Brad Ausmus Reportedly a Factor in Cubs Managerial Search

The final off day of the baseball season is in the rearview mirror and the 2013 campaign will come to an end no later than Thursday. Once the Series is over, the front office will be able to formally speak with Torey Lovullo about their managerial opening … which at the very least should provide a little clarity, if not accelerate the process.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer spent Tuesday with Eric Wedge. The Cubs’ front office appears to be doing their due diligence by talking to as many candidates as possible. Despite the countless reports stating otherwise, there does not seem to be a frontrunner for the Cubs’ job.

One name that has been garnering a lot of attention of late is Brad Ausmus. David Kaplan has been high on Ausmus for a couple of weeks, and Patrick Mooney reported on Tuesday that his sources have indicated the “Cubs continue to take a long look at Ausmus.” After not being interested in Ausmus early in the process, he is on the Cubs’ radar. It is unclear if the Cubs have asked the Padres for permission to talk to Ausmus. The Tigers have already interviewed Brad Ausmus for their managerial opening.

Brad Ausmus’ stock seems to be rising within the Cubs’ organization according to David Kaplan and there are people in the front office that are “very high” on Ausmus.

The Cubs have “discussed Ausmus internally” and there is a connection between Ausmus and the Cubs’ front office. Ausmus was a special assistant to the GM under Jed Hoyer in San Diego.

Theo Epstein set a loose deadline of Nov. 11 to have the new manager in place, and as reported, the Cubs are in no rush to hire the next manager.

Updating the Skipper Search

While the front office continues adding candidates to their managerial search, according to a report from Comcast SportsNet, the Cubs “are said to be doing more background work” on both Rick Renteria and A.J. Hinch. The Mariners and Tigers are also interested in Rick Renteria.

The Cubs appear to be the only team that has interviewed A.J. Hinch for their managerial opening. The Cubs interest in Hinch has raised a lot of questions since his name first popped up. Hinch’s first, and only, experience as a big league manager did not go too well. Throw out whatever his win-loss record was, reports at the time indicated Hinch had a difficult time in Arizona.

David Kaplan reported on Tuesday night that he could not find one baseball man who would tell him that A.J. Hinch would be a good choice and “not one person likes him as a manager.”

According to Kaplan, Manny Acta “seems to be out of the mix” and while Rick Renteria is a “good guy and a solid baseball man,” one of Kaplan’s sources questioned if his “personality would be a good fit in Chicago.”

As for Eric Wedge, Kaplan said, “Wedge has an awful lot of detractors who either played with him or for him and don’t think he would be a good choice” for the Cubs. Wedge reportedly had an in depth conversation with the front office before spending Tuesday at Wrigley Field. There are indications that Wedge would be a longshot to land the job, mainly due to the lack of history with the Cubs’ front office.

Brad Ausmus’ lack of managerial experience would not check one of the important boxes for the front office. According to Patrick Mooney, “sources say the Cubs are intrigued by Ausmus’ potential, believing his Major League resume as a player would give him credibility in the clubhouse.” Plus, “there’s a feeling that experience would help him handle the pitching staff and work with building-block catcher Welington Castillo.”

Dave Martinez also appears to be out of the running for the job. Mooney added to Kaplan’s report about Acta, plus provided a little tidbit about Acta and Martinez, “It’s harder to see either one getting the job.”

News and Notes

Darwin Barney and Anthony Rizzo fell short for the Rawlings Gold Glove on Tuesday night. Barney lost out on his second straight fielding honor to the Reds’ Brandon Phillips. And Rizzo finished behind Paul Goldschmidt for the NL first baseman’s Gold Glove.

Justin Grimm looked back at his crazy year with the Bristol Herald Carrier.

