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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  • Very nice. I saw him in Lansing in May. I'm still stunned that he hit a 400-foot foul ball onto Larch Street ... which is going the other way for a right-handed batter. It was perhaps the most amazing swing I've ever seen a minor league player take. I should also mention that it was about 40 degrees out at the time. Not that it's evidence of anything per se, but I feel his plate approach is way more advanced than Soler was at this stage in his development and that the comparisons aren't really fair to Jimenez. 50/50 chance I'll go to Midland tonight for the low-A debut of Oscar de la Cruz.

    John Beasley 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.

    Finished the night 4-5, with two doubles - 32(!) on the season - along with the grand slam. Sick

    Eric S 2 hours 39 min ago view
  • Meanwhile, out West:

    SF is 2-11 since the break, lead over LA is down to one game, and they are running out Cain and Peavy this weekend against the Nats. Challenging times by the Bay.

    billybucks 3 hours 26 min ago view
  • Thanks for the updates Phil. Too bad about Frazier.

    Hagsag 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).

    A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was. 

    Arizona Phil 12 hours 30 min ago view
  • Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.

    ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)

    Arizona Phil 12 hours 44 min ago view
  • Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.

    Old and Blue 17 hours 36 min ago view
  • Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.

    Brick 18 hours 59 sec ago view
  • Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
    Hope they can sustain it.

    blockhead25 18 hours 27 min ago view
  • Don't sell yourself short, Judge.

    Jackstraw 18 hours 54 min ago view
  • I love this team.

    Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.

    Rob Richardson 20 hours 22 min ago view
  • Hey! I remember this team!

    billybucks 20 hours 31 min ago view
  • The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...

    Eric S 21 hours 57 min ago view
  • I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!

    I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.

    Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.

    The E-Man 22 hours 24 min ago view
  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 23 hours 30 min ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 23 hours 37 min ago view