What a Day … Cubs Come from Behind and Walk-off with a Win in Ten – Cubs 5 Cardinals 4

Game One Hundred Twenty-Five – Cubs 5 Cardinals 4 – 10 innings
WP – Sean Marshall (6-5) LP – Octavio Dotel (2-3) Save – None

wflag.jpgOn the day Jim Hendry was officially let go as the General Manager of the Chicago Cubs, Q’s squad put together a come from behind win against the Cardinals that culminated with a walk-off single by Tyler Colvin in the 10th inning.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning after another rough start by Randy Wells. The Cardinals first three runs scored on what has been Wells’ main problems all season … a walk, a home run, lack of concentration, a double and a hit by the opposing pitcher. To Randy Wells’ credit he settled down after serving up his second homer of the day and survived the remainder of his seven-inning outing.

Randy Wells allowed four runs, all earned, on four hits (two home runs) with three walks, two wild pitches and five strikeouts in seven innings. Wells threw 111 pitches, 67 for strikes before turning the game over to his pen.

Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall threw three innings of scoreless relief and neither Marmol nor Marshall allowed a baserunner.

The Cubs started chipping away in the fifth inning … and once again Darwin Barney was the Cubs’ spark plug.

Darwin Barney (2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and two runs scored) led off the fifth with a solo homer in the basket in left. Barney’s second longball of the year cut the Cardinals’ lead to 4-2. Barney reached on a one-out triple in the seventh and scored on a pinch-hit triple of the bat of Blake DeWitt. The Cubs took advantage of two misplayed balls by the Cardinals’ outfield and made it a one-run game on the team’s first back-to-back triples since 1999.

Geovany Soto (2-for-4 with a double, a RBI, a run scored and a walk) tied the game in the eighth with a double and scored the winning run in the 10th. Soto led off the 10th with a single to right and advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Marlon Byrd. Tyler Colvin hit for Sean Marshall and singled to center on a 0-2 pitch to drive in Soto with the game winner.

Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with a run scored) recorded another multi-hit game and scored the Cubs first run of the game on a RBI single by Aramis Ramirez (1-for-3 with a RBI and two walks) in the third.

Starlin Castro’s first inning single on Friday was the 300th of his young career. Castro became the fifth player in Cubs history (since 1876) to collect 300 hits in their first two big league seasons (Bill Everitt, 381 in 1895-1896; Glenn Beckert, 355 hits in 1965-1966; Bill Dahlen, 313 hits in 1891-1892; Mark Grace, 304 hits in 1988-1989).

The Cubs once again pulled out a win in a game that they committed several mistakes. Q’s Cubs hit into four double plays on Friday (two in the first four innings) with the fourth coming on a horrible baserunning blunder by Tony Campana in the ninth.

With Friday’s victory (6-0 in extra innings at Wrigley Field), the Cubs improved to 55-70 on the season, 15 games below .500 …

Randy Wells put together a three-up, three-down top of the first. Wells struck out Albert Pujols swinging on the 12th pitch of the inning.

The Cubs hitting, or lack thereof, with runners in scoring position picked up where it left in Houston on Friday afternoon. The Cubs had a chance to put runs on the board but once again a player was too aggressive at the plate and cost his team a chance at scoring a run … or two.

Starlin Castro led off with a single to right center … the 300th base knock of his young career. Reed Johnson fouled out to Pujols for out number one.

Aramis Ramirez worked a walk and Garcia was obviously struggling with throwing strikes. After Garcia missed on the first pitch to Baker, Molina went out and checked on his pitcher. Jeff Baker swung at Garcia’s next pitch and hit a weak grounder to short … 6-4-3 inning ending double play.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second … and it was a free pass, a longball and a lack of concentration that did in Randy Wells again.

After Matt Holliday popped out to left to start the inning, Lance Berkman walked on a 3-2 pitch. Wells retired David Freese (lineout to short) but uncorked a wild pitch on a 1-1 offering to Yadier Molina that allowed Berkman to advance to second. It would not matter …

Yadier Molina gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead with a long homer to left center on a 2-2 pitch from Wells.

Ryan Theriot continues to stick it to his old team. Theriot ripped a double to the left field corner on a 1-2 pitch. Jaime Garcia ripped Wells’ first pitch into center … and just like that it was 3-0 Cardinals. Furcal lined out to center to end the inning.

