If Casey Coleman hits his spots – and I mean, hits them on the nose – he can be an effective ML starter. If he misses his spots, he can barely succeed at AAA. It’s a shame, because he’s a good kid who works very hard.

  • Mike Quade says he’s looking forward to meeting with his players in the offseason to discuss what they can work on in order to improve for next season. Aw. He sounds like a tone deaf little kid trying out for ‘American Idol,’ and saying, “I’m going to be a star!” Everyone seems to know there’s no chance what he’s saying will actually happen, but no one has the heart to say it to his face. Where is Simon Cowell when you need him? (“Mike, that was the worst managing performance I’ve ever seen. Truly dreadful.”)
  • Quade on rejiggering his rotation and lineup so that players can get to certain milestones, like Starlin Castro getting 200 hits or Ryan Dempster getting to 200 innings: “I don’t pay attention to numbers a lot, but I do the last couple of weeks. Whether it’s hitters, whether it’s pitchers — and good or bad — trying to get guys an opportunity to get to certain landmarks if at all possible.’’ So, he recognizes that it’s OK to risk losing games right now so that guys can get to certain landmarks, but he doesn’t recognize it’s OK to risk losing games right now so that the young players can get more starts? Color me perfectly unsurprised.
  • Tom Ricketts is scheduled to meet with Cubs’ Scouting Director Tim Wilken this weekend. The suspicion is he’ll be in line for an extension a la Oneri Fleita, who received his own extension a couple weeks ago.
  • Fellow players voted AJ Pierzynski the “meanest” player in baseball (he received an astonishing-but-n0t-really-when-you-think-about-it 29% of the vote). Carlos Zambrano came in fourth with 5% of the vote, behind Chase Utley (13% – really?), and Milton Bradley (11% – pretty damn high consider he’s not, you know, playing baseball anymore).
  • Instructional ball is about to get underway for a number of Cubs’ prospects, including 12 of the Cubs’ top 16 2011 draft picks. Among the participants: Javier Baez (1st Round), Dan Vogelbach (2nd Round), Zeke DeVoss (3rd Round), Tony Zych (4th Round), Tayler Scott (5th Round), Neftali Rosario (6th Round), Shawon Dunston, Jr. (big-time overslot), and Dillon Maples (big-time overslot).
  • Bryan LaHair plans to play in the Venezuelan Winter League.
  • MLB Trade Rumors runs down the list of prospective suitors for Aramis Ramirez, including his current team, the Cubs. If all he cared about was getting paid after the season, he could find himself a solid contract. Something for all sides to think about.
  • Prince Fielder has conceded that this season will “probably [be his] last year” with the Brewers.
  • Keith Law reviews ‘Moneyball,’ but, based on his hostile response, you’d think he was reviewing a Chicago Cubs prospect.
  • The Pirates just locked in their 19th straight losing season. Remember that when you bemoan how miserable it’s been lately to be a Cubs fan.
  • Fishin Phil

    Kind of a shame about the Pirates.  Would have liked to see them at least finish over .500.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I felt the same way.

      • Jim

        Not me…f them.

    • NyN

      gotta remember though that the Pirates have not been knocking out 130 million payrolls lately either.

  • CubFan Paul

    ..i remember the Gregg maddux comparisons from the Cubs coaching staff in the 2010 spring training when they talked about Coleman’s upside ..wow ..for a guy drafted in the 15th round in the 2008 draft that they barely spent money on, I wonder what the hell the rush is. Coleman is just another mediocre soft tosser drafter over guys with stronger arms & better control that the team couldn’t “afford”

  • Dave

    At least things are starting to look better for the Pirates. Normally they have their 82 losses by Memorial Day. Somehow. But this year they waited until mid-September. They might win 82 next year, which is more than I can say for the Cubs right now.

    • auggie1955

      Yeah, as bad as this season has been just think what next year will be like if the Cubs don’t sign Fielder or Pujols. If Ramirez leaves who are the Cubs going to count on to drive in runs? Byrd? Colvin? Don’t make me laugh.

      • Toosh

        If Ramirez leaves there will still be 9 batters in the lineup. Runs will be driven in by someone.

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          Agreed, ARam’s been doing what a 3/4 hitter should do… Produce RBI’s. We may not replace his production but we will still have run produces hitting 3/4.

      • nwicubfan

        our problems are deeper than just getting Fielder or Pujols

  • Toosh

    The Pirates don’t have the Cubs’ fan base, revenue or payroll.

    • Dave

      They do have players that can produce in the major leagues.

      • SirCub

        They can have the Cubs’ payroll as far as I’m concerned.

