Gameday Open Thread/White Sox @ Cubs; Koskie Signs

Aaron Heilman goes for the Cubs, Jeff Marquez for the White Sox.

Corey Koskie signed a minor league deal and will join the Cubs after Team Canada is eliminated from the WBC. The Cubs have been searching for someone that could play third base and spell Aramis Ramirez on occasion, and with his left-handedness he seems like the perfect fit if the game hasn't passed him by.

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Buster Olney/ESPN reporting the Juan Cruz is "moving closer" to signing with Royals. Since their first round pick is protected it costs a 2nd rounder and sandwich pick, so no sign and trade issues.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3942163

As I opened TCR just now, iTunes selected, on random play of 30,364 possible songs, "We Are The Champions".

Just sayin'.

itunes and ipod random always know

Call the RIAA.

Carlos Marmol has changed his mind and will participate for the Dominican Republic in the WBC.

It sounds like Marmol was swayed by the promise of landing the closer's role on the Dominican team. "I think it's a good idea for me and my team," he said. "It's a good thing when you get to represent your country. I've got a chance now, and maybe the next couple times I won't get that chance. Who knows?"

by next week every WBC team will just be out on the street going "who wants to play? do you own a glove?"

"It's a good thing when you get to represent your country."

Go! P.E.D.(ominicans) Go!

Yup... because only Dominicans used/use PEDs.

Don't worry. That's just what they call 'racism'.

of the MLB and Minor leaguers who have been busted for PEDs the breakdown is

USA - 97
Dominican Republic - 82
Venezuela - 53
other - 14

The US/D.R. numbers do not include A-Fraud since he flip-flops on which is his home country anyway. Next WBC he'll likely suit up for Canada in order to show support for his favorite country to solicit strippers in.

I'm not disputing the use of PEDs. The initial statement was the Marmol was proud to represent his country. I think it's ridiculous and racist to respond to this with a random criticism of an entire nation because some of them may have cheated (or done anything perceived as negative).

hey, hey! you were watching espn yesterday...

From Sullivan/Trib: Curt Schilling might come back for "a team that has championship potential and has never won a title."

Schilling: "The challenge would be in a place like Tampa Bay or Chicago."

Schilling says his shoulder feels fine and he'll decide whether or not to come back in the next couple weeks.

http://tinyurl.com/aovu2y

Heilman, scoreless first.

Pierzinski single. Lilibridge and Thome K's.

might be, it could be, it is... 3/44...Jason Schmidt in an intrasquad 10 strikes in 21 pitches. Reports shoulder soreness.

Heilman thru 2, two more K's (4 total), Ramirez and Kroeger in the 2nd.

Scoreless bottom 2nd.

XM reporting the Juan Cruz deal with KC is official. 2 years.

2yr/6m...the "system" works...well, not for cruz, but KC got a hell of a deal.

Has Corey Koskie really not played in a game since 2006? I can't find any record of him anywhere. No indy leagues. Not overseas anywhere.

I know the guy has had concussion trouble, but jeez. That's a long time to just sit around and not play.

funny thing is he was working out (without a contract) with MIN this spring.

i like those little things like that...MIN doesn't owe ex-players (esp. ones they traded away last they were in contact) anything like this, but it's good stuff to help him get back on his career track.

Koskie was on XM baseball recently and was talking about how long it took for him to get "right". Sounded like a terrible ordeal, walking in walls and scraping his knuckles on tables. But, he ended up saying all is fine now. Maybe this is Hendry's Reed Johnson signing for this spring.

I'm no expert (like the Doc) but I gotta think if you're walking into walls and busting your hands on tables, your brain is seriously fucked. Baseball's not like football, of course, but one collision at home plate or a hard slide at 2nd or 3rd and Koskie could be talking about long-term brain damage or worse. Is it really worth it to put the cleats back on now?

I'm no doctor either, but I think the same could have been said/can be said for Jim Edmonds. That dude was messed up with post-concussion syndrome, too.

He came back and had a nice productive season last year.

I forgot about him. Where the hell is he now? mlb.com says he's a free agent but has no team...

That is correct, no one has taken a chance on him yet.

no score after 2, Gregg pitching top 3.

No Cub hits, Miles walked, Soriano/Fontenot K's.

Cubs up 2-0 in the 4th.

According to a poster at ESPN:
"koyie hill doubled and scored Fontenot and Brad Snyder in the 4th "

Apparently Scott Eyre is broke.

twentieth!

Dude, that's so last week. He's already made some money back and has wisely invested in Citigroup.

twenty eighth!

Koskie 122 OPS+ in 2003!

Man, those days are gone...

WTH, after the Mexicutioner the Royals main 3 bullpen guys are now Farnsworth, Cruz and Ron Mahay. Countdown to an imminent Felix Heredia and Bob Locker signing in 3, 2, 1.....

I like the idea of Harden, Marshall or Heileman, and Schilling splitting 64 starts between them over the course of the season. Count me in.

To AZ Phil--what's the story with Snyder, Patton and Mark Johnson? Also, does Kevin Hart have options remaining? I'll hang up and listen.

Anyone have a tally of who threw today? ESPN lists the game as 13-0 Cubs after eight. I'm curious how our pitchers performed below the top-line.

Don't go with ESPN, Cubs.com has a live box score going for all the games:

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=...

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  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 36 min 54 sec ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 54 min 10 sec ago view
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/source-red-sox-b...

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 4 hours 48 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 5 hours 55 sec ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 2 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 8 hours 9 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 26 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 27 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 17 hours 1 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 17 hours 31 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 17 hours 53 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 18 hours 26 min ago view
  • UH OH! RALLY TIME!

    crunch 18 hours 36 min ago view
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 18 hours 47 min ago view
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 18 hours 55 min ago view