As many of you know, I’ve had some ideas about creating a salary cap for baseball.  If you haven’t read my ideas on a salary cap here is the link to that post.  Anyway, I was listening to Mike & Mike the other day on ESPN radio and they said something that made a lot of sense to me.  They said you could put a team in Idaho with Mark Cuban as owner and they would compete.  The idea behind this is that the owner must be willing to spend money.  I agree with this theory about Cuban, but unfortunately, there are too many owners unable or unwilling to do this. 

Speaking of Mark Cuban, it was only a few years ago that I was hoping he would become the next owner of the Cubs.  I wrote several posts in 2008 hoping that Cuban would buy the Cubs.  Here is just one of those posts.  During that time, I also had hopes that the Cubs would get C.C. Sabathia.  Then it was Jake Peavy.  This off-season I wanted the Cubs to deal for Adrian Gonzalez.  None of  these things happened.  No Mark Cuban, no C.C. Sabathia, no Jake Peavy and no Adrian Gonzalez.  Well, now I am wanting the Cubs to go after Albert Pujols when he becomes a free agent.  However, I have the feeling we won’t get him either.  So, I have decided to do my best to avoid writing any posts about the Cubs signing Albert.  Maybe that way I won’t jinx the Cubs chances!!!!

I like the decision by Mike Quade to make Ryan Dempster the opening day starter.  Since becoming a starter for the Cubs he’s won 43 games and lost 27 with a solid 3.49 ERA.  It appears Zambrano will be our number 2 starter and Garza will be our number 3.  I like that setup right there.  I think Garza will be the best number 3 starter in the National League. 

I don’t have a lot of time this morning, so that’s it for now. 



  1. cubfan_joe

    Ron, I agree Garza is the best number three pitcher in the NL. However, is Dempster the best number one and is Zambrano the best number two? No. What if Garza was our number one or number, would he be the best? No. I think we have a very solid staff that has a lot of potential, but I think more than likely they’ll just let us down.

  2. blithescribe

    Too late. You’ve already mentioned your desire to see Pujols in Cubs uniform in a few posts prior to this one…or is the jinx only in effect not that spring training has started?
    I don’t like Mark Cuban for baseball. Too much mouth and not enough filter. Spending money is all well and good but only if it has results. All in all I was glad Nolan got the Rangers…not that I’m saying I should have a “vote” on your wish list. 🙂

  3. ronlang44

    @joe-I agree that we have a solid staff with a lot of potential. I believe that our rotation is strong enough to compete in the NL Central.
    @Russel-I saw Wainwright is probably going to have Tommy John surgery. That really hurts the Cards. I hope we stay healthy.
    @Emma-The dodgers situation with the McCourts divorce is not a good thing for the team or baseball.
    @Kristen-I would love to see Cuban as an owner eventually, but Nolan was the best choice for the Rangers. I won’t address the jinx though.
    @Mark-Dempster has earned it. He’s a tough competitor.

    Thanks everyone for your comments! I really appreciate it.