Joe Girardi Re-Signs with Yankees, Cubs Shift Gears on Managerial Search

The Yankees announced on Wednesday afternoon that Joe Girardi agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract to return as manager of the Yankees. The Cubs were reportedly waiting on Girardi to make a decision on returning to the Bronx or exploring opportunities with the Cubs before moving into a different direction with their managerial search.

The Cubs will now shift gears and move onto other candidates.

The Cubs interviewed A.J. Hinch last week and spoke with Manny Acta for seven hours on Monday. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Randy Bush are expected to meet with Rick Renteria this week while they are in Arizona.

Expect the managerial search to expand to include other candidates outside of Hinch, Acta and Renteria.

Theo Epstein is on record saying he would like the Cubs’ new manager in place on or before November 11.

The Girardi Watch is over … stay tuned for updates on the Cubs Skipper Search.

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  • Bredstik

    Sigh…

  • Denver Mike

    That’s too bad, the longer it began to drag on the more hopeful I became he would come back to Chicago. Oh well, on to the next one I suppose.

    I can’t wait to hear the Squawkers drone on about how this is a complete failure of the front office…

    • cubtex

      It is not a failure of the front office. It was a longshot and too bad….. but at least they were aggressive in their pursuit.

      • SuzyS

        I agree….at least the FO tried. I really thought it was one year too early for someone of Girardi’s caliber to accept the position.

        • cubtex

          He knows this team will not be competitive for at least 2 years(realistically more like 3) Girardi is extremely competitve. I am sure the losing would have been awfully tough for him.

          • SuzyS

            I agree. Actually…I thought he might take a broadcaster’s job for a few years…considering the Yankees will be no joy ride for the next few years….and the Cubs will have heavy losses this upcoming year.
            In the end, IF I were in his shoes, I’d probably make the same decision.

            Now, I hope we get the right guy.

      • Denver Mike

        I completely agree, can’t remember who I read it from earlier in the week but I just remember someone saying it would be one of the biggest failures of the FO if we didn’t get Girardi. I thought it was pretty funny to say the least. Whether or not the reports were true, I was encouraged to hear they were willing to pay what it took to land him. Although Girardi didn’t represent on-field talent, it was nice to hear for a change.

  • Rational Logic

    This is devastating, without Girardi, how are the Cubs ever going to win? How will Rizzo hit for power? Can Castro overcome the mental errors? Holy Moses what about the bullpen? I find it impossible now for the Cubs to succeed under any other manager at the helm, it’s just so obvious that the Manager has significant impact on the performance of the team. Does this mean Mike Matheny is an amazing manager or that he inherited great players who were able to win more games than their opponents? Well, I guess the Yankees can be penciled in for 100 wins now.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Love the sarcasm sir!

  • PleaseStopLosing

    Shocking he chose not to come to a talentless, cheap, high income, low budget, poorly run franchise…
    What was he thinking?!?

    • cubtex

      lol. I thought that Sweeney signing would have sealed the deal. What was Girardi thinking?

    • 07GreyDigger

      No, instead he decided to stay with a talentless, high income, high budget, poorly run franchise with no young players to speak of.

      • cubtex

        I almost choked on my water bottle reading this. Are you comparing a storied franchise who have won more WS titles than any team in MLB history….. to a Cubs team who has not won a WS title in over 100 years? A team that won a WS in 1996,98,99,2000 and 2009. Is that what you are saying???

        • 07GreyDigger

          No I am not. Because in this instance, I’m not worrying about what happened in the past because it’s not really relevant.

          Girardi just signed a 4 year deal set to expire in 2017. With any free agent signing, you should be paying for future performance not the past. That’s why paying Albert Pujols 30 million at age 41 is absurd. Yes, he’s a HOF guy, but is he going to be worth 30 million at the end of his career?

          So Girardi is one of the highest paid managers for the next four years so therefore he should get results.

