I really wish I liked basketball more than I do (which is to say I don’t). This time of year can really be the dregs for sports viewing…

  • Commissioner/Emperor Bud confirmed to reporters yesterday at the White Sox’s version of CubsCon (aw, man, we didn’t get Selig?) that the Theo Epstein compensation issue has indeed landed on his desk, and is now his matter to decide. “The clubs tried to settle it themselves,” Selig said. “I have a lot of patience because everything controversial generally winds up on my desk. In this case, I did give the clubs more latitude and hoped they could come to some conclusion. But they didn’t and now it’s my case.” As for a timeline, Selig would say only that he’d like to decide the matter “as expeditiously as possible.”
  • The Cubs have re-signed utility player Bobby Scales to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training. Scales, 34, has been a fan favorite for a few years now as a guy who kept trying, and trying, and trying, until he finally made his Major League debut at age 31 in 2009. He got another taste of the bigs in 2010 before heading to Japan in 2011 to make a little scratch. He’s back, and he’ll serve as a positive influence in Iowa, as well as depth that prevents the Cubs from having to rush youngsters if they’d prefer not to. There’s also the off chance that he could fill a utility role on the big club at some point.
  • Selig also said yesterday that he expects the additional Wild Card in each league to be implemented this year. “Clubs really want it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an issue that the clubs want more than to have the extra wild card.” The reasons should be obvious. For now, it looks like that Wild Card round of the playoffs will be just one game, which is the only crummy part in my eyes (baseball is not a “one game” kind of sport).
  • Roy Oswalt is on the verge of signing with the Cardinals according to Gordon Edes. That kind of sucks, because the Cardinals will also be getting back Adam Wainwright, but Oswalt is getting old and has regular back problems. Also, we get to keep cheering against him. So there’s that.
  • Speaking of the Cardinals, former GM, and current Reds’ GM Walt Jocketty, says the Cardinals are the favorite in the NL Central. It’s either them or the Reds, it is now easy to concede, with the Brewers a fairly clear third. The Cubs … don’t come in for a mention.
  • Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the trade that brought Ryne Sandberg to Chicago.
  • The Cubs need to bring their mascot back. Clearly, in 1908, it worked.
  • Dude. If you break into Wrigley so that you can sit on the field, and a guard, rather than immediately calling the police, asks you to leave – do it. You got what you came for. Otherwise, he will call the police, and you’ll get more than you came for – namely, an arrest, and an embarrassing news article like this one.
  • Nick Nesler


    Selig looking@Red Sox & Cubs asking, you didnt define ‘compensation’ before letting Theo move?

  • Eric S

    Love the picture of Selig Brett! CLASSIC

    • BetterNews

      Yes Brett Selig picture is classic. Hope it doesn’t make it back to the Emperor though, he might give our farm system to Boston.(LOL)

  • cubsin

    Brett, I heard today on MLB radio that “several” NL owners want to implement the DH in their league. So my similar suggestion a day or two ago (in light of the Pujols and Fielder signings, with Votto soon to come) wasn’t as far off the wall as I had feared. The AL has been stocking up on power hitters, while the NL has been stocking up on starting pitchers. Although I don’t like the DH, it isn’t going away, and I think the proposed change would level the playing field between the two leagues,

  • Cubbiecop

    I would not have a problem with the DH being implemented in the national league. It takes away a bit of the heritage of the game but it also takes away the possibility of our pitchers being hurt on the base paths as well. With most of our pitchers being a guarenteed out almost it will also being about a bit more excitement to the game as well.

    The one thing that sucks is it takes away a bit of strategy to the game, double switches, pinch hitting etc. I believe that it is easier to manage in the American League than in the National league due to that fact.

    • BetterNews

      CubbieCop-Don’t know that the DH in the National would take away from the game because the manager would have to decide whether to pull his pitcher in a big game. On the other hand, I think a manager would be more inclined to stick with his pitcher given an average off the shelf player. For example: If Soriano was batting DH in the NL for the Cubs in a big game, against a good left handed pitcher, and the top of the order was comin up what would you do?

  • BetterNews

    Bears hired Phil Emery as GM.

  • Big Joe

    Hate the DH. Always have. The player’s union would love. It keeps older guys on the game longer. Base running, throwing, fielding, and hitting make up a complete player. Pitchers should hit. I also don’t like the idea of a DH in the HOF, but that’s just me.

    • BetterNews

      The majority of pitchers can’t hit, so does it really make a difference?

    • BetterNews

      Again, all young people are screwed that join a union! Just paying for ex member retirement plan.

      • Eric

        all people who join a company period, are paying for the CEO’s multimillion dollar golden parachute when they bankrupt their own company. Well in America atleast. Where CEO’s make 300 times more than the common employee. Atleast in baseball the owners aren’t making 300 times more than their employee’s (baseball players). We should all strive be a part of a union.

        • BetterNews

          Eric- You must be a kid. I worked for the IBEW and USW and they both suck! Was a time when they represented people, it has long passed. Union reps are just strolling along in their Escalades looking for more suckers.

          • Eric

            I’ve never worked for a union. But I get sick and tired of all the hate they get. Without them there would be no overtime pay, no 5 day work weeks, no vacation pay, no time off for new mothers. If we are going to bitch and complain about the unions we also need to bitch and complain about companies CEO’s. Too often I hear people bitch about unions, and they never say a word about the CEO’s who just recieved a million dollar raise, in reward for shipping 1000 jobs to slave labor china.

            • ferrets_bueller

              So many fallacies in this post that its not even worth responding to them.

    • Cubbiecop

      I’m just thinking out loud here and feel free to correct me but I would rather have the DH in the national league and be able to put Soriano’s butt in that position where he would not be a black hole defensively like he is in LF. If we were an American league team, Soriano’s contract would not be quite as bad because we can still use his bat in the line up. His glove is what kills us the majority of the time. Oh, not to mention that he swings through the slider on the outer half of the plate 99.9 percent of the time and league pitchers are WELL aware of that.

  • BetterNews

    Well then! Let’s shut down the site.

  • SouthernCub

    Worst Commissioner of all Major Sports and the worst MLB has EVER seen