TWTW: 3/2 – 3/8 (Spring Training Week 2)

baez“It was a fortunate selection, for Dickey took to shortstop like a duck to water, and in the first game he played in that position, he showed such ability that none of the old-timers on the team had a chance to beat him out of the job. And none did after that for years and years.” – Sam Crane on Dickey Pearce, New York Evening Journal, 1912

The Week That Was

Cubs record: 4-4
Runs scored: 32
Runs allowed: 28

Cubs hitters: .238/.307/.368, 7 HR, 82 K, 24 BB, 7 SB, 8 CS
Cubs pitchers: 72 IP, 28 R, 26 ER, 63 H, 3 HR, 57 K, 34 BB, 3.25 ERA, 1.35 WHIP

Top Hitter

Javier Baez: 5-12, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, .417/.417/1.000


Top Pitcher

Eric Jokisch: 6 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP

Well, hey.

Top Play

As tempted as I am to go with the Baez bomb that blew up Cubs Twitter on Monday, I’m going with a play Baez made in the same game on the other side of the field.

Please have lots of weeks like this in the majors, Javy.

The News

We Lost a Legend

Last week was a light news week, and the biggest story was a sad one. Dr. Frank Jobe, best known as the creator of Tommy John surgery, died Thursday at the age of 82. If it weren’t for Frank Jobe, the careers of young pitchers like Stephen Strasburg, Matt Harvey and Dylan Bundy might have been over before they started, and that’s just three names from the last few years.

My favorite piece I’ve read on Dr. Jobe was this one by Joe Posnanski about former pitcher Gary Nolan receiving treatment from Jobe.

“But the extraordinary thing is how Gary Nolan looks back not at the career-saving surgery itself but at something entirely different. He looks back and sees the kindness of Frank Jobe.”

Frank Jobe might or might be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Regardless, he is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in baseball history.

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  • More defense stuff? More defense stuff. Anthony Castrovince at on the increasing use of defensive shifts featuring some great quotes and interesting data. Here’s an unfortunate stat related to the Cubs: Of the 15 teams who defended a ball in play by using the shift at least 200 times, they were one of only two who saw a higher BABIP when they shifted than when they didn’t.

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