Rambling About the Cubs Ineptitude

Hello again, everybody. It’s been a seesaw of a week for the Cubs. I think Paula Abdul said it best in her song “Opposites Attract, “I take two steps forward, I take two steps back …”

Yes, for the record, I just went Paula Abdul on everyone, and if that doesn’t date me, I am not sure what will. And I also know many, many people said that before Paula Abdul, so don’t waste your time or breath on that.

Nonetheless, every time the Cubs seem to make progress, they shoot themselves in the foot. The latest coming from a gold-glove second baseman whose error cost them their second series win in a row.

I am going to stop wasting your time and start rambling … to further waste your time.

  • I was at Wrigley Tuesday night. When the Cubs bunted into two outs at home in what seemed like 12 seconds, I convinced myself it was because the impending storm was three minutes away and they were trying to make it an official game.
  • Two hours later, I was simply thankful the Cubs had won.
  • I like Ricky, I think I really do, but Hector Rondon is not a machine. He is not. Let’s not turn him into the Cubs only late-inning hope.
  • Speaking of, Brian Schlitter was left for “MiLB” afterthought two years ago. Good for him. And Mr. Schlitter, I am so very sorry I just jinxed you.
  • The sky is, indeed, not falling. Javier Baez has had some hits lately. Breathe, folks, breathe. And many of those hits have been doubles.
  • Baseball is a crazy game, like many, but it is sad to see Carlos Marmol out of the game. He was unhittable for a long stretch. If I can be Dr. Phil for a second, if you stumble across a talent, cherish it for it may be gone sooner that you think.
  • I am not a baseball scout, nor do I play one on TV, but Starlin resembles the 2011 and 2012 Starlin these days. His average will fluctuate, greatly at times, but his talent is there.
  • Andrew Cashner is back on the DL with elbow trouble. Have I heard this story before? Still a horrible trade for the Cubs? Just curious.
  • I am not minimizing Andrew Cashner’s potential, but to call the trade dumb or lopsided is, well, dumb. We should let this play out a bit.
  • Don’t look now, but Junior Lake has been playing every day, and he is coming along quite nicely. When no one talks about you … well go make him or her talk about you.  He is doing just that, and it’s great to see.
  • Remember when the Cubs were going to trade Schierholtz and Barney for a nice return in July …
  • Well it is not July yet, but things need to happen here.  A … LOT … OF … THINGS.
  • Olt is on pace for 30-35 homers, 70-80 RBI and a .201 batting average. I think I am good with that for his first full year. And yes, I understand “on pace” means absolutely nothing.
  • Who gets Samardzija? Where are we trading him and what are we getting? I want your thoughts. Your REALISTIC thoughts. I will mention this again.
  • I only trade Samardzija if the Cubs receive at least two players who are Major League ready. At least two. This team is getting there. They cannot give up The Shark without a huge return.
  • Bonifacio has to be one of the top signings of the offseason for the money. The guy can play anywhere and his speed is game-changing. He will steal 40-plus bases.  When was the last time that happened? History buffs, who was the last Cubs players to steal 40-plus bases?
  • Again, I get to mention Ced Landrum and all the bases I thought he would steal!
  • This is not sarcastic, fine it is, but wouldn’t it be hilarious to see a Starting Pitcher in the All-Star game with zero wins?
  • With pitchers who have started four or more games this season, NOT ONE has a better ERA than The Shark. And he has started 10 games.
  • He’d probably have more touchdown catches than wins at this point, but no wide receiver has ever gotten a $100-plus million deal that Samardzija is about to get. I hope we keep him. I really do.

Ricketts has a chance to prove he will spend the money, if Theo approves. And I think Theo will approve. Unless the Cubs get a windfall twice what the Rangers gave up for Garza, I think the Cubs should sign the Shark. This team is improving. The Major League team is improving, and short of one (or two) bad hammy, the Core Four is getting better and getting ready.

And after this draft, it will be “Five’s Alive!”

