Easy Like Sunday Morning

Did everyone remember to fall back? Four weeks ago today the Cubs played their last game of the 2006 season against the Rockies and to say there as been a lot of change would be an understatement. There are a lot of holes still to fill and a lot of questions to answer before the Lou Piniella era takes the field in February at Fitch Park….including a new team president?

Here is the latest from the mill and news from the AFL….

Dave Dombrowski and Larry Lucchino….

Dave Dombrowski just built a winner in Detroit and the rumors continue that he could be heading to Chicago to be the new president of the Cubs. During the ALCS Dombrowski’s name was mentioned as a possible replacement for interim president John McDonough. A report in Sunday morning’s Boston Herald brought up his name again as well as Larry Lucchino. Lucchino knows how to deal with storied teams and historic ballparks.

“But as one baseball official said about the Cubs, “It’s more of a baseball problem than an upper-management problem. They have made poor decisions with their major league team and their player development.”

Hitting Coach….

According to a report in Newsday, the Cubs have added the name Lee Elia to the list of candidates to take the hitting coach position. Elia joins Chris Chambliss, Von Joshua, Ron Jackson, Gary Gaetti and Dave Keller as a possible suitor to take the job. Elia managed the Cubs from 1982-1983 and compiled a 127-158 record. Elia left his mark on Chicago and one of the most famous sound bites in Cubs’ history if not all of sports history.

Transcript….hat tip to Paul Katcher
Audio….hat tip to Paul Katcher – note unedited and not for all audiences
ESPN Report

Alex Rodriguez….

A-Rod will be this off-season’s version of Miguel Tejada. His name in association with the Cubs will not go away, no matter what Brian Cashman and Scott Boras tells everyone. Many experts, including Buster Olney, feel that Rodriguez must find a new home and the Boston Herald mentioned again on Sunday that he could end up with either the Cubs, White Sox or Angels. A-Rod’s new destination, if there is one in the cards, will have a huge impact on the future of Aramis Ramirez.

Alfonso Soriano….

Soriano did not file for free agency on Saturday and the Nationals have not been quiet in saying that they want him back. According to a report on Nationals.com they are willing to take two draft picks in compensation for losing Soriano if he signs with another team….a first round and a sandwich pick. The Nationals feel one way or another, he will help them build their organization.

Hiroki Kuroda….

The free-agent Japanese pitcher continues to make headlines and according to Paul Sullivan he is on the Indians radar as well. While it is unknown what type of Major League pitcher Kuroda or Matsuzaka will turn out to be….for every Ichiro there is in Japan there is also a Hideki Irabu.

AFL Update….

Carmen Pignatiello cut his finger last Monday and was expected to miss about a week. Pignatiello has allowed 2 hits in 3 2/3 innings, walked 1 and struck out 4.

Eric Patterson has had a very impressive start to the AFL season. Patterson has hit safely in his last 8 games, with 5 multi-hit games and has stole 6 bases in 8 attempts.

Scott Moore has struggled at the plate but he is getting to play several positions….left field, first base, third base, shortstop and DH. He has reached base in all but one game he has played despite hitting just .233 through 12 games.

Clay Rapada has 9 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings in 6 appearances.

Lincoln Holdzkom picked up his first victory last week and has not given up an unearned run in over 8 innings of work, 5 games.

Well, that’s the news and rumors and I’m sticking to it!!!

Quote of the Day

"You can be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball." - Cal Ripken Jr.
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