Mailbag Monday

Montezz from Detroit: How long will it take for the Cubs to win their next World Series?

Driscoll: Ha. Ha. Well, as I mentioned in a recent podcast with Blackhawks blogger, Courtney Terlecki, I’m predicting 2017. The one thing the Cubs are doing right is our farm system. On top of young talent already contributing, like Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, the Cubs get to look forward to excellent players like Javier Baez, Albert Almora, and Kris Bryant. These players excel at the plate, and I see them developing even further once they begin work under Rick Renteria. Still, this depends on a pitcher. The Cubs grabbed another position player, Kyle Schwarber, with their fourth overall pick. He is also excellent with his bat, but the team needs to start focusing on trading Jeff Samardzija and getting a top arm in the process.

Courtney from Chicago: What would be your ideal Wrigley Field after the renovations?

Driscoll: Interesting question and one that I haven’t thought about, honestly. I am definitely ready to see the rooftops go. I don’t think they add any substance to the field, and don’t provide fans with the true Wrigley experience. I’m overjoyed with the thought of a digital scoreboard and the option of instant replay that it will bring. I also really like the signage going up in left and right field because of the revenue that it will produce. However, I really love Wrigley Field the way it is. Sure, I’m ecstatic for the renovations that I mentioned, but I do not want to see too many changes. Wrigley Field is 100 years old and I love the history that comes with it. I don’t want to lose that in the process of the renovations. I still want to feel like I’m sitting in my favorite ballpark once it’s all said and done.

Kaitlyn from Arlington Heights: After a five game win streak, what caused the Cubs to lose their final game at home?

Driscoll: Is fate an option? I mean really, who expected the Cubs to win six games in a row? But in all seriousness, I was not impressed by Miami in the first two games. I don’t think they were playing to their full potential and the Cubs were doing a lot of things right in Game 1 and Game 2. Also, I think the weather could have been a factor. It was cold and windy (typical Chicago), but the Marlins were playing in the same conditions so I can’t really play that card. In my opinion, the only real issue that the Cubs had was the lack of bullpen. Neil Ramirez and Hector Rondon were both unavailable. This allowed the Marlins to get runs late in the game. If the Cubs had one of their best closers available, the game very well could have fallen in their favor.

Thanks for the questions! Feel free to send me more here or @CubbieClubhouse on Twitter.

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National League Central No. 1 Draft Pick Evaluations

 

Now that the draft is complete, which team in the National League Central division made the best choice? Check out what some fans had to say and get to know each player. Be sure to comment below after making your vote with the reason for your choice!

 

Chicago Cubs (fourth): Kyle Schwarber

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Sadly, Still a Cubs Fan

Sad Cubs

Chicago Cubs fans are constantly ridiculed. From their terrible luck in the draft all the way to their old, outdated ballpark, the jokes are endless. Believe me, as a Cubs fan who grew up in a Cardinals’ household, it was brutal. Even when the Cubs have a winning season, there is still one haunting detail that remains. A series of four numbers that allows every other team in baseball to mock us. The year 1908. The last time the Cubs have won a World Series. In my opinion, it’s just 106 years. Yes, that is certainly a long time, but the Cubs have done A FEW good things since then. So, as a fan, it doesn’t really seem like that big of a deal… until I started to put together a timeline of all the things that have happened in the world since the Cubs won their last World Series. A lot can happen in a century, but talk about putting it into perspective. Below I have included 10 facts that I feel help the Cubs fans in denial (of which I used to be) realize, we most certainly should be the center of every joke in MLB. Read More…

Chicago Loyalty

I teamed up with Chicago Blackhawks blogger, Courtney Terlecki, to discuss the loyalty of sports fans in Chicago. Also, Terlecki and I give our predictions for future Chicago teams. Do you agree?

Weekend Mailbag

Nick from Kewanee asked: Do you think that Starlin Castro is the long term answer at shortstop or do you think he eventually moves to a different position? 

Driscoll: This is an excellent question, and one that I think we just won’t know the real answer to until Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara move to the Cubs’ roster. Castro certainly does not have the best history with the position. At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Castro had the worst fielding percentage of any starting National League shortstop and was second to worst in all of baseball. Clearly, the Cubs should be open to making some changes if they are presented with a better option. However, Baez hasn’t been much better. His defensive statistics are plagued with errors and Alcantara’s numbers are even worse. On a positive note, Castro has been improving and he is still very young. He has a strong arm and time to develop defensively. Also, his Major League experience makes him a better option compared to Baez or Alcantara. Still, the Cubs were able to forgive Castro’s mistakes on the field by his performance at the plate. He had a slump year in 2013, and this year I just don’t see the consistency I need from a standout player for the Cubs. The real question, for me, is whether Castro fits into a long-term lineup at all. If his bat doesn’t improve in consistency, Castro may have bigger things to worry about than keeping the starting shortstop position. 

Kaitlyn from Palos Heights asked: What are the best rooftop venues around the stadium? 

Driscoll: Kaitlyn, I will keep this as short and to the point as possible. None. The best venue at Wrigley Field, is Wrigley Field. The rooftops just don’t give you the baseball experience. I had my first experience with the rooftops this year, and wrote a blog post about it. Make sure you check it out for more specifics. 

Vincent from Monmouth asked: Will this be one of the last amateur drafts we see before they go to a true international draft? 

Driscoll: Definitely not. Discussions about switching to an international draft have been taking place for nearly a decade. I think the time is coming, but there are many things to sort out before MLB can switch over. They will need to discuss what countries would even be included, how many rounds they will have, a proper investigative method for players entering the draft, and how a team would be compensated if they chose not to sign one of their draft picks. Honestly, these questions really only graze the surface. I do think an international draft is coming sooner rather than later, but I don’t see it happening for a few years. There are just too many questions that need addressed before MLB makes the switch. 

Thanks for the questions! Feel free to send me more here or @CubbieClubhouse on Twitter.

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