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by champaignchris
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread
Replies: 134
Views: 3145

Re: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread

Maddux was coming off 3 seasons of 5.1, 5.8, and 7 fWAR when he hit free agency at age 26. And, since he wasn't a high strikeout guy, I'll throw in that his bWAR in 92 was a Trout-ian 9.1. What really made letting him walk after 92 extra egregious, though, was the fact that he came back to the Cubs...
by champaignchris
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread
Replies: 134
Views: 3145

Re: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread

Maddon was shocked to discover Albert Almora wasn't the answer for leadoff......or much else of use, really. Was it Maddon making the best roster he could? Or was it Maddon making a “You put this crap on my roster” type of statement by leading off the position player with the worst OBP on the team?...
by champaignchris
Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 913
Views: 52394

Re: 2020 roster

I love that the owners are able to create an artificial spending ceiling, but that's capitalism... Uhm... That's not capitalism. That's the opposite of capitalism. That's why baseball needs the Federal anti-trust exemption in order to get away with it. When Tech companies - Apple, Google, Intel and...
by champaignchris
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread
Replies: 5200
Views: 451435

Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

stitchface wrote:"I'm more just upset that we gave away a huge piece of our team," Snell said. "He was the swag of our team. He lifted a lot of our position players up with just his presence and made other guys more swaggy."


Do the statheads on this site prefer fSWAG or bSWAG?
by champaignchris
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs sign Winkler
Replies: 29
Views: 1239

Re: Cubs sign Winkler

Effingham is rough but it does have a big ass cross on the highway to remind you you're horsefeathers. Effingham also has a fantastic record store called America’s Groove. It’s in the middle of an otherwise abandoned shopping mall. It’s surreal it’s like you’re in the middle of a post-apocalyptic z...
by champaignchris
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs sign Winkler
Replies: 29
Views: 1239

Re: Cubs sign Winkler

Went to Parkland College. A Champaign kid!!!
by champaignchris
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Phillies Sign Wheeler
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: Phillies Sign Wheeler

I would much rather have Yu at his remaining 4 year $81MM contract than Wheeler at 5 and $118MM.
by champaignchris
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 491
Views: 22889

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/BleacherNation/statuses/1201984347097763840

I really liked Nick, though I question the dominoes that would need to fall for his fit on the team to not be very awkward


It would be adding a CF and trading Schwarber (or somehow Heyward) that would do it.
by champaignchris
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Addison Russell
Replies: 1813
Views: 152799

Re: Addison Russell

Cubs fans still tripping over themselves to defend this guy, even as he’s shown the door The Venn diagram of fans who defend Russell but hate Kaepernick must be close to a single circle I'm on a University of Illinois message board - cleverly disguising myself by using the exact same user name - an...
by champaignchris
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 491
Views: 22889

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

Abreu and Odorizzi accepted their QO’s. I believe everyone else declined theirs or will. I was a little surprised the Twins QO’d Odorizzi. He’s smart to take it. He’ll make more this year than he would have during the first year of any multi-year, and then he’ll be able to get more as a free agent ...
by champaignchris
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: It’s not me, it’s Yu
Replies: 523
Views: 77927

Re: It’s not me, it’s Yu

Quirky, swaggy Yu is the best Yu.
by champaignchris
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread
Replies: 5200
Views: 451435

Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Banedon wrote:Some familiar names/faces here.



I had to check... Gutierrez, Harris and Ward were never actually Cubs teammates. I could have sworn otherwise.
by champaignchris
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Bears week 7: LAC @ CHI Sunday at noon on FOX
Replies: 232
Views: 10128

Re: Bears week 7: LAC @ CHI Sunday at noon on FOX

I don’t like the idea of giving a general manager a second bite at the apple on drafting a franchise quarterback. He screwed it up the first time, he’ll screw it up again. So I don’t know where the great Bears quarterback comes from, but I don’t think it’s going to come from Pace via the draft. I d...
by champaignchris
Sat Oct 26, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Pick your Expansion team
Replies: 5
Views: 944

Re: Pick your Expansion team

I didn’t realize that Nats-Astros was only the second expansion team vs expansion team World Series and that the first one was only as recent as Royals-Mets in 2015.

