A few baseball mysteries

I know, I know I’m very late tonight. 

Here is mystery number one.  The Cubs are playing the Dodgers tonight, and they are on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.  I was fully expecting this game to be blacked out here since Major League Baseball, for some strange reason, thinks we are part of the Cubs television market.  Major League Baseball also thinks we are in the White Sox market, the Twins Market, the Royals Market and the Brewers Market.  I don’t know why.

But I digress.  As I was saying, I optimistically set the TiVo up to record the game but I was expecting ESPN News.  Imagine my surprise to discover we are actually getting the Cubs game tonight.  Even though they are in Chicago.  Strange. And we are losing 8-0.  Perhaps the blackout would have been better.

Here’s another mystery.  Earlier this week the Cubs called up Jake Fox from Des Moines.  He was hitting over .400 here in Iowa.  He was killing them.  So the Cubs called him up.  And here’s a funny story.  The I-Cubs had Jake Fox jersey night on Wednesday night.  But Jake Fox was in Chicago. 

So they called him up and what is he doing?  Riding the pines.  He’s been pinch hitting, but not playing. Now I have to ask you, why would you put a guy who is hitting over .400 on the bench?  Wouldn’t you want him to have a chance to hit three or four times a game instead of just once?  I know I would.

And finally, the last baseball mystery of the night.  Why does Lou Pinella still have a job?

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  1. Answers:

    1. If a local TV station in one of the markets MLB considers you in were also televising the game (as often happens for ESPN Monday or Wednesday Night Baseball), the ESPN broadcast would’ve been blacked out in deference to the local broadcast (which you probably wouldn’t have gotten from your local cable co. and therefore been screwed.) Anytime the ESPN or FOX telecast is the only telecast of the game (as it almost always is for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball or FOX Saturday Baseball), it will not be blacked out.

    2. Fox hasn’t exactly been “riding the pines”. He has 7 AB’s in the 4 games since he got called up including an 0 for 3, 3 strike out performance yesterday. If he’d started he’d have had a chance at a golden sombrero. Why hasn’t he been playing more? There’s a big difference between Triple A and Major League pitching, and he’s not exactly stellar defensively.

    3. Lou still has a job because the team’s problems are not Lou’s fault. The team has less talent this year than last not only because of off season moves that depleted more than augmented, but because the team’s mainstays are getting older. Add injuries on top of that, and there’s not much that can be done. Frankly I’m amazed we’re a game above 500. That said, once healthy this team could sneak in as a wild card, but I find that to be a long shot. It would take some wheeling and dealing at the trading deadline to turn them into a contender.

    Also, in Lou’s 2 seasons as manager he’s won 2 division titles. The last Cubs manager to win back to back titles of any kind was Frank Chance.

    This team’s nucleus is on it’s last legs. Maybe once Rickets takes control of the team he can retool it if not outright rebuild it. Either way, I wouldn’t expect Lou to be fired anytime soon.

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