Tuesday, February 3, 2015

2015 Cubs Calendar

Each year I get a Cubs calendar for the WW Headquarters.  The one I buy is put out by the ironically named Perfect Timing, Inc.

Ironic because each year for the past several, there have been more ex-Cubs on the calendar than actual Cubs.  Not exactly perfect timing when your calendar becomes dated so quickly.

There are two reasons for the problem.  First, the Cubs are in rebuilding mode, so there is a revolving door on the clubhouse. Second, the deadline for the calendar seems to be the end of June.  Any changes after June, 2014 are not shown on the 2015 calendar.  And with the Cubs right now, there are lots of changes all the time.

When I wrote about the 2012 calendar in August of that year, only four of the twelve players featured were still with the Cubs.  I reviewed the 2013 calendar in December, 2013, and only two of the twelve were still with the Cubs.  The 2014 version showed a little improvement as four of the twelve were on the Cubs roster at the end of the year.

And how has Perfect Timing done with the 2015 calendar?


Eight of the twelve are currently on the 40 man roster!  That's Welington Castillo, Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Junior Lake, Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, Ryan Sweeney, and Mike Olt.

The four dearly departed are...

...Darwin Barney, Luis Valbuena, Jeff Samardzija, and Justin Ruggiano.  I'll have to spend the entire month of March looking at Darwin Barney.... so sad!

Looking into my crystal ball, I'll predict that Castillo, Lake, Jackson, and Olt will all be gone by December, leaving only four current Cubs.

I'm really looking forward to the 2016 version.  Rizzo, Castro, Lester, Wood, Soler, Baez, Bryant... guys who will be around for a while and make the calendar worth looking at!


  1. I know you too well. My first thought on seeing the calendar was, 'How many are still on the team?"

    1. It will be nice when I don't have to worry about how many are still on the team because they're all still on the team...soon I hope!

  2. The January player on the Red Sox calendar was Jon Lester. Talk about "ouch."