I'm sitting in the office, swamped.
This one producer, Luke, walks by and shouts, "Matt Murton!"
Gives a thumbs up and keeps walking.
What the hell?
It's the Forgotten Cub, suddenly remembered.
Of all the things that could happen coming up to this next Spring, that's about the absolute last thing one would expect.
Oh, Theo drafted him in Boston?
Didn't know that.
He broke Ichiro's single season hits record in Japan?
But where he fits?
Man, time will tell.
I read Phil Rogers, and he thinks Murton replaces Chris Denorfia as a righty bat off the bench, and says...
"Murton hit .338 to win the Central League batting title only two years ago, and he wound up hitting .310 over his six seasons in Japan. He hit 79 homers, drove in 424 runs and had a .792 OPS. Murton never struck out more than 81 times in a season and walked enough to raise his on-base percentage to .352."
Given the Cubs makeup, it's odd to be getting an on-base guy for a left fielder.
Or is it?
Veteran, clubhouse dude...
I don't know.
But I think we all do know Matt Murton was someone who worked his butt off, a really nice guy, and it's not very often we see nice guys get chances like this.
So however it shakes out, I'll root for and couldn't be happier for him.
Good luck, Matt.
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