Those Left Behind: Five Moments That Mattered From 2015 Cubs Who Didn’t Make It

Remember Rich Hill? He made his major-league debut as a starting pitcher for the Cubs in June of 2005, throwing a lone (and shaky: two runs allowed on three hits) inning against the Marlins on June 15th, and then followed that up with 22 2/3 mostly terrible innings the rest of that season, compiling a 9.13 ERA and a 14.8 percent walk rate on the year. And, for some reason, he...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Tuesday, August 18th: Top TX League Hitter Chad Pinder Has 4 Hits & 3 RBIs for Hounds while Aaron Brooks Makes Nashville Debut & Phil Coke Gets Cut

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  3 Springfield Cardinals      4 LP – McCurry 0-1 / 1.69 Farmhand Of The Game: Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / 2 Doubles / 3 RBIs) The A’s organizational RBI and batting average leader, shortstop Chad Pinder, did more to improve...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Thursday, July 30th: Brad Mills Is Solid Again in Sounds Loss as Brent Morel Joins Nashville, Dayan Viciedo Is Released and All Six A’s Affiliates Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Brad Mills (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) Iowa Cubs               5 Nashville Sounds  4 LP – Coke 0-2 / 11.37 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Brad Mills (7 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 5 K) LHP Brad Mills turned in his third straight quality start for the Sounds, allowing just 1 run while...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Thursday, July 23rd: Parker Frazier Leads Midland to Shutout Win while Franklin Barreto & Dylan Covey Land on DL for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds RHP Parker Frazier (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 1 K / Win)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) San Antonio Missions    0 Midland RockHounds  7 WP – Frazier 2-0 / 0.44 HR – Olson (9) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Parker Frazier (8 IP / 3 H / 0 ER / 4 BB / 1 K / Win) RHP Parker Frazier, recently acquired from the Arizona organization, allowed...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

A's take a flier on veteran Phil Coke

The Oakland Athletics took a flier on veteran reliever Phil Coke on Saturday, signing him to a minor-league contract. Coke, 32, was designated for assignment for the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this season after only making two appearances with the Jays. Detroit Tigers writer Chris Iott of added that Coke has a July 10 opt-out option with his deal with Oakland:In his eight...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Coke declines AAA assignment

Veteran left-hander Phil Coke has declined an optional assignment to Triple-A Buffalo and elected free agency, according to a report from Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. Coke was sent down as part of a bundle of moves by the Toronto Blue Jays which took place after yesterday’s game vs the Baltimore Orioles. RHP’s Ryan Tepera and Scott Copeland were also optioned to Buffalo. In order...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Exposed by Orioles

Look no further than yesterday’s showdown with the Baltimore Orioles to see just how much the pitching staff of the Toronto Blue Jays has been exposed. Scott Copeland had a great first major league start, but from there it has been downhill. After going four innings allowing eight hits and three earned runs in his last outing, Copeland couldn’t make it out of the second inning...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Coke on Mariano’s Long-Toss Cutter

Phil Coke, who joined the Blue Jays bullpen today, has traded in his slider for a cutter. I’ll write more on that in this Sunday’s Notes column. Tonight, I’ll share something the lefty reliever told me that seems hard to believe. Then again, the person he was talking about was no mere mortal on a […]
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays call up Phil Coke to boost bullpen

The Toronto Blue Jays' bullpen will have a more veteran look to it on Friday when they visit Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox.Coke, 32, has appeared in 16 games this season with the Chicago Cubs, pitching to a 6.30 ERA in 10 innings. He was released on May 26 and the Jays picked him up, signing him to a minor league deal on May 31.Since then, he's thrown four scoreless innings...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Sign Coke, Recall Kawasaki and DL Tolleson

The Toronto Blue Jays tinkered with their roster Saturday after suffering a 3-2 loss at the hands of the upbeat Minnesota Twins. The Jays will look to win the rubber-match on Sunday as Drew Hutchison takes the mound opposite Ricky Nolasco. The Jays signed reliever Phil Coke to a minor league deal after the hurler was released by the Chicago Cubs. Coke will be assigned to Triple...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays add Phil Coke on minor league deal

The Toronto Blue Jays made an addition to their pitching depth on Saturday, signing Phile Coke to a minor league contract. Source: Phil Coke signing minor-league deal with #BlueJays. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) May 31, 2015 Coke, 32, was released by the Chicago Cubs on May 26. Coke appeared in 16 games for the Cubs in 2015, posting a 6.30 ERA in 10 innings. Prior to 2015...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs: Phil Coke, Ben Zobrist and Other Notes

It’s been reported by Chris Cotillo of SBSports that the Chicago Cubs have released left-handed reliever Phil Coke after designating him for assignment last week. Previously of the Detroit Tiger and New York Yankees, Coke was signed in the preseason in hopes that he could bolster a bullpen in need of lefty support and experience. Coke, 32, appeared in 16 games for the Cubs this...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Cease Fires 99, but Not Enough Gas to Stop Giants from Pummeling Cubs