          How is he going to do this? The team wants to get under the $189 million luxury tax. The possibility of Cano, Granderson and Kuroda being gone are very real. How are they going to replace those players? What guys on the FA market are a cheaper yet equal value to them? What young players do they have to replace them?

          Those WS you mentioned they won on a quality young core that lasted many years for them. There’s hardly anyone left from that core and I just don’t see how they replace them with nothing in the pipeline and stay competitive.

          • SuzyS

            well said.

          • cubtex

            yea. Red Sox lost how many games last year and had a bunch outrageous salaries that a certain GM signed….made some great trades and free agent signings….and I believe they are still playing. The Dodgers traded for how much salary and signed 2 top international free agent…..and let me check…..wow…they are still playing too. those free agents you speak of…..will they want to go to a poor run franchise like the Yankees? Nah…who wants to play for them in that city. Did Soriano want to go and did he do any good? Stupid Girardi. The Cubs are closer to winning than the Yankees. What a dunce.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I love your examples, because they illustrate my point!

            It’s not about the salaries, its about the young core of players you have. The Yankees don’t really have one.

            But what about the Red Sox? I mean was it the free agents that put them over the top? Or was it Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront and Will Middlebrooks?

            Or with the Dodgers? Was it the trade? Or was it Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, CLAYTON KERSHAW, Kenley Jansen and Yasel Puig?

          • cubtex

            Did you say Matt Kemp and Andre Eithier? Do you know how they got Puig? Do you know how they got Ryu? Read up on the Dodger team.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I did. International free agents to me are like drafting. They are not proven commodities, you have no idea what you’re going to get. As for Ethier and Kemp, Ethier was a young player acquired in a trade, also an unproven commodity. Did you know Kemp was drafted by the Dodgers?

          • cubtex

            do you know Kemp was hurt most of the year? He was a non factor in the playoff run this year. Eithier was a half a year player. another non factor

          • 07GreyDigger

            Did they contribute numbers? Did they help them win games? Does that make them a non factor?

            You always point out how much worse the Cubs are without Soriano, how can you say either player is a non factor? No matter if they’re playing now, they contributed to the Dodgers success this season.

          • cc002600

            You are spot on.

            I was absolutely SHOCKED they won 85 games this year. They are in real trouble. I love when I hear about the 27 championships. Yes, their history is unmatched. But you know what ? In the middle of July when they are 20 games out, how many yankee fans will give a rat’s behind about all those championships ?

            People have short memories. Especially these days.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Let’s see….the Yanks are in trouble because their minor league
            system stinks, right? I think that’s what you are saying, and I agree.

            However, we just gave up a 34 HR OF AND paid his salary for their 25th best minor league player.

            Either we got robbed in the trade, or the Yanks have a good system.
            Which is it?

            We got robbed.

          • cc002600

            maybe so, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are headed for lean times. I don’t care if they are the yankees or not. They have sucked before, they can suck again (see 80’s, early 90’s)

            Almost every key player they have is old.

            call me crazy, but that ain’t good

  • paulcatanese

    It’s the smart move by Girardi, four more years, the family is entrenched in New York, his home is there.
    Just a no-brainer on his part. At least he didn’t take a long time to make a decision, giving the Cubs extra time to find a manager. Wish him well, as now he will
    be going thru re-building there, may not be a happy time for him, as Cub fans have known for the last two years. I do believe tho that the Yankees will not go the same way (tearing down, and starting over) as the Cubs. They like free agency and trades.

    • SuzyS

      The Yankees also have a huge income stream already in place.
      Something the Cubs are trying to develop. Most of the problems lie at the feet of Sam Zell and the Tribune (A) for the sale structure they demanded. (B) Not doing due diligence in maintaining/rebuilding Wrigley while it was in their care….Like all the other owners…they passed the buck until we come to Ricketts.

      I hope Ricketts CAN make the improvements necessary….and promised.