  • Internet Random

    In re Idol:  Heh.  Great analogy.

    In re Pierzynski:  Let’s all enjoy this little nugget again.

    How Sweet It Is

    • auggie1955

      I looove the video on YouTube under Barrett Punches AJ. It uses the tune of Johnny Cash’s song Folsom Prison to describe this incident.

    • hcs

      I think that is my only good memory of Barrett. I was watching the game at work with my boss, a giant Sox fan. In fact, the crosstown series was one of the few times that I could get a Cubs game on the TV.

  • bricklayer

    The Pirates have won a WS in my lifetime so they can suck it.

  • hcs

    I’m going to a screening of Moneyball tonight. I’lll try to give a more objective review tomorrow. of course, it will probably be of the one sentence variety. “Meh”, or “it was good”. Movie reviews are not my forte.

  • auggie1955

    Having to put up with Quade for the full season has been nothing short of gruesome. He should have been fired when Hendry was fired. I’ve been through many 90+ loss seasons with the Cubs, but keeping Quade just makes it that much worse. I hope Ricketts has learned something from this debacle.

  • BT

    I understand your point to a degree, but leading off Castro so he can get more at bats, and rescheduling your rotation so you can get your second best pitcher an extra start really isn’t the same thing as saying it’s OK to lose games. If he was sitting Castro so his average wouldn’t fall below .300 I could see the comparison working, but getting more Castro and more Dempster is not the same as sitting Garza so we can get Gaub a few starts.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      OK to *risk* losing more games is a bit different than “OK to lose games.” When Quade allowed Dempster to stay in the game the other night instead of pinch hitting in a one-run game (when Demp was already over 100 pitches) added, however slightly, to the risk that the Cubs would lose the game. Quade did that – as he now admits – to help get Dempster to 200 innings. I think it’s questionable to allow the performance of the team to be compromised – albeit slightly – in the name of “milestones,” but not to allow the performance of the team to be compromised to get young guys some additional action.

      And ending with the hyperbolic example of sitting Garza in favor of Gaub starts (a guy who’s a reliever) doesn’t really help your argument, by the way. No one anywhere would suggest sitting Garza in favor of a “kid.” Among other reasons, Garza is just 27. For this team, he might as well be one of the kids.

    • Jeff

      It might not be the same, but that’s not the point. He’s been dead set on certain things and won’t make any concessions for some players, but he’s willing to re-work the rotation to get Dempster extra starts. Really? The guy who might not even be hear needs an extra turn to get 200 innings? I would rather see Jeff Samardzija get a start or two at the end of the year. Quade should have been batting Castro in the leadoff spot the whole year, it took him until late July to realize his average was 80 points higher batting leadoff than it was in the third spot, and now his reason for batting Castro leadoff is so he can chase 200 hits, not because it helps the team win. This guys talks in so many circles that I’m convinced that he can’t remember what he said 5 minutes ago. How someone like him got a major league managerial job is beyond me. I promised I wouldn’t rip on Quade anymore, now look what you’ve done BT.

  • kingdomusa

    Quade is an absolute joke. He should be fired on the spot when he returns from Cincinnati. Its insubordination if someone in the upper office chambers with authority has told him to play Lahair & colvin along with others. Its almost guaranteed Quade did not want to see Vitters, Clevenger, McNutt & Sczcur up for the last few weeks. Imagine the message that is being sent to our top minor league prospects that are in waiting for the day they fire Quade & bring in some new blood. I really hope the new GM hires Ryno before he is moved up to the Phillies coaching staff or be looked at by other smart teams.
    Ricketts needs to interview his B list first then see if any of the A-list shows interest. I really was impressed by the resume of Kim Ng. Imagine a dream movie of a female breaking the curse & picking the right players to pull off a miracle. I can’t wait til Quade leaves the Cub premises for good. He has a high opinion of himself & thinks a lot of teams will knock his door down. Every cub fan wants him gone.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • awesome

    Fire quade now….now.

  • dreese

    “I don’t pay attention to numbers a lot, but I do the last couple of weeks. ”

    Doug Davis getting his MLB years in to qualify for a pension or something?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Excellent memory, dreese. Though, that one is as much on Hendry as it is on Quade.

  • Deez

    This is the “Good Ole Boys List” personified. We’ll never win w/ this type of nepotism.

  • Joe Cartwright

    I pay attention to numbers at the end of the year. You know……. When they don’t matter.

  • KyleNovak

    Posted a response to the Keith Law review in the “Moneyball” thread on the board. Curious to see what people think.