"You know they're not going to lose 162 consecutive games." - Harry Caray.
posted by Jim Hendry @ 9:08 AM
June 1, 2006 (from Mlb.com) -"Anybody that's been in baseball knows the toughest guys to pitch against are Minor League guys," Baker said. "Those kids are out there swinging."
Corey Patterson Update:BA- .291OBP- .342SLG- .496RBI- 21HR- 7BB- 10SO- 25SB- 21AB- 141Jacque Jones?BA- .280OBP- .317SLG- .497RBI- 28BB- 7SO- 30SB- 0AB- 157Juan Pierre?BA- .240OBP- .276SLG- .309RBI- 4BB- 10SO- 20SB- 16AB- 217Sure looks like we got rid of the right guy and dealt for some winners, to me. Way to go, booing Cubs fans. At this point, CP would be a better leadoff hitter than Juan Pierre! Although, I still would not advocate him being a leadoff hitter (solid #6 guy).
By the way, that .342 OBP would be good for 3rd highest OBP in our active lineup with more than 100 ABs, behind Walker and Murton, and ahead of Barrett.
Yeah, CP has been working out nicely for Baltimore. That's ok though, because he simply was not going to succeed in Chicago... unless he is wearing an away jersey perhaps.
I agree, but I wholeheartedly blame booing fans, and maybe some kind of glitch in the coaching of our organization for that. I am also annoyed how we traded him. CP for one minor pitcher who is unlikely to ever make it to the big leagues. I'm also annoyed at the money we threw at JJ, though he is performing better than I thought he might. Juan Pierre has been a disaster thus far. He's great when he gets on base, but that has been a major challenge for him so far.
I agree with Hypo...CP simply wasn't going to make it in Chi town. We always seem to trade away struggling talent and they flourish elsewhere. Just out luck I guess.Interesting article on FoxSports about the cubblies today....http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/5657268
I can't say that I think our young talent flourishes after leaving our organization is due to "our luck." Farnsworth leaves town and becomes a good reliever. We give up on Joe Borowski early and he goes on to pitch well. We trade away Mitre and Koronka, and they both do acceptable jobs. We trade off Corey, and refuse to re-sign Nomar Garciappara, and look how they do. Granted, we have let go of some guys who haven't performed, too. But really, that's not what bothers me. What bothers me is that the guys we have sent them away for, or the guys we have brought in to fill their shoes, have not performed. Juan Pierre has done terribly. Jones has hit some homers and has the average way up, but his OBP is awful. Etc.
The Cubs have a long history for mishandling talent. Everybody knows the Lou Brock story, but people forget theat Dennis Eckersly was a part of the Cubs 1984 team. Eck talked about how the Cubs failed to help him and he got things turned around out west and became a Hall of Fame player. (Boston also failed to help him out.)And then there's the Babe's called shot in the World Series. Whether or not the Babe called his shot, the myth is part of the story of the stinginess of the Cubs, who refused to give their short stop a full share of the Series money. They had traded for him halfway through the season, acquiring him from the Yankees, and he was an important part of what got the Cubs to the Series, but the other players were too stingy to give him a full share of the money. The Cubs, you see, weren't lovable at all until Ernie Banks became part of the organization in the early fifties. The Cubs, by the way, were the chief reason the Major Leagues were an all white private club going back to the dead ball era.
WHERE ARE YOU GUYS?! You're missing all the good stuff!
Easy, we're still here although very quiet/lazy as of late.
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