Vote for Cubs 2011 MVP and LVP
2011 Cubs MVP
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Previous winners include:
- 2010 - Carlos Marmol
- 2009 - Derrek Lee
- 2008 - Geovany Soto
WAR values come from Baseball Reference, ranking is for team of course, not the league.
|Castro||307/342/431 111 OPS+, 2.2 WAR||1st in BA, H, 2B, 3B, R + 2nd in SB, 4th in OBP|
|Garza||10-10, 3.20 ERA, 198 IP, 197 K, 118 ERA+, 2.5 WAR,||1st in ERA, W, K, WHIP + 2nd in IP for starters|
|Marshall||2.26 ERA, 5 SV, 34 HLDS, 173 ERA+, 2.5 WAR||1st in ERA, WHIP and HLDS|
|Ramirez||306/361/510 136 OPS+, 3.6 WAR
||1st in RBI, SLG + 2nd in BA, H, R, HR, OBP|
|Ricketts||Fired Hendry, spent a lot on the draft|
2011 Cubs LVP
Click here if you're having issues with the poll within the post. Previous losers were:
- 2010 - Lou Piniella
- 2009 - Alfonso Soriano
|Jim Hendry||left team with little rotation depth, and lots of dead weight on contracts.|
|Carlos Marmol||2-6, 4.01 ERA, 34 SV, 10 BSV, 98 ERA+, 0.9 WAR||blew league leading 10 Saves|
|Mike Quade||acted very confused, consistently...|
|Alfonso Soriano||244/289/469 104 OPS+, 1.4 WAR||if you care to concentrate on the value portion of LVP, Soriano gave little bang for the buck|
|Carlos Zambrano||9-7, 4.82 ERA, 145.2 IP, 81 ERA+, 1.4 WAR||similar to Soriano, money paid grossly overstated to performance given. May have kicked a puppy.|
I'll leave it open through the end of the week. Comments always appreciated.
Awesome report, and good to see Beeler on his way back.
I'm also very happy to hear about the bi-level bump for Daniel Lewis. In the Name of Theo, he was the Last of the Full-Season Cuts, and There Will Be Blood for those who unnecessarily slow his development. Sure, he might end up in independent ball pitching for Lincoln. But if everything breaks right, he may even have a shot at joining up with the Gangs of Chicago. I wouldn't bet My Left Foot on it, though.
CHARLIE: The Cubs did the same thing with LHSP Eric Jokisch last month, and it has nothing to do with needing the player's 40-man roster slot.
The hope is that another MLB club will claim the player, so that you aren't on the hook for any termination pay (which you would be if you release him) AND you pick up $20,000 from the claiming team, all for a guy you don't want going forward anyway.
Moosetacos, I like it. All I can think of is a bearded lumberjack dude operating a Mexican style taco truck with a Canadian accent.
How strange is this for May? Is it insignificant, or does it suggest some sort of trade might be in the works?
Cubs MLB 40-man roster now stands at 37 (three slots open).
yow...the a.gordon/m.moustakas collision now makes the schwarb collision look minor in scope.
dodgers calling up julio urias for tommorow's game. neat.
Tony LaRussa, still an idiot
Gleyber also in the picture at second.
Losing the right way
Be sure to read this fine article about Yosh and Nobe Kawano.
He is a hyperactive dynamo on the field, a protypical lead-off hitter who is looking to get on base any way he can, a triple machine (if there is such a thing) when he does make solid contact, a daring baserunner who goes berserk once he is on base, and a CF who plays a "no fear" crash & burn style of defense.
Guys like that sometimes get injured more-often than the average player, but if he can stay healthy and continue to progress, I believe he will be an MLB CF, or at worst a 4th OF.
Hey, AZ, are you as high on DJ Wilson as your pal John Arguello is?