August 2010 Archives

With the recent talk of playing time and call-ups of minor league prospects, its time to take a look back at one of the best examples of poor judgment by Cubs management.

Richard Lewis was a second baseman who, along with left handed pitcher Andy Pratt, was acquired from the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Juan Cruz and Steve Smyth prior to the 2004 season. Cruz was a part of the Cubs young pitching staff, which included Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Carlos Zambrano, and Joe Borowski. Cruz was a set up man, but was held in high regard as a future starter or closer.

Lewis was also a well regarded prospect who batted .404 in the 2003 Arizona Fall League. He was assigned to the Cubs AA team at West Tennessee. He went on to hit .329 in 99 games. He had 47 extra base hits, including 10 Home Runs, and, more importantly, a .995 fielding percentage. At the All-Star break that year, Cubs GM Jim Hendry told a Chicago radio audience that outfield prospect Felix Pie and Lewis would be "t ...