Say "Yes!" to Proposition Defense
Will pointed this article out to me today, coming from ESPN Chicago:
The Cubs have made nine errors in the first three games of spring training, but that fact hasn't upset Cubs manager Mike Quade the way it would during the regular season.Frankly, there are ominous clouds looming -- defensively -- for the Cubs. Alfonso Soriano has slowed considerable since his hamstring issues (thus his range is down); Starlin Castro has a combined 7,041 errors over the last MLB, winter league, and minor league calender year; and Aramis Ramirez continues to field third base with a bat instead of a glove.
Tyler Colvin and Blake DeWitt each have committed two errors. While Jeff Baker, Starlin Castro, Carlos Pena, Bobby Scales and Andrew Cashner have one error each.
HOWEVER: This team will not be this bad moving forward. In fact, there's every reason to anticipate ol' Starlin Castro -- still a very young man -- will blossom into a top-tier defender.
So it's right for Cubs manager Mike Quade to let these defensive gaffs slide -- but then again, what would he do? Resign at them? It's not like Quade has a choice whether or not to start Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Pena, or even Starlin Castro. These guys have not only earned their roles from past seasons (or prospect status), but they are vastly superior to anyone behind them (with the possible exception of Marquez Smith playing 3B, who would still be a step down from Ramirez in all likelihood).
In the meantime, though, we should prepare ourselves for a general butchering of a season from the Cubs defensively, as per usual.