Archive for November, 2009

Samardzija’s Stuff is Muy Picante

Cubs Carlos ZambranoThe Northwest Indiana Times reported that our old Z-Meter chum Jeff Samardzija – former Notre Dame football star and a short-term Bus Leaguer before his callup to the Cubs last year – has shored up his standing with the team by appearing in the Mexican Fall League.

Samardzija was 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in five starts with a club known as Mexicali (which makes me think of that corn with the peppers and pimentos in it), which was apparently enough to earn him a long look as a contender for the Cubs’ rotation in 2010.

“He threw well,” [Cubs GM Jim] Hendry said of Samardzija at the GM meetings Tuesday. “His command of his fastball was better. His secondary pitches were better. His command in the strike zone was better — not just throwing strikes, but location in the zone was much better. The slider got better. The (split-fingered fastball) obviously, he got back on track with a little better strike zone command of that, too.”

[Samardzija impresses Cubs’ brass with play in Mexico]

This is all very interesting news, but this article never told me what I really wanted to know. Considering how much difficulty American announcers have had with Shark’s family name, it would make my day to hear the Spanish interpretation. I’m guessing something in the neighborhood of “Samaryee-yah!!!!”

Odds are, he won’t be back in Mexico any time soon, so we’ll just have to guess.

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The Arizona Fall League Will Be On TV, But No Strasburg

The Arizona Fall League’s annual Rising Stars Game will be played tonight at 8:15 and televised on the MLB Network.  It’s a good opportunity for fans to check out some of minor league baseball’s best young players – guys like Drew Storen, Buster Posey, Dustin Ackley, Domonic Brown, and Grant Desme are expected to play.

One guy who won’t be making an appearance is Stephen Strasburg.  Originally announced as the starting pitcher for the East Division All-Stars, Strasburg was scratched on Friday with a muscle strain in his neck, a disappointing fact for who were hoping to see The Chosen One in action, many for the first time. (Strasburg really needs a nickname, does he not?)