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Ask Joe Anything

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We’re going to try something new here to see if it goes over well. If you are good, you can have nice things, but if not, we’ll take it away. The design here is an open forum for you to ask me anything. Maybe it’s questions to get to know me better. Maybe it’s questions regarding the Cubs or Major League baseball in general. Maybe it’s a sports question. Maybe it’s just a quirky random question. Whatever is on your mind, have fun with it. There are just a few rules.

1. The CAPS rule – Do not blow up the comments with a zillion questions by one person.

2. The Seymour rule – Try to keep it semi-clean knowing that if it’s too far past the line it won’t get answered.

3. The Sherm Rule – Don’t post something and then disappear. Come back and see the answer.

Follow those rules and we’ll have a lot of fun. Just to give you an idea on quirky questions, see one of the editions of the Deadspin Funbag and you’ll know what I mean.

  • Joe Aiello

    I’ll be back tonight to get some answers to the comments so let’s get it started.

  • Joe Aiello

    I’ll be back tonight to get some answers to the comments so let’s get it started.

  • Monty

    The recent addition of Turner reminds me of another “project” pitcher that the Cubs picked up from Boston a year or 2 ago. Who was that pick up and how did that work out?

    • Joe Aiello

      Not sure who you’re referring to. One name that comes to mind is Michael Bowden, who was traded by the Red Sox to the Cubs in 2012 for Marlon Byrd. Bowden spent some time in the pen for the Cubs as late as last year and is currently pitching in Japan.

      • Josh Cornwall

        If that’s who he’s referencing…..that’s a horrible comparison.

      • Kizzfastfists

        I think he was talking about Justin Germano, who is also a terrible comparison. Germano was 29 when the Cubs got him, was never a legitimate prospect and threw in the mid 80s. Turner is 23, was an elite prospect and sits at 93.

      • Josh Cornwall

        If that’s who he’s referencing…..that’s a horrible comparison.

      • Kizzfastfists

        I think he was talking about Justin Germano, who is also a terrible comparison. Germano was 29 when the Cubs got him, was never a legitimate prospect and threw in the mid 80s. Turner is 23, was an elite prospect and sits at 93.

  • Monty

    The recent addition of Turner reminds me of another “project” pitcher that the Cubs picked up from Boston a year or 2 ago. Who was that pick up and how did that work out?

  • Doc Raker

    Do you believe man can control the climate?

    • Seymour Butts

      Do you believe a man can fly?

    • Joe Aiello

      I believe a man can control the climate in his home? In fact, they have automated systems specifically designed for that. More importantly, I know it’s possible for a man to control the climate in his bedroom. It’s very easy to make that a very cold place, so be careful.

      As far as the outside world, I’m not sure. I don’t get out much.

  • Doc Raker

    Do you believe man can control the climate?

    • Seymour Butts

      Do you believe a man can fly?

    • Joe Aiello

      I believe a man can control the climate in his home? In fact, they have automated systems specifically designed for that. More importantly, I know it’s possible for a man to control the climate in his bedroom. It’s very easy to make that a very cold place, so be careful.

      As far as the outside world, I’m not sure. I don’t get out much.

  • Ben

    Hey Joe what’s the small between a small market team and a big market team? How do they compete with one another? And do you think Hendricks is the real deal or is he having a good season?

    • Joe Aiello

      Ben, I don’t think the divide between the “small market” team and “large market” team is all that much of a factor now. There are so many socialistic systems in place now to make sure everyone is as equal as possible that the gap has lessened. What having a lot of money does now is give the flexibility to spend to overcome errors. There isn’t much room for error in evaluation when you have a payroll under $100 mil.

      I love Kyle Hendricks. I don’t see him as a top of the end rotation guy, but I like a number three guy is a fair hope for him.

      This post I did should give you an idea what that looks like:

      http://viewfromthebleachers.com/blog/2014/07/09/how-do-you-define-an-ace/

      • PLCB3

        But Tampa still can’t afford a David Price type player. The TV money gap is shrinking, but you still need a good stadium.

  • Ben

    Hey Joe what’s the small between a small market team and a big market team? How do they compete with one another? And do you think Hendricks is the real deal or is he having a good season?

    • Joe Aiello

      Ben, I don’t think the divide between the “small market” team and “large market” team is all that much of a factor now. There are so many socialistic systems in place now to make sure everyone is as equal as possible that the gap has lessened. What having a lot of money does now is give the flexibility to spend to overcome errors. There isn’t much room for error in evaluation when you have a payroll under $100 mil.

