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Season's Over, Cub Fans

Posted on: August 14, 2009 5:22 pm
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Sorry Cub fans, but the season is over.

Actually, it was over the instant the St. Louis Cardinals traded for Matt Holliday and made the Cubs second-class citizens in the NL Central.

Or maybe it was earlier than that.

The Cubs were doomed when they traded Mark DeRosa (21 HR and 63 RBI this season), signed Milton Bradley (.263, 8 HR, 30 RBI) for 3 years $30 million instead of OFs Adam Dunn, Bobby Abreu, or Raul Ibanez (if you are unfamiliar, look their numbers up), and traded NL All Star Jason Marquis for literally nothing.

DeRosa was replaced with light hitting Aaron Miles (.191, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 54 games) and Marquis with nobody in particular. Management counted on the "depth" of their roster to make up for Marquis and DeRosa’s absence, but how deep is your roster when rookies Randy Wells and Jake Fox are two of the best players on your team?

I was never against the DeRosa trade or the Bradley signing, but when you look at what Jason Marquis is doing this season and what other free agent OFs are doing (Raul Ibanez, Adam Dunn, Bobby Abreu), it is easy to see Cubs management made a mistake.

The Cubs fooled their fans, and more importantly, they fooled GM Jim Hendry.
 
The roster is filled with MVP/Cy Young candidates like Carlos Zambrano, Derrek Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Dempster, Ted Lilly, Kosuke Fukudome, and everyone’s least favorite Cub, Milton Bradley.

The Cubs had eight all stars last season, won 97 games, and were swept by the Dodgers in the postseason. Management (Cubs GM Jim Hendry) then made a bevy of moves hoping to improve a team that won nearly 100 games.

It seems hard to improve a team that won that many games, and I am starting to believe this Cubs team reached its peak last season.

Jim Hendry has locked the Cubs into lucrative long-term deals and if Alfonso Soriano, Milton Bradley, and Kosuke Fukudome frustrate you now, well that is too bad—they are going to be around for a long time.

Soriano still has five years left on his deal, making $18 million annually, and his skills have already started to diminish. Not many teams will want an overpaid .240 hitter who is known as a terrible defender and cannot run anymore.

The Cubs signed Soriano to an eight year, $136 million contract due to his 40 HR/40 SB potential. Soriano has 46 SBs and 81 HRs in his 2.5 year Cub career.

We all know how bad Milton Bradley has been all season, but I actually think Milton Bradley will bounce back next season.

This bozo lead the American League in OBP + Slugging % (OPS) last season.

FYI, Joe Mauer, perhaps the best hitter in baseball, leads the AL in OPS this season. What I am saying is you cannot accidentally lead a league known for its hitting in OPS—you have to be a good hitter.

Knowing Jim Hendry, he will likely trade Milton Bradley this offseason and Bradley will return to his 2008 All Star form next season.

In another bonehead move by management, the Cubs signed Kosuke Fukudome in 2007 to a four year, $48 million contract.

No one wants a light hitting CF that makes close to $13 million per season. Kosuke is a good guy, keeps his mouth shut, and plays hard every day, but that does not mean he deserves to make $13 million per season.

The Cubs' roster is similar to the smoking hot girl who finds you cute and leads you on because she is bored and likes the attention.

The Cubs will be in the playoff race the rest of the season, consistently within four games of the wild card, and misleading you until the last week of the season when then they will look at you and say, "Sorry, it’s over."

You then think to yourself, "I didn’t even get to have sex with you, so WTF was I doing this whole time?!"

This Cubs season is becoming futile fast, much like a relationship with no sex. Get out now, Cubs fans, and save yourself a broken heart.

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Category: MLB
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Comments

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2009 10:50 pm
 

Season's Over, Cub Fans

Any team that signs Milton Bradley deserves the outcome.  8 teams in 10 years.  And an outfielder with
a career fielding percentage of .982.  How is that even possible?  Bradley is the Spike Lee of MLB.  Mediocre talent getting superstar
money.



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2009 3:37 pm
 

Season's Over, Cub Fans

Guys,

Thanks for reading. I do not blame the Cubs season on trading Mark DeRosa but I do blame a majority of their losses on an inept offesne that includes Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley. 

The injuries are also a big reason why the Cubs will not make the playoffs this season.

Another reason why the Cubs will not make the playoffs is they are not better than the Cardinals, Rockies, or Giants and they might not be as good as the Marlins and Braves.

Sidenote: Hendry replaced DeRosa's versatility on defense with Miles and his bat with Fontenot.



Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2009 1:41 am
 

Season's NOT Over, Cub Fans

Another fat fairweather so called fan.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2009 6:17 pm
 

Season's Over, Cub Fans

the cubs were doomed a couple of years ago when they signed Soriano
this guy needs to hit the road (although no-one will take his salary), but at least swing a bat whose weight he can handle
Hm..did you say this last year or the year before?



jpwyllys
Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2009 8:46 am
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Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2009 11:21 pm
 

Season's Over, Cub Fans

the cubs were doomed a couple of years ago when they signed Soriano
this guy needs to hit the road (although no-one will take his salary), but at least swing a bat whose weight he can handle

where did his bat speed go




Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2009 9:32 pm
 

Season's Over, Cub Fans

The Cubs were doomed when they traded (21 HR and 63 RBI this season), signed (.263, 8 HR, 30 RBI) for 3 years $30 million instead of OFs , , or (if you are unfamiliar, look their numbers up), and traded NL All Star for literally nothingThey were doomed from the start because they traded away a career 98 OPS+ 2nd baseman, signed a guy coming off a season where he led the AL in OPS and traded away a 5th starter?

Let's start with DeRosa. Would he have helped us this year, probably. But replacing him with Fontenot (Miles was not DeRosa's replacement) and more recently Baker is hardly what doomed us this year. And as you later go on to talk about the importance of OPS, it's fair to point out that DeRosa and Bradley, coming into tonight, have the same OPS. Bradley, who apart from an abismal April, has been much better than Cub fans give him credit for, including batting .316 since the break. And then Marquis. He didn't deserve to be an AllStar, and was only there because of an overrated statistic. In fact if they have Marquis they most likely don't call up Randy Wells (or at least until the point where they called up Atkins this year). So really trading away Marquis was a blessing in disquise.

No what doomed the Cubs were a plethora of injuries and disapointing seasons by players who were really good last year.

but how deep is your roster when rookies and are two of the best players on your team?So what if they're rookies? They're really good rookies. A guy with a 3.01 ERA and a guy with a .297 BA and .887 OPS would be two of the better players on a lot of teams.

No one wants a light hitting CF that makes close to $13 million per season. Kosuke is a good guy, keeps his mouth shut, and plays hard every day, but that does not mean he deserves to make $13 million per seasonKosuke actually leads the team in WAR and according to fangraphs is worth 14.2 Million this year

Get out now, Cubs fans, and save yourself a broken heart.
You can quit on this team if you like. But if they do "score with the hot girl" don't even pretend like you're a fan.


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