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What Ever Happened To…..Tyler Colvin

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One of my guilty pleasures for online reading is “where are they now” type posts. I love to click on posts that show what people who stared in my favorite shows as a kid are doing now. I don’t really know why, because if they did anything noteworthy, I would already know about it. If they didn’t, then what is the point in knowing? Still, I like them. It got me thinking about past Cubs and I decided to make a series out of it. Every now and then, we’ll take a look at some former names to see what they’re up to now.

Tyler Colvin was a player that I really enjoyed following from the time he was drafted to the time he left the organization. He was a guy I had planted a flag on as believing in.

HOW ACQUIRED – Colvin was drafted by the Cubs 13th overall in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft and was immediately looked at as a guy who was picked higher than he should have been simply because the Cubs could sign him for less money and use the excess funds to sign Jeff Samardzija who was selected in the 5th round that particular round due to the fact that he had not fully committed to a baseball career. That doubt caused him to fall despite the first round talent he possessed. Money was needed to give him the big league deal that would cause him to commit. By drafting Colvin and signing him to a smaller than market signing bonus in the first round, it caused him to forever have the stigma that he wasn’t really first round talent.

TIME WITH THE CUBSColvin would play in the minors for the Cubs from 2006 – 2009 before being called up very late in September of 2009. He started the first game of big league time he saw and went 1-for-3 with a single and a sacrifice fly. 2010 saw Colvin battling for time and never really getting a good shot to start on a consistent, every day, basis. He slugged a very respectable 20 home runs and finished with an OPS+ of 113 despite finishing the season on the disabled list after being hit by a shard of broken bat on his way home after Wellington Castillo doubled him home. The shard would puncture his lung and, in my opinion, end his career as a Cub. 2011 saw a different player. The development regressed dramatically, I believe, due to the mental recovering that needed to take place after the incident the previous year. He would again split time in the outfield, but this time perform extremely poor.

HOW HE LEFT – The end of the 2011 season saw the end of the Cubs career for Aramis Ramirez, which opened up a hole at third base as wide as the one that was left when Santo vacated the position. With Josh Vitters not deemed to be ready to take over his heir apparent position, Theo and Jed set out to find a filler and stumbled upon Ian Stewart who, like Colvin, had worn out his welcome and was on the trade block. Both players had drastically underperformed and were considered expendable. On December 8, 2011, Colvin was traded along with DJ LeMahieu to the Colorado Rockies for Casey Weathers and Stewart.

WHERE IS HE NOW?The 2012 season was a rebirth for the Colvin career. Given 450 at bats for the first time in a big league season, he hit .290 / .327 / .531 with 18 home runs (55 xbh total). It appeared that not only was the trade deemed a complete and utter flop for the Cubs, but that Colvin had finally figured things out. Unfortunately, a poor spring training cause the Rockies to make a rather rash move and start him in AAA. He was recalled by the Rockies on Saturday and is now with the big league team.

  • BLPCB

    Do you think we should have kept Colvin? Where are the other parts of the trade and how are they doing?

    • Don’t leave us hanging, Joe.

    • Joe Aiello

      I don’t think Colvin had a place on this team given the number of outfielders. It was a deal I would have made as well. You were dealing high cieling underperformer for high cieling underperformer. No one in the deal has been particularly valuable.

      • Eddie Von White

        Whatever happened to the Tyler Colvin bobble heads they were planning to give away but the game got rained out? That’s what I want to know.

      • BLPCB

        I was at that game. They were given out during the make-up game. I still have mine.

  • AC0000000

    Do you think we should have kept Colvin? Where are the other parts of the trade and how are they doing?

    • Don’t leave us hanging, Joe.

    • Joe Aiello

      I don’t think Colvin had a place on this team given the number of outfielders. It was a deal I would have made as well. You were dealing high cieling underperformer for high cieling underperformer. No one in the deal has been particularly valuable.

      • Eddie Von White

        Whatever happened to the Tyler Colvin bobble heads they were planning to give away but the game got rained out? That’s what I want to know.

