With eight measly games left in a season that saw more positives off the field than on, questions remain as to the future of the Cubs. However, before we drag this potential hundred loss horse out back and shoot it, let’s take a minute to find some positives.
As always, your input is encouraged.
1) Who would be your Cubs MVP of the 2012 season?
I am torn. I want to vote Rizzo but Castro played a full season and turned in another fine performance. Darwin barney and Shark could make a claim for the spot. I think I am sticking with Castro here. If they would give him a regular slot in the lineup I think he would be more consistent. Bouncing him around did him no favors and he still performed at the plate.
2) If you had to grade Theo, Jed and the crew on their first season in the Cubs front office what grade would you give them?
I am going with a solid B. I can’t even expand on why, other then to say the effort just looks like a B at this point, but if they moved Soriano and Garza (somewhat out of their control) then the grade could be higher. Dempster-gate probably was not their fault but better communication may have solved that Braves deal. In all, the moves they made or didn’t make get them a B.
3) What is the one area on this team that needs to be addressed between now and through next season?
Pitching. Third base is weak and needs attention, but the pitching is next to atrocious up and down the system.
4) How do you feel about Theo’s honest assesment of the teams low expectation’s for 2013?
In a weird way, I liked it. I also feel that it takes a lot for management to forecast low expectations in any industry, so things must really be bad on the north side from an organizational stand point.
5) Let’s talk about Eric Gagne’s recent admission regarding HGH and his new Biography, what are your thoughts?
According to Gagne, 80% of the Dodgers were using HGH when he played there. More numbers are going to come out as more and more of the PED era players retire. The greats may not talk as much, but the fringe guys like Gagne will, especially if they can sell a book in the process.
Only eight more games people, hang in there. Then again, since the front office states next season won’t be much better, look at it as 170 games…that’s a lot of baseball.