Carlos Marmol, Front Office Changes and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Carlos Marmol was accused in a Dominican Republic court on Wednesday of domestic assault. Miledys Mejia Cepeda, 24, accused Marmol of violating articles 309-1, 309-2 and 333-2 of the Dominican Republic criminal code which are violence against women and filed a criminal complaint. The police have not filed charges according to the Tribune and he Sun-Times was unable to reach Marmol or his agent, Paul Kinzer, for comment.

Carlos Marmol’s attorney, Nelson Pimentel, denied the allegation and according to the Tribune he has filed a counter complaint accusing the woman of trying to extort and blackmail Marmol.

The Sun-Times reported the Cubs became aware of the allegations against Marmol on Thursday and Theo Epstein told the Sun-Times that they are looking into the matter but would not comment further until they have more information.

Wally Hayward and W Partners

Wally Hayward, the Cubs Vice President of Marketing and Sales, officially resigned on Thursday and started a new company with the Ricketts family, W Partners.

Crane Kenney hired Hayward in 2010 and according to multiple reports, it was the relationship between Hayward and Kenney that led Hayward to “stepping down.” Hayward will continue to work out of the Cubs offices until his new company finds office space. According to ESPN Chicago, Samantha Coghill and Megan Cornish also left the Cubs in order to join Hayward’s new company.

Hayward’s first client is the Cubs and he will continue working on the Wrigley Field restoration project, the new Wrigleyville hotel and development and the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility in Mesa. Hayward and his new company will be responsible for selling the naming rights for the Cubs new Spring Training park.

The Sun-Times reported that this change has been in the works for weeks and the Cubs did everything they could to keep the news from leaking during the convention. According to the Sun-Times, there was a “falling out” between Hayward and Crane Kenney.  ESPN Chicago’s Jon Greenberg heard that Hayward was going over Kenney’s head straight to Tom Ricketts. Ricketts was reportedly not fully on board with Hayward “leaving the team” and that was one of the reasons Ricketts backed his new company.

Colin Faulkner and Alison Miller will assume Hayward’s duties with the team and the Cubs are not expected to fill his vacated position anytime soon.

Tom Tango

Jon Greenberg reached out to Tom Tango soon after the news surfaced that Tango would be working exclusively for the Chicago Cubs. Greenberg was able to confirm the hiring.

Tango, which is a pseudonym, has provided his consulting services for several Major League teams and created such statistics as wOBA (Weighted On-Base Average) and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching).

Greenberg conducted a Q&A with Tango and did his usual excellent job … it is well worth the read.

Q&A: New Cubs ‘Saberist’ Tom Tango

Bobby Buckner

According to Baseball America, the Cubs signed non-drafted free agent outfielder Bobby Buckner to a minor league contract. Buckner is the son of Bill Buckner and attended Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Clint Hulsey tweeted a report he provided on Buckner last season that includes video.

Bill Buckner will soon begin his second season as the hitting coach for the Boise Hawks.

Cubs Potential Impact Rookies for 2013

Jason Martinez took a look at rookies in the NL Central that could potentially make an impact for their team in the upcoming season. Martinez’s list for the NL Central is a who’s who among the top prospects in the game. Billy Hamilton and LHP Tony Cingrani could help the Reds this season while Martinez thinks Gerrit Cole will be in the Pirates rotation. The top farm system in the game resides in the central division and Martinez thinks Oscar Taveras, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal will pay dividends for the Cardinals.

As for the Cubs, Martinez thinks Junior Lake, Brett Jackson, Arodys Vizcaino and Tony Zych could help the Cubs win games in 2013.

Martinez correctly pointed out that Junior Lake has an intriguing set of tools and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Lake was not able to put them all together and earn a regular starting job. Lake has spent time at shortstop, third base and in the outfield and the Cubs think he could handle centerfield on a regular basis. Lake might end up as a super-utility player that can provide power and speed off the bench according to Martinez.

If David DeJesus and Alfonso Soriano are traded, Martinez sees Brett Jackson receiving a call-up to get a long look in centerfield.

Arodys Vizcaino is expected to begin the year in Iowa’s rotation but Vizcaino could end up in the Cubs’ pen. Tony Zych figures to begin the season in the Smokies’ pen but if Carlos Marmol is dealt, Zych could make his big league debut in August or September.

News, Notes and Rumors

George Ofman reported Thursday that with Texas losing out on re-signing Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz facing a possible suspension that the Rangers could wind up being Alfonso Soriano’s new home.

The Cubs have not announced the signing of Scott Hairston or the corresponding roster move.

A buzz is building for Kane County’s upcoming season … the Cubs new Class-A affiliate, the Kane County Cougars.

Stephen Bruno will grace the cover of the 2013 Boise Hawks pocket schedule

Mark Grace was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty Thursday to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol. The Diamondbacks fired Grace last August after he was arrested for the second time in 15 months for DUI.

Lou Piniella discussed his career with the Tampa Bay Times.

ESPN released their Spring Training broadcast schedule on Wednesday … and apparently the World Wide leader is only televising Grapefruit League games.

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  • Brp921

    I guess that’s why they call them the East Coast Sports Network…

    • Clark Addison

      That’s where the Yankees and the Red Sox are. No surprise.

  • Dorasaga

    Good to hear about Bobby Buckner, Neil. I’ve always wondered what happened to him, since he left Dad Buckner and B.Valentine after trained with them and a bunch of Japanese spring camp.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

    Might be time for Kenney to “step down”.

    • calicub

      surprised to see a kenney supporter

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

        You might have misread my comment. I’m no Kenney “supporter”.

        • calicub

          i meant whomever down-arrowed you…

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

            Gotcha.

        • Tony_Hall

          I think he was referring to someone down arrowing you. I don’t think he was thinking you were a jock.

  • jtrain23

    It’s a shame that Gracey can’t seem to get his life on track. Maybe this will be a serious wake up call to him before it is too late. I hope he turns it around and is able to find himself in better “graces” with Major League Baseball in the future.

    • bluekoolaidaholic

      Sheriff Joe will undoubtedly help him out with the non celebrity treatment and pink underwear. If this doesn’t get his attention, nothing will.

      It is hard to see a hero tainted. Mark Grace is one of my favorite all time baseball players.
      Good luck Mark, you are not the only player to have to deal with this problem.

      • Dorasaga

        Can’t agree more, on all you said here! Wish Gracey the best.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Definitely sad to hear about Gracey. I hope he can make a positive change and seek out some help in Alcoholics Anonymous. Nobody can tell him if he’s got a problem or not, he has to decide that on his own. But 2 DUI’s in 15 months and 4 months in the pokey should be enough to plant a seed…

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