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  • Jeff Smardzija

    Notice one of the posters has his name in his sig. just curious how the BB career is going and is there any chance he may hook up with an NFL team down the road. What was the consensus on him in here a year ago?

  • #2
    Way to spell!

    BoneKrusher

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    • #3
      I think he has his mind set on baseball right now. He's a decent minor league prospect with a good fastball so I think he'll get a chance in the majors eventually.

      Thanks to Bantx for the cool sig.
      RIP SEAN TAYLOR #21

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      • #4
        As a Cubs fan, it was interesting to follow this considering the money he got and the other options he had. Jeff Samardzija really had an up and down year. Too lazy to dig up the numbers, but he really scuffled in Daytona (High A). He was temporarily moved to the bullpen because of his struggles. That said, he got a promotion based on slightly better work, and he put up solid numbers in Tennessee.

        So, why'd he struggle? Some explanatory factors are out there, whether or not you buy it. This is obviously his first full year focusing on baseball, and a lot of the experience and work that a college pitcher usually got, he didn't. Another could be a quick jump (last year, he was at Boise and only a cup of tea at Peoria). Another is that the Cubs had him on pitch counts in regards to which types of pitches he could throw, as they wanted to improve his secondary stuff.

        He's given every indication that his career is in baseball. Jeff's a solid prospect, with a lot of upside, but a lot of questions. He'll likely start off in double A for us (probably as our "#2" down there, with Donald Veal as the ace), with a chance at a AAA promotion, or an outside chance at a late cup of tea inthe bigs, depending on how we are doing. I expect him to start 2009 in Iowa (AAA) for us, with a best case Wrigley ETA of late 2009, and an outside rotation shot in 2010.

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        • #5
          Shame. I really wanted to see what he could be as a wide receiver in the NFL.

          "Every light must fade, every heart return to darkness!"
          -San Francisco 49ers: Five Time Super Bowl Champions-
          Originally posted by Borat
          Oh, my bad. Didn't realize SWDC was the pinnacle of class and grace.

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          • #6
            I think he plays football better than baseball...

            Thanks to darnik44two for the sig

            Dream Pats Draft:
            1. Vernon Gholston, LB, tOSU
            2. Adarious Bowman, WR, Ok St
            3a. Charles Godfrey, CB, Iowa
            3b. Kevin Smith, RB, UCF
            4. Peyton Hillis, RB, Ark
            5. Jermichael Finley, TE, Texas
            6. Brian Witherspoon, CB, Stillman
            7. Pierre Garcon, WR, Mt Union

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            • #7
              He should've went pro in football, =(

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              • #8
                I think he made the right decision, even if he is more talented in football than in baseball, because baseball leaves much less chance for lingering life-long injuries that severely lessen one's quality of life. Additionally even an average innings eater at the mlb level can see 10-15 million dollars. Furthermore even if he barely sees the Majors he is already making millions of dollars to not play football.

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                • #9
                  I could see him being a possession type reciever...and on occasion, burn someone on a play-action call....ooh yes and a great redzone threat

                  kinda reminds me of Fitzgerald but with less speed

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                  • #10
                    id pretty much agree there except id say more similar speed and less strength..fitzgerald is pretty beastly (although not like his teammate boldin)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by josh07039 View Post
                      I think he made the right decision, even if he is more talented in football than in baseball, because baseball leaves much less chance for lingering life-long injuries that severely lessen one's quality of life. Additionally even an average innings eater at the mlb level can see 10-15 million dollars. Furthermore even if he barely sees the Majors he is already making millions of dollars to not play football.

                      Not sure if you mean he got millions to sign but minor league money isnt much. I think a lot of these guys think they can get people out or hit a slider and then they find out they cant. Josh Booty hosed himself up by trying baseball, Danny Ainge couldnt do it but ended up with a stellar career in hoops. Dave Winfield, Kirk Gibson of course made millions hitting the little white ball........it sures is safer to play baseball but you better make it or you may second guess yourself i would think.

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                      • #12
                        most baseball players can walk 15 years after their career without any pain.


                        A huge reason why The Shark choose baseball.

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                        • #13
                          Just to note, Samardzija had a 2 million dollar signing bonus and a 5 year dealing paying him an AAV of 2 million/year. He also got a no trade clause. If he hits all his bonuses, he can get close to 17 million dollars total through the life of the contract. There are club options that could extend the deal to 7 years. If he goes to football, he has to return most of the money.

                          http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/200...768677294.html

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by toonsterwu View Post
                            Just to note, Samardzija had a 2 million dollar signing bonus and a 5 year dealing paying him an AAV of 2 million/year. He also got a no trade clause. If he hits all his bonuses, he can get close to 17 million dollars total through the life of the contract. There are club options that could extend the deal to 7 years. If he goes to football, he has to return most of the money.

                            http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/200...768677294.html
                            toonster, do you think he will develop into a starting pitcher someday? I don't follow baseball, so i don't know anything.

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                            • #15
                              Really hate to cop out, but it's really too early to tell with Jeff. I think, by the end of the year, most Cubs fans were a bit more optimistic of his starting potential. The signs were there, and the hopes is that, with another season of full focus on baseball, he'll improve. The big concern is that for all the talk about his raw stuff, Jeff doesn't miss bats. And that's a problem. We'll see how his secondary stuff improves this year, along with his general pitching IQ. By midseason of this year, we should have a good idea on Jeff's chances of making it as a starter, or whether or not he's more suited to be a pen arm.

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