Ivy Walls

  • joined Mar 17, 2008
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54 years old, and 30 years younger than my father who witnessed the last World Series game played at Wrigley and 60 years younger than my paternal grandfather (now deceased) who witnessed the last Cub World Series win. Now living in CO Springs because of doctors orders, with our two adult children who are cum laude and summa cum laude status at the U of CO.

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Report from Colorado Springs Iowa Cubs game, scouting director's comments and more

[Repost from Bleacher Nation] What a weekend! Iowa Cubs took 3 of 5! Except Saturday night when they couldn't scratch a hit with runners in scoring position (Vitters, Jackson and Baez) they played...

Bryant homers first game AAA


man on in the 7th, 1-4, two flyouts one K


Wrigley Field Home Disadvantage big sample sizes

My research began when Brett over at Bleacher Nation posted an intriguing blog entry "Dude, the Chicago Cubs always Underperform Their Expected Record" Thanks to Baseball-Reference, we can look...


Combining all the Top 100 Prospects Lists into one plus, 161 or so named prospects

Haven't posted here in a while but thought I might add some empirical data to the discourse. Below is a combining and then mean averaging composite ratings of the TOP 100 prospect lists (MLB,...


2012 Cubs 1st Half, the importance of the catchers

Cubs had a difficult first half, 2-games worse than 2011's debacle, this year the bottom (so far) was 24-48 (.333) when they lost to AZ on June 24th (guess the 24's had it that day). But a closer...

Sveum moves Castro back to #2 spot


Back to the 2-hole in the lineup. Mather starting in LF and Cardenas is at 3B, Stewart has a sore wrist, hmmm that is what kept him down last year, [Q could we see Valbuena being recalled as Stewart goes to the DL? Valbuena is .317/.387/.496 (.883-OPS)

[no fool'g] "Cubs may eat some money to move outfielder Byrd, ho is scheduled to earn $6.5MM this...


[no fool'g] "Cubs may eat some money to move outfielder Byrd, ho is scheduled to earn $6.5MM this season. They may have suitors in the Braves, Phillies, and others. A National League scout indicated that Byrd’s name is being mentioned more and more as the end of spring training approaches.


Colvin stays hot as Colorado tops Angels.


From the Denver Post: " Hits: Outfielder Tyler Colvin appears to be cementing a spot on the roster, especially with Charlie Blackmon out with a sore toe. The left-handed hitting Colvin drove in a run with a solid single to left in the fourth inning, and then singled, stole second and scored in the sixth. He’s hitting .400. Colvin was acquired from the Cubs as part of the trade with the Cubs for Ian Stewart. … '''

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The Quote of 2012's Cubs Convention: Epstein

I look at this as the culture shock that seemed to fly over many in Cubdom: At Theo Esptein's talk to the assemblage in the old Hilton he said the following: "Patience at the plate will be the new...

Tweet: Muskat, Sveum "could use Campana" in leadoff


@CarrieMuskat Carrie Muskat Sveum says DeJesus leading candidate to leadoff for #Cubs but could use Campana #CubsCon Hmm, that means Campana would have to be a regular in the OF, it either displaces a CF'er or LF'er? This is interesting.

WOW Twitter overrun with #Cubs, Epstein/Hoyer trying to get in front of it


@BruceMiles2112 Bruce Miles Hoyer says Maholm has not officially been added to 40-man. Paperwork on his deal and waiver period should coincide magically. #Cubs and Bruce Miles @BruceMiles2112 Bruce Miles #Cubs Maholm says he wasn't trying to scoop anybody by announcing his signing on Twitter. and Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat Carrie Muskat Jeff Samardzija will prepare as starter in Spring Training but may still go to 'pen, Hoyer says. #Cubs and Bruce Miles @BruceMiles2112 Bruce Miles Hoyer says he and #Cubs understand what players such as Kerry Wood mean to the fan base. and @PWSullivan Paul Sullivan Jed says still hoping to sign Wood and Samardzija will "prepare as a starter" in AZ but may still go to pen. and Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat Carrie Muskat #Cubs GM Hoyer says adding Maholm isn't a "precursor" to any other move (such as possible Garza deal) My bet is this AM they had a meeting and realized they have too voices out there, that Maholm screwed up their timing and too many voices were projecting the obvious and negotiations with Wood and Detroit and even their current staff like Samardzija

Bruce Miles Tweets: Cubs to waive to make room for Maholm


@BruceMiles2112 Bruce Miles #Cubs Maholm gets $4.25 mil in 2012; club option is for $6.5 million or there is a $500,000 buyout hmm, guesses? Cabrera, Gaub, Mateo, Campana?

Kap: Kerry Wood's days as a Cub appear to be over


A source with knowledge of the reliever's negotiations with the team. Kaplan quotes his source: "Woody wanted to be here despite the rebuilding process but while the Cubs were saying they wanted him back they were unwilling to pay him the market value for a solid set up man. He has heard from a number of teams that are World Series contenders and they are all willing to pay him a very fair salary to strengthen their bullpen. The Cubs expected him to pitch for another hometown discount. He has already done that for them a couple of times before. There is no reason that he should have to do that again."

Maholm tweets he is a Cub


paul_maholm paul maholm Looking forward to seeing the fans at Cubs convention this weekend and getting to know all the guys. It's gonna be fun.


A look at 'my bad/your bad' options re Soriano

The Carlos Zambrano trade was quite unique in that it was not a double salary dump like Milton Bradley/Carlos Silva or Todd Hundley/Eric Karros-Mark Grudzielanek trade in that 'Z' had one year...


