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Cubs’ Offseason In Review

By bullpenbrian at 02.08.2011 4 comments.

Yahoo! Sports is underway examining the offseason of every MLB team. Its award-winner writer, Tim Brown, chronicles the Cubs.

Here are some highlights from Brown’s article:

2010 record: 75-87
Finish: Fifth place, NL Central
2010 final payroll: $142.4 million
Estimated 2011 opening day payroll: $131 million
-Take a below average pitching staff, supported by a below average offense, backed by a well below average defense, prop it up with the game’s fourth-highest payroll, and what the House of Ricketts received in return was another lost baseball season on the North Side.

-If nothing else, the fifth-place finish allowed general manager Jim Hendry the opportunity to start on 2011 last summer.

-Over just two years, the Cubs were caught and overrun by the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and, just this offseason, the Milwaukee Brewers. Yet on the occasion of Ernie Banks’ 80th birthday, they certainly aren’t without talent or a chance.

-Hendry, then, is asking a lot of players to live up to their contracts, to return to their means, and to come to their senses. Basically, to wake up and play.

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  1. Uncle Charlie says:

    I didn’t really like Brown’s article. Yeah, the Cubs weren’t great last year but to call them a below average team all around is dramatizing a bit. Seems like Brown never has anything nice to say about the Cubs.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Mostly, I’m a fan of Brown. I think the guy tells it like it is, and I like that.
      When you start the season with Ryan Theriot as your stating SS, you’re below average.
      When you have numerous rookies in your bullpen, as the Cubs did last year, you’re below average.
      I thought Brown didn’t overstate the obvious…the Cubs have enough talent, if they perform.
      The way I see it, Uncle Charlie…Brown’s telling us the truth and it hurts!
      Appreciate you checking in, my man. Thanks for dropping a line, too.

  2. kinky kelley says:

    Good reporting keep us posted! Go CUBS!

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