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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: Today at 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.
2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: Today at 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.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: Today at 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.
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: Today at 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.
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: Today at 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.
6  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The All-Purpose No Bullshit Tolerating Who Should Be the Next Manager Thread on: Today at 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.
7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: Today at 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.
8  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?
9  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. 
10  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Theo Epstein Sploosh Thread on: October 20, 2014, 05:22:27 PM
Baseball America thinks The Cubs had the 4th best 2014 draft.

Quote from: Baseball America Draft Report Card
QUICK TAKE
The Cubs executed a plan deftly, getting the consensus top bat in Schwarber and saving enough to add needed million-dollar arms in Stinnett, Sands, Steele and Cease.

Quote from: More BA Draft Report Card
Best Pure Hitter: Several scouting directors contacted for this feature called C/OF Kyle Schwarber (1) the best hitter in the draft, wowed by his combination of strength, short swing and confident presence in the box. » Best Power Hitter: Schwarber has plus power from pole to pole and made hitting home runs look easy in his debut, mashing 18 over three regular season levels (and one more in the high Class A Florida State League playoffs) after hitting 14 in the spring for Indiana. » Fastest Runner: Five-foot-9, 170-pound OF Calvin Graves (27) has no power to speak of but is an aggressive 60 runner who stole 92 bases in four seasons at Division II Franklin Pierce (N.H.). » Best Defensive Player: 2B Andrew Ely (32) was an all-league defender in the Pacific-12 Conference with sure hands, good range and instincts to spare.

Best Fastball: RHP James Norwood (7) and RHP Jake Stinnett (2) have the best present fastballs, with the Cubs giving Norwood a slight edge. Both reach 97 mph regularly as starters, and pitch in the 92-95 mph range as starters. RHP Dylan Cease (6) came out of the gate hitting 98 mph this spring but got hurt and needed Tommy John surgery after signing in July » Best Secondary Pitch: Stinnett has improved his feel for a hard, late slider that has power in the 78-83 mph range.

Best Pro Debut: Schwarber made pro ball look too easy, hitting .344/.428/.634 with 18 homers and a 39-57 walk-strikeout ratio in 262 at-bats. He struggled more with the defensive part of the game. OF Kevonte Mitchell (13) hit .294/.374/.371 in the Rookie-level Arizona League, showing a more advanced swing than expected and stealing 19 bases in 20 tries. » Best Athlete: At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, Mitchell was a first-team all-Missouri basketball player as a junior, but he was committed to play baseball at Southeast Missouri State. » Most Intriguing Background: OF Joey Martarano (22) was one of Idaho’s top prep players in 2013 but didn’t sign and attended Boise State to play football. The Cubs drafted him in 2014 and signed him while allowing him to continue playing linebacker for the Broncos. LHP Carson Sands (4) has a younger brother Cole who is a priority follow for the 2015 draft. » Closest to Majors: Schwarber’s arrival will depend mostly on his ability to catch. If the Cubs decide to stick him in left field, he’ll be in Wrigley Field in 2015. » Best Late-Round Pick: RHP Jeremy Null (15) had back problems in the spring and saw his velocity drop into the mid-to-upper 80s. The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder threw the ball better this summer after signing and was back up to reaching 93 mph with good downhill plane. » The One Who Got Away: Athletic OF Isiah Gilliam (23) was ruled ineligible this spring at Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga., limiting looks at the athletic switch-hitter. He’ll make up for lost time at Chipola (Fla.) JC.

Whoa.
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: October 20, 2014, 04:17:29 PM
Assuming we're not going to see a miraculous turnaround, and setting playoff flameouts aside, is this the most disappointing Chicago team in the last 20 years or so(preseason expectations vs. regular season output)? 2004 Cubs - who else?

Big Z was the truth that season.  Career-high 6.7 bWAR.  (fWAR was 4.4: same as 2003 and both career bests.)
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: October 20, 2014, 12:32:09 PM
Has a team ever won a Super Bowl after going winless at home? No reason.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Ricketts Family Annoyance Thread on: October 17, 2014, 02:09:48 PM
Dempster and DeRosa at the Cubs Convention

The convention really isn't for us.  It's for simpletons like Al who will tell their grandkids until the day they die about the time they related a mildly amusing anecdote to Dempster and DeRosa and both Cubs legends chortled.
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: October 17, 2014, 02:07:49 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.

If all our prospect hopes and dreams come true, all the Cubs' manager will have to do is get out of the team's way.

Which Matheny fantastically failed to do this week. I don't know if this is the Methocalypse we've been pining for but it's not another Cardinal championship, so there's that. They could always go get a post-Friedman Madden themselves but for all that talk, why wouldn't the Dodgers be the favorite to land one of those?

Getting Friedman has me worried the Dodgers will kill my David Price 2016 buzz.
15  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: October 17, 2014, 11:37:01 AM
Keeping Smilin' Rick is fine for now, unless they have a shot at a post-Friedman Joe Maddon.
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