Until next time, and as always …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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  • triple

    I’m afraid to guess that Ryno was the last Cub to steal 40 bases. I hope there was someone more recently than him, but nobody else is coming to mind.

    I agree, DO NOT TRADE SAMARDZIJA… He is proving that he is worth what he wants. Hopefully for not much more than 7 years/$125 million, and front load the contract. There’s probably gonna be a healthy signing bonus involved too. I just see too much risk in trading him, no matter how big the return, there are just no guarantees.

    The Cashner/Rizzo trade looks to be leaning towards the favor of the Cubs, but there’s still plenty of time to see if the tables turn. At this point, I do wonder if the Padres will consider pitching him out of the bullpen when he returns from the DL, and see if less innings on his arm for the rest of the year can help him really get healthy for future seasons.

    • No Baseball In Indiana

      Ugh I hope Theo’s smarter than that. 7 years would be a disaster. I know he hasn’t pitched as much as most starters his age, but paying $17-$20 million a year to a player in his mid-30’s seems like a crap shoot.

  • Tony_H

    All of the extend Samardzija talk is just that, talk. The Cubs would love to extend him, but Jeff has no intention of signing an extension. He wants to be a FA. It will give him a huge payday, and let’s hope he stays health.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Not to mention the possibility that he doesn’t want to sign that contract with the Cubs. Only he knows that.

  • Tony_H

    This is how baseball works, last year Cashner was having a very good season and Rizzo was not putting up the numbers that most people use to evaluate players. But this year, Rizzo is looking like a Top 10 1B and Cashner is hurt and struggles in parks not in the NL West pitcher’s paradise division. I hope Cashner comes back and pitches great, but I will take Rizzo, yesterday, today, tomorrow and definitely in 5 years.

    • Sonate

      Spot on Tony. Rizzo will turn 25 in August. Cashner turns 28 in September. In five years, at age 33, Cashner will certainly not be an impact player. Rizzo, at age 30, still could be.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Totally. We’ve profited from this trade.

        I heard it called a “blunder,” earlier this year. Quite an overstatement and just an obvious way of trying to take a shot at Theo.

  • Sonate

    “I only trade Samardzija if the Cubs receive at least two players who are Major League ready. At least two.”
    I so agree, and this is what makes a trade of Shark difficult. Further, at least one, if not both, will have to be a pitcher. Toronto, with Sanchez and Stroman could do it (if they added one or two more high-level prospects int he mix) because both are “Major League ready.” This is also true with Boston with Henry Owens, Allen Webster and Matt Barnes; or the Rockies Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler. But they would have to add, say, David Dahl and Rosell Herrera. Would the Rockies agree to this? Would Theo trade Shark to LA for Zach Lee, Corey Saeger and Joc Pederson? (Would the Dodgers do that?) I guess my point is that Theo won’t be looking for prospects like CJ Edwards, because they’re too far from “MLB ready.” The Cubs will want players who can contribute on the parent club either next year or the year after. That makes it difficult, but not impossible, for a trade to take place. Just my $0.02

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I think in the end it will get done. Shark will help a team too much and there are GM’s that are under pressure to produce now. They don’t care about next year right now. There may be 10 teams interested and if we push it to the deadline we’ll get exactly what we want, just my prediction.

      • Sonate

        I’m sure we’ll get a good package. However, I’m not sure if any will be “MLB ready.” Hope you’re right. Tony (below) agrees with you also.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I wouldn’t demand “MLB ready,” but they’d need to be dominating AA or AAA. In a lot of cases these types wouldn’t be starters for the teams they’re coming from but if we traded Shark and Hammel they mayh be in Chicago. They’d need to potentially be rookies next year.

          • GaryLeeT

            If you guys think any team will trade their near MLB ready TOR arm (let alone 2) for Samardzija you are absolutely deluding yourselves. If the Cubs would consider position players (which I am sure they are) there is a much better chance of getting the best value for him.

