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Tag:Tyler Colvin
Posted on: August 19, 2010 2:27 pm

Colvin may become Cubs 1B

Tyler Colvin With Derrek Lee traded to the Braves, the long-term answer at first base is an open question mark.

Sure, Lee could return to town as a free agent, but the Cubs may not want to go back to the 34-year-old struggling through a down season and injuries. The problem is, there's no easy answer available.

Tyler Colvin may be the solution, even if the outfielder would have to transition to first, reports the Chicago Tribune . Any move wouldn't happen until next season, however, as the Cubs maintain the 24-year-old would need a full spring training to adjust to the new position, of which Colvin has not played since being a sophomore at Clemson University.

"I'm not sure how long I'd need," the former first-round pick said. "It's been a while since I've done it. Hopefully if they want me to do that, I'll do it. No one has ever said 'Hey, we want you to take ground balls there.' I've got to wait for that first and then we'll see what happens."

Colvin is enjoying a breakthrough rookie season, in which he is hitting .250/.310/.510 with 18 home runs in 317 plate appearances. Despite being a No. 13 overall pick in 2006, Colvin has never been highly regarded, a perception he is working to dispel as he accumulates more and more playing time. If he wants a starting job in 2011, however he will probably need to shift to first.

The Cubs currently have Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd and Kosuke Fukudome tentatively penciled in as the starting outfielders for 2011, although Fukudome's gig is due to his salary and not production. If Colvin had his way, though, it's clear he'd prefer to stay in the outfield.

"I'm comfortable in the outfield, but if that's what they want me to do, I can't complain," the 6-foot-3 lefty said. "If it helps out the Chicago Cubs, that's what I'll do."

The Cubs may also elect to keep Colvin in the outfield depending how the offsesaon goes. Prince Fielder of the Brewers is thought to be available in trade talks, and there will be additional players who may be on the way out that can play first. Mike Napoli of the Angels springs to mind, as the Angels don't seem prepared to hand him a full-time job.

There's also free agency. Lance Berkman could be a fit, and Adam Dunn could find the Windy City very much to his liking in addition to other thumpers such as Carlos Pena and Paul Konerko.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 5, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 3:50 pm

Stubbs, Colvin deliver fireworks on July 4

Drew Stubbs There were plenty of fireworks during the Reds-Cubs game on Sunday -- just not the kind you're thinking.

Drew Stubbs and Tyler Colvin both have quite a few things in common: both are young, play the outfield for a NL Central team and are fighting to get extensive playing time.

They can also add hitting multiple home runs in a game as something in common. Stubbs hammered three home runs to pace the Reds to a 14-3 rout over the Cubs, driving in five. That gives him 11 homers on the season. Along with 16 steals, Stubbs is performing to a .240/.313/.417 line in 305 plate appearances. He's generally the starting center fielder for Cincy but due to his struggles, has been riding the pine a bit more frequently.

Safe to say he won't be doing that anytime soon.

Colvin has more trouble fighting his way into the lineup but has amassed 176 plate appearances, knocking 12 dingers for an impressive .568 slugging percentage (.278 batting average, .320 OBP).

As the Cubs continue to flounder, Colvin will get more playing time at the expense of Kosuke Fukudome, as Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd are both producing.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 11, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 1:17 pm

Angry Piniella rips broadcaster

As someone who has been present for more than a few Lou Piniella tirades, I can tell you it is one of the more entertaining experiences a baseball writer can have. So I would love to have been in the room today when the Cubs' manager unloaded after being criticized by White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone.

Stone recently took issue with Piniella's handling of rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin. Piniella did not take kindly, as chronicled by the Chicago Tribune .

"We've got a lot of people here that haven't managed and won any games in the big leagues, but they know everything. You know? They really do," Piniella said in a pregame session with Cubs writers. "I think they should try to put the uniform and try this job and see how they like it when they get criticized unjustly. That's all I've got to say about that issue.

"But you get tired of it. I'm trying to do the best job I possibly can and the only people I need to listen to are the people in my organization, that's it. But I get tired of being nitpicked and tired of being criticized unjustly."

Piniella wasn't done.

"Steve Stone? He's got enough problems doing what he does with the White Sox. What job has he had in baseball besides talking on television or radio? What has he done?

"Why isn't he a farm director and bring some kids around? Why isn't he a general manager, and put the uniform on and been a pitching coach? Why hasn't he been a field manager? There's 30 teams out there that could use a guy's expertise like that. I'm tired of some of these guys, I really am."

Best of all, the White Sox and Cubs begin a series today at Wrigley Field, so Piniella and Stone are sure to cross paths this weekend.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
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