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AL Central Battle, Ron Washington Update & More!

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Somehow we’ve almost reached the MLB Postseason. It’s been a long ride to get here and there’s still quite a bit of entertaining baseball yet to be played. Let’s get caught up with the biggest headlines from this past week.

Battle For AL Central Crown In Kansas City

Going into the season, the American League Central division wasn’t expected to be a closely contested race. The Detroit Tigers possessed one of the highest payrolls in the league, and they were expected to steamroll their competition. Unfortunately for them, games aren’t decided on paper.

The Tigers have struggled through large chunks of this season, due to both bullpen issues and occasional no-shows by their offense. With them faltering at times, the Kansas City Royals have capitalized. Kansas City, a team who hasn’t seen the playoffs in nearly 30 years, is now within striking distance.

This weekend, the two teams squared off in a three-game series that will have drastic implications for who ends up on top. The Tigers won the opening game on Friday and snuck by on Saturday due to a base-running error by catcher Salvador Perez. They picked up the win on Sunday, but that game that they lost in the overall series could come back to haunt them.

In the end, I think it will be the Tigers that wind up coming out on top of the division. They have had long stretches of poor play, but it seems as if they’re finally playing up to the level they should have been at the whole season. The impending return of Anibal Sanchez should help, as well. Who do you think ends up taking the AL Central?

Washington Explains Resignation

In one of the weirder managerial moves in recent memory, long-tenured Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington stepped down a couple of weeks ago amidst one of the worst seasons in team history. Management stated it had nothing to do with the team’s record, so many people were left wondering.

The details of his resignation have finally come out following a press conference this week, but it appears that there will be much more to the story that Washington told. According to Washington, he was unfaithful to his wife and he felt that he needed to get his personal life in order.

With a little deeper digging, you can see that Washington hired two crisis management firms prior to his holding of the press conference. Many considered it an odd move and it has drawn questions regarding the truth of his initial story.

This whole situation has felt odd to me from the start and I can nearly guarantee that there is more to this story than what has currently been released. I wouldn’t go as far as to agree with the Texas beat writer that rumored he will be involved in a sexual assault case, but I feel like it does go deeper than just him being unfaithful to his wife. What are your thoughts on this situation?

Stroman Suspended 5 Games

One of the most promising rookie pitchers in the game will be forced to miss a start, after the league offices ruled that he intentionally threw at a batter. Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays was certainly not agreeable with the ruling, but it seems as if it was justified.

For a little context, Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes had his hand stepped on by Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph in a play at the plate in Monday’s game between the two teams. In response, Stroman threw a pitch over the Joseph’s head when he came to the plate.

The league originally suspended Stroman for 6 games, but dropped the ban down to 5 following an appeal. He adamantly stated that the pitch just got away from him, but that’s essentially meaningless, as almost any pitcher would say the exact same thing.

I’m all for defending your teammates, but I think Stroman is pushing a fine line here. He regularly sits in the mid-90’s with his fastball and who knows what would happen if he hit Joseph in the head with that. There’s absolutely no reason to throw above a guy’s shoulders in any situation. I’m completely fine with the 5-game suspension the MLB leveled against him. What are your thoughts on Stroman’s suspension? Should it have been longer?

This Week’s MVP: Wilin Rosario (.706/.706/1.176, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

This Week’s Cy Young: Andrew Cashner (2-0, 1.06 ERA, 14 K)

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Joe Answers the Questions You Asked

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

So sorry it’s taken me a few days to get answers to your burning questions. The fact is, if your questions are burning, you may want to seek a doctor. I think there is a cream they can give you to help with that. Now, on to the answers. (Note: I didn’t choose ALL of the questions as due to my laziness there were too many. Also, I just thought some were boring.)

Jedi asks:

What’s the difference between a random thought and a question?

I tend to equate random thoughts to things that just pop into my mind. They don’t really require an answer and often times have little purpose to them at all. However a question is much more important. Then again, when you’re dealing with kids, and God knows we are, they seem one and the same and they seem to come in abundance.

