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The Tally Ho

Monday, August 09, 2004


Because I am on "holiday," I have watched a few Cubs games recently. It is really nice to read what you want, watch what you want, and hang out with friends with no real schedule to adhere to. Not that anyone would ask, but I have a few suggestions for the Cubs this off season.

1) Nomar Garciaparra has to be signed to a multi-year contract.
2) Resign Todd Walker and let Mark Grudzielanek go, or perhaps keep him as a backup.
3) Sign Pokey Reese to be the backup for both Nomar and Walker. He is an outstandng defender, thus valuable in late innings and is a lifetime .250 hitter - which is acceptable. Martinez can also back up Nomar, but also Ramirez. ESPN lists Walker as the backup first basemen, so this way the infield is covered. Holding onto Jose Macias would also be a good move.
4) Get younger? Moises Alou will be 39 years old next year. While he is hitting .276 with 26 HRs and 66 RBIs this season. However, since June he is hitting .227 with 13 HRs and 31RBIs - that is .100 less. Perhaps getting Carlos Beltran would be worth moving Alou, if not next year - the age difference between the two is substantial enough to justify looking toward the future. Don't get me wrong, Alou is great, but Beltran is going to be star (Patterson could be moved to left). Sosa will stay a Cub as long as he wants.

More: In right field, Sosa, like Alou, has struggled for a few months. Since June he is hitting .238, a .53 point drop off. Over that time Nomar is hitting .326, Ramirez is hitting .345, and Lee is hitting .332. So the third and fourth batters in the Cubs line-up are both hitting close to .100 points less than the second, fifth, and sixth hitters since June. I am not saying that age has anything to do with it, but if Alou moves on, Beltran would be a perfect replacement in the outfield and hitting third.

And Audrey Tautou turned 26 today. She is mostly known for The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain


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