Chicago Cubs community project: Today, you write my blog (please)

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So this morning we can either talk about how the Cubs can beat Clayton Kershaw and not Ricky Nolasco, or we can talk about something else. I vote for something else.

I’ve really sort of had it with the mouth-breathing masses screaming about how bad the Cubs are. If you didn’t know they were going to be bad, you really weren’t paying attention. And if you thought this team was going to be done with the rebuild by 2013, you were . . dropped on you head? I don’t even know.

So let’s inject a bit of sanity into the Cubs blogosphere, shall we? Something to counter the meatball fans and their extremely loud, incredibly misinformed opinions.

I’d love to hear your answer to the reigning questions of the day:

When will the Cubs be competitive?

Do you think Theo’s original plan is on-track?

What would you do with Starlin Castro?

Would you bring Dale Sveum back once his contract expires?

Finally, please give Jed & Theo an overall grade for their work thus far.

Go.

15 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs community project: Today, you write my blog (please)

  1. 1. 2014. Before the dumping of players, they were competitive this year. At one point 8 under .500 with 18 blown saves.
    2. I do think it’s on track.
    3. Move him to 2B and give Baez a shot in ’14.
    4. Depends on who is available when that time comes.
    5. B.

  2. jh03 says:

    I choose to answer, “What would you do with Starlin Castro?”

    When it was first announced that they FO was going to try to alter Starlin’s approach, I was 100% on board. I kept dreaming on the power pontential, out of the SS position, when he reached his prime. In the second half of last year I started to get really excited. I thought Starlin had figured it out and this year was going to be a break out year. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Starlin looks lost. He doesn’t appear to be having the same amount of fun (who would when you’re struggling that bad?) that he normally does. I really think he’s over-thinking every single aspect of the game right now. I think it would be best to let him to go back to his aggressive nature, at this point. With the potential monster power coming up from the minors, the Cubs can afford to have one guy with an aggressive approach, in my opinion. Especially one who is improving on defense and is a two time All-Star at age 23. I don’t think the Cubs should give up on Starlin, even though isn’t a typical “Theo guy.” I think he’s still going to be a monster, and this was just a rough season.

    In 5 years we will look back on 2013 and think of him struggling as a good thing. It will be obvious to us that he needed to struggle, first, in order to excel at this level. This is a game of adjustments, and Starlin’s never had to adjust before. Now he does.

  3. psymar says:

    When will the Cubs be competitive? — 2016.

    Do you think Theo’s original plan is on-track? — Not his original, pre-signing-with-the-Cubs plan, from before he found out just how bad our farm system was, but I think he’s adapted the plan well.

    What would you do with Starlin Castro? — I haven’t been paying enough attention to know what needs to be done.

    Would you bring Dale Sveum back once his contract expires? — Hell no.

    Finally, please give Jed & Theo an overall grade for their work thus far. — Passing Incomplete.

  4. Bob in Madison says:

    1. 2015. Maybe we can finish .500 next year.
    2. Yep.
    3. Let Castro go back to doing what he used to do, and not mess with him. May be frustrating, but not as frustrating as what we have now.
    4. Sure, as long as he’s willing to pitch BP or run errands for the new manager.
    5. B+. Although this is the easy part of the rebuild — getting rid of the deadwood left from the previous regime.

  5. 1) Competitive in 2015, but not playoff-bound until 2016.

    2) Yes, I do. The farm system is becoming filled with both depth and top-tier talent and that was the plan from the beginning for the on-field product.

    3) Starlin still has loads of potential but I think it’s at the point now where it might be maximized somewhere else with a change of scenery. Plenty of other teams should recognize the talent there and the front office could get a top of the rotation starter for a package of Castro and maybe someone like Vogelbach or Villanueva. Right now Castro’s future for the Cubs is as trade bait more than the shortstop of the future. That’s Baez.

    4) No. And that’s not to bash Dale in any means. He’s done as well as he could with the cards handed him but he’s not the best candidate to help the Cubs take the next step. Personally, I would love to see Mike Maddux get the position if he’s willing to leave Texas by then.

    5) Hard to say until we see which prospects actually make it to the big leagues and pan out, but B+ for restocking the farm system.