Marlon Byrd reached on a one out single to right … but that was it for the Cubs in the home half of the second. After two complete, the Cardinals had what appeared to be a commanding 3-0 lead.

Randy Wells retired the Cardinals in order in the third … after three, Wells had thrown 48 pitches, 28 for strikes.

The Cubs got on the board in the bottom of the third. Randy Wells led off with a single to center but was erased when Castro grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice. Reed Johnson hit a weak grounder to short, Furcal’s only play was to first and Castro advanced into scoring position with two outs.

Aramis Ramirez came up with the Cubs’ first hit with RISP since Tuesday night. Ramirez ripped a 1-2 pitch into left, Castro scored … 3-1 Cardinals.

Jeff Baker flied out to a diving Allen Craig (making his first start in center) to end the inning.

Lance Berkman started the fourth by grounding out to second. David Freese made it 4-1 Cardinals with an opposite field homer (right center) on a 2-1 pitch. Wells retired Molina (pop out to right) and Theriot (pop out to second) to end the inning. Wells’ pitch count stood at 63 (37 for strikes) after the fourth inning.

Moving forward, the Cubs must change and improve their advance scouting staff. The same players keep receiving the same pitches (same location) and continue to pound Cubs’ pitching.

Geovany Soto walked to start the bottom of the fourth but the Cubs hit into their second double play. After Byrd flied out to center, Soriano hit into a 5-4-3 double play.

Randy Wells barely made it out of the fifth inning. Wells issued a one-out walk to Rafael Furcal. With Craig at the plate, Wells uncorked his second wild pitch of the afternoon. Furcal advanced to second and Craig (3-2 pitch) struck out swinging. Wells intentionally walked Pujols to put runners on first and second with two outs for Holliday. Wells retired Holliday on a pop out to left to end the inning.

Darwin Barney made it 4-2 Cardinals with his second homer of the season leading off the fifth inning. Barney hit a 1-1 pitch into the basket in left … his first longball since April 25 (Rockies).

Randy Wells grounded out to third. Castro recorded his second hit of the game, a single to left on a 1-2 pitch. Castro stole second as Johnson struck out swinging. Ramirez grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Cardinals did nothing against Wells in the sixth (98 pitches, 58 for strikes).

Jeff Baker led off the sixth with a single to right … but was erased on a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Geovany Soto. Byrd flied out to right to end the inning.

Randy Wells’ day ended after he retired the Cardinals in order in the seventh. Wells threw 111 pitches, 67 for strikes in seven innings and retired the last seven batters he faced.

The Cubs took advantage of two miscues by the Cardinals outfield in the bottom of the seventh and cut into the Redbirds lead.

Darwin Barney lifted a 0-2 pitch from Garcia with one out into right. Lance Berkman misplayed the ball, it sailed over his head and ended up in the right field corner. Barney ended up at third with one out.

Blake DeWitt hit for Wells and lifted a 0-1 pitch into center. Jon Jay misplayed the ball. Barney scored and DeWitt ended up at third with the Cubs’ second triple in as many at bats. With the Cardinals up by a single run at 4-3, LaRussa went to his pen for Jason Motte.

Motte preserved the lead for Jaime Garcia by striking out Castro and retiring Johnson on a ground out to short to end the inning.

Jeff Samardzija started the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Jon Jay. LaRussa appeared to call for a hit and run on the first pitch to Pujols. Albert swung and missed and Soto threw out Jay at second. Samardzija ended up walking Pujols but was able to retire Matt Holliday (pop out to second) and Berkman (ground out to second) without allowing any runs.

Aramis Ramirez led off the eighth and grounded out to short on a 0-1 pitch from Jason Motte. After Carlos Pena was announced as the pinch-hitter for Jeff Baker, Tony LaRussa went to his pen for Arthur Rhodes. Pena worked a walk against the southpaw. LaRussa went back to his pen and brought in Kyle McClellan.

Geovany Soto ripped a 1-2 pitch into the left field corner. The ball rattled around in the corner and Pena scored all the way from first … and tied the game at four. Byrd grounded out to short on the first pitch but Soriano was hit on a pitch on his right forearm. With two on and two out, Barney flied out to right to end the inning.

