Rambling While Wondering About the Future

It’s Friday, it is time to ramble, and I have enlisted the help of fellow Cubs fan Ben Miraski this week. I thought I could bring some more views to the ramblings edition. Plus, he is not nearly as optimistic as I am. And this column needs some balance every now and again.

So, let’s get to it.

  • So, Barney is having a Theriot-esque slide regarding his batting average. I hope I am wrong.
  • C.J. Wilson supposedly wants $100 million. Personally, at this point, I feel that is a better investment than Pujols or Fielder.
  • There is no two ways about it; the Cubs need pitching. And a lot of it.
  • Bryan LaHair is not the future. I highly doubt it, but he would be a very cheap option at first base if the Cubs chose to pursue Wilson. Just a thought.
  • Reed Johnson deserves to be with the Cubs again next year. I’m just saying. I know this will irk many of you, but he earned it.
  • Give me your prediction below. Here is mine: Zambrano pitches for whatever team Ozzie is managing next year. It is hard to envision any other scenario.
  • Will a new GM eat Soriano’s salary? I don’t see it happening. However, I hope that is a large point of discussion during Ricketts’ interviews. It would be nice to see more forward thinking from Mr. Tom.
  • I asked for a little pop from Castro in the second half. And guess what, we got a little pop. With that said, I will ask for even more pop throughout the entire 2012 season.
  • Speaking of Castro, I am loving his 20 SB’s. I hope to see even more next year.
  • Yes, I am asking for Castro to keep getting better. The funny this is that as a Cubs fan, this seems crazy. Yet, with Castro, it appears likely, and that is a wonderful thing.
  • Twitter is a great thing when used responsibly. Responsibly being the key word. Thanks to Twitter many Cubs fans were scared that Chuck Lamar could be the next GM.
  • Dusty Baker still makes news when he comes back to Chicago. Let’s turn the page, people. It has been long enough.
  • Jeff Samardzija has had a very good, and might I even say, promising year. Yes, I am a Notre Dame fan.
  • Speaking of, many national pundits have discussed how ND hasn’t won forever. In fact, Greg Couch, pointed out on Thursday that is has been 23 years. An eternity according to most.
  • As a Cubs fan, 23 years feels as long as your average All-Star break.
  • The 2005 draft for the Cubs was so bad …
  • “How bad was it?”
  • It was so bad that it was just ranked dead last for that year. Mark Pawelek, Donald Veal, Dylan Johnston, Michael Billek, etc.
  • In 2005, the Cubs drafted 50 players. According to the experts, one of those 50 made the majors.
  • ONE!
  • How do you spell completely and ridiculously sad and pathetic?
  • Matt Garza has 8 wins. Matt Garza has a 3.52 ERA. I feel bad for Matt Garza. I look for him to have a few very good season for the Cubs.
  • The Cubs closer has a 4.07 ERA and 9 blown saves. Enough said.
  • Ryan Dempster leads all Cubs pitchers with 10 wins.
  • Oh, yeah, he also has 11 losses. This stat kind of sums up the season pretty well right there.
  • Getting rid of Ramirez makes sense. However, I have no idea who will replace him. Interesting quandary. Maybe even a quagmire … giggity.
  • Carlos Pena hit a homerun off of a left-handed pitcher. I didn’t know he was allowed to do that.
  • John Grabow will not be a Cub next year. So, it is not all negative in Wrigleyville.

Let’s get the comments rolling. It is only the fun thing to do. And it just feels right. And until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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  • Ryan7

    I think ADAM will be back do to the fact there is no one and I mean no one that can replace him. And David Wright is not the answer we need, nor is Josh Vitters. He sucks point blank

    • Calicub

      I agree ARAM* is our best choice at 3B but is his 16 million worth it?

      He’d be the most likely to preform at a ‘superstar’ level if you can actually use that term for aram but if the team exercised the buyout the cubs would have an extra 14 million to upgrade the rotation. Put DJ Lemaheiu at 3B until vitters is ready or force vitters to earn his big league spot in 2013.

      Also Reed should be our 4/5 outfeilder. There’s nothing not to like about RJ he hustles he’s versatile he’s a pretty good bench bat and plays decent defense.

