How the All-Star team would look if I picked the teams

I’ll do this before the All-Star game also

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Catcher: A.Avila (Det) 297. 9 hr’s 33 rbi’s

1st Baseman: Adrian Gonzales (Bos) 336. 12 hr’s 55 rbi’s

2nd Baseman: Robinson Cano (NYY) .273 12 hr’s 39 rbi’s

3rd Baseman: Alex Rodriguez (NYY) .276 11 hr’s 34 rbi’s

Shortstop: A.Cabrera (CLE) .302 12 hr’s 42 rbi’s

Left Field: Jose Bautista (TOR) .345 20 hr’s 41 rbi’s

Center Field: Curtis Granderson (NYY) .264 18 hr’s 43 rbi’s

Right Field: Carlos Quinten (CHW) .270 17 hr’s 46 rbi’s

SP: J.Weaver (LAA) 7-4 2.24 E.R.A.

Bench

Catcher:

Matt Wieters (BAL) .270 5hr’s 28 rbi’s

1st Baseman

Paul Konerko (CHW) .318 15 hr’s 49 rbi’s

Miguel Caberea (DET) .317 13 hr’s 45 rbi’s

2nd Baseman

Howie Kendrick (LAA) .301 7 hr;s 18 rbi’s

3rd Baseman

A.Beltre (Texas) .260 12 hr’s 46 rbi’s

Shortstop

Alexi Ramirez (CHW) .298 6 hr’s 33 rbi’s

Y. Escobar (TOR) .286 7 hr’s 24 rbi’s

Outfield

Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS) .310 7 hr’s 32 rbi’s

Alex Gordon (K.City) .284 7 hr’s 33 rbi’s

Matt Joyce (T.Bay) .338 10 hr’s 34 rbi’s

D.Span (Min) .294 2 hr’s 15 rbi’s

DH: David Ortiz (Bos) .326 15 hr’s 36 rbi’s

Pitchers

Justin Verlander (DET) 7-3 2.89 e.r.a.

D.Haren (LAA) 5-4 2.41 e.r.a.

Josh Becket (BOS)t 5-2 2.06 e.r.a.

Alex Ogando (TEX) 7-0 2.10 e.r.a.

M.Rivera (NYY) 16 sav 1.90 e.r.a

K.Farnsworth (T.Bay) 13 sav 1.17 e.r.a.

N. Felzi (Tex) 13 sav 1.21 e.r.a.

C.Perez (Cle) 15 sav 2.70 e.r.a.

D.Pauley (Sea) 4-0 0.99 e.r.a.

A.Crow (K.C.) 2-0 1.47 e.r.a.

G.Gonzales (Oak) 5-4 2.62 e.r.a

C.C. Sabathia (N.Y.Y) 7-4 3.15 e.r.a.

J.Shields (T.Bay) 5-4 2.85 e.r.a.

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Catcher: B.Mcann (Atlanta) .304 7 hr’s 32 rbi’s

1st Baseman: Joey Votto (Cin) .336 8 hr’s 38 rbi’s

2nd Baseman: Ricki Weeks (Mil) .275 11 hr’s 26 rbi’s

3rd Baseman: P.Polanco (Phi) .310 3 hr’s 33 rbi’s

Shortstop: J.Reyes (NYM) .335 1 hr 23 rbi’s

Left Field: Ryan Braun (Mil) .312 13 hr’s 45 rbi’s

Center Field: Matt Kemp (L.A.) .329 18 hr’s 53 rbi’s

Right Field: Jay Bruce (Cin) .297 17 hr’s 47 rbi’s

SP: R. Halladay (Phi) 8-3 2.56 e.r.a.

