Today in Cub History: Catch-all Edition

4-3-2006 Transmission (me) successfully defends his dissertation at UW. While technically he still has to deposit his dissertation in a dank basement office somewhere, this functionally makes him Dr. Trans. 4-3-1987 Traded Dennis Eckersley and Dan Rohn to the Oakland Athletics. Received Brian Guinn, Dave Wilder and Mark Leonette 4-3-1888 Sold John Clarkson to the Boston Beaneaters 4-4-1988 Sammy Sosa hits the first of his 66 home runs. It's off Marc Valdes of the Expos 4-4-1989 Mitch Williams pitches 1 and 2/3 innings, gives up three hits, two walks, and a balk. He also strikes out three, gives up no runs and earns his first save as a Cub. Cubs 5, Phillies 4 4-5-2004 Signed Glendon Rusch as a free agent 4-5-1995 Traded Derek Wallace and Geno Morones to the Kansas City Royals. Received Brian McRae 4-5-1976 Traded Don Kessinger to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Mike Garman and a PTBNL (Bobby Hrapmann) 4-5-1892 Traded Fred Pfeffer to the Louisville Colonels. Received Jim Canavan and $1000 cash. 4-7-1991 Traded Mitch Williams to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Chuck McElroy and Bob Scanlan 4-8-1976 Purchased Randy Hundley from the San Diego Padres 4-8-1960 Traded Ron Perranoski, Johnny Goryl, Lee Handley and $25,000 cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Don Zimmer 4-9-1995 Signed Jaime Navarro as a free agent 4-9-1951 Released Johnny Vander Meer 4-11-1965 Purchased Ted Abernathy from the Cleveland Indians


I am taking a bit of R & R (but not too much, as I still need to find a job, and grade exams), and plan on working my way into blogging shape over mid-April.

Chi Cubs 4 1 .800 -
Houston 5 2 .714 -
Milwaukee 5 2 .714 -
Cincinnati 4 2 .667 0.5
St. Louis 4 3 .571 1.0
Pittsburgh 1 7 .125 4.5

Man, does that look good or what??? Yeah it is early, but if this can't get your hopes up, what else can?

Trans. Enjoy the R&R, and lots of it. In my experience it sinks in all too quickly that there really is no closure, there is still tons of academic bullshit (job apps/grading/publications/etc.) to work through. Congrats.

Congrats Trans!

and sorry for getting off topic, but i have been thinking for a few days about the 4 and 5 spot in the rotation, and especially after Marshall's start last night...Does anyone see one of the AAA guys making the start in place of Jerome? Does Marshall get another start regardless of what Guzman and Hill are doing? I guess i am just anxious to see Guzman in a ML game...but i really did think that Marshall pitched well, and not to make excuses (too late), he was really getting a completely different strike zone than Ponson, and could have had a few more strikeouts imo (i just found out what that meant) and perhaps gotten out of the 5th on his own


Thanks for making me sitting here as a college sophomore working on a dual major (Math and Economics) look like a nothing loser. Damn my 4.0*!

*I wish. I've toyed with the idea of Grad School, but we'll see.

Re: Southside and #5

My philosophy is that pitching is all about learning by trial and error. You make your mistakes only to learn from them. How many guys go out and dominate from game one? Very, very few. If the Cubs think Sean Marshall is their guy, you gotta give him several starts if not a whole season. Look at all the good starters in the league today. Most of the aces struggled for their first 40 or so starts in the big leagues. I'd stick with Marshall for now, he only made one or two mistakes and has a nice minor league track record, albeit in limited advanced action. You hit on the nail. Baseball has been stressing that the low strike will get called his year. Marshall got a very generous outside corner, but anything at the knees he was simply not getting. For a groundball pitcher like himself, that can potentially kill him.

I'd love to see Guzman up here soon, but Hill had a good start too. Don't count out Ryu either, he had a nice opener in Iowa. Personally, I would not touch Guzman until he shows he can stay healthy for at least a couple of months. We don't need him getting all geared up and tweak something, or even worse get all geared up and not tell someone if something is wrong.

Yeah, I am tired. I made a circular argument.

"'d love to see Guzman up here soon" ... "Personally, I would not touch Guzman until he shows he can stay healthy for at least a couple of months."

I need some sleep. Either that or start proofreading my posts.

Congrats Dr. Transmission!

My car has been slipping from second gear into third gear. Can you take a look?

Seriously though, that's great news. Good luck with the job hunt.

Congrats Trans. That's a day you'll never forget. It took about a year for it to sink in, but then it felt pretty good. If you can, try to get some relaxing in this summer before you start an intense job (if you're staying in academia). Watch the Cubs win at least a game or two a month! (I'm sorry - I need to temper my enthusiasm this week with some lowered expectations...)

