Cubs Offensive WAR Leaders

We started the blog in October 2003. That means this is season # 11 for the site. Today we look at the offensive WAR leaders cumulative for the Cubs since the inception of the site.


Why Are Managers Involved In Replay? How It Should Change

Another situation today that could have potentially involved a replay review. There was a delay and then no review. Why are managers involved in the process and what should be done about it?

Morning News – The Ricketts Are Selling The Team

The Cubs get their first win of the year behind Mike Olt’s first HR and the Ricketts family is selling. Happy Opening Day.

GirlieView (04/03/2014)

GirlieView is a VFTB recap column on alternate Thursdays. We give our readers props for having timely and funny quotes from the past two weeks of VFTB commentary. Join us for a few good laughs!Without even realizing it I forgot to wrap up the offseason Lizzie standings so we can start fresh this time around since (YAY!) we are now officially in season! Nevertheless we are starting fresh today, and I’ll also include the final standings from the offseason. Let’s get to it!
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.
Joe’s new cartoonist is lights-out.
Yea, but it’s kind of creepy real looking. That could be an actual person.
I love baseball and love going to the live games, but I like to keep that event as special.
Being at a live game is a great experience, but I think it would lose it’s lustre for me if I was constantly at the ballpark. That along with the fact that it might get a little expensive commuting to Chicago from Toronto for every Cubs homegame (although there are several flights a day to Midway).
with career and family commitments, I envy anyone who can attend that many games a week nowadays.
A pseudonym? where ever did you get the idea?
? Lollypops on Lizzie ?
So, even though I’ve stated that Baez is already my favorite player, I’m more than happy to wait to see him at Clark and Addison for all the reasons I’ve discussed above. I think it will be worth the wait.
I have never heard of staying in the minors being detrimental to player development when the player is this young, however here are scads of players whose development was stunted due to being rushed to the Majors.
Recent reports have the field clear of snow, and the troughs down to 4″ of frozen urine.
I routinely express my disappointment for my boyfriend, Josh Vitters, and his demotion on the podcast.
It is what it is.
The Romance is Gone….It’s a Whores Game Now
A whole day with that headline and nobody mentioned Cindy Sandberg?
It is what it is.
It was like a good sitcom, the cast would just keep returning season after season, playing their role and occasionally a newcomer would be added or a bit player dropped, but the core was always there.
Somewhere between the stitches there is a certain amount of theater and a certain amount of honesty that gets played out for the public.
Will all of the Cubs’ prospects make it? No. Has there ever been a time in baseball history where prospect rankings indicate success as strongly as they do today? No.
How Renteria handles these playing-time issues will be a huge test for the first-year manager. If he pulls this off, we may have found ourselves a keeper.
Lizzie was nerding out on primes when I was learning my times tables…
One other thing, to quote George Washington: “There’s no such thing as a necessary evil. If it’s evil, it’s not necessary.”
Beef appears to be having some Johnson issues of his own.
Somehow, the MLB quietly agreed to a system that will enforce performance-enhancing drugs better than any of the four major sports leagues.
Plus, poor Welington Castillo had the hardest ball hit all day by a Cub, too bad he was playing defense.
On the bright side of things we are only 1 game out of first, we are still in contention just as I predicted.
My guess is that you haven’t read the post.
Is that required?
Those graphs of odds of winning over a game kill me. The amount of games the cubs lost last year when they were above 90% was ridiculous.
Player Who Will Look Most Improved Despite Changing Nothing
I think that how this list of players performs this season will greatly affect whether the window of contention can possibly open next season, or if we’re waiting until 2016: Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Samardzija, Wood, Jackson, young bullpen arms.
Jackson will only suck a little bit.
I found this pretty, pink logo so I have to use it now.
You can tell baseball season has started because Joe is in such a good mood. Great piece.
I like my hotdog between two buns.
And again we ask “Where are the Johnsons”
Joe- don’t confuse ‘Fans really like spring training’ as ‘fans really like spring training baseball’.
Maybe next year the VFTB crowd should all meet in PHX for some spring training fun and a nice dinner at Don and Charlies.
So, next time you youngsters out there in your 20s and 30s start griping about the current state of the Cubs, take a look back at this inept squad that a young boy attached his hopes and dreams to.
I gave serious consideration to editing Lizzies comment to just read “I enjoy a good hard Johnson” and deleting the rest. I refrained, but boy was it hard. (insert rim shot here)
Shout Outs
Well since we’re starting fresh this time, everyone who got a Lizzie got their first 2014 Season Lizzie! Big shout outs to Brian Rzeppa, Chet West, Chris Neitzel, Chuck, Darlin_Starlin, Doc Raker, Doug S., Eddie von White, Joe Aiello, jswanson, LVCubFan, Mark from Toronto, Noah Eisner, Ryno, Sean Powell, Seymour Butts. And everyone else who commented or even just lurked around!
Congratulations to Joe Aiello and Seymour Butts, our co-Most Valuable Lizzie-ers this time! Thanks for all the laughs!
Top 10 of the 2014 Season (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)
1. Joe Aiello
1. Seymour Butts
3. jswanson
4. Chet West
4. Doc Raker
4. Sean Powell
5. Chris Neitzel
5. Eddie Von White
5. LVCubFan
5. Noah Eisner
Final 2013/2014 Offseason (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard)
1. jswanson
2. Doc Raker
3. Seymour Butts
4. Eddie von White
5. Sean Powell
6. Joe Aiello
7. Doug S
8. Noah
9. Jerry in Wisconsin
10. Chet West
11. Jedi Johnson
12. Chuck
13. cap’n obvious
14. Bryan
15. Buddy
15. Katie
15. Tom C
17. Sherm
18. Chris Neitzel
18. Dusty Baylor
19. Bill Fell
19. Bones
19. Jeremiah Johnson
19. John Winger
19. L lips es
19. LVCubFan
19. Mark From Toronto
19. Rob Willer
19. Still not Dave
Chit Chat
A little addition to our season ticket discussion from last time … as I am writing this (Wednesday evening an hour+ into the game broadcast) they are still offering a “limited amount of game day tickets available” for Friday and our nephew-in-law who did take the plunge this year can’t get rid of his opening day tickets at face value on Stub Hub. It kind of makes me sad, but is not surprising to me. I wish for clear skies, clear views from the bleachers, and a clear win on Opening Day for our Cubs and especially for those of you who will be attending!