  • cubtex

    Meet Manny Acta……Your 2014 Chicago Cubs Manager. He has lost everywhere he has been so this is a perfect fit. He is Latin so he will be good for Castro,Lake,Castillo,Soler,Almora,Baez. He can hold down the fort(kind of like Sweeney in CF until Almora is ready) until this team will be competitive. Perfect for the Cubs. We have a placeholder in CF,3B and now as a manager. Welcome Manny Acta.

    • SuzyS

      Maybe Manny, maybe not…it could be Dave Martinez, Tony Pena, Sandy Alomar…or a host of other names.

      • TheWrongGuy

        I like all those potential candidates but I think you can remove Tony Pena. I believe Joe wont let him go, or the Yanks allow the CUBS to talk to him. I put my candidates in the same order minus Pena. Dave Martinez even though he has no manager experience was highly regarded as a manager I believe last off-season. He also has been working under one of the best managers in the game today, Joe Maddon. for several years.

  • Jeff in AZ

    Girardi is the one who made the mistake here, not the FO. The Yankees are not in a position to compete themselves (at a world series level) for another 2-3 years IMO. If Joe fails to make the playoffs again next year he will instantly be on the hot seat. If things don’t turn around quickly in 2015, then he may find himself looking for work.

    Its a shame. The cubs and Girardi were a perfect match at this point, but now we will never know. This is an important hiring for the Cubs franchise right now and I hope they get it right. I’m not impressed with the list of candidates so far. I do however agree that Dale had to be fired regardless of who we chose as the next manager.

    • cubtex

      It’s the Yankees. They will not re-build. They will re-stock and be competitve. They will spend close to 200 million and be right in the mix again year in and year out.

      • TheWrongGuy

        I was reading somewhere earlier that the Yanks may have about 80M to spend this year in FA. I think is what lured Joe back to the Bronx. Yet most of the spending is pending on the A-Rod situation. So yes the Yanks will again “Buy” their team, to compete with the Dodgers on the market again.

        • cubtex

          exactly. they will have a ton of money off the books. expect a couple of big free agents, expect several big trades. they go for it each and every year.

          • cc002600

            First off they are not spending over 189M, that is the luxury tax threshold. Plus, if they re-sign their guys such as Cano, Kuroda, Granderson they are not going to have that much left to spend.

            Also, have you looked at the FA market ? It ain’t pretty.

            So how are they going to “re-tool” ?

            I’m telling you, I don’t care if they are the Yankees or not, they are in deep doo-doo.

            And oh, the guys they still have ?? Yea, they are old.
            REAL OLD.

            Yankee fans had better get ready for some lean, lean times coming up. Its happened before. Contrary to what most people want to think, the yankees have sucked before. Check out how they did in 80’s. not too good.

          • Denver Mike

            Thanks for saving me the typing Suzy. There are no big name free agents to be had, and in the future I see most potential FA of value getting resigned by their current teams or traded for prospects before they ever hit FA.

          • SuzyS

            I think you mean to thank cc002600, not me. :-)
            Although…I strongly agree.

          • Denver Mike

            Haha, credit where it is due! Disqus changed their mobile format a while back and I still haven’t gotten used to it!

          • Tony_Hall

            Yes they are old and their farm system is not loaded with much to replace them with, so they will continue to have to buy up 30 something free agents. Think about it, they will have a hard time trading for late 20’s studs, due to weak farm system. Not many top guys reach FA in their late 20’s anymore.

          • cc002600

            exactly, not too mention, as we all know the AL east is still tough, and when you look at the other teams, I think the yankees are in the cellar next year. All the other teams have younger, rising players, while the yankees nothing but a bunch of old guys pushing 40. Good luck with that. Plus, no more Rivera, have fun replacing the best reliever of all time…..plus, no Pettite.

          • Tony_Hall

            Plus no Petite, Kuroda, and with Hughes failing leaves 3 spots in their rotation to fill.