Dork (Is it OK if I call you that?) asks:

What will the cubs record be in 2015?

I went on record when we were recording our podcast (before MLB advanced media decided to do what MLB advanced media does), that I felt the Cubs would finish .500 this season. Obviously that didn’t happen, partly due to a dreadful start to the season, but I still feel like it was a realistic goal for this team. For next season, I see know reason why .500 shouldn’t be the expectation with a goal being the playoffs. Call me crazy, but with a good amount of our prized prospects expected to be making an impact next year at the Major League level, why shouldn’t we expect .500. Everywhere you read, people say 2016 is the year the Cubs will contend for the playoffs and be a really good team. Why can’t it be 2015? I expect good things next year. So, to answer your question, I will say 82-80.

Dan Gilman asks:

What are the chances the Cubs trade Castro this off-season?

I don’t think they are high. If the Cubs deal a shortstop, I believe it makes sense to engage in talks with the Mets given the surplus of young, Major League ready arms they have in their system and the fact that they crave a building block shortstop. However, I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t really like Starlin Castro. I can understand. It’s hard to like a guy who has almost 1,000 hits and been a three time all star before the age of 25. I don’t see why people are so quick to dismiss him. Does he have his flaws? Of course, but what player doesn’t. Show me a player under 25 that doesn’t have one. They just don’t exist. He’s learning and this year he’s taken a major step forward. If I’m Theo and Jed, I value him the highest among the three top guys in this system right now.

Ben asks:

Who do you think will be called up next year to the majors besides Kris Bryant and the others who have already been called up  like Soler and Alcantara?

The biggest name to watch for next year is obviously Addison Russell, but I also have my eye on someone like C.J. Edwards or Dallas Beeler. I don’t think we saw enough of Beeler this year and I’d like to see more.

Doug S. asks:

Ginger, Maryann or Mrs. Howell?

Mary Anne.

Jswanson asks:

Rank the following Doritos, from tastiest to least tasty:
* Cool Ranch
* Nacho Cheese
* Tapatio
* Taco
* Spicier Nacho
* Salsa Verde
* Spicy Sweet Chili

Unfortunately, we do not keep snacks like that in the house (and yet I’m still fat). That said, I’ve only had two of those so I am going to rank based on what I would assume they would taste time.

1. Nacho Cheese

Tie for last – All the others. To be honest, I hate cool ranch flavor and the others sound like death. I’m not a Doritos guy.

Brian asks:

If the Cubs were to trade one of their significant offensive pieces (Rizzo, Castro, or any of the other guys whom I won’t mention because you already know who they are) for pitching, who do you want it to be and, if different, who do you think it will be?

I’ve gone on record that I believe it will be Baez. I used to think that Jorge Soler had the biggest bust potential. Now I believe it may be Baez. I shop him and see what his value can net. Thankfully, power hitting is a valuable and sparse currency these days.

CAPS asks:

What’s your favorite thing to batch cook and do you like to cook shirtless?

You really are a unique dude, you know that? Don’t cook, and especially not shirtless. They don’t make hair nets for my chest.

That will do it for this edition. Sorry again for the time it took. Thanks for being patient. Enjoy the last two series of the season. How about we finish it out with a six game win streak?

 

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Pitchers with the Best and Worst Run Support

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Thankfully, the baseball community has moved beyond judging pitchers solely by their won-lost record. Last season, Clayton Kershaw took home the NL Cy Young despite having three fewer wins than Adam Wainwright. More famously, Felix Hernandez won the AL Cy Young in 2010 with just a 13-12 record. However, those were extreme cases where pitchers had major advantages in other measures of pitching performance, notably ERA. Since Hernandez’s Cy Young, the AL wins leader has won the Cy Young three consecutive seasons. Wins clearly remain a factor in many people’s evaluations.

