It seems way too early to think of the Cubs as a “spoiler,” but, entering a stretch where they play a group of top teams while they, themselves, are out of it kind of feels like spoiler time, regardless of what the calendar says.
- Former Cub Mitch Williams blasted the Cubs for not having a fire sale, and for not hiring his former teammate Ryne Sandberg as the manager. The money quote: “You bring in a manager to manage in the big leagues and they don’t have a bubble gum card, [players] don’t respect [them].” There is some interesting context for Williams’ comment, into which I’m choosing not to read more than a guy flapping his gums because he really likes Ryne Sandberg. Over the past few weeks, how many times have we heard Cubs players say they still respect Mike Quade? I can think of Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano off the top of my head. Doth the Cubs players protest too much?
- Cubs’ third round draft pick Zeke DeVoss is tearing up the Northwest League in his first week and a half there. He’s gotten on base more than he’s gotten out, and he already leads the team in steals. The Cubs have him playing both center field and second base (with Brett Jackson, Matt Szczur and Jae Hoon Ha (all center fielders) ahead of DeVoss, you can be assured that second base is the position they’d like him to learn best). DeVoss received $500k to sign with the Cubs, which was 50% above the slot recommendation of $340k. His manager called him the prototypical leadoff hitter.
- Speaking of prospects, the Sun-Times put together a list of the prospects who may be called upon to step in this or next year, should various current starters move on. I hate to be untoward, but it’s not terribly well-written, and has a few flat-out mistakes. So, consider yourself caveated if you choose to read it. It’s always interesting to be thinking about prospects graduating to the big team.
- Should the Cubs be checking their players’ eye color, so that they can better perform in day games, a la Josh Hamilton? Whatever it takes.
- Randy Wells is participating in Operation Bootcamp, which is designed to raise appreciation for how difficult military life is.