  • cmschube

    I’m fine with keeping Reed aboard. What really scares me is that Jeff Baker may still be on this team next year! Hopefully the new GM’s and Hendry’s definition of “un-touchable” are lightyears apart.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Calling Jeff Baker “untouchable” was near insanity. But praise be to God, Jim Qlueless is gone. Hopefully Murphy’s Law will not kick in. O’Toole’s Corrollary states “Once a misfit leaves an organization, another misfit will be recruited to take his place.”

      But Jeff Baker isn’t total junk. He is useful as a platoon player. Check out his stats:VS. LHP.333 BA.360 OBP.476 sluggingAdd in the fact that he can play in various positions in a pinch, and he is not worthless. His BA is equal to Barney’s.
      He outslugs Barney.
      He outfield Barney at 2B.He turns the double play better than Barney.Here’s Barney’s stats:.275 BA.313 OBP.351 slugHaving said that, Barney may be next year’s utility guy.

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    Speaking ofJeff Samardzija, He STILL is the best wide receiver in Chicago.

  • J Daniel

    Would like to add to the “ramble” – can we stop using the term “camp Colvin”???  Really?  Like he is a superstar on the rise?  

    Camp Colvin is part of the problem.  To much Kool Aid when a guy has a descent month.  He will be lucky to be an everyday player.

    • Scott

      You can call “Camp Colvin” whatever you like, but I think that it is a valuable addition to the Cubs offseason.  When you see guys show up months in advance and add 10-20 pounds of muscle before Spring Training begins, that cannot be anything buy positive.  I don’t have a problem with the name because Tyler Colvin was the first one to show up early and put in all the extra work.  No, he will never be Pujols or CarGo or anyone like that, but without “Camp Colvin”, he may still be in AA with little power.

      You can hate on the name, but don’t say that all of the extra work is part of the problem.  That is a statement that makes no sense at all.  None.

      • Calicub

        COLVIN HAS NEVER BEEN GIVEN A CHANCE TO SUCCEED!!!!!!

        He never got constant playing time under either coach. He never got an opportunity to build on his successful season and already everyone counts him out. You are using the same logic the idiots running this team are using:

        “Hey we gave him a couple of starts and he’s not hittung every single ball he’s going to sit the rest of the week and think about what he hasn’t done.” And then continue to repeat that cycle. And then wonder why he can’t hit. Play him evry freaking day and see what happens.

        Spotted starts are not a way to evaluate a prospect. Colvin may never be a high average hitter but he has good power. He may not even be a MLB player in a few years. But if this is the case it is because the Cubs never gave him a real chance not because he lacks the ability.

        Closed minded thinking like this is the reason the cubs are such a mess.

        • cubtex

          What have you seen from Colvin that makes you think he will succeed???  So…he sits from time to time. He hasn’t shown me that he CAN be an everyday player. He strikes out way too much….doesn’t go the other way to try and just get a base hit from time to time and he has almost 200 AB’s this year and is hitting below .150.
          All I hear from his supporters are excuses… There have been hundreds of prospects in baseball given less chances than Colvin to produce and play.

          • Calicub

            I personally think he can succeed but I’m not saying that it is a given.  All I am sayng is that the sample size we have with Colvin is not the right kind of sample.  He may have alot of AB’s but none of them have been consistent.  Whens the last time Colvin started four days in a row?  Whens the last time he has played the week through? Never!  Because when push comes to shove its the vets who started over him.

            Most players do not just arrive and tear it up.  You cannot judge a player on such inconsistent playing time.  Being put in position to succeed is such a large part of doing well in baseball, and Colvin hasn’t been put in that position, not once.  Sure there are players like Castro who have arrived and never looked back but look at how castro was brought up.  They said hey he’s coming up today and he’s playing everyday no ifs ands or buts.  But when Colvin was brought back up a month and a half ago for the sole purpose of playing everyday to see what he had, he was not given that opportunity. 

            The logic that you are using is so inherently flawed.  Just because there is no proof that he will succeed does not mean that he will not.  And basing such logic on an exaggerated and overly biased sample set is neglegable and very Pinella/Quade/Hendry like.