      • AC0000000

        I was at that game. They were given out during the make-up game. I still have mine.

  • Jedi

    I’d say Stewart overperformed in Colorado. For that half season where he looked like an MLB player was clearly a charade.

    • BLPCB

      Thanks to the thin air I presume

  • Jedi

    I’d say Stewart overperformed in Colorado. For that half season where he looked like an MLB player was clearly a charade.

    • AC0000000

      Thanks to the thin air I presume

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I want to see what ever happened to George Mitterwald.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I want to see what ever happened to George Mitterwald.

  • Chuck

    I have three white whale players who I think got the shaft by the club and should have been given a shot at a full time gig. They are Tyler Colvin, Matt Murton, and Roosevelt Brown. The Brown one particularly galls me because I watched him absolutely destroy AAA for multiple seasons. He even slugged over .500 for two seasons with the Cubs in limited duty. A guy that can slug .500, even in a platoon role, is a valuable player. Even more so now with interleague.

    • BLPCB

      But Roosevelt Brown was 10 years ago, and he only lasted 2 years in Japan after his time in the majors. The Murton one ticks me off because the guy could hit and the Dust Bag didn’t play him because he didn’t have much power and played the corners.

      • Jedi

        There are 30 25-man rosters, none so impenetrable that they would shun a player who could genuinely contribute. The notion that any of these guys were screwed is preposterous.

        This romantic view of Murton is perhaps the most preposterous. He was given EVERY chance to prove himself; by multiple managers and franchises. In fact, it’s MURTON who rejected MLB, not the other way around. He was given the opportunity to rake at AAA and prove that he did in fact deserve a roster spot, he chose to go to Japan. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t blame Murton – I might very well have made the same choice in his circumstances. But the idea that he was screwed is ridiculous. If he thought he could’ve been an everyday regular at the MLB level, he could’ve proven it. But he didn’t so he’s not…and that’s not anyone’s fault but Murton’s.

      • Joe Aiello

        Agree 100%. The Matt Murton complaint is so tired and played out.

      • That was all explained in the pilot episode. LaHair’s rich uncle died and left him two season tickets behind home at the Ham Fighter’s park. He switched Murton’s ticket to Iowa with a ticket to Japan…classic Brian. That is also where the whole “Iowa has surprisingly good sushi” running joke came from.

      • Eddie Von White

        It is way past time the MLB did a study on why red-heads are discriminated against in baseball.

      • Doc Raker

        MLB has a ginger development league, similar to the Urban RBI development league they run in the cities. The GDL plays in Little Scottland in rural North Dakota, they currently have 14 players so they play a lot of piggy move up. Soon they will have enough players for a real game.

      • They play in long sleeves and have those desert flap things hanging out the back of their hats. Instead of eye black, they have zinc oxide on their pale noses.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I suppose they have sun delays much like the rain delays we have here.

      • BLPCB

        There was a school somewhere that cancelled school because of sun actually

      • Chuck

        There is a reason why I called them my white whales…

      • Jedi

        CAPS, remember this is a sport that provided 263 starts to a guy with one arm…ONE ARM! – you can sleep peacefully tonight knowing that no one with the requisite talent is slipping through the cracks or getting screwed by a bad manager. This isn’t the NFL were careers can be derailed by a bad coach misusing a player – or the NBA where a roster crunch might create a Jeremy Lin situation that doesn’t end so happily.

      • BLPCB

        The Lin situation was not a roster crunch, but more of a cap crunch, because the Knicks didn’t want to pay massive luxury taxes in year 3 of his deal. Same reason the Bulls let Asik walk. Very likely that that rule gets changed with the next CBA is called the Jeremy Lin/Omer Asik rule. The Rockets have to count them 8.3M on their cap all 3 years, while the Bulls and Knicks would have had to count them 5M, 5M, 15M on their caps, since that is what they are actually being paid.

      • Jedi

        Jeremy Lin before he joined the Knicks was dumped multiple times in a roster crunch.

