Chicago Cubs: Jim Hendry Will Regret Not Playing Tyler Colvin

Ryan NeimanContributor IIIMay 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Tyler Colvin #21 of the Chicago Cubs looks on against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 4, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The instant the Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade decided to play Jeff Baker instead of Tyler Colvin at first base when Carlos Pena missed a couple of games because of an injury, he made a mistake.

The instant he decided to have Reed Johnson to play in the outfield when Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd or Kosuke Fukudome sat out for a game to rest instead of Tyler Colvin, Quade made a mistake.

The instant Mike Quade committed to start Fukudome in right field in almost every single Cubs game to date instead of Tyler Colvin, he made a huge mistake.

Kosuke Fukudome, Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson are not part of the Chicago Cubs future.

Tyler Colvin is just 26 and in what appears to be another wasted season, Quade should have given the kid a chance to prove himself.

After Quade was named the Chicago Cubs manager, selected over fan-favorite, former Chicago Cubs second baseman, and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, Quade indicated he would award the players that helped him win the candidacy as the Cubs manager.

Colvin was one of those players, while Fukudome and Baker faltered in the games Quade managed. However, Quade continues to sit Colvin on the bench.

You can’t expect a player to a guy to hit or find his way out of a slump if you do not give him a chance.

Today, the Cubs decided to send Colvin back down to Triple A as they made a confusing transaction by calling up another outfielder, Anothony Campana. 

It’s a shame the Cubs are not giving a player with so much promise and such a bright future a chance to prove that he belongs on this roster. 

Here’s to hoping another organization trades for Colvin and he is able to display his athletic abilities.