Am I the only one who finds this disturbing?
Now, I understand that Felix Pie wasn't exactly tearing it up in the big leagues (.222, .572, 1), but I find it hard to believe that Edmonds is, at this point in his career, a major step up. Why not let the young player, who the Cubs still believe the be a big part of their future, get some experience and learn to hit major league pitching at the major league level? Plus, I'm inclined to believe that his defense is better that Edmonds is at present, and that he will be a MUCH bigger threat on the base paths. I know that Edmonds has, in theory, more power, but I think that is not relevant for two reasons; 1) the Cubs already have the best offense in baseball by almost 20 runs, and 2) baseball at large is making a move back to station-to-station play, and Pie fits that model much better than Edmonds does. I know it seems like I'm a big Pie homer here, but believe me, I am painfully aware of his shortcomings as a player. I'm not at all convinced that he is ready to be an everyday player at the major league level, let alone on a playoff contending team. Nonetheless, I'll take an athletic 23 year old hitting .222 over a washed up 37 year old hitting .178 every day of the week!
With all that said- I hope that I'm terribly wrong. I hope Jim Edmonds returns to his form from the 2004 season, when he was one of the best players in baseball. Go Jim Edmonds!!!!