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  • J Daniel

    Ausmus, IMO, is the guy they should hire.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Why Ausmus? Tell us why should the Cubs hire a guy who has no managers experience at all……..at least Dale had a few games under his belt…….and we saw that got us………is Theo letting Jed pick his friend?……..because if that is the direction the Cubs are heading, then that “Committed” program is out the window…….I believe the Cubs lost their main pick already when Joe resigned with the Yanks…….because if it is Ausmus, then Theo & Jed will be pi**ing in the wind and we will be back here again in two years……with two more 90 loss seasons…….so the picks will be between Jeds friend (Ausmus) and Theo’s friend (Luvello) for this important Cubs job…….too bad Neil dos not have a choice…maybe the best choice would be his friend in Tom U., who is one of the very few here who can judge talent.

      • K_Gripp

        Why not Brad Ausmus. There isn’t a single candidate that has as a long impressive history of winning World Series championships as a manager. If Brad Ausmus fits the criteria to be an effective major league manager his lack of experience shouldnt be a huge factor especially because he’s not competing for the job against proven winning managers.

        • K_Gripp

          What the front office does to continue to bring in talent at both the major league and minor league levels is going to have a bigger impact on the W-L record of the Cubs in the next 3 years than who they choose for manager.

          • cubtex

            no doubt…..but I am still waiting on the FO continuing to bring in that major league talent :)))

          • CubbyDenCritic

            That will be a long wait….a very long wait.

        • mutantbeast

          How much “experience” did Mike Matheny have before 2012? None. Experience is nice, but overrated. Leyland had lots of experience, and his teams always seemed to lose when it mattered most.

      • RynoTiger

        how many games did Mike Matheny manage at the major or minor league levels before his team got to the World Series?

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Please, do not compare the Cardinals to the Cubs…….Cardinals have a far better system all around and players than the Cubs.
          Their W.S. players right now came from a farm system that was far better than the Cubs drafted in that same period.
          Please come back when you have a better argument.

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

            Still, don’t knock Mike Matheny. Look at the Marlins of last year. It still requires a manager who can get the job done. Matheny is one of the top guys in the game. Comes from a very similar mold as Girardi, Joe Torre and…Brad Ausmus.

          • John_CC

            He wasn’t. He was pointing out that Matheny had ZERO games experience at managing on any pro level. Nope. Zip. Yet he somehow did not completely suck. You seem to know that Ausmus will not be good because he has never managed.

            O yeah, and didn’t you just nominate Henry Blanco again?

            Make up or mind man.

          • mutantbeast

            You just made the point . Talent wins, not managers. How many games did Casey Stengel win with the Mets, as compared to his Stankee teams?

          • RynoTiger

            nope I’m still here because my point challenges your comment which was “why should the Cubs hire a guy who has no manager experience at all”.
            So my argument is very valid. come back when you’re ready to stop pissin’ in everyone’s Wheaties.

        • John_CC

          BINGO

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

        He’s a former catcher known for baseball IQ. He’s young and hungry. He was never an all-star but had postseason experience. When you look at indicators of future success for an unproven manager those are some of the very top proven indicators.

        And he doesn’t just have one he has them all.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          So why wasn’t he hired already?
          If he is that good, Theo should had him in front of the Chicago media by now.
          And don’t say the Playoffs / World Series is on……..Nationals hired their guy.

          • John_CC

            This is ridiculous argument. It’s not even and argument, it’s just another pointless, combative comment.

            Everyone has to start somewhere.

      • Tom U

        Thank you for the compliment.

      • J Daniel

        Good question. Did not have any time to answer yesterday. IMO, catchers make the best managers as they are used being leaders and involved in EVERY aspect of the game. Theo did make the statement of what he was looking for and it was the way within the rules of saying we want Joe Girardi. They didn’t get him so now they need to move to the next best option. For me, the best available option at this point is Brad Ausmus.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Before the Cubs hire their guy, I believe the candidates out there would like to hear from the Tigers first. Luvello is high on the Tigers list.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Once again, I like to put the name of Henry Blanco out there as a coach for this Cubs team.

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

      That is an interesting name. I would interview him…

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Catcher…check
        Hispanic…..check
        High Baseball I.Q…….check
        Unproven & Up & Coming……check
        Respected…..check
        Blanco is the Mystery Man that Theo should interview.

