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Wednesday Headlines: The End of Koyie Hill?

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The Cubs made a strange waiver claim Monday, adding catcher Max Ramirez to the 40-man roster.

The Chicago Cubs today claimed catcher Max Ramirez off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

Ramirez was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox from the Texas Rangers last Wednesday, January 5. He split the 2010 campaign between the Rangers and their Triple-A Oklahoma City affiliate. Ramirez played 56 games with Oklahoma City, batting .286 (54-for-189) with nine doubles, three home runs, 29 RBI and a .373 on-base percentage. In 28 games in the big leagues last year, Ramirez batted .217 (15-for-69) with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and a .341 on-base percentage.


Yes, the Cubs traded Robinson Chirinos last week, but still have Koyie Hill and Wellington Castillo behind Geovany Soto on the 40-man. Does a Major League team usually keep 4 catchers on the 40-man? Do the Cubs like Ramirez better than Hill or Castillo? You might have guessed that he's out-of options, as he's been claimed off waivers twice in the last week. What should we expect from Ramirez?

Before the 2010 season, Baseball America wrote that Ramirez is "a plus hitter who works the count and drives the ball to all fields" when healthy. However, the publication described the catcher as a below-average defender with below-average arm strength and well below-average running speed.

Seems the perfect foil for the light hitting Hill.


Carrie Muskat ratchets up Cubs Convention fever with a list of all current and former players attending.

Current players: Jeff Baker, Darwin Barney, Justin Berg, Marlon Byrd, Andrew Cashner, Starlin Castro, Casey Coleman, Tyler Colvin, Blake DeWitt, Matt Garza, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Koyie Hill, Scott Maine, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, Carlos Pena, Fernando Perez, Aramis Ramirez, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Silva, Geovany Soto, Randy Wells, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano.

Former players: Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Mike Bielecki, Bill Buckner, Jose Cardenal, Doug Glanville, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Gary Matthews, Keith Moreland, Dave Otto, Milt Pappas, Lee Smith, Tim Stoddard, Steve Trout, Todd Walker, Billy Williams.

Minor League players: Chris Carpenter, Jay Jackson, DJ LeMahieu.


I will continue to boycott the Cubs Convention until Hector Villanueva is brought back and rightfully honored.

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JulieDiCaro said:

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YES! The Return of Mike Bielecki! Wasn't the same without him last year.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Also, finally, my chance to verify that Randy Wells and Justin Berg are in fact that same person is upon me.

Doc said:

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I'm fairly sure you are correct in that assumption. Justin Berg is just Randy Wells while he's holding his gut in.

plamorte said:

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My chances of going are dwindling. Will someone set up a live webcam?

JulieDiCaro said:

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excuse me?

(narrows eyes)

Doc said:

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I have a court order banning me from having a webcam anymore.

plamorte said:

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i know i know, it's always something. Can we schedule another 'burbs one soon? And let's not get all sickly this time?

Doc said:

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I'm officially in the "dump Koyie" camp...but considering they offered him arbitration, I don't think he's going anywhere.

HackWilson09 said:

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I got a sneaky feeling that Max Ramirez is about to become Carlos Pena's backup - the comments about his catching skill's are not fun to read. Three catchers, anyone? With Jeff Baker backing up second, third and corner outfield spots, this could be Hendry's 25th man.

Hill, Barney, FPerez, Fukodome, Baker and MRamirez... Nope, I'm wrong for now. What a crappy bench.

Doc said:

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His percentage of baserunner thrown out stealing in the minor leagues is quite pathetic.

His offensive numbers, while better than Koyie Hill, don't suggest he would an effective backup at first. Look for Colvin and Baker to be the backups at first. Another thing to keep in mind is that I believe the Cubs might consider letting Soto get some reps at first base in the future to help save his legs a bit...but not as a permanent change.

sloan peterson said:

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If I could go I would want to ask Bill Buckner about forever being linked to the footage of the ball going between the legs...