Bench

Catcher:

Y. Molina (StL) .314 4 hr’s 24 rbi’s

1st Baseman:

A. Pujols (St.L) .277 14 hr’s 40 rbi’s

P. Fielder (Mil) .301 17 hr’s 55 rbi’s

2nd Baseman:

Brandon Phillips (Cin) .285 5 hr’s 34 rbi’s

3rd Baseman:

  1. Headley (S.D.) .274 2 hr’s 23 rbi’s

Shortstop:

S.Castro (ChC) .303 1 hr 27 rbi’s

T. Tulowitzki (Col) .264 11 hr;s 40 rbi’s

Outfield:

H. Pence (Hou) .315 8 hr’s 45 rbi’s

A. Eithier (L.A.) .335 5 hr’s 32 rbi’s

  1. Berkman (StL) .331 15 hr’s 45 rbi’s

J. Upton (Ari) .272 11 hr’s 30 rbi’s

PITCHERS:

  1. Kershaw (LA) 6-3 3.44 e.r.a.

C.Hamles (Phi) 8-2 2.58 e.r.a.

T. Lincecum (S.F.) 5-4 2.85 e.r.a.

  1. Kennedy (Ari( 6-2 3.01 e.r.a.

K. Lohse (ST.L) 7-2 2.41 e.r.a.

C. M orton (Pit) 6-2 2.52 e.r.a

A. Sanchez (Fl) 5-1 2.97 e.r.a.

J. jurrjjenz (Atl) 8-2 1.82 e.r.a.

S. Marcum (Mil) 6-2 2.58 e.r.a.

C. Kimbrel (ATL) 18 saves

F. Rodriguez (NY.M) 18 saves

J.J. Putz (Ari) 17 saves

J. Haranhan (Pit) 15 saves

T. Clippard (Wash) 2.52 e.r.a.

 


A Sign Your Not a Manager

After Albert Pujols hit a walk-off home run against the Cubs Saturday, Mike Quade said he “didn’t sleep a wink” after replaying the Pujols home run over and over. Quade said he is “not a believer in walking a guy with 2 outs and nobody on base.” So I guess if Paul Bako was behind Pujols, Quade would still want to pitch to Pujols? Whatever Quade.

Well on Sunday, with the score tied at 2 in the bottom of the tenth, here comes Pujols. No one on base, does Quade remember what happened Saturday and walk Albert? No. Walk off home run again. 4 Home Runs in the series for Albert, and many people now realizing Quade can not manage a major league ball club.

The guy was a Triple A manager for how long? 17 years! And due to the Cubs minor success last year when Quade took over (24-13), Jim Hendry decided to hire him. It was a bad decision then and it’s still looking like a bad decision.

After the loss, Carlos Zambrano, who pitched great, called the Cubs a “Triple-A team” and that “everyone should be embarrassed.” Now Carlos is going to catch some heat for saying that but everything he said is true. The Cubs ARE playing like a Triple-A team, and their play has been embarrassing. It will be interesting to see if Zambrano finds him self in a possible trade. Zambrano has a no-trade clause(who doesn’t on this team?), but with the way the Cubs are going, he just might agree to be traded out of Chicago. Which would be a shame.


Your awful 2011 Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs enter June 2nd 5th in the Central with a 23-31 record. They sit 8.5 games back of the Cards and just got swept by the Astros who reside last in the Division. It’s been a painful start for the Cubs with injuries, horrible weather, and just plain bad baseball.

The Cubs have a run differential of -45, which is 3rd worst in the Majors. Though they rank 2nd in Batting Average they are 16th in runs. Their pitching has been horrendous.

Here’s a look at the team

 

Jeff Baker-Currently on the D.L. The lefty killer is batting .367 in 87 at bats. Likely to be traded before the deadline.

 

Reed Johnson-Currently on the D.L. Many people wondered why he was brought back. He has made some great plays in the field and has shown he can hit with a .367 avg in just 80 at bats. Also has a game winning homer. Also will likely be dealt.

