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Over But Low II

Posted: June 12, 2013 by Mauricio Rubio Jr. in Podcast
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Music by @lathandplaster
Parent Podcast found here: worldseriesdreaming.com/2013/06/12/dr…cast-chc-cha/

That big ass Dodgers-Diamondbacks fight
Yasiel Puig eats fastballs for dinner
Who ya got in basebrawls?
Does anything good happen for the White Sox when they play Toronto?
White Sox draft talks
What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten out of a helmet?
BAI EVERYONE

Over But Low 1

Posted: June 5, 2013 by Mauricio Rubio Jr. in Podcast
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GUESS WHO’S BACK GUYS

Andy and Moe make their comeback with special guest Rice Cube.

We talk:

  • Chicago White Sox and the Mariners play the longest game in podcast history
  • Emergency White Sox pitchers
  • Depressing baseball talk
  • Jeff Manto broke all of them
  • Especially Adam Dunn
  • Break
  • Rebuild it already
  • Jake Peavy is broken :’-(
  • DRAFT SPEAK
  • We or they?
  • Courtney Hawkins love
  • TRADEZ THEM ALL
  • Even Chris Sale tho?
  • BAI

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Random Hits

Posted: January 25, 2013 by Mauricio Rubio Jr. in Sports
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Soon

Rooftop owners present their case, poorly  iBlogged about it, basically the “roofies” are crying that they should be able to maintain a business because they keep Wrigley popular. Poor case.

Focused Konerko promises no distractionsDoug Padilla did a nice little Konerko piece. Basically  PK is looking to be productive and is focused on not getting caught up in any of the peripheral stuff.

Blackhawks, kinda good? Yeah, kinda good.

Hard to not feel good for Noah Here’s his All Star nod acceptance speech.

And hey, since we’re on the subject, let’s remember where the legend of Noah planted it’s seeds.

By: Matthew Kohl
Email: virtualsportsman@gmail.com
Twitter: @virtuallymatt

The baseball off-season can be fraught with peril for some. Especially if you don’t care for many,
or any, of the winter sports. Baseball fans who aren’t content to follow the free agent game or the trade rumors have a few options to scratch the baseball itch. For example, I like to take a trip through my childhood baseball card collection. My card binder is one of very few things I have left from my youth and it’s the oldest thing I own that I purchased with my own money. It’s interesting to see who I thought was worth putting in the book versus who got clipped into the bike spokes since I only collected cards from players and teams I liked. I didn’t care if they were stars, though many were, and I didn’t care if they played for a rival team. Sometimes a card would get promoted from the box to the binder and sometimes they would get demoted, a practice which accounts for entire pages with only a single card on them in some instances. I don’t change it these days even though the order of cards and grouping of players is ramshackle at best and absolutely maddening when I’m looking for something specific.

Whenever I go through the book, I’m reminded of cards I had that would be worth having today or in the future had I kept them. I didn’t care enough about the players at the time to do so. Allusions of monetary gain be damned as I firmly stand by those edicts that decided what or whom was worth keeping, mysterious as they were. Mariano Rivera’s 1992 Bowman rookie card may disagree with me tossing it aside, but what kid keeps a baseball card featuring some twit standing in khakis and a polo shirt in his collection? Besides, he played for the evil empire. Sometimes though, I get confused as to why I kept something in the book.

WHO THE HELL?

“Who in the hell is Mariano Duncan?” That’s usually the first question I ask myself whenever I peruse the book. He’s on the first page. He was a 2B/SS and career .267 hitter who is currently the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate Tennessee Smokies by the way. I learned that from Wikipedia just today! Even though his career may have been a bit underwhelming, I don’t dare take the card out. For one reason or another an eight year old me thought it belonged in the book and I don’t doubt that reason was a good one. Its placement on the bottom right corner leads me to believe it’s one of the first nine cards I ever put in there. It’s possible it could even be from my very first pack of cards.

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I probably kept him because he had good fundamentals.

Another player who I have several cards from that also has a Cubs connection is Pat Listach, though I know why I kept his cards. He was second place to only Kenny Lofton in stolen bases and won Rookie of the Year honors in 1992. All but one of the cards I have from him are from that season. Coincidentally, he didn’t do much else the rest of his playing career. He’s currently the Cubs third base coach and was voted Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2008 for leading the Iowa Cubs to the postseason. So he has that.

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These are great looking cards though.

THE WEIRDNESS

There are also some strange phenomena that permeate my card binder. One of which I call the “Doc Strawberry Page.” It’s weird that two players who got famous in two different decades that both practically ruined their respective careers through drug use ended up grouped together. I knew about the drug problems they had even as a kid. Maybe I thought if I kept them together, but segregated from the other cards, the other players couldn’t do drugs with them. I really loved Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden. I was disappointed to see their careers go downhill for such stupid reasons when they both had such great natural talent. I never really gave up on either of them though. That’s probably why I’m so unforgiving of players today.

