The Cubs’ Bert Campaneris, Revisited

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The last time we had this Bert Campaneris poll, Chicago Cubs fans (and whoever else happened upon our neck of the internet) voted overwhelmingly for super-utility guru Javier Baez, who received 56% of the vote.  This is certainly deserved, as Javy has been involved in some of the most spectacular defensive plays in recent memory:

Having multiple guys with decent bats who can move around the diamond without losing too much in the way of defense has made Joe Maddon‘s job a lot easier, especially now that the Cubs roster resembles a MASH unit:

With so many players on the shelf or needing just a day or two off, it’s been prescient and fortunate that the front office has built so much positional versatility into the guys who are still walking without a limp.  The contingency plans are in place as the roster depth has been tested to nearly its limits.  But then they call up another rookie and he does stuff like this:

And this:

And you’re like, well then, rookie, you can stay!  It also helps a bunch that he can apparently (or at least is willing to) play anywhere on the field:

Willson Contreras is a converted catcher so he did start out as an infielder with experience in the outfield as well.  He’s certainly got the arm, so if he needed to I guess he could pitch if the game gets out of whack.  And since he’s actually developed as a catcher, rather than Javy, who’s just the emergency guy, this might be an even better option to sneak all over the field as a gimmick.  Of course, the Cubs have to get healthy first, and continue to have a good lead, for this to even be a consideration, but it’s refreshing to know that the options exist if needed…or just for fun.

 

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Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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