 

Luis Montanez- was called up with all these injuries. In just 9 at bats he’s hitting .333. Could see more playing time but we will will see with how Quade decides to go

 

Starlin Castro- The best player on the team and will likely be the only-all star representative. Hitting 313. with 25 RBI’S. Quade has been moving him up and down in th eline up and Castro has done a great job adjusting

 

Marlon Byrd-Currently on the D.L. After having his face shattered while in Boston. Only had 11 RBI’S while being put in the 3 spot. Hitting over .300 so why is he not in the 2 spot??

 

Koskue Fukudome- Are we almost done with him? Hitting .307 but he struggled in May and will keep going down. Only has 7 extra base hits in 137 at-bats and only 5 rbi’s. Just a singles hitter

 

Darwin Barney-Surprise so far. Hitting over .300, shows good patience at the plate and actually hit sthe ball to right field when he needs to. I can’t stop thinking he will be another Ryan Theriot though, and that is not a good thing.

 

Aramis Ramirez-2 home runs. That’s all. 2. For your number 4 hitter. Wtf.

 

Blake DeWitt-Lost the starting job in Spring Training, now getting starting time in left with Soriano on the D.L. Hitting .276 in 58 at-bats. Will likey be dealt at the deadline I feel

 

Alfonso Soriano-Currently on the D.L. With a quad injury. Whoohoo…Leads the team in home runs with 12. Sad thing is combone all the rest of the home runs and they have 27. Soriano has almost half. Ouch! Hitting .271 but only has 6 walks with 49 strikeouts. But this doesn’t surprise you right?

 

Tony Campana-Fans love this guy. He hustles, makes good catches, and he’s a skinny white guy! I can’t stand the way he wears his hat though. Only has played in 12 games yet is tied with Castro for most stolen bases on the team. Ugh

 

Geovany Soto-I give up on him. 2008 will be his career year. Now it’s a matter of can he stay healthy and in shape. Already visited on the D.L. Once and is now hitting just .219

 

Carlos Pena- What does 10 Million dollars buy you? A .214 average with 7 home runs and 24 rbi’s. About what we expected from this guy

Koyie Hill- Guh.. What has to happen for this guy to be off the team? A .213 average with 1 hr and 7 rbi’s is a career year for him.

 

Wellington Castillo- When Soto went on the D.L. To stuff his face full of Twinkies, I figured Castillo would get a majority of starts. Wrong he got 4. Thanks Quade. Or Hendry. Whoever

 

Tyler Colvin- .108 averag in 65 at bats. Yea?! Another David Kelton?

 

Pitchers

 

Sean Marshall- MVP of the pitching staff. A 1.17 E.R.A in 23 IP.

 

Andrew Cashner- Was excited to see this guy pitch. Makes 1 start, a good one, and now he’s on the D.L. Such a Cubbie occurrence

 

Kerry Wood- Why did he leave in the first place? Love this guy. Hope to see him get a ring before he retires, it won’t happen in Chicago

 

Carlos Marmol- Hasn’t gotten a lot of opportunities. Still wild as ever, but still damn good.

 

Matt Garza- 2-4 with a 3.3 E.R.A. Has been a strike out machine so far. Was he worth giving up some top prospects for? I don’t think so

 

Justin Berg-Pitched in 8 games and not to bad. That’s all

 

Jeff Samardzjia- Walks too many guys but you gotta deal with it. Looks like he’s another Farnsworth

 

John Grabow- 4.09 E.R.AA in 22 Ip. Why do we have him?

 

Carlos Zambrano- Bounce back year for this guy. 5-2 with a 4+ E.R.A. Looks absolutely dominant some nights still

 

Jeff Stevens-So good he got DFA’D

 

Randy Wells- 2009 was his only and will be his only good year

 

Marcos Mateo- Please don’t let him near the mound

 

Doug Davis- Can’t you see Jim Hendry waiting to offer him a 2 year deal?