          • SuzyS

            In the link I posted to the NY Post, Steinbrenner alluded to how unhappy he was with the Yankee’s farm system….it seems he wants to make some changes to it!:-)

          • Tony_Hall

            Maybe they will look to Chicago for a blueprint on how to rebuild a farm system :)

          • Ripsnorter1

            Can you imagine Steinbrenner asking Cashman to copy the Cubs’ successful anything?

          • Tony_Hall

            That would have been hilarious to see it spoofed on Seinfeld.

          • SuzyS

            Yep…if we’re successful!!!

          • Ripsnorter1

            Robinson Cano is pretty.

      • Jeff in AZ

        I keep reading everywhere that the Yankees intend to “cut” payroll to 189 million by the start of 2014. LOL. Believe me this is still a ton of money and I agree with you that they will compete to some degree, but those Yankee fans aren’t just good with making the playoffs they expect a World Series. If the Yanks fail to make the playoffs next year, or have an early exit, I would not be surprised if suddenly they turn on old Joe.

        • cubtex

          can you tell the Cubs to “cut” our payroll to 189 mil. haha. you are forgetting all the money coming off the books. Pettitte,Rivera…if they let Cano walk. remember it is the Yanks and they will work 24/7 to win next year.

          • Tony_Hall

            Just like they have done the last 2 years in their playoff appearances….

            What did they do last off-season to go for it in 2013? They added Matt Diaz, Travis Hafner, Juan Rivera and Kevin Youkilis after losing Eric Chavez, Freddy Garcia, Raul Ibanez, Andruw Jones, Russell Martin, Nick Swisher, and Rafael Soriano.

            They have been decreasing their payroll to get under $189M.

          • Dorasaga

            Exactly. The Yank higher management is not stupid. They’ve been pressing the “reset” button for a while, trying to avoid the luxury tax going into 2015.

        • TheWrongGuy

          Sorry Suzy I can’t find the article I read before. Everything on Girardi now is blown up on him re-signing with the Yanks.

          • SuzyS
          • Tony_Hall

            Thanks for sharing.

            Here is the Yankees financial situation from the article.

            “Hal is not quite so sure. He wonders what his father would do faced with having to pay annually $75 million-$100 million in revenue sharing, $20 million-plus in luxury tax and about $75 million in debt service on the Stadium while supporting some $230 million payrolls and having secondary ticket services cutting into the team’s bottom line. Hal never exactly answers what his father would do in such a situation.”

          • TheWrongGuy

            Thanks Suzy =)

      • cc002600

        You are way off base.
        Look at my posts below

    • SuzyS

      I agree with most of your thinking.
      Whoever we hire now as the next manager…will probably NOT be viewed as a home run…and there will be many groans.
      However, that doesn’t mean the next manager cannot be the “right man” for the job.
      I hope he proves otherwise.

    • STLCubsFan

      I agree about the Yanks not looking too spectacular in the coming years, but he said it was due to his family’s interests, and as they say…

      Happy wife (and family), happy life!

    • Tony_Hall

      Girardi is definitely putting himself in the crosshairs of the NY fanbase. They need to do more than make the playoffs next year, or they will be questioning why they kept him around.

  • STLCubsFan

    Say it ain’t so, Joe… :,(

    • SuzyS

      Thanks for the smile!!!!

  • Baron_S

    why are they even interviewing Acta?

    He has a 372-518 record… and never had a .500+ season in 6 managing years
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/actama99.shtml

    just Pathetic

    • TheWrongGuy

      Because The “Foundation” that the FO is building is based on Latin players like Castro, who failed to develop this past season. I wouldn’t mind Acta as a bench coach, but only in this capacity.

      • BosephHeyden

        I’m glad you said “bench coach”. That was what I was (and still am) hoping the FO interviewed Acta for. He knows his stuff, that’s a given. He has an ability to work with the Latin players on the roster, also a given. But he has yet to have a winning season, or even develop a team towards that goal, and the Cubs cannot afford to waste three more years on a downward slope.

