CHICAGO | Thornwood now has two national baseball TV analysts on its alumni roster.
Ex-pitcher Mark Mulder (ESPN) and former outfielder-first baseman Cliff Floyd (MLB Network) are now video regulars. Floyd also handles pre- and post-game analysis on Miami Marlins games for Fox Sports Florida.
“What you do is wing it,” said ex-Cub Floyd, who led Thornwood to the Class AA Illinois state baseball title in 1991. “You just go out there and play, and (it’s the) same as talking on TV.”
Fox approached Floyd, 40, who retired in 2009, before last season. He got a recommendation from Marlins communications/broadcasting exec P.J. Loyello. His residency in South Florida and status as a productive Marlin 15 years ago helped.
Now, the engaging Floyd personality led to the MLB Network gig, starting this season.
“I think the one thing you enjoy the most is you still talking baseball,” he said “When we do our breakdowns of players, that’s the hardest thing to do. You’re looking at this guy’s swing, you’re trying to be a hitting coach.”
A broken wrist in a first-base collision with Todd Hundley in New York in 1995 briefly derailed Floyd’s career. But he went on to slug 233 homers in 17 seasons.
“I have no regrets,” he said. “I think it’s more wishes. Regrets means you did something you wish you hadn’t done. I played the game hard, I had integrity for the game, I went out every day and I cared about the uniform on my back.”
Green proved right with lights: After provoking firm opposition when he loudly advocated Wrigley Field night games as Cubs GM three decades ago, Dallas Green has been proved right over the passage of time.
The Cubs installed lights a year after he was forced out in 1987. The night-game total has gone from 18 to a maximum of 40.
“I knew in my heart what had to happen if the Cubs ever were going to compete,” said Green, now a Phillies senior advisor. “It took a long time for the fans and for people to realize that. It has come to fruition and I’m proud I was part of it.”
Tough-luck list: Chris Sale is 11-13 with a 2.97 ERA, while possessing a a Sox-record 221 strikeouts (in 209 innings) for a lefty and a WHIP (walks/hits-to-innings pitched) of just 1.053.
Did any of these unrewarded Sox starters of the past suffer tougher luck by comparison?
Joel (“Hard Luck”) Horlen, 10-13, 2.43 ERA, 1.128 WHIP, 1966; Tommy John, 10-13, 2.47 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, 1967; Jack Fisher, 8-13, 2.99 ERA, 1.240 WHIP, 1968.