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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Wrigley Void

In honor of the first major league appearance of Chicago Cubs Blue Chipper, Felix Pie, riddle me this: When was the last time the Cubs had a starting center fielder who finished the year with an OBP over .335?

That would be 1996, when Brian McRae posted a .360 OBP and scored 111 times from the leadoff spot.

I'm as excited as anybody about Pie's display today. A clutch RBI double and a beautiful outfield assist to home plate - not a bad way to start a career. But, hmmmm...highly anticipated center field prospect with blazing speed and incredible defensive ability, but lingering plate discipline and contact issues, that doesn't sound at all like Corey Patterson...or Gary Matthews Jr...or Jerome Walton.

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