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Bill Potter

  • joined Apr 03, 2008
  • last login Oct 22, 2013
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Born and raised in Indianapolis.

I stumbled into a job in sports, working in sports information.

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  • MLB Chicago Cubs
  • NFL Indianapolis Colts
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  • NBA Indiana Pacers
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  • Golf Tiger Woods
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Veal Makes Pirates Roster

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Donnie Veal, whom Pittsburgh selected in the Rule 5 draft, made the Pirates opening day roster, despite struggling with his control throughout spring training. So, mark you calendars for May 25 - if he's still there, it will be his first series against the Cubs.

MLB.com offering Cubs-Yankees Games for Free

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If you can't watch the Cubs and Yankees open the new Yankee Stadium on TV, MLB.com is giving fans an opportunity to stream both games for free. The Mets-Red Sox games from Citi Field will also be available.

Blagojevich & Zell's Wrigley Conversations

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New documents released detail the conversations between Sam Zell and former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, in which Zell attempted to sell Wrigley Field to the state of Illinois.

Scott Eyre Isn't Angry with Cubs

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Phil Rogers sat down with former Cub Scott Eyre to see how he was doing in Phillies' camp. Eyre talks very fondly of the Cubs, and seems only to regret not heeding the advice of Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster to go ask Lou Piniella for more chances to pitch.

Why Would One Sign with the Washington Nationals?

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I'll let Julian Tavarez explain his rationale: "'"Why did I sign with the Nationals?" Tavarez said told a group of reporters. "When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you're just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J. Lo. And to me this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It's 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me.'"

The Curse of Colonel Sanders - on the Hanshin Tigers

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This is pretty humorous: fans of the Hanshin Tigers fished a statue of Col. Sanders (of KFC fame) from Osaka's Dotonburi River, thinking it would reverse the team's lack of a championship in the last 24 years.

Jim Bowden Resigns

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Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden has resigned, saying he has become a "distraction." The scout skimming scandal, along with their signing a 20-year-old prospect when they thought he was 16 didn't help either.

Milton Bradley Not Concerned About 'Injury'

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Milton Bradley left today's game with 'tightness in his quad.' Apparently, it was tight entering today's game, and he was pulled for precautionary reasons.

Mark DeRosa on being traded

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Chris DeLuca caught up with Mark DeRosa in today's Sun-Times. It's a pretty good read and gets into DeRosa's feelings about his two years with the Cubs.

Adam Greenberg signs with Reds

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The Cincinnati Reds have invited Adam Greenberg to their minor league camp, according to ESPN. Cubs fans will remember Greenberg for his one Major League plate appearance in 2005, when he was hit in the head. Greenberg hasn't played above Double-A since. Good for Dusty on this one, and best of luck to Greenberg.

Jeff Francis done for year

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It looks like Jeff Francis, the No. 1 pitcher for the Rockies, will have shoulder surgery and miss the season. From Troy Renck's article comes this: "But the onus to replace Francis will fall largely on Marquis, who moves into the third spot in the rotation."

College, high school players can have agent during negotiations

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A judge in Ohio ruled in favor of an Oklahoma State pitcher who had been declared ineligible by the NCAA for having a lawyer present during contract negotiations after he was drafted. Basically, the decision invalidated the NCAA’s "no agent" and "restitution" rules.

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OT: Spring Training Reading List

I know a lot of Cubs fans will making the pilgrimage to Mesa in the coming weeks, and with the lengthy plane rides and time by the pool, I figured it might be a good time to see what the greater...

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Tejada charged with lying to Congress - facing jail time?

ESPN is reporting that Miguel Tejada will be charged with lying to Congressional investigators when they interviewed him about steroids in baseball. Here's the preliminary ESPN story (link).  The...

Benson to work out for Cubs

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Buried within The Boston Globe's Baseball Notes column was a nugget about Kris Benson working out this upcoming Friday for the Cubs, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Rangers. Looks like Jim Hendry is doing his due diligence and looking to add more starting pitching depth. Obviously, the Cubs aren't close to signing Benson, but it's something to monitor.

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Thanks for the Memories, Hank White

From The Tribune sports section (at the bottom): Hendry said the Cubs are not planning to bring back Henry Blanco, the backup catcher who remains unsigned. Hendry is looking for a...