The Cardinals did nothing against Carlos Marmol in the top of the ninth

Tony Campana led off the bottom of the ninth and reached on an error by Ryan Theriot at second. Campana then took off for second on a 2-1 pitch to Castro. Castro flied out to center but Theriot deked Campana into sliding into second then rounding third. Campana looked like a rookie as he was doubled off first.

Reed Johnson followed the Cubs’ fourth double play of the day with a single to center … and Aramis Ramirez worked a walk to put the go ahead run into scoring position.

Carlos Pena flied out to the track in right to end the inning (2-2 pitch).

The Cardinals did nothing against Sean Marshall in the 10th.

Geovany Soto led off the 10th with a single to right on a 3-2 pitch. Marlon Byrd dropped down a successful sacrifice bunt, his first of the season and as a Cub, up the first baseline.

Tyler Colvin was called on to hit for Sean Marshall. Colvin quickly fell behind Octavio Dotel 0-2. Colvin singled into center on the third pitch of the bat … Soto scored. Cubs win!

The Cubs did not quit … and ended up beating the Cardinals for the third time this season.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Matt Garza is scheduled to face Edwin Jackson on Saturday afternoon.

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"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." - Arnold Palmer
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  • The Maven

    Sweet revenge for Colvin.

    • paulcatanese

      I agree with you and not only that but the expression on Qua’s face at the end of the game, one of disapointment not elation with the win. It will be interesting to watch the direction Qua takes from now on, as there is no direction except his determination of what Ricketts wants to see.

      • studio179

        I did not catch Q’s expression. That is interesting. Maybe he was still in shock over his boss and friend being let go and thinking about his future. 

        • J Daniel

          He is done and he knows it already.  He is now managing for another job.  The only way to ensure the kids play is to release Q NOW and promote one of the minor league guys for the rest of the season.

          • studio179

            Oh, he is done here. Q might be managing for another MLB job, but I don’t see him getting one anytime soon. I think Q ends up as an MLB coach on a staff somewhere.

        • paulcatanese

          I am sure that was the reason, as his expression on other interviews were much the same.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Chris Rusin (2-2, 3.47)
    Tennessee – Trey McNutt (2-5, 4.75)
    Daytona – Angel Guzman (0-2, 3.58)
    Peoria – Frank Del Valle (2-2, 3.38)
    Boise – Yao-Lin Wang (3-4, 3.34)
    AZL Cubs – Hayden Simpson (0-3, 8.04) projected

  • Dorasaga

    I cannot express myself without emotion, how elated I am.

    The owner fired Jim Hendry.

    God answered my call. The Chicago National Ball Club is willing to change and move on.

    Firing J. Hendry sends a message to all Cubs fans:

    No more mediocracy may rule one of the world’s most precious heritage. We are in the business of winning, finally, again. God Bless!

  • Ryan7

    Neil, Is there a job for Jim in the cubs organization that would keep him with the cubs. Just not making trades or have anything to do with the running of the team. Jim is still a good baseball guy to keep around. Just not doing what he was doing.

    • GaryLeeT

      I am thinking that since he saw the team through the draft and signings, that he will stay on in some capacity. Maybe anything from director of player personnel, to a scout.

      • Aaron

        They would’ve already announced that….

        But here’s the thing…as much as I gave Hendry a hard time for everything, that man was well-liked in baseball circles, and furthermore, he just dramatically increased my respect for him….and I had none, believe me, prior to today. I saw him as a sort of “good ‘ole boys network” type of guy where only his friends got chances, etc.

        However, with news that he was told July 22nd that he was done, and still stayed on as GM and signed just about every guy most of us wanted from the draft, plus got rid of the useless Fukudome for at least something….WOW…is all I have to say.

        In fact, Hendry probably knew it’d help his standing across the league if he stayed on while knowing he was being let go.

        Here’s the thing that makes me wonder though…..I almost think that Bruce Miles’ article, being critical of Ricketts for even thinking of letting Hendry go ultimately pushed him to make the decision now.

        Because if you followed what Ricketts was saying…he was kept around to finish signing the draft picks. The deadline was August 15th. It is now August 19th. I would bet that Ricketts was planning on keeping him around until the end of the year, otherwise he would’ve fired him immediately after the draft signing deadline. I would bet that Ricketts might have been perturbed about Miles’ article, considering both he and Hendry are VERY cozy with each other, and decided it was time.

        That’s just my hunch….but it doesn’t diminish my new-found respect for Hendry. 

