Steve Stone is criticizing the Cubs handling of Tyler Colvin once again.
"I'd like to congratulate Jim Hendry," Steve Stone said on the Mully and Hanley Show. "Because after 20 years in the major leagues, he has figured out that young kids need to get at-bats... I don't know the answer to this, but last year was a golden opportunity to find out one way or the other, if Tyler Colvin could actually play.
"You pretty much knew that [Kosuke] Fukudome was not your future. The jury is out on whether Colvin is their future. But not having raised a left-handed run producer for 30 years out of their system, you would think that they would have found out about Colvin last year. They didn't know last year if Tyler Colvin could play everyday. I know he had some pretty decent numbers, but they didn't know if he could play everyday.
"The advantage of having as bad of contracts as the Cubs have," Stone said. "Is that when they do come off the books after this year, there's going to be in the neighborhood of $40 to $50 million to spend. Now if they spend it as poorly as they did last time there;s going to be a problem."
Stone took shots at Lou Piniella last year on Colvin not playing over Kosuke Fukudome. Stone has a point when it comes to Colvin, I've been saying it all year.
Find a way to get him some at bats. Yes Fukudome has played very well so far, and Alfonso Soriano got off to good start power wise.
You do know however that Fukudome will go thru his usual decline after April and he isn't part of your future. Find out if Colivn is part of a future outfield that Hendry has mentioned before.
The only way I can rationalize giving Fukudome all the playing time in right is to increase the possibility of a trade. As for Soriano, that option (trade) may be hopeless. Mike Quade could give Soriano at least one day off a week, and the same goes for Marlon Byrd. Byrd is another player that won't likely be here next season.
Just another frustrating situation on the north side, at least give the fans a .500 team that has an upside.