Ask Paul returns to answer questions on Tyler Colvin at first, Starlin Castro in the 2-hole, instant replay in baseball and whether he needs Kerry Wood back.
Since DLee has been STRUGGLING at the start of this season, yet again and Lou doesn't know where to play Colvin to get him at-bats, couldn't the Cubs try Colvin at first base? It would get a left-handed bat into the lineup and we could see what the kid can do on a regular basis. James Fannin, Champaign, Ill.
Colvin is athletic enough to do it, but it would take some time to learn the position, and perhaps he should be doing that at Iowa if that was the game plan. We all saw Jake Fox learn third base last summer, not that Colvin is laterally-challenged like Jake. Colvin may deserve more playing time, but let's not forget he's hitting .154 with runners in scoring position, and .067 with runners in scoring position and two outs. If he improves those numbers, he'll see his name in the lineup more often.
Paul, after the blown call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game, I am convinced replay needs to be implemented at all times during major league baseball games. We see whether a pitch is a strike or a ball on television replays all the time. So if we have the technology to be able to decipher this, why would we choose to be imprecise? If you rely on what umpires are calling, you are not watching the game, you're watching a game someone else is watching. Should replay be implemented around the base paths? And should baseball award Galarraga a much deserved perfect game? Ted S., New York
The answer is having a Supreme Court-type panel of baseball justices overseeing every single game (on MLB's Extra Innings package, of course) and deciding which calls need to be reversed. I'd like to nominate Larry David as chief justice. Their debates would be carried live, on MLB Network, so fans could understand the rulings. Of course, if that happened, the games would be so long that Joe West might retire. In that case
This is how far the Cubs have sunk: 1945: Maybe we'll win the World Series! 2003: Maybe we'll get into the World Series! 2007: Maybe we'll win a playoff series! 2008: Maybe we'll win a playoff game! 2009: Maybe we'll make the playoffs! 2010: Maybe we'll win a game against the Pirates! You can print this if you want. Gary Katz, Long Grove, Ill.
Uh, no thanks.
The Cubs seemed trapped by longterm contracts to Zambrano, Soriano, Ramirez and others. How do they get out of some of these bad deals? Hendry did manage to get something out of the Bradley mess. James Ingram, Highland Park, Ill.
Looks like no way out of most of them, so the Cubs are going to have to hope this teams rebounds. The Bradley-for-Silva deal looks like a steal, but no one thought Silva was worth much back in December when it was made.
Paul, judging by your pictures, you obviously appreciate fashion. At Fitch Park, I noticed that all Cubs minor leaguers wore high socks, and have noticed the same thing with Peoria over the past few seasons. Is this a club-imposed mandate, and if so, why not carry to the big club? Brett Kuntz, New Carlisle Ind.
It's not a good look for most players and accentuates their large calves, but no one wants to tell them that.
Sterling Castro seems more comfortable as the No. 2 hitter. Hitting in front of DLee he see's better pitches. Especially once DLee heats up. Why won't the Cubs just leave him there? Maurice Phipps, Cleveland
Sterling, or Starlin as we call him, is hitting .243 in the No 2 hole with a .263 OBP. He's much better in the 8-hole (.343 avg./,425 OBP). Eventually he could be a three-hole hitter, but the stats say he's better in the No. 7 or 8 hole for now.
First-time writer. What will your lead be if the Cubs win the World Series? I'll sit back and read your answer. Paul Pecilunas, Woodville, Wis.
I don't usually telegraph my lead that many years in advance, but hopefully you will be reading it on some wireless apparatus somewhere in the not-too-distant future.
Paul, you seem bored without any Wood or Prior questions. What do you think of the Cubs making a trade for Wood to shore up the pen? Would he not make a great eighth-inning guy? John Bonarek, Tinley Park, Ill.
Probably not a good idea to go pick up Wood after an early season injury and a high ERA. I do miss all the questions about him. Not so much the other guy. Thanks for the questions, relevant and otherwise.
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