        I bet some of you just passed out with me saying that….LOL

        • cubtex

          My opinion. I think Ricketts is very conscience of doing things at what he feels is the “proper time” I like the fact that he put the Cubs best interest in mind and kept Hendry until the draft picks were signed…sealed and delivered. I have been gaining more confidence in Ricketts’ intentions on building a winner on the north side. I feel as if he will go thru due dilligence to hire a gm who is alligned on the same page as his philosophy.

        • Jim_Tinley_Park

          Aaron:

          We all despised most of Hendry’s decision making the past few years.
          Hendry the man is a stand up guy. I’ve spoken to him in the past at the Cub convention and he listens to you until you are done speaking he is a very patient man and I am sure that he will land on his feet. I’m guessing Baltimore.

          • GaryLeeT

            Where old Cubs go to die. I can’t believe McFail is still in charge there. Knowing Angelos, it’s because he’s working for free.

        • GaryLeeT

          So it looks more proper, maybe the organization is waiting for the new GM to be put in place, and he will officially name Hendry to some new capacity.

        • carmelo

          I agree with you—might not agree with his handling of certain areas with the ballclub, but to do what he did , like Ricketts said, showed his true character.  Have to respect that.

        • J Daniel

          Agree, Aaron but I am getting the feeling that Ricketts is a class guy.  He knows that Hendry stayed on.  Why embarrass him by letting him go the very next day?  

    • Tony_Hall

      Not a chance!  

      • John_CC

        Agreed Tony.  I think it is clear, Ricketts is making his move(s). He was honest with JH and honest in his press conference. If Hendry had a possible position ahead he would know. 

        Telling point in Ricketts’ press conference; a reporter asked if Bush was a candidate and Tom did not dance around the question. Answer: there are no internal candidates.

        That was loud and clear to me. The Chicago National League Ballclub is FINALLY moving in a new direction! 

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      There has been speculation that there will be a place for him in the organization.

    • Tony Spumoni

      Jim Hendry could be the donut go-fer.  A hands-on position.

    • Brp921

      I thought, if anything, Hendry would be reassigned within the organization. I wonder now if he was offered another position and maybe he preferred a clean break.

  • cubtex

    I know Soto is having a down year…but there aren’t many better offensive catchers in the NL than him. McCann, Posey(hurt) maybe Molina but not many others. I wouldn’t be so quick to trade him. Obviously, if a team blows your socks off…move him, but don’t give him away.

    • Tony_Hall

      Trade him now!  That doesn’t mean give him away, but Castillo and Clevenger are both looking like they are ready for an opportunity.  

      Have you looked at the offensive production of catchers this year in MLB?  There are many have better offensive years than Soto.

      He is getting more expensive every year, and as you know (since we have had this discussion before) I hate paying for catchers.  Keep them coming up from the minors, use the back-up catcher for your next starter, and don’t allocate big dollars to the position.  Wouldn’t we be in much better shape, if Castillo had been the back-up instead of Hill.  He would have progressed more, catching at the major league level, defensively, and with his eyes closed would give more offensive production.  Plus we would know if he is ready.  Hopefully the new GM gets this concept.

      • cubtex

        For the right offer…yes. But don’t just look at one year production. He is in the upper echelon for catchers in the NL over the last couple of years.

        • Tony_Hall

          Do you really want to compare him over the last 3 years?

          He had a good rookie year, and since then, had one good 2/3 of a season worth of AB’s.

          • cubtex

            I know he has been up and down Tony, but let’s not dump him for nobody.

          • Tony_Hall

            Once again, I didn’t say “dump him”.  I said trade him.  I would like to be the team that moves out a “proven” major league player, gets above average prospects for the player, and replaces the player with an equal or better talent.  (Example: The Rays trade Garza, saved almost $5M in 2011 alone, received 5 players for their system, and replace Garza with Hellickson who has produced WHIP 1.16 in the harder AL East – 10-8 record with a 3.22 ERA, now that was a good deal for the Rays!)

          • cubtex

            Sell high buy low. I don’t think Soto’s value is high.

          • Tony_Hall

            You just said, he is one of the best offensive catchers in the NL.  Which one is it, is he one of the best or is his value low.

            They should have trade him last off-season, that would have been Sell High.

