Vote for the Cubs 2010 MVP and LVP
I do this every year, so might as well keep up tradition. In a season wrapped in disappointment and deep fried in irrelevancy, someone was still the best player on the Cubs. Someone was also the worst. Check out the numbers and cast your vote after the jump.
2009 - Lee (MVP) and Soriano (LVP)
2008 - Geovany Soto(MVP)
Your 2010 MVP Candidates
|M. Byrd||102||4.3||3.6||The bulk of the WAR value comes from generous numbers in his UZR defensive ratings which must be favorable to unnecessary dives. He was out-OPS'd by Fukudome, Soriano and Colvin.
|G. Soto||132||3.5||3.2||Generous OBP numbers thanks to being pitched around a lot while batting mostly in the bottom of the order. Nonetheless, his power came back after his disappointing 2008 season and you can't say he got himself out too often.
|| Errors aside, he's got the range to play shortstop and is the first 20-year old to hit over .300 and qualify since A-Rod (I believe).
|C. Marmol||170||3.1||3.9|| Set a Cubs record for strikeouts by a reliever, turned in 38 saves, converting his last 17.
|R. Dempster||112||3.5||3.2||200+ innings, over 200 K's, ERA+ north of 100 for third straight year.|
Your 2010 LVP Candidates
||0.8||Tried to play through neck problems, got old.
||0.1||Big money, little performance.
|| David Eckstein-lite.
|C. Zambrano||130||2.4||3.5|| Turned around his season in the 2nd half, but his loco act wore on everyone and seemed to be the beginning of the end of the 2010 season.
|L. Piniella||N/A||N/A||N/A||Checked out around May, batted Lee/Ramirez 3/4 all year, left Soto in the 7th/8th spot, kicked a puppy.|
I'll keep it open through the week and will get to our TCR prediction contest in the hopefully near future.
jdrnym 5 hours 32 min ago (view)
AZPHIL, has there been official word as to whether the 26-man roster has been extended down to the minor league levels that previously had 25-man rosters? Can't really think of a reason why that shouldn't be the case...
Arizona Phil 10 hours 28 min ago (view)
Another possibility for a "26th man" in 2020 would be a young pitcher selected in the Rule 5 Draft who has big league upside but who is clearly not yet "big league ready," or a pitcher who is out of minor league options who might not be quite MLB ready.
Cubster 12 hours 34 min ago (view)
Just sign Rick Reuschel and lets move on
crunch 13 hours 16 min ago (view)
"Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Scott Kazmir will throw for MLB teams this week.
The 36-year-old Kazmir hasn't thrown in the majors since the 2016 season, but he recently told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he that he hit 90.9 mph with his fastball during a bullpen session."
someone put another bottle of left-in-the-car warm water under the cubs hot stove and let's get this one done! woo!
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.
also, hurrah for baseball making it's return.
JustSayin' 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
College ball started Saturday. Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy. In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.
crunch 3 days 2 hours ago (view)
the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall)...so the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.
btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while. the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him. that signing probably is in the bag.
Wrigley Rat 3 days 4 hours ago (view)
I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: https://www.cubshq.com/print/news.do?id=16441&isNe... Does anyone know if this sounds legit?
Arizona Phil 4 days 8 hours ago (view)
Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players.
And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).
crunch 4 days 9 hours ago (view)
b.colon has signed to a mexican league team. woo old dudes. he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.
Cubster 4 days 17 hours ago (view)
Replacing someone like David DeJesus?
crunch 5 days 10 hours ago (view)
mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.
he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.
Eric S 5 days 14 hours ago (view)
Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade
Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs
Arizona Phil 6 days 5 hours ago (view)
Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day.
Arizona Phil 6 days 5 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 7 hours ago (view)
Q could be subbed in for any of those too