Colvin out to prove Cubs wrong


Colvin out to prove Cubs wrong

MESA, Ariz. Tyler Colvin walked in from right field and saw two Chicago reporters standing by the Cubs dugout. He lowered his head and pretended to cover his face.

Colvin wore sunglasses and a black Colorado Rockies hat, but there was no chance he wouldnt be recognized at HoHoKam Stadium.

This is where Colvin crushed Cactus League pitching and forced his way onto the 2010 team. Its just up the street from the complex where prospects got bigger and stronger at Camp Colvin.

Colvin was diplomatic about last Decembers change of scenery trade that involved four high draft picks who hadnt quite made it yet. He's quiet and polite but would still like to prove the Cubs wrong.

They have their ideas of what they want, Colvin said Tuesday. Of course, you can look at it that way and say, Hey, they didnt want me. Well, these guys want me and its a fresh start.

Colvin went out and got a single, a triple and an RBI groundout in an 11-4 loss to the Cubs. It could take years to sort out this trade.

The Cubs believe Ian Stewart can be their everyday third baseman and made him the centerpiece of a deal that sent Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu to Colorado. The 26-year-old Colvin was a buy-low candidate after spending long stretches of last season at Triple-A Iowa and hitting .150 with 58 strikeouts in 206 at-bats with the Cubs.

When Theo Epstein took over at Clark and Addison, Colvin thought it might be another shot at a fresh start, but he never got a chance to speak with the new president. Like Andrew Cashner another former first-round pick traded away this winter Colvin got the news when assistant general manager Randy Bush called.

When the Cubs signed outfielder David DeJesus in late November, general manager Jed Hoyer said it would be wrong to say Colvin is out of the teams plans. Less than two weeks later, Colvin was traded to the Rockies.

Its one of those things where I have to come into spring training (and) battle for a spot, Colvin said. Nothings going to be given to me. I know that. I have to go ahead and show everyone over here what I can do.

Colvin says his confidence is back, that hes eager to show hes the same left-hander hitter who generated 20 homers in only 358 at-bats in 2010. The rookies playing time became a great debate.

One morning at Wrigley Field before a game against the White Sox, it set off manager Lou Piniella, who blasted broadcaster Steve Stone during his Im not a damn dummy rant.

Piniella also called out certain members of the media: The same way that I get called ridiculous, theyre ridiculous in the way they report things.

Colvin was always the calm at the center of the storm, keeping his thoughts private. He kind of shook his head when a reporter mentioned the Three Cs marketing pitch the Cubs built around Colvin, Cashner and Starlin Castro last offseason. They never asked for that.

Colvin also didnt seize the job when the Cubs traded Kosuke Fukudome last July, hitting .189 in the seasons second half.

When it was suggested that Colvins athleticism would play well across the wide gaps at Coors Field, he ran with the question for a moment before stopping himself.

Lets not get ahead of everything, Colvin said. Lets make the team first.

The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today's ratings reveal

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The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today's ratings reveal

A boatload of Madden ratings dropped on Monday, and with it, more content than you could shake a stick at. 

The Bears, predictably, got a fair bit of love on the defensive side of the ball and were largely ignored on offense. 

No Fangio, No Problem

For a wide variety of reasons, it's trendy to point out that the Bears' defense is headed for some regression this season. Madden disagrees, though, rating the Bears defense (88) as the best in football. They did also give the Houston Texans' defense an 88 as well, but never let the details get in the way of a good story. Here's what they said: 

For Chicago, the unit is fronted by 99 Club member, LOLB Khalil Mack. FS Eddie Jackson (91 OVR) is a Superstar X-Factor like his teammate, Mack. That’s a scary combination for any opposing quarterback. Toss in CB Kyle Fuller (89 OVR) and you can see why this Bears unit should roar out of the gate in Madden 20. 

Year 2 Mitch Doesn't Get Any Love 

Trubisky was rated as the 24th best QB, which is already being debated passionately, regardless of how debatable it actually is. What's lowkey worse is that Chase Daniel, the 9-year NFL vet, got the same rating as Dax Raymond, the undrafted free agent. 

May We Remind You That Khalil Mack Is A Terrific Football Player 

Earlier in the month, Mack was revealed as one of the 4 players who received the infamous 99 rating. That means he's also the top-ranked LOLB, two points ahead of Denver's Von Miller and 16 points ahead of any NFC North LOLB. Enjoy those draft picks, Oakland! 

Akiem Hicks Gets Snubbed And Frankly We've Just About Had It 

Hicks was ranked as the 19th-best defensive lineman, which is just objectively untrue. In some alternate universe, there may be 18 better defensive linemen than Akiem Hicks, but that is just simply inaccurate in this one. He was heated about his rating, and we cannot blame him. 

The Lowest Ranked Bears Player Was ... 

Patrick Scales. Sorry Patrick Scales.

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

EA Sports released the full Madden 20 player ratings for every team in the NFL, and not everyone was happy with the numbers they received.

The Bears shared a video of backup quarterback Chase Daniel revealing ratings to his teammates, and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks seemed the most upset of the group.

“Bring some of the scouts out here doing the madden ratings,” Hicks said. “Tell them to come see me.”

Hicks received an overall rating of 87, tied for fourth-highest on the team and 10th-highest among defensive ends.

He has the same rating as Green Bay Packers DE Mike Daniels and Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers.

In the video, running back Tarik Cohen was disappointed with his 92 speed, which is tied for third-fastest on the team behind wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Emanuel Hall.

Cohen does lead the Bears with 97 agility and 92 elusiveness, but he thought his throwing power stat should be higher than 51 after his two career passing touchdowns.