          • cubtex

            Colvin has actually been given more opportunities to succeed this time and he still is not getting it. He has been sitting against lefties and has been playing mainly against righties. The Cubs have been giving him a chance…..and he is still dreadfully overmatched more times than not! Use your eyes and be realistic with this kid! The Cubs are not the reason he is hitting 147. He has not adjusted.

          • Calicub

            I suppose we will have to agree to disagree.

            I don’t believe he has been given a chance to succeed, nor do I believe sitting a player against a certain type of pitcher is putting him in a spot to succeed.   You can figure out a lot about yourself as a hitter facing different kinds of pitching and forcing a player to neglect left handed pitching will never allow him to blossom.

            You can’t expect a doctor to become an expert by barring him/her from taking part in treating a patient with a disease they have little experience treating.  You give them the opportunity to acquaint themselves and learn what they need to learn in order to prove that in the future they can handle the situation in the future, and if not they are not fit to be a Doctor or in this case a ML hitter.

            In the same way should Colvin be allowed to see and take everyone and everything over the next month, compete in ST and possibly once April comes around and not until this happens can we have accurately analyzed Colvin’s potential.

            Again, he probably wont succeed but you don’t know that.  You can’t say that he hasn’t shown it because the sample set you are basing your claim on is not an accurate portrayal of his ability to play full time.  If anything all Colvin’s time in the Majors has proven is that he is not a bench player.  But so are so many everyday starters who find success in consistant and continueous starts but struggle when forced to share/platoon there spot.

          • gary3411

             How about a .270 OBP playing EVERDAY for AAA for 212PA. How’s that for a sample size and consistent playiing time. That translates to about what he has done in MLB.

  • Wgnewyork

    There is no doubt that a grand sabermetric plan from the ground up (scouting and development) needs to be put in place before we worry about the present construct of the major league team. The likes of Tampa Bay turn into the likes of Boston when you have money, so the blueprint is there for Ricketts. Let’s hope he follows it. As far as the ill constructed major league contracts go, keep bringing up any and all the farm hands to see if they have any viability at the major league level. If they do, fish and cut bait with the Soriano types. We wouldn’t be worrying about filling the Ramirez spot if we didn’t trade to the Brewers their present third baseman.

    • Scott

      I would agree that a successful organization is built from the ground up.  A strong system will continue to develop and churn out quality major league players while providing trade bait to acquire proven major league talent.

      I would also agree that the system that the system that Tampa Bay and Boston use would work very well in Chicago and I think that is exactly what Tom Ricketts is going for.

      I would not agree that bringing up “and and all farm hands” is the right way to go.  If you bring up somone up too early, you may never let them reach their full potential.  This organization has a history of bringing up people that have all kinds of ability before they are ready – something that needs to change.

      And the current Brewers third baseman, Casey McGehee, was not traded to the Brewers.  He was claimed off of waivers.  He is also nothing special and I wish people would stop acting like we gave away Brooks Robinson.  He is hitting .236, is 136th among qualifiers in OPS (right behind Theriot) and is outslugging Juan Pierre by a whopping .024.  He has the second most errors by a third baseman is all of baseball – 150% more errors than Aramis Ramirez.  His first two years in Milwaukee were decent, but he never had an OPS in the minors higher than .774 so to think that he would be some amazing major leaguer is wishful thinking.  Cubs fans think he is that great because he seems to kill us.

      • Wgnewyork

        I agree Scott about Casey’s prowess, but Ramirez makes a lot more than 150% of McGehee’s salary. It’s just a shame how the money has been thrown around on players that only step it up at contract time. Ramirez is lazy, period. The man can hit for sure, but his defense has really slumped since the big contract and that is just laziness on his part, not a loss of skills. 

        • Scott

          I would agree that Ramirez is lazy.  When the Cubs do well, he seems to play harder.  His fielding % the 5 years before this contract was .951 and the 5 years on this contract it is .952, so he is fielding at the same rate, he just doesn’t go all out to get to as many balls anymore.