      I love Kyle Hendricks. I don’t see him as a top of the end rotation guy, but I like a number three guy is a fair hope for him.

      This post I did should give you an idea what that looks like:

      http://viewfromthebleachers.com/blog/2014/07/09/how-do-you-define-an-ace/

      • AC0000000

        But Tampa still can’t afford a David Price type player. The TV money gap is shrinking, but you still need a good stadium.

  • Chuck

    Will you be my friend?

    • Joe Aiello

      Do you have chocolate?

      • Chuck

        Yes. Come over and have some with me.

  • Chuck

    Will you be my friend?

    • Joe Aiello

      Do you have chocolate?

      • Chuck

        Yes. Come over and have some with me.

  • PLCB3

    How do you like working in the insurance business? I just got an offer from Allstate, and now I am studying to get my licenses for life insurance and property and casualty insurance. After I get those, then I can start studying for my series 6 and 63 licenses.

    • Joe Aiello

      I love what I do, especially when it comes to life, health and disability. Not a fan of Allstate. Also, not really a need for 6 and 63 if you’re just doing insurance. If you’re going for financial planning, you’ll need those.

      • PLCB3

        What licenses do you have? Allstate offers some financial planning so I intend to get those licenses eventually.

      • Joe Aiello

        I have life / health / property / casualty and will be getting long term care and med sup in the next 12 mo.

      • PLCB3

        Those don’t fall under health insurance?

      • Joe Aiello

        No

      • Joe Aiello

        No

  • AC0000000

    How do you like working in the insurance business? I just got an offer from Allstate, and now I am studying to get my licenses for life insurance and property and casualty insurance. After I get those, then I can start studying for my series 6 and 63 licenses.

    • Joe Aiello

      I love what I do, especially when it comes to life, health and disability. Not a fan of Allstate. Also, not really a need for 6 and 63 if you’re just doing insurance. If you’re going for financial planning, you’ll need those.

      • AC0000000

        What licenses do you have? Allstate offers some financial planning so I intend to get those licenses eventually.

      • Joe Aiello

        I have life / health / property / casualty and will be getting long term care and med sup in the next 12 mo.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Will we see Jorge Soler come up from Iowa this season?

    • Joe Aiello

      Yes, I went on Twitter this week and said it would be this weekend. I’m gonna eat those words, more than likely, but I really feel strong that he’ll be here before 9/1

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Will we see Jorge Soler come up from Iowa this season?

    • Joe Aiello

      Yes, I went on Twitter this week and said it would be this weekend. I’m gonna eat those words, more than likely, but I really feel strong that he’ll be here before 9/1

  • Doug S.

    Am I the only person in the world that doesn’t find Will Ferrell funny?

    • Joe Aiello

      No, you and my wife.

      • Eddie Von White

        You, Joe’s wife, and my wife.

      • Josh Cornwall

        And my wife…..seeing a trend here.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        You can add me and my wife also!

      • Chuck

        It depends. If he is the main actor in a movie, I can’t stand him with the notable exception of The Other Guys. When he is a supporting actor, as he is in Old School, he can be hilarious. He is best in small doses.

  • Doug S.

    Am I the only person in the world that doesn’t find Will Ferrell funny?

    • Joe Aiello

      No, you and my wife.

      • Eddie Von White

        You, Joe’s wife, and my wife.

      • Josh Cornwall

        And my wife…..seeing a trend here.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        You can add me and my wife also!

      • Chuck

        It depends. If he is the main actor in a movie, I can’t stand him with the notable exception of The Other Guys. When he is a supporting actor, as he is in Old School, he can be hilarious. He is best in small doses.

  • Noah_I

    Did the site get significantly more traffic in the competitive seasons of 2007-2009 than in the non-competitive seasons since? Not saying we don’t have a good amount of traffic, and we have a solid set of regulars, but just curious if more people check in when the Cubs are good.

    • Joe Aiello

      It’s a good question.Unfortunately, I’ve used a couple different metric services to monitor traffic and they have since gone by the wayside. What I can say is that when the team is relevant, activity increases. We see spikes in March and April. Lull in May and June, then a Spike in July and then Lull till offseason on a typical losing year.

  • Noah_I

    Did the site get significantly more traffic in the competitive seasons of 2007-2009 than in the non-competitive seasons since? Not saying we don’t have a good amount of traffic, and we have a solid set of regulars, but just curious if more people check in when the Cubs are good.