I'll echo the congratulations. Be sure to list Cub Reporter on your list of publications. It will give your resumÈ a more rounded look.

Congratulations, Dr. Trans!

I recall listening to that 4/4/89 game on the radio in my office. After the last out, I stuck my head in a co-worker's office, told him what had happened, and concluded by advising him to stock up on Maalox now. That was some year.

That Mitch Williams line is classic.


Ah, I remember that fateful day in '88 like it was yesterday. Clarkson was my favorite player and the Beaneaters rivalry was intense.

Damn that management! No commitment to winning!

Well done Trans

Glad to hear you made it, Trans. Good work.

What do trans and Dr. Evil have in common?

Neither one of them spent 7 years in evil medical school to be called mister.

One thing I should point out - I'm a Ph. D., not an M.D. So technically (and legally and morally, I guess) I'm not going to be doing any surgury, any time soon.

Thanks, everyone, for your support and encouragement over the last two years. Every little bit is important, and I'm thankful for it.

I, too, remember that Mitch Williams game. Absolute classic.....

Indeed, congratulatins, Trans. If it's not too personal, do you mind me asking what your doctorate is in? Just curious, don't feel that you have to reply if you'd rather not say.



Ryan Theriot, SS: 2-5, R, K
Casey McGehee, 3B: 2-5, 2B, K
Michael Restovich, RF: 1-4, BB, K
Brandon Sing, 1B: 0-5, 2K, 2 E
Geovany Soto, C: 1-4, R, BB
Jamal Strong, LF: 1-4, 2 R, K, HBP, GIDP
Buck Coats, 2B: 0-3, BB, K, SH, E
Mike Fontenot, PH: 1-1, R, RBI, PH-HR
Jeff Deardorff, PH: 0-1, K
Augie Ojeda, PH: 0-1, SH
NOTE: F. Pie is tied for PCL lead in RBI, 3B, SB (3 for 3), tied for 3rd in hits, is 5th in BA, and 6th in OPS.
R. Theriot is 8-19 with 5 RBI.

Chris Walker, CF: 2-5, K, SB
Eric Patterson, 2B: 0-3, RBI, K
Luis Montanez, LF: 1-4
Scott Moore, 3B: 2-4
Richard Lewis, DH: 0-3, R, BB
Michah Hoffpauir, 1B: 1-3, R, BB
Tony Richie, C: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2B
Adam Greenberg, RF: 1-4, R, K
Carlos Rojas, SS: 0-4, K

Sam Fuld, CF: 0-3, R, BB, K, SB
Jemel Spearman, 3B: 2-4, R, RBI, 2 2B, K
Ryan Harvey, RF: 2-4
Nic Jackson, LF: 0-4, RBI, 2 K
Jake Fox, DH: 0-3
Matt Craig, 1B: 0-2, R, BB, K
Alan Rick, C: 1-3, RBI, 2B, PB
Joe Simokaitis, SS: 0-3, K
Nate Spears, 2B: 0-2, K
Anderson Tavares, PH-2B: 0-1
NOTE: R. Harvey (sore knee) first game played in RF.
A. Tavares is a combination RHP-utility INF

Robinson Chirinos, 2B; 0-3, R, BB, HBP, K
Dylan Johnston, SS: 0-4, K, SH, E
Brandon Taylor, 3B: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, SF
Ryan Norwood, 1B: 2-4, R, RBI, HR
Alberto Garcia, DH: 0-2, BB
Luis Rivera, PR-DH: 1-2, R
Matt Ciaramella, RF:2-4, RBI, 2B, BB
Johnny Defendis, LF: 0-5, K, SB, E, OF ASSIST
Jake Muyco, C: 2-4, RBI, BB, E, (TWO OPPONENTS CS)
Davy Gregg, CF 1-4, R, R, K, CS


Rich Hill: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Brandon Emanuel: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Mark Watson: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K
Roberto Novoa: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, (BLOWN SAVE)
David Aardsma 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R 0 BB, 4 K (W 1-0)
NOTE: D. Aardsma 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, one save, so far in 2006.

Juan Mateo: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
Federico Baez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (W 1-0)
Rocky Cherry 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (SAVE 1)
NOTE: J. Mateo was Rule 5 pick by STL and spent Spring Training in Jupiter (Florida, that is).
R. Cherry is returning from 2005 TJ surgery.

Grant Johnson: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 4 K
Carlos Vasquez: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R 91 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 3 WP, BALK
NOTE: G. Johnson was Cubs 2004 1st round Rule 4 Draft pick out of Notre Dame.
C. Vasquez is ex-member of 40-man roster returning from 2005 shoulder surgery, will be six-year minor league FA after 2006.