    • cubtex

      well he does have arm tattoos like Sveum did.

    • SuzyS

      Has Blanco expressed any interest in becoming a manager? That’s my first question.

    • John_CC

      To quote YOU just a couple hours ago:

      Why Ausmus? Tell us why should the Cubs hire a guy who has no managers experience at all……..at least Dale had a few games under his belt…….and we saw that got us………is Theo letting Jed pick his friend?……..because if that is the direction the Cubs are heading, then that “Committed” program is out the window…….I believe the Cubs lost their main pick already when Joe resigned with the Yanks…….because if it is Ausmus, then Theo & Jed will be pi**ing in the wind and we will be back here again in two years……with two more 90 loss seasons…….so the picks will be between Jeds friend (Ausmus) and Theo’s friend (Luvello) for this important Cubs job

      Why not make this rant about Blanco? O right, because he doesn’t fit your silly projection that they only consider guys that are their “friends.” Like Girardi, right? He was the first choice because he and Epstein have had such a close relationship over the years. Another note for you, Lovullo was hired by the Red Sox after the 2009 season. So he managed one minor league season while Epstein was in charge. Sure there is a connection, he knows how the guy works which most rational people would consider a good thing when considering hiring someone. But it doesn’t need to be overblown as some sort of old boys club.

      But on the subject, tell me this. Why is it bad for Epstein to consider a guy that has already worked for him for a year, was successful in that year and has since then gone on to move up the “corporate ladder” to the position of bench coach on the soon to be Championship team? How is this bad in your twisted world?

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

    Ausmus, Ausmus, Ausumus! Would be the awesomest…

  • jtrain23

    I hate to “beat a dead horse”, and I am not saying Ausmus would be a bad fit. But saying he would have credibility because he was a former player seems a bit ridiculous since they had a guy begging for the job a few years ago that is a HOF player. Not that I’m saying Sandberg would be better than Ausmus because I have no clue. But if we are basing anything on on field achievement, there is no comparison.

    PLEASE do not beat me up on this post, because I am not trying to drag up old memories, or live in the past. I’m just saying that Ausmus’s on the field resume would hopefully not be what got him any managerial job.

    • SuzyS

      The Sandberg/Quade decision was made under the Jim Hendry regime. So that argument is a moot point.
      jtrain…I agree with you…that any candidate’s on field resume should not be the basis for a decision to hire.

      • Brp921

        That decision was made by Theo and company as well.

        • SuzyS

          How do you figure?
          Sveum was Theo’s first opportunity to name a manager.

      • jtrain23

        When Theo chose Sveum, Sandberg was still interested in the job. I’m not saying he wound have been the right choice, just laughing a bit at the Brad Ausmus “on the field resume” argument.

        • SuzyS

          My understanding is that Sandberg blew off Theo when Theo offered him the Red Sox AAA job….instead he took the Phillies job without the courtesy of a phone call back to Theo.
          I’m not sure if that’s what really happened but it was rumored at the time of the Sveum decision.
          JH had no such known negatives when he chose Quade.
          We;ll never really know…The other thing is Theo was trying to change the whole culture of the Cubs…you don’t do that by bringing back former Cubs.

          • jtrain23

            I am sure there were a lot of factors that went into play that we are unaware of. Although I would have LOVED for Sandberg to have been manager if it actually worked, it could have been a no win for all parties involved.
            Sandberg is probably better off coaching where he does not have the pressure to be the savior of the organization.

  • Denver Mike

    Pretty interesting read, an article written by former Cub Adrian Cardenas on why he quit baseball. His insight into baseball the game vs. baseball the business is something you don’t hear many players talk about.

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2013/10/why-i-quit-major-league-baseball.html

    • 07GreyDigger

      Nice find. I barely remember that guy and glad he’s happy with his choice.

    • Tom U

      An absolutely great read! Thank you Denver Mike.

    • SuzyS

      Denver Mike…Thankyou for the link…I really enjoyed Cardenas’ perspective. Sometimes,as we get lost in stats, we forget the marginal players and their very human stories…It was great!!!

