Welcome Back! There’s been plenty of moves around baseball but few within the Cubs organization.
The Chicago Cubs have decided to rely in the system of the ,”Youth is our future” motto. This is a good one. Nobody is saying they’re the Nationals, but then again, there’s only one Stephen Strasburg. However, this is a new direction.
Last year wasn’t that kind to the Cubs finishing with a 61-101 record. This year won’t be that much different. The good news is that Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and the rest of the front office staff know this as well as the fans. That’s me and Cubs Nation everywhere.
2012 offered some bright spots as well as some not so bright spots. Alfonso Soriano had a monster year, popping 32 dingers over the ivy. That’s right, not bad for an old guy on the trading block. You better believe, Fonzi will be traded this year. Not because we want him to but because he needs to be traded for the Cubs to have any kind of success in the future.
There was a Gold Glove for Darwin Barney. This won’t be the last for the phenomenal 2nd baseman who made an attempt to snag the error streak record. I expect big things for him in the future and wouldn’t be surprised if he winds up in Cooperstown.
Anthony Rizzo had a stellar season with the Northsiders. He’s going to be outstanding in his first full season with the Cubs.
Which brings me now to the Cubs’ once again Rising Star in Starlin Castro. Look, I love this kid, but while his offense is great, he’s got to watch those pesky errors. He’s got the tools but this is the year he grows up. Stop being a lazy player and be that guy the Cubs hope he’ll be.
Dale Sveum has his hands full for 2013, but if he stays away from quails and educates this young Cubs roster, he’s the right man for the job.
Speaking of young players, there is plenty of them to go around and we’ll be seeing many of them coming up this year. The highly touted Jorge Solar who hit .338 in Peoria will get his shot this year as well as Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson. Yes, 2013 will be an experiment and an exciting one. Will the Cubs win 80 games this year? No. I’m predicting 70 maybe 75 but one thing is for sure and that is they won’t go down without a fight.
I’m making my case to put Castro in the lead-off. He’s got a great OBP. Not as good as David DeJesus, but if Starlin wants to mature, he needs to get in the frying pan.
It’s going to be a great year, so welcome back and Go Cubs Go!!!!!!!!!!