Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bruce Levine's Chat: 9/28...

I'm going to start a weekly trend, by having a post on Bruce Levine's chat. That will be every Tuesday, as that's the day he has the chat on. This chat was kind of weak and I mean there were not a lot of news that stood out. But, I will still present what I thought was kind of interesting.

1) He says the Cubs are in badly need of a set-up man, depending on what they do with pitcher Andrew Cashner. He thinks the Cubs should keep Cashner in the bullpen.

1) My take: It's kind of obvious that the Cubs are in badly need of a RP, even if they keep Cashner in the bullpen. Right now, I think the Cubs should keep Cashner in the pen because he has pitched pretty well and the Cubs have pitchers Jay Jackson and Chris Archer who are ahead of him in succeeding in the rotation. Also, I have a feeling the Cubs will put him as a starter, then a RP, then a starter, then a RP again and I think that will screw him it up. It could be a replay of the Samardzija situation.

2) The Red Sox have a lot of interest in Aramis Ramirez.

2) My take: I would be in favor of the Cubs dealing Ramirez. Only, if the Red Sox take on 75% of his contract, if not all and still trade mid level spects. But, I doubt that will happen. The Cubs could then go after Adrian Beltre if the Red Sox don't retain him, or call up 3B Marquez Smith from the minors who has put up nice stats. This could give the Cubs money for a 1B.

3) Levine keeps re-stating Adam Dunn is the Cubs top priority this offseason, but now he says "if the Cubs can afford him."

3) My take: We will keep hearing this until he's signed by the Cubs or another team. I think the Cubs will have enough money for him, but this will be the only impact FA signing. I would be fine if the Cubs sign him or not. It do not care if Adam Dunn is or isn't in Cubbie blue next year.

4) The Cubs are unlikely to sign Carl Crawford because they won't have the money. However, Levine does not say the Cubs will not pursue him because they could. He said there will be 8-10 teams bidding for him.

4) I would love the Cubs to sign Crawford because he brings speed that the Cubs need, a left handed bat and does have some pop, but not much. The only bad thing is, he's a OF and the Cubs don't have room unless they move Colvin to 1B but that's still TBD. However, I agree with Levine because I doubt they will have the money unless they unload 50% of Zambrano's, Kosuke and even Ramirez's contract.

5) Levine says Wood would be a good idea, but he also says I don't think going back in time is the best thing to do.

5) I totally disagree because Wood will help out a lot and every Cubs fan will be happy. He won't be too expensive, like other RP, but for some reason I think the Yanks will re-sign him.

That's the latest from another week of Bruce Levine's chat.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Geo, Colvin OUT.....

I know the season is almost over, but 2 players season has come to an end early. Geovany Soto and Tyler Colvin were said yesterday that they will be out for the remainder of the season. Here's why:

Tyler Colvin:
This goes under as a freak incident, but Tyler Colvin was hit by a broken bat yesterday and a splinter of the bat went right through his chest. He was sent to the hospital right away and is expected to be in the hospital for 2-3 days with a tube in his chest, to make him breath easier. He was bleeding pretty good, but was listed in "stable condition". Castillo is the one who was hitting and the one who's bat broke and hit Colvin. There was a chance he could of die but he got lucky that it not go too far, but it did go pretty far. I hope for the best! It's sad how his rookie season went pretty well and he can't finish it on a positive not. But, it's baseball and this happens.

Geovany Soto:
We learned yesterday that Soto's season has come to an end because he's getting shoulder surgery on his arm today. It's a minor shoulder surgery and he will be ready in 3 months. In time for spring training. Now we will see Hill (ugh) and Castillo behind the plate now. I hope Castillo gets the majority of the playing time, as he could be the backup catcher next year over Hill who is looking more and more likely to be non-tender. An unconfirmed source says Castillo will be the backup catcher next year and Hill is as good as gone. I sure hope so!