    • bpot92

      As much as I agree that the Cubs should be shooting for 2 major league ready studs and more, I don’t think that will happen. Stroman and Sanchez would be a good haul and I don’t think the Jays would even do both of them straight up let a lone throw in more. I think the Cubs could get one of those two plus 2-3 more high upside players that are a little farther away. I know this isnt what they need but I dont see any of the teams you mentioned giving up all of the players (Butler and Gray would be my top choice even with out Diehl). Those players would most liekly be the starting point and the cubs would have to swap out say one of Gray or butler to get a player like Diehl. If the Cubs could get Gray, Butler, and Diehl they should take that in a heartbeat if the medical records check out.

  • Tony_H

    Bonifacio has been very good for this team, along with Olt’s power (let’s get that average over 200). As we approach Memorial Day our starting lineup is starting to become clearer. Rizzo, Castro, Castillo we knew before the season. Bonifacio hit his way to the everyday lineup out of the gate. Valbuena has made Barney a part time, short side of the platoon player. Olt and Lake are both getting more starts every week and look to showing signs of improvement. We are really down to Kalish taking over for Schierholtz in RF and then the lineup should be set…..except Ruggiano is about to come back and we will see how that plays out.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Valbuena has been pretty dang good if you ask me. His OBP is good and he hits doubles. To me Valbuena is a productive big leaguer. Maybe not who we want long term but he’s a good utility player.

      • Tony_H

        Both are utility guys but Valbuena has had a very good season so far.

      • BigJonLilJon

        Valbuena is a utility guy who has performed well this year by being put in positive situations.

  • Tony_H

    We will get a very good return for Samardzija, better than what we received for Garza. Who we get back is anyone’s guess, but it only takes one GM on the hot seat to overpay.

    • bpot92

      I wonder how long a GM is going to wait. They have got to believe that shark will cool off even if it is just slightly to say a 2.00-2.50 ERA and they may want to maximize the time and get him on this ridiculous hot streak. I would love the Blue Jays or Rockies to step up right now and give us two Studs and a couple more higher upside guys in High A or AA.

  • Tony_H

    Don’t look now, but not only do the Cubs have a +4 run differential, but the Cubs playoff chance is at 19.6%……..for this year.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings

    • No Baseball In Indiana

      Citing ESPN for sports is akin to citing Wikipedia in your dissertation. Here are the real playoff odds…
      http://www.fangraphs.com/coolstandings.aspx
      http://www.baseballprospectus.com/odds/

      • Sonate

        That analogy made me smirk! I agree, Fangraphs and BP are credible “predictive” sources.

      • Tony_H

        I hope you know I think the Cubs have neat zero chance to make the playoffs. It was just for fun.

        Also not sure there is any real credible source for predicting the rest of the baseball season. All just guesswork at this point.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          And while they may not be the most accurate for odds. You can’t deny ESPN. They have the most tuned in writers and beat people in every single sport out there. Few sources, other than local coverage will break as many stories as ESPN will. Not saying it’s a good thing, as I tend to root for the underdog. But ESPN is ESPN.

  • Tony_H

    Brian – Great Rambling!

  • Brp921

    I say keep the price high on Samardziga. I would demand a return of whatever the best pitchers in baseball would bring back. Look at the AL East race, Toronto and Boston and New York had to be taking notice the other night. I can see a bidding war of six or seven teams in the next two months for him. If they don’t get what they want then use the off season to sign or trade him. I personally believe someone will cave and pay the price. If I were to guess I would pick Toronto. I hope unless the haul they get is over the top that they pay his price and keep him. He seems to be maturing into a real ace and they are very hard to come by.

    • John_CC

      The ideal would be Hammel first going to any one of the 3 AL East teams. Then the other two would automatically go into reaction mode and start bidding on Jeff.

      Except that many think that Boston’s nit-wit owner is so petty that he will not let go of the grudge against Epstein and therefore will not Cherington try to better his team if it means trading for the best available SP.

      • bpot92

        I wouldnt want to set the market with Hammel even though they are two different pitchers, if we set the market with Hammel and only get one near ready guy or two farther away guys it may hurt the package for Shark

        • John_CC

          Hammel is not going to “set the market” for Jeff. Well maybe create a baseline but not set anything. My point was it put him in more demand, reduce supply and thus force up the price.

