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Cubs Season Preview

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The 2012 season is finally upon us.  Here’s what some of the View From the Bleachers writers are looking forward to this year.

Joe Aiello

For me, the biggest thing I’ll be watching is the development of not only the players we had in the system already, but also the young talent brought in over the off-season by the new regime. We’re told to trust, and I do. I’m more excited about this season than I’ve been about any season since 2004 and the main reason for that is the new attitude system wide.

On a more specific level, I’ll be paying close attention to Geovany Soto. I believe his time as the starting catcher in Chicago is coming to a close and I’ll be watching to see if he can prove me wrong. I’ll be watching the development of Starlin Castro with particular attention paid to his defensive development. For him to be an elite player in the league, he has to improve in that area.

On the whole, if you’re only focused on the Major League team and the results on a day to day basis, you’re probably going to be disappointed. I’d strongly invite you to broaden the areas of the team you pay attention to in an effort to get a more complete picture. We can help get you through it all year long.

Brandon

The 2012 Cubs season will be judged on more than wins and losses.  The team could finish well under .500 and still make progress toward the ultimate goal of winning a World Series.  This year I would like to see the Cubs develop the farm system and the younger players on the team.  By the end of the year, prospects such as Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo could be ready to make their big league debuts.  The development of Starlin Castro is the most important aspect of the season in order to put the Cubs in a position to build a winning team around the young shortstop, who just turned 22 years old.  Castro must improve defensively in order to become an all-around fundamentally sound player.  There are other players who may or may not be able to contribute to a winning team on the North Side of Chicago in the near future.  Carlos Marmol, Geovany Soto and Darwin Barney will all be under the microscope this season.  James Russell must continue to emerge as a solid left handed relief option.  The future of Matt Garza will be another interesting story to watch this season.  Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer could deal the solid right hander by the July deadline, or they could sign him to a long term contract.  My main concern is that the Cubs build for the future instead of attempting to win and rebuild at the same time, which would ultimately lead to them failing at both. The history of baseball is filled with surprise teams that reached the postseason after entering the year expected to finish at the bottom of the standings.  There is more opportunity than ever for a team to reach the postseason with the addition of another wild card team in each league, but the 2012 Chicago Cubs winning the division is still a long shot.  Fans should be more concerned with individual performances of young players this season.

Noah Eisner

Unfortunately, I think Cubs fans who judge the success of this season based upon wins and losses are likely to be disappointed. Since I like to be more optimistic in my pessimism, I am largely going to base the Cubs’ success on four things: (1) Starlin Castro’s progression; (2) the progression of the Cubs farm system; (3) if the Cubs are able to convert their veterans who are either overpaid or nearing free agency into prospects; and (4) if any of the Cubs’ lottery tickets pay off. I think the first three are pretty self explanatory, and I will be covering number two in a good amount of detail over the season, so I will explain number four more fully. The Cubs have three lottery tickets on their big league club: 3B Ian Stewart, SP Chris Volstad and SP Jeff Samardzija. In the case of Stewart and Volstad, they are former highly rated prospects who have yet to live up to their prospect status in the majors. Their former teams had both given up on them ever reaching that potential, despite the fact that Stewart will just turn 27 next week and Volstad is only 25. Samardzija is a different story, as a guy who was never that highly rated a prospect. He was drafted as a raw pitcher with an electric fastball, but he also had poor control and a lack of decent secondary pitches. Pretty much everyone has said the control and secondary pitches have seemed much better this spring.

It is not that I find any of these players that interesting as actual players or people, or that I in fact expect any of them to exceed expectations. But if even one of them does, that would be a windfall for the Cubs. If two of them do, that could do a ton for the Cubs rebuilding efforts. If all three of them really pan out? It would be the baseball version of winning the lottery. Besides, Starlin Castro only gets four or five plate appearances a game. I need something else to focus on when he is not hitting or when the ball is not hit at him.

Lizzie

Joe asked us to write about what we’re looking for this season. Hm. The only thing I am looking for this season, and I believe we’re already seeing it, is a return to fundamentals-based ball. Although it’s fun to see someone hit a home run, sitting back and waiting for that to happen is not a recipe for winning baseball. And that’s exactly how I feel the Cubs have structured their offense (such as it is) in the past. “Hope someone hits a home run” hasn’t worked. I want to see better base-running, singles to the opposite field when advantageous, walks, improved defense, and appropriate use of relief pitching. And, whether that results in 1 win or 100 wins, I will be happy the improvements have started.