      • BLPCB

        Because he was a 12th man until D’Antoni had no choice but to play him because he had no one else.

  • Chuck

    I have three white whale players who I think got the shaft by the club and should have been given a shot at a full time gig. They are Tyler Colvin, Matt Murton, and Roosevelt Brown. The Brown one particularly galls me because I watched him absolutely destroy AAA for multiple seasons. He even slugged over .500 for two seasons with the Cubs in limited duty. A guy that can slug .500, even in a platoon role, is a valuable player. Even more so now with interleague.

    • AC0000000

      But Roosevelt Brown was 10 years ago, and he only lasted 2 years in Japan after his time in the majors. The Murton one ticks me off because the guy could hit and the Dust Bag didn’t play him because he didn’t have much power and played the corners.

      • Jedi

        There are 30 25-man rosters, none so impenetrable that they would shun a player who could genuinely contribute. The notion that any of these guys were screwed is preposterous.

        This romantic view of Murton is perhaps the most preposterous. He was given EVERY chance to prove himself; by multiple managers and franchises. In fact, it’s MURTON who rejected MLB, not the other way around. He was given the opportunity to rake at AAA and prove that he did in fact deserve a roster spot, he chose to go to Japan. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t blame Murton – I might very well have made the same choice in his circumstances. But the idea that he was screwed is ridiculous. If he thought he could’ve been an everyday regular at the MLB level, he could’ve proven it. But he didn’t so he’s not…and that’s not anyone’s fault but Murton’s.

      • Joe Aiello

        Agree 100%. The Matt Murton complaint is so tired and played out.

      • That was all explained in the pilot episode. LaHair’s rich uncle died and left him two season tickets behind home at the Ham Fighter’s park. He switched Murton’s ticket to Iowa with a ticket to Japan…classic Brian. That is also where the whole “Iowa has surprisingly good sushi” running joke came from.

      • Eddie Von White

        It is way past time the MLB did a study on why red-heads are discriminated against in baseball.

      • Doc Raker

        MLB has a ginger development league, similar to the Urban RBI development league they run in the cities. The GDL plays in Little Scottland in rural North Dakota, they currently have 14 players so they play a lot of piggy move up. Soon they will have enough players for a real game.

      • They play in long sleeves and have those desert flap things hanging out the back of their hats. Instead of eye black, they have zinc oxide on their pale noses.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I suppose they have sun delays much like the rain delays we have here.

      • AC0000000

        There was a school somewhere that cancelled school because of sun actually

      • Chuck

        There is a reason why I called them my white whales…

      • Jedi

        CAPS, remember this is a sport that provided 263 starts to a guy with one arm…ONE ARM! – you can sleep peacefully tonight knowing that no one with the requisite talent is slipping through the cracks or getting screwed by a bad manager. This isn’t the NFL where careers can be derailed by a bad coach misusing a player – or the NBA where a roster crunch might create a Jeremy Lin situation that doesn’t end so happily.

      • AC0000000

        The Lin situation was not a roster crunch, but more of a cap crunch, because the Knicks didn’t want to pay massive luxury taxes in year 3 of his deal. Same reason the Bulls let Asik walk. Very likely that that rule gets changed with the next CBA is called the Jeremy Lin/Omer Asik rule. The Rockets have to count them 8.3M on their cap all 3 years, while the Bulls and Knicks would have had to count them 5M, 5M, 15M on their caps, since that is what they are actually being paid.

      • Jedi

        Jeremy Lin before he joined the Knicks was dumped multiple times in a roster crunch.

      • AC0000000

        Because he was a 12th man until D’Antoni had no choice but to play him because he had no one else.

        12th men who have potential will eventually break through when they get their chance. Other than that, there is a reason why they are 12th men.

  • Doc Raker

    I always root for Tyler Colvin. I will watch a Rockies game just because he is playing.

  • Doc Raker

    I always root for Tyler Colvin. I will watch a Rockies game just because he is playing.

