Alrighty, I believe this has been discussed multiple times in other diaries, but I do not remember a diary about it specifically.
As I sit here tonight watching the ESPN game between the Phillies and Mets listening to probably the worst announcer, Joe Morgan, I cannot help but feel a growing sense of frustration about the development of Cubs position players over the years. We seem to be alright at developing pitching prospects, but the position players are frankly killing us.
What a blessing to watch 4 of the best young players in this game - David Wright, Jose Reyes, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard. These guys are good. To hear that the Mets have locked up both Reyes and Wright through 2012 or so is a scary thought when it comes to being competitve in the NL.
What exactly is the Cubs problem in this area and how can this problem be eliminated? ?
The core seems to be there for a solid team over the next couple seasons - Zambrano, Lee, Ramirez, Barrett, Howry, Eyre, <cough> Prior, and Pierre if he is kept.
I just think it is going to be too difficult to build a team without developing some guys on our own.
Sorry for the long post, but had to get them out somewhere, and my wife would have just nodded and said, "I'm sorry."