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The 13 Man Staff Strikes Again

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Sometimes I just don’t understand the decisions made. Reed Johnson to the DL and Jeff Stevens to the big club. The only thing I can think of is that Stevens was still in town and Fuld couldn’t get here in time. The media release is after the jump. (more…)

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MLB Network Program Alert

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

MLB Network sent me this release for a show tonight that I’ll tune into:

July 15, 2009 – MLB Network will televise 30 Clubs / 30 Report Cards, a midseason report, today, Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Following predictions made during Spring Training on MLB Network’s 30 Clubs / 30 Days, analysts John Hart, Dan Plesac, Victor Rojas and Mitch Williams will host a two-hour conversation as they review report cards for each of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs.

The show will include analysis on the second half of the season and potential American League and National League MVPs, Cy Young Award winners and Rookies of the Year. Hart, former general manager of the Texas Rangers, will also discuss farm reports, giving updates on Minor League players to watch.

30 Clubs/30 Report Cards will re-air until 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 16. Attached is a 30-second on-air promo of the show.

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Sometimes I don't Understand Mr. Hendry

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Cubs Released this today:

Update: Apparently Jeff Stevens, who was acquired in the DeRosa deal,  will be taking Hart’s place on the roster for tomorrow’s game – (Source

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– The Chicago Cubs have optioned right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart to Triple-A Iowa, effective following yesterday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.  The Cubs will make a corresponding roster move prior to tomorrow’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Additionally, the Cubs today reinstated left-handed pitcher Jason Waddell from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.

Hart, who made the start yesterday against Atlanta, is 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA (2 ER/10.2 IP) in five appearances (one start) for the Cubs this season.  In his first-career big league start yesterday, he allowed one run on four hits and five walks in 5.0 innings, striking out three, in a 4-1 setback.

The 26-year-old Hart is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA (18 ER/52.1 IP) in 22 games (six starts) with Iowa this season.  Hart is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA (5 ER/32.0 IP) in those six starts, striking out 32 batters and walking only 14 in 32.0 innings.  Opponents recorded only a .157 batting average against Hart in those six starts.

Waddell posted no record and a 5.40 ERA (1 ER/1.2 IP) in three relief appearances for the Cubs this season.  He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (10 ER/16.2 IP) in 18 relief outings with Iowa.

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Sportscaster Contest

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Let’s get some entries in for this contest that I got in my e-mail yesterday.:

Joe,

My name is Dan Weissmann, and I’m a producer at a local radio station called Vocalo.org (89.5 FM WBEW), where we’re running a contest this month—the winner becomes our sports correspondent for the next six months.  No pay, but lots of glory, and I thought you and your readers might be interested.

We’re defining “sports” as broadly as possible here—topics could include anything from basketball to board games, depending on the person’s interest.  What’s most important to us is the person’s ability to engage listeners—to make folks feel like they have to keep listening, even if the sport in question is something they’ve never cared about—or even heard of—before.

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Which isn’t to say that we wouldn’t love to have someone who has actual expertise in actual sports.  That would be pretty freaking cool.

People can enter by recording two minutes of themselves showing their stuff—calling play-by-play, doing an interview, or just telling a story.  The easiest way to record is by calling our hotline—use your telephone as a microphone, and our voicemail system becomes your tape recorder.  The hotline number is 888-635-1112—press “2” to record. 17 Again rip

The deadline for entries is next Wednesday, July 15, and finalists will be given some on-air challenges later in the month.   The winner—chosen on July 30—will get our backing for press accommodation at events throughout the Chicago and Northwest Indiana region for the next six months, and they’ll get to be a radio star for a while.

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There’s more info (and that clip of the guys calling play-by-play of the lady trying to catch the bus) at http://www.vocalo.org/sportscaster.

About our station:  Vocalo.org is a project of Chicago Public Radio, an experiment in alternative approaches to public broadcasting–no NPR content, no pledge drives, aiming to reach a younger and more-diverse audience.  A lot of what we do on-air comes from recordings that listeners create.  One of my colleagues coined the tag line, “Extremely public radio:  You share it, we air it.”  We’re at 89.5 FM and at www.vocalo.org. The Time Traveler’s Wife release


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Thanks!  Please let me know if you’ve got any questions.

All best,

- dan

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Dempster Placed on 15 Day DL With Some Sort of Shark Injury

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
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Apparently Ryan Dempster hurt his “Great Right Toe”…Is that anything like a great white shark?

