Joe Mather and the 10 Chicago Cubs Spring Training Heroes Since 2000

April 2, 2012 by  

Every spring there seems to be a player who seemingly comes out of nowhere to grab the attention of enthusiastic Cubs fans longing for a hero. This spring that player may be outfielder Joe Mather, who has made the 25-man roster.

I'm not saying that outfielder Mather can't have a long and productive major league career. I'm just suggesting that it may not be advisable to make a huge emotional investment in him, at least based on the relative value (or lack thereof) of spring training statistics.

Mather is a feel-good story. It was not only Mather’s versatility that won him a job (he can play first base, third and all three outfield spots) he also has batted...

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