Cubs Tie Up Loose Ends

The Cubs and Giants played to a 1-1 tie this morning at Indian School Park Field #2 in Scottsdale, in what was the Cubs final 2010 AZ Instructional League game.

The Cubs finished with a record of 7-9-4 in Instructional League play.

Cubs 2010 7th round draft pick RHP Ben Wells (Bryant HS – Bryant, AR) got the start for the Cubs today, and threw three innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and no walks, while striking out three. In four Instructs appearances covering 7.1 IP, Wells allowed no runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out eight (0.00 ERA and 0.55 WHIP).

CF Evan Crawford singled in the third inning to extend his Instructs hitting streak to ten games (he hit safely in all ten games in which he played). In the ten games, Crawford hit 385/400/590, with four stolen bases (1 CS), and three strikeouts and no walks in 40 PA. He is probably the fastest player in the Cubs organization. (Crawford was the minor league prospect the Cubs got back from the Giants in the Mike Fontenot trade in August).

And SS Hak-Ju Lee extended his Instructs errorless streak to 11 games (all 11 games in which he played). He also hit 294/368/384 with three stolen bases (1 CS) in those 11 games.

Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):

1. Evan Crawford, CF: 1-4 (K, 1B, 6-3, 5-3, RBI)
2. Hak-Ju Lee, SS: 0-3 (6-3, 4-6 FC, 3-U)
3. Sergio Burruel, C-DH: 0-2 (L-5, 4-3, BB, PO)
4. Justin Bour, DH #1: 1-2 (2B, 4-3, BB)
5. Jae-Hoon Ha, RF: 0-3 (E5, F-9, 6-3 GIDP)
6. Logan Watkins, 2B: 0-2 (5-3 SH, 1-3, 3-1)
7. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 0-3 (K, K, 4-3)
8. Chris Huseby, LF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
9. Max Kwan, DH-C: 0-2 (6-3, K, BB, PO)
10. Dustin Geiger, 3B: 1-3 (2B, 5-3, 1-3, R)

1. Ben Wells: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 33 pitches (26 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
2. Hunter Ackerman: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 24 pitches (15 strikes), 4/2 GO/FO
3. Austin Reed: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 35 pitches (19 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
4. Alvaro Sosa: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
5. Kevin Rhoderick: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 11 pitches (7 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO

3B Dustin Geiger E-5 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base)

Sergio Burruel: 1-1 CS



WEATHER: Sunny, with temperatures in the 80’s



phillies are scouting their own pitcher (halladay) and radioing in mph/location of each pitch in real-time. micromanage much?

Blue Jays interested in Sandberg?

Ted Lilly staying with Dodgers.

I say let Ryno get some experience somewhere else before coming back to manage the Cubs. What if he bunts all the time? How will he relate to the star players? Let's see what kind of manager he is before we hire him.

What if he wins a World Series and doesn't want to come back while we have bat the best hitter 8th Mike Quade driving for top 5 draft picks?

I'd take that risk.
Ultimately, I think he needs time around current big league clubhouses and environments before he is named Cubs manager. Managing in MLB is different than the minors

Sandberg is a hall of fame player who has dealt with many personalities at the major league level. Unless you are saying that nobody who hasn't managed/coached at the big league level ever should be hired as manager, your point doesn't make sense. And if you are saying that you need experience coaching at MLB level before being hired, I am certain there are multiple counterexamples...did Piniella coach? Larussa? Bobby Cox? Joe Torre?...I am not sure of the answer for these, but am positive there are many examples disproving the concept that you need to coach at the major league level before being a manager.

Whether Sandberg is the correct choice is debatable (though I am ardently in favor of him), the debate is not, IMO, centered on previous MLB experience, particularly when considering the other parties we are interviewing.

I guess I would rather take a guy with 20 years of managing and coaching experience to one with 3 or 4 years.

Whatever risk you're attributing to his lack of being in a big league clubhouse during the regular season, is less than the risk of having an unknown, with no MLB playing experience being the manager. If you're Carlos Zambrano, who are you more likely to listen to? The hall of famer, or the guy who couldn't hit in high A at the age of 26?

Ted Roosevelt Lilly signs with Dodgers 3/44 ($$ not yet disclosed, but Ned Coletti was the original author of the Jason Schmidt contract). Rosenthal did say it was for 3 yrs.

Lilly signs with the Dodgers at 3/44.

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  • Yeah, it's the past but you keep complaining based on the past. First they tanked and shouldn't have. Now they make some comments about needing to have a budget and you say they're crying poverty -- all before any trades/signings have been made. (They signed a $155 million pitcher last year, I recall.)

    FYI, the Cubs have had a skating rink the last couple of years. It's not a permanent structure (obviously) and probably doesn't cost all that much. But who knows, maybe it'll be the reason they don't win a World Series.

  • Thanks guys! Pretty sure Bill Murray says thanks too.

  • Awesome job, Tim!

  • Classic.

  • Outfielder Chris Young signs "multiyear" contract w BoSox.

    Wow, Dombrowski is a buffoon

  • Not sure I understand the logic, especially for more than one year.

  • well, that's the past. we're left with the present. even though that past you're seeing is some weird black/white either/or where hybridization of ideas isn't allowed...nonetheless...

    the present is ice skating, movies, concerts, beer gardens, hotels, office space and other wonderful baseball activities based around a young, successful baseball team.

  • All money making ventures, which would have been offset with a reasonable TV contract that previous ownership screwed up

  • Brilliant!

  • Nah, I'll probably just contemplate how they should've done a Padres-style all-in plan.

  • of course not. maybe go ice skating and think about it a while. make advanced reservations at the hotel they're starting construction on. check new releases for possible entertainment from the movie screens they want installed. think about renting an office in the new office spaces. write a letter to the cubs requesting your favorite beer be added to the beer garden. lobby your favorite band to play the outdoor venue.

    ...and in between that maybe they can find $40-50m to invest in the product that all of this revolves around.

  • let's not get caught up on phrasing for a setup and lose the gist of the post. i don't care what one wants to call the playoff exit.

    -crapping out
    +they lost their playoff attempt

    there. now we can focus on something other than not liking the tone of a line that's setting up a point.

  • I didn't like the entire post, if that helps.

  • Making the NLCS with a young team = "crapping out of the playoffs with a young team."

  • I'm guessing 3/30 and all the two foot long hot dogs you can eat didn't work