Mitchell Looking For Positives During a Tough Fall

Mitchell Looking For Positives During a Tough Fall

Friday Nov. 5, 2010
Posted: 5:50 p.m.
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When Jared Mitchell kicked off the AFL season with a three-hit effort against Scottsdale on Oct. 12, it appeared as if missing the entire 2010 season would have little impact on the player considered by many to be the White Sox top prospect.

But since that big opener, Mitchell has struggled, collecting only eight more hits in 56 at-bats for the Sags, who dropped a 13-5 decision to the host Javelinas on Friday. Hes batting .183 and he has more strikeouts 18 than hits 11. He picked up a hit on Friday, however, giving him hits in five of his last seven games. Though hes only 4-for-22 over that stretch, the fact that hes been able to string a few games together in which hes reached base is a positive that he can take into the final two weeks of the AFL season.

Also on the plus side is .286 hes hitting from the leadoff spot. Hes 4-for-14 at the top of the order and has performed better there than at the bottom of the lineup. Jason Bour went 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout. Charlie Leesman allowed two runs on three hits in an inning. Hes allowed 11 runs over his last five appearances, a 4 13-inning stretch.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The making of Reign Men

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The making of Reign Men

In the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull sits down with CSN executive producers Ryan McGuffey and Sarah Lauch, the creators of 'Reign Men: The Story Behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, which premieres March 27 at 9:30 p.m. on CSN.

McGuffey and Lauch share their experience making the 52-minute documentary as they sifted through hours of sound from the likes of Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo and more recapping one of the greatest baseball games ever played.

Plus, hear a sneak peak of 'Reign Men’ as Heyward and Epstein describe their perspective of the Rajai Davis game-tying homer and that brief rain delay that led to Heyward’s epic speech.

Check out the latest Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bears adding Mark Sanchez shouldn't come as a surprise

Bears adding Mark Sanchez shouldn't come as a surprise

The Bears went into the 2017 offseason with a clear plan to make changes, presumably positive ones, at the quarterback position. The idea was and always is to improve the quality of players at this or any position.
 
With the Bears agreeing to terms with former Jet/Eagle/Bronco/Cowboy Mark Sanchez, as first reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapaport, GM Ryan Pace and the organization are addressing the quantity aspect of the position, if not necessarily the quality. And that should not be dismissed.
 
Sanchez fits the template of a Brian Griese, Jason Campbell and even Josh McCown, veterans with less than auspicious resumes' but with more a David Fales or Caleb Hanie had brought to previous rosters. He gives the Bears a third quarterback under contract; expect another to be added before training camp, most likely through the draft next month.

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It really does not matter that Sanchez, the No. 5 overall pick of the 2009 draft, could not beat out Trevor Siemian in Denver two years ago or Dak Prescott in Dallas last season (while Prescott was still an unknown backup to Tony Romo). The Bears before Thursday had just Mike Glennon and Connor Shaw under contract, and teams typically go into training camps with four passers, if for no other reason than to have arms to spread drill work around.
 
But Sanchez, whose career began with trips to the AFC Championship game his first two seasons in the NFL, represents the kind of backup that teams crave, irrespective of any journeyman status they might have. Sanchez is 30, whose teams have gone 37-35 in his starts, and has experienced winning, albeit less and less as his career has played out.
 
Not that the comparison is particularly notable, but Mark Sanchez or Matt Barkley? If Sanchez somehow surprises perhaps even himself and challenges Glennon, the Bears and Glennon are the better for it.