Joe also asked us to be specific about our player expectations. Hm. I have no player expectations. Although it would be mighty nice to have a roster full of Pujols’ and Cabreras, that’s not realistic even if we were attempting to compete this season. Not everyone will be a star. Yet everyone has a role to fill. If your role is a light-hitting, defensively-strong second baseman, then I expect you to be the best light-hitting defensively-strong second baseman you can be. Someone else will fill in with the extra hitting (though maybe not this year!) I feel everyone on this roster is tradable (yes, even Geo), and I feel everyone on this roster is sit-able (yes, even Geo). Playing time should not be proportionally related to salary.

While I don’t expect a lot from this team this year, I do feel it has the potential to be the most positive season in quite some time. Our assignment will be to practice patience while we enjoy the process.

Norm

I don’t expect the front office of the Cubs (is there a consensus on what to call them?) will be able to assemble a World Series caliber team for at least a few years…2015, maybe?
So, for me, the most exciting and important storyline to follow in 2012 is the development of young players like Starlin Castro, Brett Jackson, and Anthony Rizzo…guys the Cubs desperately need to be productive big leaguers if they hope to compete by 2015.

And I’ll be keeping my eyes on some of the minor league prospects. Guys like Matt Szczur and Trey McNutt, Josh Vitters and Junior Lake. If it clicks for one of these guys, maybe 2014 would be a possibility. Lower in the minors I’ll be interested in watching 2011 draftees Javier Baez and Dan Vogelbach enter their first full season.

Also important and just as entertaining to follow (to me, at least) will be the moves the front office makes to add to the talent I talked about above. This will include international signings, the June draft, and trades of veterans like Matt Garza, Marlon Byrd, and any other player that isn’t likely to be as good in 2015 as they are today.

Those are the keys to the 2012 season. Castro, Jackson, and Rizzo are the most important players in the organization and their progress, or lack thereof, will guide the timeline to a World Series. Matt Garza might be 4th on that list, and that’s because he’s the best trade bait for the team. Get more seeds to plant for the future.

I hope I’m wrong about the 2012 Cubs and they end up winning the World Series. But I’ll settle for baby steps; improvements in the organization from the bottom up that lead to consistent, competitive teams in the future.

Jeremiah Johnson

As a lifelong Cubs fan, I’m fairly unimpressed with the clouds of fatalism hanging over the upcoming season.  So what if this isn’t a terribly well-assembled team?  It won’t be our first, or our worst.  And if our love for the Cubs was tied to their win/loss record, most if not all of us would have jumped ship long ago.

So while there are some on-the-field questions that need answers (Who will earn playing time at second and third?  Can we compete with this pitching staff?  What pieces do we have that are worth building on?), my main point of interest this season is the all-new front office.

Count me in the camp that is still cautiously optimistic about the Epstein-Hoyer-McLeod brain trust.  To be fair, they’ve only had a few months and a rather unspectacular free agent pool to work with so far.  And who knows–maybe Travis Wood will recapture the stuff he had in his rookie season, and maybe Anthony Rizzo will cement himself at first base for the next decade?  (At least in the short term, I actually think the best move they made so far is signing Paul Maholm, but we’ll see.)  We might already have the key building blocks in place for the Cubs’ next playoff run.

But before I start hording confetti, I want to see more from The Three Amigos (that’s my nomination for a nickname, Norm).  Specifically, I want to see if they can maximize Marlon Byrd’s value between now and the trade deadline.  I want to see if they decide to invest in Matt Garza, or spin him off for more parts.  I want to see how their Field Marshall Dale implements their emphasis on fundamentals with a team that’s been sorely lacking in that department for the last forever.  I want to see how they build a pitching rotation on the fly, since the one we have now is far from a finished product.  And I want to see if they’re able to get more out of their prospects than squandered potential, missed opportunities, and evaporating value.

All that takes time and patience–commodities in short supply with Cubs fans.  To Epstein’s credit, he gets it.  Check out the quotes in that article–Epstein is well aware of the position he’s put himself in, and the high expectations that followed him from Boston.  His own expectations and standards are equally high, and I’m eager to see how he builds a team capable of living up to them.

  • RichBeckman

    Yup.

  • RichBeckman

    Yup.