Cubs Media Release

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 3) with a great right toe fracture.  To replace Dempster on the roster, the Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart from Triple-A Iowa.

Carlos Zambrano, who was scheduled to start tomorrow, will instead make the start tonight against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.  Hart is scheduled to start the series finale for the Cubs tomorrow afternoon.

Dempster is 5-5 with a 4.09 ERA (48 ER/105.2 IP) in 17 starts for the Cubs this season.  He has struck out 89 batters and walked 44 while limiting opponents to a .258 batting average.

Hart, who had been optioned to Iowa yesterday, has no record and a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5.2 IP) in four relief appearances for the Cubs this season.  He has limited opponents to a .167 batting average against, including a .143 mark by righthanders and a .250 mark by lefthanders.  He was first recalled by the Cubs on June 21.

The 26-year-old Hart is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA (18 ER/52.1 IP) in 22 games (six starts) with Iowa this season.  Prior to his June 21 recall, his final six appearances with Iowa came as a starter.  Hart went 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA (5 ER/32.0 IP) in those six starts, striking out 32 batters and walking only 14 in 32.0 innings.  Opponents recorded only a .157 batting average against Hart in those six starts.

Hart split the 2008 campaign between Chicago and Iowa, breaking camp with the major league club for the first time in his career. He appeared in 21 games during four stints with the Cubs, going 2-2 with a 6.51 ERA (20 ER/27.2 IP), picking up his first career victory April 5 vs. Houston with 1.2 shutout relief innings. With Iowa, he posted a 2.81 ERA (18 ER/57.2 IP) in 26 games (10 starts) while going 4-2 with five saves.

Originally selected by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 2004 Draft, Hart made his big league debut with Chicago in 2007 as a September call-up. He made eight relief appearances and posted a 0.82 ERA (1 ER/11.0 IP), earning him a spot on Chicago’s post-season roster.

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Allow Me to Introduce Myself With Good News

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Greetings, all.  Some of you might know me from my former blog called A Cub Fan’s Obsession.  Others might remember me from when Joe and I started out in the podcasting world.  Well, I’ve now jumped on board here at VFTB as a contributor, and hopefully I’ll be able to add some good content to an already successful blog.

Enough with the delay… the good news of the day?  The Cubs decided to leave Jake Fox on the roster after activating Aramis Ramirez, Reed Johnson, & Angel Guzman.  Instead, Kevin Hart and Sam Fuld were sent back to Iowa, and David Patton was placed on the 15-day DL.

Although Fuld had done well on his most recent call up, keeping Fox was definitely priority.  Fox has done better than expected at 3rd in place of Ramirez, and when Ramirez gets a day or two off per week to ensure he stays healthy for the rest of the year, offensively speaking the lineup won’t lose that much in my opinion as Fox has proven thus far he can hit at the Major League level.  it also gives Pinella an option in LF when Soriano needs a game or two off every week as his slump continues.

Here’s hoping that with the regular-intended lineup for the 2009 season all back in place, the Cubs will start to become more consistent on offense as we head into the 2nd half of the season.

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– The Chicago Cubs today activated third baseman Aramis Ramirez, outfielder Reed Johnson and right-handed pitcher Angel Guzman from the 15-day disabled list. In corresponding moves, right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart and outfielder Sam Fuld were optioned to Triple-A Iowa and right-handed pitcher David Patton was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 5) with right groin strain.

Ramirez, 31, is hitting .364 (24-for-66) with four home runs, 16 RBI and a 1.008 OPS in 18 games for the Cubs. He landed on the disabled list May 9 with a dislocated left shoulder suffered the day before in Milwaukee. The right-handed hitter appeared in three rehabilitation games with Single-A Peoria, July 3-5, going 3-for-6 with three walks, two runs, a double and a RBI.

In 787 career games for Chicago, Ramirez is hitting .300 (888-for-2962) while his 177 home runs rank 10th in franchise history. He joined the Cubs as part of a five-player trade with Pittsburgh July 22, 2003. All told, he has batted .285 (1,430-for-5,023) with 253 home runs and 897 RBI in 1,346 games between the Pirates (1998-2003) and Cubs (2003-2009).

