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Mark Cuban and Other Thoughts

I really don’t care too much about who ends up buying the L.A. Dodgers.  I mean no disrespect by this, but I don’t have anyone that I think would be a great fit as owner.  I know there are several groups still alive in the bidding process and some of these groups include some famous names such as Magic Johnson and Joe Torre.  However, there was one potential owner that didn’t make the first cut from what I understand.  That is Mark Cuban.  A few years ago, I was hoping he would win the bidding for the Chicago Cubs.  I am pleased with the Ricketts family, but I must admit there is a part of me that would have liked to see what Cuban would have done with my favorite team.  For some reason, Cuban hasn’t been successful in any of his attempts to buy a Major League team.  I think this is a travesty and part of me feels that Bud Selig and an overwhelming majority of owners don’t want this young and charismatic man as an owner.  I think Cuban would be a breath of fresh air for baseball and would be a great owner.  I know several NBA players love how he takes care of his team, the Dallas Mavs.   For whatever reason, he has yet to be taken as a serious potential owner in baseball and I hope that changes in the near future.

With the upcoming season just around the corner I am already getting excited for opening day.  I know the Cubs appear to be out of contention this year and I’m okay with that.  I do think they will surprise some teams though as we get younger with guys like Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo being the future of our team.  I anticipate more trades by Theo & Jed and even a another money eating deal that involves us trading Alfonso Soriano.  I think Marlon Byrd will be traded this summer as well.

I keep reading about Yoenis Cespedes lately and wonder if the Cubs are truly interested in this guy.  I know he’s only 26 and possesses a lot of talent.  However, I don’t know if I want to see the Cubs spend a bunch of money on him.

I think the Cubs are going to be fun to watch this summer even if they finish well below .500.  The reason I say this is the fact we are getting younger.  I like this youth movement and I hope it continues throughout the season.

Oh well, that’s all I’ve got  for now.

 

ODDS AND ENDS

Wow, the Cubs cannot seem to field the ball this spring.  We’ve played 4 games and have committed 14 errors.  That’s not a good sign.  What’s worse than that.  Carlos Silva blowing up at Aramis Ramirez.  Maybe it was overblown, but you can’t have guys going at it this early in the spring.  The grind hasn’t even begun yet.  I hope this is not a sign of things to come. 

Speaking of Silva, the errors didn’t help but neither did giving up the homeruns.  I will definitely be keeping track of his next couple of starts.  He may not make the rotation if Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells pitch good this spring.
I’m curious to see what Rudy Jaramillo will do for Carlos Pena this year.  We need a huge year from him.  I think he could be the difference maker for our offense this season.  
I still cannot believe what Hank Steinbrenner said about players building mansions.  It was obvious he was directing his frustrations at Jeter.   In my opinion, Derek Jeter is one of baseballs classiest players.  Foolish comment Hank!
With everything going on with the Mets financially, I would love to see Donald Trump buy them.  I know this is not going to happen, but I would still like to see D.T. as an owner.  As a matter of fact, I would like to see Mark Cuban as an owner too.  
I think the Pirates will not finish last this year.  I also believe they are a step closer to finishing above .500 in the near future.  Andrew McCutchen has quickly become one of my favorite players to watch.  And one thing I’ve noticed on MLBLOGS is that there are a lot of die hard Pirate fans still out there waiting for their team to start winning again.  I wish them the best of luck.
That’s all I’ve got for today….until another Cub erupts in the dugout or something like that.

ODD AND ENDS

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. 

A FEW IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE

I have had some ideas that I have touched on in the past that I believe would better the game of baseball, but I wanted to reiterate a couple of those ideas again.  The first of these ideas is a salary cap and the second is expansion.

When I suggest imposing a salary cap in baseball I know a lot of fans and players would probably be against it initially.  However, my idea has a twist to it.  Have a maximum and minimum team salary.  The max could be $150 million and the minimum $75 million.  I am using team payrolls that I found for the 2010 season.  You can take a look at them here.  Only the Red Sox and Yankees would be affected by my maximum salary cap.  However, my minimum salary cap would affect 12 teams.  I believe that with this salary cap that the players would benefit greatly as well as the fans.  If owners don’t want to increase their spending to reach the minimum salary cap then I suggest they sell their teams to potential owners that will.  We need more owners willing to spend money.  I know Mark Cuban would make a great owner and would be willing to spend the money.  I think having this cap would make baseball as a whole more competitive.  

My next idea is expansion.  I only suggest this if my salary cap idea were to happen.  I truly believe that the cap and expansion go hand in hand.  The salary cap would make expansion possible.  Here are a few cities I think MLB would be able to expand to.  San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Charlotte, San Juan and maybe Vancouver. I would like to see MLB to add two more teams to have a total of 32.  There would be 16 in each league consisting of four divisions with four teams in each division.  Eliminate interleague play and have a balanced schedule.  If necessary, go back to a 154 game schedule.  

These are just a couple of my ideas that I think would make the game of baseball more competitve and exciting.    

