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javier baez aflA reminder for those just checking in: I am on vacation. Short of huge news, these morning collections of Bullets will be all I’m posting for the day. Feel free to keep each other updated/discussing things in the comments. Things will be back to normal next week.

  • New Cub Donnie Murphy is on a power binge, hitting two last night to help the Cubs win 5-2 over the Phillies. That was his third in two days, and equals the most he’s had in a big league season since 2007. A power hitter Murphy is not, though he did have 12 homers at AAA Iowa this year in 340 plate appearances.
  • Dioner Navarro was carted off the field last night after an ugly collision at the plate with Chase Utley. Due to the aforementioned vacation, I didn’t see the play myself, but various accounts suggested that I didn’t really want to see the replay. Reports now say that x-rays were negative, and Navarro suffered only a contusion, which I’m guessing is a surprise to many of you. He’s day-to-day, so we’ll see if the Cubs reach for another back-up catcher in the next day or two. The system is relatively barren in that regard at the upper levels of the minors, and I’d imagine the Cubs would probably prefer not to add someone to the 40-man if they don’t have to (even if that guy would just be removed as soon as Navarro were ready again).
  • Someone is coming up to the big team either way, though, as Navarro wasn’t the only player to suffer an injury last night. New Cub Thomas Neal dislocated his shoulder – he’s had shoulder issues before – on a throw last night, and was placed on the disabled list immediately after the game. Unless Brian Bogusevic is ready to come off of the DL, Dave Sappelt seems like a fair bet to be called up to replace Neal.
  • Jesse Rogers spoke to Cubs VP of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod about, among other things, the future plan for Javier Baez, positionally-speaking. Although Baez continues to play shortstop, as he approaches the big leagues – being in Chicago at some point in 2014 is now a real possibility – McLeod admitted that the Cubs will have to make some decisions about his future position soon. This Winter, Baez may even start playing some third base and second base to see how he handles it and to get him some experience there. The article is a good read.
  • Rogers also has a piece on a variety of Cubs prospects, including lefty Eric Jokisch, who just threw a no-hitter at AA Tennessee. McLeod says that, because Jokisch is the kind of guy who can maximize his ability and throw three pitches, he’s likely to make it to the big leagues at some point.
  • A great look from CSN at pitching prospect Kyle Hendricks, who will make his AAA debut today.
  • Thanks to a bunch of rainouts and modest progress, Scott Baker’s rehab assignment will have to be “restarted,” in the sense that his 30-day rehab window will be up next week. He’ll start a new rehab assignment – again, this is mostly procedural – and hope to pitch for the big league club in September.
  • Check your calendar: Gordon Edes reports, based on a source who snuck a peek at a preliminary 2014 schedule, that the Cubs will be visiting Fenway Park June 30 to July 2, 2014.
  • Apropos of visiting Fenway next year, when the Cubs’ renovation of Wrigley Field will hopefully be well under way – modeling after the renovation of Fenway – today marks the 25th anniversary of the last massive and controversial addition to Wrigley (not the bleacher expansion): the addition of the lights. Somehow, baseball on the North Side of Chicago survived.
  • Cubs second round pick Rob Zastryzny has been promoted to Kane County, where he’ll get in a few appearances (and just a handful of innings) before the season ends. He had a 3.14 ERA over 8 appearances (14.1 innings) at Boise, striking out 16 and walking 4.
  • Werner

    Wonder if there is any chance the 2014 schedule will include a trip to Texas Rangers. Anybody got any guesses?

    • Wester

      I’m going to go out on a limb and say maybe

    • jaslhill

      Don’t they normally play a particular division every year? So, if they play the Red Sox doesn’t that mean they are playing the AL East, hence taking the Rangers out of the picture?

    • Coop

      We should be playing the AL east clubs, so I would say probably not.

  • MichiganGoat

    “Reports now say that x-rays were negative, and Navarro suffered only a contusion, which I’m guessing is a surprise to many of you. ”

    Except I reported that earlier this morning http://www.bleachernation.com/2013/08/07/teaser-rally-roster-moves-almora-tools-pitching-depth-and-other-vacation-bullets/comment-page-3/#comment-372279 – I got you back Brett keep enjoying the vacation.