Of course, pitchers who perform well tend to earn more wins than those who do not, but there are still inputs to those wins that are out of the pitchers’ control. The primary factor is run support, which Baseball Info Solutions calculates as the number of runs an offense scores while a pitcher is in the game prorated over nine innings. In 2010, the Mariners scored just 3.10 runs per nine in Hernandez’s starts, which was the second lowest total among qualified starters. That’s 3.03 runs fewer than the Yankees scored for C.C. Sabathia (a 21-game winner) per nine that season!

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the pitchers in 2014 who have seen the best and worst run support. First, here are the starters with the best run support this season:

Best Run Support, 2014
Player Average Run Support
C.J. Wilson, Angels 6.55
Jorge de la Rosa, Rockies 6.31
Colby Lewis, Rangers 5.97
Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles 5.96
Madison Bumgarner, Giants 5.87

C.J. Wilson leads the way with an average of 6.55 runs of support per start. The Angels actually lead baseball with 744 runs this season, so they were the best bet to have a pitcher at the top of the list. Teammate Jered Weaver just missed the top five with 5.80 runs of support per nine.

Like Wilson, Jorge de la Rosa benefits from an offense that scores a lot of runs. In his case, it’s the Rockies, who have the third most runs in baseball with 700. In contrast, Colby Lewis is a surprise. The Rangers are 20th in runs scored, so Lewis actually received much more run support than the average Rangers’ starter. But Lewis has been unable to take advantage of his good fortune. With a 5.12 ERA, which is not far below his 5.97 runs of support per nine, Lewis has compiled a 10-13 record.

Wei-Yin Chen and Madison Bumgarner don’t often need their exceptional run support. Chen has the 10th lowest walk rate among qualified starters this season (1.66 walks per nine), and Bumgarner has the 12th highest strikeout rate (9.17 strikeouts per nine). That has led them to a 3.58 and 2.91 ERA, respectively. Unsurprisingly, they are tied for sixth and tied for third in baseball in wins.

Here are the starters with the worst run support:

Worst Run Support, 2014
Player Average Run Support
Nathan Eovaldi, Marlins 2.89
Eric Stults, Padres 3.04
Francisco Liriano, Pirates 3.09
Alex Wood, Braves 3.16
Yovani Gallardo, Brewers 3.29

Nathan Eovaldi of the Marlins sets the low bar with 2.89 runs of support per nine. That seems to be a bit of an outlier since the Marlins are middle of the pack with 613 runs scored. They do not hold a candle to the Padres in that respect, however. The Padres have scored just 489 runs this season. That is 255 runs fewer than the league-leading Angels and 61 runs fewer than the Braves, who are second to last. With such an anemic offense, Padres’ starters are prominent at or near the bottom of the list. Eric Stults has had the second lowest run support, and Ian Kennedy just missed the list with 3.36 runs per nine.

The Braves may be substantially better on offense than the Padres, but Alex Wood and Julio Teheran have not benefited from that. Wood has the fourth lowest run support with 3.16 runs per start, and Teheran is in the bottom 12, as well.

Francisco Liriano and Yovani Gallardo are the opposite of Colby Lewis. The Pirates have the 8th most runs and the Brewers have the 13th most runs in baseball this season, but both pitchers are in the bottom five in run support per nine. Charlie Morton (3.72 run support per nine) of the Pirates is the only other qualified Pirates or Brewers starter with less than 4.00 runs per nine of support.

“Used with permission from John Dewan’s Stat of the Week®, www.statoftheweek.com.”

