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Last updated 2-6-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 22
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 
 



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HERO

I never thought Ernie Banks passing would affect me like this. I'm not the type to be openly weeping but I am. Listening to the radio and hearing story after story of people that wanted to share their personal stories of meeting Ernie and the uplifting impact he had on everyone he touched. We are all little kids somewhere inside and Ernie was magic when it came to Cub fans. He was Chicago's treasure from the 1950's to the present. After his career, he became one of the greatest baseball Ambassadors, leading to him receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. Mr. Cub was a wonderful ballplayer and a two time MVP shortstop. He was a hitter who had that amazing batting stance and power that came from his wrists.  Ernie was only the 7th player to hit 500 homers. He is one of the few that was a Cub his entire 19 season career which is itself a rarity. Of course, the Wrigley management was a part of that. Arizona Phil, in one of my favorite TCR posts ever (from 1-31-10) tells of several inflection points where the Cubs could have moved him, particularly when Leo Durocher was managing.

Leo also desperately wanted to get rid of Ernie Banks, but Phil Wrigley would NEVER agree to trade Ern. That was the one thing that Leo wanted that he couldn’t get. He could not get rid of Ernie Banks. Leo could not stand Ernie’s cheerfulness, optimism, and “let’s play two!” good fellowship, believing that nice guys like Ernie were losers, and Leo absolutely HATED losers.

Baseball is a team sport. Durocher was an often mean spirited man and was the antithesis to Ernie's love for people. Which one makes the  world become a better place? Joe Maddon responds to this in a better way, "Never let the pressure, exceed the pleasure."

Ernie came to the Majors in an era that brought breakthrough racial change to American society and he was a constant positive, always remaining upbeat in a time when life brought race related challenges every day. Ernie represented one of the perfect solutions to what Americans needed to overcome. Never a hot headed or angry man, everyone knew him as the eternal optimist ("the Cubs will be fine in sixty-nine"), he brought to so many Cub fans a philosophy that keeps us going in the face of what seems to be a never-ending wait for our time to get the brass ring.  I think many of us wanted to see Ernie's response to that day when the Cubs win the World Series. Now we will just have to imagine how he reacts, seated in the front row, from heaven above.

Have at it, by adding your own memories of Mr. Cub, as we celebrate his life. My favorite personal encounter with Ernie in 1979,  is in the following TCR link.
Close Encounters with Mr. Cub

Comments

Well Done Dr. Hecht. I did not think this would affect me like this is with tears rolling down my cheeks as I listen to the radio. As twcoffee said earlier, it is as well a piece of my childhood - a big piece - is gone. I had the chance to "meet" him at the U.S. Open at Medinah, when he and Billy Williams stopped next to my brother and I so we said hello. What a nice man. But I was fortunate enough, as Joe is, to have seen Ernie play at the Friendly Confines, attend double-headers, and see many game winning hits delivered by him with Brickhouse screaming on WGN. So sad he never tasted the thrill of a World Series. Oh well - may he and Ron have the chance to participate from wherever they are. R.I.P. Ernie! Let's Play Two!

One of the callers on the ESPN radio show this morning with Fred Huber/Mike Murphy suggested a great idea. They need to change the schedule on one Sunday every season, to a "true" doubleheader. The classic doubleheader, two games for the price of one (not the day/night version). Dedicate it to Ernie Banks. Murph suggested it be a league wide event in Ernie's memory. I think that has a chance of happening and would be a wonderful tribute to Let's play two.

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In reply to by John Beasley

Heh, be a lot of issues getting it approved by league and players. Would need to do it on weekend wrapped around a Thursday/Monday day off for both teams so they don't have to waste that emergency call-up on purpose.

Can't see owners going for it and losing revenue on a game, could see Cubs doing it once a year in April or Sept when attendance is usually lower, although hopefully not much longer in Sept.

Thanks for the write-up Doc. Glad someone with a bit more personal connection got to do it. I do have a signed Ernie Banks/Sammy Sosa ball my wife bought me which I'll always cherish. 

otherwise all my Ernie memories are rain delay theater on WGN. Must have seen that 500th HR call a couple dozen times.

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In reply to by Rob G.

"otherwise all my Ernie memories are rain delay theater on WGN." same. as much as i've enjoyed reading about ernie and watching old footage over the years, i've barely seen the guy play aside from some obvious highlights. i guess it says a lot about ernie that i've seen at least 10x more footage of him talking or others talking glowingly about him even though he's a HOF player with enough footage to speak for itself.

My Ernie story: ten years ago, my son (age 7) and I were waiting for a table at a restaurant. Ernie was chatting with people at the bar. When the people left, my son asked if I thought it would be OK for him to go and say hello. I said yes, Ernie seemed to be enjoying talking with people. So, my son goes over, Ernie asks him if he plays baseball and what position, then asks my son to show him his pitching motion. My son does, with great earnestness, and Ernie nods. "OK, now show me your left-handed pitching motion." My son tries and nearly falls over. Big laugh and a slap on the back from Ernie; big laugh and a lifelong memory for my son. He was a really nice man who knew what it meant to be a baseball hero to a kid. We could use a lot more like him. RIP #14.