    • hansman1982

      Attention Goat should be your name…

    • Cyranojoe

      When I saw the replays of the collision online, it looked bad, but not “I can’t watch that” awful. Certainly not like RGIII’s injury or that sort of thing. I wouldn’t have been surprised at a torn ligament or broken ankle bone, but a contusion isn’t all that shocking either. A concussion honestly seemed most likely, and I’m glad it’s not that.

      Dude made a helluva play, as he’s done all year. I hope he bounces back and gets a good contract next season. He makes a terrific backup, I’d be very happy if we keep him.

  • The Dude Abides

    Murphy’s power is not bad at all over his MLB career compared to his batting average. Would take him over Ransom if nothing else age. Hopefully in a couple of years we won’t be deciding between talent like this, but for now…

  • BD

    Anybody see these this morning? Interesting, and possibly unfortunate?

    Ben Badler (@BenBadler):
    No. Wasn’t their Plan A, either. RT @Hopjake do you like Cubs strategy to go way over and then not be able to sign players for above 250k?

    Ben Badler (@BenBadler):
    Yes. RT @sitrick2 Did they think they’d have an easier time trading for pool money than they did?

    • Stinky Pete

      Yes, I agree. Unfortunate is a good word to use. Earth shattering, devastating? Nah.

    • Kyle

      That’s what most people had been saying happened all along, but nice to see it confirmed.

      Mistakes like misreading the market happen. Good on them for changing midstream.

  • Jon

    Murphy looks like a creepy pederast

    • TWC

      What’s a pederast, Walter?

      • millhah

        8 year olds, Dude.

      • Jon

        stfu Donny

        • Jp3

          Brandt can’t watch though or he has to pay a 100

          • Edwin

            you think the carpet pissers did this?

            • Jp3

              We just don’t know dude

    • Spriggs

      Are there any other kinds?

  • Edwin

    Zastryzny and his 86-93 MPH Fastball seem to be doing well.

  • Crockett

    *peek.

    Vacation Brett is caveman.

    • cavemencubbie

      NO! Brett good man! Caveman bad man, carry big club to ward off Cardinal fans.:)

  • Eric

    Just out of curiosity, does anyone remember what Greg Maddux’ ceiling was projected to be when he was in the minors?

    • Cheese Chad
    • Edwin

      Probably pretty high.

    • Cubbie Blues

      His control was in question at the time. Funny to say now, but it was. Needless to say, he corrected that problem.

      • Cyranojoe

        Wow, his control? That’s spectacular. Just plain awesome.

    • Ivy Walls

      Here is his Scouting Report prior to the draft:

      Has an average to better than average FB, heavy ball when and rides it up an in above the belt. Sharp breaking curve, breaks late…a downer type instead of down and away, change has good sinking action, all his stuff had good movement, all from a natural delivery and nothing experimental or manufactured.

      I really believe that this boy would possibly be the number 1 player taken in the country if only he looked a bit more physical.

      “Weaknesses: lacks overall control on all pitches, just has to get ahead of hitters more often, sometimes cocks his wrist to early on his curve, and maybe telegraphs it.”

      A hard thrower from the start to finish, doesn’t give in to the opposition, regardless of error. He attacks the hitters on every pitch. Today he was throwing harder at the finish than early innings. Doesn’t pack much physical weight now, (6’1″ 155 lbs), but has big bones and should get more muscle later on. Father is a muscular type person.

      Ranking: FB 6/7, C 6/6, control 5/6, change of pace 5/6, poise 5/6, baseball instinct 5/6, aggressiveness, 6/6

      [img]http://www.stevenellis.com/photos/uncategorized/2009/01/31/maddux2.jpg[/img]

      • Jon

        Before I get flogged, I’m not comparing Hendricks to Maddux, but just saying, I think Hendricks gets overlooked too much because he doesn’t have a mid 90’s fastball, but just saying other factors go into the makeup of a picther.

        Obviously, I don’t think Hendricks curve is as good as Maddux, but he’s got great control, commands his pitches and his very cerebal. You don’t put of the large sample size of very good numbers w/o being legit. Can’t wait to see what he does @ Iowa now.

