Friday, July 29, 2011

Adios, Kosuke

because everyone else is saying Sayanora....

So the Cubs traded Kosuke to the Indians for a couple of mediocre prospects. I guess now we can close the books on Jim Hendry's $48 million flopke. A story in the Tribune said that with 13 RBIs this year, each RBI cost $1 million. Those are some expensive runs!

When the Cubs signed Fukudome, it was a definite gamble. He had put up some decent numbers in Japan, and teams were hoping he was the second Ichiro. Overbid Jim got him, but he was no Ichiro.

This card, from 2009, is a good summary of Fukudome's time with the Cubs. The picture is from Opening Day, 2008. He is acknowledging the crowd after hitting a 3 run homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. But the Cubs lost the game in the tenth, so in the long run, the homer didn't really accomplish anything. It got everyone excited for nothing.

That was Kosuke Fukudome, getting everyone excited for nothing. He leaves Chicago with a career .262 average. He never really showed much power, with just 37 HRs over 3 1/2 years. Add in only 169 RBIs and you've got nothing to get excited over.


  1. Very well put. Now how do we get rid of Fonzie?

  2. I'm afraid we're going to be stuck with Fonzie for a few more, very expensive years.