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Cubs phenom knocking on the door, and it's loud

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07:20 AM ET 08.23 | Dub it "The Javier Baez Show," complete with grainy video clips, if you like, but it may not open this season. As much as Cubs fans would love to see the 20-year-old kid with Gary Sheffield bat speed try to hit bombs onto Waveland Avenue right now, there's no chance of a September call-up. "I don't see that happening," manager Dale Sveum said Thursday at Wrigley Field. You can't blame Cubs fans for dreaming near the end of another lost season, even though the front office doesn't want to put Baez on the 40-man roster yet or crank up the hype to another level. But even Sveum had to admit: "The numbers (sometimes) put you in situations where you do start thinking about it." Baez has piled up 33 homers and 100 RBI through 119 games split between advanced Class-A and [Class AA].

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August 23, 2013  11:51 AM ET

Ernie Banks II ?

August 23, 2013  12:01 PM ET

Just sent SI an e-mail..... contents follow.....

The Fannation Site is virtually non-functional. This is a purported SI web site. The user community has been making a reference to the problems since Monday, and there is NO response from support staff or any other representative. I have tried using the site with IE, Firefox, and Google Chrome from several machines. You cannot quote comments, or go to a follow on page after page 1. This has gone on all week. If you are planning to shutdown the site, then please just put a banner up. If it is no longer run by SI - please approach them to rectify the fact they are representing YOU. It seems a function was attempted to be implemented, and it has effectively brought the site to less than a crawl. The idea of this site was tremendous, and I have established several conversational relationships that I would like to continue. Unfortunately, it looks like I may have to continue them through a different means. Please review and do something. Just something.

August 23, 2013  06:10 PM ET

Theo has done one heck of a job in under two years. 10 prospects in the top 100. That's impressive. By 2015-2016, this team should be consistent contenders.

August 23, 2013  06:11 PM ET
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Bench Castro, start Baez. Then, see if Castro can play third.

There's a kid they drafted last year, Bryant. He plays third and he's looked so good already that he could be with the big team as early as next year. Castro better learn 2B or else he'll be shipped elsewhere in the near future

August 23, 2013  06:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just sent SI an e-mail..... contents follow.....The Fannation Site is virtually non-functional. This is a purported SI web site. The user community has been making a reference to the problems since Monday, and there is NO response from support staff or any other representative. I have tried using the site with IE, Firefox, and Google Chrome from several machines. You cannot quote comments, or go to a follow on page after page 1. This has gone on all week. If you are planning to shutdown the site, then please just put a banner up. If it is no longer run by SI - please approach them to rectify the fact they are representing YOU. It seems a function was attempted to be implemented, and it has effectively brought the site to less than a crawl. The idea of this site was tremendous, and I have established several conversational relationships that I would like to continue. Unfortunately, it looks like I may have to continue them through a different means. Please review and do something. Just something.

Thank you SI for fixing the site.

August 23, 2013  06:22 PM ET

This kid also doesn't have patience at the plate. Better not rush him or he'll end up disappointing like Castro and Rizzo.

August 23, 2013  10:01 PM ET
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Thank you SI for fixing the site.

They got tired of Lou badgering them.

 
August 24, 2013  12:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

They got tired of Lou badgering them.

They're not the only ones.

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