It’s Time

As I’ve said before, I wear Alfonso Soriano’s jersey with great pride.  I think he’s a great player and he’s had an all right season.  Baseball is filled with superstitions, streaks and all sorts of crazy things that go on.  This season has been weird.  Individuals have played well but there’s no team chemistry with the Cubs.

When Alfonso Soriano says that he won’t step in the way of a trade, he doesn’t care.  He’s 35 and wants a championship ring.  Is that greed or he doesn’t want to play at Wrigley Field?

The Cubs need to look at the future.  I’ve enjoyed this season as much as any other season.  Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney and a few others have played amazing.  They’re not going to play in October.  They will next year. 

The Cubs should trade Alfonso Soriano and I think they will before the season is out.  They’ll suck up his salary and hopefully trade him for some young hot shots who want to and have the legs to bring a championship to Wrigley Field.  Now, I’m not saying that Alfonso and some other players have lost their enthusiasm but when the highest pay roll outside of New York can’t get it done, then changes need to be made.

Soriano would be doing the gracious thing by demanding a trade and the Cubs should hapilly eat that 36 million if it means getting some more young players.

On the flip side, I think baseball needs to move young players quicker up to the Show.  In hockey, you’re drafted and playing the next year.  Sink or swim, Welcome the Show, Don’t cry for Mommy.

That’s what I think,

—Mark Gauthier





  1. mlblogsbluejaysnest · July 20, 2011

    NHL or NBA drafts are so much more exciting because they are basically like Free Agent signings: chances are the kids will be playing with the big club next year. Unfortunately for baseball, being the hardest sport to master, it takes 3-4 years before the kids make a huge splash. If only there was a way to speed up the process, but I can’t think of any.


  2. southernbelle · July 20, 2011

    Wonder who, if anyone, Soriano will be traded to. And I ABSOLUTELY agree about bringing up the youngsters earlier. Why can’t they develop at the big-league level? For 3 years now, I’ve been hearing about the Yankees’s great catching prospect Jesus Montero. WHERE IS HE? I’m convinced I will never see him play in a Yankees uniform.


  3. strictlycubsbaseball · July 21, 2011

    The Cubs will have to eat some of Soriano’s contract if traded most likely. I would like to see him go along with Fukudome. Then let some of our younger players get a chance to play. I think we are 2 years away from seriously competing for October.



  4. Cubbiestracker · July 22, 2011

    Great Write up man! Check out my new cubs blog. Getting a lot of views in my second week

    Chris Jelinek


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