          • bpot92

            I agree but my thought behind that was if we receive X amount for Jeff, and a team is really desperate, Hammel could net more than he would. For example, say the Blue Jays jump in and Deal Stroman, Sanchez and another top prospect or two high upside players farther away and for the sake of this argument, Price is not available and Lee isn’t available. Wouldn’t the say the Yankees be pressured into giving u that much more to get a guy like Hammel knowing they need to do something? Im not saying we would get a top package for Hammel then, but maybe it goes from A B prospect to a B+/A- prospect or two B level prospects.

  • Steve Baier

    Javier Baez went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run last night. I’m going to the I-Cubs game tonight, hope he’s getting hot finally.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Oh man, that is good news. I really hope he can dominate and make a push for a call-up.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Here’s what I just tweeted out about Baez:

        Javier Baez extended hitting streak to 7 games with 4-for-5, 2
        2B, HR on Thurs. During 7 game streak, Baez is 12-28, 5 2B, 3 HR, 1 BB, 4 K

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Here’s what I just tweeted out about Baez

      Javier Baez extended hitting streak to 7 games with 4-for-5, 2
      2B, HR on Thurs. During 7 game streak, Baez is 12-28, 5 2B, 3 HR, 1 BB, 4 K

    • GaryLeeT

      And how about Bryant? He’s put up some pretty incredible numbers. I don’t know if AA is serving much of a purpose for him any more. It’s time to send him to Iowa to play RF, and let Ruggiano go.

      • Steve Baier

        I agree. Ruggiano isn’t hitting at Iowa either.

      • John_CC

        They keep saying they are waiting to see how he responds when he struggles. The problem is he is getting better! He reached base 5 times yesterday, including 2 walks.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    I really enjoyed yesterday’s article about the potential desinations for Shark. If we get a package of 2 top starters I think we have to do it unless Shark is locked up. I liked the Rockies package.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil
      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        In fact Neil, I was thinking last night that I’ve enjoyed all of the “speculative,” articles lately regarding Shark, etc. I know some people may not like those types but I really do. I’m the type that follows NFL mock drafts even though they all turn out wrong. I like putting my head together with others and discussing things such as that, that may or may not ever materialize. The past few days there’s been several new articles up in the evening and even if a few are speculative I appreciate it. I get excited about any new article posted on this site so I’m all for more not less.

        Oh, by the way. I received my copy of Prime 9 :)…

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Thanks man, I’m glad your enjoying and thank you for your daily input. Good to hear you received the Prime 9.

          • Tony_H

            I agree with Board and also received my copy of Prime 9 this week! Thanks for all you do.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Good, I’m glad you guys got them. I meant to send you guys an email and dropped the ball. You’re more than welcome.

    • Larry Schwimmer

      I agree with Boadrider and want to thank you Neil for your great coverage on Samardizija. As Tony said: “he doesn’t want an extension.” He wants to be on a team that wins now and he wants to be paid for the great pitcher he “hopes to become one day in the future.” If he had pitched for all of 2013 the way he’s pitched so far this year — I’d be inclined to take the risk of signing him. His inconsistency scares me as well as the length of the contract he wants. Anyone who doesn’t understand this point: Please see C.C. Sabathia’s contract.

      That’s why I don’t understand some of the people who are saying that the CUBS should offer to pay him $16-17 million for the next 6 years? At his age, with his inconsistency, he’s not worth the risk. He may turn out to pitch well for a winning team. But I would not want to be paying him that much money when he’s 36-37. If he was willing to sign for $13-14 for 5 years, he might be worth the risk. Even then, it’s a “coin-toss.”

      Let’s hope that he brings in 2 – 1st class pitching prospects.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I agree. I would sign him to the lower, 5 year deal. Or trade him for two stud pitching prospects that are close to ready. Sanchez, Grey types.