 

Ryan Dempster- A 4-4 record with a 6+ E.R.A?? Good gosh. Leave please

 

James Russel, Casey Coleman, Scott Maine, Rodrigo Lopez—Suck, suck, suck, suck

 

 

 

 

 


Jim Hendry-Average G.M.

Jim Hendry has been the Cubs General Manager since 2002. The Cubs have had success under Hendry reaching the playoffs 3 times so far and winning the division those 3 times. Unfortunately there has also been some ugly moments during Hendry’s tenure. 2004 was a disastrous year when many people expected the Cubs to make the World Series and they didn’t even make the playoffs. 2005, 2006, 2010 were all sub .500 teams.

With all the rumors that Hendry could lose his job, let’s take a look at his and notable trade deals.

 

Notable Trades

1)Todd Hundley to the Dodgers for Mark Grudzielanek and Eric Karros.

-Hendry actually found a team that wanted to take Hundley and his ridiculous contract. The Cubs had to take veterans who were on the downside of their careers. A funny thing happened though as both Mark G. and Eric Karros played a huge part in the Cubs 2003 success. Hundley never did anything with the Dodger

WINNER: CUBS

 

2)Mark Bellhorn to the Rockies for Jose Hernandez

-Bellhorn had a nice 2002 season and was re-signed for the 03 season. Unfortunately he struggled badly and was finding himself rotting away on the bench. Hernandez did nothing special for the Cubs but he was included in the Aramis Ramirez deal

WINNER:CUBS

 

3)Jose Hernandez, Matt Bruback and Bobby Hill to Pittsburgh for Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton

-The Cubs finally found a third baseman that was a good ball player in Ramirez and Lofton helped ignite the Cubs down the stretch in 2003. The Cubs were needing a CF when Corey Patterson went down with a torn ACL in a July game against St.Louis. The Cubs gave up Hernandez(received in the Bellhorn deal) and two-minor leaguers who never panned out. Bobby Hill was a top prospect but never showed it in his time with the Pirates

WINNER:CUBS

 

4)Jason Fransz and cash to Texas for Doug Glanville

-Not a big trade but Glanville had a huge triple in the NLCS. Gave depth to the Cubs for the stretch run

WINNER:CUBS

 

5)Ray Sadler for Randall Simon from Pittsburgh

-The Cubs needed a left-handed bat since Hee Sop Choi had not recovered from the concussion he received during the Yankee series. Simon had some huge hits for the Cubs and got hot at the right time

WINNER:CUBS

 

6)Hee Seop Choi for Derreck Lee from the Marlins

-Hendry wanted Derreck Lee who had a nice series against the Cubs in the NLCS and got him, but had to give up top prospect Choi. Choin never panned out as he was dealt to the Dodgers later on in the year. Lee wa sthe 1st baseman for the Cubs for 6 ½ year and became one of the most popular Cubs players

WINNER:CUBS

 

7)Damien Miller and cash to the Athletics for Michael Barrett

-Cubs needed to imprive the catcher position and did by getting Barrett. He brought more offense which the Cubs needed behind the plate and he had some huge hits. He ran himself out of town though in 2007 after a fight with Carlos Zambrano

WINNER:CUBS

 

8)Alex Gonzales, Francis Beltran, and Brendan Harris for Nomar Garciapparra and Matt Murton (4 team trade)

-The 2004 Cubs were not meeting expectations and needed a shortstop. The Red Sox were looking to get rid of Nomar and Hendry struck getting the shortstop. Alex Gonzales never did anything outside of Chicago and neither did Francis Beltran. Brendan Harris had a few solid years with the Twins. Nomar spent most of his time in Chicago on the D.L. And spent some time on the bench towards the end of the 04 season with injuries. Matt Murton had a few decent years with the Cubs but is now in Japan.

WINNER:RED SOX-Trading Nomar got them Orlando Cabrera which helped ignite the Red Sox

 

9)Sammy Sosa and cash to Baltimore for Mike Fontenot, Jerry Hariston jr.