  • BLPCB

    Looks like Stewart is starting to develop a big head and a bad attitude down at AAA

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-chicago-cubs-stewart-twitter-20130611,0,7681521.story

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I say the Cubs should leave him rot on the bench at triple A. The only at bats he should get are when he is the only pinch hitter left, and by that I mean 1 or 2 of the starting pitchers should have already been used as pinch hitters. Maybe then he will get the message that he will never again even get to sniff a major league roster.

      • BLPCB

        And when the rosters expand on September 1, he isn’t called up.

      • BLPCB
      • He should have added a ‘lol’ or two, and that Twitter rampage would have been a mere tirade.

      • BLPCB

        Well the Cubs took it as a tirade and have suspended him without pay:
        http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-chicago-cubs-stewart-twitter-20130611,0,7681521.story

        Only thing I side with Stewart on is the money. If Theo doesn’t want to give him his dough and tell him to pack his bags, he shouldn’t have given Stewart the deal he did. It obvious that Theo doesn’t want him around anymore either. Theo is just trying to have his cake and eat it too by forcing Stewart’s hand.

      • Jedi

        If Stewart didn’t want risk rotting on a roster, he shouldn’t have the signed deal either. The Cubs are honoring the deal, Stewart should as well.

      • BLPCB

        So what are you saying? That Theo is correct to let him rot away if Stewart doesn’t want to forfeit the money, and that Stewart is correct to try and collect the money?

      • Jedi

        The Cubs are under no obligation to play him. If he really thinks he can catch on somewhere else, his contract shouldn’t be such an issue. It’s Stewart who is trying to have his cake and eat it, not the Cubs.

        The fact is, he knows this is the end and he’s having a temper tantrum blaming everyone but himself. It’s childish.

      • BLPCB

        Actually the Cubs are under an obligation to pay him because he gets the balance of his deal if he is cut. Theo knew that when he signed the deal, and is now trying to force Stewart’s hand by saying forfeit what’s left or you rot away. It works both ways.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        And Stewart and his agent could have negotiated for the possibility that he was not on the Major League roster, but did not. Therefor Stewart is getting the deal he asked for, let him rot!

      • BLPCB

        Yes it does work both ways, but I see nothing good coming of Theo trying to stick it to him and make a point by letting him rot away. I would just give him his dough and tell him to pack his bags and be done with him. And if he does sign with another team, that’s money the Cubs save, a pro-rated share of the minimum salary.
        If I was in Stewart’s position, I might very well do the same thing (in regards to the contract, not the complaining in the media etc). Because Stewart is 28, he likely doesn’t have any real world job skills, doesn’t have a college education, and 2M is not the kind of money you can live your life on.

      • Jedi

        Fine, if he wants the money, he has to keep his mouth shut and ride the bench. Because right now, the Cubs can’t provide Stewart with the playing time necessary to figure out if his career is over or if he’s just slumping. The Cubs have done NOTHING wrong, and I don’t blame Stewart for wanting his money (I doubt he’ll ever sign for anything close to that again). But the consequences of the deal are that he has to shut up and play nice otherwise he’s a team cancer. I’d be thinking about demoting him further if I was the Cubs – if he wants to play, fine – go play at Boise with the teenagers.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        With Stewart’s track record, If the Cubs let him rot he will eventually tweet again and get suspended again, thus saving the Cubs even more money.

      • Jedi

        And we all know (including Stewart) the Cubs never would’ve offered such a deal. The front office might’ve been stupid enough to think that somewhere sheltered inside Stewart were the abilities of a MLBer, but no way were they willing to guarantee that for 162.

      • Jedi

        No obligation to PLAY him – PLAY, not pay.

      • BLPCB

        My fault. I need to get my eyes checked.

  • AC0000000

    Looks like Stewart is starting to develop a big head and a bad attitude down at AAA

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-chicago-cubs-stewart-twitter-20130611,0,7681521.story

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I say the Cubs should leave him rot on the bench at triple A. The only at bats he should get are when he is the only pinch hitter left, and by that I mean 1 or 2 of the starting pitchers should have already been used as pinch hitters. Maybe then he will get the message that he will never again even get to sniff a major league roster.

