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Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs finished tied for 20th in the N.L. MVP voting

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 24 November 2012 at 9:25 pm

36-year old righty swinging LF Alfonso Soriano finished tied for 20th in the N.L. MVP voting with Kris Medlen and Martin Prado of the Braves. Soriano played in 151 games for the Cubs last year and he was 147 of 561 (.262 avg, .821 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 32 homers, 108 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Soriano has now played in 796 games in his first six years with the Cubs and he is 806 of 3,041 (.265 avg, .819 OPS) with 422 runs scored, 164 homers, 475 RBIs and 60 stolen bases. Soriano was really productive despite not having much help in the lineup for the Cubbies last year.

The Chicago Cubs should make a splash in free agency this winter

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 23 November 2011 at 4:07 pm

The Cubs need to make a big splash in free agency and I think they will choose to spend big on one player and then look for bargains. Here is the trio of free agents I think would be good fits for the Cubbies:

1. Prince Fielder - Lefty swinging 1B Prince Fielder would be a perfect fit for the Cubs. He would give the Cubs a big time power hitter at a position of need. Plus, signing Fielder hurts the division rival Brewers.

2. Cody Ross - The Cubs could use righty swinging oufielder Cody Ross in RF in 2012. Tyler Colvin had his shot in 2011 and he failed miserably.

3. Mark DeRosa - Mark DeRosa can play all over the field and he would give the Cubs another solid bat off the bench.

Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs finishes tied for #23 in the N.L. MVP Voting

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 23 November 2011 at 4:02 pm

21-year old righty swinging shorstop Starlin Castro finished tied for 23rd in the voting for the 2011 N.L. MVP Voting with Craig Kimbrel (closer, Braves), Carlos Ruiz (C, Phillies) and Mike Stanton (RF, Marlins). Stanton played in 158 games for the Cubs last year and he was 207 of 674 (.307 avg, .773 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 10 homers, 66 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. He has now played in 283 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 346 of 1,137 (.304 avg, .766 OPS) with 144 runs scored, 13 homers, 107 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. Castro has a gigantic upside, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take home this trophy sometime in the future.

Darwin Barney of the Chicago Cubs finishes tied for 7th in the voting for the N.L. Rookie of the Year

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 14 November 2011 at 7:16 pm

26-year old righty swinging 2B Darwin Barney finished tied for 7th (with Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers) in the voting for the N.L. Rookie of the Year. Barney played in 143 games for the Cubs last year and he was 146 for 529 (.276 avg, .666 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 2 homers, 43 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has now played in 173 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 165 for 608 (.271 avg, .656 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 2 homers, 45 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Barney will likely be penciled in as the starting 2B when spring training starts, but he will have to play well to keep the job.

Marlon Byrd will be the lone All-Star for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 5 July 2010 at 12:51 pm

32-year old starting CF Marlon Byrd will be the Cubs’ lone All-Star next week. He has played in 81 games for the Cubs this season and he is 95 of 307 (.309 avg, .838 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 9 homers, 35 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Byrd has turned out to be a solid free agent signing for the Cubs as he has been their best player overall this season. He deserves the honor he will get next week and it will be his first appearance in the All-Star Game.

Derek Lee finishes 9th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 3 December 2009 at 8:59 pm

34-year old righty swinging 1B Derek Lee finished 9th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award. Lee played in 141 games last season and he was 163 for 532 (.306 avg, .972 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 35 homers and 111 RBIs. He has now played 13 years in the majors appearing in 1,681 games in which he is 1,701 for 5,980 (.284 avg, .873 OPS) with 946 runs scored, 293 homers, 939 RBIs and 101 stolen bases. Lee continues to be the player that the Cubs depend on the most as he is a great hitter and one of the best defensive first basemen in all of baseball.

Randy Wells got a few votes for the Rookie of the Year Award

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 18 November 2009 at 5:00 pm

27-year old righty starting pitcher Randy Wells finished sixth in the voting for the Rookie of the Year Award in the N.L. Wells pitched in 27 games (all starts) for the Cubs last season and he was 12-10 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Wells was one of the MVPs of the Cubs last season and they hope that he can continue to excel in 2010 and beyond for them.

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