I hope for the best in Colvin the most but also to Soto. It's funny how the Cubs win 13-3 with all backups playing and they lose 2 starters. At least their is only 2 weeks to the season is over.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Undercover Boss Filmed at Wrigley...

As Tom Ricketts watches his first season as Cubs owner go worse by the day. He still has fun with being the Cubs owner, by making the best of Wrigley. With that being said, the new hit show on CBS "Undercover Boss" was filmed at Wrigley for 9 days.

The show Undercover Boss is where the CEO or the head of the company goes undercover to their company and see how working conditions and how the employees are treated. Because, some people many know what they look like, they have to change their appearance. Tom Ricketts reportedly wore a beard when he went undercover.

Mr. Ricketts did numerous jobs, such as hot dog vendor, security, etc and was connected to all employees in a good fashion. Also, no one had a clue that it was him. Per David Kaplan.

This episode is reportedly being rushed into production as they want this episode to air as soon as possible. The source said it could air within a month. Per David Kaplan.

The second season of Undercover Boss will air Sunday, September 26th.

I saw the 1st season and I like it and it's a good show. I just can't wait for this season to air and see what jobs he done and what games he was at, if any. I think he would be at games. I expect you to watch the 2nd season, definitely this episode.

Tune in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September Call-Ups Coming...

Sorry for the inactivity on my blog but I've been busy with work and school. I'll write up a fast post about what players are expected to get the call-up: All these players are from Triple A and Jim Hendry won't call them up until their season finishes.

1) P Mitch Atkins: He will see another stint in the majors and will probably be their for the rest of the season. Atkins has look good at times, but he has look like crap at times, like the whole bullpen.

2) P Jeff Stevens: He will also see another stint in the majors from previous reports. He came over in the Mark Derosa trade with the Indians. Just like Atkins, he has look good at times and times he gives up runs like crazy. I've notice when Stevens is called up at first, he pitches good but when he's sent down and re-called, he it bad. I don't get how that works.

3) P Jeff Samardzija: He started with the Cubs after spring training, but was sent down and never seen the majors again. This is an obvious move because Jeff has looked great in Triple A and he finally discovered a second pitch. Scouts say that second pitch is working out good for him. Jim Hendry said he will get a couple starts and with the pending injury of Gorzelanny...that could happen soon.

4) P Brian Schlitter: I'm not a big fan of him and could care less if he was re-called. But, he will be called up. Too me, he only has one pitch and that's a fastball. And, that's not good to be a major league pitcher.

5) OF Sam Fuld: He has a short stay in the majors but deserves to see another major league stint. Fuld is no way a starter but a good 4th OF because of his defense. His defense is spectacular in my mind. He has no fear for his body and goes all out when he plays.

6) OF Brad Snyder: He has never see the majors in his career and he's expected to see it for the first time soon. However, he's currently not on the 40 man roster and every spot is taken on the roster. The Cubs would have to make a move to call him up, then. I think there's a good chance the Cubs move Grabow from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL. That would open a spot for Snyder. We'll just have to wait and see what the Cubs do.

7) Welington Castillo: He was on the bench for yesterdays game but was inactive because he wasn't officially called up. It was just in case the Cubs put Soto back on the DL...but that looks unlikely right now. I don't know if he's still with the Cubs or if he went back down to Triple A. I just hope he gets more playing time than his last stint, where he only made 2 starts.

The roster would be:

C: Soto, Hill, Castillo
1B: Nady, Hoffpauir
2B: DeWitt, Barney
3B: Ramirez, Baker
SS: Castro
OF: Soriano, Byrd, Colvin, Fukudome, Fuld, Snyder
P: Zambrano, Dempster, Wells, Gorzelanny, Coleman, Diamond, Marmol, Marshall, Cashner, Samardzija, Maine, Russell, Berg, Atkins, Schlitter, Mateo, Stevens, Silva (pending), Caridad (pending)

Esmalin Caridad and Carlos Silva have pending next to them because they could be activated from the DL and I think there's a good chance they both will be.

This moves are not official but Cubs.come reported these are the players that will get the call.