A List of Outfielders Who Have Posted More fWAR than Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler debuted in 2014. Here is a short list of the outfielders who have produced more fWAR since the beginning of 2014 than he has: Mike Trout Andrew McCutchen Bryce Harper Lorenzo Cain Jason Heyward Yoenis Cespedes Jose Bautista Giancarlo Stanton Alex Gordon Michael Brantley Kevin Kiermaier A.J. Pollock Starling Marte Ben Zobrist Nelson Cruz Adam Eaton Adam Jones Kole Calhoun J.D. Martinez Christian Yelich Carlos Gomez Justin Upton Mookie Betts Yasiel Puig Dexter … Continue reading

The Kris Bryant debut: Skipping Class and Drinking Beer

No surprise to anyone Kris Bryant is your 2015 National League Rookie of the Year. He made his much-debated debut April 17th. The Kris Bryant debut for me was the most excited I had ever been for an MLB debut. Out of the big time Cubs debuts in my lifetime: Castro, Rizzo, Soler, Baez, Schwarber, Bryant, only the Soler debut doesn’t have a fun story or reason I missed. I missed Starlin Castro’s debut because … Continue reading

Game Notes: 5/1 Greenville @ Hagerstwon

This past Friday, I made the two and a half hour slog through I-495 and I-270 traffic to get up to Hagerstown, Maryland, to see the Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox) face the Hagerstown Suns (Washington Nationals). The traffic was awful, it almost rained, and Rafael Devers sat the game out. Fortunately, I had the pleasure of sitting near a very nice couple, Tim and Judy, and their nephew Joel, who was about to ship … Continue reading

Game Recap: Lynchburg @ Potomac, 4/26/2015

Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day for baseball, and I was finally able to drag my butt on down to Prince William County to see the Potomac Nationals (Washington Nationals). It was a sunny, high-60s day, there were a ton of dogs in the ballpark, and the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland Indians) were bringing a prospect-heavy outfield to the double header. I really had no choice but to be there. Lynchburg won both halves of the … Continue reading

Bryant’s effect on the lineup

With the excitement over Kris Bryant being recalled Friday we can discuss the potential lineup Joe Maddon will roll out.  The power in the middle of the Cubs lineup was excellent with Rizzo and Soler now enter Kris Bryant.  These are fun times to be a Cubs fan. When I posed the question about potential lineups with Bryant I received some good responses.  The question is whether he will be eased in or thrown into … Continue reading

Acquisitions: Rebuilding teams vs. Competitive teams

Since 2011 when Theo, Jed and Jason were hired the Cubs have been wheeling and dealing.  They have been stacking up on talent since then to build a team set for “sustained success.”  As the Cubs, it seems, have turned the corner lets take a look at the front offices best moves and worst moves based on the value they have for the Cubs.  Along with the Cubs I looked at the Astros who went … Continue reading

The ’69 Cubs

When I was 9 years old, there was a lot of optimism surrounding that year and the future of the Cubs.  It reminds me a little bit of what I am now feeling as a soon to be 55 year old.  Wow, that is a lot of years!  However, that is one of the things I like most about baseball and the Cubs.  With any sliver of hope, I can look at the coming season … Continue reading

Time to appreciate to Aramis Ramirez

I have always found it odd the affection Cubs fans have had for certain players. We have seen the social media explosion when players like Tony Campana were traded away. Also, when David Dejesus came back to Wrigley Field after being traded in 2013 he received a standing ovation from the Wrigley faithful. Although he had a pretty good run with the Cubs he only played for them for a little over a year. Other … Continue reading

Why Jon Lester Should Not Sign with the Cubs

I’d like to point out that I for one am on my knees praying, begging for Jon Lester to sign with the Cubs. We all understand that there is a lot to love when it comes to the Cubs: young talent, good bullpen, great manager, strong farm system and the thought of being part of the team that breaks the curse. One reason that he should not sign with the Cubs is if they do … Continue reading

Other Greg Madduxes

If you’ve had the displeasure to hear Todd Hollandsworth talk about baseball, or have a twitter account, you’ve run into one of the most aggressively wrong pieces of analysis in existence today: The Kyle Hendricks/Greg Maddux comp. It’s honestly incredible that anyone could think that’s a valid comparison. I could write a thousand words on the wrongness of the idea that there is a meaningful comparison between the two pitchers other than the velocity they … Continue reading