  • Brad Bradley

    For me, its the rookies. I cannot WAIT to see Jackson and Rizzo swinging the sticks. I’d love for LaHair to hit well enough to earn a LF spot after Sori leaves. I guess the thing I am really looking forward to is still being interested in the Cubs after a month into the season (as opposed to last year).

    Go CUBBIES!

  • mrbaseball2usa

    For me, its the rookies. I cannot WAIT to see Jackson and Rizzo swinging the sticks. I’d love for LaHair to hit well enough to earn a LF spot after Sori leaves. I guess the thing I am really looking forward to is still being interested in the Cubs after a month into the season (as opposed to last year).

    Go CUBBIES!

  • Eddie Von White

    For me, its the Cubs. I will enjoy listening to every game I can. I will be happy when they win, optimistic about tomorrow when they lose. I will be looking for Castro to learn how to spit seeds. I will quickly adopt a couple of favorite new guys. I will continue to trust Theo to do what’s best for the long haul. I expect Geo to do well and not get traded. Good catchers aren’t all that available.  We will go to Wrigley Field a couple of times and I will embarrass my kids with my yelling and cheering and trying to get the other teams’ left fielder’s attention.

    We bought a new big screen LED – HD TV yesterday that is Internet ready. It’s like having a big screen computer hanging on the wall.  I can watch the Cubs live from the Internet on my big screen – not sure what I have to do to make that happen, but I’m pretty sure I won’t need WGN or DirectV – both of which have been jerking my chain.

    Can’t wait …

    • Doc Raker

      Apple TV will get you there. The internet feed is not HD which actually looks blurry on an HD TV. I have both Direct TV and the internet feed via Apple TV and the HD feed on Direct TV is always better. I actually do two games at once in the PIP, one feed from the internet and one feed from DTV, it is awesome. I have the NHL package and I noticed that all the games broadcasted out of Canada are not HD, unwatchable. Any Canadian’s out there? What’ sup with no HD in Canada? 

      • BLPCB

        They don’t know what that stuff is in Canada

      • Doug S.

        Hey! Prob not as many as you, get but I get (in Vancouver BC) 55 HD channels from my cable provider including WGN, a west and east coast set of the major US networks and a whole lot of HD crap. I don’t watch a lot of hockey, but every game I’ve seen on is HD. Not sure what they’re sending you guys.

      • Doc Raker

        Glad to hear that you folks in Canada have HD but why would they export non HD hockey? How can you live in Canada and not watch hockey? You must be like a lepard in Vancouver.

      • Doug S.

        I think each HD channel here has a non HD digital version which seems to be what you’re getting.

        Hockey’s fun to watch but give me MLB and/or NFL anyday.

        Obviously I’m a minority in a city where the first 6 newspaper sports pages are Canucks every day/month/year.

      • Eddie Von White

         Thanks Doc. I’ll be there.

    • Seymour Butts

      I also have a similar set up. Directv is awesome, I’ve had the MLB package for several years. Always some game to watch. I’ve streamed netflix straight thru the TV with variable picture quality, but MLB.tv gives a great hd picture on my 27″ desk top monitor, it will likely be decent at home. I’ve had mlb.tv since it’s inception and it improves in picture quality every year. 

  • Eddie Von White

    For me, its the Cubs. I will enjoy listening to every game I can. I will be happy when they win, optimistic about tomorrow when they lose. I will be looking for Castro to learn how to spit seeds. I will quickly adopt a couple of favorite new guys. I will continue to trust Theo to do what’s best for the long haul. I expect Geo to do well and not get traded. Good catchers aren’t all that available.  We will go to Wrigley Field a couple of times and I will embarrass my kids with my yelling and cheering and trying to get the other teams’ left fielder’s attention.

    We bought a new big screen LED – HD TV yesterday that is Internet ready. It’s like having a big screen computer hanging on the wall.  I can watch the Cubs live from the Internet on my big screen – not sure what I have to do to make that happen, but I’m pretty sure I won’t need WGN or DirectV – both of which have been jerking my chain.

    Can’t wait …

    • Doc Raker

      Apple TV will get you there. The internet feed is not HD which actually looks blurry on an HD TV. I have both Direct TV and the internet feed via Apple TV and the HD feed on Direct TV is always better. I actually do two games at once in the PIP, one feed from the internet and one feed from DTV, it is awesome. I have the NHL package and I noticed that all the games broadcasted out of Canada are not HD, unwatchable. Any Canadian’s out there? What’ sup with no HD in Canada? 

