First of all, I want to state that this is not my idea, that this idea I heard from a caller while listening to the Cubs 10th Inning Show with Dave Kaplan on Monday after the Marlins game on my Walkman. He said that the Ricketts had stated that if they wanted to win, it would have to start within the organization, with a good Minor League System in place, something that the Cubs have right now. The caller would go on to mention how sitting on the bench would be a huge disadvantage in the learning process for Colvin, and that as of right now, he would like to see Colvin sent down and for the Cubs to start developing him as a 1st baseman in the Minors. I think that his last words were " If the Cubs want to start to win from within, why not make that move?" Kaplan said that was an interesting idea and that he might ask Lou that question over the weekend.
I personally would love to see that move. Even before that call, I wanted to see Colvin sent down. Why? Because he's not gaining anything just sitting in the bench. He is a young kid, and a good hitter, and a talented prospect, ( I don't know if he's technically a prospect anymore) and he has a future in this organization, which is why that for him to be on the bench and missing at bats is a huge deal to me. What does he gain from replacing Alfonso Soriano for defensive purposes in the 7th, and maybe getting one at bat in the game? Nothing!
I love Tyler Colvin, and I want to see him get his 4 or 5 at bats in the game in Iowa, and I want to see him do well, but I don't want to see him in a bench role because he most certainly will not start for any part of the season unless one of the outfielders were hurt and unless one of them got traded, which is not going to happen. Unless Fukudome starts struggling, (which I think he is starting to), unless Xavier Nady bats .150, and unless Soriano or Byrd all of a sudden uses a wiffle bat instead of a wooden one, there is no way that Tyler will make any starts with consistency. And the outfield looks solidified for the next 2 years or so, so why don't you send him down and develop him as a 1st baseman? Maybe he won't have the solid defense that D-Lee has, but he certainly has the bat. And lets face it, D-Lee does have an expiring contract and I wouldn't call age 35 young for a baseball player. And he has been struggling as of late, but in a very mediocre team, Tyler Colvin is one of the few bright spots that's on the team and someone to look forward towards the future.
What are your thoughts.