          Don’t get me wrong, I am not defending Ramirez because I think the Cubs should keep him or because I think he is some amazing player, but saying the we would be better with McGehee is just not true.  McGehee is not the hitter or fielder that Ramirez is, even when Ramirez is lazy.  The fact that Ramirez makes a ton more money is a whole different arguement (since McGehee has not reached arbitration, let alone free agency).  Ramirez earned his contract, he just hasn’t lived up to all of it.

      • Calicub

        Casey McGeehee’s prowess is always talked about by Cubs fans because the only team he can hit against is the Cubs.

  • Dorasaga

    ARam should be gone. There is no doubt. He is replaceable. You heard others said: The Cubs can platoon; the Cubs have internal options (young and old prospects); the Cubs need to play the youth.

    Since I’ve been tracking some Asian baseball for a few years in the past, I will also throw in this question: Shouldn’t this Director of International Scouting, Paul Weaver, be relieved from his duty?

    The Cubs had a good job signing Korean players out of high school, but their overall talents from Japan and Taiwan had been mediocre at best. I’m comparing them to the Red Sox and the Indians, whom all signed talents from Taiwan and Japan. Aside from the obvious success on their current 40-man roster, the later two teams got young prospects from those two countries that are Major League-ready, or could be useful utility players for other teams (they are too loaded with prospects who can play those positions right now).

    I’m saying that because I’ve watched a few of them play in spring training with the Big, and I couldn’t be less than impressed, but not the ones from the Cubs system. This is also quite a shame, if you also consider the fact that one of the key scouts who’s been working for the Cubs in Asia, Wilson. He was a pitcher for some pro. team in Taiwan when he was pitching. Shouldn’t he know better who are the next coming star from that country.

    I’ve said this before: the Cubs improved after Tim Wilken arrived. But the league improved as well. They can dig into the East Asian pool of talents as much as they want, but other ball clubs have been doing the same, and even more. The Cubs is not catching up. Weaver might be a good adviser (he’s been with the organization long enough), but I doubt his overall grasp of international scouting at Asia, and his Asian scouts.

    It’s time for change. Fans will not tolerate mediocracy to rule Chicago.

  • Darrenmcculloch

    In all this rambling you forgot to mention one thing.  The Cubs win tonight and they reached the magic number of 63 wins.  No 100 loss season. 

  • roseyc

    Because the Cubs wants these free agents doesn’t mean they will come here. Brian you say Wilson but his sucess was in the AL and look how long it took Garza to come around. Barney is a rookie I guess we expect Ryno in every second baseman. Aram for 16ml is not worth it he’s had his chance to lead…where was he in the first half. There’s an old saying that you can’t win the pennnat in April but you can loose it and the Cubs lost it. Aram didn’t show up. If we signed Pujols  we would accomplish a number of things first of all he wouldn’t be on the Cardinals and second he would be on the Cubs if your going to overpay someone I would pay the best player in the game. He is not Soriano. We do need pitching but we don’t need is Lopez and Coleman in the rotation.

  • Jay from sandwich

    For all you Colin bashers, just take a close look at Ryan Sanberg first season and you should notice a below 200 battaing average for half the season (i think it was around 179) He final made the adjustment to major league pitches after the all star break and the rest is History. Also remeber that rule five secound basemen for the Marlins. Do you want the next one to be Colvin beacause he never got a real chance here in Chicago? I guess yoiu are happy with the way the Cubs bring up and Handle top prospect like Pie, Paterson, and Colvin beacause if they do not produce like Castro write away lets dump them… These are 20 plus year old kids who need to mature into the Majors and personaly this take time for some people. Matter of fact most people. So please lets be real here and give the kids a real chance and not waste them and destroy there carrers like Pie and Paterson (this list go on for years of players the Cubs distroyed there confidace too)…

    • cubtex

      So if the Cubs just played Pie, Patterson and Covin everyday…no matter what…..they would be above average mlb starters in baseball today??? Let’s put Jake Fox and Rich Hill in there as well.
      Sorry man…I don’t buy it. It is not that easy. Most prospects don’t make it. Did you see that stat from the 2005 Cubs draft??? Only 1 player even made it to the majors from that draft class. If Pie, Patterson and Colvin are good enough to be everyday players some team would notice that and start them. I don’t see these other teams knocking down the Cubs door to try and pick up Colvin thinking that he is a future all star.
       

