Bad news out of the Arizona Fall League: Javy (we’re calling him “Javy” now that we know he can hit) is broken:
Cubs prospect Javier Baez had his 2012 season end with a possible fracture of the tip of his left thumb.
Baez, who was playing third and shortstop for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League, incurred the injury off the field on Saturday, apparently while celebrating, a team source said. After sitting out Sunday’s game, Baez was sent to see a specialist on Monday.
The Cubs believe it’s a broken tip of his thumb and will shut him down.
The injury isn’t expected to affect Baez’s readiness to go to spring training in February.
You hear that, kids? The tip of Javy’s thumb is going to be okay!
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Darwin Barney is a finalist for a Gold Glove. I don’t recall ever before celebrating someone being a “finalist” for a Gold Glove. Actually, I’m not sure I ever even knew there were “finalists.” I just assumed they voted out of all the position players for each Gold Glove.
At any rate, we’ll take what we can get this season:
CHICAGO — Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney will find out Tuesday whether all his hard work paid off.
Barney is a finalist for the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, to be announced Tuesday night. Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Ozzie Smith will take part in the presentation, to air on ESPN2, starting at 8:30 p.m. CT. Each Major League manager and up to six coaches on his staff voted from a pool of qualified players in their league and could not vote for players on their own team.
You hear that, kids? Darwin Barney might win a Gold Glove!
And then Dave van Dyck decided to ruin my morning:
DETROIT — Ryan Theriot left the Cubs to become a World Series champion.
In fact, twice in a row.
Theriot scored the winning run Sunday night in the 10th inning of 4-3 victory over the Tigers, as the Giants swept the American League champions.
Last year he was a member of the winning Cardinals.
“Blessing in disguise,” he said of being traded by the Cubs to the Dodgers in 2010. “I wanted to finish my career there, but everything happens for a reason.”
He made an extra $323,000 as a World Series share with St. Louis last year and figures to make that much more. The Cubs, of course, haven’t seen any World Series money since 1945.
When the Cardinals didn’t re-sign him, he went to the Giants as their second baseman, only to be replaced by Marco Scutaro halfway through the season.
Ironcially, Scutaro drove home Theriot, who was playing as DH, Sunday night.
Finally today. I felt the need to point out the ridiculousness of this article, which purports to apply “Moneyball” principals to business, specifically, the managers. As all of you know, the genius of Moneyball was that it took business principals, specifically, the ability to identify undervalued assets via statistics, and applied it to baseball. This was revolutionary. Taking said business principal and re-applying it BACK to business? Not so much. This reminds me of when British TV made their version of “Friends,” which they called “Coupling.” A few years later, and the US gets its own, American, version of “Coupling.” Do you see why I always have a headache?