      • AC0000000

        They don’t know what that stuff is in Canada

      • Doug S.

        Hey! Prob not as many as you, get but I get (in Vancouver BC) 55 HD channels from my cable provider including WGN, a west and east coast set of the major US networks and a whole lot of HD crap. I don’t watch a lot of hockey, but every game I’ve seen on is HD. Not sure what they’re sending you guys.

      • Doc Raker

        Glad to hear that you folks in Canada have HD but why would they export non HD hockey? How can you live in Canada and not watch hockey? You must be like a lepard in Vancouver.

      • Doug S.

        I think each HD channel here has a non HD digital version which seems to be what you’re getting.

        Hockey’s fun to watch but give me MLB and/or NFL anyday.

        Obviously I’m a minority in a city where the first 6 newspaper sports pages are Canucks every day/month/year.

      • Eddie Von White

         Thanks Doc. I’ll be there.

    • Seymour Butts

      I also have a similar set up. Directv is awesome, I’ve had the MLB package for several years. Always some game to watch. I’ve streamed netflix straight thru the TV with variable picture quality, but MLB.tv gives a great hd picture on my 27″ desk top monitor, it will likely be decent at home. I’ve had mlb.tv since it’s inception and it improves in picture quality every year. 

      • Doc Raker

        So happy- mlb.tv has a feature of radio overlay while watching the game.  We can now get the tv video feed and listen to the radio feed at the same time- NO MORE LEN AND BOB! WooHoo!

  • Doc Raker

    For those of you in Chicago tune into Windy City Live ABC 7 Thursday at 9am for an interview with Cubs owner Ricketts. One of our baseball teammates will be doing the interview.

    • Seymour Butts

      Alec Berg?

      • That guy owes me some hockey tickets.  

      • Doc Raker

        Yes, Alec Berg. He is going to try and get us all a tryout with the team. 

  • Doc Raker

    For those of you in Chicago tune into Windy City Live ABC 7 Thursday at 9am for an interview with Cubs owner Ricketts. One of our baseball teammates will be doing the interview.

    • Seymour Butts

      Alec Berg?

      • That guy owes me some hockey tickets.  

      • Doc Raker

        Yes, Alec Berg. He is going to try and get us all a tryout with the team. 

  • Gymjok

    I’m looking forward to following Ian Stewart and Marlon Byrd.
    Stewart- to see if Cap’n walks to Chicago and
    what Jedi’s response will be if Stewart does well.
    Byrd- to see if Buddy eats his keyboard.

    • Buddy

      What’s the “eat my keyboard” batting average again?

      • Gymjok

        .312

  • Gymjok

    I’m looking forward to following Ian Stewart and Marlon Byrd.
    Stewart- to see if Cap’n walks to Chicago and
    what Jedi’s response will be if Stewart does well.
    Byrd- to see if Buddy eats his keyboard.

    • Buddy

      What’s the “eat my keyboard” batting average again?

  • BLPCB

    2012 is a success if Soriano is unloaded.

  • AC0000000

    2012 is a success if Soriano is unloaded.

  • BLPCB

    And I’m hoping to go to a game in September when I come back to Chicago

  • AC0000000

    And I’m hoping to go to a game in September when I come back to Chicago

  • flyslinger2

    I’m tingly with excitement to hear “play ball!” and pray to God Almighty that his highness BHO is off chasing some other worthy cause like saving leopard stripped dung beetles so that he can’t throw out the first pitch for the Nats or Orioles. he looks horrible everytime he tries to wind up.

    Norm mentioned 2015 as a possible first contention year. Is that realistic? Is there so much flotsam and jetsam still hanging out there that it will take longer? I would hope Norm is right. Time will tell.

    I just won a large contract that could keep me busy in the middle east for a long time. I’m considering a subscription to MLB.TV. Anyone have experience with them to know if it is cent?

    • Seymour Butts

      If you are searching for one good quality in former president W, and who isn’t, he threw excellent ceremonial pitches at baseball games.

      • BLPCB

        Better than when he owned the Rangers. He was just as bad at that as he was as president. Traded away Sosa (to be fair, it was before he started doping, even though he was a 30-30 guy)

    • The Diamondbacks went worst to first last year. It shouldn’t take four years between last year and contention.

  • flyslinger2

    I’m tingly with excitement to hear “play ball!” and pray to God Almighty that his highness BHO is off chasing some other worthy cause like saving leopard stripped dung beetles so that he can’t throw out the first pitch for the Nats or Orioles. he looks horrible everytime he tries to wind up.