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In reply to by crunch

Doug Glanville is a truly wonderful writer.
His smile told that story. It made me not worry. It made me proud, and maybe most importantly, it made me see baseball as being one of our greatest assets. And that even when race matters, we still have the power to encourage our country to live out its best, to be bigger than race. Ernie Banks always knew we would ultimately get to a place of harmony, and amazingly, Mr. Cub didn't even have to say a word for you to understand that. He made you feel it. Always.

Getting the formatting thing again (Firefox) both on the main page and now (newly) in the articles and comments too. Just FYI! Thanks for all the trouble-shooting time you put into this site in addition to writing, editing, etc., Rob.

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In reply to by Charlie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Manfred he's got the cred...but him coming out swinging this early with something so radical causes one to pause. that said, i don't think the owners or player's reps would let him get away with something like this. it's the solution to a problem no one's complaining about...and those that do care spend most of the time blaming the batter for not tapping one into the hole rather than the D ruining what the batter wants to do. hell, even on the "delay of game" angle it's barely a blip compared to other issues which can be addressed without heavily effecting the strategy of the game.

Excerpt from a Fred Mitchell article in today's Tribune...Joey Banks, is one of his twin sons.
While none of Banks’ children was in attendance at the news conference Sunday, one of his sons, Joey Banks, was contacted by the Tribune by phone. “I realized that people loved him,” the 55-year-old California resident said. “I didn’t know what his contributions were to the team. It was something I didn’t really get. I realized that he was consistent. He was special, and people treated him kind of like that.” Banks declined to discuss the specifics of his father’s health but said he spoke with his father regularly and that the frequency of the calls had decreased in recent months. Increasingly, Joey Banks said, he would call his father and leave a message. “That became more frequent, and that worried me,” Joey Banks said. “He used to call me every Sunday.” In recent months, Ernie Banks had a “health care person” living with him to ensure he took his medication and ate correctly, Joey Banks said. Joey Banks, a truck driver, said he last spoke with his father about 10 days ago and he had grown concerned about his father’s health in recent weeks. His father would answer the phone, Joey Banks said, but then he handed the phone over to someone else. “He didn’t speak very long,” Joey Banks recalled. He said he last saw his father in June, at an Ernie Banks bobblehead night at Wrigley Field.

My Ernie story is not special but part of it remains really vivid. I was maybe 5-6 and I don't even recall why, or where, it happened, but I was introduced to him and Jack Brickhouse, who both signed a copy of Ernie's book they did together. (Years later, like an idiot, I tore the autographs out of the book to put with other autographs.) I don't know if I realized who they were, but I do know that I was in awe. And then Ernie left and I looked out the front of the building, and Ernie waved to me from his car. I can see that part of as if it happened yesterday.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    i'm still shocked the owners/players agreed to threshold "tax."  the owners would love a cap, but the players are dead set on that never happening.

    as it stands the penalty is a "tax" on NYC and LA teams, and BOS since they choose to blow through it so much.

    going 20-40m over the cap isn't destructive to the teams, even with multipliers.  DET and SF has done this multiple times.  the times the cubs did it didn't hurt any future endeavors...such as buying up Wrigleyville property or Nebraska politicians.

  • Craig A. (view)

    Except the penalties for repeatedly exceeding the thresholds make it more like a cap and less like socialism for billionaires.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Dominic Smith is likely ticketed for Extended Spring Training in April to rehab from January hand surgery (hamate), then AAA Iowa once he is ready to roll. He isn't a post-2023 Article XX-B MLB FA like David Peralta so he doesn't get the automatic Opening Day opt-out if he doesn't make the Opening Day MLB 26-man roster, but he very likely has one or more contractual opt outs during the course of the season if he isn't added to the 40 (like Jorge Alfaro likely has). Note that also like Jorge Alfaro, Dominic Smith is an Article XIX-A player (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time) so he cannot be sent to the minors (optioned or outrighted) without his consent if he is added to the 40 at some point in 2024.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Minor league vet deals aren't hugely important. These guys probably won't factor in much to the season.

    So, Smith & Peralta shouldn't take away one AB from a young MLB ready top prospect who needs MLB experience. Someone who might do what the DBacks prospects did in 2023.

    Right?

    Because the Cubs have never tried to rely on aging vets to keep people's hopes up.

    Right?

    Counsel wouldn't sign on for that, right? Even for all that cash, right?

    Ricketts wants more revenue. Aging vets don't provide that. They provide cover for lack of conviction. Conviction in your young guys and your lack of willingness to make bold/significant moves to improve your roster because you might overspend or even be proven wrong in your evaluations.

    But, the Cubs would never do anythin like that. I'm simply over reacting to the signing of two old LH hitters on MiLB deals.

    Right?

  • crunch (view)

    the cubs pursued dom smith and eric hosmer for years on/off when they had a need.

    the expectations i have for both of them are similar, and very low.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    How about Dominic Smith? He’s a Cub now too

  • Cubster (view)

    David Peralta? I’d rather let Canario have a chance.

  • crunch (view)

    as soon as i heard "minor league contract" that's all i wanted out of this news.  no drama unless he impresses too much to ignore in spring or he needs to be added to the 40-man.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Minor league contract. Spring Training insurance. Automatic Opening Day opt out. 

  • crunch (view)

    in what universe and timeline do the 2024 cubs need david f'n peralta?

    Mark Feinsand has clarified it's a minor league deal.  i can live with that going into 2024.