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Chicago Cubs Headlines for Sunday: Let the Annual Hawk in the Hall Discussion Begin


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When searching for Baseball Hall of Fame photos, you just hope to get lucky. Today, I hit the jackpot. We've all dreamed of finding a photo with these three men in it, and today I've helped all our dreams come true. Let's hear it for me.

Before we get to the Hawk in the Hall stuff, Uncle Phil has heard a whisper about the Cubs. This one's really out of left field, so we'll run it first.

The Cubs clearly aren't blown away by any of the center fielders on the free agent market, preferring to explore trades. One name to file away is Fernando Perez. Speedy, bright and the holder of a .375 minor league on-base percentage, the Rays switch hitter, 27 in April, would be an interesting gamble complicated because he is recovering from shoulder surgery. Scott Podsednik's ability to lead off keeps him in consideration alongside Marlon Byrd and Rick Ankiel .

I know nothing of this  Fernando Perez, but I know he's not Scotty Pods or Rick Ankiel, and that makes me like him.

On to the HOF stuff. I don't have time to read all their ballots and pick out the fun stuff, but here's the link to the Trib writers' ballots.

Chris De Luca of the Sun-Times talked to Tony Gwynn. Here's what Tony said about the Hawk when De Luca asked him two years ago if there were a player that isn't in that should be.

Gwynn didn't miss a beat. And he listed just one name.

''Andre Dawson,'' Gwynn said. ''He was a dominant player in our league, a former MVP. As far as right fielders go, he was the guy you watched on a daily basis. Great defender, great arm, great instincts. He hit for power, he hit for average, he could steal a bag. He was one of the best players in our league. When I started out, he was The Man.''


De Luca then uses shoddy logic to explain why the Hawk might get in this year.


Dawson's time finally might arrive next month, when results from the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 2010 BBWAA election are revealed. He got 361 votes last year, the most of anyone not voted in. But that was good for only 67 percent of the ballots, short of the 75 percent needed for election.

Ballots are being mailed back to the BBWAA during the next week, and the time appears right for Dawson. There isn't a particularly strong class this year. Former White Sox infielder Roberto Alomar, making his debut on the ballot, and pitcher Bert Blyleven, appearing on his 13th, give Dawson his toughest competition.


I wish there were more to discuss, but I haven't found it. Have a super day!



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Perkins said:

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Once Bert Blyleven, Tim Raines, and Ron Santo are in the HoF, then I might be able to drum up some enthusiasm for Dawson's campaign.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Blyleven spells his name "Bert?" That's weird.

gravedigger said:

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yeah... That's my aunt's name. He has a girl's spelling of his name.

Perkins said:

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Yeah, it's short for Aalbert. He's Dutch.

Faith Plus 1 said:

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MB did a good writeup of Dawson. Even if he does go to the hall we clearly see he's NOT going in a Cub.

gravedigger said:

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is ANYTHING going to happen this offseason?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hey, we re-signed John Grabow, what more do you want?

gravedigger said:

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Good point.

Faith Plus 1 said:

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They've already expressed interest in Matt Capps just to have him snatched away by the Washington f'ing Nationals. One step at a time.

DeeEmSea said:

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Perez had 156 strikeouts in 511 at bats in AAA during the 2008 season...yikes! I would rather see Reed and Fuld platooning in CF.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Can someone please explain Sam Fuld's charm to me? I mean, other than the fact that he crashes into walls and plays baseball "the right way," which apprently doesn't include hitting the baseball.

Perkins said:

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Well, he's not that great, but in the few interviews I've seen with him, he has shown an understanding of sabermetrics and talent valuation keener than I'd expect out of a baseball player. He might have a future in the front office.

Though he's still probably below average on the field.

JulieDiCaro said:

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He's got a higher ZR in CFer than either Pie or Ellsbury (those were the other two I looked at). I have no problem with him defensively, I just don't know that we've seen enough of him at the plate to warrant him a starting position.

Perkins said:

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Yeah, I meant including what he does at the plate he's probably below average. I'd guess about 1.5-1.8 WAR, and that may be generous.

gravedigger said:

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Sometimes he looks cute.

DeeEmSea said:

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Fuld made the most of his opportunity with the Cubs with a .409 OBP. He is selective at the plate and shows good discipline. He is one of those players that always gets his uniforms dirty and would do anything to help the team win. He is fun to watch in the field robbing Manny of a homer, crashing into the wall to make a play as you said, and giving max effort every time out.

JulieDiCaro said:

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He's not an everyday player. He's this year's Mike Fontenot. Put him out there every day and watch the fan base grow to hate him.

Doc said:

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Diving into walls all season won't compensate for the fact the he'll have only 2 rbi by the all-star break.

I'm starting to think that Reedz is the best option in center...full time.

Faith Plus 1 said:

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I wouldn't go that far Doc.

Perkins said:

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Reed Johnson is never the best option.

JulieDiCaro said:

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hee hee hee. though i would think he's rather limited in weather locations. unless he's going to use the prequels (coughlosercough)

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