        • Ivy Walls

          beyond the physical nature Maddux had an intangible:

          “Part of the legend concerns a man named Ralph Medar, a scout who’d retired and moved to Vegas to get a handle on his allergies. Medar started a series of invitation-only pickup games for the best prep players in the area. He coached Mike and Greg Maddux as well as Mike Morgan, who retired in 2002, after 22 seasons…That’s a combined 60 years of big league pitching experience. Medar (who died before Greg graduated from high school) taught them all the value of movement over velocity, how to shield the ball behind their gloves to hide grips and how sometimes a 57-foot curveball is the best pitch in the world. “We bought into it,” Greg says. “One of the first questions we used to ask was ‘Is my ball sinking, or is it just running?’ Now all they ask is, ‘Did I throw 92 or 94?'”

          Greg got to play in Medar’s games when he was 13 or 14. Pro scouts and college coaches started calling and showing up at the Maddux house during Mike’s senior year. As one of the scouts was leaving one night, the boys’ father, Dave Maddux, shook the guy’s hand and said, “You’ll be back for the little one.”

          You’ll be back for the little one. How great is that?

          Maybe it was during those pickup games that Greg learned how to pick up a hitter’s tendencies and take advantage of them. Watch him on the mound, how he throws the ball to a spot and hops to the right or the left on his follow-through because he knows that’s the direction the ball should go if everything works as it should. He is a master of tendencies, sure, but his approach is rooted in an intuitive understanding of physics and geometry. As former Cub and current teammate Mark Prior says, “I don’t know what it is, but he just knows. Nobody else knows the way he knows.”

          http://espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3336514

          • Edwin

            Sometimes I feel that the “mythical legend of Gred Maddux” overshadows the player.

            • AB

              I agree, I heard he’s a ten-foot tall beast man, who showers in vodka, and feeds his baby shrimp scampi

              • Ivy Walls

                He is 355 wins….number two in the modern era behind Spawn (363) and one over Roger ‘Roid in the leg please’ Clemens where he did it with the 55th best career WHIP and 228th best career ERA, his career WAR was 113.9 (average 5.17 per year, Fangraphs) and ranked 8th all time.

                I think you left out the idea that when he farted lightening bolts came out as well.

                • On The Farm

                  Sometimes I think maybe I am building Maddux up to be greater than he was, but then I remember that Greg Maddux was actually that good.

                  • wvcubsfan

                    I think the reason he has reached almost legendary status isn’t because of what he accomplished (although great) but how he accomplished it in the time frame that he played.

                    He was the thinking man in a time where everyone thought brute strength was the way to go. The biggest problem was that the majority of the people were looking at the hulk, when most should have been paying attention to the professor.

              • David

                Great stuff. I can listen to Greg Maddux stories all day long. He was/ is legendary. Smartest baseball player ever.

        • Kyle

          When Maddux’s fastball dropped to where Hendricks’ is now, Maddux started looking very ordinary.

          • Edwin

            Sort of. From 2002-2008, Maddux averaged about 85 on his fastball, but he was still putting up about 3 WAR per year, and was still able to get a GB% of 50% or higher, and was still plenty above average when looking at FIP.

            Still, you’re correct. Typically RH pitchers that throw as hard as Hendricks don’t have much long term success. Just look at Mike Fiers.

    • Eric

      Guys and gals, thanks for all of the replies. I’m a sucker for a good Maddux convo. What a damn pitcher he was. I’d love to see another one like him.

      • Wilbur

        Agreed

      • Cyranojoe

        “I’d love to see another one like him play for the Cubs.”
        FTFY.

  • Ivy Walls

    As for the lights game, 8-8-88, I was there, upper deck box down the 3B line even with the bullpen and watched the T-Storm come in.

    We also had tickets to 8-9-88, the first official night game played at Wrigley, Cubs won 6-4, big names played: Dunston, Sandburg, Grace, Dawson, Palmeiro, Davis where Gossage (whom I will have to talk to here in CO Springs), against the Mets who fielded, Dykstra, Howard, Strawberry, Carter

    HOF’ers in that game: Sandburg, Dawson and Gossage, against Strawberry and Carter.

    Still have a plastic mug souvenir of 8-8-88.

    • Spriggs

      Strawberry could have… but will never make it to Cooperstown.

    • Spriggs

      No doubt, Maddux will be joining soon.

    • Jon

      That Palmeiro trade still pisses me off to this day. What a collection of studs Green aquired.