Cubs Direction with the new 'suits'

As Capt. Obvious has now observed, and Dave Kaplan stated before the Chirstmas holiday that some skeptics here and other places deadpanned, the Cubs are truly in a complete rebuild. The Rizzo trade...

Hoyer not done -- wants more pitching


General manager Jed Hoyer says they're not done. We're not finished acquiring starting pitchers," Hoyer said on Friday. "We want to have as much depth as possible. "At this point, we're still very much in the process of gathering as many quality arms as we can, and we'll put those pieces in place as we get closer to Spring Training," he said. "We have worked hard, and we continue to work hard, and hopefully we'll have even more starting-pitching acquisitions," Hoyer said. "We want to go seven, eight, nine deep in the rotation and we hope to replenish the bullpen as well." The Cubs are still in negotiations with free agent Kerry Wood, who has made it clear that he wants to stay with the team.

Twitter, Trib Rogers insinuating Soriano-Roberts?


@ChiTribRogers Phil Rogers Alfonso Soriano talks between #Cubs and #Orioles go back to winter mtgs, at least. Would Soriano and Brian Roberts waive no-trades? followed by @ChiTribRogers Phil Rogers Darwin Barney doesn't really block Roberts' acquisition. He could go back to Triple-A for 2012, a loss for him but not Cubs' inventory. I went to Cotts and found this about Roberts Brian Roberts 2b 4 years/$40M (2010-13) 4 years/$40M (2010-13) signed extension with Baltimore 2/20/09 10:$10M, 11:$10M, 12:$10M, 13:$10M limited no-trade protection: Roberts may block deals to 8 clubs in 2010, 12 clubs in 2011 full no-trade protection in 2012 award bonuses Could the Cubs be talking about sending Soriano to O's plus $8M in 2012 and 2013 and $13-$? in 2014?

GeorgeOfman: Three AL teams interested in Soriano. Orioles need a DH and Buck Shoewalter had...


GeorgeOfman: Three AL teams interested in Soriano. Orioles need a DH and Buck Shoewalter had Soriano in Texas

George Ofman tweet

Developing Garza's value by timing and waiting for need to come to them

Forget the actual names of the prospects and look closer at the value that a "rumored" Garza trade is garnishing and you see why Epstein was referred to Rickett's by his fellow colleagues. First I...

Minor leaguer C Chris Robinson gone to TX,


Dec 15, 2011 10:53 pm EST Rangers signed free-agent C Chris Robinson to minor league deal with a spring training invite. The Neifi Perez legacy now gone forever...acquired in 2006, 5 years in Cub organization.

Luke Scott Non-Tendered


Luke Scott, who had four years of .800 plus OPS and one .900 OPS in .2010 with a 2.7 WAR and a .387 (wOBA) and 140 wRC+ in 2010 was non tendered. He is 33 (turns 34 in June) plays LF/1B bats left throws right, he would make a good pick up, esp if Cubs are moving Soriano where he could hold down LF and if need be platoon with a Vitters later in the year.

MLB Trade Rumors: More in line 1B solutions; Morales or Trumbo


Rookie of the Year runner-up Mark Trumbo and the injured Kendrys Morales are now in limbo. There has been some talk of moving Trumbo to third, but the Angels may trade him instead. Morales, a borderline non-tender candidate with a projected salary in the $3MM range, might draw interest from teams such as the Rays, Pirates, Cubs, Brewers and Blue Jays if and when he and Trumbo become available. I think Morales is an interesting thought, he would be cheap and he did hit 34 HR's and was in line in doing the same in 2010 before blowing his ankle in a celebration. But Trumbo hit 29 HR's as well, though Morales is a switch hitter and then there is Jaramillo

@BoiseHawks Boise Hawks It appears that former Hawk Tyler Colvin could be Colorado bound...trade...


@BoiseHawks Boise Hawks It appears that former Hawk Tyler Colvin could be Colorado bound...trade info at BoiseHawks.com "Former Hawk Tyler Colvin appears to be expendable with a glut of outfielders in the organization. Couple that with the Cubs' need for a third baseman and it appears he may be headed to Colorado for Ian Stewart."


Baseball explains modern racism


The thing is I know the author, David Sirota: Today, Major League Baseball games using QuesTec's computerized pitch-monitoring system are the most statistically quantifiable workplaces in America. Match up QuesTec's accumulated data with demographic information about who is pitching and who is calling balls and strikes, and you get the indisputable proof of how ethnicity does indeed play a part in discretionary decisions of those in power positions. This is exactly what Southern Methodist University's researchers did when they examined more than 3.5 million pitches from 2004 to 2008. Their findings say as much about the enduring relationship between sports and bigotry as they do about the synaptic nature of racism in all of American society.


What WAR tells you about this year's edition of the Chicago Cubs

Cubs batters apparently were NOT so bad, maybe just mediocre,  in that their overall score was 16.5 (9th in the NL) sandwiched between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers (who had the top...

This year's miracle in St Louis


Wasn't it Marmol blowing after DeWitt bobbled an easy 6-4-3 game ending DP and had to go home to cut off Pujols for the second out....yes....but then he walked two and threw a wild pitch.


Was Santo actually better than Geo Brett or Brooks Robinson, a WAR analysis suggests that.

For the last month of so I have periodically been delving deeply into sabermetrics, now fast becoming a convert as I see now the difference between sabermetrics and traditional or standard baseball...

Quade begrudgingly admits that they have liked what they have seen so far with LaHair:...


Quade begrudgingly admits that they have liked what they have seen so far with LaHair: .433/.541/.833 1.374-OPS yesterday's wOBA+ is .531 and wRC+ is 240 and his WAR is already 0.6, he could catch Soriano's 1.0 if he continues with his torrid Sept and he gets playing time.

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