-After Sosa walked out on the 2004 Cubs, Hendry went to work to find a team that would make a deal. It always felt like the Cubs could have gotten more for Sosa who was still putting up 35+ homers.

Jerry Hairston had some bright spots with the Cubs and Fontenot ended up becoming the second baseman the 2009 and 2010 season.

WINNER: TIE (neither team really benifeted)

 

10)Kyle Farnsworth to Detroit for Roberto Nova and Scott Moore

-The Cubs had enough of Farnsworth and his inconsistency and was dealt in the off-season. Scott Moore never got a chance in the majors and Roberto Nova had no success. Farnsworth has had some success after leaving Chicago

Winner. Detroit

 

11)LaTroy Hawkins to San Fransico for Jerome Williams and David Aardsma

-The Cubs signed Hawkins in the 2003 off-season to be a set-up man but was put in the closer’s role in 2004 after Borowski was injured. Hawkins struggled blowing many saves and costing the Cubs a playoff spot. Jerome Williams had a few decent starts with the Cubs but was soon gone. Aardsma was deal to the White Sox and now Aardsma is in Seattle having success as a closer.

Winner: Neither

 

12)Sergio Mitre, Reneyl Pinto, and Ricky Nolasco for Juan Pierre

-Hendry wanted a lead-off man and got Juan Pierre. Pierre only played for the Cubs for one year and had moderate success. Reneyl Pinto has had success in Florida as bullpen member and Ricky Nolasco is the 2nd best pitcher on Florida’s staff today. Jim Hendry’s worst trade

WINNER: Florida

 

13)Corey Patterson to Baltimore for Nate Spears and Carlos Perez

-Corey Patterson could never put it together and his act had worn thin so he was dealt to Baltimore. Again in the same thing to Sosa being dealt, it felt like the cubs could have gotten more. Spears and Perez had no success with the Cubs

WINNER: Baltimore

 

14)Todd Walker for Jose Ceda from the Padres

-Todd Walker had a decent two and a half seasons with the Cubs and was dealt to the Padres. Jose Ceda did not have any success with the Cubs. I always felt like the Cubs should have held on to Walker

WINNER:NEITHER

 

15)Greg Maddux to the Dodgers for Cesar Izturis

-Greg Maddux’s second stint with the Cubs ended up in a trade with the Dodgers, as the Cubs were far out of the playoff race Izturis had no success with the Cubs as he was gone in 2007.

WINNER: Dodgers

 

16)David Aardsma to the White Sox for Neal Cotts

-Neal Cotts was awful with the Cubs and Aardsma had ok success with the White Sox

WINNER: Neither

 

17)Michael Barrett and Cash to the Padres for Rob Bowen and Kyler Burke

-Barrett ran himself out of town after a fight with Zambrano.

Bowen was not the answer behind the plate and was later deal in the Jason Kendall deal

Winner: Neither

 

18)Rob Bowen and Jerry Blevins to Oakland for Jason Kendall and cash

-Not a blockbuster move but Cubs needed an upgrade at the plate and got one with Kendall.

Bowen has done nothing and Blevins has been ok

WINNER: Cubs

 

19)Cesar Izturis to Pittsburgh for cash

-This is what Hendry got for Maddux???

WINNER-Pittsburgh

 

20)Rocky Cherry and Scott Moore for Steve Trachsel from Baltiomore

-Hendry wanted another arm and got one. Cheery and Moore haven’t done a thing

WINNER:Cubs

 

21)Jacque Jones to Detroit for Omar Infante, Infante to Atlanta with Will Ohman for Jose Asciano

-Hendry had to get rid of Jones and did and then packaged Infante to Atlanta. I feel Infante would have helped the Cubs in 08 by being the shortstop

WINNER:Atlanta

 

22)Angel Pagan to Mets for Ryan Meyers and Cory Cole

-Pagan has been solid for the Mets

WINNER:Mets

 