    • TheWrongGuy

      It was a very good read, from a players perspective.
      GOOD STUFF!

  • cubtex

    mlbtraderumors.com has a piece on Matt Garza’s free agency market. They are predicting a 4 year 64 mil per year salary.
    If I am the Cubs….I jump all over that. 16 mil per year for a solid #2. I doubt there is any chance but to pay a guy like Tanaka(who is much more of a gamble) similar or greater numbers is much more of a risk. Garza will compete no matter how much money he makes.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Garza not a solid #2 imo.

      He doesn’t win big games. He beats up the Astros of the world,
      and gets smashed by the Cardinals of the world.

      And he’s injured a lot.

      He’s like Jake Cutler…..

      • cubtex

        disagree big time. Read that report mlbtraderumors.com had on him. He is a big game pitcher. Never had an ERA above 4.00 in his career and has big time velocity. It won’t happen…but if you are going to trade Shark….This makes perfect sense.

      • cubtex

        and……I like Jay Cutler! lol

        • Ripsnorter1

          You like Jay? I’m disappointed in you. You usually have very good
          judgement.

          Do you like to lose?
          Check out his record vs. Green Bay.

          • cubtex

            I know what it is. He never had an O line and was always running for his life. He has an arm that you can’t coach. He can make throws that most in the NFL can’t. I am not saying he is Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees…..but you can win with Cutler if you put enough quality around him.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Look at that Garza MLBTR report you sent me:

            1. Injury prone
            2. Traded to where the pressure was on, and he failed. Texas fans
            hated him because he can’t pitch when it counts.
            3. He’s as greedy as Samardzija, and has as good stuff as the Shark has, but, like the Shark,
            he doesn’t perform up to #2 levels.

            If the Cubs buy him, he’d be like Cutler: no matter who you surround him with,
            he won’t take you to the big dance. He’s Dusty Baker on the pitcher’s mound.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Cutler:
            All Star RB
            All Star WR
            And he’s way down the list on QB rating. Second division all the way:
            2013–#12 in NFL when injured, and getting worse every week
            2012–#20 in NFL
            2011–#13
            2010–#16
            2009–#21
            2008–#16 with Denver
            2007–#12

            Never has been a top ten quarterback. Denver had a great O line when he was there.

            Great arm = potential
            But he doesn’t win.

          • cubtex

            have you seen the bears O line the last couple of years? And Mike Martz’s offense was ridiculous for any quarterback to try and manage with that weak of a line.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You’re right about the Bears.

            Denver had an O line.

          • mutantbeast

            Eli Manning won 2 super bowls when he had an oline. He looks ridicoulous this year running for his life 25 times a game. Football is the ultimate team game. You need cohesion to make the team win. Cutler has never had that with Da Bears.

          • cubtex

            What pitcher do the Cubs have can take them to the big dance? Travis Wood? EJax? It is not about taking a team to the big dance but aquiring a TOR starter without giving up prospects and deal Shark for prospects.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Oh. But you are signing him for 4 years, and that means you are condemning
            your rotation to 4 years of .500 pitching: at best.

            Well then, any .500 pitcher (that’s what Garza is/career = 67-67) can do that job.
            Scott Feldman?
            Scott Baker?

          • cubtex

            you are saying that Garza is on the same par as Baker and Feldman? He is the only pitcher in baseball to have 7 consecutive years posting a sub 4.00 ERA. I know you hate this losing as much as me. Where will they find a number 2 or number 3 starter from next year or 2015? Look at the FA market. Look at our minor leagues. Look who we have to trade.Do you really think a team will trade a stud near ready pitching prospect for Shark? No way. They will trade a guy in A or AA or a guy like a Drew Smyly or Rick Porcello.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I am saying he is not the answer to our rotation problems IF the question is:
            who do we need to start for us so we can win?

            If the question is: who can we get to start for us who can win 10 games, then
            Garza is an answer.

            If the question is: who can we get to start for us who can win 15 games?–then the
            answer is not Garza.

