Tony LaRussa Isn’t Done Voodooing Quite Yet and Other Bullets

I remembered the thing I was going to say up here yesterday, but forgot after I fell asleep. It actually wasn’t that good. It was something about how Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavalarri better hope that baby gets her looks. Sometimes, maybe, your brain allows you to forget things for a good reason.

  • Tony LaRussa, who has retired, but whose Cardinals won the World Series last year (rabble, rabble), will manage the NL squad in this Summer’s All-Star Game. Being out of the game, you have to wonder how familiar he’ll be with the propensities of all the players, especially the relievers, who often come out of nowhere. Good thing the Cubs are probably going to be lousy in 2012, otherwise I’d be nervous about their prospect for home-field advantage in the World Series.
  • So, what do you make of this? The Miami Sun Sentinel says, totally off-hand, that the Marlins are paying $3.135 million of Carlos Zambrano’s 2012 salary. Given that the Cubs settled arbitration with Chris Volstad for $2.655 million, if the Sun Sentinel is correct, the Cubs actually did save a little money in dealing Zambrano (about $500k). Previously, it had been widely reported that the Cubs would be sending to the Marlins the difference between Volstad’s and Zambrano’s salary (which, together with paying Volstad’s salary, meant the Cubs would save no money in the deal – it was just a straight swap of players). So is it just bad math by the Sun Sentinel, or did the Cubs save $500k in the deal? Doesn’t sound like much, but, hey, it’s something.
  • If you’re planning to head to Cooperstown this Summer to see Ron Santo’s induction into the Hall of Fame, Carrie Muskat has some tips for planning ahead.
  • Speaking of Carrie, she takes on a question we’ve had trouble answering around here: with the current roster, who bats cleanup? Carrie doesn’t have much of an answer either (because there isn’t a good one), instead mentioning the usual suspects – LaHair, Soriano, Soto, Stewart. (Interestingly, she then guesses Stewart bats 8th (I don’t think he’ll be that low). How many teams out there have a guy who could bat anywhere from cleanup to the very bottom of the order?) I’d say, as things stand right now LaHair is the best guess.
  • You missed your chance to buy one of the Wrigley rooftop buildings. One of them (the Lakeview Baseball Club (which, to help you identify it, has the Eamus Catuli sign) just sold in bankruptcy for $4.8 million.
  • You know how you know Cubs fans are insane about their team? The Cubs currently have the fifth best odds to win the 2012 World Series (which means fans keep betting on the Cubs, so Vegas has to keep lowering the odds) at an amazing six to one. We’re nothing if nothing hopeful … and frivolous with our cash.
  • Fluff on Ryne Sandberg’s return to the Phillies’ organization.
  • New Astros owner Jim Crane is considering changing the name of the team when it heads to the American League in 2013. Any suggestions? How about the Colt .346′s?

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

44 responses to “Tony LaRussa Isn’t Done Voodooing Quite Yet and Other Bullets”

  1. wax_eagle

    Did the cubs at least bid on the building? Seems like it would be prudent to buy these as they become available…

  2. Fishin Phil

    If Stewart were to bat eighth, where the heck would Barney bat??

    1. BetterNews

      2nd?

    2. oso

      Castro should hit lead off, and everybody else in the seven hole.

      1. Bails17

        LOL…that’s about right!  Now that is the comment of the day!!

  3. Bacon

    Wax they had better of bought the damn thing. It makes no business sense for Ricketts to buy the McDonalds and then not buy a building they could advertise on!!

    1. wax_eagle

      They did not. the story says one of the other rooftop buliding owners purchased it. Not sure why the Cubs couldn’t pony up 5+ mil to buy a building in their own backyard when they managed to pick up the McDonalds building above market.

    2. BetterNews

      Now we are talking! What is business sense?

      1. aCubsfan

        It could be that part of the agreement between the Cubs and the rooftop owners over the payment of rooftop tickets was that the Cubs could not purchase any of the rooftop buildings if they were to come up for sale.

  4. MichiganGoat

    The Astros should rename themselves “Th Sam Houstons.” I can see it now their logo will be a mustache, the offical drink will be sasperilla, and their slogan can be “This team abides.” But im sure they’ll choose something like Angus or ‘gulp’ Freedom. Just don’t let the fans choose.

    1. Ian Afterbirth

      How about the Texas Chairs?

    2. Ian Afterbirth

      Wait – wait! The Texas Lethal Injections!

  5. Andy

    I think it would be prudent for the Cubs to buy each and every one of the rooftop buildings, then do away with that association. It would get rid of a nuisance that’s kept them from improving Wrigley in the past.

    1. Ian Afterbirth

      Buy all the rooftop buildings and expand the bleachers up over Waveland and Sheffield (creating a lovely shopping mall/promenade) to the tops of those buildings.

  6. Kyle

    I have a simple rule: If you had fewer home runs than Tony Campana last season, you can’t bat cleanup.

    Sorry, Ian.

    1. BetterNews

      I love humor! That’s what makes BN special!

  7. BetterNews

    I am a solid “north” side fan.

  8. Smitty

    $500 K pays for Darwin Barney, doesn’t it?

  9. chris margetis

    Bleacher Nation party at my new rooftop building I bought yesterday!

  10. ferris

    lehair should be their,this team is unproven so spring training will be fun but soto is to hot an cold as is hopefully soon to be former cub soriano to hit cleanup….i cant see the loser of the cespedes bid marlins or nationals not calling on byrd asap…….so our o.f. will be sappelt/johnson/dejesus/campana/…? jackson….byrd/sori,,now if we get cespedes this is totally diff.

    rf-dejesus,2b-barney,ss-castro,1b-lehair,c-soto,3b-stewart,lf-sappelt,cf-campana………………….or byrd or sori behind soto and campana back to the bench…stewart isnt batting 8th as musktrat suggests…he’s a thumper if healthy he’ll be good for 25 hr….maybe a 240ba but still good power.

    1. BetterNews

      You’re gonna get a lecture!

    2. Bails17

      Again…Castro should not be batting 3rd!

  11. Daniel Guerra

    I’ll put my money betting against the Cubs making the World Series in 2012. I’ll throw down 10,000 and get back 1666 + the initial deposit. Not bad….

  12. Toosh

    Since the Astros no longer play in the Astrodome, how about changing their name to fit their new stadium and call them the Minutemen.

    1. T C

      Toosh, I love this idea

      1. Toosh

        Thank you!

    2. Jim

      How about the Anita Bryants?

  13. MoneyBoy

    this !

  14. Roland Perrelli

    The real Vegas bet should be Will the Cubs have more wins than Homeruns. Because looking at that lineup I am not sure which number would be higher.

    1. Dick

      I totally agree with you. I’d like to know the over/under on Cub wins in 2012. I’d say 59, but I’m an optimist.

  15. Eric

    Since the Astro’s are really bad in a weak NL central, when they move to the AL west (which is bad too, but they’ll be facing AL teams now) maybe they should be called the Houston “We’re screwd’s”

    1. loyal100more

      how about the “ojays”

  16. loyal100more

    how about them bulls!