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GirlieView (09/18/2014)

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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 the 2014 Season = 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

  • [The record keeping replay] is when a manager feels Dork has made an incorrect entry into his spreadsheet, and requests an external audit.
  • I take exception to this – There are no errors in my spreadsheets
  • I think on every overturned call, the umpiring crew should drop and do 20 push-ups. This would create peer pressure among the umpires to get it right the first time, and also help with the umpires’ collective fitness regimen.
  • I think the manager who gets the overturned call should be able to choose from a whole repertoire of exercises for the ump. This would add much entertainment to the game.
  • They should be able to get out of the physical challenge by either drinking a cup of “mystery juice” from the training room, or by reciting correctly Pi to 27 digits.
  • I hope this humbles the umpires, they were always so arrogant in arguments prior to replay. I am surprised the over turn rate is so high, I thought it would be much lower, i.e. I thought the umpires were better than this.
  • I am surprised as well. If I was wrong 50% of the time at my job, I would not have a job. But you would, because the old “blind ump” adage now applies. They all need their eyes checked – or maybe the high error rate is because you are checking their eyes.
  • Moderately trained chimps could call most of these correctly and still have time to make eyeglasses for the masses.
  • I miss the 5-minute display of two out-of-shape old guys cussing each other out in front of 30,000 people. They’ve taken a part of the game away from me.
  • Good point Jedi and I do give umpires discounts on eye exams and 30% off MSRP on all sunglasses to anyone who wants them. Maui Jim, Von Zipper, Persol, Zeal, Gucci, Ray Ban, Michael Kors and more. Just let me know the model you want.
  • Looks like Joe replaced the Prom Dress ad with a Sunglass ad. Those ads apparently do not cost much.
  • Is it an ad for the Sunglasses Hut by the Quiznos in Huntington? I think that is Doc’s office.
  • You will get more wear out of the sunglasses than your prom dress.
  • Carlos Zambrano has retired which most of you probably know. Can he still pitch? “I don’t think so,” said Zambrano, who has retired from the big leagues. “I think I can hit. I was telling one of the [Cubs] scouts that I was playing catch the other day after five months, and I felt like I was throwing a rock. I think I’m going to stay home, see what happens next year. God has the last word.” Then he slugged the Cubs scout in the nose and busted up a gatorade cooler just for old laughs.
  • From home games to road games, the tentative 2015 Chicago Cubs regular season schedule has it all.
  • From day games to night games, this tentative schedule has it all.
  • No matter what, he will always have great stories to tell his grandkids
  • Paid to play. Incredible regardless. As a bonus, [Olt] might be able to play ball in Japan and potentially get to see Matt Murton naked.
  • I do believe he’s been mentioned in the same sentence as those other former Cub sit-com players. I don’t know if I’d tell my grandkids I saw Matt Murton naked though. Might seem a little weird to them.
  • You’d have to slide it into conversation like it was no big deal.
  • Sort of like Joe did?
  • Olt needs to perfect the triangle mouth. That is the key to future success.
  • Mark, my hat’s off to you for enduring those 3 tough results.
  • Well I was just happy to see the Cubs in person as it’s been a few years since I had. In spite of the lopsided scores I stayed to the very end of each game.
  • We are only 13 out of the wild card!
  • Joe, what’s the difference between a random thought and a question? Don’t thoughts usually end with a period to indicate their completeness while questions end with a question mark? And isn’t randomness involved where questions aren’t related, rather than a series of questions about a particular sport – like say, baseball? Wouldn’t 3 baseball questions be categorized as a homogeneous group, thus rendering them the opposite of random unless of course they were asked on a cooking blog? Does grouping questions together mean that ultimately you’ve asked merely a single question? For instance, have I just asked one question here? Or 7? And if I numbered & grouped them, would that change your answer? Either that’s question 1, or 8, or possibly anything in between; but I will complete my thought(s) at this point.
  • I’m considering legal action against hotels.com for their unpermitted and egregious use of my former moniker in their lame advertisements. Can you recommend a good intellectual property attorney?
  • What does it profit a man, O wise one, to fill his brain with Cub facts and statistics?
  • What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen African swallow?
  • Ginger, Maryann or Mrs. Howell?
  • Who first said “It is what it is” and were they talking about the Cubs?
  • Rank the following Doritos, from tastiest to least tasty:
    * Cool Ranch
    * Nacho Cheese
    * Tapatio
    * Taco
    * Spicier Nacho
    * Salsa Verde
    * Spicy Sweet Chili
  • can I get an unlimited supply in each finger?
  • Joe are you out there?
  • Here’s my question. I’d like to know what you think ab
  • Will somebody send 911 to Sherm’s house. He’s had a stroke mid- thought.
  • I’m fine, but the wife sends her thanks for the hunky paramedic, and I’m sure he appreciated all her one dollar bills. I think they were ones. I quit watching after his pants came off.
  • Joe, Do you think your violation of the Sherm Rule is sort of like God coveting his neighbor? Where did you go?
  • Maybe Joe got to CAPS’ first comment and stuck the business end of a shotgun in his mouth?
  • I completely misunderstood the premise of this thread. I thought if we asked Joe anything, he would answer the questions.
  • Maybe Joe’s watching Gilligan’s Island reruns to figure out the answer to a tough question.
  • In his defense, he actually doesn’t promise to answer the questions himself.

