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Why the Cubs won't win at Wrigley ... ever

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08:10 AM ET 05.15 | To what extent are the Cubs' troubles rooted in their famed ballpark? In Minnesota, [Andy MacPhail had] been able to fashion a roster designed to win in the Metrodome, where the Twins played; as the Yankees were long able to design a team for their stadium, where left-handed power hitters take advantage of right field's so-called "short porch." But Wrigley has no such peculiarity. It looks like a home-run hitter's park, and when the wind blows out, it is. But when the wind screams off the lake, the park turns nasty. ... For the Cubs, MacPhail said, every game might as well be away. Which means the front office has to build a kind of All-Star team, perfectly rounded for every kind of park. Which is impossible.

The Wall Street Journal

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May 15, 2012  08:38 AM ET

The Cubs made the playoffs in 84, 89, 98, 03, 07 & 08. That's six chances to do something in a short series. Two of those times they were only one win away from winning the pennant. I doubt that blaming the ballpark carries any water at all

May 15, 2012  08:50 AM ET

It's too easy to take out over a century of frustration on an inanimate object.

May 15, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Because its cursed by an ol'goat

May 15, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Yes, it's the ballpark... And no team has ever a championship playing in a park without "peculiarities."

What crap. Embarrassing that this comes from The Wall Street Journal.

May 15, 2012  09:21 AM ET

It ain't the park. The visiting team has to play in the same damn park.

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May 15, 2012  09:30 AM ET

What? This is dumb.

May 15, 2012  09:31 AM ET

This article snippet is as dumb as Razor Ray, as can be seen in post #6.

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May 15, 2012  09:46 AM ET

It's not a hitters park when the wind blows in. Statistics support that. April, May, September...and that occasional October, the wind is blowing in. However, the Wall Street Journal's premise that the dimensions somehow matter is dumb. Playing over 50 day games....cramped, archaic clubhouse compared to other new state of the art parks....the cute hand operated scoreboard costs them millions in revenue compared to other teams. Landmark status also prevents advertising revenue streams. But how far the fences are...nonsense.

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May 15, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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BINGO.

The Cubs lack of success has mostly to do with talent...but you can make the argument you're at a competitive disadvantage when you have a heavy day schedule when no other team does. You also have to live in a 1930's clubhouse for 81 games a year and all other teams have a country club atmosphere. Is this WHY they don't contend regularly? No....does it matter? I think it does.

May 15, 2012  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The Cubs lack of success has mostly to do with talent...but you can make the argument you're at a competitive disadvantage when you have a heavy day schedule when no other team does. You also have to live in a 1930's clubhouse for 81 games a year and all other teams have a country club atmosphere. Is this WHY they don't contend regularly? No....does it matter? I think it does.

It is their inability to win in a short series, period. Once in the playoffs, they play scared and clueless. How do you teach mental toughness? It would take one special team to get over the hump to prove that it could be done in order to change the complexity of the franchise. This is what Theo's big promise is all about. lol.

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May 15, 2012  10:19 AM ET

I think the Cubs now have at least a chance to win since they got rid of Jim Henry. If they had not rid of him number 5 or 28 would be on the team that would have set them back another 20 years with their long tern contracts.

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May 15, 2012  10:24 AM ET

Dumb, dumb, dumb arcticle.

 
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