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Spring Training numbers can usually be taken with a grain of salt. It’s a small sample size, pitchers may be restricted as to what they can throw and players often are facing opponents they have never seen before—and might never see again. But the way the Cubs’ offense is mashing 22 games into the spring, one would hope it can continue once the wins and losses start to count.
Through Thursday, the Cubs led all major league squads in extra-base hits and total bases and were second in home runs. They are slugging .470 as a team, good for fifth in the majors, and are seventh in the league with an .805 OPS.
Many have written off left fielder Alfonso Soriano after an average 2011 campaign, but he appears to have come to Mesa ready to play. In 31 at-bats, the 36-year-old has 11 hits, five homers and 11 RBI. He is one of 11 Cubs position players who has recorded at least 20 at-bats with an average of over .300.
Other pleasant surprises have been outfielder Joe Mather and second baseman Darwin Barney. Hoping to make the squad as the team’s fourth outfielder, Mather is hitting .421 in 38 at-bats and slugging .929 with three homers and 12 RBI. In 25 at-bats, Barney has 11 hits—five for doubles—and an on-base percentage of .462.
While it’s easy to chalk up these gaudy numbers to facing Spring Training pitching, this should give fans a glimmer of hope heading into April.
MESA, Ariz.–The Cubs are gearing up for their first live game action of the season this afternoon at HoHoKam Park. After morning workouts, the club will play an intrasquad game–blue team versus white–essentially pitting the major league squad against the minor leaguers. The game starts at 1 p.m. and is open to the public.
Here are today’s intrasquad lineups:
1. Soriano – LF
2. Stewart – 3B
3. Castro – SS
4. LaHair – 1B
5. Byrd – CF
6. DeJesus – RF
7. Lalli – C
8. Barney – 2B
9. DeWitt – DH
T. Wood – P
1. Jackson – CF
2. Sczcur – RF
3. Baker – 2B
4. Rizzo – 1B
5. Johnson – L
6. Vitters – 3B
7. Lake – SS
8. Brenly – C
9. Campana – DH
Wells – P
MESA, Ariz.–Despite finishing 71-91 last year, the pervasive feeling in Cubs camp this spring is optimism. The Cubs feel they improved their organization from top to bottom this offseason, and the energy at Fitch Park is palpable. Vine Line sat down with several of the Cubs this week to talk about how the team feels coming into Spring Training.
The Cubs claimed talented minor league infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on Monday and designated infielder Blake DeWitt for assignment.
The 24-year-old Cardenas hit .314 with 28 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 70 runs scored, 51 RBI and a .374 on-base percentage in 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento last season. The versatile infielder, who plays primarily second base, saw time at second, shortstop, third base and left field. He was originally selected by the Phillies in the supplemental round of the 2006 draft.
DeWitt, a former first-round pick of the Dodgers, was acquired in the July 2010 deal that sent Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to L.A. In his first full season with the Cubs, he batted .265 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBIs in 121 games.
Those of you watching last night’s game saw the keystone combination of Darwin Barney and Blake DeWitt following exactly the advice in this brand-new Cubs Clinic: Get the sure out. It also helps to have a terrific defender like Barney robbing hits on the left side of the diamond. Get tips on turning the double play in this extra look inside our September edition of Vine Line. Don’t miss it: Subscribe to Vine Line today.
Vine Line’s July cover boy has continued to make a positive impact on and off the field. Post by Austin Hannon. (Photo by Stephen Green)
More important than healing his knee while on the 15-day DL, Darwin Barney took the time to heal the spirits of a 2-year-old boy at Chicago Memorial Hospital in June.
Drew Boedigheimer was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy in April and underwent a successful heart transplant in May. To cheer up Drew, one doctor recommended contacting the Cubs, and with the help of the team, the family soon connected with the rookie second baseman.
“It was obviously an easy decision for me to go,” Barney told The Oregonian.
Barney, featured on the July cover of Vine Line, arrived full of gifts, including a team-autographed baseball. Drew’s parents were thrilled Barney visited their son.
“He seemed truly concerned for Drew,” Tara Boedigheimer said. “He didn’t want press there. He wasn’t doing it for any reason other than being generally concerned.” (more…)
Perhaps the next Wrigleyville Block Party, Aug. 19-21, could play this Cubs Countdown of top hits. (Photo by David Banks)
In honor of Vine Line‘s first-ever Music Issue this month, we thought it would be fun to see what the Billboard Top 100′s number 1 song was at the time of some of your favorite Cubs players’ births:
- When Darwin Barney was born on Nov. 8, 1985, the country was jamming to “Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder.
- “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell was the number 1 song when Ryan Dempster, whose birthday is May 3, 1977, made his first appearance in the world.
- “Best of My Love” by The Emotions was the Billboard Top 100’s number 1 song on Aug. 30, 1977, when Marlon Byrd was born.
- When Jeff Samardzija was born on Jan. 23, 1985, “Like a Virgin” by Madonna was the most popular song cruising through the airwaves.
Here are some more of the No. 1 songs on Cubs players’ birthdays:
- Blake DeWitt, Aug. 20, 1985- “Shout” by Tears for Fears
- Reed Johnson, Dec. 8, 1976- “Tonight’s the Night” by Rod Stewart
- Casey Coleman, July 3, 1987- “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
- Mike Quade, March 12, 1957- “You Don’t Owe Me a Thing” by Johnnie Ray
- Sean Marshall, Aug. 30, 1982- “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
Experience Vine Line and the Cubs like never before: Darwin Barney gives an exclusive performance on the Hilton Chicago’s grand piano and talks about his rookie season in Chicago. It’s an extra look inside our July edition, Vine Line’s first-ever Music Issue. Don’t miss it: Subscribe to Vine Line today.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney tours Wrigley Field for two nights on July 31 and Aug. 1, and with the upcoming Music Issue of Vine Line hitting your mailbox soon, we asked four Cubs who they’d most like to see rock the Friendly Confines. Subscribe or give a gift today.
Reed Johnson, OF
“I’m a big Pearl Jam guy. I enjoy Eddie Vedder loving this organization. I think that means a lot as well. We were fortunate enough to see him solo a couple years ago at a small venue.”
Sean Marshall, LHP
“I’d like to see Kings of Leon. They’ve been playing some good music for a while—and the last couple years, songs like ‘Closer.’”
Randy Wells, RHP
“I’m more into smaller, not-so-mainstream groups. I’d like to see [country act] Randy Rogers Band. They’re blowing up now, though. I’d probably like to see the Eagles.”
Darwin Barney, IF
“Honestly, I’ve never been to a concert before. My wife and I are trying to figure out a good time to go, but we would like to see Coldplay or The Fray. I think they’d be awesome concerts.”