      • Ivy Walls

        blame Sandburg’s first wife that one.

        • Jon

          Still, you don’t trade a future HOF for a reliever and a bunch of scrubs. I don’t care who’s wfie he’s banging.

          • jj

            Palmeiro is not a HOF, and would not have been considered close absent chemical help. He was Mark Grace with mildly more power (15HR a year).

            • bbmoney

              But he was a gold glover. He was so good on defense he won a gold glove starting only 28 games at 1b in 1999.

              That’s HOF caliber to me.

            • Jon

              That’s irrelevant. And a slippery slope as well. Don’t forget they have up the sold and serviceable Moyer in that deal too. Fuck off Jim Frey!

          • Ivy Walls

            I am with you esp in the the fantasy world where emotions and human nature does not apply, but Sandburg was already the core of the team, he was already a league MVP and Palmeiro was a rookie, who had all the tools and looked great but….was not of good judgment…even exampled by his steriod use.

            The problem was not so much trading him, but getting a return…

  • Cheese Chad

    It’s weird to say but I think barreling into the catcher is a safer play than sliding into his legs. Probably a better chance at knocking the ball loose too.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/653cc0c5f0eded621ab13b4f631de7da.png Cizzle

      On that play though, it looked like Utley would have been safe had he slid.

      • Cheese Chad

        I thought he did slide. . . .

        • Cyranojoe

          His slide began a few feet from home, he never got stretched out. Wouldn’t have mattered, as long as he was going feet-first — Navarro gave him about three inches’ space to tag home. Utley’s only chance was to whack Navarro completely or to get around the tag, which he might have managed if he’d gone in head-first, but that would’ve been real dangerous for him.

      • wvcubsfan

        He might have been safe if he slid wide of the plate and tried to tap the plate with his left hand on the way by. Navarro did a great job of blocking the plate, a better job of holding on to the ball, and Utley made a split second decision on how he thought was the best way to score a run. It was a great baseball play all the way around.

        • Cyranojoe

          Agreed!

  • jh03

    Guerrier has elbow soreness… flying back to Chicago. The injury bug is biting this team hard right now.. luckily (?), it hasn’t been anyone major… *knock on wood*

    • Melrosepad

      Any chance Sanchez can be brought back up because of this injury if he has to hit the DL? Not sure what the waiting period is from being sent down to when you can be brought back up.

      • On The Farm

        It is 10 days, unless there is an injury

      • Cubswin

        announced Sanchez will be with Cubs again due to Guerrier elbow soreness

      • On The Farm

        Speaking of Sanchez, he is expected to rejoin the Cubs today per Muskat

    • RoughRiider

      Leave Travis alone !!!

  • On The Farm

    I am hoping for a big game from Rizzo today. Mostly because it’s his birthday, and everyone should hit a homerun on their birthday.

    • jh03

      Sharks going to have a bigger game. He’s pitching during #SharkWeek.. how can he not throw a perfect game!?

      • Cyranojoe

        That would be epic. Might even get a mention on SportsCenter! In between all the critical Yankee coverage, that is.

    • K0ng

      It seems to be the thing to do. Trout hit one on his 22nd birthday yesterday, having also hit one on his 21st birthday. Your turn, Anthony!

  • Spencer

    If Scott Baker makes four starts for the Cubs in September, he will have made $1,375,000 per start this year. So excited for him.

    • Jono

      He must have a great agent

      • On The Farm

        Yeah CC Sabathia only makes $739,393.94 per start so well done Mr. Baker.

  • cub2014

    I have noticed that Lake has made the 1st adjustment
    laying off breaking balls away. (though i didnt see last
    nights game). Now his biggest hole is inside ball that is
    breaking down and in if he can learn to spoil that pitch
    and not swing so hard he could be on heck of a player.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/653cc0c5f0eded621ab13b4f631de7da.png Cizzle

      He took a wicked cut on a terrible first pitch breaking pitch outside late in the game, and struck out. His other at bats looked much better than that one though.

  • Grant

    Regarding possible moves for Baez, which is generally considered to be the more challenging position to field, SS or 2B?