        Give him the bench spot…so long as the manager he’s benching for isn’t Hinsch. That would be a nightmare.

    • cubtex

      I put his record up a couple of days ago. He is a perfect fit.

    • Rational Logic

      I like the idea of Acta. I’m all about personality and knowledge. Honestly, I think assessing a manager’s ability by the performance of his players is extremely short-sighted, yet an argument that has been made at length here.

      If that argument follows, then why did the Brewers play so well down the stretch when Dale Sveum took over? Would you say that Mike Quade was a great manager in his stint after Pinella left, but then was a bad manager the following year?

      Managers are more or less a byproduct of their player’s performance. It seems like too easy an argument to make, but it is only because it’s the only one you can make. If Acta comes in and the team wins 90 games, do you think it will because of the job he did? Highly unlikely. What is more plausible is that the players across the board had strong seasons, which produced wins. A manager is probably good for 10 wins/losses a year at absolute best.

  • cubtex

    I laugh at some of these comments on here like Girardi is dumb for going back to the Yanks. How bad they will be next year and the next several years…blah blah blah.

    Does anyone in their right mind think that when Girardi met with the Yankees to discuss a contract….that the product and players they will be targeting this offseason wasn’t discussed? Do you think Joe thinks that the Yankees will put a bunch of AAAA players out there and all he cares about is the 4 year deal? It is comical to see some of these posts.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Why is it comical? Everyone has a right to post their opinion.

      • cubtex

        of course they do. I love to hear all the comments. I find it comical to think a team like the Yankees will not spend money to field a competitive team under Girardi’s next 4 years….like that was never discussed. I did not ever say that no one didn’t have a right to post.

        • 07GreyDigger

          Unless its opposite of your opinion…

      • Bryan

        I’m sorry Neil, but it would be nice if you would “call out” other posters who are intent on debating everyone who doesn’t share their view, and at times act like little children in the process. I find it odd that you picked this comment from Cubtex to make a point. Just my opinion, of course.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Noted, thanks.

        • cubtex

          I know how it gets to you Bryan. Several of the “positive” posters are the ones that are the most childish. I guess I am the “negative” poster.

  • Ryan

    I would like to see the Cubs interview Jose Oquendo

  • Bryan

    While I’m very disappointed in this news, candidly the Cubs franchise had numerous prior opportunities to land the right candidate in Joe Girardi. Instead we hired the “safe bets” in Dusty and Lou. That’s on Jim Hendry. I don’t blame Joe a bit. Now let’s see how good the current FO is in identifying manager #2 in this regime.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Almora is 4-for-4 with a home run and a double today and Bryant has a 3-run homer, plus Soler hit another double and has driven in 3 runs … it is only the sixth inning in Mesa.

    • SuzyS

      Encouraging news. Thanks for sharing, Neil.

      • Dorasaga

        I concur.

    • Tony_Hall

      If only Girardi had taken a vacation to Arizona before making his decision….

  • Tony_Hall

    I am surprised, I thought since Girardi let a week go by after getting a 4 year $16M extension to continue doing his dream job, that he was going to come to the Cubs. I bet the Yankees told him if you want to wait to talk to the Cubs go ahead, but we will already have a new manager by then, of course in a nice way. I really don’t get this timeframe where you have no future contract but can’t talk to other teams, even though your season is over. Of course, not often we have a manager go through a lame duck year and not get extended before the season finish’s.

  • BosephHeyden

    So long as our next head coach isn’t AJ Hinch or Manny Acta, I’m willing to give this FO another shot at choosing a head coach.

    • Tony_Hall

      They will take that into consideration.

  • Tony_Hall

    I hope that the Cubs hire the next Girardi, the next Larussa, the next Maddon, etc as all of them were not the sure things that we think of now, when they were hired.

    Of course that almost guarantees that if they do, that most fans and people on here will not like the hire.

    But if the hire a Dusty or Lou, people will cheer, until they see them up close on a daily basis.