    • Joe Aiello

      It’s a good question.Unfortunately, I’ve used a couple different metric services to monitor traffic and they have since gone by the wayside. What I can say is that when the team is relevant, activity increases. We see spikes in March and April. Lull in May and June, then a Spike in July and then Lull till offseason on a typical losing year.

  • Seymour Butts

    At which exhibit at the National Zoo would you feel most comfortable naked?

    • Joe Aiello

      Definitely the monkey / ape house. I’m a hairy dude.

      • Eddie Von White

        Again, TMI.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Monkeys are know to throw some pretty unpleasant things,

      • cap’n realist

        it’s true, but they have good aim, and usually target cardiologists and optometrists….

    • Joe Aiello

      Definitely the monkey / ape house. I’m a hairy dude.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Monkeys are know to throw some pretty unpleasant things,

      • cap’n realist

        it’s true, but they have good aim, and usually target cardiologists and optometrists….

  • Dear Joe,

    What happened to the prom dress link?

    • Joe Aiello

      Unfortunately, the demand for prom dresses appears to have decreased as more and more girls are skipping the prom and just going right to the hotel with their date. No need to spend the money on a fancy dress.

    • Joe Aiello

      Unfortunately, the demand for prom dresses appears to have decreased as more and more girls are skipping the prom and just going right to the hotel with their date. No need to spend the money on a fancy dress.

  • Dear Joe,

    Seriously, what happened to our Johnsons? JJ must have given his two weeks…

    • Joe Aiello

      Mine is good. Just got done using it actually. As far as Jeremiah and Jedi, they are both well. Life is just busy. Jeremiah recently got married and Jedi has a job and a bunch of kids.

      • One vote for making ‘Ask Joe’ a regular thing…this is great.

      • Seymour Butts

        Agree, perhaps we could extend it to others. I envision a 400 post ask caps anything where he both asks and answers all the questions.

      • Eddie Von White

        I second the motion.

      • One vote for making ‘Ask Joe’ a regular thing…this is great.

      • Eddie Von White

        I second the motion.

      • TMI on your own johnson.

      • TMI on your own johnson.

  • Dear Joe,

    Seriously, what happened to our Johnsons? JJ must have given his two weeks…

  • cap’n realist

    1. Do you consider an Optometrist a doctor, or merely the proprietor of a pricey Sunglass Hut?
    2. Is Subway really all that healthy an alternative, or is it just a place for cheap cardiologists to save a few bucks over a locally owned, quality sangwich shop?
    3. what do you feel is the single most important baseball statistic? If you could only choose one, what would give you the best information?

    • Doc Raker

      Happy birthday Capn. Len Kasper has a ticket for you for Lolapolozza.

      • Seymour Butts

        Can I answer this one?

    • Joe Aiello

      1. Optometrist is definitely a doctor, but the materials they sell give them the impression of a sunglasses hut due to the cost. Drastically overpriced.

      2. I love Subway.

      3. For hitting, I look at OPS and OPS+. I haven’t figured out which I like better. I lean toward OPS+. For pitching, I’m still an ERA guy, but I’m looking more and more at FIP and xFIP

      • Dork

        I like OPS but I think wOBA is the most complete hitting stat and FIP is the easiest/most reliable pitching stat. Not that anyone asked me, but I could not help it.

  • cap’n realist

    1. Do you consider an Optometrist a doctor, or merely the proprietor of a pricey Sunglass Hut?
    2. Is Subway really all that healthy an alternative, or is it just a place for cheap cardiologists to save a few bucks over a locally owned, quality sangwich shop?
    3. what do you feel is the single most important baseball statistic? If you could only choose one, what would give you the best information?

    • Doc Raker

      Happy birthday Capn. Len Kasper has a ticket for you for Lolapolozza.

      • Seymour Butts

        Can I answer this one?

    • Joe Aiello

      1. Optometrist is definitely a doctor, but the materials they sell give them the impression of a sunglasses hut due to the cost. Drastically overpriced.

      2. I love Subway.

      3. For hitting, I look at OPS and OPS+. I haven’t figured out which I like better. I lean toward OPS+. For pitching, I’m still an ERA guy, but I’m looking more and more at FIP and xFIP

      • Dork

        I like OPS but I think wOBA is the most complete hitting stat and FIP is the easiest/most reliable pitching stat. Not that anyone asked me, but I could not help it.

  • Eddie Von White

    What criteria do you use when considering feature authors on this site?

    • Joe Aiello

      What they bring to the table that is different and creative.

      • The bar is not high, Eddie. I’ve got a gig here and all I do is retype what others say. 😉

      • Eddie Von White

        It sounds like you belong in Hollywood.