    • On The Farm

      SS

    • Cubswin

      SS no doubt. At SS if you don’t field it cleanly it’s probably an error unless real slow runner. Second doesn’t have to charge as much, can block the ball down and still have time to get runner out at first usually. Not saying second is easy but if that it was they decide to do with Baez (not saying they should) I would expect less errors than he’s had. Glad to hear he has improved defensively this year though after rough start

    • DarthHater
    • jh03

      From least difficult to most, it goes:

      1B – LF – RF – 3B – CF – 2B – SS – C

      • wvcubsfan

        You forgot DH

        • jh03

          Crap.

          SS – C – DH

      • Jono

        Personally, I find 2nd much easier than 1st and all infield positions easier than any outfield position. But that’s just about my own personal strengths and weaknesses

        • wvcubsfan

          I agree to play 1st well isn’t easy. Problem is if they carry a big enough bat and can just catch the ball players like Dunn will continue to be the average first baseman.

        • Jono

          easiest – hardest

          2b – p – 3b – 1b – ss – c – lf – rf – cf

          This is what a lack of depth perception but quick feet and good hands will do to one’s ability to play the field.

          • jh03

            Lol nice. I’m not sure how mine would look.

            Just to be clear though, you know that what I posted wasn’t my opinion, right? It was a Bill James thing based on his perceptions and “tendencies of players to change positions later in their careers.”

            • Jono

              I didn’t know that, but that’s an interesting piece of research.

          • Jono

            I guess the only reason I put 3rd easier than 1st is that fielding hard hit short hops isn’t a problem, but continually running from my fielding position to cover first gets me tired. And I’m short, so keeping my foot on the bag is harder than most of you average height people think

            • Cyranojoe

              LOL. I was the poorest/shortest athlete in my little league team, and I got stuck playing third base (when I was allowed in the field at all), so at least in your pre-teen years, it seems 3B was considered the safest/easiest. First base definitely seemed like the hardest back then. I got to do 2B on occasion, and even SS a few times, as well as the outfield.

              • Jono

                Yea, when you’re dealing with little league or even low level softball leagues, the worst defenders should be in the infield. A ball that gets past an infielder turns into a single. But a line drive that gets past an outfielder becomes a triple or homer. My softball team got beat over the weekend bc we had to play a girl in right who couldn’t even field a line drive off the ground. Hey went through her legs becoming triples and homers. It sucked

                • Jono

                  I guess that applies better to softball bc more balls get hit into the outfield than infield. Maybe not so much for little league

                • CubsFaninMS

                  We had a guy who played on our softball team a few times that would do the Soriano hop when he tried to catch the ball. Missed it every time. He was about 6’3 210 lbs, too. Looked like a good athlete. One catch he basically had to just stand there and let it fall in his glove but still missed it. One of them went to the fence and the slow runner got an easy triple, plating three runs. He hasn’t played on our team since then, I think he knew some of the guys made some comments on it and got embarassed. Hate that we hurt his feelings, but we definitely have a more solid outfield now. Anyway, Joe’s somewhat off-topic story for the day.

                  • Jono

                    that blows

          • wvcubsfan

            where does armchair manager after a 12 pack rank?

            • Jono

              very underrated position. somewhere between ss and catcher

  • Jabrone Ponce

    I just discoverd some interesting stats in the Cubs pursuit of a third baseman. Out in Southern California the cubs have tried 3 former fist round picks at third. Ian Stewie Stewart, Scotty I can’t play Moore, and J I’m looking like a bust Vitters.These three fellas have twenty five years of professional baseball between them. If not for a little run in the Colorado hitting palace by Stewie, these guys are useless. Maybe just maybe these three can get together some day and have a little so cal cookout and laugh about how all three got a chance with one of baseball’s worst teams and did absolutely nothing. There is still time for J-Vitt to save this group from total scouting disaster. Mike Trout has better big league numbers in a year and a half than all three have in 25 years combined. Okay Trout is a friggin freak.

    • Spriggs

      “I’m not a freak. You’re the freak. I’m a goddamn good lookin’ man!” ~ Dabney Coleman, Modern Problems

    • wvcubsfan

      Wow, can’t get this kind of insight for free just anywhere.

