Thursday, December 29, 2005

Fun With Scrabble: Cubs Roster

These are the point scores for the full names of all the players currently on the Cubs 40 man roster. (Thanks to Humbug Journal)
You think this is exciting, wait untill I post the spell-check version of the 40 man roster.

14 Derrek Lee
14 Matt Murton
14 Scott Eyre
14 Scott Moore
16 Rich Hill
17 Mark Prior
17 Roberto Novoa
17 Ronny Cedeno
17 Ryan Theriot
17 Sean Marshall
17 Will Ohman
18 Carlos Marmol
18 Geovany Soto
19 Glendon Rusch
19 Jose Reyes
19 Juan Pierre
19 Todd Walker
20 David Aardsma
20 Felix Pie
20 Kerry Wood
20 Ryan Dempster
21 Bob Howry
21 Brian Dopirak
21 Corey Patterson
21 Henry Blanco
22 Scott Williamson
23 Greg Maddux
23 Michael Barrett
24 Angel Guzman
24 Neifi Perez
24 Todd Wellemeyer
26 Aramis Ramirez
26 Jerry Hairston
26 John Mabry
27 Jae-kuk Ryu
28 Jerome Williams
29 Carlos Zambrano
29 John Koronka
32 Michael Wuertz

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Cardinals Introduce New Shit-Covered Hats

Busch Stadium won't be the only thing that will look different for the Cardinals in 2006. Team Officials have just announced that the St. Louis club will be sporting brand new shit- covered hats for the upcoming season. The grotesque caps will feature excrement from local fans, along with bird droppings from actual cardinals.
"The St. Louis fans are the best fans in baseball," said homosexual outfielder Jim Edmonds, "we're proud to be wearing their shit on our heads when we play."

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Trade on the Table:

According to Bruce Levine at ESPN Radio 1000, this trade is on the table:

This sounds like a trade in a fantasy baseball league.
I don't like it.
If I were an Orioles fan, I might not like it either, so I don't know what that means...
It's a tough one.
My feeling is that Tejada is worth more regular season wins than Prior, but in the playoffs, the Cubs are better off with Prior.
This whole thing makes me wonder if Hendry even has a plan anymore.
What do you think?

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

What have I done?

Great. Johnny Damon came over to the dark side. Now the Yankees have an all-star at every position instead of just 8 positions. Was that really necessary? What the Yankees need is pitching, young starting pitching. They have a rotation full of question marks. They should call up the Cubs who apparently are trying to get rid of Mark Prior and Carlos Zambrano.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Cubs Unveil New French Sounding Outfield.

The Cubs have added yet another outfielder with a French sounding name, Jacque Jones. Jones is not actually from France, (nor is he particularly good at baseball for that matter) but he sure sounds French, which was what mattered most to the Cubs. "Obviously, We were looking for someone who was basically the same as Corey Patterson" said General Manager Jim Hendry, "but with a name that sounded a little more go along with Juan Pierre." Over the past two seasons, Jones has posted a .251 batting average to go along with a .317 on base percentage and averaged 119 strikeouts. When asked if he was concerned about these numbers Hendry dodged the question, and responded "Au francais!"

Above: The model for the new Cubs "Outfield Uniforms" designed to make them feel more at home.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Osvaldo Report: Dotel to The Yankees

Just got back from my haircut with Osvaldo. According to friends of Octavio Dotel who were in the barber shop at the time, Dotel will sign with the Yankees.
You heard it here first.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Bear Down

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Leading off, for the Chicago Cubs it's...

"Nobody said I was going to be pretty."

The Cubs aquired center fielder Juan Devon Pierre (yes that is his real name) from the Florida Marlins in enchange for 3 young pithers: Renyel Pinto, Sergio Mitre and Ricky Nolasco. My first reaction is, "that's a lot of pitching to give up," especially considering that Pierre will be eligible for arbitration in one year. But there is no question that in the short term, the trade is a tremendous boost for the Cubs. And while the Cubs gave up 3 quality young arms, they still managed to hang on to Hill, Guzman, and Pawalek, all considered to be better prospects. There is naturally some risk here, but it was a risk that the Cubs felt they had to take. I think so too.
However, what concerns me the most is not that this pitchers will develop into studs like Jon Garland and Dontrelle, but that the cubs have that many less trading chips to use this offseason. We won't really know what the Cubs really gave up for a year or two. In the meantime, they have a very special player. Pierre is one of the best leadoff hitters in the league, and he fills a hole the Cubs desperately needed to fill.
It's not easy to find a player who has more stolen bases than strikeouts, infact, he may be the only one. Pierre is an incredible contact hitter and is ridiculously fast. He gets around 200 hits per year (mostly singles), steals around 60 bases a year, and gets on base about 36 percent of the time. He has a reputation for being one of the hardest working and well conditioned athletes in the league and plays literally every single day. Plus, he is, by all accounts, a fantastic teammate; the kind of player that makes everyone around him better.
He should make a huge impact next year for the Cubbies and change the character of the entire team.
Sure, you can complain that the Cubs gave up too much pitching, but my advice is: get over it. Remember, this is a fire sale they are having down there in South Florida. The Cubs were the one taking advantage of the situation here. If the Marlins could afford to keep Pierre, they would have.
Despite what happened in 2003, I feel sorry for what the Marlins are going through now, and I give their organization credit for blowing up their team in style. They are doing a good job of stockpiling young talent. I heard Hendry say in an interview that he was impressed with how good their scouting was, and that they knew our prospects as well as we did. Good for them...I guess...

