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Jason Dubois Encore

Monday, March 21, 2005

Jason Dubois this Spring
15 games
28 at-bats
7 runs
10 hits
4 home runs
22 total bases
.786 SLG
.357 AVG

Statistics from Cubs.com as of Sunday, March 20 @ 8:00 a.m. Yesterday's boxscore (3/20/05) indicates he did not play in the afternoon game against the Padres.

One of those hits may actually belong to Jeromy Burnitz (scorer's error), but impressive numbers nonetheless.

I have already made my case with regard to Dubois, and then rebutted some of the comments. However, a new comment was posted on the thread that I wanted to bump to the front page.

Comment by: Jason Roberts

I had the opportunity to play with Jason in High School ball and it was apparent back then that he had the talent and wherewithal to make it to the bigs as he has proven. He has the physical attributes to be a very powerful force in the Cubs lineup, and perhaps a diamond in the rough. He does not possess the speed of a Sammy Sosa, nor the fielding abilities of a great defensive player, however two key characteristics you should keep an eye on with Jason are:

1) His Arm - Uncontrolled but very very powerful.
2) His Bat - He is a monster when he wants to be, and also disciplined.

He is worth a starting position, perhaps not what the Cubs are looking for right now, but it would be shortsighted to overlook an opportunity. He can and will produce. The problem with getting a cheap player is that you have to take the risk, if not, that player is no longer cheap, because they have proven themselves and will command a much higher salary.

What is there to lose in giving him a chance? A pennant is not won or lost by a single individual, but rather a team. If Jason provides at his position, money or experience should not be the primary driving factors.

March 20, 2005 Record: 9-10, Box, Peoria AZ
ST#19 Chicago Cubs 5
San Diego Padres 9


March 19, 2005 Record: 9-9, Box, Phoenix AZ
ST#18 Chicago Cubs 4
Oakland Athletics 11


March 19, 2005 Record: 9-8, Box, Hohokam Park Mesa AZ
ST#17 Chicago Cubs 4
Milwaukee Brewers 2


March 18, 2005 Record: 8-8, Box,Tucson Electric Park, Tucson AZ
ST#16 Chicago Cubs 9
Chicago White Sox 11
Posted by Byron at March 21, 2005 12:07 AM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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Tomorrow I will make my trumphant return to the Cubs Blogosphere, but I will take the opportunity right now to say that if Dusty Baker does not start DuBois, Jim Hendry needs to order him to do so, and start looking for a new manager. His statistics in the minors and in spring training tell the tale of the next Cubs superstar, IMO. Not too long ago, it was Sosa-Alou. We're looking straight into the just as bright future of Ramirez-DuBois.

Ramirez MVP and DuBois RotY.

Hendry and Baker always talk about being in the "earn it" business. DuBois earned the starting spot with the numbers he has put up this spring, in the '03 AZ fall league, in triple-A and throughout his Cub career. If Dusty doesn't start DuBois because he plays Burnitz or Hollandsworth it's a shame.

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