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Posts in category "Infielders"

The fight for the last bench spot

The fight for the last bench spot
This is a battle I know all too well. In fact, given my extensive personal history of watching a lot of high school games from some of the closest seats in the house with a uniform on, I feel I am perhaps extra qualified to delve into this topic, and it might explain my interest... Read more »

The surprising case of Arismendy Alcantara

The surprising case of Arismendy Alcantara
I am probably guilty at times of getting overly attached to a prospect and hoping he will pan out even a while after the evidence has begun to point to the contrary. This might be the case with Arismendy Alcantara, but I am still holding out hope for a resurgence on his part, and the... Read more »

No Defense For Castro's Defense

No Defense For Castro's Defense
In the picture Cubs fans dream about—you know, that one where the rebuilding effort has flourished and Wrigley Field is rocking with excitement on a nightly basis as Chicago prepares for a pennant chase—Starlin Castro is the short stop.  But that image becomes blurred, and seems further and further from reality, when he continues to... Read more »
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Cubs News and Notes: Scrappy infielder version

Cubs News and Notes: Scrappy infielder version
Back when I was a kid playing baseball, and by kid I mean 7 years old, I had dreams of being a ballplayer.   I was the opposite of what you see today where parents hold back their kids a grade so they can succeed in sports.  I was a full year younger than many... Read more »

Candidates to be Starlin Castro's future DP partner

Candidates to be Starlin Castro's future DP partner
Tinkers and Evers.  Kessinger and Beckert. Dunston and Sandberg. Castro and ??? Barring a setback or complete lack of progress, Starlin Castro figures to remain a fixture at SS for the Cubs for the foreseeable future.  He’s 21 years old.  He’ll be here for a while.  The real question is who will be he his... Read more »

Cubs looking at dealing for SS Hiroyuki Nakajima

Cubs looking at dealing for SS Hiroyuki Nakajima
According to Ken Rosenthal, the agent for Hiroyuki Nakajima has broached the possibility of a sign and trade from the New York Yankees.  The Yankees won the rights to negotiate with Nakajima with a $2.5 M bid.  With the Yankees, Nakajima was viewed strictly as a versatile backup who could spell Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter,... Read more »
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Is Junior Lake for real?

Is Junior Lake for real?
It seemed to be a big question yesterday as Lake played SS and batted 3rd or the AFL rising stars game last night. The bombardment of questions obviously obviously bothered Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein as he seemed to gleefully report anything that Lake did wrong during the game.  Meanwhile Keith Law has said on multiple... Read more »

15 Most Memorable Cub Utility Infielders of the Past 50 Years

2009-2010
With Darwin Barney and Augie Ojeda waging an epic battle for an opening at utility infielder, it’s time for some nostalgia again.  Last time we covered some favorite reserve outfielders and now it’s the infielders turn.  I had a great suggestion from a commenter to expand the list a bit.  I’ve decided to take this... Read more »