Neifi Perez

At Least Fukudome's Subconscious is Healthy

On the day of the rule 4 draft, I'll keep this short. It's based on a Sun-Times article by Gordon Wittenmyer about why Kosuke Fukudome is surprising the Cubs management with his solid performance so far in 2009. I guess the surprise is they had virtually written him off when they went out and got another multi-year contract, free-agent,  left handed hitting right fielder (OK, Bradley is a switch hitter) for the second year in a row. The article implies that the reason Fukudome was bad the second half of 2008 was that he was having subconscious mechanical problems with his swing, related to his 2007 elbow arthroscopy for the removal of bone chips.

But perhaps the most important reason and least known publicly was the affect his surgically repaired right arm had on his swing.

Fukudome had elbow surgery late in the 2007 season, and the elbow started bothering him last season right about the time his decline began in May. By the end of the season, his hitting mechanics were a mess.

''I didn't feel the pain physically, but I must have been subconsciously feeling the pain of the elbow,'' said Fukudome, still reluctant to openly admit pain. But when asked if it was a factor last season, he said, ''Probably it was.'' 

Neifi Needs You.

MLB gave their first update on the state of NL All-Star Balloting yesterday. For everyone that had any reservations about the Neifi Write-in campaign, I have a bit of information that should remove any lingering moral scruples... Nomar Garciaparra is the top NL vote-getter at SS. The totals: 1. Garciaparra, N. Cubs 235,899 2. Eckstein, D. Cardinals 212,209 3. Furcal, R. Braves 212,160

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  • @jonahkeri Joe Maddon living out Joe Maddon fanfic IRL tonight

    Rob G. 5 min 14 sec ago view
  • yes. I was at the Sean Marshall game in LF. Lou Piniella was managing. StL won 4-2, so I guess it didn't help but it was zany. Soriano/Reed Johnson and Marshall were the LF's.

    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/5854550/

    7-12-09

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?id=290712316

    On a 6 degrees of separation note: Cubs got Travis Wood in the trade that sent Sean Marshall to Cincy.

    Cubster 15 min 27 sec ago view
  • Make that 1-7, 4 RBI.

    billybucks 15 min 49 sec ago view
  • i like how strop played LF with his "crooked cap" look...that's not just for the mound.

    crunch 27 min 37 sec ago view
  • let baez pitch the 15th, he earned it.

    crunch 38 min 7 sec ago view
  • Forget the save, finally Javier!!

    cubbies.4ever 38 min 34 sec ago view
  • Can a pitcher get more than one hold in a game? Or a Win and a save?

    cubbies.4ever 41 min 34 sec ago view
  • Didn't they do this sort of thing with Sean Marshall years back? Sticking him in LF to save him to face others, but without a pitcher replacing him in LF.

    cubbies.4ever 50 min 46 sec ago view
  • This is the most beautiful thing ever.

    Transmission 54 min 50 sec ago view
  • all i wanna know is...when's d.ross gonna pitch?

    crunch 58 min 5 sec ago view
  • Maddon is over-managing the shit out of this game.

    Rob G. 1 hour 6 sec ago view
  • yeah. ...or not...

    i was a bit more confused why the guy who gave up a HR to votto last night was facing him with 2 men on.

    ...now that wood is coming in to pitch the following inning, the whole thing gets weirder. so like, okay.

    crunch 1 hour 16 sec ago view
  • Javy 0-6. At least he's consistent.

    The E-Man 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • Sweet play.

    What's with the Travis Wood stuff? Is it because he pitched the last 2 games?

    Rob G. 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • peralta (and maddon) owes zobrist a coke.

    crunch 1 hour 12 min ago view
  • #cantpredictball

    Rob G. 1 hour 19 min ago view