    Norm mentioned 2015 as a possible first contention year. Is that realistic? Is there so much flotsam and jetsam still hanging out there that it will take longer? I would hope Norm is right. Time will tell.

    I just won a large contract that could keep me busy in the middle east for a long time. I’m considering a subscription to MLB.TV. Anyone have experience with them to know if it is cent?

    • Seymour Butts

      If you are searching for one good quality in former president W, and who isn’t, he threw excellent ceremonial pitches at baseball games.

      • AC0000000

        Better than when he owned the Rangers. He was just as bad at that as he was as president. Traded away Sosa (to be fair, it was before he started doping, even though he was a 30-30 guy)

    • The Diamondbacks went worst to first last year. It shouldn’t take four years between last year and contention.

  • Is a .500 record out of the realm of possibility?  Winning at Wrigley is one important key. If they cna’t win at home, then it’s a lost season. I’ll also be looking to see if the Cubs can keep out of long slumps (losses of 5-7 in a row) and if they can put together a few winning streaks.  Pitching is the key imho.

    If Soriano can continue his Spring production  this will be a major surprse and a welcome development.

    What to call the suits or the front office?  Why not the good ol TPTB? Short and accurate.

    • BLPCB

      TPTB?

      I’m thinking Jheod

      • Sorry, I assumed everyone knew – The Powers That Be

      • Joe Aiello

        Jheod, isn’t that what the terrorist cite when the attack us?

      • BLPCB

        I think it’s more like Jihad. Jhoed would be pronounced like Geod

      • You lost me BLPCB as to how this would be a good designation for the braintrust.

      • BLPCB

        Jed, tHEO, and mclouD

      • McJedEp?

      • BLPCB

        PERFECT!!! I love it! McJedEp it is. That’s going on FB

      • It has the distinct advantage of not sounding like a terrorist threat.

      • BLPCB

        Jheod (pronounced Goed) sounds nothing like Jihad

      • This forum is a visual medium and not a spoken medium. Ultimately it’s whatever catches on or what Joe dictates anyway.

    • Same as the active roster…”Dale’s Boys.”  

      • Hey I came up with that last week!

      • Stop by VFTB, where Joe’s Boys, Lizzie, and Kris discuss Dale’s Boys, Dale’s Boys, and Dale.  

      • And so there is no confusion, we could have Dale’s Boys and Dale’s boys; catch the subtle difference?

  • Is a .500 record out of the realm of possibility?  Winning at Wrigley is one important key. If they cna’t win at home, then it’s a lost season. I’ll also be looking to see if the Cubs can keep out of long slumps (losses of 5-7 in a row) and if they can put together a few winning streaks.  Pitching is the key imho.

    If Soriano can continue his Spring production  this will be a major surprse and a welcome development.

    What to call the suits or the front office?  Why not the good ol TPTB? Short and accurate.

    • AC0000000

      TPTB?

      I’m thinking Jheod

      • Sorry, I assumed everyone knew – The Powers That Be

      • Joe Aiello

        Jheod, isn’t that what the terrorist cite when the attack us?

      • AC0000000

        I think it’s more like Jihad. Jhoed would be pronounced like Geod

      • You lost me BLPCB as to how this would be a good designation for the braintrust.

      • AC0000000

        Jed, tHEO, and mclouD

      • McJedEp?

      • AC0000000

        PERFECT!!! I love it! McJedEp it is. That’s going on FB

      • It has the distinct advantage of not sounding like a terrorist threat.

      • AC0000000

        Jheod (pronounced Goed) sounds nothing like Jihad

      • This forum is a visual medium and not a spoken medium. Ultimately it’s whatever catches on or what Joe dictates anyway.

    • Same as the active roster…”Dale’s Boys.”  

      • Hey I came up with that last week!

      • Stop by VFTB, where Joe’s Boys, Lizzie, and Kris discuss Dale’s Boys, Dale’s Boys, and Dale.  

      • And so there is no confusion, we could have Dale’s Boys and Dale’s boys; catch the subtle difference?

  • Chuck

    2015 does not seem like an unreasonable timeline for becoming a good team.  Almost every current contract will be off the books.  All fo the prospects who are close to the bigs will either be in the bigs or non-prospects.  All Theo has to do is just avoid giving out bad long-term contracts.