    • Dorasaga

      Now I think about it, I like Dusty more than Lou. Baker, at least, didn’t take naps in the dugout as Piniella did since Spring Training his last season. Unbearable to watch. This thing we call “age”–can’t beat Mother Nature’s wear and tear.

      • SuzyS

        Oh heck, and I wanted “Popeye” back! :–)

        • Dorasaga

          Don Zimmer??

          • SuzyS

            You win!!!! Old Red Sox and Cubs Manager…coach of many other teams!!!
            He always had a fire in that huge belly of his…and maybe we could get El Tiante to lead our pitching staff as well!!! :-)

          • Dorasaga

            I’ll go with Tiante. Fun Cuban to watch and listen to. Always one of my favorites.

          • paulcatanese

            Don’t know about Zimmer, he gets into too many fights. He would have to sit back when they play the White Sox:):)

          • TheWrongGuy

            You all do know that “The Zim” is working still in baseball as the special assistant for the Rays coaching staff. Dave Martinez sounds even more intriguing. I miss Popeye as well.

          • Tony_Hall

            Yes D :)

  • Tony_Hall

    Keep in mind as the Cubs pick a new manager, that guys like Joe Maddon would have been criticized highly, if the Cubs hired him back when the Rays did and would have wanted the crazy old guy gone after 2 years.

    6 years managing in the minors….no winning seasons.

    1st 2 seasons in Tampa, AVG 64 wins.

    Yet, I don’t believe any of us wouldn’t like to have him now.

    • Vivid_Reality

      The idea of a Maddux / Maddux combo has grown on me.

      • Tony_Hall

        I would love to see it as well, but I have seen from more than one source that is has no chance to happen. I also would like Sandy Alomar Jr, but it sounds like he has dropped down to the 2nd tier options.

  • Ripsnorter1

    There’s a difference between $16 million and $30 million.
    And yet he thought it was worth $14 million to stay where he’s at.

    • SuzyS

      I believe it truly was not about the $$$$. I believe it was about his kids entrenched in school.

      • jtrain23

        Yeah. When I read Girardi’s quotes a week ago about his kids being happy in their school, his parents no longer being in Chicago, and there not being much here anymore I had my doubts.

        I held out hope because I would have LOVED seeing him in blue pinstripes instead of black ones. I am not surprised at all, though.

  • jtrain23

    I hear a lot of buzz surrounding Rick Rentetia. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying this guy wouldn’t be a good choice or a successful manager. However, am I the only person that cringes a bit when I hear the rumors swirling about guys that have worked with Epstein-Hoyer in the past? I just hope he is what is best for the organization, not what the F.O. are comfortable with and what they know they can control.

    • SuzyS

      The Padres stated today that ALL of their coaches would be back for 2014….That takes Renteria out of the equation.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Thank the LORD!

      • jtrain23

        Would they not allow him an opportunity to interview for a managerial job? I thought that was pretty much customary if an assistant had an opportunity for a better job.

        • Tony_Hall

          Except in rare occasions, yes.

        • SuzyS

          Normally, that is the case….but they’ve announced this after Renteria talked with the Cubs.
          In any case, this really is David Kaplan’s statement.

          • jtrain23

            Oh, I definitely believe you, Suzy. I just meant that I can’t imagine the Padres not setting him free if he were offered a big league managerial job that he wanted.

          • SuzyS

            jtrain23, Neil corrected me…My guess is that Renteria is still in play…although I was going on something David Kaplan said.
            He’s usually right about things so I went with it.
            My bad. My apologies to all.

            I do agree with your original post in hoping that management would expand their search beyond organizations they had previous ties to.

          • jtrain23

            No apologies needed. We’re all friend here at the CCO. I enjoy your well thought and educated posts.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Suzy, the Padres announced that before today, sorry. If a coach has an opportunity to interview for a manager’s job I do not know of a team that would stand in his way.