    • CubsFaninMS

      Better yet, Google “2007 Top 100 Prospects baseball america” and see how many on that list the new front office has taken a flyer on…

      Chris Volstad
      Ian Stewart
      Ryan Sweeney
      Michael Bowden
      Brent Lillibridge

  • Jabrone Ponce

    I don’t know what the Cubbies are paying wonder boy Epstein but he is the most overrated name in professional baseball. There are kids playing fantasy league who could do what he’s doing and would probably work for some bleacher seats. What a flipping clown.

    • On The Farm

      Heh

    • Cheese Chad

      ?

    • wvcubsfan

      I know right? I mean surely all of us are smarter that Theo, Jed, and Jason combined.

    • DarthHater

      [img]http://weknowmemes.com/generator/uploads/generated/g1375974671182906262.jpg[/img]

  • On The Farm

    And your 2013 Cubs August 8th lineup vs the Phillies is…

    Leading off and playing CF, David DeJesus
    Batting second, and playing LF Junior Lake
    Batting third and celebrating his 24th birthday first baseman Anthony Rizzo
    Batting clean up and in Right Nate Schierholtz
    Batting fifth on his power binge third baseman Donnie Murphy
    In the six hole catcher Wellington Castillo
    Batting seventh SS Starlin Castro
    And of course we have gold glove winner Darwin Barney batting 8th.
    The man on the bump is Mr. Samardzija.

    • Spriggs

      …And the lefty off the bench today will be …. *cough, cough* uh, Travis Wood?

      • Spriggs

        Are there any left handed hitters not starting… even pitchers? I can’t think of any.

        • Diggs

          Logan Watkins

  • Cheese Chad

    Castro down to seventh. As anyone moved around in the lineup as much as him this year? I do see him long term in the fifth or sixth spot, though.

    • ssckelley

      Castro should not be batting any higher than 7th until he can either figure out how to hit for more power or (my preference) learn how to get on base more.

  • Jabrone Ponce

    After watching two Angel games at Wrigley this summer I soon realized what a charmed baseball life Hall of Famer Ryno Sandberg had. If former Angel and Oriole Bob Grich would have played his career at Wrigley he would have hit 300 home runs and won ten or twelve gold gloves. Those wind blown home runs that land in the first or second row are a joke. Let alone day time baseball, there is not a baseball player alive who doesn’t like hitting day time baseball. Grich to the Hall of Fame.

    • wvcubsfan

      ……..and with this comment you have firmly established yourself to be a troll. Not just your average run of the mill troll either, but a certified insane troll, which isn’t really easily done in 3 comments.

    • Spriggs

      Add Nomar and Milton Bradley to that Hall-of-Fame list. And just think about how many homers Bobby Murcer and would have had if he played at Wrigley! I even a heard a real smart guy named Mike Shannon predict that if Dave Kingman ever played a full season, with the Cubs, he would hit 70 home runs a year.

      • Jon

        Don’t forget Jeff Blauser. His career really exploded once he came to the Cubs.

      • Wilbur

        Well done …

    • Rich H

      Hmm. Day baseball is easier? Lets ask Josh Hamilton if that is true.

      • Cyranojoe

        Let’s ask ANYONE who plays major league baseball. Sheesh.

  • Chris

    Please provide details to why you think Epstein is so bad. He’s turned a farm system that was near the very bottom, like the white sox and turned it into possibly the second best in the league. He’s traded players who you would think we would get zero return and actually got pretty decent prospects back. Please don’t just post stupid comments.

    • DarthHater

      “Please provide details to why you think Epstein is so bad.”

      Alternatively, please feel free to ignore the above request.

      • Arrieta’sUncle

        Haha

    • bbmoney

      Don’t waste your time. He’s just looking for a reaction, not an actual discussion.

    • wvcubsfan

      Let’s not go completely crazy here. He’s done a great job, but let’s not claim he’s a miracle worker; at least not yet ;)

      • hansman1982

        Last I heard, he was seen riding a donkey on his visit to Starbucks those many moons ago.

        • Wilbur

          … wasn’t that on Palm Sunday?

          • TWC

            The river so white, the mountain so red
            and with the sunshine over my head
            The honky-tonks are all closed and hushed
            It looks like Palm Sunday again.

        • On The Farm

          That’s nothing, the other day he was late for work so he just drove across lake Michigan

          • MichiganGoat

            Sorry he was visiting the barn for a couple brews.

            • hansman1982

              You mean turning Old Style into a microbrew?

