Q&A: Dwaine Bacon

<B>JACKSON, Tenn.</B> - Dwaine Bacon returns to West Tennessee after also spending last season in Double-A. Bacon is a 16th round 2001 draft pick that bats from both sides of the plate. After getting over 400 at-bats in 2004, he joins a crowded Diamond Jaxx outfield that includes Cub prospects Felix Pie, Matt Murton and Adam Greenberg.

Scott Sabin: How do you feel about returning to Double-A?

Dwaine Bacon: I definitely wanted to make the move to Triple-A. You always want to make the move forward. I do feel a little down about it, but I will start the season here and see what happens.

Scott Sabin What was your reaction when you were given the news?

Dwaine Bacon: I kept to myself about it. I didn't understand it; it was somewhat of a shock.

Scott Sabin You stole 60 bases last season, the most in the Cubs' organization. How important are steals?

Dwaine Bacon: It is a part of my game that makes it easier for my team to score runs. It's a good advantage to have.

Scott Sabin What has the experience of playing in the minor leagues been like for you?

Dwaine Bacon: The journey has been something I wouldn't trade for the world. I have gotten to see some things I would have never gotten to see in my otherwise everyday life in Maryland. It has definitely been a good part of my life.

Scott Sabin: What are some of the Jaxx's priorities?

Dwaine Bacon: One of our greatest focuses is defense and base running. Vince Coleman was one of our base running instructors this spring. He worked with us on our base running by giving us certain pieces of information. It is definitely an advantage every time you talk to him and pick his brain. You need to take advantage of it every opportunity you have.

Scott Sabin: Where do you see yourself within the Cubs organization?

Dwaine Bacon: My defense is pretty good; it is something I work on daily. I'm a contact hitter. I control the bat really well and I am a good bunter also. I would like to think I could be an asset (at the big league level), but it depends on what the organization's focus is. Offensively, you always like to see base running become a bigger part of your game.

Scott Sabin: After spending so much time around them in Spring Training, what is the mood of the organization after back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 30 years?

Dwaine Bacon: The organization is definitely more upbeat and has a better chance of winning. The attitude of the players is also better. It is definitely a better atmosphere for baseball.

Bacon is a native of Fort Washington, Md. He attended college at Florida A&M and is a career .239 hitter with 173 stolen bases in 368 games entering 2005.

Scott Sabin is the contributing editor of Inside The Ivy. Write to Scott at scott@insidetheivy.com.

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