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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by BringBackJohnny View Post
    Last years attendance was down 657,518 patrons from where it was 5 years prior. That makes a pretty sizabale diffrence in organizational revenues.
    You mean people are more likely to attend games when the home team is winning the division, than they are when the home team is in the midst of one of the franchise's worst seasons EVER (which is really saying something in this case)? Color me shocked.

    But even so, lack of attendance doesn't mean the team is losing fans. I don't go to Iowa football games very often now that I'm graduated, but I'm still a fan. Some people just don't think it's worth the financial/time investment to physically go to a Cubs game right now, but that doesn't mean they aren't still following the team from home. And those 657,518 patrons will be right back in the seats as soon as the team is good again, which IS going to happen in the near future.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Jim Deshaies is growing on me as well. I am a big Bob Brenly fan.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Alcantara should be coming up sometime this month, which is exciting. He doesn't get the pub that guys like Baez, Bryant and Almora have gotten but he's a damn good prospect.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    I realize that there's a difference between Iowa and Chicago, but Baez's fielding percentage is .006 lower than Castro's.

    I would take a middle infield with a fielding % of .965 and can hit over .320 with 40+ HR, 100+ RBI's, which is what we would get combining Castro and Baez, over a middle infield that has a fielding % of .980, hitting .220 with ~20 HR and 50 RBI.

    What I'm trying to say is I'm willing to risk 10-15 errors a season for .100 points more in a batting average and more power at the plate.
    I agree that it's ok to trade excellent offense for some more suspect D, but I seriously doubt Baez will ever be anywhere near a .320 hitter based upon his minor league career up to this point. Although, he and Castro could easily combine for more than 40 HRs in a lot of years, IMO.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    The Cubs should actually have a much better record this year based upon runs scored and runs allowed. The Cubs are -11 in run differential and are 10 games under .500. Pittsburg has a run differential of -8 and they are 3 games over .500.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatllDoCy View Post
    Jim Deshaies is growing on me as well. I am a big Bob Brenly fan.
    Yeah I agree about Deshaies. I liked Bob, but seemed like he was getting burned out that last year.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    I disliked bob a whole lot.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    I think the Red Sox dislike our guys a whole lot.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Cubs have been pretty good the last month or so. They are screwing up their draft position! :)



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    What a sweep last night! Loved it. Great to see DB get 4 hits last night. If he could turn it up like he did 2 - 3 years ago that adds alot to this line up.

    Just need to stay 10 or less games under .500 going into all star break


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by BringBackJohnny View Post
    What a sweep last night! Loved it. Great to see DB get 4 hits last night. If he could turn it up like he did 2 - 3 years ago that adds alot to this line up.

    Just need to stay 10 or less games under .500 going into all star break
    Ha ha, for what purpose?


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by wonkadog View Post
    Ha ha, for what purpose?
    THIS



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Maybe I'm basking in the glow of sweeping a mediocre team in a historic ballpark, but I'm wondering just how far away the club is from contending. They've been respectable this last month with a pack of .200 hitters. There's talent in the pipeline that's getting ready to pop.

    Is it really time to trade 2/5ths of the starting rotation including the staff Ace?

    The best way to watch Cubs baseball is with MLB.tv. Watch with the radio feed. Pat and Ron have really started to build chemistry and Pat is dead on with his calls. No phantom action or blown calls at all. The TV guys...ehhhh



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Yeah I agree about Deshaies. I liked Bob, but seemed like he was getting burned out that last year.
    I think he got tired of watching the futility. I did too.

    I am really excited to see what Renteria will do with the talent next year.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Don't they have the best record in the NL over the last month and a half or some stat like that? Or they did a few weeks ago at least.



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