              • DocPeterWimsey

                You can do that. First, you boil off all of the water and collect it in a condenser. Take the water, and then reboil it with malted barley and starting hops. After about an hour put in the finishing hops. In 5 minutes, pour into a large glass carboy. Then add 3-4 more gallons of water (distilled from Old STye or otherwise obtained). Wait until cool, and the pitch yeast.

                Burn the remnants of the original Old Style: you probably could get sent to Gitmo if they find it in your home.

                • hansman1982

                  Well, when you say it like that, sure, anything seems non-miraculous.

  • Chris

    We’ll it’s clear your not a cubs fan, so you would think you would have something better to do with your life than post these comments on cubs blogs. I’m just guessing you might be an Angels fan seeing those are the games you went to. Lets not talk about your team (great signing of pujols and Hamilton)!!!! Let me know how that’s paying off for you.

    • wvcubsfan

      Yeah but did you know the Cubs traded Hamilton for $500 and a double cheeseburger?

      Please read this with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

      • DarthHater

        Be careful talking about cheeseburgers while hansman is here…

      • hansman1982

        The double cheeseburger was totally worth it.

  • Chris

    I agree with hansman. Where was the cheeseburger from? Also, that wasn’t theo who traded him away.

  • Jon

    An interesting day on the mound as Hendricks makes his Iowa debut and Johnson and Blackburn go for Daytona & Boise respectfully. Though I’d put the odds of Johnson pitching tonight @ 10%.

    If Hendricks rocks the shit out of Iowa the rest of the way, does he get a call up in September?

    • TheDondino

      Probably not, don’t think they’d waste the 40-man spot on him yet since they will be a premium this off-season (unless he’s rule 5 eligible, have to check on that). Also, unless injury strikes, there may not be many opportunities in the rotation (Shark, Wood, EJax, Villanueva, #5). Rusin deserves the opportunity to be the #5 guy until he falters and then I’d give the next shot to Arrieta.

      • willis

        That and if Scott Baker ever sees the mound in the bigs this year, there’s another guy in the way. And the 40 man thing like you said.

      • On The Farm

        Yeah you would have to think the order goes Rusin, Arrieta, Grimm, then Raley all are already on the 40.

  • jh03

    Which would be faster; a person running from endzone to endzone (on a HS field), or, a person running around the bases?

    Everyone I’ve asked initially says, “Bases. Easily.” BUT, fun fact, it’s the same distance. So the football field runner would probably win because they don’t have to turn.

    Random, I know…

    • jh03

      I’m a tard. I meant to say back of the endzone to back of the endzone. My bad.

      • Cubbie Blues

        Still have a problem with the HS part. Endzones are also the same length.

        • jh03

          Aren’t endzones 15 yards in the pro’s? They’re only 10 yards in HS.

          • bbmoney

            no.

            • jh03

              Okay, I’m an idiot. Just ignore the HS part then..

              • hansman1982

                Hooray, I can now dismiss everything you say because of:

                “Okay, I’m an idiot.”

                • jh03

                  Fair enough.. I really thought the NFL had bigger endzones. Man, was I wrong.

                  • MoneyBoy

                    CFL does

                • DarthHater

                  Hey, I’m an idiot, too, hans. Just wanted to make it easier for you to dismiss everything I say.

                  • Cubbie Blues

                    You really didn’t have to make it easier.

                    • DarthHater

                      Thanks. But I’m just that kind of nice guy.

                  • hansman1982

                    Don’t worry, I was already there.

                    • DarthHater

                      I know. And yet, you responded. ;-)

          • Cubbie Blues

            If memory serves, Canadian football is 20 yards for the endzones.

            • Kyle

              And 110 yards for the field of play.

    • DarthHater

      According to the Guiness Book of World Records: “The record for the fastest time for circling the bases is 13.3 seconds, set by Evar Swanson at Columbus, Ohio in 1932. His average speed around the bases was 18.45 mph.”

      A world class sprinter running the 100-meter dash exceeds 22 mph.

      • DarthHater

        But running the bases at over 18 mph is unbelievably f-ing fast. Hard to imagine not wiping out at that speed.

      • jh03

        The point of it was; you think running the bases is much shorter… but it’s actually the exact same distance. 360 feet.

        • TWC

          Yeah, Walter, what’s your point?