  • Chuck

    2015 does not seem like an unreasonable timeline for becoming a good team.  Almost every current contract will be off the books.  All fo the prospects who are close to the bigs will either be in the bigs or non-prospects.  All Theo has to do is just avoid giving out bad long-term contracts.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    The Cubs claimed IF Luis Valbuena off waivers from Cleveland, and they plan to start the season with only 11 pitchers.  Apparently it’s Marmol, Wood, Russel, Castillo, Camp, and Dolis out of the pen.

    Also, Bryan LaHair is still iffy for tomorrow–reportedly 50/50 to play.  Campana is with the team and will be on the bench if Mather or Baker makes the start at 1B.

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      A little more info on Valbuena–ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla says the new IF is going to be the backup SS.  If that’s the case, I gotta think it means Stewart, DeWitt, or Baker is going to give way for that 12th pitcher whenever we need him.  And don’t expect the team to go too long with a short bullpen.  Maybe there’s already a trade in place?  We’ll see.

      Here’s Padilla’s article: http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/8941/cubs-claim-ss-valbuena-off-waivers

      • Jedi

        As much as I’d like it to be, it won’t be Stewart.  Baker seems to have an untouchable aura as well.  And DeWitt is the wrong side of a platoon to be getting rid of if you’re acquiring Valbuena.  Barney is actually the natural choice, and since he’s not out of options, perhaps this move is actually an effort to upgrade the “guy who faces lefties” side of the 2B platoon while also getting a suitable backup for Castro.

        His splits are decent against lefties, he could play 2B against lefties and give Castro a day off every 10-15 days at SS.  It’s that last part that Barney can’t do – well that and hit the ball.

      • Jedi

        And yes, I know he hits from the left side of the plate…but go look at his splits.  With incredibly limited data, he’s a significantly better hitter against lefties.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    The Cubs claimed IF Luis Valbuena off waivers from Cleveland, and they plan to start the season with only 11 pitchers.  Apparently it’s Marmol, Wood, Russel, Castillo, Camp, and Dolis out of the pen.

    Also, Bryan LaHair is still iffy for tomorrow–reportedly 50/50 to play.  Campana is with the team and will be on the bench if Mather or Baker makes the start at 1B.

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      A little more info on Valbuena–ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla says the new IF is going to be the backup SS.  If that’s the case, I gotta think it means Stewart, DeWitt, or Baker is going to give way for that 12th pitcher whenever we need him.  And don’t expect the team to go too long with a short bullpen.  Maybe there’s already a trade in place?  We’ll see.

      Here’s Padilla’s article: http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/8941/cubs-claim-ss-valbuena-off-waivers

      • Jedi

        As much as I’d like it to be, it won’t be Stewart.  Baker seems to have an untouchable aura as well.  And DeWitt is the wrong side of a platoon to be getting rid of if you’re acquiring Valbuena.  Barney is actually the natural choice, and since he’s not out of options, perhaps this move is actually an effort to upgrade the “guy who faces lefties” side of the 2B platoon while also getting a suitable backup for Castro.

        His splits are decent against lefties, he could play 2B against lefties and give Castro a day off every 10-15 days at SS.  It’s that last part that Barney can’t do – well that and hit the ball.

  • Chuck

    I never understood the 12 man pitching staff.  Do you really need a LOOGY?  Is there really that much value in a guy who only gets one or two guys out?  If you can’t pitch a full inning, you don’t belong in MLB.  Period.
    I would much rather see guys pitch 2 innings at a time in relief and then get a 3 day rest than have a guy pitch in 70-80 games a year.  I would think that the increased rest would would lead to fewer health problems. 

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      I’d prefer to go with only 11, but I doubt that’s the plan.

  • Chuck

    I never understood the 12 man pitching staff.  Do you really need a LOOGY?  Is there really that much value in a guy who only gets one or two guys out?  If you can’t pitch a full inning, you don’t belong in MLB.  Period.
    I would much rather see guys pitch 2 innings at a time in relief and then get a 3 day rest than have a guy pitch in 70-80 games a year.  I would think that the increased rest would would lead to fewer health problems. 

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      I’d prefer to go with only 11, but I doubt that’s the plan.

  • Doc Raker

    You can also purchase MILB.TV for an extra $20- that’s pretty cool, watch some prospects play in the minors. Anyone seen the playstation commercial inwhich the Cubs win the World Series? The old guy that cuts his beard, that is Seymour.