That seems pretty crazy but speaks to how little post-season success some of the expansion franchises have had.
by champaignchris
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Cubs Manager Search (Ross to be hired - Kaplan)
Replies: 367
Views: 32369

Re: Cubs Manager Search

I wonder if David Ross is the choice, why they haven’t announced it yet. Yesterday would have been the perfect day to do it with the playoff game postponed. It wouldn’t have overshadowed a game. I suppose it could just be a contract negotiation thing. But the longer this drags out, the more it looks...
by champaignchris
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Theo Speak
Replies: 327
Views: 48784

Re: Theo Speak

My grandparents lived in Arizona my entire childhood until they passed while I was in college. We visited them every summer and often on X-Mas break. We went hiking all the time. My grandpa’s property backed up to a big stretch of state park and we’d go quartz hunting. He eventually had a whole gard...
by champaignchris
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Cubs Manager Search (Ross to be hired - Kaplan)
Replies: 367
Views: 32369

Re: Cubs Manager Search

I'm not very impressed with Roberts the tactician(although admittedly that's in the playoffs which are a slightly different animal), but if I'm going to live up to my words about caring the most about player development, I can't ignore that the Dodgers have been the absolute gold standard at it. Ye...
by champaignchris
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Broken Business of Baseball (AKA never side with management)
Replies: 150
Views: 27190

Re: The Business of Baseball (AKA never side with management)

Also, how many of the players at AFL/Short-A are viable prospects? How many warm bodies are floating in the minors? No other sport (outside of hockey, which has its own convoluted system of Junior/Minor league teams) has so many tiers of prospects below the big leagues Football and basketball hide ...
by champaignchris
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 913
Views: 52394

Re: 2020 roster

How much would a Jake Odorizzi/Wade Miley/Ivan Nova/Tanner Roark type really cost for a couple years? 2 years, $25MM? I’m frankly more concerned with Lester than I am with the Chatwood/Mills/Alzolay slot. Over the last three seasons he’s gone through stretches where he just didn’t have it. And with ...
by champaignchris
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: It's Maddoning
Replies: 504
Views: 56213

Re: It's Maddoning

This is.... interesting. https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-chicago-cubs-joe-maddon-theo-epstein-20190928-quhoehqcwjfdtd6fktgb5cyf2m-story.html What a horsefeathers city to be in to find out you’re canned. There’s a shot bar on Laclede’s Landing within stumbling distance to the casino. S...
by champaignchris
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 913
Views: 52394

Re: 2020 roster

Your current 2020 bullpen pitchers under contract... Kimbrel, Ryan, and Wick. Whichever of Chatwood or Mills that isn't starting. Probably picking up Phelps' option. Then about 250-ish combined innings from some assortment of Webster, Maples, Wieck, Underwood, Norwood and random other AAA guys I'm f...
by champaignchris
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 6760
Views: 573957

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Imagine what would have happened if the 650 PAs that went to Almora, Russell, and Descalso went to someone who didn’t subtract value offensively. If anyone’s curious, you won’t want to look up the wRC+ numbers of those guys. ETA: let's make it 725 PAs and add in Tony Kemp. Brutal. Zobrist and Happ ...
by champaignchris
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: #NotAllPitchers
Replies: 821
Views: 109228

Re: #NotAllPitchers

Betances was going to be the top free agent reliever on the market this off season until these injuries. Now, he might not even get a contract offer until he can show he's healthy.
by champaignchris
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Felipe Vazquez is going to jail
Replies: 17
Views: 1623

Re: Felipe Vazquez is going to jail

I think there's zero chance that nobody in baseball knew what was up with Mel Hall, or at least heard rumors/gossip/etc.. A picture of Mel Hall and one of his victims at the victim's high school prom appeared in the Yankee's 1991 yearbook, per this story... https://www.sbnation.com/2014/7/15/588359...

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