            I’ll admit that Garza and Shark are the same pitchers. Buy Garza and trade Shark is just fine
            with me. Trade Shark for some bats.

          • cubtex

            Pitching is not that easy to come by… my man. You can’t just continue to sign the Feldman’s,Bakers and hope to flip them for a Jake Arrieta and think that Arrieta will magically turn into a TOR guy. So if the pattern stays the same what team Theo is doing…expect a Clayton Richard signing or something like that and get some of the fanbase excited that he will be flipped for a future ace.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yup.

            We are many years away.

          • cubtex

            Actually looking at Clayton Richard’s numbers. He is my prediction for a 1 year deal from Theo. He is an Indiana kid. Had a 1.235 WHIP in 2012. Only 52 IP this year. Looking for a promised rotation spot for 2014. Only Cubs and a handful of teams will do that. Done! Sold! Team Theo is on the case. 1 year 6 mil deal and he is in your 2014 Cubs rotation.

          • Ripsnorter1

            His very best fastball now couldn’t break a pane of glass.

          • cubtex

            Theo’s requirements.

            1.Age. 30. Check
            2.Had some past success(see.Paul Maholm,Scott Baker) Richard threw 218 IP in 2012 with a 1.235 Whip. Check
            3. Coming off a down year and won’t have a lot of options. Looking for a promised rotation spot on a 1 year deal to rebuild his value. Check

            Check check check

          • SuzyS

            Cubtex, I believe Theo’s priorities will change as the situation dictates. I believe this year will be more about adding “winning” pieces then just adding prospect inventory.

          • cubtex

            Plus….Old Jed had him with the Padres.

            Another Exclamation Check!

          • Ripsnorter1

            That settles it! He’s in! I forgot about that.
            You are completely right!

          • cubtex

            Pencil him in and throw away the eraser! lol

          • cubtex

            again. it won’t happen but it would be smart. he will probably get more than what they are predicting and will sign with a West Coast team.

          • Ripsnorter1

            We are many years away from competing even if Baez, Bryant, and Almora make
            it as everyday players. Not enough arms.

    • SuzyS

      I side with Rip here.

      First, I view Garza to be a #3 at best…His career era is just south of 4.00. (3.95).
      2nd, He hasn’t been able to maintain any health or consistency
      3rd…I’m not sure if anyone in the clubhouse expressed regrets at him leaving…His personality was a little abrasive.
      4th…down the stretch…(when it really mattered to Texas), he did not perform well.
      A big NO to Garza.

      • cubtex

        won’t happen anyway Suzy….I just threw that out there that I for one would like to see it.

        • SuzyS

          It’s as likely to happen as a possible Zambrano minor league signing.
          He’s trying to come back, you know.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Zambrano could come back for a cheap, one year deal–to
            get his career back on track.

            LOL

          • SuzyS

            Yep…but the clubhouse would probably kill him. He was a cancer on the team. I don’t see Theo going that way at all.

          • Ripsnorter1

            LOL = Just pulling Suzy’s leg.

          • SuzyS

            I like having my leg pulled:-)

        • SuzyS

          Just saw on mlbtraderumors…they are speculating the Dodgers are going to after Tanaka.
          I’m all for Tanaka…but I don’t see us landing him against all the big players (Yankees/Dodgers/Rangers etc.) in baseball. He’s going to be very expensive.
          I see the Cubs making a very legitimate offer for Tanaka…and falling extremely short.

          • cubtex

            agreed. If the player gets to choose between the Dodgers,Yankees,Rangers and Cubs…..do you honestly think the Cubs have a snowballs chance in hell?

          • SuzyS

            snowballs?…yes. I do believe we have a chance…not much…but a chance.
            I never thought Ricketts could get Theo either…but he figured out a way.
            Ricketts has stated Tanaka was the Cubs #1 priority. I do believe we’ll make a serious attempt….What happens from there…I have no clue.
            Probably a 30% chance.
            I do expect the Cubs to make one big splash this off season to placate the fans…and it will be a move that stays within the plan.

