Photo Gallery: The Baseball Factory/Under Armour All-Star Game

The minor league recap will be out a little later this morning.  In the meantime, here are some photos taken at the Baseball Factory/ Under Armour All-Star Game.  These are some of the names and faces to know for next year's draft...

(All photos by Stacey Arguello).


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  • Thanks, but no thanks. I'm sick of the draft dance and the hype over prospects. I want to see the kids we have start to play the game. Maybe the call-ups will soothe my angst, but this organization isn't getting it done.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    Some -- actually many, of our readers like the draft, the minors, and the bigger picture. There is a process in this organization that goes beyond the day to day performance of the team. We cover that process and the entire organization. This gallery and the recaps are for those readers.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    As much as I want the Cubs to win the world series yesterday, and as painful as it is to watch them play everyday, I am enjoying witnessing & following the "process" & the "bigger picture" as it leads to sustained success AND the world series. Nobody covers it as well as you do, John.

  • In reply to Cub Fan Dan:

    Thanks Dan. It's the behind the work scenes and right now, the fun part to me -- once the Cubs take care of his foundation, things will begin to take care of themselves at the upper levels. The organization needs to work from the bottom up, not the top down.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    The vast majority of readers visit this blog precisely because John is dedicated to covering the minor league system. If you don't like it, reading something else is a wonderful option for you. The Internet is large and vast.

  • Do you think they will change their drafting philosophy
    (i.e., college vs high school) talent

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    No, I think they'll stick to what they know best. They'll go BPA and then start thinking about need as they get deeper in the draft. They'll also probably prefer college hitters (though they are scarce this year for the top of the draft).

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I really like Trea Turner if a solid arm isn't available when the Cubs pick.

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    See the picture of Tom Gordon and think: man, that kid is developed. Then I realize: Oh, wait, that's no kid...

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Ha! Tom is still in real good shape. I got to talk to him for a bit. We could sure use that big curveball in that bullpen right now.

  • The pictures are fun to look at. Thank you Stacey for a job well done.

  • In reply to John57:

    Thanks. She's learning to take pictures and she gets some pretty good ones from time to time, especially when she focuses on the player more than the action. She enjoys it so it's cool for me -- I don't even have to ask!

  • I forgot to mention it yesterday but I would add Dykstra's son as a player I was impressed by. Any thoughts on him?

  • In reply to Lee Smith HOF:

    I think he played well. Athletic guy, plays the game hard like his father did. Has a chance to stay in the infield and provide a little pop, which would make him an interesting prospect.

  • John, sorry I missed meeting you before the game at Bernie's/Rock-it. I was looking forward to thanking you in person for the ticket and the excellent job you do on the website.

    I didn't get to the stadium until about 10:30 thanks in part to the the epic clusterf#ck that the state of Illinois is perpetrating along I-90. I figured you guys had metriculated close by, but it was nice to stretch my legs and get some excercise by walking around the stadium a couple of times. I did eventually run into a couple of folks at Bernie's once it opened and sat with them for a few minutes.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    Next time, I guess. I never realized Bernie's actually opened, otherwise we would have wandered our way back there.

  • John love the work all you guys do. Idon't think there is another site that covers a team as thoroughly from top to bottom as you do. I had a chance to watch some of that game and had to laugh when I realized the home team lost again at Wrigley. Really has become the Unfriendly Confines this year.

  • In reply to kansascub:

    Haha! I think the team that lost the coin flip had to be the home team. And thanks for the kind words.

  • John, an off-topic question for your readers if I may:

    Where I reside, I do not have access to Cub games on their non-WGN Chicago cable broadcasts.

    My question is: Do they run the same commercials as on the WGN telecasts? The ones which they've run, unchanged, since opening day? The ones they repeat every three innings? The ones which prompt an instant channel switch for three minutes? The ones which they showed for 15 grating innings yesterday? If I hear that Bud Lite screeching woman or a Sasquatch vs The Jerks commercial once more, I may go all Elvis on the TV.

    The game broadcasts themselves are much improved with JD. I can't say I miss Brenly.

  • Ha! Try listening to the radiocast. I found that I'd rather hear the opposing team's announcers and commercials which change every three to four days then listen to Keith Morland and Pat Hughes. I don't understand how the advertising can be so bad during baseball games- I thought this was big business!

  • In reply to good4you:

    Sounds like a good suggestion. Thanks.

  • Man, I really wanted to go to this game. Unfortunately, I had a commitment out of town. How did Toussaint look?

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