JulieDiCaro said:

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the old, broken-down Cubs are the best Cubs at Cubs Con. I had a blast with Mickey Morandini and Ron Coomer a few years ago.

HackWilson09 said:

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It is always good to see Paul Reuschel. If I'm not mistaken, you can purchase funeral plots from him.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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So, Mr. Levine has lost his mind....AGAIN!! I just read where he beleives that Cashner and Spellcheck will be in the starting rotation this season. SPELLCHECK...ARE YOU SERIOUS???

Doc said:

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That means that Randy Wells would be delegated to the bullpen...and Carlos Silva would be traded. I can see one of those two things happening, but not both.

My guess is that the Cubs will make every effort to try to trade Spellcheck before the end of spring training, and work to convince him that, since he has a no trade clause, allowing a trade is in the best interests of his career.

HackWilson09 said:

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Sadly, he could be right. Hendry's faith in Samardzija's ability to play this game borders on the criminally insane.

I think it would be wrong to move Gorzellany now, just for the lefty-in-the rotation thing. He's not a bad #5 pitcher, and it's good to mix things up.

And I don't mind seeing Cashner in the pen either. There is nothing wrong with growing as a pitcher in the pen, throwing 2-inning stints in middle relief. Remember, the kid was drafted as a reliever anyway.

The Cubs do well when they have this kind of competition in the rotation. I like it. Maybe Wells will find himself - in either role, this could be a breakout year for him.

Doc said:

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Actually...based on how Spellcheck was used in the 2nd half of the season last year...I believe the actually have given up on him.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Agree...I've already given up on him. Hell, he could sign with the Bears for all I care.

keywestcubfan said:

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Who the hell is Scott Maine??

HackWilson09 said:

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Nice kid, google him. Some story last year about him coming back from some debilitating injury, or maybe some traumatic event, I can't remember. Lefty, Russell's main competition for the loogy spot.

JulieDiCaro said:

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ALERT: I am wearing my new pirate necklace.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Pirate necklace???

JulieDiCaro said:

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Yep, I bought a very tasteful, very pretty, very dainty silver chain with a skull & crossbones pendant. It's my "don't fuck with me today" necklace.

Doc said:

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so you plan to wear that every day?

JulieDiCaro said:

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pretty much.

plamorte said:

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still got that nose ring?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ahem.

It is not a ring. It is a very small diamond.

Also, Cubs have signed Koyie to a 1-year deal.

Teebob2000 said:

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So, do you have a "fuck with me today" necklace?

plamorte said:

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liking that 2011 Cubs Convention Panel Schedule by the Heckler are we Julie?

I wrote a few of those!

Also I should be making my print debut in the next issue. Don't worry I still

plamorte said:

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HAHA crappy CN commenting! I made a text heart and it thought i was doing HTML and cut it off, was going to say I still love LOHO!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hilarious. Well done, you.

JulieDiCaro said:

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this is the one that made me choke on my drink:

“Catching Fly Balls” with special guest Brant Brown

plamorte said:

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THAT'S MINE!

sloan peterson said:

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The Silva clinic should be sponsered by the show " Man vs Food"....

Cubs Psychologist said:

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That was hilarious!! My favorite one was the reference to the King of Slump Busters--“The Chick(s) I Slept With Last Night” hosted by Mark Grace and TBD(s). Good, wholesome, Cubs Satire!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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It should be "hosted by Mark Grace and Mike Bielecki." The women still LOVE Mike.

sloan peterson said:

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They should add a "Dos and Don'ts" for that seminar with their special guest Brett Favre....

berselius said:

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I thought the best one was "Put the damn Bears game on" by the attendees.

secdelahc said:

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My personal favorite: “A Detailed Look at English Maritime Trade Policy and Taxation During the 100 Years War” with Ronnie Woo-Woo

Doc said:

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Yeah...I really wish I was going just for that one and the Laura Ricketts one.

Doc said:

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I'm kinda disappointed that they canceled the "Why Hitting Coaches Really Matter" session with Rudy Jaramillo.

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