          • cubtex

            I am talking about if the “new” agreement allows the player to choose between the top 3 bidders…there is no way Tanaka would choose the Cubs over 2 other “playoff” bound teams.

          • SuzyS

            Depends on the sales job and $$$ the Cubs do.
            If they overpay above everyone else…Tanaka will come to us.
            I’m not sure if they will do that…considering the competition.
            But then, the Cubs will be desperate to make some type of splash to reverse attendence problems.

          • bpot92

            But if they cap the bids like they are announcing it may be, my understanding is he can then chooser a team to negotiate with. He will have no idea which team is willing to offer the most money( Im sure his agents will research LA and Yankees=big spenders) but he must choose one team THEN negotiate, not negotiate and take the highest bid

          • cubtex

            Yep. That is my understanding and I was just typing that.

          • SuzyS

            Ok. I have a question…if teams
            ABC submit bids, and the player picks team A…then does the Japanese team get to keep the BC bids…or are the bids of the losing teams returned?

          • TheWrongGuy

            Any bid that is not taken by the Japanese, returns to the bidder.

            In other words if Cubs bid 20M, and Yank’s bid 20M and the Yanks win the bidders choice then the Cubs get their bidding money back.

          • SuzyS

            Thanks Wrong Guy .& bpot92
            below for clarifying this for me.

          • bpot92

            No, it would probably work out as only the winning bid still. The details arent done yet, but they hope to do something by November 1st. here is a article describing the old vs ONE of the proposed new ones. There are too many variables unknown still, so there very well may be no cap. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24147897/report-mlb-npb-closing-in-on-new-posting-system-agreement.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Suzy,
            Anibal Sanchez. Team Theo. $75 million. Detroit.
            Gone.

            Tanaka.
            Team Theo. $100 million. Hollywood. LA Dodgers.
            Gone.

          • SuzyS

            Probably and maybe…:-)

        • Tony_Hall

          I never knew you had a thing for Garza :)

          • cubtex

            4 years at 16 mil…I would do.

          • Tony_Hall

            I actually would too, that is not far off of what I have said he would get in FA. It will be interesting to see the bidding and the ultimate contract he receives. But signing him back would be the ultimate coup after the haul they got for him.

          • cubtex

            agreed. then they could trade Shark and get some prospects from that trade and have Garza lead the staff for a couple of years.

          • Tony_Hall

            I would hope he would slot down to where he belongs at #3 :)

            Tanaka would be nice and I do think is possible. The sales job on him has been happening for years and very likely he has a team he wants to play for based on this sales job. It could be the Cubs.

          • SuzyS

            If Garza is leading the staff for a couple of years…we’re in deep poop.
            He’s a 3, at best.
            I want a one or 2 leading us by 2015.

          • TheWrongGuy

            There are not many viable options out there via trade or FA in the coming years. Teams are locking down their top pitchers. As quickly they can get a contract for said pitcher printed out. Our only real option for a TOR pitcher that we ALL want for the Cubs rotation is develop our own TOR pitchers. Yes I agree Tanaka is very good option as well. It is also, as previously mentioned, very possible for the Cubs to lose in the bidding process. I am not holding my breath for the Cubs to win the Bidding process for Tanaka.

          • SuzyS

            I don’t necessarily disagree WrongGuy. The Cubs best chance for a TOR is for an Arrieta/Vizcaino- like prospect to put it together.
            Trading Samardzia (by himself)
            will likely net a Garza-like return…with the strongest prospect either at the high A level or returning from injury with some other serviceable parts included.
            What we see currently happening is an everyday roster being put in place.
            My expectation is that once we have that position player core in place…(on the cheap)…the FO will overpay in either trade or FA to bring in the Aces…if we haven’t developed them.

          • TheWrongGuy

            Agree’d.
            I will watch this off-season with interest.
            Once Phil Hughs/Garza signs with a West Coast team. I believe there will a big West Coast teams fight for who can deliver the best package for Shark. Yet a few other teams will also be in the mix.
            If Phil Hughs signs with Arizona they might be more inclined to trade Archie Bradley. My opinion of course, but you never know. Arizona’s GM is known as the gun slinger.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Edwin Jackson is currently your #2 starter, if they trade Shark this off season.

