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#1 Luke D

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:42 PM

Now this is quality entertainment. Look at some of the names and things said here...nearly all absurd.

We may be in a similar state ten years hence, as we rebuild. So, if you find the time, read and enjoy.

http://www.baseballa...chat020703.html

#2 Crockett

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:55 PM

I absolutely remember reading this chat in college. How depressing to dredge up some of those names...like Nic Jackson.

#3 Crockett

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:56 PM

Also this:



Jim Callis: I still think Jim Riggleman did a decent job of juggling trying to preserve Wood while chasing a wild-card spot. Prior's mechanics and work ethic are so far ahead of Wood's, I don't see him getting hurt. I could see Prior winning 15 games and striking out 250 batters this year. Not a lightning-round brief answer, but hey, it's Mark Prior.

#4 college_of_coaches

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 03:37 PM

Here's another sad statement, regarding Angel Guzman:

"Some in the organization think he might follow Mark Prior's express route from Double-A to the majors this year. I'm not aware of any injury history with him."

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:20 PM

Q: Ismael E Rabassa from Isabela, PR asks:

Please, take a guess of what will be the Cubs major league rotation by 2005.
A: Jim Callis: Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, Matt Clement, Juan Cruz, Angel Guzman.

Actual Cubs 2005 rotation:
Greg Maddux, Carlos Zambrano, Mark Prior, Jerome Williams, and Kerry Wood/Sergio Mitre.

#6 Brett

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:50 PM

Wow. That's a hell of a find. Interesting, enlightening, and depressing, all in one.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:44 PM

So depressing.
Peg: Oh Al! Did you miss me?
Al: With every bullet, so far.

#8 Luke

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:59 PM

On the one hand, I'm half tempted to go back and figure out what on earth happened to a bunch of those guys. There's a lot of "ouch" reading that chat.

And on the other hand, it's somewhat encouraging. The Cubs farm system was seen as loaded at the time, but I feel better about the system today than I did then.

Mainly, I feel better about the crew building the system. The Cubs took their foot off the accelerator and piled up some cheap and abysmal drafts in the years after this was written. I do not see that happening this time around. Player development is, in no small degree, a volume game. To get a lot out of a system, you have to put a lot into it.

#9 Stinky Pete

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:35 AM

I didn't read the whole thing, but I liked the comment from the guy asking if he could take legal action against his parents for raising him as a Cubs fan.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 05:14 AM

Like you all have said that was a fun and depressing read. It's funny to see an expert be so completely wrong.

#11 Beer Baron

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:01 AM

One question was about who the Cubs would take with the #6 pick in that year's draft. So I had to go look at the draft and see how it fell (sadly that pick was Ryan Harvey). Interestingly the 8th pick (2 after the Cubs) was Ian Stewart and 2 picks after that Paul Maholm. So who's laughing now. Also didn't realize in the 48th round that year the Cubs picked some dude named Tim Lincecum...wonder what ever happened to him.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:08 AM

Nix Jackson Was one of the most exciting players I have watched. Too bad he got hurt

#13 Mr. P

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 09:08 AM

Thanks for this, now I have to explain why I was crying at work.

#14 Still Love the Cubs

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 09:23 AM

Q: Matthias Peters-Kroll from Franklin and Marshall Colllege asks:
do the braves or cubs have the best set of minor league arms in all of baseball?
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A:
Jim Callis: Cubs.

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#15 Luke

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:19 PM

Q: Matthias Peters-Kroll from Franklin and Marshall Colllege asks:
do the braves or cubs have the best set of minor league arms in all of baseball? Posted Image

A:
Jim Callis: Cubs.

:blink:


At the time, I'd have agreed. Of course, nearly all of those Cub pitchers had their careers derailed by prolonged and nasty injuries, but for the short time they were healthy, it was a darn good bunch of pitchers.

When dealing with prospects, quantity is right up there in importance with quality.




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