            How did Sell high buy low work in the Garza deal?  I’ll tell you, The Rays sold high on Garza and bought low on the prospects.  The Cubs bought high on Garza, by giving up enough prospects for a #1 pitcher.

          • cubtex

            Again….pay attention. I clearly stated Soto is having a down year. Does having a down year mean he is at high value?? And you are right….the Cubs traded their prospects at high value to aquire Garza. Is Archer rated as high now? Will Lee if he continues to struggle against AA pitching? Thanks for validating my points.

          • Tony_Hall

            No – I don’t think his value is high, but I also think he is replaceable internally, and that some team might overpay, thinking he is going to bounce back, again, next year.

            Where did I say the Cubs sold High on their prospects.  I said the Rays bought low with the prospects, as they weren’t major league ready, made them have to get 5 prospects for Garza.  In no way did I validate your point.  

            We once again need to agree to disagree, and let time play out.  I will always say the timing was all wrong to trade prospects for a proven vet, about to enter expensive arbitration years.  And you will always, look past that and think Garza is the ace they paid handsomely to acquire.

          • cubtex

            One last point on this subject Trading Archer and Lee now was PERFECT timing if they continue to struggle and value decreases. Got sometthing of value for them while they could.

          • cubtex

            How did holding onto Felix Pie, Corey Patterson,Rich Hill work out? Should have sold high on them just like they did with Archer and Lee!

          • Tony_Hall

            With that as your basis, your farm system, should not produce major league players, you should trade them all, and using expensive aging vets to fill your roster.  That was Jim Hendry’s plan, how did it work for him?

            There are always going to be a long list of failed prospects, that is why you need to stockpile the system, to pull out the best, and then use your depth to fill in your major league roster with other teams vets, they can’t afford, in the spots you can’t fill internally.

        • Bkozy10

          I would feel safe moving him in the right deal with the depth that seems close to this level. I wish we could get a look at Clevenger in Chicago this yr. He has put up solid numbers, minus power of course, and seems to handle pitchers well. I think if putting Soto & Vitters or DJ together in a deal for a top end starter the Cubs should jump at it. But totally agree…don’t just move him to move him.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

            At this point Vitters is getting close to the asking price for a top starter by himself and it would not suprise me to see who ever the new GM think that is not enough. His line is not eye popping until you factor in the idea that he as atleast a year ahead of what he should be at Double A. Before you start talking about Vitters as a throw in make sure you understand you might be talking about our next best thing in the minors.

  • Ryan7

    Neil also do u or anyone know if there is going to be a replay of the conference that was held today. I messed it and would love to see it .

  • paulcatanese

    Hate to bring this up about todays game and somthing negative, but Qua got away with Soto on second and then him scoring. He didnt have Campana to run for Soto, but he did have Coleman on the bench and thought of it right away and if it remained tied Hill could have caught. I really didnt think soto could score on a single straight up, but a moot point as he did. But one of the little things that could have backfired. The bunt by Byrd was another as it was the first of the year for him but the proper move in that situation, again how many times has Soto been cut down trying to advance on a bunt. Qua, got to use the whole team, you could have blown this one.

    • Tony_Hall

      I doubt we have many more games to worry about Q.  Let’s hope.

    • cubtex

      Great point Paul. Time and time again Q has no clue on how to manage a game. Coleman does run well and he could have been used in that situation. I know a lot of managers shy away from using pitchers in situations to run for fear that of getting hurt…but Coleman is not Cy Young.

      • paulcatanese

        If I’m not mistaken, Coleman was used before as a pinch runner but cant recall whether it was this year or under Lou. But he is quick and is a savy baserunner. Again its not an earth shaking thing but part of the every day things that Qua does, he never varies in his approach to the game, and one can sit back and predict whats going to happen an inning ahead.

        • cubtex

          He is very fast. I saw him run first hand pitching for Iowa when he played the RR Express here in Austin. He hit a ball down the line and he legged out a triple. 

  • cc002600

    couple points

    I think Hendry is a class guy
    I like the fact we are making the change, although I was very surprised to be honest. I thought Ricketts would let him finish off his contract.
    I think Ricketts is a smart guy and will be an exellent owner, its just going to take time.
    Also, I am surprised that they didn’t re-assign hendry to another position to keep him in organization.

    • Tony_Hall

      So you want to give Hendry another job, on the baseball side, of the organization that he was in charge of, and only answered to the owner.  Hendry is a great guy, but not even he would want to be put in the position.