  6. Doc Blume says:

    1. 2074
    2. Yes…if he plans on being competitive in 2074
    3. Nothing. Keep playing him every day. See if he improves at the beginning of next season..if not, demote him to Iowa. The thing to remember is that he isn’t really part of the long term plans for this team and won’t be around in 2074 when the team is competitive again.
    4. Considering the manager really doesn’t matter until 2074, yes.
    5. B…While it appears they are moving forward with their plan as intended, some of their moves, such as signing Edwin Jackson and the whole Ian Stewart thing have left me scratching my head. I also believe a number of other organizations are attempting to do the same thing as the Cubs are right now and doing just as well as the Cubs. Honestly, I believe the key for the Cubs to achieve their goal of being competitive by 2074 is money. By 2074, the Cubs will finally have their stadium issues resolved and will be able to have some serious revenue generation. I believe the money will be the difference maker….bringing in free agents…retaining home grown talent…building the best facilities all over the world for developing players…Theo and Jed’s plan isn’t a secret to anyone….so that’s where the difference is going to be made.

  7. J says:

    On Castro- hope like hell he bounces back next year, then trade him to the Yankees who are about to have a Jeter sized hole at shortstop.

    On Sveum- he might have been one hell of a coach, but he seems lost trying to manage a MLB team through a season. I get why he was brought in- the Cubs needed someone to manage that came with no expectations. Do I think Sveum gets anything beyond a one year extension? Hell no, but I don’t think Dale was ever intended to be anything more than a transitional manager to bridge the gap between the Hendry regime and 2015.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      The Yankees will not trade for Castro. He’s not their type of player.

  8. gidard says:

    1.When the revenue from the new jumbotron starts rolling in and that will be ???.
    2.I think he thinks it is. But then he has to. That’s the best I can hope for.
    3.Get him some talent on the team.
    4.I can’t say since he hasn’t really had a “team” to manage. And before the last 2 trade-deadline sell-offs we were actually playing pretty well.
    5.B

  9. Larry Rogers says:

    1. 2015 should be a competitive year, with flashes of adequacy (.500 or a small bit more) in 2014.

    2. The rebuilding plan seems pretty well on track given the restocking of the minor league system that was overdue.

    3. Castro was evolving toward more power when the retooling of his approach began. He’s a natural 14 to 15 homer guy. He hit a fair number of doubles. He needed to get on base more, of course, but learning to walk more doesn’t require freezing for the first two hittable pitches.

    4. Sveum has strengths but bullpen management isn’t one of them. Also, under pressure one of his strengths–relating to his players while keeping some kind of decision-making consistency–has gotten derailed. (Note the disciplining of Castro [compares negatively too Don Zimmer's handling of Dunston], the 2-hole experiment with Rizzo, and the bewildering choices of alignments that feature people who have no future with the Cubs.)

    5. They earn a solid B. (PS: The White Sox rebuilding effort will make the Cubs look like cutting-edge baseball people.)

  10. gidard says:

    Marlon Byrd had a good time in Pirate debut.
    3 run homer in the 7th to put the Pirates ahead 7-1.
    In the 4th even though he struck out it took 14 pitches. Had 8 2-strike foul offs to which I read the fans enjoyed immensely.

  11. gidard says:

    And I will be putting out a warm “WELCOME” mat for Ryno tomorrow.

  12. sloanpeterson2 says:

    1. 2015 Wild card candidates
    2. No. Life throws curves. A plan is just that, a plan.
    3. I Would have Starlin work on Starlin this winter, and not play winter ball. Develop physical stamina, get some kind of help for the focusing issues,(life coach,sports psychologist) help him develop some emotional intelligence/mental resilancy.
    4. No. Dale is the place holder. I would look around for new coaches though.
    5. A strong C+.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      There is no such thing as a “strong” C+.

  13. dabirdguy says:

    2016.
    The original plan has worked SO FAR. it now needs a bunch of tweeking.
    As I’ve said before…Starlin needs a bus ride SOMEWHERE. I know he’s young, but there are times to “serious up” and he doesn’t get that. I don’t think he ever will.
    Dale has done a great job. There has been a return to solid fundamentals, and they get all over those that forget/ignore/just plain don’t do it right. That is about ALL you can expect from a manager given the roster in place ATM. Even Casey Stengel couldn’t make the early Mets winners.
    Grade = B. I would like to have seen one or more QUALITY long term contracts signed so far.

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