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Tuesday Cubs Headlines: 15 Days to Go (I'm Not Going To Make It)

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We've truly hit rock bottom when it comes to off-season news:

A noticeable rift divides the Cubs' front office these days.

General manager is pitted against assistant general manager.

Team loyalties are at stake.

And there's no end in sight, at least until Super Bowl Sunday ends.

"We went to lunch upstairs to the employee dining room," said assistant GM Randy Bush. "He was wearing his Colts jacket, and I was wearing my Saints hat. It was, 'Let the games begin.' There will be a little bit of trash-talking going on."

Bush was referring to his boss, Cubs GM Jim Hendry. The two men are on the same page when it comes to putting together a baseball team.

But when it comes to cheering for a team in the Super Bowl, fan loyalties take over.

Bush, who attended the University of New Orleans and met his wife there, is a Saints supporter.

Bruce, it's nothing personal. When there's no news, there's no news.

Can we play baseball now?

Hey kids, did you hear about the Cubs' latest big free-agent signing?

Oh, the things you read online. It looks like the Cubs are going to sign Jim Hendry-favorite Kevin Millar to a non-guaranteed minor-league deal later this week. There's always an equal-and-opposite-reaction theme to every Cubs winter (last year it was "get Lou his 'left-hand' bat), and this year, it appears that if all else fails, the Cubs are going to "out-chemistry" everybody in the wake of getting rid of Milton Bradley.

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You never know, but Millar doesn't appear to have a whole lot of baseball left in him, but boy, won't that clubhouse in Mesa be fun this spring as Millar and Ryan Dempster reprise their comedy routine and turn that sleepy little community in Arizona into the Catskills Southwest? A couple years ago, old friends Millar and Dempster had a back-and-forth (from Florida to Arizona) about Millar going to tear Dempster apart when the vaunted Baltimore Orioles came to Wrigley Field. I can't exactly remember what happened.

Anyway, Millar is a right-handed batter whose career splits are pretty even when facing righty and lefty pitching. Last year in Toronto, he had a hitting line of .223/.311/.363 for an OPS of .674 and an OPS-plus of 79. The wOBA was .302. He hit 20 homers for the O's in 2008, with an 89 OPS-plus.

Bill James projects 75 games and a line of .242/.342/.395 for an OPS of .737 and a wOBA of .321 for Millar in 2010.

Uh. . .  blah. Don't we have enough mediocre 5th OFers down in Iowa? Jim Hendry is the master of the unrequited crush. He's the girl that is bound and determined to date the captain of the varsity football team, even if it means getting him when he's 55 with unemployment checks and a bad combover.

In today's double-take news, someone actually traded FOR Aaron Miles:

Along with Taveras, the Reds sent infielder Adam Rosales to the A's for infielder Aaron Miles and a player to be named. Oakland was busy as well, agreeing with outfielder Gabe Gross on a $750,000, one-year contract and claiming infielder Steve Tolleson off waivers from Minnesota.

If there's one manager out there who can make sure Aaron Miles gets PLENTY of playing time, it's Dusty. I predict Aaron is starting at 2B before the season is over.

For those of you who don't tweet, LOHO-buddy Tim from Tales from Aisle424 has got into quite a little dust-up with Paul Sullivan. Once again, the controversy is over Paul's tweeting, where he often takes shots at players, Milton Bradley being the usual target. Alex Quigley and I talked about the difference between being a beat writer and a columnist on our podcast yesterday.

My bottom line is that the Trib wants to call Paul a beat writer and have him write like a columnist. I don't blame Paul for this, but I think the Tribune is absolutely wrong about what fans want to read when it comes to Cubs coverage. I don't mind reading reporters' opinions about players, but I don't want to read it in something disguised as a straight news story. If Trib Co wants Paul to write as a columnist, they should give him a column.

Oh, and heeeeeyyyyyy, it's Groundhog Day! Has anyone heard what the groundhog saw this morning? Because I'm flipping through 5 different channels and STILL haven't found it. Eh, who cares? I'd rather just watch this, anyway:

 

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Cubs Psychologist said:

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Just in...Six more weeks of winter. Or in KY, 6 more weeks of ice. In regards to being the Cubs Psychologist...I wish!! Gotta help Z out by any means necessary. Plus, Theriot needs help reducing those TOOTBLANS. That would be my dream job, besides playing LF for the Cubbies.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Our LFer kind of stunk last season, maybe you could offer the Cubs a deal on you as a psychologist/LFer?

Phil might have said 6 more weeks of winter, but Woodstock Willie says Spring is right around the corner!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Staten Island Chuck agrees with Woodstock Willie.

FrankS said:

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What does Vegas have for the odds on snow for opening day at Wrigley?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Staten Island Chuck? Why am I picturing a groundhog in a Members Only jacket with gold chains?

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Tee hee. Remember last year when he bit Mayor Bloomberg?

Cubs Psychologist said:

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A deal for the league mininum would work for me. I hope Woodstock Willie is right.

gravedigger said:

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BTW, that picture is so fucking gross

Doc said:

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Julie isn't supposed to be posting pictures of Max like that.

AndCounting said:

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It made me swear out loud, no kidding.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm off to the doctor. If you're pulling for a torn labrum, cross your fingers!

gravedigger said:

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Oh, I am alright. get answers!

gravedigger said:

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Oh yeah, and feel better.

Speaking of which, THANK YOU to you guys for your suggestions yesterday. I used the home remedies and feel much better than I did when using medicine!

Cubs Psychologist said:

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That picture is pretty damn disturbing.

plamorte said:

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That's the last time I send Julie my nudes.

Dmband said:

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Kris Benson?

Jeez...we are chalk full of mediocrity this season.

JulieDiCaro said:

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wait. what about kris benson? did we sign him?

because i don't think this town is ready for anna benson.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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John Paul Morosi says the D'Backs, Cubs, Reds and Nats are interested in Kris Benson.

JulieDiCaro said:

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come on, you guys. not everyone can be a beauty queen. look at the photo and learn to love the person in it.

Teebob2000 said:

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Why is everyone suddenly on you about your picture? I think you're quite comely.

Oh -- they mean the passed-out fat guy?? Yeah, ick.

JulieDiCaro said:

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That photo up top is me before I 'put on my face' in the morning.

Teebob2000 said:

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...by dunking it into a bowl of cereal??

Dmband said:

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ps. now I have a pic. Im big time...

JulieDiCaro said:

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you're a lot furrier than i thought you'd be.

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