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Bill Jamesisms

So I did it. I took the advice of my readers and went out and bought the Bill James Handbook. I couldn't imagine that it would be as interesting as it is, considering it's just numbers. Literally, it's a book filled with numbers. No essays, no articles, hardly even any paragraphs of text.
Just stats. But really cool stats.

here's a just a few things about some of the Cubs players that jumped out at me.
  • In the National League, the 3 batters who had the highest slugging % facing left handed pitchers are:
    1. Aramis Ramirez .694
    2. Derrek Lee .693
    3. Michael Barrett .624
  • Carlos Zambrano had the 2nd highest OPS in the NL among pitchers

  • Carlos Zambrano had, by far the lowest percentage of stolen bases allowed of any pitcher in the NL. 2 Words: Hank White.

  • Carlos also averaged 107.9 of pitches per start, ranking 2nd in the NL, behind Livan Hernandez.
  • Greg Maddux averaged 3.31 pitches per batter, lowest in the NL.
  • Ryan Dempster Led the NL in Save Percentage
  • Mark Prior led the NL in Strikeouts per 9/IP at 10.15.
  • Derrek Lee was at the top of almost every offensive category...maybe I'll post some of those later.
  • Kerry Wood has the highest chance of sustaining "any injury" next year of any pitcher in baseball according to the his injury projections. El Duque ranked 2nd.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Radar's Radar: Inerview Exclusive

We at BDCBP have the inside scoop on all the hot stove action. With so many rumors flying around, it's tough to know what to belive. Everyone wants to know which players are on the radar for the Cubs. Here at The Best Dan Cub Blog Period, we figured, "who better to ask than Radar himelf? Fortunately, we were able to arrange a sit down with the baseball insider to ask him a few questions about the Cubs in this exclusive interview. Hope you enjoy.

BDCBP: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. It looks to be a busy off-season for the cubs so lets get right down to it. Do you have Manny Ramirez on your Radar?
Radar: All signs point to yes.

BDCBP: Will the Cubs Trade Kerry Wood.
Radar: Outcome not good.

BDCBP: Who will start in center field next year?
Radar: Ask again later.

BDCBP: What about Milton Bradley?
Radar: Outcome not good.

BDCBP: Do you think the Cubs will trade for Barry Zito?
Radar: Concentrate and ask again

BDCBP: Um, OK. Do you think the Cubs will trade for Barry Zito?
Radar: Yes, definitely.

BDCBP: Really? You sound pretty confident about that. What makes you so sure?
Radar: Yes.

BDCBP: What?
Radar: Very doubtful.

BDCBP: Moving on... Soriano is a name that always seems to come up in trade rumors. Do you think he may be a part of the Cubs plans?
Radar: Cannot predict now.

BDCBP: Jacque Jones?
Radar: Concentrate and ask again.

BDCBP: Jacque Jones?
Radar: Concentrate and ask again.

BDCBP: Jacque--wait you just said that. You're not just reading one of those Magic 8 balls are you?
Radar: My reply is no.

BDCBP: OK, well... is there anything else you'd like to add?
Radar: Don't count on it.

BDCBP: Alright then, well thanks for your time Radar.
Radar: Very doubtful.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

It Wasn't About the Money

It was about the stuff you can buy with the money
As you probably know by now, Rafael Furcal has agreed to sign with the Dodgers for 3 years and 40 million dollars.
This is a tough blow which came as a surprise to most of us Cub fans, though it shouldn't really. The Dodgers simply made him the best offer. At 13 million per year, He will become the highest paid shortstop in the NL, 2nd highest in the entire league, earning more than Miguel Tejada and behind only Derek Jeter.
The Cubs offered him 50 million over 5 years., 10 million less than he'll be earning with the Dodgers in only three, where he'll see more of that money up front.
Regardless of what his agent said , it was about the money. It wasn't about winning or being with his friends. The Dodgers are a mess and are 5 major pieces away from being a contender. They don't even have a manger.
Here's why he chose the Dodgers. In three years, when his contract in LA expires, Furcal will still be only 31 and, barring injury, should be able to cash in another big payday. He could easily make upwards of 70 million in the next 5 years as opposed to 50 with the Cubs. It's hard to blame him.
The worst part of all this is that now we very well may be stuck with Neifi as our everyday shortstop, who was signed, in part at least, to help recruit Furcal.
Furcal was really a perfect fit for the Cubs. He was the perfect age, he filled 2 of Cubs biggest holes as a leadoff hitter, and shortstop. He would have solidified a great core infield along with D-Lee and Aramis for the next few years.
And now he's a Dodger.
This happens all the time, and it shouldn't be the end of the world. The Cubs still have the money and the season doesn't start for another 4 months. But what makes this so depressing is that it doesn't appear that the Cubs ever really had much of a plan B.
Now Hendry is going to be scrambling. Trade talks will be all over the place. If I had to guess, maybe the Cubs will make a serious push for Juan Pierre, maybe try to swing a trade with Texas for Soriano, maybe go after Julio Lugo. There are rumors floating around with names like Kevin Mench, Milton Bradley, Derick Lowe; lots of possibilities. It's not out of the question for the Cubs to be a dark horse in the Manny sweepstakes...and also, I'm drunk.
It's going to be very interesting to see how Hendry recovers from this setback. Unfortunately I'm not very optimistic.