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Another bit of weirdness is what I like to call the Eric Karros Quartet. I’ve grown to dislike him even more as an adult due to his lackluster commentary but I absolutely hated Karros as a kid. Why I kept any of his crap let alone four of the same card is completely unexplainable. In hindsight though, he looks a lot like my cousin Gary. Maybe I thought he was just moonlighting as a police officer.

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Fuck you Eric!

I don’t have a name for this one but probably the strangest thing that appears in my collection is the random presence of a Damon Berryhill card every other page or so. It begins on the tenth page mysteriously adjacent to Mike Scioscia. Then he appears again on the very next sheet next to Gary Gaeti, another player whose inclusion I have no explanation for. This continues on for another 15 pages until the second to last one where a wall dedicated to Ryne Sandberg ends the curse. I don’t really think I liked him as a player and I can’t imagine I would have liked anything about him other than the fact that he was a catcher, but even that’s a sketchy theory. I didn’t even really care for the Cubs too much until later in 1998 or 1999 so it’s weird that I would have so many of his cards let alone put them in my binder. I can’t figure out why they’re so scattered either. Unless somebody else can come up with a reason, I’ll just have to leave this mystery to future generations.

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A selection of Berryhills. Maybe I liked his name?

THE HEROES

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One of the heroes of my youth.

Still, there are some cards that really do deserve to be in my collection. In fact, one of my favorite pages in the book is the Bo Jackson page. I loved everything about Bo Jackson when I was young. I loved him so much I even picked up a Raiders hat when I had no connection whatsoever with football. In fact, Bo Jackson was the reason I began watching football. If it wasn’t for Bo, I would have entirely missed the final years of Joe Montana’s amazing career (another player I idolized as a child) and the best days of Steve Young’s. I was excited as all hell when he came to the White Sox, and now that I really think about it, he was the reason I started paying any attention at all to my local sports teams. Well, he and Mark Grace, who I was never lucky enough to get a card of…

…but whatever.

One of the stranger memories of Bo Jackson was the cartoon with him, Wayne Gretzky, and Michael Jordan. It was called Pro Stars and it was ridiculous.

Of the stranger memories regarding Bo Jackson was the cartoon with him, Wayne Gretzky, and Michael Jordan. It was called Pro Stars and it was ridiculous.

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An animated look at who was left from the 2005 White Sox World Series Roster.
Better version:

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The Cubs selected Hector Rondon from Cleveland in the Rule 5 draft – Rondon threw 7 professional innings in 2012 as he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. Before he went down he featured a good fastball and good command. The breaking stuff had yet to develop and had 3 starter ceiling pending his recovery. This is another move to acquire pitching talent for the Cubs, something that has been noticeably lacking in the past.

The White Sox selected Angel Sanchez in the Rule 5 – Angel has seen some playing time at the MLB level, he has 628 career MLB Plate Appearances. It appears that the White Sox are going for high contact guys this offseason. Sanchez is a bit of a utility guy, he has logged innings at 2B, SS, and 3B. It’s looking more and more likely that Gordon Beckham is on his way out of town. Rule 5’s have to be on the MLB roster or else they are returned to their previous team.

Cubs are pursuing Jason Grilli – Grilli has put together two solid years in Pittsburgh with acceptable WHIP #’s and high K/9. Grilli was always a guy who could miss bats but would inexplicably get hit. He slashed his BABIP numbers which could be luck or it could be that he’s not getting hit as hard. Regardless, Grilli is a serviceable reliever. – via Peter Gammons

 

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White Sox signed Keppinger to a 3 year, 12mm deal – Keppinger’s deal opens up some new possibilities for the White Sox. He has some positional flexibility, although it is assumed that he will play third, and he is a contact hitter that can hit second in the lineup. Diversifying the batting order is something the White Sox have struggled with in the past. The 2012 White Sox struggled in September and seemed to be overly reliant on the HR ball. Keppinger is an upgrade over whatever position he takes, he’s better than both Morel and Beckham (UZR, a defensive metric, also likes his defense over Youk’s at third. UZR is still in it’s infancy, however, so take that with a grain of salt).

The move also indicates that they have perhaps moved beyond Youkilis which might free them up to add other pieces. Merkin thinks they go for another INF or a Catcher, assuming AJ is gone. There have been some rumblings that they can be dark horse candidates for a big name starter, like Greinke, but I think the dollars are too high for that to be a real possibility. Greinke is likely to get over 160mm.

My hunch is that AJ is gone, the Sox trade for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and add a smaller name free agent pitcher like Anibal Sanchez or even Brandon McCarthy. Either way, the White Sox rumor mill is heating up and we will keep you guys posted.

Demp might be back after all – Rumors are swirling that Dempster might be back on the north side in 2013. Dempster turned down a contract from the Royals and the Brewers are playing a bit of hardball with him. The Cubs are looking for starters and if they are left out on the names they’ve been chasing, McCarthy et al, there is a real possibility that Dempster returns.

The Cubs are also looking at free agent 3B like Mark Reynolds. He’s a high risk, high reward play but he is an upgrade over Ian Stewart. The Cubs won’t be adding big names until they feel ready for contention, so guys like Reynolds are going to be the norm for a while.