        If we hold out toward the deadline if necessary dont kid ourselves. Some team, possibly multiple teams, will step up and make the deal. There is too much pressure to win an Shark will anhor a staff for at least 3 or 4 years. As long as he stays around what he’s doing now our price will be met. And our future will be better for it. When 2016 rolls around and we have a young lineup full of hitters we’ll benefit much more from having a Sanchez and Grey types t the top of the rotation, rather than Shark followed by Arietta or Hendricks.

        Imagine a Sanchez type, followed by a Grey type, followed by Edwards and Arietta. Assuming Arietta continues to improve. That’s a pretty good situation that wouldn’t be predicted today in our current form.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Larry, thanks man. This should only be the beginning.

  • Thomas D

    Not sure if this has ever been posted but here is in depth of the contract between the cubs and the rooftop owners.

    http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/cubs-wrigley-field-rooftop-owners-contract-revisited

    It’s a pretty good read

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Olt is on pace for 30-35 homers, 70-80 RBI and a .201 batting average. I think I am good with that for his first full year. And yes, I understand “on pace” means absolutely nothing.

    Mark Reynolds has had a long career posting those types of numbers at 3rd base.

  • Roll

    OK Brian I will bite so let me get this over with. “Straight Up” are the Cubs going to trade Jeff by this years deadline or not? As far as Cashner/Rizzo trade I think Theo would have traded half the Cubs team to get Rizzo, because to Theo Rizzo will be “Forever his guy” OK a small liberty with that song title. OK enough of crazy Paula.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      dammit…I should have scrolled…you beat me to it.

  • cubtex

    Anthony Rizzo is one of the most “Teflon” players that ever played for the Cubs. He is not an impact bat. Is he a serviceable player? Yes. He is a #6 or #7 hitter on a good team. I have said this a number of times….he is not a “great” hitter. He is a very very good OBP guy. He is not the guy you want up with 2 outs in the 9th with the tying run at 3rd. Lets look at his numbers this year.

    200 PA 4 2B( yes that is not a mistake) 1 3B and 8 HR with only 23 RBI

    Anthony Rizzo is down to .229 with RISP

    Anthony Rizzo is hitting .321 at home and .232 on the road (Andrew Cashner like splits :)

    Let’s see what he is done over the last month.

    Last 7 days .188
    Last 14 days .243
    Last 28 days .250

    But…..he did swing and miss on 3 pitches that actually hit him :)

    • Denver Mike

      You haven’t been around as much the last few weeks, I knew it was about time you popped in to make sure nobody is getting too excited. :)

      • cubtex

        not watching any games but had to respond to all this Rizzo love. He is what he is…nothing more. He is serviceable but not an elite hitter. Sorry to confuse people with stats and facts of players. I know many like to put their head in the sand.

        • John_CC

          Why don’t you just let people enjoy a player if they want to? The stats and facts you use are confusing, because a lot of us aren’t as concerned with a .250 BA. I would be kidding if I said I was sorry to confuse you but if you were to look at his wRC (weighted Runs Created) he is 3rd among 1B at 33, and his wRAA (weighted Runs Above Average) is 8th with 10.8.

          He well above average when it comes to creating runs for the team. But I know, that dang batting average is mediocre!

          • cubtex

            If taking walks with runners in scoring position instead of driving them in is creating runs for a team….he is one of the better ones.

          • John_CC

            You can wish it were that simple so that you can make your petty comments and understand it your way.

          • cubtex

            hahahaha. petty? I think you forgot a “r”. And thanks because my wife thinks I am pretty too :)

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            I agree that it can be frustrating to watch him take walks when runners are on, I said that in a previous post earlier in the week. However, I’ll take the BB as compared to swinging at pitches that he can’t drive.

          • Tony_H

            When one doesn’t understand a topic, they usually mock it.

          • BillyFinT

            Umm… Rizzo is 11th on MLB Leaderboard for 1B, by performance of wRC+ (based on Woba compared to league average–I repeat–AVERAGE), per Fangraphs.

            He is 13th on B.Ref. by OPS+.

            He’s OK. Good hitter, not Top 10. Far from Top 10 when you consider all the 30 players above him from all positions.

