‘The D-Lee News’ is closing it’s doors forever.
A favorite feature of Prose and Ivy since I launched the site in 2007, The D-Lee News segment in the side column (scroll down to get to it) will be retired after the 2010 baseball season. Today it was announced that Derrek Lee has been traded to the Atlanta Braves for three young pitching prospects. I thought Lee was going to end up being one of the toughest calls for Ricketts/Hendry to make this off-season. Apparently, the decision was to let a class act go, but not for nothing. Listed below is a review of his career up to this point, including a solid stint leading the Cubs to multiple division titles and landing himself one NL Batting title. Right below the graphic summarizing his career is everything that’s been posted on my D-Lee News segment here on Prose and Ivy. Again, the D-Lee News will not exist as a feature on Prose and Ivy following the end of the regular season.
As I said on my Twitter account today when the news was announced:
@proseandivy Goodbye Derrek Lee, you’ll be missed. Good guy, all class. Feel free to win it this year because NEXT YEAR, is all our’s.
GM Hendry and Lee.
Every regular season we’ll be keeping tabs on one guy who MUST perform up to expectations for the Cubs to continue repeating in the Central Division and hopefully finally make a run through October!
Lee’s current 2010 stats: 16 HR, 56 RBI, .335 OBP, .416 SLG AND .251 AVG.
Lee’s 2009 stats: .309 AVG, .395 OBP, .585 SLG, 35 HR, 111 RBI, 1 Baby. First time since 2005 Lee puts up 30 or more HR’s in a season.
Lee was one of the biggest reasons the team had their best April in 2008, hit 10,000 wins all-time, had a 55-26 record at Wrigley, captured the NL Central Division crown for the second year in a row…and really the only reason we stayed in playoff contention as long as we did in 2009!!! Lee’s final stats for 2008 (for those that are interested): .291 AVG, .462 SLG%, .361 OBP, 20 HR, 90 RBI.
(Note: Here were my thoughts on Lee during Spring Training 2008…good thing his stats turned around when the games started to count: As of my post on 3/18 Lee is having a ROUGH Spring. 3-for-39 so far with about as many walks as strike outs, only four RBI’s and a BA of .154. Let’s hope he’s just warming up and once we get closer to our everyday lineup he gets comfortable with the guys around him and his stats improve drastically. Do your thing D-Lee…seriously, SOON, Opening Day will be here before you know it! (And so will the end of September, so be sure to continue to show up and deliver!)
Of course, 2008 didn’t turn out the way Lee or anyone else would’ve liked…nor did 2009 for that matter. Here’s to a horrible Spring once again in 2010, a great regular season and a postseason with a happy ending to report in the D-Lee News of October 2010!! For you stat guys/girls out there, his final 2009 Spring stats: 19-for-58, 5BB, 9SO, .369 OBP, .458 SLG, .322 AVG. Can’t wait for Spring to get here!!! Go Cubs Go!!! UPDATED: Lee’s horrendous 2010 Spring stats: 7-for-40; 3 HR; 9 RBI; 8 BB; 11 SO; .294 OBP; .450 SLG and a scary .175 AVG. 2010 should be great.
Go Cubs Go!
So, this headline would be more amusing if Pie had been traded to Toronto. Sadly, he was not. However, Pie will now be locking down left field for the Baltimore Orioles. A great defensive outfielder, along with Jones and Markakis, the O’s will have a strong outfield to grab all of those line drives that batters will be hitting off their horrible pitching.
I admire and respect the history of the Orioles, loved Ripken and Murray as a baseball fan growing up and still have the goal of making it to Camden to catch a game asap. I will be keeping tabs on Pie throughout the season in a new section called ‘Still Have to Pie’ for two reasons. 1) I’m a big fan and still see amazing potential. I’ll be curious to see how his career comes about in Baltimore. 2) There aren’t enough bloggers in this community to cover it all. Seriously, I clicked on the team tag on the MLBlog home page and while some bloggers with sites dedicated to other teams have posted articles about the O’s and are listed there, there are very few Orioles sites. I’m not sure why that is. I counted about eight of them and only a few of those had anything added to the pages since last Spring or Summer. There’s one that I liked a lot that was something about ‘the tough life of an orioles fan’ or something like that (I’ll get the title asap and link to it here for you to check out…it’s really a great read).
Ok, I just got distracted by watching Fallon on Leno. Looking forward to checking out his new late night talk show. Anyway…my point is, Pie is gone, I look forward to seeing how he does in Baltimore and will keep a section of Prose and Ivy dedicated to checking in on his career there and there should be more Orioles blogs in the MLBlogs community. Simple observation and opinion. If anyone knows of one I may have missed, let me know here and I’ll check them out.
Note to self: stop blogging at midnight and if the best headline you can come up with is ‘I Have to Pie’, just go to bed.
Go Cubs Go!
When it comes to Felix Pie’s potential and what he can on the major league level, fans are split with how much he could ever do for the ballclub. What if I told you Pie could be the guy that gives the Cubs an end of the 2009 season stat line that looks like this?
W 10 L 11 ERA 2.85 IP 173.2 H 146 HR 17 BB 59 SO 166
Would you be happy? I mean sure the 17 HR’s would still be less than preferred, but 173.2 innings pitched? Come on, for anyone never mind a center fielder, that’s impressive! Of course that’s ridiculous and it wouldn’t be Pie giving us those stats. How can Pie deliver these stats for the Cubs this year? As a key part of a three-team trade between the Padres, O’s and Cubs which in the end, lands the Cubs starting pitcher: Jake Peavy.
Familiar trade rumor partners surfaced today with the Orioles mentioned as the potential third team involved, necessary to complete a trade of Jake Peavy from the San Diego Padres. Sweet Lou mentioned recently that fans shouldn’t expect any more deals to go down for starting pitching as we’re good to go there compared to other areas of the team. Zambrano, Harden, Lilly, Dempster and Marquis/Marshall have everyone feeling rather comfortable, including Piniella. This of course was before our old trade rumor partners of Winter Meetings ’07, the Orioles came calling with Garrett Olson up for grabs and all they want in return…Felix Pie.
Wow. Now, I have been a huge fan of Pie since he came up and I truly STILL believe he has a huge upside. However, the platoon of outfielders we have right now can more than handle center field for ’09 and if Pie can get us Jake Peavy? A guy who averages 12 wins a year, loves pitching in the national league and in 2007, put up a 19 spot in the win column and averages over 180 strike outs per season? That just may be more than I could possibly ever expect from him in the long run, especially considering pitching wins nowadays.
We send Pie to Baltimore. Baltimore send Olson to us. We send Olson to San Diego. San Diego sends us Peavy. It’s no DeRosa for Roberts. It’s better. We keep DeRosa (last year’s Cub MVP if you ask me, co-MVP anyway with Dempster) and get a rotation of Zambrano, Peavy, Lilly, Dempster, Harden. Sign another strong left handed hitter and throw him in the middle of the lineup and dare I say, I’d be even more excited about this team’s chances than I was last year’s. And I thought last year was THE year. I know Cubs fans say that all the time and I’m guilty of hoping that certain previous seasons were…2008 however, I truly thought was. Give me this rotation in 2009 and I have no words prepared as of now to describe my excitement.
It’s all still rumors of course, nothing official. Given the fact that Piniella said we’re done with Peavy talks, I’m skeptical to say the least. And given my new approach to being a fan (no expectations) I’m not getting my hopes up. Worst case, we keep a player I think has a lot to offer in the near future. Best case, we get Jake Peavy. Enough said. Can’t wait to see how this thing plays itself out! Go Cubs Go!