      • AC0000000

        And when the rosters expand on September 1, he isn’t called up.

      • AC0000000
      • He should have added a ‘lol’ or two, and that Twitter rampage would have been a mere tirade.

      • AC0000000

        Well the Cubs took it as a tirade and have suspended him without pay:
        http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-chicago-cubs-stewart-twitter-20130611,0,7681521.story

        Only thing I side with Stewart on is the money. If Theo doesn’t want to give him his dough and tell him to pack his bags, he shouldn’t have given Stewart the deal he did. It obvious that Theo doesn’t want him around anymore either. Theo is just trying to have his cake and eat it too by forcing Stewart’s hand.

      • Jedi

        If Stewart didn’t want risk rotting on a roster, he shouldn’t have the signed deal either. The Cubs are honoring the deal, Stewart should as well.

      • AC0000000

        So what are you saying? That Theo is correct to let him rot away if Stewart doesn’t want to forfeit the money, and that Stewart is correct to try and collect the money?

      • Jedi

        The Cubs are under no obligation to play him. If he really thinks he can catch on somewhere else, his contract shouldn’t be such an issue. It’s Stewart who is trying to have his cake and eat it, not the Cubs.

        The fact is, he knows this is the end and he’s having a temper tantrum blaming everyone but himself. It’s childish.

      • AC0000000

        Actually the Cubs are under an obligation to pay him because he gets the balance of his deal if he is cut. Theo knew that when he signed the deal, and is now trying to force Stewart’s hand by saying forfeit what’s left or you rot away. It works both ways.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        And Stewart and his agent could have negotiated for the possibility that he was not on the Major League roster, but did not. Therefor Stewart is getting the deal he asked for, let him rot!

      • AC0000000

        Yes it does work both ways, but I see nothing good coming of Theo trying to stick it to him and make a point by letting him rot away. I would just give him his dough and tell him to pack his bags and be done with him. And if he does sign with another team, that’s money the Cubs save, a pro-rated share of the minimum salary.
        If I was in Stewart’s position, I might very well do the same thing (in regards to the contract, not the complaining in the media etc). Because Stewart is 28, he likely doesn’t have any real world job skills, doesn’t have a college education, and 2M is not the kind of money you can live your life on.

      • Jedi

        Fine, if he wants the money, he has to keep his mouth shut and ride the bench. Because right now, the Cubs can’t provide Stewart with the playing time necessary to figure out if his career is over or if he’s just slumping. The Cubs have done NOTHING wrong, and I don’t blame Stewart for wanting his money (I doubt he’ll ever sign for anything close to that again). But the consequences of the deal are that he has to shut up and play nice otherwise he’s a team cancer. I’d be thinking about demoting him further if I was the Cubs – if he wants to play, fine – go play at Boise with the teenagers.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        With Stewart’s track record, If the Cubs let him rot he will eventually tweet again and get suspended again, thus saving the Cubs even more money.

      • Jedi

        And we all know (including Stewart) the Cubs never would’ve offered such a deal. The front office might’ve been stupid enough to think that somewhere sheltered inside Stewart were the abilities of a MLBer, but no way were they willing to guarantee that for 162.

      • Jedi

        No obligation to PLAY him – PLAY, not pay.

      • AC0000000

        My fault. I need to get my eyes checked.

  • BLPCB

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9388741/chicago-cubs-suspend-ian-stewart-10-games-twitter-rant

    10 game suspension. He probably won’t return after the suspension. The Cubs are going to have to give him some money to get rid of him. I don’t see Stewart forfeiting the balance of the contract.

  • AC0000000

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9388741/chicago-cubs-suspend-ian-stewart-10-games-twitter-rant

    10 game suspension. He probably won’t return after the suspension. The Cubs are going to have to give him some money to get rid of him. I don’t see Stewart forfeiting the balance of the contract.