    • Seymour Butts

      A fair cup.
      Of course that guy can probably throw more heat than Raker.

      • Doc Raker

        Lizzie probably has more heat than me but I can locate that curve ball.

      • Doc Raker

        Lizzie probably has more heat than me but I can locate that curve ball.

  • Doc Raker

    You can also purchase MILB.TV for an extra $20- that’s pretty cool, watch some prospects play in the minors. Anyone seen the playstation commercial inwhich the Cubs win the World Series? The old guy that cuts his beard, that is Seymour.

  • Buddy

    I’m looking forward to watching the Miami Marlins implode in epic fashion. 

    • BLPCB

      They already have. They can’t sell tickets at their new park

      • Buddy

        That’s OK. The Marlins are still counting all that new ballpark money they swiped from the city and the county.

      • Jedi

        All that money and Guillen’s getting no-hit after 5 innings by “ace” Kyle Lohse.  It’s just one game (only five innings actually so far), but wow the Marlins look completely unprepared.  How do you say in Spanish “this game counts”?

      • BLPCB

        Este partido cuenta

      • BLPCB

        How come village idiot Mark Buerhle isn’t starting?

      • Hey, watch it. I have him on my fantasy team this year. He may be an idiot but he’s MY idiot.

  • Buddy

    I’m looking forward to watching the Miami Marlins implode in epic fashion. 

    • AC0000000

      They already have. They can’t sell tickets at their new park

      • Buddy

        That’s OK. The Marlins are still counting all that new ballpark money they swiped from the city and the county.

      • Jedi

        All that money and Guillen’s getting no-hit after 5 innings by “ace” Kyle Lohse.  It’s just one game (only five innings actually so far), but wow the Marlins look completely unprepared.  How do you say in Spanish “this game counts”?

      • AC0000000

        Este partido cuenta

      • AC0000000

        How come village idiot Mark Buerhle isn’t starting?

      • Hey, watch it. I have him on my fantasy team this year. He may be an idiot but he’s MY idiot.

  • Doc Raker

    How is Ozzie Guillen not the Village Idiot? Or Zambrano? Buerhle is like a genius compared to those other two.

    • BLPCB

      We’ve been over this before. Says Maddux and Johan doctor baseballs, accused Dempster of doping, hit Pronk in the face for no reason, said the Texas Rangers use a scoreboard to steal signs, and he wished injury to Michael Vick for running his dog-fighting operation.

      • Eddie Von White

         But who’s keeping track?

      • Doc Raker

        Missed all that, OzBrano are still the clowns of the Miami Circus to keep ones eye on.

      • cap’n obvious

        would not be surprised to learn that Maddux or Johan doctor baseballs…would be even less surprised to learn Dempster (or any other MLB pitcher)was on the juice at some point. The Rangers (and a dozen other teams)likely do steal signs. Michael Vick is a scmbag, but he paid the penalty for his crimes, so he’s aigh’t with me now. Not sure how any of that makes Buehrle nuttier than the chinese chicken salad that is Ozzie and Z.

      • BLPCB

        Well I don’t like him. He also got lucky when he threw his no-hitter because he was aided by a terrible umpire call, and his perfect game, he needed Dywane Wise to rob a HR

  • Doc Raker

    How is Ozzie Guillen not the Village Idiot? Or Zambrano? Buerhle is like a genius compared to those other two.

    • AC0000000

      We’ve been over this before. Says Maddux and Johan doctor baseballs, accused Dempster of doping, hit Pronk in the face for no reason, said the Texas Rangers use a scoreboard to steal signs, and he wished injury to Michael Vick for running his dog-fighting operation.

      • Eddie Von White

         But who’s keeping track?

      • Doc Raker

        Missed all that, OzBrano are still the clowns of the Miami Circus to keep ones eye on.

      • cap’n obvious

        would not be surprised to learn that Maddux or Johan doctor baseballs…would be even less surprised to learn Dempster (or any other MLB pitcher)was on the juice at some point. The Rangers (and a dozen other teams)likely do steal signs. Michael Vick is a scmbag, but he paid the penalty for his crimes, so he’s aigh’t with me now. Not sure how any of that makes Buehrle nuttier than the chinese chicken salad that is Ozzie and Z.

      • AC0000000

        Well I don’t like him. He also got lucky when he threw his no-hitter because he was aided by a terrible umpire call, and his perfect game, he needed Dywane Wise to rob a HR