The Trouble with Rosters

Today saw the Chicago Cubs announce the 26-man roster that will make up the initial 2009 Boise Hawks.  Or will it?

After days of speculation, an original roster had the names that Treasure Valley fans will cheer for – including five players (Sean Hoorelbeke, Josh Whitlock, Jose Made, Ryan Sontag, Josh Lansford) who have played at Memorial Stadium before.

However, just as soon as the roster was announced – the changes began.  First, it was the removal of a player from the roster and addition of another, then came the announcement that manager Casey Kopitzke will not be in uniform on Opening Day (Cubs Minor League Infield Coordinator Franklin Font will skipper the club on an interim basis, with Minor League Field Coordinator Dave Bialas serving as team spokesman), and finally, when the numbers of the players were revealed, a 27th player (Yohan Gonzalez) magically appeared on the roster.

The big question is, who will be coming off the plane at Boise Airport tomorrow?

On the roster were three draft picks, but none higher than the 14th round (Danny Keefe 14th, Cody Shields 15th, Greg Rohan 21st) – which this will definitely change as the summer rolls on.

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