Mitch Atkins: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
Matt Avery: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP
Jesse Estrada: 2 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 0 K (BLOWN SAVE 1)
Roberto Sotolongo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (SAVE 1)
NOTE: R. Sotolongo is Cuban defector making U. S. debut in 2006.

Congrats Trans, from an ABD (20 years now!).

Forgive the weak tranisition, and also forgive if it's already been mentioned, but has anybody read "Fantasyland"? A good read for fellow fantasy geeks, in it, he marvels at the info available on the 'net including how there's a site where a guy analyzes every transaction. Congrats Ruz on the mention.

If I was PhD, by now I'd have a figured a work around for the dreaded double post.

Cheers Trans and good luck in the fledgling job market. Now that you've freed up some time you'll probably want to pay more attention to Rod Beck's America where I'm currently rolling you up:).

Congrats Trans - just remember to keep things in perspective. Looking forward to a contribution to this blog know that you will have some time to relax.

Thanks again, guys. Andrew - I'm a historian of science. (yes, we have our own department, for some odd reason. We're historians that deal with the development, dissemination and ramifications of knowledge about the natural world.) My specialty is the social and biological sciences and their interaction with social reform movements. I also do a bit of the history of our cultural fetish for statistics.

It's not so much that I want to keep my identity a mystery, as it is that it's not helpful, perhaps even damaging, for prospective employers to think of me as a "blogger." (What's so bad about being a blogger!?!?!? sheeesssshh...)

Hey Trans congrats - now maybe you can appear in chat again.

In other news - I'm pretty sure I'd have remembered if Sammy hit the first of his 66 home runs in 19 EIGHTY eight. 98 dude.

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  • Good work!

    John Beasley 43 min 10 sec ago view
  • crunch 7 hours 20 min ago view
  • My guy Addy

    jacos 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • oh, another a.russell HR...whatever.

    crunch 7 hours 35 min ago view
  • Dylan Cease throwing gas tonight for the Emeralds. In first three innings, has hit 100 mph six times, averaging 98 mph

    Eric S 7 hours 54 min ago view
  • Can I get a gif of Joe West's jowls waving as he chews gum?

    /Asking for a friend

    jacos 8 hours 17 min ago view
  • my gawd...that castillo-to-bryant pickoff was a thing of beauty. the knock on him in the minors being slow out of the crouch is looking less like a thing.

    crunch 8 hours 30 min ago view
  • bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*

    crunch 13 hours 26 min ago view
  • real shame I missed this week's episode of The Crunch Reporter.

    It's highly unusual.

    It does matter a little.

    It matters much less than you think.



    Rob G. 13 hours 28 min ago view
  • four winds field is awesome. it's crazy how minor league parks have "grown up" since the 80s/90s and that park was one of the late-80s models that showed a low-capacity ballpark could look like you're at something other than a highschool baseball game.

    crunch 14 hours 34 min ago view
  • On another topic....I returned to South Bend last night for the 2nd time this season (still haven't tried either the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich nor "The Porknado", as the drive home is over an hour and that could get ugly), and was pleasantly surprised to find D. Underwood pitching in a rehab start. He looked good -- although, to be fair, these are low-A hitters -- fastball consistently at 94-95 (if the SB scoreboard is to be believed -- several pitches were clocked in the 30s...) and with good location.

    billybucks 15 hours 42 min ago view
  • he gains nothing, no advantage, no saving of resources, nothing...there is not a cost/benefit tradeoff...him letting the running game go on around him for others to control isn't gaining him an advantage elsewhere. it's putting him at a disadvantage even if it's not cashed in with a run.

    crunch 18 hours 22 min ago view
  • And out of respect for the rest of TCR, I'm done on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the other camp, but time to let it go. (Until the next Lester start. I kid.)


    Tito 18 hours 26 min ago view
  • He is putting himself at a disadvanage. But how much of one relative to the rest of his game? He's not Justin Germano -- he's inarguably one of the best SPs in baseball, issue or not. It would be more of thing to discuss ad nauseum if it constantly caused him to give up runs and lose games. But it doesn't.


    Tito 18 hours 35 min ago view
  • shouting down my points about lester with "well, it didn't hurt" is like saying it doesn't matter if a guy starts out walking 3 guys every inning as long it's followed by a K and a double play.

    it's like elevating ERA and wins to a high level while ignoring what it took to get there.

    crunch 18 hours 41 min ago view
  • I'm asking how much it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this year. Do you have that answer?

    I legitimately don't recall you answering that quesion, apart from the condescending silliness you just posted. So if you did answer specifically about the impact of Lester's issue, I'd like to re-read it. Thanks.


    Tito 18 hours 54 min ago view