No Schilling for Cubs

Curt Schilling announced his retirement today from Major League Baseball. I loved that he made this announcement on his offical blog, by the way.  But in doing so, Schilling will not be coming to the Cubs as was rumored early in spring training.  And thank god for that! 

If this team is as close to a championship capable team as the Cubs want you to believe, then why on earth would a re-tread like Schilling make any sense for this club? Maybe this was realized by the Cubs front office brass and signing Schilling was never seriously entertained. Gee, I hope that’s the case. Because taking a guy off the scrap heap of unsigned  players does not exactly make me feel very confident as a fan. I mean, it can work, but very rarely with pitching. An example of a postion player working out can be found in last years pick-ups of Jim Edmonds and Reed Johnson. They both – in their respective roles – showed plenty left in their Major League tanks. But pitching is a different story (unless you have Dave Duncan as a pitching coach).

I am presently reading an excellent new book, “Cubs By The Numbers” by Kasey Ignarski, Matt Silverman, and Al Yellon (Skyhorse Publishing). My complete review is forthcoming, prior to opening day.  The book takes a look at Cubs players by uniform number. At the end of each chapter they have a paragraph or so featuring a player you never would have thought of as a Cub who wore that chapter’s uniform number.  Most of them are players who made their reputation elsewhere and came to the Cubs at the very end of their career.  That was the hallmark of the very bad Cub teams of the past half century, to bring a “name” guy in when he has little or nothing left to offer.  The 2009 Cubs need none of that if they serious about being are World Series bound.

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    March 23, 2009  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Hot Stove, players, roster

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