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NEWEST CUB CRYPE MEMBER: BIGGEST HYPED CRYPE OF 2000'S
Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:07 AM
CHICAGO CUBS ALL-TIME CRYPE TEAM
PITCHERS(7)- Herman Segelke, Rick James, Bobby Brownlie, Mark Pawelek, Ben Christenson , Lance Dickson, Drew Hall
INFIELDERS(6)- Ty Griffen, Gary Scott, Bobby Hill, Hee-Seop Choi, Luis Montanez, Terry Hughes
OUTFIELDERS(4)- Earl Cunningham, Ryan Harvey, Darrin Jackson, Brooks Kieschnick
CATCHER(1)- Bill Hayes
Today's entry might seem a bit harsh since he has hung on to have a 12 year MLB career(mostly as a 4th OF). He has also made more than 15 million during that time. So to say he is a "total" bust might seem unfair. However, when as a minor leaguer you are drawing comparisons to Ken Griffey Jr.(and this guy was) and your career comes closer to
Tony Gwynn Jr's, you are Cub Crype. In fact, he may be a captain of the Crype team.
COREY PATTERSON-OF 1998 1ST RD (3RD PICK OVERALL)
Maybe it's just something about the name Corey(sorry to all you Coreys out there). But lets take a look at some other Coreys: Corey Haim(dead), Corey Feldman (dead career), and Corey Hart ( not the Brewer Corey Hart, the one who wears his Sunglasses at Night and is probably also dead because of it).
The Cub Prospect Hype machine worked overtime on Corey Patterson. He was the second coming, or maybe even the first coming. Five tools, Can't miss, similar to Griffey Jr, and even consistently ranked in Baseball America.( he even fooled the smart people)
Not to "toot my own horn", but I can still remember the first time I saw this prospect messiah... and I was extremely disappointed. First off, he was a bit on the short side,no offense to the vertically challenged, but I expected to see a big strapping stud...not a 5'8 somewhat muscley guy. Then there was the swing, which had a big loop in it. The kind of swing that you can tell, if he connects...wham!...but I knew he was going to whiff a lot. So my Crype radar was even going off back then.
So Corey had a couple of marginally successful seasons with the Cubs, was shipped off to Baltimore as part of the MHSSPA(McPhail/Hendry Shared Shit Prospect Agreement) and has clanked around the big leagues ever since as a guy who can come of the bench and steal a base for you, hit an occasional HR, and strike out a lot.
Some other interesting Corey facts:
- yes, he did win a World Series ring with the Cards this year(thank you Ron Washington!)
- he has worn 9 different numbers throughout his career, so if you are a Corey Patterson jersey collector, it will be a challenge to complete the set.
- career batting average of .252(yuck!) career OPS .691( double yuck!)
- Players drafted after Corey in 1998- C.C. Sabathia, Mark Texieira, Adam Dunn, Cliff Lee, Matt Holliday, and Barry Zito. (insert own HOLY SH@# type comment)
Welcome to the Chicago Cubs All-Time Crype Team Corey, and when the word "crype" makes into Webster's Dictionary someday, you may be the picture next to the word.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 12:31 PM
Which is totally unfair, by the way, because, as you note, Patterson also always had a huge hole in his swing.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:29 PM
Posted 05 November 2011 - 12:42 PM
Posted 07 November 2011 - 12:45 PM
Yup, you win.
True story: I had a game-used Patterson bat that I, at the time, reluctantly gave up in my divorce (wasn't anything formally written; she asked, I wilted). Me thinks it all worked out for the better.............
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