Johnson, 32, landed on the disabled list June 25 (retroactive to June 21) with lower back spasms, and went 2-for-6 with two runs, a walk and a hit by pitch in three rehabilitation games with Peoria, July 3-5. He is hitting .268 (30-for-112) with six doubles, a triple, four home runs and 16 RBI in 43 games for the Cubs, including a .304 average (17-for-56) since May 24.

Johnson is in his second season with the Cubs after he signed as a free agent March 25, 2008. He owns a .283 career batting average (716-for-2,528) with 141 doubles, 15 triples, 52 home runs and 300 RBI in 762 games with Toronto (2003-2007) and Chicago (2008-2009).

Guzman, 27, is 2-1 with a save and a 2.53 ERA (9 ER/32.0 IP) in 28 relief appearances for the Cubs. He landed on the disabled list with a strained right triceps June 21, and tossed a total of 2.1 scoreless innings between rehab outings with Peoria and Triple-A Iowa, June 30-July 3, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three.

Originally signed by Chicago as a non-drafted free agent in November of 1999, Guzman is 2-8 with one save and a 5.13 ERA (73 ER/128.0 IP) in 61 games, 14 starts, for the Cubs since making his big league debut in 2006. He earned his first big league win April 18 of this season, tossing a scoreless inning vs. St. Louis.

Hart, 26, was recalled June 21 and posted a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5.2 IP) with no record in four games for Chicago. He began the season with Iowa, going 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA (18 ER/52.1 IP) in 22 games (six starts).

Fuld, 27, batted .364 (4-for-11) with three runs, two doubles and two walks in six games for the Cubs since he was recalled June 29. He began the season at Iowa, where he posted a .286 (81-for-283) average with 16 doubles, eight triples, 27 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 73 contests, including a .398 (33-for-83) batting average in June.

Patton, 25, is 3-1 with a 5.63 ERA (15 ER/24.0 IP) in 17 relief appearances for Chicago, the first major league action of his career. He was obtained by the Cubs December 11, 2008, from Cincinnati after he was selected by the Reds from Colorado in the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft.

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Ryan Freel Finds a Home

Monday, July 6th, 2009

From the Media Department comes the news that we didn’t just have to release Ryan Freel. I’m still waiting on the roster moves for tonight’s game. (more…)

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Freel Gone….Jeff Baker In

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The Cubs made a curious move to me today. Not so much the trade for Jeff Baker, but why DFA Ryan Freel? I guess it comes down to a roster spot, but I think I’d find a way to make it work and still keep Freel. Suggestions as to how that could have happened? Here is the media release from the team.

The Chicago Cubs today acquired infielder Jeff Baker from the Colorado Rockies for minor league right-handed pitcher Al Alburquerque.  To make room for Baker on the roster, infielder Ryan Freel was designated for assignment.

Baker, who will wear uniform number 28, today was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Rockies prior to the trade and will be available for the Cubs tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.

The 28-year-old Baker batted .268 (80-for-299) with 22 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs and 48 RBI in 104 games last year for the Rockies.  The right-handed batter and thrower saw action at second base (49 games, 47 starts), first base (22 games, 13 starts), third base (nine games, seven starts) and right field (three games, three starts) in last season.

Baker has been limited to only 12 games with the Rockies this season due to a sprained left hand that sent him to the disabled list on April 29.  The six-foot-two, 210-pounder has been on a rehab assignment since June 20 with Single-A Modesto (two games) and Triple-A Colorado Springs (seven games).  With the Rockies this year, Baker batted .130 (3-for-23) with one triple and three RBI prior to his injury.

In all or part of five major league seasons with the Rockies (2005-09), Baker is a career .257 hitter (144-for-561) with 35 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs and 88 RBI in 231 big league games.  He has played first base (44 games), second base (52 games), third base (24 games), left field (eight games) and right field (26 games).

Baker was selected by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2002 Draft out of Clemson University.  He departed Clemson after three years as the school’s all-time leader with 59 home runs and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award in 2002 after recording 24 home runs and 79 RBI.  Baker made his major league debut as the club’s Opening Day third baseman in 2005.

Alburquerque, 23, went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA (8 ER/34.2 IP) in 24 relief appearances for Single-A Daytona this season.

Acquired by the Cubs from Baltimore for Joey Gathright on May 8, Freel batted .143 (4-for-28) with one run scored and one RBI in 14 games with Chicago.

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

The new SI hits the stands tomorrow and their advanced media sent me the following image of a poll of the players:

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