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Sam Fuld and AFL on TV

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Matt Swain

Illinois engineering student, way too emotionally invested in the Cubs.

You know Sam Fuld went to Stanford and studied economics. But what you haven't heard is how he applies his intelligence to playing baseball. David Laurila of Baseball Prospectus is all over it in this free interview with Fuld. Here's a teaser that I thought was interesting:

DL: Why didn't the 2009 Cubs advance to the postseason?

SF: A lot of things went wrong. We certainly had our fair share of injuries. And we were actually in pretty good position around the beginning of August; things looked like they were going well. You know, St. Louis just played really good baseball at the end of the year. If you look at our record compared to a few years ago when we won the division, there's not a whole lot of difference. I think that maybe we won two more games that year than we did this year. But we were certainly a failure in the eyes of fans, and the media, and our expectations were really high this year, probably higher than any of the years previous. We finished above .500, we had a decent year, battling a lot of injuries, but we just never seemed to get into any kind of flow. I think that our pitching was pretty strong all year long; we just had a few guys have uncharacteristically bad years for them. I guess that's just the nature of the game. The year before, guys had great years, career years. Geo won Rookie of the Year, DeRosa had a great year, Fontenot... guys just had what appeared to be their best years. This year seemed to be the opposite.

Also, fans of the Arizona Fall League will be happy to know that two AFL games will be televised this year by the MLB Network, the Rising Stars game and the Championship. With Mesa not looking good for the championship, we should still be able to see a couple Cubs prospects, as Starlin Castro, Josh Vitters and Andrew Cashner figure to be in the running for the Rising Stars.

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