      • paulcatanese

        Tony, I agree with you, there is no place for Hendry in the Cub orginization in the future,as there would be too many issues coming up daily. As in most large corperations If you fire someone at the top level he is fired, gone, period. Good guy, bad guy, makes no difference, If they put him in another spot it would be admiting they may have made a mistake in the first place and would create an undercurrent to take place, not saying that would happen, but it would be interpeted in a negative way in every move either one took. He is gone, let him be gone.

  • cubs1967

    so Pk mcCaskey does the obvious today……..about 2 yrs too late.

    let’s see who he hires; the fact that Kenny Crane is staying is a massive mistake………

    fire Quade now…………before he thinks he can save his job and does not play Colvin or jackson………

    here’s some more obvious for PK…………Andrew Friedman……hire him NOW>

    103 yrs and counting………..NO grace period.

    • Tony_Hall

      Friedman would be a good choice, but I am sure he has been working on narrowing down to a short list, oh for about 28 days, so it shouldn’t take long to get some interviews done and be thorough.

      I know some people are saying what’s wrong with Crane Kenney, as he isn’t in charge of the baseball side, but then he has the wrong title, I think, as President sounds like the person in charge, who answers to the board over a title of General Manager

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Cubs
       Andrew Friedman would be a good/great choice but he already has a job in Tampa Bay and if you think they will let us talk to him before his contract expires in November you need to pass on what ever you are smoking.

      • cubs1967

        smoking U must be…………becuz he has a great relationship w/ the owners and if he tells them he wants to move on; they would do it. as a closet Rays fan who has been to about 10 games in the past 15 yrs while down in Tampa/St Pete; I follow the team.  It’s time for boy genius to try his hand w/ a real MLB payroll; the stadium is a mess down there and all the smoke they blew about wanting a team; still NO one shows up.  too bad the state of illinois blinked; Reisndorf deserves that type of fan base apathy.

        andrew friedman, come on down!!

  • cubsklm

    It’s not about who is a class act. The word is accountability.

    Whether it’s the Cubs or Congress. You are hired to do a job. In which you will be held accountable.

    For the Cubs, the product on the field sucks! Hendry is responsible, the accountability scale says “you’re fired”.

    Yeah Congress, here’s a warning shot.

    Great day in Cub land!

    • cc002600

      nobody is saying that they disagree with the firing…..we’re just saying that Hendry is a good man…..is that ok, grumpy ?   :-)

      • Cubsklm

        Not being grumpy – just factual. I am a lifelong diehard Cub fan, you confused grumpiness with my total disgust for this version of the Cub brand. The road to success is littered with nice guys. Let see, someone once wrote a book: ” Nice guys finish last!” We’re  getting pretty close to last.
        If this product reflects 17 years of work, then I would’ve resigned years ago. And if your most recent managerial hire is Quade, instead of a Hall of Fame Cubbie, then I say good riddance and shame on you.

        I don’t care if our next GM is a nice guy or not. I don’t have a need to like him – I want to love the product he produces and will judge it based on performance, not on how nice a guy he is..

  • paulcatanese

    Now that Hendry is gone and with an interm GM what has to take place to have some of the kids brought up to the Cubs? Or do they put it off again till next year while choosing someone to fill the spot? And how much does Qua have as far as input?(probably nothing) But who’s making the decisions right now, today and tommorow? One of the points was to go forward, problem,,,,they don’t have that much time until the end of the season, I for one would hate to see the same thing happen that did last fall, no one got a shot. At my age, I am an impatient fool, want it to happen yesterday.

    • Brp921

      At this point I don’t think Jackson will be brought up even though he’s probably ready. That will leave more flexibility for the new GM. I sure hope someone with authority will tell Quade that playing the kids is more important than winning at this point. Besides just like last year what do you prove winning games with veterans, against teams evaluating their young guys for the future.

      • paulcatanese

        Precisely my point, who is running the ship, right now, and who will make that decision, right now, it would have to be Ricketts.

  • Mac

    Hey Neil Im just spit ballin here but how bout if we took a chance on Brett Myers as long as the Stros can send some money along with, would that be feasible? But Ideally Id want Jered Weaver but we wud probably have to trade the farm for him…sigh

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I don’t think so on Myers … even with the Astros throwing in a lot of money. Myers has a questionable reputation and the Cubs appear focused on cleaning up the clubhouse.

