Chicago Cubs 2012 Offseason Recap and Preview

What more can be said about the Cubs 2011 season than any other season:

Actually, this streak is so bad and long it deserves both a picture describing the Cubs’ 2011 season/last 103 years AND a video doing the same. Check it out:

Grade: D+

Notable Additions:

Anthony Rizzo, David DeJesus, Paul Maholm, Andy Sonnanstine, Ian Stewart, Chris Volstad, and Kerry Wood.

Notable Subtractions:

Carlos Zambrano, Andrew Cashner, Tyler Colvin, Sean Marshall, Carlos Peña, Aramis Ramirez, and John Grabow.

Why?: First, I realize that the pictures I chose may not be the best ones to put up. I just really put up the most hyped transactions this offseason for the Cubs. Also, now that I realized I probably made a mistake, I don’t feel like pulling the pictures and putting new ones up.

Anyway, the common theme in my comments on Cubs fans’ MlBlogs was that I was glad for them that the Cubs finally decided to go into full rebuilding mode, because the “in-between” stage they have been in for the past few years has really been hurting them. So you may say, “Well, Mateo, then why do you have them at such a low grade in a D+ if you think they are actually doing a good job?” This is a valid question. The answer is that I did give the Cubs brownie points by bumping their grade up from a D (which is usually the protocol when I can’t give the team a high grade, but like the way they handled things). However, I couldn’t give the Cubs a legitimate grade, because the majority of what goes into it is how it improved the team for winning in 2012. The Cubs set themselves up well for the next few years, but I don’t know what planet you’d have to live on to think paying $15 million+ for Chris Volstad is helping the Cubs win in 2012.

There are other examples, but I think you get the gist of things.

Predicted Record Range: 62-67 wins

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2 Comments

Ron, I ‘ll take your word for it. You could tell me absolutely made-up names for the first three and I wouldn’t know the difference. I pay little to no attention to minor-leaguers. Also, as I mentioned a few entries ago, the Cubs are an alien team to me, so I wouldn’t know if they even did get some playing time. Since then I have figured out one of the reasons why. The Cubs are actually THE only team I have never seen in person. Since I go to batting practice and try and catch baseballs, the Cubs’ mobile fan base is a nightmare, and the Cubs weren’t in town when I was in Chicago.

As a Cubs fan, I am glad they are embracing a total rebuild of the team. We have several young players that we need to determine if they can play everyday in the big leagues. Brett Jackson, Tony Campana and Josh Vitters to name a few. I think the Cubs will be building around Rizzo and Castro. So, 2012 is going to be a long season, but things are looking brighter for the long term future.

Ron

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