Evening Wrap-up

Some of this has already been reported in the previous thread, but rumor has it that there are a few jerks out there who don't read every comment of every thread.  I can't imagine who would be such a loser, it's just something I heard...

 

For those ignorant non-message board reading unwashed masses, I sadly report that Henry Blanco's brother has been murdured in Venezuela.  Carlos Blanco had been kidnapped two weeks earlier and held for ransom.  For several years now, Venezuelan players in MLB have had cause to worry about their families' safety back home.  Before making news for his attempt to use a machette to, uh, creatively beat out the fire he had started by dousing five employees with gasoline, Ugueth Urbina had to cope with his mother's kidnapping.  The personal security measures that Venezuelan players have felt compelled to take since then are eye-opening.  Our sympathies are with the Blanco family. 

 

Our sympathies are also with Dusty Baker, if he thinks Kerry Wood will sign with Cincinatti in order to serve as set-up guy to Francisco Cordero. 

The latest rah-rah piece from Muskat informs us that the Cubs like their current roster as they enter the winter meetings.  As well they should.

Finally, there's some phony-baloney corporate-sponsored baseball awards that the fans can vote on, and that carry about as much weight and meaning as your vote on ratemypoo.com  (I didn't link to it, on the grounds that no good could possibly come of it.)

My votes:  

Pujols

Halladay

Soto

LouPa

Mariano

Marmol

McLouth

Zambrano

Johnson

Young

Maier

Friedman

Price

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Victim # 20 busted for drugs, nice mug shot-

http://deadspin.com/5100971/operation-shutdown-sti...

That list of defensive plays was pretty non-inspiring. I would have to go with Ramirez.

Whatever you do, don't look at the Top 20 for ratemypoo.com. I haven't felt that nauseated since the Cubs resigned Neifi Perez.

I TOLD you no good would come of it, Guancous.

 

Trans finally comes up with his first post since God knows when and rating poo immediately rises to the surface. what gives?

White sox trade Vasquez to the Braves:

Vasquez and Logan for Tyler Flowers, infielder Brent Lillibridge, Class-A third baseman Jon Gilmore and 20-year-old left-hander Santos Rodriguez.

see below:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whit...

Now what does that mean the Braves are out of the Peavy sweepstakes...does that mean we are it or you think this is one of the two pitchers they are targeting....or is this the trade and the other is a free agent...

The winter meetings should be interesting!

the braves have already stated that they are moving on and will not pursue a trade for Peavy. this is just further proof of that.

Vazquez costs more than Peavy over the next couple of years. I'm sure that the Padres aren't interested in him. I doubt the Pads are interested in Boone Logan either.

It looks like Hendry is working overtime for a quality pitching prospect.

Obviously i wasn't talking about Vasquez going to the Padres....was talking about the prospects that the Braves gave up for him that may have gone to the Padres for Peavy.

Ah, the internet.

On the one hand, millions of people desperate for change used the internet to help donate over a billion dollars to get Barack Obama elected.

On the other hand, there's a website for rating poo.

Yeah, just your average folks. People like Dahsudhu Hdusahfd of Df, Hawaii with the following employer CZXVC/ZXVZXV and Uadhshgu Hduadh listed as living in Dhff, Florida employed by DASADA/SAFASF donated big bucks to Obama.

It was an inspirational outpouring. Go internet!

yeah, that 7 grand accounts for a good 90%+ of the money raised online.

i guess most of the money did come from corruption rather than joe everyman.

*runs around screaming about 9/11 conspiracies and impending socialism he read about on the internet*

lulz...internet...i've been there.

Those funds were returned. Every election both major parties deal with this. There were similar stories out of the McCain camp. There is nothing to stop citizens from contributing under fake names or giving more than the maximum allowable amounts. I could go online and donate $500 each day for 10 days to a campaign via credit card. It is then up to the campaign and the FEC to realize later that I gave more in total than I was allowed and then refund me the difference. It's not a perfect system by any means, but for the most part it works. Issues like Dahsudhu are not new to the Internent age, although it does make them more frequent. But the Internet also brings more people overall into the political process - so it's probably a wash.

Those funds were returned to who?

Shouldn't the DN Party try to get their hands on some of them? I hear they took deficit spending to a new level.

Rate my poo? Give me a Hot Karl everyday over that shit. Oh oh oh pun!

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  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 7 min 26 sec ago view
  • Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth

    Eric S 38 min 27 sec ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 53 min 17 sec ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 5 hours 9 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 5 hours 50 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 5 hours 54 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 7 hours 49 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 9 hours 37 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 10 hours 11 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 10 hours 25 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 11 hours 49 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 49 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 56 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 11 hours 59 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 3 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 12 hours 12 min ago view