4/26 Lee update

Derrek Lee had to come out of Sunday’s game because of neck spasms. His status was day to day. We’ll know more postgame.

– Carrie Muskat

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This is the best thing that could’ve happened to the Cubs and Derek Lee. Start Mr Hoffpauir everyday at 1st now. I hope Lee is hurt enough for the DL.

DIE sosapriorwood DIE!!!!!!!!!!

if lee is hurt, let’s call up Fox . him and micha can handle 1b for a bit

What’s wrong with a fan (sosapriorwood) wanting young players that happen to be exhibiting excellent hitting skills to get an opportunity to play? Knowing full well that the only opportunity they WILL get is by way of a DL stint for Lee because Hendry won’t/can’t trade Lee and Lou won’t bench him, so the decisions to play Haffpauir and Fox must be taken out of Lou’s and Hendry’s hands and put in the hands of fate??? Sad but true.
I’m with sosapriorwood on this one, CERTAINLY NOT DESERVING OF THE DEATH PENALTY.
It’s not like he/she is calling for the return of Corey Patterson or Felix Pie to play center in place of Fukodome.
These guys are displaying more ability than a lot of “can’t miss” prospects that came and went, they may be similar to Theriot.
Here’s hoping Lou has the same philosophy he displayed when inserting the deserving Theriot in place of Dusty Baker’s favorite shortsop ever…the one, the only, the great…IZTURIS.

I give up. It’s like arguing with 5 year olds about marriage. You people know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about ANYTHING. Stupidity should be painful, so I can only hope nothing but pain for the whole lot of you “cubs fans.”

No argument fom me, give up then. I’ll keep NOT hoping for pain on anybody, especially when it comes to just having differences of opinion regarding a baseball team. Maybe thinking that an injury to Lee being the best thing to happen for him and the Cubs WAS too much, but I didn’t get that anybody was HOPING FOR AN INJURY TO HAPPEN TO LEE, just that it DID happen and that could be an opportunity for a better, younger player. (my money’s on the 5 year old)

Geez, people, grow up. Can’t we all just get along. This is what Cubs mis-management has done to we fine up-standing fans.

All I can say is these kids will only get the chance to shine when someone goes down and right now we’ve got a few opportunities. Let’s see what these kids can do. Really, can it be any worse than what we’re seeing now.

Oh, how I miss DeRosa.

Cubbeeblue, you are right, the Cubs ARE mis-managed and the kids will ONLY get an opportunity to play by way of injury, not by the design of Hendry. That’s the point I was making, thanks for validating. I’m sure we would all get along, talk about our different views, have a drink, and cheer on our Cubs. A little fun in the forum between GM’s is just a way of expressing our common frustration and passion. Can’t wait to get that next GM.

You say the Cubs are mis-managed, but you’re talking about benching a player that has averaged over 90 RBI’s, and hit 20+ homers every year (except the year he broke his wrist), and hitting probably in the high 290s, low 300s while with the Cubs.

Yes he hit into a lot of double players last year, but still had a very good year, and better than alot of 1B’s. He is also one of the best defensive 1B in the majors.

I see no reason to thrust someone who has minimal major league at-bats into a starting role until Lee, who is the better player, is gone. Then you can give Micah a chance, but he isnt going to put up much better numbers than Lee. You are clamoring for him to be the everyday 1B based on just over 100 career AB’s to replace Lee. That doesnt sound like smart management to me. Especially considering Micah is not going to likely be a 300 hitter when full time, and has a 25 AB/per home run ratio which is higher than Lees career number of 21AB/HR.

I think Hoffpauir can be a solid player, but he isnt better than Lee.

Lee HAS averagedthe rib’s you mentioned….HAD hit the 20+ homers you mentioned…HAS hit the average you mentioned…HAD a very good year, all in the past. I wouldn’t call for his replacement soleyl based on his many dp’s that he hit into, I could accept that with with his high production, his high production is now gone. I agree he is still one of the best defensive first basemen out there, but defense alone doesn’t justify a full time spot at 1B. I am also not clamoring for him being benched as a “well managed move” I am referring to the mismanagement of waiting too long to move him not bench him, too soon to trade DeRosa, too soon to sign A SECOND RIGHT FIELDER,
too soon to let go of Marquis, Wood, Weurtz a collective of the deisions made by Hendy lead me to believe the team is mis managed (not field managed). Also, when “clamoring” for more time for Haffpauir we are talking about a somebody who has at least shown for the past few years in the minors AND the majors (yes, in a limited capacity) much more production than a lot of previous guys that came and went i.e. Patterson, Patterson version 2, Pie etc.
It’s not like I’m CLAMORING for ANY WARM BODY to replace Lee. What Hauffpauir shows is EXACTLY the reason to consider not THRUSTING but introducing him to much more playing time at 1B when you have an aging, slowing veteran. If Haffpauir was producing like Pie or Patterson then of course you stick with Lee, but that’s not the case.
Listen, I’m not pinning my dismay in the Cubs mismanagement on just D. Lee, it’s a majority of Hendry’s
decisions that lead me to believe there is mismanagement.
I wonder how you know that Michah won’t likely be a .300 hitter? How about the .290 that Lee acheived during most of his career? Did you also think that Mark Grace wouldn’t be a .300 hitter? I know a few at bats do make the season but Lee is continually looking slower and slower with his bat speed.

Some signs of a good gm are knowing when a player has hit his prime. History is just repeating itself. The Cubs management has always been quick to think the next best thing is a washed up superstar. But I thought those days were gone with just a glimmer of hope here and there.

I guess you can’t teach an old dog/gm new tricks.

I say we see what we’ve got in that kid. Some of the greatest ball players of all time came up when the rock-star player got hurt or needed a rest. Ever heard of Lou Gehrig? I’m not saying Haufpauirs the next Gerhig, but we can’t know if we don’t give him a chance. And he can play first base.

Some signs of a good gm are knowing when a player has hit his prime. History is just repeating itself. The Cubs management has always been quick to think the next best thing is a washed up superstar. But I thought those days were gone with just a glimmer of hope here and there.

I guess you can’t teach an old dog/gm new tricks.

I say we see what we’ve got in that kid. Some of the greatest ball players of all time came up when the rock-star player got hurt or needed a rest. Ever heard of Lou Gehrig? I’m not saying Haufpauirs the next Gerhig, but we can’t know if we don’t give him a chance. And he can play first base.

Right you are Cubbeeblue, I don’t think anybody is saying Haffpauir is the next Lou Gerhig, and I for one know he is already 29 years old, but we might get some production from him up until HE is 32 years old, that’s more than we’ll get from Lee.

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