4/20 Lou & Soriano have a chat

Cubs manager Lou Piniella met with Alfonso Soriano on Tuesday to discuss the left fielder’s base running, or lack of, in Monday’s game. Soriano hit a ball to deep left center with one out in the second inning against the Mets and did not run quickly out of the batter’s box. He ended up with a double but the ball seemed to have gone far enough that he could’ve had a triple.

“I talked to Alfonso and told him, when you hit the ball, even though you might think it’s a home run, leave the box,” Piniella said, “and when you recognize it is a home run for sure, then you can go into your trot.”

Piniella didn’t see Soriano come out of the box because he was watching Mets center fielder Angel Pagan track the ball and the ball itself.

“Last night, I was watching the flight of the ball and I didn’t see what he did or didn’t do at home plate,” Piniella said. “I was watching the center fielder and watching the ball. I have talked to Alfonso about it and you know what, at times, habits are hard to break.”

Judging by where the ball landed, did Piniella think Soriano should’ve been on third?

“A really fast player would’ve had a triple for sure,” Piniella said. “In Alfonso’s case, I’m not going to say he should’ve or not, because I didn’t see it. It’s a long ways out there. He obviously thought it was a home run when he hit it. It didn’t go all the way out. It hit the wall. But we’ve talked to him about it and we’ll see if it works. I think it will.”

There’s another habit Piniella would like to see Soriano change and that’s to abandon the hop he does when he catches a ball in the outfield. This weekend, Soriano said he would stop but on Monday, he did a little hop while catching two fly balls. That may take some time, too.

“I understand that,” Piniella said. “He works every day at it and he does it without the hop in practice. Yesterday, he caught one ball and it wasn’t a full hop. I just want him to catch it.”

— Carrie Muskat


I don’t think Sorriano and his stuff is the problem here. I think it’s a team issue they are not hitting in the clutch the bullpen seems to consistancy blow leads. Also it seems like when the Cubs make a mistake they pay for it and when the other team makes a mistake we don’t cash in on it. I know it’s early but it seems like it wasn’t just two years ago and we had the best record in baseball. So the talent is there. I guess it also kills me to watch them lose to teams that are also struggling to score runs and just seem to be bad. Maybe we are bad, but I know we have talent out there and guys that have done it in the past. Fix the bullpen and help the Starters that keep giving us quality starts

No, No, NO…

This needs positive management.

Don’t hug him, tell him. The saunter by Soriano from the plate to first cost the Cubs the opportunity to bring him home on a sacrifice fly.

We are not playing intelligent ball at the moment. Compare the way we play to the Phillies and there is just nothing to compare.

Thinking starts from the top down.

The talent WAS there two years ago, not a reason to think it is STILL HERE. Soriano, his style of play, lack of defense IS at least part of the problem, how could anybod think otherwise? When ANY player whether a rookie or a veteran runs the bases poorly, plays bad defense and shows a steady decline in run production…that’s BAD. It’s not just the bullpen that needs to help the very good starting pitching, it’s the offense as well and there is not one person (except Lee?) that would make an opposing team sweat in a game situation. And even Lee is showing signs of slowing down his game a little.

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