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I keep reading and hearing from both Cubs fans and the media alike that Jeff Baker is likely to be the starting second baseman for the Cubs in 2010. If that happens, I think it will be a mistake. You see, Baker has never done anything outside of Coors Field. It would be a leap of faith by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry to expect Baker to post the same numbers over a full season as he did during his time with the team in 2009. Similar to the leap of faith exercised by Hendry with Mike Fontenot last year, when he posted that unrealistic BAbip in 2008, Baker has never proven he can hit outside of Denver.   Consider these numbers: .299/.352/.556/.908 at Coors .247/.306/.379/.685 away from Coors .251/.313/.394/.707 2009 with Cubs, if adjusting to a normal (his career away) ...

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