Lizard

  • There is a paucity of triangle-mouths left in these parts.

Shout Outs

  • No one submitted their first 2014 in-season Lizzie this time around so let’s just shout out for everyone, especially for keeping us entertained while we’re bored! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to jswanson, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time!! You rock!!

Top 10 of the 2014 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. jswanson
2. Doc Raker
3. Seymour Butts
4. Eddie Von White
5. Joe Aiello
6. Doug S.
7. Dork
8. Chuck
9. Mark From Toronto
9. Sean Powell

Chit Chat

Who makes the playoffs?

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Ask Joe Anything

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

That’s right, it’s time for everyone’s favorite game, Ask Joe Anything. I’m also looking for a nomination from you on which writer we should use for the next edition. Remember the 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.

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Stanton Suffers Devastating Injury, Davis Suspended and More!

Monday, September 15th, 2014

After a week spent traveling across the country and back, I’ve returned with another week’s worth of MLB news! Unfortunately, we aren’t going to be able to start off on a good note for this week.

Stanton, Headley Both Hit In Face With Pitches

Just like in any sport, injuries are just a part of the game. Even with that being known, however, it didn’t’ make seeing the pitches hitting Giancarlo Stanton and Chase Headley any easier to watch.

In the Miami Marlins game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Stanton stepped to the plate against Michael Fiers. Fiers wound up and threw a fastball that ended up connecting right on the left side of Stanton’s face, which caused him to crumple up the ground. Blood covered the area around him and he had to be stretched out of the stadium.

A short time after, Chase Headley of the New York Yankees was drilled by an errant pitch in his face, as well. Luckily for him, he didn’t suffer nearly injuries nearly as severe as Stanton and he was able to walk off under his own power.

It was saddening to see one of the game’s brightest stars dropped in an incident like this, and you have to wonder how he’ll be able to bounce back. The mental impact that this will have on both him and Fiers is going to be tough to overcome, and you have to hope that it doesn’t derail his incredibly promising career. Do you think this will impact Stanton’s career beyond the fact that he’ll miss the rest of this season?

Davis Suspended For 25 Games

In one of the most surprising stories of the 2013 season, journeyman first baseman Chris Davis exploded for 53 home runs and gave the Baltimore Orioles a legitimate power threat in the middle of their lineup. Though the team is going to make the playoffs this year, it appears they’ll be without Davis for the stretch run.

It wasn’t an injury that took him out of the lineup, but rather a 25-game ban issued by the MLB for reportedly using amphetamines. According to Davis, he used Adderall and didn’t have the Therapeutic Use Exemption that he had last season.

Whether he was rejected or didn’t apply for it is still not clear yet, but what’s obvious is that this was a big error in judgment for Davis. After his power outburst last season he had to know that people would be keeping a close eye on him, yet he still decided to go ahead and use Adderall anyways.

While the loss of 25 games is certainly big, the potential lost earnings for Davis could be even bigger. It was reported that he and the Orioles were in the midst of negotiating a new contact, with the latest offer sitting around 5-years, $70 million. This suspension could take a big hit out of that overall monetary value. Should Adderall be banned by the MLB? Also, what do you think is Davis’ value on the open market?

