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.
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.
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 phase.
Terrible decision, Joe. The Yankees are about to suck, and you could have been basking in the glow of the mighty Chicago Cubs! Hell, the Yankees don’t win the World Series every year, they’ve only won 27 of them in 100 years, so on average they have to wait nearly FOUR YEARS before they can celebrate another world’s championship. It’s gonna be a rough two fifths of a decade, Joe!
Those of you who sleep under a rock probably just realized that the Cubs fired Dale Sveum yesterday. You probably noticed because you rolled over and he wasn’t there.
On Sunday night, Theo Epstein and Dale had a couple of beers and chatted for a couple of hours. During the chat, Theo fired Dale. Given Dale’s crack communication skills he probably didn’t notice.
So yesterday they met at Wrigley Field and Theo fired him again. Some (well, let’s be honest almost all) of the media are proclaiming Theo’s first managerial hire with the Cubs a failure.
They are, of course, wrong.
Last week was just one giant clusterfuck for the boy geniuses (geniui?) that run the Cubs. Theo Epstein claims his remarks that no decision had been made on bringing Dale Sveum back for the 2014 season that he’s contractually obligated to manage, were just a case of him “answering questions honestly.”
His honesty started speculation that the Cubs were going to wait and see if Joe Girardi and Ron Gardenhire become available before they tell Dale if he needs to take down the Slayer posters in his office.
When Theo decided to clarify things he pointed out that Dale is not being evaluated on wins and losses (good thing for Dale), but on player development and communication.