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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: Today at 12:32:59 AM
That was nice of Theo to write Smilin' Rick the most glowing reference letter ever given to a fired employee.  What a heartless asshole.
2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Single Greatest Thread Ever on: October 30, 2014, 05:55:36 PM
Kyuji Fujikawa.

...unless they re-sign him for less later. #NOTGONEYET
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: October 30, 2014, 05:52:30 PM
Keeping Smilin' Rick is fine for now, unless they have a shot at a post-Friedman Joe Maddon.

I do think Ricky does good work when it comes to making players feel good and happy. At least he has so far. That is very important. I hope he learns and grows with the on field stuff. I'm not really too interested in seeing them change managers all the time.

Starlin Castro has had 4 managers in his 5 MLB years

Right. Ricky will be here unless the Cubs somehow lose 100 games again next year or there's a player revolt. There's no point in getting worked up over Joe Maddon or anyone else.

Well, we sure look stupid.

I don't.  Totally called it.  Sort of.
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: October 27, 2014, 03:41:12 PM
No one's been fired yet, so when does the team get dissolved as a legal entity?  Is that tomorrow?  Rosenbloom told me to expect it.

I'm not really sure what I expected. I don't actually think firing Mel Tucker mid-season accomplishes anything, although I'll be pretty mad if he comes back next year, I just kinda figured they'd have some list of lineup changes or something to throw at people to show things are changing and they said nothing. Which really is probably the most sensible thing. But I can't blame anyone for wanting sound and fury and blood just to feel better.

So is CFIHP correct that it's time to start tanking for the 2015 draft?  Was Chuck ... *gasp* ... right?
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: October 27, 2014, 03:28:08 PM
No one's been fired yet, so when does the team get dissolved as a legal entity?  Is that tomorrow?  Rosenbloom told me to expect it.
6  General Category / The Dead Pool / According to the Sun-Times, This Is Why Prospects Never Pan Out on: October 26, 2014, 08:05:58 PM
Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras, 22, dead in a car accident at home in the Dominican. Holy shit.

(Edited to acknowledge other thread FACEing.)
7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: October 24, 2014, 05:37:29 PM
(IF the Cubs get Maddon): I wish I knew more about Smilin' Rick to say, but I wonder if he'd like a chance to work with Joe Maddon and could be talked into being his bench coach or a special assistant to Jed or Theo or something.  That way he'd still be around to work with guys like Castro, Soler, Baez, but they could also still hire Joe.  Renteria would be completely within his rights to say screw you guys and take the money, but I wonder if he'd have any interest in staying.
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: October 24, 2014, 02:43:07 PM
There aren't many difference makers you can put in that chair, but Maddon is one of the maybe two or three out there. 

I'm not even sure he's that much of a difference-maker. Maybe a game or two over the course of a season, but every study has shown a manager's impact is negligible.

Not saying I wouldn't be a little excited if they got him (mostly because it'd be a pretty clear signal they want to win now), but I don't think there'd be a significant tangible difference over Renteria.


Ok.

Did you have anything else to add?

I figured I'd follow your lead.
9  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: October 24, 2014, 02:17:07 PM
There aren't many difference makers you can put in that chair, but Maddon is one of the maybe two or three out there. 

I'm not even sure he's that much of a difference-maker. Maybe a game or two over the course of a season, but every study has shown a manager's impact is negligible.

Not saying I wouldn't be a little excited if they got him (mostly because it'd be a pretty clear signal they want to win now), but I don't think there'd be a significant tangible difference over Renteria.


Ok.
10  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: October 24, 2014, 12:56:35 PM
DPD.  I'd tell him to name his price if I were Theo.  There aren't many difference makers you can put in that chair, but Maddon is one of the maybe two or three out there.  Here's this, for what it's worth:

Quote from: Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
My guess on Joe Maddon: He eventually winds up with the Cubs.

TPD because I'm a Maddon geek. 

Quote from: Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal
Source: Maddon NOT heading to #Dodgers.
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: October 24, 2014, 12:47:33 PM
DPD.  I'd tell him to name his price if I were Theo.  There aren't many difference makers you can put in that chair, but Maddon is one of the maybe two or three out there.  Here's this, for what it's worth:

Quote from: Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
My guess on Joe Maddon: He eventually winds up with the Cubs.
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: October 24, 2014, 12:44:53 PM
Switching to this thread for Maddon talk.  Really hoping this isn't a mere formality before he joins the Dodgers.  Maddon was the runner-up when Theo hired Francona in Boston, so I guess it's possible.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: October 24, 2014, 12:40:03 PM
Keeping Smilin' Rick is fine for now, unless they have a shot at a post-Friedman Joe Maddon.

Look who's available, you female dogs.
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unlistenable on: October 23, 2014, 03:10:14 PM
Smug know-it-all Leo Laporte (who really lays the "hey hey hey, I'm a slick! radio! personality!" voice on thick) and the aptly-named TWiT show.  I had the misfortune of hearing this, in which professional troll John Dvorak accuses Nilay Patel of being a racist for, like, no reason.  As if that weren't bad enough, almost all their predictions for Apple's keynote were plain wrong, and there's an odd yearning in the air to make sure everything someone says is Important and Meaningful and Well-Reasoned and a Grand Pronouncement.  They're not talking about tech, they're talking about Life and Philosophy.  What utter pretension.

Almost forgot: At one point Laporte tries to mount a defense of Nadella for his stupid comments about women in the workplace.  Also gotta appreciate the cluelessness of four men discussing GamerGate and Nadella's comments without a single woman around.  All in all a pretty A+ effort by the whole gang. 

Did you mean to post this on a different message board?

So you're saying I should've cross-posted to totally unreadable?
15  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Totally Unlistenable on: October 22, 2014, 04:42:29 PM
Smug know-it-all Leo Laporte (who really lays the "hey hey hey, I'm a slick! radio! personality!" voice on thick) and the aptly-named TWiT show.  I had the misfortune of hearing this, in which professional troll John Dvorak accuses Nilay Patel of being a racist for, like, no reason.  As if that weren't bad enough, almost all their predictions for Apple's keynote were plain wrong, and there's an odd yearning in the air to make sure everything someone says is Important and Meaningful and Well-Reasoned and a Grand Pronouncement.  They're not talking about tech, they're talking about Life and Philosophy.  What utter pretension.

Almost forgot: At one point Laporte tries to mount a defense of Nadella for his stupid comments about women in the workplace.  Also gotta appreciate the cluelessness of four men discussing GamerGate and Nadella's comments without a single woman around.  All in all a pretty A+ effort by the whole gang. 
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