      • Calicub

         Like i replied to you earlier.  Sample Set. Sample Set. Sample Set. 

        When was Jake Fox ever given a a chance?  Not with the Cubs.  Not with the A’s either.  He was less used on the A’s than Koyie Hill is on the Cubs (bad analogy i know because Hill doesn’t even know which end of the bat to swing with but i digress).  And the O’s didn’t look to him much either. 

        All i hear from you Cubtex is you defending this organization and the way it treats its prospects as they come up.  Laughable.  In all likelihood all of these guys would have flopped/fizzled out but how do we know for sure when no one is given a chance.  Cubdom is so addicted to instant success that if a prospect doesn’t up and hit in his selective playing appearances he doesn’t get a chance to ride it out and prove what he can do in the long run. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

          Cali you seem to think that only when a guy gets in the lineup is all there is in baseball. These guys show up at noon for a 7pm game to get there work in. So if they aren’t getting in the lineup consistently they might need to look in the mirror at what they are doing before they scream play ball. There are a number of times during a day that guys can show they deserve a chance. Look at what DJ did when he was up earlier. He proved himself good enough to play with that extra work. So if Colvin has not proven himself to be an everyday player at this point whose fault really is it ?

          • Calicub

             I don’t buy that Richard.  Everyday you, me and others are screaming at Quade’s line-ups and why he gives some playing time and while neglecting those who are deserving. 

            Without trying to sound like Alan Iverson, but seriously? “YOUR TALKING ABOUT PRACTICE? PRACTICE?…THIS IS PRACTICE….PRACTICE”

            We all know that quade has never given the youngsters their fair shake and now your defending him saying its Colvin’s fault?  Thats craziness not to mention hypocritical.  Colvin was smashing last year out of ST but your right he must not have been trying hard enough in PRACTICE not to get the look from Pinella nor down the stretch from Quade. 

            Hitting BP and playing catch and fielding grounders is one thing but actually being able to come into a game and hit in a situation where a pitcher is actually giving his full stuff, not his warm-up stuff, and every other facet of the professional game is present is completely different.

            Again.  I am not saying Colvin is the Second coming of Sosa nor am I saying he was able to or will ever be able to become a successful MLB player.  What I am saying is that the strategy and practice of the Cubs organization in all aspects, especially in integrating Minor Leauge players into the Bigs, is flawed, under-developed and ineffective.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

            If Colvin is not hitting when he is in there and not working when he is not (a lot like what was said about Paterson) then he should be playing? I am just saying that you are looking at games only and there is a lot more time to baseball than that.

            I hate Quades choices on who is playing because he is not using the time to build for the future but for trying to save his job. But as far as Colvin is conserned he has played him more than I would have. He looks absolutely lost most of the time. He now has other options and to play Colvin over Johnson or Lahair at this time is the worse option out there. The other guys have other things they can do for a team other than just hit. Colvin doesn’t. It is that simple. He has to hit his way on to the program and he is not doing it. Like I have said a number of times after the season it is time to put the Colvin problem to bed.

          • Calicub

            Show me one report that says Colvin is slacking in PRACTICE.  I would love to read this article and if true i would agree, he doesn’t deserve to be played.  But this sounds simply like an assumption based in opinion not fact.

            Colvin has recieved alot of AB’s but 200 scattered AB’s is completely different than 200 AB’s spaced evenly and grouped together in consistant starts.  Quade has ruined Colvin’s chances.  He could have easily found room to play Colvin at least four starts a week in the beginning of the season but no.  Pinch hits, defensive subs, and the sparse starts.  Its just not enough.  Not for any player.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

            That is what the IF was for if you do not understand. It was a hypothetical to show you the difference between your Iverson rant and a baseball guy.

            We are not going to agree on Colvin that is very clear. I just don’t want the next Colvin to get the same treatment from the fans. This kid was a Cult hero by the AllStar break last year with no real reason for it.

