Rambling After the Cubs Didn’t Lose

Hey, everybody, the Cubs didn’t lose yesterday! That is right. They didn’t lose yesterday. Man, what a great feeling.

Yep, that is what this season has become. I am happy because they couldn’t lose. That is awful. But we move forward because that is what Cubs fans do.

And what is the treat we get for moving forward? The Cubs get to play three straight games against the only team that is actually worse than them! Woo-hoo. Bring on Hunter Pence and Wandy Rodriguez. What a weekend at Wrigley it will be!

So with all that said, let’s go a rambling …

  • Many pundits have opined about Pat Gillick since the rumors surfaced of his alleged conversation with TR. No, Pat Gillick is not the end-all, be-all. Yes, he would be a great addition.
  • I don’t think anyone truly believes the addition of another suit is going turn the Cubs into World Series champions next season. But again, it is a good start.
  • I am notorious for not being a hater and for drinking the kool-aid, and that is fair at times, but I like to be as fair as I can.
  • And I am being fair when I say that Jim Hendry has had some success. He made some good moves. However, this team has a huge payroll and it pathetically pitiful. The writing is on the wall.
  • I just really, really hope someone reads said writing.
  • Garza has looked darn good in the recent past. I saw him on Tuesday, and I was impressed. Hopefully, he is settling in finally.
  • When a player refuses to waive his no-trade clause due to his family, the conversation and rebuttal should not happen. Whether or not it is an excuse, we should not judge when it comes to family matters.
  • If you disagree, I completely respect that. Feel free tell everyone why below.
  • Fukudome is hitting .265. TRADE HIM NOW. That is going to .255 at this time next week.
  • I don’t recall a pitcher having a more inconsistent season that Ryan Dempster. He has a crazy-dominant outing then gives up 6 runs in three innings his next. Just hard to understand.
  • I just heard the Cubs are willing to absorb a large part of Soriano’s contract if the right trade comes along. That is the BEST NEWS OF THE SEASON!
  • Oh, my. I am practically giddy right now.
  • In case you didn’t know, it is really hot in Chicago.
  • You’re grasping at straws, Q. Grasping at straws, but I don’t envy or really know what to say.
  • Hey, ‘Fonz, if you hit the ball over the fence, its called a home run. I know it’s been a long time for ya, so I wanted to give you a friendly reminder.
  • Jeff Baker is untouchable. That would be a good opening line for a stand-up comedian here in Chicago.
  • Seriously, just say it out loud. Jeff Baker is untouchable. Dude can’t hit righties, but he is untouchable. Okay, makes sense.
  • Well, it makes sense because it’s the Cubs.
  • Will Andrew Cashner pitch for the Cubs this year? It makes no sense to have him do so. But since this is the Cubs, he probably will. What are your thoughts on Cashner coming back this year? Let us all know below.
  • And for your stat of the week: James Russell has a lower ERA than Zambrano and Dempster. Just think about that.

So there are some nuggets to take in and digest. I want to know how you feel. Go ramble yourself below.

And if this season is any indication, here is an early congrats to the Astros on their series-sweep this weekend.

Until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!

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  • J Daniel

    Couple of thoughts, working backwards.

    Cashner should not pitch again this year if has not made it back yet.  

    Dempster and Z are number 3/4 starters at best.

    At this point, does it really matter if Fuko goes?

    And if a player does not want to be traded it is his right.  Does not make him a bad guy.  Just maybe they like it here.  I know there will be people that say if they really wanted to win they would accept a trade.  That is a pretty crazy statement.  Believe it or not the players do want to win, maybe they are not good enough.

    Maybe some fans should just trade to a different team to cheer for?

    • Tony_Hall

      You are correct Dempster and Z are 3/4 or even 5 now.  But I would love to see that actually happen, where we have 3 pitchers that force them to 4th and 5th in the rotation.

      Yes it does matter if Fukodome goes, as it clears playing time…not that they will play the youngster in his place, but you probably see Hill playing RF, to get his bat in the lineup…

      A player that has a no-trade clause has every right to exercise it.  The team, then should bench said player, as they have already told them, they want to move on.

    • Aaron

      I agree with your first 3 points. The last 2 not so much.

      Players earn 10-and-5 rights per collective bargaining….not arguing with that. Yes, players can love it in a certain city. But when you have guys like ARAM, Dempster, Zambrano, Fukudome, and others that haven’t won a championship, or even played in the postseason regularly, and they don’t want a chance at a World Series…well….that pretty much tells you ALL you need to know about that individual. They simply don’t have the drive or heart of a champion.