23)Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson, and Josh Donaldson to Oakland for Rich Harden and Chad Guadin

-Hendry had to make a move after Brewers got C.C. Sabathia and he did. Josh Donaldson has been making some noise but Murton is in Japan, Patterson is with the Padres and Gallagher has had arm problems

WINNER:Cubs

 

24)Scott Eyre to Philly for Brian Schlitter

-Eyre got a World Series that year with Philly

WINNER:Philly

 

25)Mark Derosa to Cleveland for Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer and John Gaub

-Big mistake by Hendry. Derosa was a solid player. Stevens has been awful, Archer is in Tampa Bay, and Gaub has done nothing

WINNER:Cleveland

 

26)Jason Marquis for Luis Vizcaino

-Marquis had a great year with Colorado while Vizcaino was released

WINNER: Colorado

 

27)Felix Pie to Baltimore for Garrett Olson and Henry Williamson, Garrett Olson and Ronny Cedeno to Seattle for Aaron Hileman

-Felix Pie is still with Baltimore and doing decent, Hileman stunk it up as a Cub

WINNER: Baltimore

 

28)Michael Wuertz to Oakland for Richie Robnett and Justin Sellers

-Wuertz has been a decent reliever

WINNER-Oakland

 

29)Al Alburquerque for Jeff Baker from Colorado

-Baker has had success with the Cubs

WINNER:Cubs

 

30)Kevin Hart and Jose Asciano to pittsburgh for Tom Gorzillany and John Grabow

WINNER: Nerither

 

31)Milton Bradley to Seattle for Carlos Silva

WINNER-Neither

 

32)Acquired OF Evan Crawford from San Francisco for INF Mike Fontenot.

-Fontenot hasn’t really made an impact at all.

WINNER:Neither

 

33)Traded 1B Derrek Lee and cash considerations to Atlanta for RHP Robinson Lopez, RHP Tyrelle Harris and LHP Jeffrey Lorick.

-Lee helped the Braves reach the playoffs

WINNER:Braves

 

34)Acquired INF Blake DeWitt, RHP Kyle Smit and RHP Brett Wallach from the Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP Ted Lilly, INF Ryan Theriot and a cash consideration.

-DeWitt has been average, Dodgers re-signed Lilly and traded Theriot

WINNER:Dodgers

 

 

so looking at these trades Hendry has been a better buyer than a seller. Veteran talent he has gotten rid of has not panned out prospect wise

 

Good Free-Agent Signing

1)Mark DeRosa

2)Ted Lilly

3)Aramis Ramirez

4)Ryan Dempster

5)Jim Edmonds

7)Todd Walker

8)Derrek Lee

9)Kerry Wood

10)Reed Johnson

11)Mark Grundzilanek

12)Henry Blanco

13)Greg Maddux

 

Bad Signings

1)Jason Marquis

2)Damian Millar

3)Todd Hollandsworth

4)Jeremy Burnitz

5)Bob Howry

6)Kent Mercker

7)Neifi Perez

8)Cliff Floyd

9)Sean Estes

10)Kosuke Fukudome

11)Joey Gathright

12)LaTroy Hawkins

13)Milton Bradley

14)John Mabry

15)Antonio Alfonseca

16)Nomar

17)Alfonso Soriano

18)Jacque Jones

19)Aaron Miles

 

To be Jim hendry is an average General Manager and hasn’t really struck gold besides 2003 and 2008.

 


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Cubs at St.Louis For Three

“The Best Fans in Baseball” wil have plenty to laugh about as they watch our Cubs this weekend. I want a sweep for the Cubs but I say we win 1. Great?!


Hawk Harrelson Is a goon

While the White Sox were getting their asses handed to them Sunday in Toronto, Hawk Harrelson implied that Jose Bautista was corking his bat. Ugh. If Paul Konerko had cork in his bat, would Hawk blame the umpires? Most likely.