      As for Weaver, you are right it would probably take the Cubs system and then some to pry him from the Angels. It would be nice though. It will be interesting when names start floating on which pitchers are available at of course, “the right price”

      • Ripsnorter1

        If you have some spare change, I’m sure Keeeeeeeeeeeeennnny would be willing to part with Ole Jake Peavy. His 5-5 4.69 line at $16 million this year, plus $17 million next and an option for a $22 million dollar line in 2013, makes him undesirable on the South side.

        Like virtually every big FA signing, his was a bust, too.Signed in 2009 to the $52 million tater contract, his line has been…..
        2009  9-6 3.45
        2010 7-6 4.63
        2011 5-5 4.69

        The most starts in a season since the contract? 17 in 2010

  • erniesarmy

    “”We didn’t win enough games,” Ricketts said Friday, before praising
    Hendry as a baseball man and person. “In a culture of accountability, we
    need to look at these kinds of results. Secondly, our goal is to win
    the World Series, and to do that, we have to get better. I just believe
    that by bringing in new leadership for the baseball organization, we’ll
    get some different perspectives and maybe some different ideas on where
    to go in the future.”

    If you are serious about winning a World Series Mr Ricketts you will
    follow this up with the firing of Kenney and Quade, if not you are just
    blowing smoke!

    This entire organization needs a complete overhaul in philosophy. Then,
    after you have done that, hire proven baseball people who know what
    they’re doing and can come up with a new philosophy and a new plan. That
    new vision must include a new stadium out from the city where the team
    can play as many night games as the rest of MLB. Whether you move or
    not, you have to eliminate all those day games.

    This is a good move, but you cannot be serious about winning if you stop here.
     

    • Aaron

      I completely agree with you on Quade and Kenney. The club needs an overhaul, and it needs to start with Kenney now.

      If Kenney was so good at negotiating deals for projects, etc. on the business side of things, then….
      -Why was the Noodle advertising so widely criticized and ultimately removed?
      -Why hasn’t the Triangle Building been done by now?
      -Why was the state funding such an utter PR disaster?
      -Why was the so-called “Cubs tax” in Arizona such a PR disaster?

      ….I just don’t get it…and to make matters worse, supposedly Kenney would bring his friends by to hang around the team on the field, etc., and mettle in the team’s business when that wasn’t his role at all.

      And as for Quade, he’s already proven an unwillingness to play young players, and he ruins their confidence…and trust, by throwing them under the bus, while refusing to hold veterans accountable.

      • paulcatanese

        Yea Aaron, we need to start putting all of this in capitol letters, QUA SHOULD BE GONE, YESTERDAY.

  • jw

    I am looking through every cupboard for my lost bottle of Cubs Kool-aid.

    Thank you Mr Ricketts for stepping up…a bit late but nevertheless of redemptive value. I
    IIke the fact you are going to ask baseball people for advice…the most important part of the process is your next move

    I hope they keep Hendry in a role where he can add value…not a bad trader but not a vision guy…build this with a sound philosophy and continued detailed upgrades to all aspects of the organization and you will produce a world champ and John McDonough will wish he never left

    I don’t know where this will lead but at least there is a pulse…Suzie are you going to come back now?

  • Baron_S

    that Randy Wells is the regular #4 starter on this team, is enough indictment of Hendry, the buffoon oaf…

    Dempster,Z, Garza, Wells, Lopez/Davis/Casey Coleman..

    2 of those starts are almost automatic losses… With Z going apeshit, tthats 3…..

    forget the offense — lets get 5 legit starting pitchers — that itself willl give us 10-15 more wins in 2012.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Thank God and Greyhound he’s gone!  I thought it would never happen.

    Cubtex, you win. I said Jim Qlueless would be here next year, and you said he’d be gone. Congrats on your big win! WE ALL FEEL BETTER NOW.
    But the reality is: THE NEXT HIRE DETERMINES WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS A GOOD MOVE.

    Think with me….
    Pinella out. GREAT. QQuade in. That means we are worse off than before. Pinella in full quit mode was better than QQuade in his usual coma. 

    This next hire HAS to be right. 

    • John_CC

      Yes, but can you promise not to make your final judgment of the next GM the day after he is hired…or after the first month…or first year?

