2/17 Baez arrives in Cubs camp

Javier Baez was one of the early birds in camp on Monday, arriving one day before position players have to report to Cubs camp. The first full squad workout will be Wednesday. The Cubs have said Baez will open at Triple-A Iowa and the shortstop isn’t putting a timetable on when he’s going to get to the big leagues.

“I’m still young and still learning how to play the game,” Baez said. “I’m going to take my time.”

Last spring, he batted .298 (14-for-47) and hit four home runs and drove in 10 runs. He also hit two more homers in an exhibition game against Japan. Alfonso Soriano and Dioner Navarro led the Cubs in spring homers with five each.

Could Baez make the big league team out of spring camp?

“I might make it, I might not,” he said. “I’m going to take it day by day and see what’s going on.”

The Cubs may test Baez at second and third this spring as well as have him play short. After a winter of workouts in Jacksonville, Fla., with his former high school team, he’s ready to get going.

“I’m just going to do my job and try to do what I did last year and [reduce] my errors,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat


When the bleachers start to look empty, Ricketts will want this guy to come up….which will be around June.

Even though this looks like another terrible year for the Cubbies, I am looking forward to all the Rookies…..I doubt very much if we see Bryant this year………I do predict that we will see Pierce Johnson by September……..by 2016, a rotation of Johnson, Blackburn, Vizcaino, Hendricks & Wood will look good……and maybe a surprise from the Shark trade.

I doubt you ever see the bleachers looking empty.
As far as Baez coming up in June, that could happen, depending on how he does of course.
There are more starters on the rise than one might think.
You could throw in Grimm, Jokich, Beeler, Black, Loosen, C J Edwards, Pugliese, Underwood. Maples made a comeback last year, can he continue?
Barrett Loux was very good before his injury last year, have not heard anything about him this spring.
Any of those guys could be in the rotation in 2016. Depends on progress and injuries of course.

I like to talk about the Cubs getting a new stadium……..it is time for the Cubs to move out of Wrigleyville……..the Roof Top owners want to fight, and the stadium does not have the facilities for the players……..major stars will not sign with the Cubs if the Cubs clubhouse is small, no batting cage, small work out area……………………..so let the Ricketts look for a new location……move the Cubs……but without public funds……no taxpayers should be required to pay for a stadium for a team that is own by millionaires who profits…….the new Cubs stadium in Mesa was paid by the taxpayers…….when local Mesa city services have to be cut due to low sales tax revenue and declining real estate prices, the locals will be mad that their tax dollars went to a Cubs stadium……..now that can change if the Cubs win a World Series……more fans would visit Mesa and pour dollars to the local economy….but what if this Epstein Plan fails?…….what if the Cubs dwell in the bottom of the division until 2020?……fans will not support this Cubs team either in Chicago or in Mesa………so I am for a new Cubs stadium, but not using public funds or raising taxes….let the Ricketts pay for it…….do the Ricketts have $800 million for a new stadium?…..it will cost $1 Billion if they want a retractable roof on it.

Your bringing up alot of wait & see questions. I drove around the Cubs Stadium in Mesa yesterday, there are all kinds of Cub fans walking around, trying to get a peak at workouts. Young and old, male & female.
The excitment is there, even after two losing Major League seasons. I can assure you, Cubs fans will support the Cubs in Mesa and Chicago.
Years ago Mesa may have been a nice place, but now, not so much. Which leads me to ask, what were they doing with the Tax Dolllars before they built the new Stadium?
Hotel prices have went up, before the games have even started.
As far as Wrigley field, lets see what the plan is with the 500 million project?? I am sure with that investment, it must something pretty special.

I believe it’s prudent to have the young man go to AAA and work at improving his skills. He knows his past defensive lapses need to be cleaned up. Expecting him to go to the bigs out of camp is unrealistic. Rushing him could prove counter productive.

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