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Are You Kidding Me? Sam Fuld Goes Back to the Minors

Let me get this right, the Cubs bring up a guy who leads off in back to back games and goes 2-3 both nights and plays outstanding defense and they go 2-0. So what do they do? They send him back to the minor leagues because they have no room for him on the roster. Ridiculous!

Here are the roster moves that were just announced: Sam Fuld and Kevin Hart back to Class AAA and reliever David Patton to the 15 day DL with a slight groin strain. A groin strain I am sure that he was just informed about. Because Patton was unaware he had strained his groin it does not appear to be a long term injury.

If Jim Hendry, (whose number one priority was to get a left handed run producer in the off season) had his choice, Milton Bradley have more than 19 RBI's at the halfway point he could have kept Sam Fuld for defense, speed and contact.  Then he could have also sent down Micah Hoffpauir. Instead, they keep Hoffpauir for his bat with Milton and Soriano continuing to struggle mightily.

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OrangeKrush said:

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I agree completely. The runaway freight train that is Buzzkill Bradley rolls on.

spraytanfan said:

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So who would you have sent down or released, Kap?

OrangeKrush said:

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You send down Bradley!

spraytanfan said:

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I hope that is sarcasm, OrangeKrush.

Hey Kap:

"If Jim Hendry, whose number one priority was to get a left handed run producer in the off season, had his choice (Milton Bradley) have more than 19 RBI's at the halfway point he could have kept Sam Fuld for defense, speed and contact and sent down Micah Hoffpauir."

Is Mike Fontenot proofreading your work again?

David Kaplan said:

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I would have sent down Micah Hoffpauir who is hitting in the .170's in June. He is a career minor leaguer who has very little value to this team. Fuld can run, defend and he is a contact hitter. The Cubs don't seem to prioritize defense.

spraytanfan said:

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Thanks for the clarification.

Ramboner said:

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"He is a career minor leaguer who has very little value to this team. Fuld can run, defend and he is a contact hitter. The Cubs don't seem to prioritize defense."

Read your first sentence there Kap. And what is Sam Fuld? I believe a life time minor leaguer, yes?

Hoffpauir, is Darryl Ward's replacement as a power hitting PINCH HITTER. What is Fuld going to do in a pinch hit? Throw his purse at the ball?

OrangeKrush said:

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And meanwhile Bradley strikes out, fouls out, and lines out. You guys have to recognize the real problem in the middle of the lineup!

Ivy Walls said:

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Kap: You are probably correct and you should have Nate Silver on to discuss the little known statistic on pitching/defense and the concept that getting the out or more importantly negating an on base event at the MLB level is most important.

Therefore a Fuld is important. Actually the stat is sitting there for all to figure out. The average OBP in MLB is around .325 +/-, (you can reverse it with the average WHIP somewhere around 1.40) so basically----meaning that between 1 and 2 batters average being on base in a given inning.

Give a team an extra out and statistically you suddenly almost gift a run. Bob Knight would say this is like the turnover ratio, give a team more opportunities to score and you lose.

Ramboner said:

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Look up the definiton of "knee jerk reaction" in the dictionary and that picture of Kaplan at the top of the page is what you'll see. Fuld deserves to stay on the roster after a few measily games? By that account, Hoffpauir should be starting at 1B for the production he had the first few weeks.

Ramboner said:

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Look up the definiton of "knee jerk reaction" in the dictionary and that picture of Kaplan at the top of the page is what you'll see. Fuld deserves to stay on the roster after a few measily games? By that account, Hoffpauir should be starting at 1B for the production he had the first few weeks.

Rich G. said:

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As usual, I agree with you Kap but I'm not the least bit surprised by the move. The minute I saw that Fuld was not in the lineup on Friday, I knew he was being sent down on Monday. They no doubt kept him on the bench as not to see him possibly continue his stellar play and make it harder from a P.R. standpoint to send him down.

Curt from Naperville said:

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Hoffpauir is a career minor leaguer, but until a week or two ago, so was Fuld. With Johnson back, I'd rather have him back up all three outfield positions (and Fukadome also has some value there) and keep Fox and Hoffpauir around as a possible lefty/righty combo to sub for the slumping Soriano and underperforming Bradley. (By the way, has anyone ever considered Bradley in the leadoff spot? His OBP is among the best on the team.)

Side note: Of the 19 games Hoffpauir played in June, eleven were as a pinch-hitter. He's now 7 for 29 as a pinch hitter (I'm assuming all of his one AB appearances are pinch hitting, and the remainder are not), but 2 for his last 18. Perhaps putting someone who's played every day the majority of his career in that role as a rookie isn't the best plan.

Rizzo said:

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Kap, Is poor defense the problem with the Cubs? Seems to me the problem all season has been putting runs on the board. You're saying we've got a better shot scoring runs with Fuld then Hoffpauir? That doesn't seem to make much sense.

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