      This is going to be process, guys.  This is going to take a few years.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Jim Qlueless began working for the Cubs as the director of player development in 1994. He became head of Cubs’ scouting in 1995. He became the Cubs’ GM in 2002. That means we have a body of work that encompasses 18 years. 

        I do not think I have been too quick to judge his work. 

    • paulcatanese

      Agree Rip, but how are we going to get LaRussa?

      • Ripsnorter1

        He’s a Free Agent after this season.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Brian Cashman?

  • Ripsnorter1

    FUNKO WATCH

    I just love it. Funko is now Cleveland’s 5th best hitter for BA: .266.
    SURPRISE! 2 BB in 84 PA.  He has quit taking a walk.

    1 SB! …………3 CS.

    • paulcatanese

      Yeah Rip, but he did show power up the middle.

  • cubs1967

    one of these should be the GM:

    1. andrew friedman
    2.jerry dipoto
    3. rick hahn
    4.josh byrnes
    5. ben cherington
    6. this won’t happen but Kevin Towers was available when PK took over the team.

    we don’t want nick colletti…….too much like JH and we don’t want mike rizzo; the Werth contract is Soriano all over again and anyone could do the obvious w/ Strasburg and Harper.

    • John_CC

      They are not going to hire Nick Colletti. (I like that).  Don’t worry.  But I have a feeling that no matter who it is there will be plenty of griping.

      But think about a huge step this is for The Cubs! Ricketts is a very deliberate man.  He HAS met with Gillick, now we now that.  Maddux has his ear. You know that he has been talking to a lot of the best baseball guys there are. 

      The Cubs are FINALLY going to change their culture! How many times did you hear a previous owner talk about winning the World Series?  Hendry has been the GM for almost a decade.  That’s a long tenure. He is gone. The Cubs are moving in a new direction(!), they are moving forward. Change is good! 

      It is going to be an exciting next couple years. I can’t wait to watch this re-building process.

    • KevininSandiego33

      I want Josh Byrnes.

      • Anonymous47701

        I would rather he did not accept this job at all. I think either Brian Cashman or Andrew Friedman would be the best fit for the job.

      • Aaron

        I hope that was a joke….at one time, he was thought of in the same way as Epstein, Daniels, and Friedman, but that was purely media hype….he is NOT the genius people make him out to be.

        Cherington, Hahn, and Friedman (if the Cubs decide to wait that long) would be much better choices.

    • cc002600

      yea, it won’t be nick colletti….and it won’t be ned colletti either.

  • Chuck

    If this franchise is to be the Red Sox nation of the midwest, let’s bring in the asst GM of the Red Sox.

    • paulcatanese

      What I fear is not who they are going to bring in,that would only be part of the problem. It has to be when they bring someone in. Whoever it is it will take time to get the ball rolling again and that does not bode well. This year may well be down the tubes again and the younger players will be put off again until at least the middle of next year. Unless they have a very good spring training that will be the time slot for these players. If indeed Qua is still the manager
      of the Cubs it would make it that much more difficult for progress to be made in a timley manner. I think that Quade must go and as soon as possible for the good of progress with the Cubs. If Qua is correct in his press confernce’s that he lost a very good freind and is disappointed with these results, then he should flat out resign to back up what he feels. Nothing can be started until he is gone also. I am sure Ricketts realizes this and will make the proper move as soon as possible and dont give Qua to the end of the year to do this, feeling that moving the manager at this point would not be in the best interest of the team. That may very well be, but to cut the ties now and go forward would expidite the move forward. No doubt their will be confusion right now but I feel its best to get a head start to next year now, not later.

  • woody34

    Does anyone know Theo Epstein’s contract details?  Cot’s only has an extension listed from 2009.  He would be the IDEAL candidate.  He took Boston’s “curse” and beat the hell out of it – Twice.  

    • Aaron

      Epstein ain’t going anywhere, especially to the Cubs. I believe the deal he signed a few years ago includes a small ownership stake.

      • woody34

        Aaron,
        Who do you think would be the right man for the job?  Who would come in and oust Quade and hire the right manager who would actually build this team up the right way?  Who knows when to trade their stars away at the right time to maximize on their value and continue to keep infusing talent from within?  

  • paulcatanese

    See where Byrd and Soriono are still in the lineup for today, I guess that show’s where Qua’s mind is, the status quo,as in no changes for the future. Still with the vets.