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Cubs host Nerdfest Q and A with Crane

Cubs host Nerdfest Q and A with Crane


Posted on Nov 26, 2014 in Cubs

Yesterday, the Cubs invited a gaggle of Cubs bloggers to sit down with Cubs Vice President for Business Mismanagement Crane Kenney.  Apparently they didn’t have postal addresses for Hire Jim Essian or me.  But, thankfully, our good friend Al Yellon did score an invite.  He filed this report:

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Remember a few years ago when the Red Sox went apeshit in the offseason and signed every free agent and then flamed out in September and fired Tito Francona and Theo left and then they hired Bobby Valentine and the team sucked and the Dodgers took all of those bad contracts off their hands and then they signed some lower priced guys and won the World Series?  Apparently they don’t.

Today they signed Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval for a combined ten years and almost $200 million.  This, despite the fact than Hanley can’t really play shortstop anymore and Pablo’s numbers have been declining in inverse proportion to his weight.

Granted, Hanley can still rake, and should make for a passable outfielder (but maybe they’d have been better off with a lower priced…outfielder), and the Panda has been pretty ridiculous in the last two World Series’ he’s played in.  (Hanley’s postseason numbers are also great, though his NLCS numbers took a dive in 2013 after the Cardinals’ Joe Kelly ((his new teammate)) hit him on purpose and broke a rib.

But these are basically soon-to-be positionless players making a lot of money for several years.  Since all we care about is how do things affect the Cubs…

how does this affect the Cubs?

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Off to a grand start

Off to a grand start


Posted on Nov 17, 2014 in Cubs

The Cubs are off to a flying start this offseason, they have already shuffled their coaching staff, then dumped manager Rick(y) Renteria in favor of Joe Maddon, and why yesterday they traded Arodys Vizcaino back to the Barves from which he came, to bring in lefty hitting second baseman Tommy La Stella.

This morning when we woke up the media said the Cubs were the front runners to sign catcher Russell Martin, and the big Jon Lester visit is on tap for this week.  We’ve got the world by the tail, gang!

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My hot take on Derrick Rose

My hot take on Derrick Rose


Posted on Nov 13, 2014 in Bulls

Long before I was a fading blog star who wrote often (and then only occasionally, and now a little more often than occasionally) about the Cubs I was literally a world famous NBA writer who got paid to do it.  I tell you this not to brag (because it was the late ’90s and there were like 1,200 people on the Interwebs), but so you will know that when I choose to write a hot take about something going on in the NBA it must be pretty goddamned hot.

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A GM meetings primer

A GM meetings primer


Posted on Nov 10, 2014 in MLB

The MLB general managers meetings are held this week in Arizona.  We know what the winter meetings, held in December are.  But what gets done at the GM meetings?  They’re not just an excuse for 30 overpaid (mostly) white dudes to play golf in the desert, drink beer on the MLB’s dime and try not to catch the clap from any hookers.

Or are they?

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Now that the Cubs mercy killing of Ricky Renteria’s career has been completed, they need to get on with the real business of the offseason.  Dumping Edwin Jackson.  Am I right?  Edwin’s due $11 million each of the next two seasons, and he’s been terrible.  So the Cubs need to just toss him to the curb, throw him in the Ron Santo Memorial Enormous Greeting Card and Cake Dumpster that used to be out beyond left field, but with the construction is godknowswhere right now.

Maybe we should be careful what we wish for.  Our old friend Karry Ling sat down with one of the prime trade candidates for Edwin.

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Joe called Ricky

Joe called Ricky


Posted on Nov 5, 2014 in Cubs

True to his word, new Cubs manager Joe Maddon placed a call to former Cubs manager Rick(y) Renteria not long after the press conference to announce Joe’s hiring.

You might think it would be awkward for the old manager to have to talk to the guy who not only replaced him, but basically shoved him out of his job into the street.

You don’t know the half of it.

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Boring is for suckers

Boring is for suckers


Posted on Nov 4, 2014 in Cubs

It took all of about 180 seconds yesterday for Joe Maddon to do two things…get about a tenth of the way through his press conference preamble, and for the world to see his appeal.  If you could just hire any competent manager and hand him the Cubs roster and they’d win, that’d be great.  But over the past 107 years they’d have like four of those, and none of them could pull it off.  It’s going to take somebody who is a great manager, and a little nuts.

Hello, Joe.  We’ve been waiting.

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