Cubs Wednesday: Clark and arbitration, though Clark isn’t filing for arbitration

In case you missed it yesterday, Julie gave a reasoned explanation as to why fans might have been the slightest bit annoyed at the unveiling of the newest member of the Chicago Cubs, Clark. The Cubs also responded to the reaction surrounding Clark’s debut. I don’t think they liked the Deadspin version with genitals.

For my part, I would've been happy with a return to tradition and the 1908 bear.

For my part, I would’ve been happy with a return to tradition and the 1908 bear.

“I’m disappointed at some of the unfortunate images that went from negative to despicable,” Julian Green, vice president of communications and community affairs, said Tuesday. “There are some folks that had strong reactions to the mascot, but at the same time, there are folks that see what we’re trying to do. It’s strictly for kids and family entertainment.”

What Mr. Green doesn’t explain is why the Cubs chose to debut on Twitter before the trotting Clark out in a more reasonable fashion.

Green acknowledged that Clark’s target audience isn’t exactly the age group that would be on Twitter or Facebook.

“Some of the strong reactions were predictable,” he said. “We’ve been around for 100 years, and we plan on being around another 100 years. As we look to develop the next generation of fans, the mascot will help that. Plus, there were a lot of fans today excited to share the experience with Clark the mascot.”

I think it’s great that he goes and visits kids in the hospital. Why couldn’t that have been our first look at Clark? It might have been more palatable to see him on the 6 o’clock news hugging sick children, and Deadspin might not have slapped genitals on a cartoon bear.

It’s arbitration time, and eight eligible Cubs have filed. Those players will exchange numbers with the team on Friday. Carrie Muskat compiled a list of 2013 salaries for these players and their salaries for 2014, as projected by MLBTradeRumors.com.

Jeff Samardzija: $2.64 million in 2013; projected $4.9 million in 2014
Travis Wood: $527,500 in 2013; projected $3.6 million in 2014
Nate Schierholtz: $2.25 million in 2013; projected $4.4 million in 2014
James Russell: $1.075 million in 2013; projected $1.7 million in 2014
Pedro Strop: $502,500 in 2013; projected $1 million in 2014
Luis Valbuena: $930,000 in 2013; projected $1.5 million in 2014
Darwin Barney: $562,000 in 2013; projected $2.1 million in 2014
Justin Ruggiano: $494,500 in 2013; projected $1.8 million in 2014

And it’s always nice to get a dig in at Ryan Theriot:

The last time the Cubs went to arbitration was in 2010 when an arbitrator ruled in favor of the team’s $2.6 million offer over the $3.4 million bid submitted by Ryan Theriot.

Remember when Ryan Theriot lost his arbitration case? That was fun.

20 thoughts on “Cubs Wednesday: Clark and arbitration, though Clark isn’t filing for arbitration

  1. Drew says:

    This is BS. There was no reason for people to react this way. How immature do Cubs fans have to display themselves?

  2. Dusty Baylor says:

    Darwin Barney projects a raise to $2.1 million. Jeebus.

  3. Doc Blume says:

    The Theriot arbitration case was an enormous turning point in his Cubs career on a number of levels. First off, management turned on him. The Cubs hadn’t had to take a player to an arbitration hearing for over a decade before his case. His salary offer was so out of whack, the Cubs wouldn’t even offer him their standard “split the difference” offer.

    Second, fans turned on him after that. Before that season, Theriot was actually liked by many fans. That changed quickly that year and I believe it started with this arbitration case. He was perceived to be greedy and over confident.

    And third, it really established that he thought he was a much better player than he actually was and his over confidence led to him actually underperforming in the season that followed where he actually thought he was a better shortstop than Starlin Castro.

  4. juliedicaro says:

    The Theriot arbitration hearing was hilarious. I loved that.

  5. juliedicaro says:

    Apparently we can only comment in linear fashion right now.

    1. Dusty Baylor says:

      Well…it could be worse…Theriot? Ugh

  6. gravedigger says:

    Sorry everyone. We use the wordpress defualt and their hetpack comment plugin… all of it is standard wordpress code so not sure where the failure is happening.

  7. johnnywest333 says:

    I blame Doc.

  8. Doc Blume says:

    That’s probably the right thing to do.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It’s the revenge of Clark the Cub…

  10. juliedicaro says:

    Cubs sign pitcher Chris Coughlan to a minor league deal with a ST invite. McLeod says Baez will start the season at Iowa, Bryant at AA. Soler and Almora TBD.

  11. juliedicaro says:

    Oh, I guess Coughlan is an outfielder. Whatever.

  12. Raythar says:

    When I first heard we were getting a mascot, I was really hoping that it would mean the return of the 1908 version. Sigh.

  13. NotAgain says:

    Coughlan was the guy we got from the Marlins, right?

  14. Carl Heartscubs Gierhan says:

    Chris Coughlan was NL ROY in 2009! He hasn’t had an OPS+ higher than 91 since.

  15. Doc Blume says:

    He’ll fit right in.

  16. Doc Blume says:

    Mark…I’m going to give you a big hug when you get this threading problem fixed.

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