Bochy Family Makes History

Over the course of Major League Baseball history, there have been a few father/son combinations that have played together and even more brothers that have played at the same time. This past week, there was a family combination that was the first the MLB has ever seen.

In a blowout against the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy made the call to bring in a reliever. This call to the pen was different than any other he had ever made in his life, as the reliever he was bringing into the game was his son, Brett.

Brett, who was drafted by the team in 2010, wound up allowing 2 runs over the 1.1 innings that he pitched (an improvement over the rest of the team, who wound up allowing 15 over the other 7.2 innings). He was a September call-up for the team and he’s looking to earn a spot on the team beyond this month.

You could see the joy on Bruce’s face as he handed the ball off and it was truly a great moment for everyone involved. While the result of the game was certainly not what they had hoped for, it will go down as a moment that no one in the Bochy family will ever forget. What is your favorite “family moment” in baseball history?

This Week’s MVP: Howie Kendrick (.500/.531/.800, 2 HR, 10 RBI)

This Week’s Cy Young: Shelby Miller (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 9 K)

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What Is the Future of Mike Olt?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

I’d like to get a discussion going this morning about a guy that was projected to be a big part of the future when the trade with Texas was made, but has turned into more of an afterthought this season.

Today let’s talk about Mike Olt and what his future looks like. It’s clear that Kris Bryant will be with the Major League team sooner rather than later. Some think he may even break camp with the team. Where does that leave Olt?

Let’s talk about that.

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Cubs Announce Tentative 2015 Schedule

Monday, September 8th, 2014

From the Cubs Media Relations Dept:

CHICAGO – Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs today announced the tentative 2015 regular season schedule.  The Cubs will open their 140th season at home on Monday, April 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals to kick off the 100th season of Cubs baseball at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will begin the 2015 campaign at home for the first time since 2012 and for just the fourth time in the last 14 seasons.  The Cubs play the Cardinals in their season opener for the first time since 1991, as the first homestand features three games against St. Louis before the club leaves for a three-game road trip in Denver.

The 2015 schedule features eight interleague series against the American League Central, including the annual home-and-home sets against the Chicago White Sox.  The Cubs and White Sox in 2015 will play a total of six games, with the first three games taking place at Wrigley Field leading up to the All Star Break from July 10-12 followed by three games at U.S. Cellular Field on August 14-16.

In addition to the White Sox series, the Cubs welcome three additional A.L. Central opponents: the Kansas City Royals (three games, May 29-31), the Cleveland Indians (two games, June 15-16) and the Detroit Tigers (two games, August 18-19).  The Cubs travel to play at Detroit (two games, June 9-10), Cleveland (two games, June 17-18) and Minnesota (three games, June 19-21). The Cubs visit Cleveland for the first time since 2006.

The Cubs 2015 tentative schedule features only two three-series homestands and two three-city road trips (after four three-city road trips in 2014 and five three-city road trips in 2013).

The Cubs are scheduled to host two holiday games in 2015: Memorial Day Monday, May 25 vs. Washington and the Fourth of July vs. Miami.  The Cubs will be on the road for three holidays this season: May 10 in Milwaukee for Mother’s Day, June 21 in Minnesota on Father’s Day and Labor Day Monday, September 7 in St. Louis.

