The Mailbag: Crying For Robin Ventura’s Head

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Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer questions from readers via Twitter or email. The questions can be about any damn thing you please, and there likely isn’t a question I won’t answer. There may be questions I can’t answer, but I’ll try.

If you’d like to submit a question for the next edition of the mailbag it’s pretty simple. Either ask the question on Twitter using the #AskTCH hashtag — as long as you use the hashtag I will see it — or send an email to TCHMailbag@gmail.com.

And now that you know how to do it, let’s get to the this week’s questions.

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The Road To Rodon Was The Right Path To Take

We already know how he'll look in the uniform

We already know how he’ll look in the uniform

Just over a year ago I was still covering Illinois sports at The Champaign Room, and the Illini actually had a good baseball team. This meant that, for the first time ever, I was actually paying close attention to college baseball. (I used to spend some time watching the College World Series during the summer, but never too closely.)

Illinois had qualified for a regional that could have sent them to the College World Series, and it was news to follow for the site. So I began watching college baseball when I could. The Illini wouldn’t get out of their regional, thanks to Tyler Beede (who was taken with the 14th pick by San Francisco last night) and Vanderbilt ending their run.

But during that time I came across a pitcher named Carlos Rodon.

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The Chicago All-First Round MLB Draft Pick Team

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The Chicago Homer’s final MLB Draft preview will not focus on players the Sox or Cubs could take tonight, nor will it focus on players other teams have taken in similar draft positions. No, today’s preview serves no real purpose other than that of entertainment.

I went back through the first round draft picks of both the White Sox and Cubs and put together the Chicago All-First Round MLB Draft Pick Team.

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What Can The Cubs And White Sox Expect From Their Draft Picks?

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The MLB Amateur Draft will begin on Thursday night, and since I pay little to no attention to high school and college baseball, I’m not going to bother trying to break down possible picks for either the Cubs or Sox. Instead I’ll look at history to give us an idea of the future.

Over the last two days I’ve ranked the first round draft picks of the Cubs and White Sox in the last 20 years. Long story short, while there have certainly been some hits, both teams have a bad track record in the first round. For every Chris Sale or Kerry Wood, there have been a lot more Hayden Simpsons and Lance Broadways.

But it’s not all bad news.

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Cubs Draft Pick Rankings

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The MLB Amateur Draft will begin on Thursday night, and since I pay little to no attention to high school and college baseball, I’m not going to bother trying to break down possible picks for either the Cubs or Sox. Instead I’ll look at history to give us an idea of the future. So, much like I did with the Bears a few weeks ago, I’m going to rank the first round draft picks of both our franchises over the last 20 years. You can read the White Sox rankings here, or you could just continue reading the list of Cubs picks.

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White Sox Draft Pick Rankings

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The MLB Amateur Draft will begin on Thursday night, and since I pay little to no attention to high school and college baseball, I’m not going to bother trying to break down possible picks for either the Cubs or Sox. Instead I’ll look at history to give us an idea of the future. So, much like I did with the Bears a few weeks ago, I’m going to rank the first round draft picks of both our franchises over the last 20 years. We’ll start with the White Sox.

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