JAVIER BAEZ NEWS

What the Addition of Manny Ramirez Means for Javy Baez

There is one reason why Manny Ramirez is in Mesa sporting a Chicago Cubs uniform. It’s all about Javier Baez. Sure, Ramirez has deep ties to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, and his stint in Iowa as a player/coach went well. But Manny’s top mission is to slow down the fastest bat in baseball. After his disastrous big league debut it’s easy to forget that Baez was struggling in Iowa...
Via Sports Mockery
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Slimmed Down Baez Needs to Reinvent His Swing

Of all the Chicago Cubs highly touted prospects, perhaps none has a higher ceiling than Javier Baez. That’s what made his disastrous major league debut so disheartening. Baez possesses bat speed that only Gary Sheffield can understand and when he makes contact it can be awe inspiring. Major Contact Issues The problem is Baez rarely made contact in 2014 once he was called up to...
Via Sports Mockery
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon Has Plan for Chicago Cubs’ Forgotten Prospect

The Chicago Cubs have a former top rated infield prospect who struggled badly last season, but could be a key in the team’s turnaround in 2015. In 2014, this prospect hit under .200 with an OPS hovering around .600 and carried a strikeout rate around 40 percent. He is also capable of playing multiple positions. No, I’m not talking about Javier Baez. The player in question is...
Via Sports Mockery
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Javier Baez and the Cubs Extreme Second Basemen

Winter ball in Puerto Rico wrapped up at the end of January, with Javier Baez attempting to improve his plate discipline problems after a short stint in the majors at the end of 2014. That stint, as most of us are aware, featured him striking out 41% of the time he came to the plate. Unfortunately, […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Save Your Money: Don’t Bet on the Cubs to Win the 2015 World Series

The Chicago Cubs are currently a 6-1 pick to win the National League, third behind the Washington Nationals (13-4) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (19-4), while their odds to win this year’s World Series are at 10-1 according to Bovada. At 10-1 odds to win their first World Series since 1908, the Cubs have the fourth best odds, trailing only the Dodgers, Nationals and Boston Red Sox...
Via Sports Mockery
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Conundrum: Figuring Out the Chicago Cubs’ Middle Infield

Approaching the July 2014  trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs were looking to trade Jeff Samardzija, who could become a free agent after the 2015 season. Samardzija, who was having his best season of his career with an ERA of 2.83 in early June, rejected the Cubs’ offer of a 5 year contract extension before the trade deadline. Despite a glowing ERA, Samardzija possessed only a 2...
Via Batting Leadoff
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 400 for 2015 Fantasy Baseball

Finally, we come to the end of the 2015 fantasy baseball rankings. (Can we start games already?) A little birdie told me we’re opening up our commenter fantasy leagues on Monday. Then the little birdie pooped on my shoulder and I thought it was blue cheese and I put it on a cracker and– Wait, where was I? So, the top 400 for 2015 fantasy baseball isn't meant to surprise or...
Via Razzball
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #85: Javier Baez | 2B/SS | CHC

Since 1900 there have been 26,234 player-seasons in which a batter has registered at least 200 PA, and only one comes with a 40% strikeout rate or higher. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Javier Baez! It seems wrong to have a player with such amazingly, historically awful numbers rank inside our top 100, let alone the top 200, but it also seems wrong to let Baez do these things to a baseball...
Via Baseball Professor
25 days ago  |  Discuss

I Will Wear Your Golden Sombrero, Señor Baez

I'm concerned, you're concerned. We all have concerns. This is a post concerning Javier Baez and our concerns. More specifically, this is about how concerned we should be if we own him in keeper or dynasty formats. If you're looking for just the 2015 value Baez brings to the table, check out Grey's Top 20 2nd basemen. Honestly, if you're not reading all of his rankings you're doing...
Via Razzball
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Theo To Cubs Fans, “Hold Us Accountable”

It has been a long and painful ride for most long time Chicago Cubs fans. No matter how much you have bought into the plan set by Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Cubs ownership, fans have gone through their summers missing something that typically fueled them, Cubs optimism. Cubs fans have always had a sense on opening day that this could be the year, next year has finally come, but...
Via Sports Mockery
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Opinion: Cubs Should Trade Javier Baez

The Cubs have had a busy offseason, adding Joe Maddon and Jon Lester to mix with their young talent.  If you are familiar with the Cubs team, you know they have more hitting prospects than positions to fill on the diamond.  I’m here to tell you who they should trade next to get the pitching they desperately need. A popular guy name is the rumor mill is shortstop Starlin Castro...
Via Baseball Essential
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Addison Russell on the Trade Block?