        • SuzyS

          Thanks, Neil…I stand corrected.
          I’ll have to be more careful and check confirmations when I read something…I should know better I guess.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Suzy, I’m sorry I did not mean to sound like I was correcting you. Not intended that way at all. Just trying to inform.

          • SuzyS

            Neil, I read it and assumed it was correct without checking the facts…so no harm done on your part.
            It will still be interesting to see how this plays out.

            No matter who the FO selects at this point….there will be a ton of criticism just because everyone knew Joe was the #1 choice.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            The challenge for the front office will be selling their choice at their number one option and not the fallback as it will be viewed.

          • jtrain23

            Neil, I believe that is why these other interviews have come up, especially in the last few days. I think they are already in “damage control” mode to an extent. Hopefully the fact that they were interviewing others and putting other names out there while “waiting” on Girardi will be enough to persuade new candidates.
            Great job as always!

  • Ripsnorter1

    STOP THE PRESS!!

    Cal Ripken, Jr., just said, “I want to manage a MLB club.”

    It’s either him or Mike Quade, or Jim Essian.
    Take your pick.

    • SuzyS

      Rip…you’re late to the party…Cal stated that about the time the Yanks announced they signed Girardi.
      Hey…we could revisit Jim Riggleman.
      That’s the point…it’s wide open now!!!

      • Ripsnorter1

        When Team Theo was asked about Cal Ripken, Jr, Theo said,
        “He’s probably a good manager, but I have no assurance that he could
        be trusted just to show up for work everyday.”

        • SuzyS

          A big :-)

  • Jonathan

    Dave Martinez, Sandy Alomar Jr. or the Maddux’s that’s it. No one else.

    • Eugene Debs

      I’d be pretty happy with any of those three. Do you know if Dave Martinez is on their list to talk to?

  • SuzyS

    Here is the entertaining viewpoint of Hal Steinbrenner:http://nypost.com/2013/10/09/hal-steinbrenner-covers-all-the-bases/

  • Ripsnorter1

    Funny thing about Alfonso Soriano…he walked 21 times as a Yank, in 219 AB.
    That’s nearly a 10% BB rate. Excellent. He had a .325 OBP as a Yank.

    It’s all due to Joe Girardi.

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

    I got my first official Cubs gear bought in the area. A v-neck t-shirt at the Woodfield mall near Itasca!! I almost got a Dawson road jersey but they didn’t have it in my size. For $25 extra I could have gotten whatever I wanted but oh well, I like the one I have. Doesn’t look like I’m going to make it near Wrigley or downtown :(. Stuck in Itasca looking out the window at the skyline. So close yet so far…

    • 07GreyDigger

      My apologies. Itasca is sooo exciting.

  • Mike Ogulnick

    cubtex, I really disagree with a lot of what you say. You strike me as one of those fans who feels good by making others feel bad about the Cubs.
    I happen to believe this front office knows exactly what they’re doing, and that a couple of the managerial candidates could turn out to be pretty good. Many of the best managers in baseball struggled at the beginning of their careers. I don’t know if Manny Acta would be a good choice, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he succeeded with the Cubs.
    You’d love Joe Maddon, wouldn’t you? Well, he had eight straight losing seasons to start his managerial career, with the first six in the minors.
    I believe this club will be competitive next season, and a legitimate contender in 2015. Most people on this site hope I’m right, but I’m not sure about you.

    • Tony_Hall

      Welcome to the CCO! Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    • jtrain23

      You will learn to overlook the negativity and narcissism from some contributors. There are many good spirited Cubs fans that share their love for the team here. Welcome!

    • cubtex

      Why thank you for calling me out Mike. Welcome. It is good site to come and debate how you feel.
      I am thrilled that you are confident in the FO and feel they know exactly what they are doing. Did you feel that way 2 years ago when they hired Sveum to a 3 year deal and fired him 2 years later? Was that part of the master plan?
      I will get back to that.
      Now….You don’t know if Acta will be a good choice…but it wouldn’t surprise you if he succeeded. OK.

