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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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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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Ricky’s getting off easy

Ricky’s getting off easy


Posted on Oct 31, 2014 in Cubs

With the Joe Maddon to the Cubs announcement due any time now, there is still some (not a lot, granted) hand-wringing about what this move says about the Cubs management.  Sure, they are spending big to hire the best manager they can get, but in the process they are kicking out their current manager after one not-terrible (but hardly inspiring) season.

Truth is, they’re doing Rick(y) Renteria a big assed favor.

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