      As for fans, we’re all frustrated, and tired of losing. Does that make us bad people? In the past, you’d be scorned for being a “fairweather” fan, but now, fans just have stopped watching, and they’ll continue to stay away when the team is bad and the economy is bad. After all, not that many people can afford $150-200 for a family, watching one lousy game at Wrigley in which the Cubs more often than not this year will certainly look like a Little League team playing a big man’s game. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil
  • Chuck

    If Pat Gillick becomes the next President of the Cubs, Jimmy boy may still be around but what about Ryno coming to replace Mikey? One just needs to look at history about the Cubs-Phillies connection.  Maybe Dallas Green should then be hired as a special consultant?  Just some food for thought.

    • Aaron

      If Gillick becomes the next President of the Cubs, then Ricketts needs to fire Hendry right before that happens while keeping Gillick in the loop, for the simple reason that Hendry simply has NOT done his job. And for those saying that the Cubs have never produced this much talent in their system until recently and have a bright outlook with good scouts, etc…I have one question for you….Where was all of this 10-15 years ago? I think people are forgetting that Hendry was in charge of the farm system during that time period…actually, for about 5 years to be exact, and as GM for nearly 10 years, he’s been in charge of hiring the right people to make good scouting decisions, etc., and only recently have they done so, and even then, the Cubs, according to most scouting services you read, don’t even have a single impact guy in their minor league system. What does that say about their scouting team? Yes, they might have the most future MLB players, but what about true impact guys?

      Ricketts needs to take the decision out of Gillick or anyone else’s hands, and just clean house after the season. He can consult with Gillick first on firing Hendry, and seeing if he’ll still come, but if he won’t come, there’s PLENTY of suitable options to lead the Cubs going forward, including Lucchino. 

      As for Ryno coming back, I’d assume that as long as Hendry is around, that won’t happen. Ryno didn’t care for the way he was treated by Hendry, and Hendry doesn’t like to be shown up in public, and that’s what Ryno did on the sports radio show circuit. And while I don’t prefer that method, I have to agree with Ryno, and Neil can probably back me up here….Ryno has stressed the lack of communication in the Cubs system as one of the main reasons he loves being with the Phillies.

      Neil,

      How many times have we talked about how it seems like a HUGE disconnect with player development and personnel management with the farm system and the big league club in mind? It’s like they completely lack an organizational plan, burning options, not getting rid of dead weight (ie.-Stevens, Berg, etc.) on the 40-man roster that just weren’t going to cut it at the MLB level, not protecting guys that could’ve had an impact, etc.

      So, I completely agree with Ryno, and I think he has a legitimate beef with the Cubs and especially with Hendry. 

  • Tony_Hall

    Excellent article about the inner workings of deadline deals.

    It’s an ESPN Insider article

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/the-gms-office/post?id=814

    Here is the beginning.

    As a former general manager, when our team was in the “seller” mode we would hold out for a top-tier prospect if we were trading away a star player that the other club would control beyond the existing year. On the other hand, if the player was a “rental” player for the balance of the season, the bar would always be set north of the potential compensation of two first-round draft choices. 

    You always have to realistic though and make sure if you put yourself in the other GM’s position would you make the deal as well. Deals are supposed to work for both sides. 

    Most GMs know how they value the players involved in the trade negotiations and how far they’ll go before the process even commences. Then, if you don’t get the deal you like, you wait until the deadline to see if the other party blinks. As a result, 96 percent of the deals you work on never come to fruition, and therefore you have to be able to walk away from a deal as easily as you pull the trigger. The “Sellers” are always chasing the top prospects, and the “Buyers” are always trying to get you to take lower-tier compensation from among their prospects. At the end of the day, both teams know the value of players — if there is a deal to be made it will get done. No team wants to trade their top prospects and no team wants to trade their star players. Both sides just try to make it work for each other’s needs and direction.

  • Tony_Hall

    Jeff Baker is untouchable.

    Jeff Baker is untouchable.

    Even Tommy Boy has to be asking…really?  Jeff Baker?

  • Dloomington

    That the Cubs are willing to eat most of Soris contract in a trade would only be good news if there was anyone who’s interested in him.
    Anf if the Cubs would have to eat 90% of his salary, there no sense in trading him anyway.