      I’d love Joe Maddon??? I would? OK…thanks for letting me know I would. Haha.
      You believe this club will be competitive next season. There are some that believe they will win the lottery every time they play….retire in Italy, buy a yacht, and sail around the world. Hope is a wonderful thing. It gets many people out of bed in the morning.

      I want nothing more than to see a competitive team. I see what Theo is doing. Build up the farm system and ignore the major league team. Let me remind you that they last 101 games last year and 96 this year. They lost Garza and Soriano. They are currently worse than this year. There is all the offseason left, I understand that, but they have stated they will not be active in FA and they don’t have many mlb trade chips. So if you are that confident….You will get great odds right now in Vegas to put down on the Cubs. Apparently, there are more people than me who feel the Cubs will not be competitive in 2014. Let’s keep that a secret. You can give me all the credit or blame on that depending on how next year goes. :)))))

    • cubtex

      Hey Mike. Small world. I know your boss at WB##…. Pete. He’s a huge Indiana basketball fan! I used to place a ton of advertising thru Pete and Alicia W years ago. Ha! Pete is a great guy. He would probably get a kick out of how you called me out as hoping the Cubs lose. Haha. That is too funny!

  • cubsfan4ever1

    Hopefully, the Cubs will interview Bob Brenly for the Managerial opening. I am not thrilled with the names being floated around now that Girardi is off the market.

    • jtrain23

      I thought Brenly would have been a viable option last time. I think his closeness with the team hurt his chances. Perhaps a year away would help that.
      This is a guy who had success, won a World Series, is familiar with the organization, and generally liked by the fan base. It makes you wonder why he is not targeted more often for coaching positions.
      I seriously doubt it would happen. I think that ship has sailed. However, I will say watching the playoffs on TBS makes me realize how much I miss him on the mic.

      • triple

        I agree. Hearing Brenly announce one of the games on Sunday really made me miss him behind the Cubs microphone, and also think about the “what ifs” of him being the Cubs manager. But then I thought more about his decision to be in AZ w/ the D-backs, where his family lives, and realized that he’s staying put where he is.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I’m not sure based on the negative things Brenly had to say about Castro that he’d be the best choice or that he’d even want to anymore.

  • SuzyS

    Drats…Cards beat Pittsburgh 6-1….Tis another bitter pill to swallow.

  • cubsfan4ever1

    Hopefully,the Cubs will interview Bob Brenly for the Managerial opening. I am not thrilled with the names being floated around now that Girardi is off the market.

  • John_CC

    I’m going to comment before reading the 120 that come before. I saw the update scroll while watching the game tonight (damn cards) and was actually relieved. There was way too much media hoopla around this and I’d rather see the cubs start fresh with new manager.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    now that Girardi is out of the mix, it almost doesn’t matter who the next guy is. Sveum was picked by this FO…they were already wrong on a guy after only 2 years. Why should I believe their next choice will fare any better?

    I am not disagreeing on removing Sveum…I am just saying there isn’t much reason to have confidence in their vetting process based on their last hire not panning out that great.

    • RynoTiger

      having worked a number of years in the area of human resource recruitment and selection and with processes that are extensive, I can tell you that no matter how much vetting occurs, sometimes when you hire people you really don’t know how they’ll do until they actually start doing the job and even then when you think you have a good hire, it doesn’t work out and both sides have to move on. it happens. so I’m not worried or lack confidence in the FO.

    • Eugene Debs

      Sveum was a hot name that off-season and it looked like an interesting and potentially good move at the time. He certainly received a roster full of junk, but he did seem kinda awkward and bored himself. They’ll hopefully learn from it and make a better choice this time.

  • TheWrongGuy
  • Eugene Debs

    I’m gonna be honest, I don’t exactly have a candidate in mind. This will be an important move for the front office, that’s for sure.