          • SuzyS

            That’s a scary thought.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Congrats to you on your Boston WS victory.

            At least someone around here can be smiling big today! : )

          • SuzyS

            Thanks Rip…and I DID wake up with a big smile!

            But it would be much bigger if it were the Cubs!!!

    • STLCubsFan

      I agree with you 100%. After all, they did 4/52m for Jackson last year and for only 3 million more per season we can get a much better pitcher without breaking the bank.

      Garza and Tanaka aside, I hope the cubs invest more in hitters this offseason. We were in the middle of the pack for almost every pitching rank, while near the bottom in about every batting category minus slugging.

      • cubtex

        Rangers extend qualifying offer to Nelson Cruz. Scratch him off the list.

        • STLCubsFan

          Awh man :( He was one of the free agents I was hoping the Cubs would try to nab this offseason.

          • cubtex

            I agree. They need a middle of the order bat in the worst way!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    okay, what has people been drinking lately here ?…..you want Zambrano to return?…..what is Mel Rojas doing these days?
    History will tell us who will be a better manager…Ausmus or Blanco…..
    Houston Astros are no longer in the N.L……so if Matt (D.L.) Garza signed back with the Cubs, take away about 5 wins from his yearly total………..Garza is heading to California……so this discussion about Garza is useless as what hangs on a Cow.
    Tanaka is chit chat talk for the Cubs rumor mill…..Tanaka, Choo, Cano & Elsbury is just a “False Dream” for this club ……..instead of looking at the top of the F/A list, Cubs fans should look at the bottom of the F/A list for possible signings…………
    almost a month now since Dale left…..and did any of these interview candidates go to a second round interview yet?…if the answer is “no”, then there are issues……..like bringing their own coaches in.

  • SuzyS
    • Dorasaga

      Yup! The Cubs was in the W.S. every few years until 1945, when the last of the Empire of Japan surrendered to the Allies. It was 10.10.

      REMEMBER October Ten, the day when Empire J lowered its flags in Beijing, and the last important game that the Cubs ever played.

      • SuzyS

        I’ll keep 10/10 in mind, Dorasaga.
        I always celebrated VJ Day…and was not aware of the 10/10 significance…I’ll read up on it.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    underwhelmed.

    how any of these guys are better than Sveum “appeared” to be before he was hired, is beyond me.

    too late for this hiring, but does the FO look at utilizing the minor leagues in developing coaching talent as they do with the ballplayers? If not…why not?

    If there really is a “Cubs Way” then promoting/elevating those that have been submerged in the Cubs system should be the easiest to evaluate and groom for positions on the MLB club. (in theory)

    This current process just screams of business-as-usual in hiring an mlb mgr. Recycled names, coaches from other clubs…connections to Theo/Jed from previous tenures. Seems as good-ol-boy-network as any other club. Guess I just don’t see how this turns out different than Sveum.

    • Tom U

      Some of the coaches and managers to look for in the minors are Brian Harper (hitting, Iowa), Desi Wilson (hitting, Tennessee), Jeff Fassero (pitching, Tennessee), Mariano Duncan (hitting, Daytona), Mark Johnson (manager, Kane County), Dave Rosario (pitching, Boise) and Ricardo Medina (hitting, AZL Cubs)

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        thanks, Tom!
        but that plays to my point exactly…I don’t hear these guys being mentioned.

        Nice to see former mediocre Cubs pitchers in the coaching ranks!! Makes me wonder what Dick Ruthven and Tim Stoddard or Warren Brusstar are up to!

        AJ Hinch would be a big mistake, I think. I lived in AZ when they went thru that experiment, and DBacks had a young team and Hinch was quickly seen as a bad fit. So why saddle a young Cubs team with a guy that already failed in a similar situation?

