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December 1, 2013

Winds of Change Blowing as Non-Tender Day Arrives?

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 8:00 pm

This weekend, which was supposed to be a weekend of being thankful for what you have, I noticed something. I noticed that the society we live in these days is a fickle one. It’s riddled with discontentment and complaints over what we have, coupled with excessive whining over what we don’t have. We live in a world that is quick to dismiss what they have as soon as something goes awry. Take Saturday and Sunday for example. If you missed it, Nick Saban made a call to go for a really long field goal to win the game against Auburn, only to see that decision blow up in his face as the attempt fell short and was returned for a game winning return for the ages. Sunday, the Bears had a chance to win the game in overtime and elected to kick a field goal on 2nd down instead of continuing to push closer to the prize. The field goal missed and the Bears lost. Immediately following both losses, I took to Twitter to see what the masses had to say. In both cases, people we calling for both coaches job, which is absurd.

Monday is an important day for the roster as the Cubs need to determine the fate of a lot of players by tendering them a contract or parting ways with them. The Cub Reporter had a nice piece talking more about the process and I would encourage you to read it. That post got me thinking about a player in particular and whether or not the Cubs should call for his job.

Darwin Barney is coming off his worst season, which was coming off his best season. If we subscribe to the what have you done for me lately school of thought, the logical conclusion would be to non-tender him or try to move him. While the Cubs still may try to move him, I don’t think he’ll be a non-tender casualty tomorrow. But should he? We’ve talked about it before, but to remind you, in 2013, Barney posted a -0.5 WAR. Some will argue that his defense makes up for his offensive shortcomings, but this number indicates that it doesn’t. His defense doesn’t even get him to replacement level, let alone serviceable starter. I want to be patient and trust that he’ll rebound, but I fear the rumors that the Tigers were interested in his services for the stretch run in 2012 may never come back and he’ll end up being the player we saw last year.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail

  • PLCB3

    People calling for Saban’s job aren’t real Bama fans, and I don’t take anything Bear fans say seriously. Lovie should have been fired five years before he did get fired

  • Doug S.

    “It’s riddled with discontentment and complaints over what we have, coupled with excessive whining over what we don’t have.” So true….you hit the nail on the head with that statement.


    Barney. I find myself liking this guy on the team. Could the right hitting coach help or is he past that point?

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Barney stays. I root for him as well, but you really can’t teach a guy to get extra base hits in the bigs. His defense shows you that he is meticulous with his approach…the rest comes down to execution.

  • Doc Raker

    I like Barney but we need more offense to contend and he just doesn’t slug enough. Best case is trading him but his value is lower than last off seasons.

  • Doc Raker

    “It’s riddled with discontentment and complaints over what we have, coupled with excessive whining over what we don’t have.” Completely agree Joe. When I read such a truth I can’t help but blame our leaders which then gets political. So I will just say good job Joe and leave it at that and not blame the victim hustlers and class warfare artists within our politics.

  • Jedi

    No, real fans switch allegiances at a whim. You tell ’em CAPS.

  • PLCB3

    It was a build-up over 4 years before I switched.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Somebody needs to get Craig back here to talk about how many 4-Craig plays (on a scale of 1 to 5 with the highest score being equally 4) Darwin averages per Craig-year. A Craig-year is like a standard year, but there is an extra month in there that doesn’t contain anything.

  • Jedi

    To the bitterest rival. CAPS, there’s no credibility in it. Your free to do whatever you want – but you are the LAST person who should be revoking “real fan” cards…whatever that might be in the first place.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Was Craig related to that Gregorian guy who added all those days to the calendar?

  • PLCB3

    I wouldn’t be calling for Urban Meyer to be canned if he did such a thing. If it happened on a regular basis like it did with Jim Tressel, then I would be calling for him to be canned. Saban doesn’t regularly make those kind of brain farts. When does being a bandwagon fan stop? You might jump on their bandwagon at first, but you never get off do you still qualify? I don’t think so. Because I haven’t left the Packers and I haven’t come back to the Bears, and I have no intentions of ever doing so.

  • Jedi

    When you switch allegiances between hated rivals, you’re on the bandwagon forever. There are 31 other teams and you picked the ONE that you should’ve despised the most.

    The Cubs could bring back Larry Himes as GM, hire Mike Quade and his entire family to be the coaches, make every player hit with Jacque Jones’ ridiculous pink bats in every game, change their logo to be a tiny bear chasing a rainbow, and any other ridiculous nonsense you can think of…NEVER would I turn to the Cards. Never! You’ve happily embraced a betrayal that’s unfathomable to me.

    Even Brett Favre had the good sense to go to the Vikings and NOT the Bears.

  • Doc Raker

    That Greggin Craig.

  • PLCB3

    So 20 years from now, I’ll still be a bandwagon Packers fan?

    The Cubs could do all that, and I’d still be a fan. Why? Because 99.9% of Cubs fans would be pissed off just like me. With Bears fans, it was the opposite. 99.9% of them were ripping on me. I said bench Grossman. You’re an idiot. I said fire Lovie. You’re an idiot. Then Bears fans started calling for Lovie to be fired. But they kept rooting for them to win, wins that kept Lovie from getting fired. I started rooting for losses so that he would get fired. Piss off you moron, you’re a stupid hack, you dumb Packers fan. Finally in 2009, Bears are playing the Vikings on MNF. A loss very likely means the end of the Lovetron. But the Bears win and the town celebrates like they just won the Super Bowl. That win saved Lovie’s job.

    Funny that Favre went to the Vikings. Because Packers fans consider them to be a bigger rival than the Bears. I switched to the Packers because they knocked the Bears out of the playoffs and the idiocies got out of hand. If it weren’t for the fans flaming me, I’d still be a Bears fan. In 2006, I had to shut down my facebook account for 2 weeks because I was getting flamed to no end.

  • PLCB3

    Why don’t you tell that Bama fan who’s selling his stuff on Craigslist that he’s still a real fan

  • Jedi

    It’s amazing how no matter the outcome, you can twist it to prove that in hindsight all that needed to happen was for people to heed your immaculate instructions.

    “That win saved Lovie’s job.” And the following year they won the division and played for the NFC title against the eventual SB Champions. I mean seriously CAPS – how can you possibly believe those facts HELP you?

    Congrats, you wanted the guy fired. He wasn’t. Then his team was wildly successful the VERY NEXT SEASON. You should listen to those people telling you that you’re an idiot.

  • PLCB3

    Anyone who watched the Bears would see that Lovie pulled a Homer so many times it’s not even funny.

  • Jedi

    I have no idea what constitutes a “real fan.” What I do know is that, “jumping ship for your most hated rival” is definitely not that list.

  • PLCB3

    I say sucks to that. I stand with my decision to turn in my Bears fan card. I don’t want to surrounded by the dumbest fans in the NFL. Chicago is home to the dumbest fans in the majors (White Sox), NFL, NHL, and the Bulls fans from Chicago. Bulls fans not from Chicago aren’t as stupid. Big part of the reason why the only Chicago teams I root for are the Cubs and Bulls.

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