started the MLB Network on XM back in 2005. It was him, Mark Patrick from Indianopolis and Larry Bowa, they were the morning guys- good stuff. I liked that show better than what XM has now.

  • Doc Raker

    Wouldn’t it be great if the Cubs could promote the AAA broadcasters to Wrigley and DFA Len Kasper. Can the Cubs put Len Kasper on waivers? Maybe the Blue Jays would pick him up and send the Cubs the “Maple Leafs Legends” video.

  • Seymour Butts

    How about a Freaky Friday where we change places with another commenter.
    I will start by becoming Raker:
    The reason the Cubs have not won in a century is Obama. He forced the northsider’s into accepting food stamps and government cheese. Started when he was a young Kenyan in 1909.

    • You forgot to name drop a wine of which we’ve never heard.

      • Seymour Butts

        I also neglected global warming or the threat of sailing off the edge of the earth. There is only so much room and way too much material.

      • I’d appreciate a youth baseball stat update and some stuff about hockey.

      • Doc Raker

        Now I think you are mocking me. Seymours ‘be like Raker’ post was the highest form of flattery but now I sense some mocking going on here.

    • Doc Raker

      I am flatter you want to be like me. I hope one day you can evolve into a fun loving well rounded bloke but judging from your post you misunderstand the true essence of being a Raker.

      Unfortunately I can’t teach Rakerism in a single post but suffice to say you have a long way to go. Maybe at our VFTB Spring Training Dinner next March in Phoenix we can have a seminar and get you started in the right direction since the direction of the left that you so blindly follow just isn’t fulfilling your life as you had hoped.

      The Cubs won again, don’t hold your carbon dioxide but I think the Cubs are becoming competitive.

  • Dork

    I think it is a huge boost to have Bryant at AAA. I realize we probably will not see anyone until next years, but I totaly agree. We seem closer today somehow.

  • Kyle Grady

    Cubs playing very well as of recent. Luis Valbuena was a player I was not rooting for in the early stages of the season. Now, I have no choice but, to root for him. His fire and passion are so contagious he makes me want to play harder and I’m not on the team believe it or not. The outfield is playing better although they’re still the worst outfield in the league. Watching Eli Whiteside and Darwin Barney is truly painful. The rotation gives me nothing but hope. Minus Edwin Jackson. I hope to continue to see the Cubs steal 2 out of 3 from teams.

  • Kyle Grady

    Cubs playing very well as of recent. Luis Valbuena was a player I was not rooting for in the early stages of the season. Now, I have no choice but, to root for him. His fire and passion are so contagious he makes me want to play harder and I’m not on the team believe it or not. The outfield is playing better although they’re still the worst outfield in the league. Watching Eli Whiteside and Darwin Barney is truly painful. The rotation gives me nothing but hope. Minus Edwin Jackson. I hope to continue to see the Cubs steal 2 out of 3 from teams.