Michael Young wants out of Texas

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Apparently, the Rangers asked Michael Young to play third base this year. Michael Young told the Rangers to trade him. Of course the price would be exorbitant, but for everyone who wants a "real" shortstop, here's one that is apparently on the market.

Gerald Perry likes Milton

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Of course Cubs hitting coach Gerald Perry wouldn't bash the signing, but here is what he has to say about Milton. Sounds like most of the positive things we've heard about him. Hopefully it works out.

Carpenter to close for Cards?

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The Cardinals still need a closer, so Tony LaRussa says it could be Chris Carpenter doing the deed in 2009. Still, note this quote: "He still hasn't thrown, and that's next," La Russa said. So, no guarantees Carpenter will be healthy enough to close next year.

Burrell to Rays for 2 years, $16 million

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Now that's a pretty good deal for Tampa. I doubt it'll affect Bradley's negotiations, though.

MLB Network Information

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The MLB Network page on MLB.com just went live, so for those of you looking for information (including whether or not your cable carrier will have the channel), here it is.

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Gaudin, Cotts & Johnson Agree to Terms; 3 Cubs Left to Sign Before Arbitration

So much for the theory that Chad Gaudin would be non-tendered. The reliever signed for the 2009 season, avoiding arbitration. With Gaudin's re-signing, it give the Cubs another arm in the bullpen...

A Rule 5 Draft Outlook

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Baseball Analysts came up with a quick look at the past Rule 5 drafts, and this year's draft, due to take place next week. I don't necessarily expect the Cubs to take anyone, but J. Brent Cox might be an intriguing name to watch - the Cubs could probably stash him on the DL for a time, and if he fully recovers from Tommy John surgery, could be a solid bullpen piece. They also have this to say on Donnie Veal: "A former top prospect, Donnie Veal has stagnated at Double-A. In two seasons at that level, he has allowed 276 hits in 275.2 innings of work. His rates in 2008 were not so good at 5.02 BB/9 and 7.62 K/9. Obviously, his control is lacking but he is a lefty that can consistently throw in the low 90s and he has two solid secondary pitchers: a curveball and change-up. He faced 142 left-handed batters in 2008 and did not allow a home run. His splits suggest he could also have some success as a LOOGY: Left-handed batters hit .221, while right-handed batters hit .290."

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Just Who Are the Cubs' Best Baserunners?

It's been debated here and elsewhere throughout the year as to whom are the Cubs best baserunners.  Looking at today's Phil Rogers (yes, I know, Phil Rogers) notes column, he cites the 2009 Bill...

Cubs' Minor Leaguer to raise awareness & money for JDRF

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Jake Fox, whom some of you may remember from his cups of coffee during the 2007 season, is doing some work to raise some money for JDRF. His wife is diabetic, and the two will be holding a fundraiser in Greenfield, Ind. (outside of Indianapolis) in late December. More information, including contact information, is located in the link. Oh, and on the baseball front, Fox was leading the Dominican Winter League in hitting while with Licey.

MLB Channel On-Air Personalities Revealed

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Looks like Matt Vasgersian will be the in-studio host, with Harold Reynolds and Al Leiter providing playing insight. Hazel Mae (formerly of NESN) and Trenni Kusnierek (formerly FSN Wisconsin) will also be working for the channel.

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Wood done as a Cub? It appears so.

From the Tribune Pitcher Kerry Wood and the Cubs will part ways after 14 years with the organization, general manager Jim Hendry said today. Wood, who came up in the Cubs organization as one of...

Hank White's Option Declined

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From The Tribune. Cubs decline Blanco's option, hope to re-sign him at a lower price.

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Pitching depth to be key in next year's playoffs

(not that it isn't valuable now) From the World Series Notebook in The Boston Globe: Commissioner Bud Selig said he hopes to shorten the postseason by two or three days next year by eliminating...

Bill Murray made a cameo during Saturday Night Live's Election Special on Thursday night. During...

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Bill Murray made a cameo during Saturday Night Live's Election Special on Thursday night. During a mock debate, Mr. Murray asked a question about what the candidates would do to fix the Cubs losing. Go in about 6 minutes (the 3:38 remaining mark) and you'll see it all. Here's the link in case the embedded file doesn't work. Here And If it doesn't, I apologize - blame NBC's embedded file.

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