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A Possible "Reason" I Could Have Included In My Book

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#1 Oswego Chris

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 03:46 PM

I am writing this based on a link that Dave Kaplan just tweeted out...

Fifteen years ago today, the Mets acquired Mike Piazza from the Marlins. Apparently the Cubs could have had Piazza and Todd Zeille but were reluctant to A) Re-acquire Zeille and his $3.5 million salary and B) give up their top catching prospect and top pitching prospect for the "rental" of Mike Piazza. Andy McPhail states in the article from 1998 that the team would find better ways to improve.

Oh, and those prospects the Cubs refused to give up...catcher Pat Cline and pitcher Todd Noel.

Yes...old guys like me remember Cline and Noel, but I think two months of Piazza for a team(the '98 Cubs) that did make the play-offs would have been worth the sorry-ass careers these two had.

At least McPhail does warrant his own reason in my book...

Thanks again for all who have purchased, and a gentle, kind reminder to give a fair and honest review on Amazon if you have the chance.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 04:41 PM

I remember that as well the Cubs throughout the history (as your book highlights) over values prospects and don't trade them until the value is zero. One of the ways I will judge Theo & Co. is how they handle trading prospects in the next few years.


This also reminds me how close we were supposedly to signing Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez - I might be confused but I thought he was ready to sign but the FO decided he wasn't worth the contract and wanted to go with the catchers they already had.  


Oh and Chris once the school year is done I'll finally finish the book... you know end of year craziness for us teachers.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:16 PM

Yes...every school is a powder keg the last few weeks of the year...I always thought maybe we should just not tell them when the last day is...just keep it a secret...and then randomly say...you're done...

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 09:01 PM

Are you referring to Damian Miller?  I was a big Miller fan tbh, but he's no Pudge

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:06 AM

When I first made the leap into obsessive baseball fandom, I believe Pat Cline was the first Cubs prospect I became aware of. I guess that would make him the very first of many top prospects to gradually turn my optimistic smiles into casual eye rolls.

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