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Penn Historian Weighs In On DeRosa Trade
Written by wrigleyville   
Monday, 10 May 2010
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs

You know it's going to be a special event any time someone begins a sentence by stating his professional or academic credentials. Especially when that someone is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian writing to a baseball writer about a 17-month-old trade of a journeyman utility infielder:

Dear Sully, I am a Penn prof and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. You did not respond to Iowa City's very good point, re: dumping Mark DeRosa, which was a disaster. My hope is that Piniella is more relaxed this spring because you-know-who is gone. But they still miss DeRosa. As for "ahs and uhs", you are dead on regarding Charlie Manuel. Only "Well, like I said" Andy Reid of Da Yiggles makes Charlie sound eloquent. Walter McDougall, Bryn Mawr PA

Answer: I do agree that dumping DeRosa (a Penn alum, as you know) was not a good chemistry move, as has been dissected here before, and that signing You Know Who only compounded the error. But those are issues that, frankly, most Cubs fans are tired of hearing about, so I guess that's why I ignored Iowa City's point. Anyways, I believe you are the only Pulitzer Prize-winning historian to ever write Ask Paul, so thanks, Walter McDougall of Penn.

Professor McDougall won the Pulitzer for The Heavans and the Earth. It may be taken away for the above letter.

Comparing Carlos Lee And Curtis Granderson
Written by wrigleyville   
Monday, 10 May 2010
USA World Baseball Classic team practice

Let's take another look at the intellectual dishonesty of Phil Rogers.

First, Curtis Granderson - a player he has described as "a winning player" and "one of the brightest voices in the game" and "a clubhouse leader."

Then, using one of his very special metrics, Rogers today describes Carlos Lee as someonewho "apparently never checks the standings. If he's bothered that his teams are frequently in last place or near the bottom, it does not show."

In his career, Granderson's teams have finished 4th, 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 5th and 2nd (out of five teams) - that is "in last place or near the bottom" three out of six years (or half the time).

As for Lee? His teams have finished next to last twice in 12 years.

In short, Phil Rogers is full of it.

Phil Rogers Can't Be Bothered With Facts
Written by wrigleyville   
Monday, 10 May 2010
MLB Baseball: Cincinnati Reds vs Houston Astros

The latest edition of the Phil Rogers Follies is a doozy.

In a story published today, Rogers participates in something called "Four Corners" in which four sportswriters answer the question: Which MLB player has overstayed his time in the bigs?

While the others picked Trevor Hoffman, Omar Vizquel, Jason Giambi and Ken Griffey Jr., Rogers went after Carlos Lee:

Carlos Lee is 33 going on 53. He moves a base at a time around the field -- a style he began to perfect before he turned 25 -- and apparently never checks the standings. If he's bothered that his teams are frequently in last place or near the bottom, it does not show.

He lives to hit home runs, and has smashed 308 of them in his 12-year career. It's worth noting that the White Sox won the 2005 World Series largely because they decided he was earning more than he's worth, and shrewdly turned his $8 million salary into Scott Podsednik, Luis Vizcaino and another player or two, arguably A.J. Pierzynski and Jermaine Dye.

Lee, the third-highest-paid player in the NL at $19 million this season, recently told the Houston Chronicle he might retire after 2012, when his contract is up. Given that it's probably too late for him to start caring about the game he plays, could he quit earlier?


As usual when reading a Phil Rogers story, something didn't feel quite right. This time, it was the contention that Lee's teams "are frequently in last place or near the bottom."

(click "read more" for full article)

Journalist: Sammy's Ego "Stained" Him Forever
Written by wrigleyville   
Monday, 10 May 2010
Sosa runs onto field

The Hall of the Very Good has an interview with George Castle, who weighed in on plenty of issues - including the legacy of Sammy Sosa:

HOVG: Let’s talk legacy and two of the (statistically) greatest players that have set foot in Wrigley Field in the last 20 years…Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa. How will Sammy Sosa be remembered in Chicago by future generations of Cubs fans?

CASTLE: Time cools all bad feelings. Sammy is still too raw for Cubs fans. Worse than alleged steroid use, he walked out on the team on the last day of the 2004 season. However, I don’t feel Sammy will be regarded in the same breath as Banks, Williams, Santo, Jenkins, Sandberg. His ego exploded as he got successful, and that will stain him forever.

Sigh. As a reminder: (Allegations of) steroids? Bad. Cocaine? Just fine.

It's a strange moral universe we live in.

Oh They Love Kevin Millar So
Written by wrigleyville   
Sunday, 09 May 2010

MLB Trade Rumors makes note of a bizarre tidbit on Ken Rosenthal's latest Full Court video:

Rosenthal questions the Cubs' decision to part ways with Kevin Millar, noting that the club could have used the 38-year-old's energy and clubhouse presence.

Millar must be the greatest guy in the world, given how often his "clubhouse presence" is trotted out - especially since he was resented for years for being a "scab" (no crime in my book, but still).

But let's face it: Millar stinks at this point. So much so that he's playing for the St. Paul Saints (and not the Cubs or 29 other big league teams).

And, given the logic Rosenthal and others are employing, I would suggest this person would provide a delightful clubhouse presence:

(click "read more" for full article)

Will Castro Get Pied?
Written by wrigleyville   
Friday, 07 May 2010
MLB: Cubs v Rangers June 21, 2007

Well, then. Starlin Castro has been called up - creating the big question: Will he get a chance?

Or will he get a week's worth of at-bats and then yanked around, sent down, called up, serve as a defensive replacement for a week at a time, sent back down and ultimately traded for pennies on the dollar?

Can't happen? Let's look at Felix Pie, the last sure-thing to come from the Cubs' farm system:

(click "read more" for full article)

Stay Classy, ESPN
Written by wrigleyville   
Tuesday, 04 May 2010

ESPN is reporting important news:

The mother of Dallas Cowboys draft pick Dez Bryant wants an apology for a question Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland asked her son in a pre-draft interview, saying that her distant past conviction on drug charges is unfairly being used against her son.

ESPN, however, has learned that Angela Bryant has had a more recent run-in with the law.

OHMIGOD! Thank goodness the World Wide Leaders is on the case!

Leave the poor people alone. This is relevant to nothing.

iPad Changes Everything
Written by wrigleyville   
Sunday, 02 May 2010
The iPad 3G finally arrived at WV23 world headquarters, and here is the review:

The MLB at-bat app is worth the full price of the device. On the train to DC yesterday, I watched the Cubs game. Perfectly clear.

The expanded screen and options allow you to switch games seamlessly, both from a Gamecenter and video perspective. Click on a player's name and the up-to-the-minute stats pop up instantly.

There's much more to say, but it's all a variation on the iPad is awesome if you are a baseball fan.

The Cubs Are No. 19 - In Bloguin Power Ratings
Written by wrigleyville   
Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Find the full Bloguin MLB Power Ratings here - along with pithy comments for each of the teams.

I believe we voted the Cubs 15th or so.

A Bloggy Bet For Foodstuffs
Written by wrigleyville   
Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Wrigleyville23 has a bet with a Nationals fan (yes, they exist), blogger (yes, they exist) and assistant to the regional manager of the Elijah Dukes Fan Club.

In short, with one more win against the Nats, we get food shipped to us.

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