Morning News – Do You Want To See My Donut Hole?

A very long game last night has Joe a little sleepy this morning, but he still found it in his heart to rise early and deliver the news. In this edition we talk donuts, we talk Wrigley Field seating and we get your seeds hot with prospect chatter. Oh, I we talk about last nights marathon of a game.

VFTB Radio – Special Edition – Joe on ESPN Des Moines

Joe Aiello joined Marty Tirrell and Trent Condon this afternoon on ESPN 1490 The Jock to talk about the Cubs on a variety of topics. Our thanks to ESPN 1490 for providing the audio.

A Look at Cubs’ Opening Day History: 1981: The Ugly, the Dreadful and the Horrid.

Chris Neitzel checks in with another look at Cubs history by remembering the wonderful? year of 1981.

Morning News – How Do You Like Your Hotdog?

What do hotdogs, closers and old men trying to pitch have in common with spring? They’re all a part of today’s morning news.

2014 Cubs’ “Award” Winner Predictions

Everyone posts their award predictions for the year on Opening Day? That’s not how we roll on VFTB. We post ours the day after.

What Should We Accept From the Cubs in 2014

Disappointed by the opening day loss in dramatic fashion? How about a nice discussion on what you’re willing to accept from this team in 2014 and a look back at what went down in yesterday’s loss.