Ben Broussard is a first baseman, but has played left field in the past and is a left handed hitter with a career slash line of .263/.324/.450. He was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 1999 draft out of McNeese State, came up with Cleveland, spent time in Seattle and was signed, and then released early this season by Texas.
Was this really necessary? I guess it seems like a pretty low risk move, and the more I think about it, the more I like it.
UPDATE #1: The Cubs actually signed Broussard to a record deal / minor league deal. Apparently, he's a pretty good musician, and is great in lifting the spirits of guys in the clubhouse with his guitar.
"We feel his potential as a ballplayer is good," said Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry, "but his potential as a superstar singer/songwriter is enormous. He's the first professional baseball player to have the potential to be in the top 40 in homeruns and on the Billboard charts."
And this, according to Ben's official website...
All the songs from his new cd were written in his spare time while traveling, and inspired by everyday life and relationships. As an added bonus, Ben is a talented "beat-boxer". Ben acquired this ability in the 3rd grade, while attempting to break into the free styling circle of his new classmates. This talent can be heard on the song "Deep" from his new cd of originals, and also on Coco Crisp's song from the "Oh Say Can You Sing?" album.
UPDATE #2: I am full of crap. I guess all the flooding in Des Moines (Including Principal Park) has gone to my head. BTW... the Iowa Cubs may play their next home series against Nashville in Memphis because of the flooding threatening their stadium in Des Moines... developing.