While the United States of America is going through the 2020 election, an interesting question was posed on the old Twittersphere by Joe Ostrowski of 670 The Score.
This got the old brain thinking.
The Cubs have touted a very talented, young core for the better part of five years now. There are a lot of good 'keeper' selections and frankly no real wrong answers here. While the United States of America may be divided, here at On Tap Sports Net we welcome supporting all Chicago players.
Without further adieu, your 2020 election analysis followed by results.
Kris Bryant is arguably the best baseball player of this bunch. The former MVP has more than enough hardware to prove he can play with the best players in the league. He is just 28 years old and has shown he can still play at an elite level. The biggest issue here is health. Kris Bryant has simply been hurt too often in recent years for me to elect him for the next four years. Two of his last three seasons have been hampered by injuries. Players tend to get hurt more as they age. For that reason, I'm out.
Anthony Rizzo is the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs. He is the leader every clubhouse needs. Rizzo continues to pump out consistently solid statistics. He is still fantastic with the glove, as evidenced by him taking home Gold Gloves in three consecutive seasons. The problem is that Tony is simply getting older. He will be 32 next season and would be 36 at the end of his term. The Chicago Cubs need a youthful star.
Kyle Hendricks has arguably been the most overlooked pitcher in all of baseball over the last few seasons. He has been an elite pitcher in the MLB since 2016. One would never know that by following the national media, however. Hendricks rarely suffers injuries and his style of pitching could lead to a long career. Even with all the aforementioned factors working in his favor, Hendricks already 30 years old and signing a pitcher to a four-year deal at that age is never a sure thing.
Javy Baez is your favorite player's favorite player. What is not to love about El Mago? He has been the most exciting player during this recent stretch of Cubs baseball. He is just won a Gold Glove in 2020, he is a former Silver Slugger, and he has made some of the most memorable plays in Cubs history. Baez will be a youthful 28 years old next month. The inconsistency of his bat ultimately Baez's downfall in this election. The slumps are too long and he has not been as good of a hitter as most think.
The backstop of your Chicago Cubs has been nothing short of spectacular since bursting onto the scene in 2016. The 28-year-old catcher improved defensively and was a 2020 Gold Glove finalist. Willson has been an All-Star in two of the last three years. He can play five different positions. He is an elite hitter. He has the passion you look for in a player. He checks all of the boxes when it comes to what you look for in a player to build around for the next four years.
The votes are in and the final decision will be to elect Willson Contreras to remain with the Chicago Cubs for the next four years. He is the man to lead this next era of Chicago Cubs baseball. Congratulations to the Venezuelan backstop, you have the support of Chicago.