The Rundown: Ricketts Talks Baseball Ops Budget and Dwindling Attendance, Madrigal Hurt Again, Pujols Hits #697

“War, kids, it’s just one shot. Love, sister, it’s just a kiss away.” rolling stones, Gimme’s Shelter

Tom Ricketts Cubs 2022 competition described as ‘successful’ Over the weekend, though, they have won only six of their last 21 games. They are 58-82 (.414) and despite three weeks of miserable baseball, Chicago can get no closer to improving their lottery-drawing odds. If that’s the definition of success, standards have fallen somewhat since the days of intoxicating Joe Madon And an annual trip to the playoffs.

Ricketts also dropped the company line during an impromptu interview with Wrigley Field. Success, of course, means not spending on free agency specifically.

“The truth is you can’t buy a championship team in baseball,” the team boss said. “You have to build it. And that’s what we do. In order to build it, you have to take years where you allow young people to stand at bat, give them a chance to prove themselves, and see who you have to build around. And that’s all it has been this year. And it has been successful.”

Years. He said “years”. And by the way, when did Ricketts become a member of the Chicago Division of Player Development and Scouting? Does he sit in meetings with Dan Kantrowitz and Jared Banner? The team leader sure likes to sound like an expert on the subject. For what it’s worth, Ricketts seems to have a bit of Jerry Krause in him too.

The Dodgers just snatched a place in the playoffs this year, the 10th year in a row that they’ve made it so. It’s the gold standard of baseball and the blueprint for big market teams. It would be great if the Cubs had an ownership team that treated Chicago as the third largest market in the country. The Cubs are currently ranked 14th on the payroll According to Sporttrack And every team above them is fighting for a post-season berth.

I suppose this makes the organization a mid-level role model. Look, I’m all for the youth movement and I’m just as excited as the next fan when it comes to the waves of talent that will hit the seniors for the next three seasons. However, junior dropouts are not guaranteed, but if that is the base, proven veterans are required to establish support.

Ricketts is starting to remind me of Harvey “Two-Face” Dent. Didn’t he say about a month ago that the cubs They are ready to be very active In a free agency? I mean that in the same conversation he made the following two statements:

  1. “[We’re] It is clear that we are following a similar process or strategy as we did 10 years ago. Having done it once, and with pretty much the same people, gives me a lot of confidence that we’ll do it the right way again.”
  2. “It is about building the next winning team. It is not about what has happened in the past.”

am I Read it incorrectly Or does Ricketts seem to master deception so well that he deceives himself? Anyway, I can’t tell if he meant the cubs would spend or not, so I suppose we’ll all have to wait.

Meanwhile, Wrigley Field is about half the capacity or less per game. I think this is perfect if you are obsessed with duality.

Cubs news and notes

The odds and the beast

The Bears got off to a good start, and the attack sure knows how to have a little fun after a surprise win in the monsoons.

climb ladder

“Anger and torment are better than misery. Believe me, I have a plan. When the lights come on, you will understand.” – three days grace, Pain

Zach McKinstry And the Rafael Ortega They had a hit at the top of the order yesterday, but the rest of the Cubs couldn’t hone in on them. McKinstry was 4 for 5 with doubles and triples, and Ortega was 2 for 3 with a stolen base. But the two combined in just one round. Nico Horner It was 2 vs 2 before Leaving with a right triceps injuryBut he also did not record. Madrigal hit the injured list for the third time this season.

  • Games played: 140
  • Total appearance of the board: 5265
  • Total hits: 1,229
  • strike rate: 23.34%
  • Team average hits: .242
  • Points scored: 568
  • Allowed tours: 673

What about that!

MLB . players I’m not very happy With the new rules changes.

league has voluntarily agreed to confess The efforts of minor league players to form unions.

baseball too increase its efforts To market the sport to younger audiences.

Edwin Jacksonwho has performed for 14 teams including the Cubs and White Sox, He officially announced his retirement.

Phillies beat Nationals after setting a team record 3 hours, rain delay of 36 minutes.

Athletics has spread Previous highest probability of promotion Brent Honeywell Jr..

Andy Pettit believes that Exercise can help with unification The United States of America is politically divided.

Anthony Farvaroa former MLB player who retired in 2016 to become a police officer in the New York City area, was Killed in a car accident While on his way to work at the 9/11 memorial party in Manhattan. He was 37 years old.

Mr. Farvaro began his baseball career as a catcher for the West Shore Little League on Staten Island and Keep giving back to the sport I lovewho most recently served as league president for the Snug Harbor Little League on Staten Island.

Three stars Sunday

  1. Albert Pujols He reached No. 697 yesterday, moving to fourth place in his home run. Pujols . Trails Barry Bonds (762), Henry Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
  2. Justin Turner The Dodgers will go to the playoffs following the great Turner match. The veteran player blasted a pair of jacks and five runners.
  3. Naughty Tellez – The Brewhouse of Beertown tied two home runs to four RBIs in 3-4 days. That’s not his nickname though. People just call him “naughty”. Come on Milwaukee, you can do better than that.

extra rounds

Suzuki will have a monster of 2023. Looks like he’s finally acclimatising to the Major League pitch. He’s 10 for 35 (.286) in September with three runs on home and a double in 35 rackets. I’d still like to see the strike rate drop, though.

Monday morning six pack

  1. Thanks Bears 1-0 Amazing win over 49ers In a very wet soldier field. Justin Fields Throws touchdown passes, including a pass for 51 yards to Dante Pettis.
  2. Someone predicted the match You’ll play just like I did. I don’t like to brag though.
  3. 74th Emmy Awards will be held tonight At the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. I support Bob Odenkirk but am upset that Stranger Things has so few nominations.
  4. Oktoberfest Starts in Munich on Saturday. This is her official post-COVID comeback. The equivalent of 124,425 barrels of beer was consumed at the two-week festival in 2019.
  5. Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years. Ukrainian army is They started pushing these bad big Russians.
  6. It is said that the FBI Watch singer Aretha Franklin During the Civil Rights Movement 1967-1968. This is not the correct way to display respect.

they said that

  • “People don’t put nice things on social media. Come on.” – Ricketts
  • “It’s like you want to buy a new car but you don’t have to, you can be very picky, right? We have a really good stopping point here. If something works where they identify a value-added mid-ranger and feel they fit right in, I think everyone Ready for that, including me and Nico. Those are good problems. We’ll let the front office sort of pick and choose on that.” – David Ross
  • “It will be a big season. It will be my biggest off-season event in the last two years. I will be making some major changes.” – Rambunctious

Monday Walking song

How about that, Mr. Ricketts?