Six questions with Starlin Castro
Mar05

Six questions with Starlin Castro

The next installment of our Six Question interview series is with Cubs All-Star Shortstop Starlin Castro1. At some point after the All Star Break, you’re going to get your 1,000th hit.  You don’t even turn 25 until March 24.  How many hits do you think you’ll end up with in your career? I’m not that great at math, but I think about 6,000. That sounds about right. Wait, did you hear that?  Starlin!  You can come...

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Boring is for suckers
Nov04

Boring is for suckers

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...

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Ricky’s getting off easy
Oct31

Ricky’s getting off easy

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. It was hard to...

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Bienvenido, Senor Renteria!
Nov07

Bienvenido, Senor Renteria!

So the Cubs finally have a new manager.  I for one was getting pretty antsy about the whole thing.  Mostly because they have a game coming up…in four months. They have hired Rick Renteria.  Renteria has served the last few years as the Padres bench coach, dispensing pearls of wisdom to Bud Black.  He spent eight years in the minors as a manager, including a season in lovely Geneva, Illinois managing the Kane County Cougars. The...

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The Cubs have never had an innovative manager?
Oct14

The Cubs have never had an innovative manager?

Our buddy Al Yellon took a break from his annual vacation on Fire Island to voice his depression that Theo Epstein FAILED AGAIN and couldn’t talk Joe Girardi into dumping the New York Yankees for the Cubs.  Al says he’s going to write just a few words, but goes on for…ever, but let’s just hit the highlights. I wish Joe well — and wish him luck, too, because the Yankees seem poised to enter a decline...

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