The Cubs have a problem. It’s a good problem, but a problem nonetheless. With Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, and Addison Russell headlining the youth movement in the organization, the Cubs have something of a logjam. For the short term, Alcantara has been in centerfield, while Baez has played second base. However, with Russell expected to make it to the major...
Via Sports Mockery
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Javier Baez to be Opening Day 2B

In a recent quote, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein announced that Javier Baez will be the Cubs starting second baseman to start the 2015 campaign. #453229750 / gettyimages.com This is according to a report by Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney for Comcast Sportsnet Chicago on csnchicago.com:But the reality is the Cubs still expect Baez to be their Opening...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Plus/Minus and Baez’s strikeout problem

You all remember Phil Rogers and his beautiful plus/minus system he developed? Well, it’s time to to put it to use. The other day I was reading the news and I read that the US had announced a successful airstrike against IS in which 15 militants, 4 tanks and 4 civilians were killed. That sounds like disastrous results to me, but who I am to question the wisdom of the United States...
Via Obstructed View
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs fan throws HR ball back with authority (Video)

A Chicago Cubs fan in the outfield stands displayed some impressive arm strength when he threw a home run ball all the way back to the infield during Saturday's game at Wrigley Field.After L.A. Dodgers batter Adrian Gonzales hit a home run to center, the fan in the front row who ended up with the ball threw it back - with authority. The ball made it to the edge of the outfield grass...
Via Holdout Sports
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Losing streak ended

Finally, the Chicago Cubs felt the taste of victory. It had been over a week since the Cubs have been able to shake hands to celebrate a victory after losing seven straight games. They were able to prevail last night in Pittsburgh and once again get into the win column with a 6-4 victory. If this win is in any way an indication of things to come the rest of the season, the Cubs should...
Via isportsweb.com
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Javier Baez almost breaks the sound barrier

The Cubs won tonight against the Pirates, and at 65-83, they have only 14 games left and must win at least 8 of those to avoid 90 losses for those of you who care about these things.  For those of you wondering about draft position, they’re #6 (most likely #7 due to the Astros’ Aiken/Nix snafu) so it’ll take a bit of a run plus a collapse from some other teams to drop out...
Via World Series Dreaming
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Javy Baez Will Be an All-Star

Javy Baez will be an All-Star in this league. Yes, the same Baez that has struck out 41.6% of the times he has stepped in the box. No, I do not buy my cars from Josh Gordon. I’ll admit, it is hard to defend a guy hitting .173 with as many strikeouts as Javy Baez but I’m not ready to call him a bust like some fans are, 37 games into his career. In your best 30 for 30 voice, what...
Via Sports Mockery
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Javy Baez Will Be an All-Star

Javy Baez will be an All-Star in this league. Yes, the same Baez that has struck out 41.6% of the times he has stepped in the box. No, I do not buy my cars from Josh Gordon. I’ll admit, it is hard to defend a guy hitting .173 with as many strikeouts as Javy Baez but I’m not ready to call him a bust like some fans are, 37 games into his career. In your best 30 for 30 voice, what...
Via Sports Mockery
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Javy Baez Will Be an All-Star

Javy Baez will be an All-Star in this league. Yes, the same Baez that has struck out 41.6% of the times he has stepped in the box. No, I do not buy my cars from Josh Gordon. I’ll admit, it is hard to defend a guy hitting .173 with as many strikeouts as Javy Baez but I’m not ready to call him a bust like some fans are, 37 games into his career. In your best 30 for 30 voice, what...
Via Sports Mockery
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Javy Baez Will Be an All-Star

Javy Baez will be an All-Star in this league. Yes, the same Baez that has struck out 41.6% of the times he has stepped in the box. No, I do not buy my cars from Josh Gordon. I’ll admit, it is hard to defend a guy hitting .173 with as many strikeouts as Javy Baez but I’m not ready to call him a bust like some fans are, 37 games into his career. In your best 30 for 30 voice, what...
Via Sports Mockery
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Javy Baez Will Be an All-Star

Javy Baez will be an All-Star in this league. Yes, the same Baez that has struck out 41.6% of the times he has stepped in the box. No, I do not buy my cars from Josh Gordon. I’ll admit, it is hard to defend a guy hitting .173 with as many strikeouts as Javy Baez but I’m not ready to call him a bust like some fans are, 37 games into his career. In your best 30 for 30 voice, what...
Via Sports Mockery
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Javy Baez Will Be an All-Star

Javy Baez will be an All-Star in this league. Yes, the same Baez that has struck out 41.6% of the times he has stepped in the box. No, I do not buy my cars from Josh Gordon. I’ll admit, it is hard to defend a guy hitting .173 with as many strikeouts as Javy Baez but I’m not ready to call him a bust like some fans are, 37 games into his career. In your best 30 for 30 voice, what...
Via Sports Mockery
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Javy Baez Will Be an All-Star

Javy Baez will be an All-Star in this league. Yes, the same Baez that has struck out 41.6% of the times he has stepped in the box. No, I do not buy my cars from Josh Gordon. I’ll admit, it is hard to defend a guy hitting .173 with as many strikeouts as Javy Baez but I’m not ready to call him a bust like some fans are, 37 games into his career. In your best 30 for 30 voice, what...
Via Sports Mockery
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Javy Baez Will Be an All-Star

Javy Baez will be an All-Star in this league. Yes, the same Baez that has struck out 41.6% of the times he has stepped in the box. No, I do not buy my cars from Josh Gordon. I’ll admit, it is hard to defend a guy hitting .173 with as many strikeouts as Javy Baez but I’m not ready to call him a bust like some fans are, 37 games into his career. In your best 30 for 30 voice, what...
Via Sports Mockery
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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