Urlacher could miss the rest of the season – A hamstring injury could cut Urlacher’s season short and there’s the very real possibility that he has played his last game as a Chicago Bear. There is no clear replacement on the current team either. Awful news. – via Suntimes.com

Derrick Rose is running and stuffz  PLEASE DON’T GET MORE HURT – via CBS Sports

Kevin Youkilis has several offers – Given the weakness of the 3B market this shouldn’t be too surprising. Yanks are kinda in, Phils, White Sox, and Indians are more serious contenders. – via Hardballtalk

In related news, the White Sox are looking at Keppinger – As one of their backup options should Youk sign elsewhere. – via MLBTR

Brewers, Demp, at a standstill – Dempster is looking for a third year in any contract and the Brewers are balking at it. – via MLBTR

 

 

TBL2

by: Mauricio Rubio Jr.
email: mr@99sportsproblems.com
twitter: @MRubio52

Andy

  • Is it possible for the White Sox to trade Alexei to the Padres for Headley? What needs to make that happen [sic]?
  • The White Sox should trade Tank and prospects for a solid hitting LH left fielder.
  • Floyd for prospects, sign BMac to a one year deal and pray the Tigers get injured. That’s my off-season plan.

Moe

  • That’s one I hadn’t heard of. I think the Pads are going to want some tier one prospects for Headley and may ask for Sanchez+. Trading Tank is a possibility. I think you can move him for some RP help.
  • BMac is a good deal too, but he might be homer prone at the Cell.

Andy

  • He needs to go, no place for all those L’s [sic} when Dunn has his.
  • I’m really out of ideas for the Sox. Wish they would have tanked all last year. Then they would be rebuilding. 😦

Moe

  • He doesn’t walk yet. His approach is flawed at the fundamental level.
  • Haha I fell [sic] you.
  • Feel

Andy

  • Not L’s. K’s

Moe

  • Yeah I figured. They are still talking to Youk. I think they should pursue Salty, maybe that’s the Tank trade.

Andy

  • I’m not feeling Youk for a full season. Oh shit I forgot the k machine Tyler Flowers.\
  • Yeah Tank needs to go, I guess Salty could help that.

Moe

  • They need a catcher if they want to be serious.
  • Another arm would help too. Floyd is a popular name. Would you go for a Floyd+Tank for Salty and a pen arm?
  • And ‘specs headed the WSox way?

Andy

  • In all honesty they need to sign AJ back. Not because he’s going to play anything like he did last year. But just the way he handles the staff. They should fall back a bit without him. However, a solid catcher could stop that. Flowers can’t be the guy. 
  • Yes I’d take that trade.
  • Still need another decent left-handed bat.

Moe

  • And a swing starter. They need to cover for Peavy/Danks

Andy

  • Yeah I’m not sure about Danks at all. I feel better with Peavy and last year. But he’s always a liability.

Moe

  • Yeah he had a great year but you never know with that guy. Let’s assume BMac for a moment. Danks-Peavy-Floyd-BMac, who’s the 5? -Ed note. DERP

Andy

  • Still think they need to get lucky and have Detroit lose three guys. Also Cy Chen needs to get the hell out of the Central lol.
  • Quintana
  • If Quintana fails I guess you go through the gambit of guys they found success with during the season.

Moe

  • You gotta stretch out Quintana. SP’s need to give you 900IP at least IMO.
  • Err
  • Santiago

Andy

  • Yeah Santiago is probably the sixth guy. So keep him in the minors. What can Floyd net from a trade? Prospect wise?

Moe

  • Floyd is dodgy but he makes 29 starts a year. That has value. You can get some mid level guys or a solid MLB ready RP with him IMO. The problem becomes filling up his 175 IP.
  • You need to flip Tank for an SP if you can at that point.

Andy

  • Yeah I thought maybe two mid level guys. 
  • You forgot SaleEd. Note – DERPYDERPDERP

  • Yeah if you can’t get BMac you have to flip for a real starter.

Moe

  • Duh.
  • So Sale-Peavy-Danks-BMac-Quintana and Santiago as the swing.
  • You can flip Floyd for a C and some pen arms.
  • And Tank for the same (pen arms). Still should probably get another swing guy to be sure though.

Andy

  • Still not enough to make a dent on Detroit
  • Back to the drawing board 😦

Moe

  • Nope and the 2nd WC is a bitch.
  • lol
  • Just go YOLO and sign Boozey and Depressed.

Andy

  • Haha!!

Ed. Note – Yeah, this happened at midnight so there is a lot of weird/stupid mixed in. Bottom line, the White Sox are going to have to get real creative or hope for a plane crash if they want to compete in the Central in our opinion.

 

Think you can fix the White Sox? Let us know how.

Ahh…just 132 days until Opening Day. It doesn’t feel that far away! Well, actually, yes, it feels very very far away.

The White Sox released their Spring Training schedule today, however. Feel free to enjoy it.

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