The tentative 2015 Chicago Cubs regular season schedule is below:

View the Schedule

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GirlieView (09/04/2014)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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 the 2014 Season = 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

  • Whoever I pick for #1 will go on to have a HOF career if he is traded. That is my luck.
  • As much as all Cubs fans wanted him to be manager one of the best moves Theo made was not hiring him as manager.
  • I like a manager that plays the best player regardless of contract and or service time.
  • I flipped over to Len on the Cubs broadcast and learned that Michael Buble will be performing live on Dancing with the Stars.
  • I think that Michael Buble is dreamy. Maybe not Geo Soto dreamy, but dreamy nonetheless.
  • How do you think these injuries conversations go? So Edwin we think your side is hurting, how about a DL stint and rehab assignment?
  • Watching the same amount of Cubs games, which is every opportunity. It’s now the time of year when I get the “why?” from other baseball fans at the sports bar. Or maybe I’m wrong and that’s all year.
  • I also want to thank my teammates here at the VFTB who toss up some serious batting practice lunch meat to be knocked around the VFTB yard.
  • Tarpgate
  • groundscrew
  • I remember that for sure. I went by SB2 then, and my avatar was a picture of Seymour’s buttcrack next to another picture of Seymour’s buttcrack.
  • Len would like the Cubs to play them in Baltimore next time, since he hasn’t seen their new park yet.
  • There is nothing more exciting that watching a kid from the minors come up and get his first chance.
  • Word has it Soler batch cooks plantains.
  • It only makes sense, Doc. Young players like Soler are on the road, a lot. Factor in double headers and extra cuts in the cage…you are going to be wiped most nights. Batch cooking plantains on a rare day-off is definitely the way to go. You can scoop a bunch into your mitt on the way out the door.
  • Glass half full, this is the best thing for Baez to see how good the pitching is at this level. He knows he has to continue to get better.
  • From what I’ve seen, his two issues are very workable and very common: he’s susceptible to the high fastball with two strikes and generally susceptible to breaking pitches low and away.
  • I think 2015 will be an exciting year.
  • They both now enjoy sitcom celebrity status in Japan’s remake of The Odd Couple. LaHair plays the messy Oscar Madison and Fukudome is the metro sexual Felix Unger. Th episode where Fukudome gets lost in a pile of dirty laundry when walking into LaHair’s bedroom was classic. Fukudome had to be rescued by their friend Murray the cop played by Julio Zuleta.
  • Is that the one where LaHair keeps mistaking Kosuke’s cup for a miso soup bowl? Classic.
  • I thought Hee Seop Choi was the cop…
  • Hee Seop Choi and Micah Hoffpauir were the Pigeon sisters.
  • LaHair agreed to the part provided that he also get to play Quincy, M.E. in the Japanese remake of that, called “Yuso dead.”
  • We need to have every prospect debut in Cincy.
  • Johnson!
  • Ask and you shall receive…
    1. That Koyie Hill could sure hit!
    2. I love the way Dusty Baker handled the Cubs pitching staff.
    3. Junior Lake looks like a future All Star.
    4. I really miss Darwin Barney.
    5. The Cubs need to bunt more often.
  • 6. Len Kasper is an exciting baseball broadcaster.
  • 7. The Cubs should put James Russell back in the starting rotation.
  • Two different call-ups with three bombs in their first three games…and both had a multi-HR game. I feel bad for Kris Bryant. Anything less than instant dominance and he’s going to be “the other guy.”
  • Be careful what you wish for.
  • Has anyone ever been called up from Fantasy Camp? MLB should allow a 41 man roster and that 41st spot has to be a Fantasy Camper. The Camper would pay $100,000 to travel with the team and get a certain number of at bats and innings played on D during the month of September. Maybe the team could auction off the spot, think of the possible revenue a team could generate.
  • It’s been done. Remember AAAron Miles?

Lizard

  • EJax on the 15 Day DL…Bruised ego.. I mean…strained right Lat.

Shout Outs

  • Big shout outs to Jedi and Kizzfastfists for their first 2014 in-season Lizzies!!!! Thanks for being here!

MVL

  • Congratulations to Doc Raker, our Most Valuable Lizzie-er this time! Way to go Doc!

Top 10 of the 2014 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)

1. jswanson
2. Doc Raker
3. Seymour Butts
4. Eddie Von White
5. Joe Aiello
6. Dork
6. Doug S.
8. Chuck
9. Sean Powell
10. Mark From Toronto
10. Noah Eisner

Chit Chat

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