- A final thanks to "Dying Cub Fan" for his advocacy pieces
on Ron Santo's Hall of Fame candidacy
. If you do have a moment, at the very least, please go visit santoforhall.com
and sign their online petition which will be forwarded to the Veterans Committee.
- And if you needed a bit more sabermetric convincing, Jay Jaffe, a writer for Baseball Prospectus and the operator of the website Futility Infielder
and all-around Hall of Fame know-it-all, wrote back in 2005 about the injustice of Ron Santo not being in the Hall.
He's even gone so far as to develop a Hall of Fame metric utlizing BP's Warp3 scores(his system is known as JAWS) and well here's the conclusion:
Santo ought to be a slam dunk, especially at such an underrepresented position. His JAWS score is higher than about three-quarters of the enshrined hitters, and among third basemen, only Boggs (103.0), Mike Schmidt (102.8), Eddie Mathews (90.9), George Brett (90.2), and Paul Molitor (85.3) score higher. His peak score is astronomical; in fact only seven hitters reached more lofty heights: Babe Ruth (70.6), Ted Williams (69.0), Willie Mays (64.7), Rogers Hornsby (63.2), Mickey Mantle (62.6), Joe Morgan (61.9) and Boggs (61.6). You may have heard of them.
- Jim Leyland is my hero
. This is a transcription of a radio interview he did in Detroit when asked about Neifi Perez. I believe the question was, "what does Jim Leyland see in Neifi Perez that we as fans and media members don’t?"
Well that’s a good question because he played terrible. And what had happened was we got reports from our scouts, and I had known him from the past. We were kind of in a panic situation. We had lost Polly and we needed someone who could come in and play second, and play shortstop as well because Carlos needed some time off. And up to this point it looks like we made a mistake.
So Neifi’s going to have to prove us wrong this spring because has not been a good acquisition up to this point.
But that was my fault, and the scouts. And I like said we had to have somebody. And I hope Neifi’ll prove us wrong. I think he’ll be much better than what he showed last year because he showed absolutely nothing when he came over.
- It's Cubs Convention time!!! If you're going, drop a note in the comments if something interesting happens. Readers MannyTrillo and Zeke offered to do write-ups on the weekend which will hopefully be up Sunday and/or Monday (if they're still up for it).
- Here's a Winter League update.
It looks like Angel Guzman and Ronny Cedeno have found their groove in the playoffs.
- What's the fun in the top 100 Cubs
, when you can have a look at the Bottom 126 Cubs
? Why won't I be surprised if there are a couple of crossovers?