          • cubtex

            There are tons of players who had a small amount of success and never adjusted….just like Colvin has not. Jerome Walton. Joe Charboneau. Steve Balboni. Mike Caruso. Kevin Orie. In fact Orie is a great example. Former 1st round pick…… Hit. 271 his first year and when the league adjusted to him…..he didnt. Was it the Cubs fault? You and I both know the answer….just like with Colvin

          • Bryan

            I am truly intrigued (but not surprised) by some of the guys here (resident geniuses of playing sample sizes, etc).  The sports world is truly comparable to the business world.  It’s about confidence building, mentoring/coaching, building off of positive momentum.  I know many of the genuises here will debate the business analogy (baseball is just hitting a ball, plain and simple,right).  But sports is such mental game, built around skills (yes), but also around “will”, motivation, confidence, etc.  If I was Ricketts I’d invest some reasonable dollars into professional personal coaches (not ex-baseball weenies)….professional individuals working fulltime 1 on 1 (and daily) with the organizational top prospects…evaluating each day’s activities, lessons learned, scenario observations, and the like.  Instead, organizations relie on the former Don Zimmers and Mike Quades of the world to establish a sound  psyche for these young players.  Apologies, but I weigh heavily the mental aspect of the guy v. just the plain raw numbers (it’s worked heading up a successful technology organization, and beyond).  Just another opinion.

          • gary3411

            200 “consistent” ABs in AAA this year. 270OBP. that’s all there is to say

          • cubtex

            Yes Gary……but Pinella. Quade and Hendry kind of hurt his feelings and confidence so we need more of a sample size. Give him maybe 3 years of playing everyday against ALL pitchers and a pat on the back everyday and then maybe just maybe we can get enough of a sample size.

      • Jay from sandwich

        What I sad was you will never know if the player is go enough without giving them a real chance. The old school on this is around one year in the Majors Hence Sanberg. As fair as Pie, Paterson, The Cubs distroyed there mental confidence which made them not good enough. We will never know if there reallu were or not because of it. So if ypou went minor leagues to be the corner stone of a of your world series team you have to delevope them mentaly and phtsicaly and show confidence in them. Otherwise you are waste your time and there carrers.. That is the biggest problem

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Typical man crush on the kids. If they do not make adjustments it is the way they were handled.

       The truth is that Sandberg had other things to offer early on other than his hitting. Colvin does not. He is not an on base guy. He has decent speed but not a base stealer. He is not a great defensive player. These were all things that Ryno was early. Your comparison is way off base.

      Colvin was batting .315 last June 18th. He saw nothing but breaking pitches after that and his average tanked to .255. He never adjusted and this year it is even worse. If it was not for Adam Dunn he would be the worse hitter in baseball. But you think he is STILL an everyday player.

      I just do not get what the man crush is with this guy. He isn’t “young” by prospects standards he is 26 years old.I know that is younger than our core but come on this guy has shown what he is and what he isn’t. If you keep putting a square peg in a round whole you are not doing us or him any favors.

      • Bryan

        I think most here are trying to express that regardless of the Colvin outcome, he deserved an opportunity to play regularly v. the likes of Fukodome or Soriano, so you can actually see “what you have”.  Nobody’s annointing Colvin as the next superstar, but truly Cubs leadership relative to playing time within the roster is severely flawed. 

      • Dorasaga

        Richard, I was surprised from what I saw the last few games with Colvin chasing after flyballs. He showed better route to the ball than before.

        He’s building confidence and perhaps playing with more smart. Maybe Quade’s crew saw that. But he’s far from being the Cubs answer to a World Series. I still want to see how he plays at first base.

        Bryan above has a point. The Cubs need to find out how to “train” the player to play where they are most “comfortable”, or to their strength. Campana is not a starter but a pinch runner; Coleman is not a starter but a longman, and so forth.

        It’s time for change. The Cubs need to rework their organizational philosophy when it comes to bringing prospects and getting them ready. I don’t see how free-swinging and a lack of healthy pitchers helped.

  • RynoTiger

    So on this board I’ve read arguments for the signing of Pujols or Fielder and arguments against it.

    Some against it at times say we should spend on pitching instead and just resign Pena or go with a cheap  in-house rookie.

    It seems as if many folks on here believe the Cubs are not going to contend next year regardless.

