Kasper: Cubs Can Compete In NL Central

The Chicago Cubs’ 2010 season was miserable, even by Cubs’ standards. The team wasn’t able to make a huge splash in free agency, but with a couple key acquisitions the team is set up to bounce back.

“I think there’s reason for optimism on both sides of town,” Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper said on the Danny Mac Show. “I think from a Cubs’ perspective, a lot of things have to go right that didn’t last year.”

LISTEN: Len Kasper On The Danny Mac Show

And by that Kasper is referring to the lack of production from the Cubs’ big name players. Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano did very little to lead the team. It was the younger players like Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro and the new Cub Marlon Byrd, that became the team’s key players.

“But I’m excited about the offseason moves,” Kasper said. “And I still go back to Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez. If those guys are the guys they were two or three years ago, I think they can compete in the division.”

Competing in the NL Central would make most Cubs’ fans happy. After the way the 2010 season ended it seemed like the team was two or three years away from being competitive.

“[The division], I think, has gotten a lot better with some interesting acquisitions,” Kasper said. “Especially Zack Greinke in Milwaukee, [with] Shawn Marcum. Cincinnati should be very good once again, and you can never count out the Cardinals.”

With the additions of Kerry Wood, Carlos Pena and Matt Garza, the Cubs are a much improved team with a much better starting rotation, especially if Zambrano can bounce back.

The Cubs now have an intriguing mix of young and veteran players.

“So it’ll be a very interesting year,” Kasper said. “As is always is with the Cubs.”

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  • jaybird2020

    Breaking news, Cubs employee does not throw his bosses under the bus. How is this newsworthy?

    • Loring Bruce Loding

      Breaking News, WGN doesn’t own the Cubs any more. ;-)

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        True, but don’t the Cubs hire or approve the announcers???

  • BionicBippy

    It is highly unlikely we will win the Central div. this year. ..I’m rooting for Moreland in the radio booth Otto and Hollingsworth are both tooooo dorky!!!!

    • Larry Horse

      Gotta disagree there – LOVE Ottos analysis; he’s the best choice here.

  • Larry Horse's Arse

    Aren’t they taking waaay too much time picking Santo’s replacement?
    P&C report in just three weeks or so.

  • ALEX

    i’d be willing to fill in. I wouldnt mind being on the radio talking cubs year round

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