          • jh03

            I suck today. I need to hang up the keyboard.

        • DarthHater

          Understood. But you did say “which would be faster,” not “which would be shorter.” And you correctly noted that running in a straight line would be faster. I just thought it was interesting that somebody could run the bases at a speed approximately equivalent to an 11-second-flat straight-line 100 yard dash.

          • jh03

            Right.. I know.. I’m failing today.

            It makes way more sense if you say it in person.. because the person thinks about how much further a football field is, so they think a trip around the bases is faster.

      • hansman1982

        Based on highly scientific methods, it seems Campana’s Homer was around 14 seconds.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69I3fA8BcIk

        • Cyranojoe

          That’s exactly what I was wondering — no way Campy doesn’t beat some schlub from 1932. I mean, heck, an old guy like that would break his hip trying to keep up!

  • Chris

    What does endzone to endzone on a high school field mean? It’s the same distance as the pros

    • Cubbie Blues

      But, the turf isn’t as good (unless you are talking about Oakland).

    • Richard Nose

      haha I was thinking that too. Then I realized high schools don’t water as much so you can get a lot more speed going on the dry surface.

  • willis

    Did Neal really disclocate his shoulder throwing a ball? I was out last night and didn’t see any of the game. But that just sounds too funny to even believe?

    • Richard Nose

      Yeah, he was laying in a heap. It was kinda sad actually. Dude seemed like he needed something to go his way, then his arm damn near falls off throwing a dart to second.

    • N.J. Riv

      Yeah, as soon as he threw the ball back into the infield he fell to the ground in great pain. While watching, it really wasn’t all that funny.

      • willis

        I didn’t mean “haha” funny. I just meant, only to the cubs would that happen, and how the hell does a major league OF throw out his shoulder like that? Just seems very odd.

        • wvcubsfan

          To me it looked like he hyper-extended it. He was really trying to get the ball back in quick to throw our Mayberry at second. I’ve never seen anything like it on a baseball field, but it was similar to QB’s when they are being hit while in the throwing motion and the arm goes forward and the shoulder goes backwards.

    • Tobias

      I saw the video of Neal’s injury and LK pointed out a couple factors that, most likely, explains how Neal dislocated his shoulder. When Neal picked up the ball, he, not only, slipped a little, but also didn’t have a solid grip on the baseball which puts quite amount of pressure on the shoulder. It was almost the perfect storm of factors that led to his shoulder dislocating.

  • David

    Smardzija is on the cover of espn.com regarding Buster Olney’s column about blockbuster winter trades. I’m at work, can someone open it up and explain????

    • Jon

      Jon Heyman also reporting that Samardzija “could be” or “could not be” traded this offseason.

      • jaslhill

        I’m cool with trading him. I think there would be teams willing to buy high on him and give up a pretty good haul. I say “buy high” because I am not convinced he is going to get much better, and I don’t think the Cubs should give in to his salary demands. Let’s do it.

      • jaslhill

        In addition, do it now while the receiving team still has a few years of control.

  • Jon

    It looks like the acclaimed pitching prowess of Ethan Martin is going to be too much for the vaunted Cubs offensive attach this afternoon.

    • RY

      yep, looks like our worthless bats strike again and samardzija getting lit like a christmas tree as well. this season can’t end soon enough; just one cluster fuck after another. yet another case of making a average at best pitcher look great.

      • willis

        So much for Shark having a good outing.

        • Jon

          I haven’t been following the game, but that park can be a band box. I’ll be more diss pointed if we only scratch 1-2 runs across today, oh who am I kidding, tank for that top 3 pick!

  • CubsFaninMS

    Is this Jeffwin Samardzjackson? He’s either lights-out or no light at all these days, similar to Sir Edwin.

    • Mark S

      Feeding frenzy on Shark week.

    • Rebuilding

      Samardzija is arguably the most overrated pitcher in baseball due to his name recognition, ND connection and ability to look as dominating in baseball 1 out of every 5 starts. He isn’t consistent enough to be a TOR guy and that’s the money he will be looking to get. I really wish we would have sold high at this pitching starved deadline

      • Mush

        I agree. Terrible fielder, gets pissed when things go bad. Aces have a calming effect, he throws gas on fire. I would trade him and not look back.

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