  • SuzyS

    Bosox!!!! 6-0 in the 4th!!! My sister/brother-in-law/cousins all at the game…and shooting me pix of Fenway. Pretty exciting…just wish the Cubs would do the same thing…SOON…I’m tired of relatives ribbing me about the Cubs.

    • bpot92

      How much did those tickets cost? Standing room only was 700 I hear. Just think if the Cubs ever make it to a world series what it will cost to get standing room only

      • SuzyS

        That’s something I never really ask…my brother in law gets his tickets through work…a financial services firm…and I have some cousins that have had season tickets forever…I can remember one of them taking me to games in 1967.
        If the Cubs ever make it…we’d have to remortgage the house…and have Ricketts take vare of the financing!!!

        • bpot92

          Yeah its never a good thing to ask how much. That was more of a Imagine the Cubs price thing. Your family is lucky to have tickets to such a great franchise and some great games!

      • JimBo_C

        It was $300 for standing room only for the games in St. Louis.

        I said … No thank you

        • bpot92

          As a Cubs fan, if they ever made it to the World Series, and it was “only 300″ I have to admit I would be willing to pay that in a heartbeat if I could snatch even one ticket. Obviously, its different with the cubs and Cardinals in terms of been there done that type of experience but man 300 seems like a bargain compared to Boston and what Chicago would be.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation on winning the 2013 World Series … Three
    Championships in 10 Years for the Sox.

    • Dorasaga

      This one still owes legacy to Theo Epstein. Bogaerts, Buchholz, Ellsbury, Nava, and Tazawa are all signed by and developed under Theo Epstein. We all expect him to amass a young core of talents to play the World Series soon, this time at Wrigley Field.

      • Tony_Hall

        Yes it does. What’s funny is people who try to say that Theo didn’t build the 2004 team and therefor doesn’t deserve any credit, will now say that Cherington built this team and deserves all the credit. Just like in 2004, credit goes to a lot people, but Cherington deserves credit for making the moves he made and keeping the core he inherited together.

        • Dorasaga

          Yes, if I may misquote Abe Lincoln: “You can please some fans with many great teams, all fans with a few great teams, and a few fans with any Cubs team, but you can never please all fans for building many World Series championships.”

    • Tony_Hall

      Sounds like someone had a plan for sustained success!

      • cubtex

        Haha. What was that sustained record last year? Cherington gutted the team and filled it with some key free agents. What did they lose??? 93 games last year?

        • Tony_Hall

          Didn’t say linear! How many teams have ever won 3 World Series titles in 10 years?

          Not many and they did it with the core players, player development of their prospects and key FA additions, that didn’t break the bank. Cherington deserves a lot of credit, he kept the best of the core, and added perfect fits (though most didn’t think that last off-season) to complement and enhance the roster. He must have had a good teacher.

          • cubtex

            Do you honestly think the Red Sox would have won if Theo was still GM? It took a new GM to get rid of those mistakes and gut the team. Trading Crawford, AGon, Beckett. Theo would have never done that and admitted his OWN mistakes. So now sustained success means you can lose 90 plus games and win a WS the next year?

          • SuzyS

            It took the OPPORTUNITY of a new ownership group in LA proposing such a deal.
            Without that amazingly rare opportunity…nothing would have happened.
            Theo and John Henry would have made the same deal given the opportunity.
            BTW…Why is it you ignore one of the reasons Theo came here…interference from upper management and ownership that forced some of those so-called bad deals onto Theo.
            It’s like blaming JH for Soriano’s contract…(which was really McDonough’s fault.

  • SuzyS

    Congrats to thew 2013 World Champions…the Boston Red Sox!!!!

  • STLCubsFan

    Although my girlfriend is a Cards fan, I for one am (secretly) happy that the BoSox won tonight. I not only look forward to not hearing about the Cards for a while now, but I’m also glad to see the Cubs of the AL take it at home in big fashion. Congrats Boston!

    • SuzyS

      You bring a big smile, (not so secretly) to me.
      Good Luck to you guys…you have lots of lively discussions to look forward to…Happy Birthday!!!

      • STLCubsFan

        Thank you Suzy! :)

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