20. Chicago Cubs–An unfairly maligned system, in my opinion — not a great system, but not a disastrous one. And I say that as someone who’s relatively bearish on some of the Cubs’ more famous prospects.
Not a particularly great showing by the Cubs, but Epstein has already taken strides to improve the Cubs’ system. It should be noted that the biggest move made by the Cubs this winter was acquiring First base prospect Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo has long been admired by Theo. Rizzo was once property of the Red Sox, but was dealt to San Diego as a part of a package to acquire all-star 1B Adrian Gonzalez. Rizzo’s presence in the Cubs’ system is probably the biggest reason why the Cubs chose not to pursue free agent Prince Fielder. Epstein has stated that he wants to build a sustainable winner from the ground up, and he will no doubt continue that process going forward.
30. Chicago White Sox–And they’re not particularly close to No. 29, either. When you don’t spend money in the draft, you’re not going to fare well in anyone’s organizational rankings. The new collective bargaining agreement, which clamps down on teams’ ability to acquire premium talent in the draft through higher bonuses, was the result of a long-standing effort by White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who wanted to force other teams to play by his rules.
Pretty harsh words from Keith Law on the state of the White Sox organization. The White Sox are locked into some bad long-term contracts and according to ESPN there isn’t much help on the way either. It appears as though dark days are ahead for the White Sox. To me it seems as though Keith Law is taking a shot at Jerry Reinsdorf about the changes he wanted in the draft process. I actually like the rule change that Jerry Reinsdorf “forced”. So many times in the past you would hear about a top 5 talent slipping to Yankees at like pick 28 because they were the only team willing/able to pay the kid. I am always in favor of a rookie wage scale and would like small market teams to have a chance to compete by at the very least developing their top draft picks. Keep being a hard-ass Jerry.
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Peavy was highly recruited throughout the country several years ago…he came to Chicago…and its safe to say that his career has been a disappointment.
(Newser)–Retirement won’t get him out of this one. Manny Ramirez was arrested yesterday and charged with battery, after his wife, Juliana, told police he had slapped her in the face so hard that she banged her head on their bed’s headboard. Her injuries weren’t serious enough to require medical attention, but she said she’d called police because she was afraid things would escalate, according to the AP.
Manny being Manny. Stay classy Manny.
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Just when I thought Cleveland couldn’t suck anymore than they already do, some nerd goes and makes a Lego portrait of Adam Dunn. Is there a more worthless guy to construct a Lego portrait of? He couldn’t even pick a guy from his own city? This is probably the best thing to come out of Cleveland in years, so pathetic. I guess spending hours making a portrait of the worst guy in Chicago is still better than making a portrait of anybody in Cleveland. This portrait of Adam Dunn is 2X2 feet and made up of 5000 Legos in a wooden frame. But, guess what…this guy is a complete fraud. This loser GLUED the Lego pieces together. Pretty sure that’s called cheating. Totally defeats the whole point of Legos. I could have reconstructed the Roman Empire to scale as a kid if my mom let use glue. All this guy did was glue some different color Legos together and didn’t even make it an action shot. Fail.
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Maybe its just a bruise, or maybe he is going to need that foot amputated. Its a toss up at this point.
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So ESPN is going to do this thing where they list the top 5 sports figures from every major sports town. Blowhard Mike Wilbon is in charge of spitting out Chicago’s list…and per usual he totally messed it up. He just tried to sound smarter than everyone by putting old guys in there that he has never laid eyes on like Red Grange. I am sure Red Grange was great and was very important to the foundation of the NFL, but that was so long ago that I think he may have even played for the Decator Bears. He can’t be on this list. Wilbon also talks about Grange like the NFL wouldn’t exist without him. I find that basically impossible to believe. The NFL is the shit. No way one guy from 1924 made it that way by himself. Wilbon also had Ditka, Payton, Jordan, and I want to say Gale Sayers rounding out his top 5. Total failure. Here is the correct list.
1. Michael Jordan– Obviously. The greatest athlete of all-time has to be the greatest Chicago sports figure of all-time too.
2. Walter Payton– I never saw Sweetness play live because he retired when I was like 3 years old, but real recognize real. I have seen enough highlights to know that he was the greatest running back who ever lived.
3. Mike Ditka– Hall of fame Tight End as a player, Superbowl Champion Coach, a mustache that would make Wyatt Earp jealous, and an all around bad ass. Ditka is a winner and an icon. Has to be on this list.
4. Bobby Hull– The Golden Jet was the best player of his era. Scored a ton of goals, drank a ton of beers, and won a Stanley Cup.
5. Jonathan Toews– This is a bit of a futures play, Toews still has some work to do, but the guy has already won practically everything possible. Toews is the perfect hockey player and an absolute stud.
Scottie Pippen may have made this list if he wasn’t such a traitor and/or moron.
Ernie Banks may have made this list if he actually won something…but like all other Cubs…he hasn’t.
Dick Butkus probably should be on here…but I can’t take anyone off of this list, so he can be number 6.
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