“To Do List” Update!…..again

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With baseball’s winter meetings to begin this week I anticipate the Cubs to make some changes.  Personally, I believe that the Cubs and Padres will work a deal sending Peavy to the Cubs.  Since they need a shortstop, I suggest sending Ronny Cedeno to the Pads in the deal.  It appears it will require a third team to make the trade work.  I have read numerous times that the Orioles will be that team.  If the Cubs send Felix Pie to Baltimore and Ronny Cedeno to San Diego I think it may work.  It would probably take another player or two to get the deal completed too.  I am guessing Sean Marshall as one of those players. 

The Cubs need to address their need for a left handed hitting bat.  I am currently behind them going after Raul Ibanez.  Lou Piniella knows him and seems to like him a lot.  I think that would be a great move and you could use Fukudome and Johnson as a platoon in centerfield. 

With this weeks meetings I believe that Jim Hendry will try to address these two issues.  It will be interesting to see what else comes out of these meetings. 

It appears that Mark Cuban is completely out of the running for buying the Cubs.  I believe the Ricketts family will be the new owners.  If so, I think it may be a good thing.  As much as I still want Cuban, I realize that Bud Selig and his cronies aren’t ready for a ‘maverick’ like him. 

 

1.  Pick up Rich Harden’s option for next season.

2.  Extend Jim Hendry’s Contract.

3.  Re-sign Ryan Dempster.

4.  Re-sign Kerry Wood?????????? Please, one more year! (Highly unlikely)

5.  Trade for Jake Peavy  

6.  Find a Centerfielder/Rightfielder.  One that bats left handed. (I like Raul Ibanez)

7.  Finalize the sale of the Chicago Cubs.  Preferrably Cuban followed by the Ricketts family.

 

“To Do List” Update!

Baseball.jpgWell, my personal “To Do List” for the Cubs this offseason started off well.  Unfortunately, it has hit some snags.  The Cubs picked up Rich Harden’s contract,extended Jim Hendry’s contract and re-signed Ryan Dempster.  Then came the bad news.  The Cubs traded away a really good prospect in Jose Ceda for reliever Kevin Gregg.  Ceda has a fastball the tops out close to 100mph.  I believe he has a high ceiling.  Gregg is older and obviously more experienced.  However, this trade signaled the end for Kerry Wood as a Chicago Cub.  But, ever the optimist, I hope the Cubs will still try to sign Kerry for one more year.  Highly unlikely.  I guess I could put it on my “wish list” instead of my “to do list”.  But then I would have to create a wish list.  Anyway, the Cubs may still be in the hunt for Jake Peavy.  I still like the idea of obtaining him.   The Cub are also considering Bobby Abreu and Raul Ibanez and others to play rightfield and supply some left handed lumber in the middle of the lineup.  A guy capable of driving in 100 runs would be great.  Finally, I would love nothing more than to see Mark Cuban buy the Cubs.  Unfortunately, Bud Selig (BOOOOOO!!!!!!!) doesn’t seem to want him as an owner.  It’s looking more like someone else will own the Cubs next season.  I hope whoever owns the Cubs wants to win a championship as bad as I do.  We’ll just have to wait and see. 

 

1.  Pick up Rich Harden’s option for next season.

2.  Extend Jim Hendry’s Contract.

3.  Re-sign Ryan Dempster.

4.  Re-sign Kerry Wood?????????? Please, one more year!

5.  Trade for Jake Peavy or try to sign C.C. Sabathia or A.J. Burnett. 

6.  Find a Centerfielder/Rightfielder.  One that bats left handed.

7.  Finalize the sale of the Chicago Cubs.  Preferrably Cuban followed by the Ricketts family.

 

Mark Cuban and the Cubs

Mark Cuban Singing.jpgI have an obsession with the idea of Mark Cuban becoming the owner of the Chicago Cubs.  I just feel that he will take this team to the promise land known as the World Series.  I believe with him as owner that the Cubs will win multiple World Series Championships.  But first, he must overcome various obstacles that are in his path.  He’s managed to get past the first obstacle which was the first round of bidding for the Cubs.  He is now one of five potential owners remaining and has a good chance in my opinion.  One knock on him from Bud Selig(BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!) has been his lack of ties to Chicago.  I have some ideas to shoot down that notion.  I think it is obvious that Cuban needs to recruit some people that are Chicagoans in order to convince Selig and MLB owners to allow him to buy the Cubs.  Here is a few people that could team up with Cuban and be minority owners of the Cubs.  John Canning is one that makes a lot of sense to me if Cuban could convince him.  Canning was in the running initially to buy the Cubs but didn’t make it pass the first round of bidding.  He is a friend of Bud Selig and currently owners around 11% of the Brewers.  Another option would be an odd alliance.  Team up with Michael Jordan.  MJ won 6 championships as a Bull and loves competition.  Teaming him up with Cuban and bringing a World Series championship to Wrigley would be awesome.  Just imagine….Jordan winning another championship for the city of Chicago, but this time as an owner of the Cubs!  That would be a dream come true for me.  Other potential partners I would suggest for Cuban include Bill Murray, Vince Vaughn, Eddie Vedder and Billy Williams.  Maybe even some combination of these guys.  How could MLB and Selig turn down a group like that? 
Time will tell.