    So if they’re not contending, then why spend any money at all?  If a 1B is signed then we may have a team that improves on offense but can’t pitch. If we sign pitchers then we may have a team that improves on pitching but can’t hit. 

    With the saved money of not spending it might allow for:
    *using that money to cover some contract costs of Sorinao and Zambrano trades
    *playing the majority farm/rookie team that many folks want
    *putting that many to post 2012 after seeing how the rookies did to see what kind of established stars might be needed

    • paulcatanese

      I have two arguments with Fielder and Pujols with the Cubs. One, the amount of money that would be spent for either of them borders on insanity. No one in the game should be paid that kind of dollars. Two, I doubt very seriously if either are going to leave thier teams, it just isnt going to happen. Two and one half, either of them would want to come to the Cubs, no they would not want to. Why would they want to be part of that 103 yrs and counting? Juat a waste of time talking about those two.

      • Bryan

        Paul….agree 100%.  Well stated on your part….time to move on off of Fielder and Pujols!

  • paulcatanese

    Brian, your’e remark about Barney. First, I am a huge fan of his, and would like to see him succeed if possible. The fact that he is slumping now is just baseball.
    Back to the old saying “what have you done for me lately” LeMahieu is coming along very nicely, and I like him also. While he may succeed Barney at this point, I can live with that, what I would not want to see is Baker or DeWitt there, that would be going backwards. With these kids. the effort to be the best is paramount and I would not deny any of them a spot if they are worthy of it. Its too bad that Qua dosent see it that way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      DeWitt is still a young player but yet he doesn’t get the Colvin treatment. Why is that? DeWitts slugging percentage and OBA is very similar to where Colvin was at last year but yet everyone thinks we need to play Colvin while DeWitt (who actually has more value because he plays more postions and has proven to be able to come off the bench) is thrown away as garbage.

      They are both 26. They neither one can take a walk. Niether is above average defensively and both are at most bench players. Yet everyone talks about what Colvin should be and no one talks about what DeWitt is. He is a good piece to have.

      All DeWitt has done is be a league leader in Pinch hits with 12 and among the the league leaders in RBI’s off the bench with 8. But your right we should just throw away a guy that does the job asked of him and keep a guy that bats .150.

      Not a shot at you Paul but everyone has gotten on this Colvin kick today and I just want to show some perspective. 

      • paulcatanese

        Didnt take it that way Richard. You are right about DeWitt he is excellent as a pinch hitter just dont care for his defense in the infield, left  has been his best with the glove.

        • Dorasaga

          I was thinking the same. Colvin had a good reputation of athleticism. It’s perhaps a spin-off by Cubs PR while based on partial truth, yet still, Dewitt was barely bearable at second base, and he’s a short guy for first base. The Cubs already have enough options for third base and shortstop.

          While I’ll like to see Colvin makes a switch to first, I don’t know if the Cubs need Dewitt to start against lefties as a second baseman.

          All said about defense, Dewitt against rightie fares better than Colvin against anyone. Colvin has better raw power, but that will never translate to help any team if he never learns to control his bat.

  • Galtwho

    As a fan of Ramirez, he has now had two seasons where he shows up in July, long after the season matters, to begin playing.  This is the business of baseball and if you don’t perform, it’s time to find a new profession.  Last year during his batting slump, he didn’t seek out the advice of his batting coach.  This is beyond unprofessional.  It is time to move on.  A one year replacement is better then a half year player who expects 16 Million for producing at the time of year when it no longer matters.  Stats mean nothing if you pour it on when it doesn’t count.  It is time for Rickets to clean house and start over. 

  • Pmcarletti1

    The cubs need to hire a young progressive g.m.
    not some old hasbeen

  • Stu_studdly

    Here are my thoughts:

    Worst Cubs team I’ve seen in 25 years.
    I like Castro at the plate but he has 20 +errors…
    Like it or not but we have a gold glove type first baseman and OUR star shortstop still has 20+ errors.
    I don’t want CJ wilson for 100 million.
    And my big one…. I’d rather have Carlos Pena at half the price of Prince or Albert because our star shortstop might have 40+ errors!!! (I know Albert has gold gloves but to sign him at HIS price would be like having Soriano now… good at the time but want to swallow a bullet in 5 years)