            His value rises @WAR, counted in his defense, durability (played everyday), and baserunning pluses. Then, he is 7th on the this category of the Fangraphs leaderboard.

          • John_CC

            OK. I wasn’t looking at wRC+ … as I stated, I just looked at wRC.

            And I didn’t mention OPS+ but whatever. I also never stated he was top 10. So I don’t know if you are trying to make a rebuttal or are supporting my argument which is that he is well above average in creating runs, as the 11th in wRC+ you point out and the #3 in wRAA.

          • BillyFinT

            By w.r.c, he’s 6th. Not trying to rebut you. I was trying to provide the actual facts and drawing my own conclusion.

            I’ll add that he’s one of the three players on Fangraphs leaderboard who walked more than he struck out this season. Quite disciplined. I appreciate a hitter like that.

          • John_CC

            I’m not trying to be dishonest, the stats are not hard to find. And not to nit-pick but in my defense Rizzo is tied with AGon with 33 wRC, there are three more players tied with 34, and Goldschmidt leads with 37. So Rizzo is technically tied for 3rd, not 6th.

            But again, this all beside the point. I don’t want to pick at it. Rizzo is a productive 1B when one looks beyond BA and doesn’t consider a walk to be a wasted AB. I know you agree so I’m done here.

          • BillyFinT

            Yes, we agree. I like to think how the system ranks him. If four tied at top by 30, and Rizzo ties by 29 with 3 more, and they have one break-even “thing-y,” a stat like bat avg. or 100th of the decimal in w.r.c, or simply last name order, that places them higher, then Rizzo is 6th. It’s technical, but one of these will serve an analysis in a way, for a good reason.

            The thing I will stress is that when we compare players, a counting stat (wrc) is meaningless without the context of the time he plays in.

            Say if a player from the parallel universe of 2013 has this stat line:

            100 hits, 15 homeruns, 30 rbi., 50 walks

            Player B from Universe-1933:
            100 hits, 20 homeruns, 50 rbi., 50 walks

            We might say Player B is a better hitter. Wrc is just like this. Someone who plays everyday compiles a bunch of counting stats.

            But wait!

            Player A by Rate Stat.:
            .299/ .331 / .440 in a league that averages 3.4 runs per game per team versus,

            Player B:
            .335/ .310 / .500 in a league averaging 5.5 runs

            It’s NOT obvious if we use a count stat to rate and compare two players. From a historical perspective of real baseball, 1933 was the Live Ball Era, mind you, and we are in a pitcher’s era since 2009.

        • Denver Mike

          I oftentimes agree with a lot of what you have to say. Unfortunately, once again, your self-righteous and condescending tone have made it difficult to carry on this back and forth.

          All I will say is this, I am sure the “Kool-Aid Drinkers” see things with this team they take issue with, just as I’m sure (I hope at least) that the “Team Theo Haters” see some things that they like as well. The difference is some people choose to approach every day looking for positives in life, and others choose to attack every day like it stole their lunch money. I think we all fall on both sides of that fence at times, depending on the day and what we have going on in our personal lives, but some people just live on the negative side and that’s too bad.

          All that being said, I don’t personally care how you choose to go about your day, but comments like “Sorry to confuse people with stats and facts of players. I know many like to put their head in the sand.” essentially takes away any credibility from some otherwise interesting perspectives, and makes you come off like an A–hole.

          • cubtex

            Don’t take every word with such harsh intent. I was just pointing out stats of a player that so many believe walks on water. Maybe it is because so many want to believe what a “great job” or even “good Job” Theo and the FO are doing. (They need something to back up the “Team Theo Love” because there isn’t much else :) I choose to look at reality. I look at stats on what players are “supposed” to do at a power position like 1st base. To me….they aren’t supposed to be a walk first and hit second player. Rizzo is a decent player. He is someone who the Cubs can plug in their lineup for many years. But…..he is not a great hitter and middle of the order bat.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            If you missed the comment I posted earlier this week about comments on the site, I would like for you to go back and read it. Was posted in Tuesday’s Talkin’

            Thank you.