Nicoll Parra reached base four times (a two-run HR, two singles, and a walk), Chase Compton belted a triple and two doubles, drove-in a run, and scored another, Byron Murray slugged a three-run home run and a triple, Richard Amion Jr drilled an RBI triple, singled, walked, and scored a run, Fernando Pujadas smashed a two-run triple, and LHSP Nik Turley hurled six innings of shutout...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

REPORT: Cubs to adjust roster Tuesday

  According to, the Chicago Cubs are expected to make a couple of roster moves Tuesday. The Cubs are expected to designate Phil Coke for assignment and "also are expected to send right-hander Brian Schlitter back to Triple-A Iowa and call up outfielder Junior Lake." (h/t Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images  
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs 4, Pirates 1 (5/16/15)

OSS I picked the right week to be on powerful pain medication. Three up 1. Jon Lester was terrific today, striking out seven and allowing ten baserunners in seven innings, giving up only one run. What happened after that was pretty crazy, but we’ll get to that later. His past several starts have evened out the first few of the year, and his season numbers are now ERA: 3.70, FIP...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates 5, Cubs 4 (4/23/15)

OSS: Get well soon, Grimm and Ramirez Three up: Tough to find much that particularly stands out. 1. Kris Bryant had a perfect day in CF, going 0-0 on fly balls hit to him. He also drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth, in an inning where it felt like the Cubs should have gotten a lot more. 2. Addison Russell got his first career RBI on a double in the fourth inning. 3. Hendricks...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Polanco, Pirates rally for 5-4 win over Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Gregory Polanco got three hits, including a go-ahead single in the seventh inning off Cubs reliever Phil Coke to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over Chicago 5-4 on Thursday. Josh Harrison hit his second double of the game when Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, making his first start in center field, took a roundabout path on a flyball. That set up Polanco's hit. Sean Rodriguez...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Starlin Castro Saves Cubs After Disaster 9th Inning

Everything was going the Chicago Cubs’ way Saturday against the San Diego Padres. I mean everything. Even after a Matt Kemp two-run home run in the first inning, Cubs’ starter Kyle Hendricks shut down San Diego’s offense in the next five innings. Miguel Montero, who didn’t do much at the plate prior to the game, hit two big home runs through the wind. The first gave the...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs 7, Padres 6 (4/18/15)

OSS: Bullpen not sharp, but Cubs pull it out in extras against Kimbrel. Three Four up: 1. Kris Bryant waved at two sliders to start the game, then managed to turn the PA into a walk. He reached base five times today, with three walks and two bloopy singles. He #Respected180 by going to second on his first hit of his career, a bloop that scored the Cubs second run. 2. Miguel Montero...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Small Sample Size or Not, Bullpen Picks Up Where They Left off.

The Chicago Cubs have only played two games this season, but the bullpen has been very impressive in their only chances. Opening night, five relievers combined to throw 4.2 innings of two hit, shut out ball in which they struck out five and walked only two. Most impressive might be the job Phil Coke did when he came into a tough spot in the fifth inning. With two runners on, he struck...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals 3, Cubs 0 (4/5/15)

OSS: Cubs waste 3 lead-off doubles and lead-off single against Wainwright Three Up: 1. Phil Coke was clearly the best player on the team yesterday. He came in to a very dicey situation (2nd and 3rd, two outs), and stranded them both. The game could have very easily gotten away from the Cubs there, but Coke locked them out. Great first game by Phil. 2. Pedro Strop cleaned up a nice...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Drive to 25: Cubs Roster Update

I hope you’ve enjoyed the countdown marker on the sidebar that tells us we’re about a week away from Opening Night.  You probably also know that Fallout Boy and the Chicago Cubs will be performing for you live from a construction zone, but that’s just the way it is and Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has already prepared his players for that scenario (oy...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Sign Phil Coke To Minor-League Deal

The Chicago Cubs have signed left-handed relief pitcher Phil Coke to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big league spring training, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. According to Chris Iott of,  the Cubs will pay Coke $2,250,000 with the possibility of making $900,000 in incentives if he makes the major-league team.  In 58 appearances during the 2014 campaign...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs add Phil Coke to bullpen competition in spring camp

  The Chicago Cubs agreed to a minor league deal with Phil Coke on Thursday, adding the veteran reliever to the competition for a lefty specialist in their bullpen. A person with direct knowledge of the situation said Coke is planning to join the Cubs' major league camp on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal. FOX Sports...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Game(s) thread – first day of Spring Training

Today’s lineups! At Giants (radio via Giants on La Stella, 2B Denorfia, LF Alcantara, CF Soler, RF Castillo, C Bryant, 3B Schwarber, DH Valaika, 1B Russell, SS Turner, P Vs A’s (Len and Mick on Fowler, CF Rizzo, 1B Castro, SS Montero, C Baez, 2B Coghlan, LF Olt, 3B Sweeney, DH Lake, RF Wood, P Random stuff Rizzo batting second? I love it, even if I think...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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