      • cap’n realist

        or perhaps D.C. Lizzie for Senate!

      • cap’n realist

        or perhaps D.C. Lizzie for Senate!

      • Seymour Butts

        And it is the most looked forward to piece of the week.

      • Seymour Butts

        And it is the most looked forward to piece of the week.

  • Eddie Von White

    What criteria do you use when considering feature authors on this site?

  • Kizzfastfists

    French fries or onion rings?

    • Joe Aiello

      Depends. If we’re talking those limp and floppy, I need Viagra, fries you see, then definitely onion rings. I hate a floppy fry. I want some crunch and crisp and crinkle. I do love some Burger King rings though because it’s basically fried breading with a hint of onion.

      • PLCB3

        What about waffle fries and steak fries? I love fries from slow food places, steak fries in particular.

      • Joe Aiello

        Eh

  • Kizzfastfists

    French fries or onion rings?

    • Joe Aiello

      Depends. If we’re talking those limp and floppy, I need Viagra, fries you see, then definitely onion rings. I hate a floppy fry. I want some crunch and crisp and crinkle. I do love some Burger King rings though because it’s basically fried breading with a hint of onion.

      • AC0000000

        What about waffle fries and steak fries? I love fries from slow food places, steak fries in particular.

  • Dear Joe,

    Condiment fingers is insane. What is the most insane thing you have found yourself pondering since ‘condiment fingers?’

    • Joe Aiello

      What to think about the NSA

      • PLCB3

        The head of the NSA went to my high school, New Trier. The last time a New Trier alum had a prominent position in the executive branch (Rumsfeld), this country got into 2 wars.

      • Ah…look how excited you are…let’s do this more often.

  • Dear Joe,

    Condiment fingers is insane. What is the most insane thing you have found yourself pondering since ‘condiment fingers?’

    • Joe Aiello

      What to think about the NSA

      • AC0000000

        The head of the NSA went to my high school, New Trier. The last time a New Trier alum had a prominent position in the executive branch (Rumsfeld), this country got into 2 wars.

  • Doc Raker

    When you dine with Seymour do you bring reading material so you are not bored?

    • Joe Aiello

      I have only had the privilege of dining with capn obvious (he paid), Tom C (he always pays), and Chet (comped meal). In the event that Seymour would like to visit, I’d be glad to let him pay and I would be facinated to know how he took the photo at that angle for his avatar.

      • PLCB3

        Probably the same way Bart was able to write legibly on his own butt

      • AC0000000

        Probably the same way Bart was able to write legibly on his own butt

      • Seymour Butts

        It was taken at fantasy camp by a teammate on one of the fields at Fitch park. Larry Bittner noticed and fined the both of us at kangaroo court the next day.

  • Doc Raker

    When you dine with Seymour do you bring reading material so you are not bored?

  • Bryan

    Joe,
    Would you rather the Cubs have a starting rotation of one #1, one #3, and 3 #5s, or five #3’s?

    • cap’n realist

      we actually discussed this at pre-camp…right before operation shutdown. Raker is a fan of only 9’s and 10’s. Seymour never had a 10, but he’s had five 2’s. It’s the new Obamacare math. They are both happy. The Cubs still stink.

    • Joe Aiello

      Five threes

  • Bryan

    Joe,
    Would you rather the Cubs have a starting rotation of one #1, one #3, and 3 #5s, or five #3’s?

    • cap’n realist

      we actually discussed this at pre-camp…right before operation shutdown. Raker is a fan of only 9’s and 10’s. Seymour never had a 10, but he’s had five 2’s. It’s the new Obamacare math. They are both happy. The Cubs still stink.

    • Joe Aiello

      Five threes

  • Dork

    What do you do with Edwin? Is it time to DFA him? Has he really fallen to the point where he has no value? I would love to see what Straily and Turner can do but we have too many pitchers. Looks like we will get to see Straily, which I think is a great idea to throw in an extra during this stretch.

    • PLCB3

      He’s got too much money owed to him at this point to tell him to pack his bags. If he’s like this at this time next year then you can give him his dough and tell him to pack his bags.

  • Dork

    What do you do with Edwin? Is it time to DFA him? Has he really fallen to the point where he has no value? I would love to see what Straily and Turner can do but we have too many pitchers. Looks like we will get to see Straily, which I think is a great idea to throw in an extra during this stretch.

    • AC0000000

      He’s got too much money owed to him at this point to tell him to pack his bags. If he’s like this at this time next year then you can give him his dough and tell him to pack his bags.