          • BigJonLilJon

            And that is your choice. Others are allowed the choice to look at things a different way.

          • Tony_H

            Well said!!

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      he’s 25 in his 2nd full season.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      still take Rizzo over Cashner every time…

    • Eugene Debs

      What’s he played? 200 games? The verdict is not yet in for Rizzo, but he’s having a nice season. Its not Rizzo’s fault he’s the best player on the team, he can only play his game.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Brian – based on a nice CCO column on Samardzjia trade possibilities, I think the best bets are: Toronto, SF, and Dodgers, based on their pockets/need/prospects. My only concern is we wait too long and injury happens, or some unforeseen trade takes place with some of our suitors, minimizing our leverage. So I want the Cubs FO to rush rush on this…straight up, now tell me if you think that makes sense? (yes…I went there)

    • bpot92

      I wish the Rockies would get involved too since they Have Butler, Gray and Diehl but they don’t make too many trades. They do need pitching though

  • jtrain23

    Last 40 plus stolen base season would have to be Juan Pierre, I assume. I think his last year for the Cubs was ’06, so let’s go with that.

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  • AKAYE

    100
    YEARS OF WRIGLEY

    MY CHILDHOOD PLAYGROUND

    Saw my first game around five years old.
    Don’t think I totally understood the magic until I was about 8.
    I went to Saturday games with my father, usually brought someone with me to buffer.

    It was bitter sweet.
    Loved baseball, my father not so much.
    Around the 5th grade my friend Rudstein and I went to every game we could.
    We’d bike, walk, or drop a ten-cent token in a 22 Clark street bus that
    would take us from Belmont to Addison.
    And then walk from Clark and Addison to Wrigley.
    By the time we finished grammar school we’d probably seen 150 games.

    If we could, we’d EL down to old Comisky Park and watch the White Sox.
    Just love the game, it’s ballet, it’s poetry.
    Our summers were spent at the ballpark.
    While the rich kids went to overnight camp we camped at Wrigley.
    Be there at 10 in the morning to meet the players as the got off the buses, get their autographs, take pictures, (BROWNIE STARFLASH)
    and fetch coffee for the sportswriters and the announcers.
    Best of all hang out with the players.
    A few became our friends.

    Met Rogers Hornsby and Buck O’Neill.
    Google it if you don’t know who they were.
    Be there after games to pick up the rented seat cushions to get a ticket to
    another game.
    We thought every kid had a major league park in their neighborhood and a giant lake to play in.
    Wasn’t till we both got to college we understood the magic of our experience.
    Koufax, Clemente, Aaron, Banks, Spahn, Mays, Musial, Robinson’s both
    Frank and Jackie.
    Yes, we saw the boys of summer and the hall of farmers to be.
    100 years of Wrigley,
    I had to be there this year.
    Circumstances took me to Cleveland, which put me in position to layover 3
    days in Chicago.
    I could see day games.
    Brewers played those three.
    Cubs were like the Cubs of my youth.
    They stink.
    I saw three different seasons in three days.
    Friday May 16, 41 and rain.
    Saturday May 17, mid 50’s, like early spring.
    Sunday May 18, summer came, upper 70’s blue sky, white clouds.
    Baseball weather!
    I got there early and stayed late.
    I was home.
    It smelled like baseball.
    The park although being modernized to suit the millennials and maximize revenue was still the field of my childhood.
    The photos you’ll see are just from those 3 days.
    The old man you see with me in the Cubs jacket is my friend of 62 years, Dave Rudstein.
    Dave’s a law professor, has been for 40 years.
    We both still have our tickets from the ’62 ALL-STAR game.
    He’s got season tickets too
    Me, I’m still chasing dreams.
    I’ve been shooting in Wrigley field as a kid, adolescent, adult, professional,
    and fan.
    I loved it then
    I love it now.
    Not sure when or if I’ll get back to Wrigley Field.
    But, I had those three days and a lifetime of visual memories.

    100 YEARS OF WRIGLEY use as hyperlink to view images

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