Talk about thoughts coming out of left field. You will see what I did there.
When it comes to the Cubs plan of building with youth, the front office has a big believer in their clubhouse.
“I think how baseball has changed, how the world has changed,” “What I see now is that the teams that have the big names, they don’t win.”
Those quotes came from Alfonso Soriano people. Soriano shared even more interesting thoughts with Gordon Wittenyer.
Soriano was talking about hitters, and pointed out that the San Francisco Giants have won two World Series in the last three years after winning zero with big-money free agents Barry Bonds and J.T. Snow or big-money Jeff Kent (who was acquired in a trade).
Even when it’s pointed out that the Giants have paid their pitchers well, Soriano points out that Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are homegrown Giants. So are starters Madison Bumgarner and Jonathan Sanchez. And even free agent Ryan Vogelsong was originally drafted by the Giants.
“They’re not free agents,’’ said a guy sounding a lot like the last of a dying breed. “If you play good at the right time, with the young guys, you can do something.
“In 2007 and 2008, we had a very good team, with veteran guys, big contracts, and we made the playoffs for two years,’’ Soriano said of a team built largely on a $300 million spending spree before the 2007 season. “After that the team [declined].’
Very interesting thoughts coming from a guy who represented the opposite of what he seems to buy into now. You have to wonder if you could bring these quotes back to 2007 and ask Soriano about them, what kind of look would he give you?
One thing is sure, Soriano has changed and he has supported the new front office from the get go. There is much irony here, and one example is that Soriano probably wont be here by the time this plan comes to fruition.
Though he doesn’t think it will be too far off.
“But I think now with all these young guys that have all this talent, I think that we’re not far away.”
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