    If Ramirez publicly states he wouldn’t waive his NTC for family reasons, it’s only fair to publicly discuss if he really means it. Personally, I don’t think he really would refuse a trade if a contender comes with a contract that gives him a perspective for next year.

  • Cloycub13

    Brian what can I say…
    –The addition of another suit, especially if that suit is worn by Pat Gillick, would be nice, but it is irrelevant with the same management team. Hendry, with his massive (and I mean MASSIVE) dillusions of constant contention when his team is obviously historically pathetic needs to go! Baker is untouchable…that alone proves the statement I just made. And no it is not funny! A comedian would be chased down and harassed for being mean and not funny, Don Rickles thinks that’s mean and over the top.

    –And most of all Quade needs to be chased with pitchforks and torches. I have had it with him. It is well know that he was not my choice, it is well known that I was very vocal about that. It is also well known that I gave the posters on here the benefit of the doubt when they said give him a chance. Well chance had folks. This guy is a straight up jackwagon. He is inept beyond recognition on the baseball side. And he has shown that he is a class A JERK when it comes to player management. Calling out your two best players repeatedly for general mistakes when congratulating Soriano, Dempster, Ramirez, Fuky, Zambrano etc is a joke. To be honest I cannot read anything that he says any more. If I had to listen to him I may vomit. I literally despise this guy and would not be shocked if he loses control very very soon. And just a quick FYI…enough with the stupid nicknames.

    –And no Cashner should not pitch again this season. Shut him down! This season sucks, it is lost, it is ruined, it is shot HOW FAR BELOW 500 DO WE HAVE TO GET FOR PEOPLE TO REALIZE THAT!!!!!!! Burning up the best arm we have in our organization because Hendry is a goofball dilluded fool would be catastrophic. Shut him down and plan for the future. Because the past and the present are DONE!

    Thanks for listening. I am done now.

    • Randy C

      I would totally agree about Quade getting on Castro and Barney. He should be yelling at the veterans for sucking and getting paid millions more for performing worst that the youngsters.

    • Aaron

      -Agreed with Gillick and not making a difference if it’s the same management team. When Hendry told people Baker is off-limits, I about blew a gasket. The statements made by both Hendry and Quade this year have you thinking that they’re actually trying to get fired, almost daring Ricketts to do so. But then, you have an epiphany, and you realize they’re employed by the Cubs, so EVERY word out of their mouth makes complete sense

      -Quade should never have been employed after his decisions last year to bench Castillo and Castro for mistakes while veterans made even more egregious ones, and still played, and ESPECIALLY his decision to ride a veteran like Nady who wasn’t going to be back with the team this year, and sit guys like Hoffpauir, etc. on the bench. Not that I thought Hoffpauir was the answer (still don’t), but why in the hell do you play guys down the stretch just because they have a contract?!? Again, player development and organizational plan. FACE PALM

      -If Cashner pitches again this year, it should be during Instructs, working on building up arm strength along with Hayden Simpson (remember that guy….again, ANOTHER reason why Hendry and his scouting department are COMPLETELY replaceable), who reportedly threw just 86 mph in a recent start for the AZL Cubs.

      And the last thing I want to say is this…Because the logical thing would be to trade/DFA the following guys: Zambrano, Dempster, Wells, Ortiz,  Grabow, Marmol, Soto, Hill, Pena, DeWitt, ARAM, Soriano, Byrd, Fukudome, Johnson, and Baker…leaving just 9 players: Garza, Wood Lopez (just b/c he’s doing well now), Marshall, Russell, Samardzija, Barney, Castro, and Campana.

      That means that because those 16 players are “obvious trade candidates”, Hendry will go COMPLETELY against that, and might even try to lock them up long-term.

      It also means that because Quade is so frustrated with Castro and Barney (a.k.a.-the 2 best players on the team), Hendry is more likely to trade them than any of the veterans.

      After all, what would you expect from a guy that thinks Baker is “untouchable”?!?!

  • paulcatanese

    Just saw the lineup for today. Same uninteresting group. Mostly vets. Don’t look for anything different until after the trade deadline, as for some unexplained reason they are trying to showcase people for a trade. Figures that they think other teams are  dumber than they are.
    And Baker, wow, I wouldnt step on the field unless they tore up my contract and gave me a five year extension at ten mil a year. Seems thats the least the Cubs can do for an untouchable, or send him to work for Kevin Costner.

  • studio179

    A back up/platoon player like Baker is untouchable. Just wondering if Hendry feels Hill is an untouchable, too.