According to Bruce Levine, Jason McLeod is interviewing for the General Manager’s job with San Diego Padres during the coming week after receiving permission from Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to interview for the job.
Theo Epstein addressed the news Friday that the Padres wanted to speak with McLeod about the team’s opening. Epstein believes McLeod is ready for the next step and “he would be at the top of anyone’s list” in Epstein’s opinion.
Epstein pointed out that if Jason McLeod left the Cubs it would “be a big loss” and that he “has his heart” in what the Cubs are building. But if the Padres were to hire McLeod, Epstein would expect “others to pick up the slack.”
Jason McLeod is one of the top executives in the game and if he doesn’t land the GM job with the Padres he will be a general manager at some point in the near future.
Dallas Beeler talked about his call-up Friday and his reaction to the news. Beeler said he didn’t believe his coaches when he was told he was going up to the Show. Beeler asked them to repeat it three times.
Beeler met with the beat writers prior to Friday’s game, but made sure to not be late for his meeting with Chris Bosio. Beeler said Friday he was “still on cloud nine” and “floating around.”
Dallas Beeler’s parents will be at Wrigley Field to see his debut. And according to Christopher Kamka, Beeler is the first Cubs pitcher to make his big league debut against the Nationals/Expos franchise since Kerry Wood on April 12, 1998.
Theo Epstein and the coaches took the pressure off Beeler by telling him that regardless of how he pitches he is going back to Iowa after his start.
Jorge Soler is making progress at the Cubs facility in Mesa. Soler is playing for the AZL Cubs and played in back-to-back games for the first time in close to a week. Soler played right field Friday and went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Soler is 7-for-12 with two doubles, one home run and three walks in four games with the AZL Cubs.
Theo Epstein addressed Soler’s injury issues Friday and said the team has “re-programed his posture and muscle distribution” in the hope to prevent future injuries.
According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Soler underwent “a full body assessment that included a study of his anatomy and biomechanics.” Epstein described Soler’s injuries as being “more of a freak thing” and the medical staff has done a “thorough evaluation of Soler
News, Notes and Rumors
Jim Bowden thinks the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija could still work out a contract extension and he will not be traded. But if Samardzija is dealt, Bowden sees the Blue Jays as a likely landing spot, especially if the Jays include Aaron Sanchez in the deal. Bowden put the chances at Samardzija being traded at 30 percent.
Jason Hammel, on the other hand, Bowden thinks there is a 75 percent chance he is traded with the Mariners, Angels and Indians being possible fits.
Junior Lake said he was fine Friday after crashing into the metal door in right center Thursday night. Lake did not have a headache the morning after he was fortunate enough to dodge a serious injury.
Theo Epstein acknowledged the fact the Cubs should add padding on the outfield doors.
The Blue Jays are one of several teams scouting Chase Headley according to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Neil Ramirez talked about his first big league win. And the Cubs’ reliever gets it, Ramirez said, “A team ‘W’ is more important that anything.”
Minor News and Notes
C.J. Edwards tweeted Friday that he threw the ball without any pain and he is ready to get back to work.
Albert Almora went 0-for-4 Friday and ended his hitting streak.
Kyle Schwarber went hitless Friday for the first time with the Cougars. Schwarber was 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. In eight games with Kane County, Schwarber has a .400/.516/.760 line with a 1.276 OPS.
Joey Martarano made his pro debut Friday night and went 1-for-2 with a walk for the AZL Cubs.
Christian Villanueva has taken his demotion to Double-A Tennessee in stride. Villanueva is batting .351/.415/.541 in nine games with the Smokies that includes four doubles, one home run and a .955 OPS.
Charcer Burks is off to a huge start for the AZL Cubs. Burks is 12-for-25 in six games with four doubles, one triple, one home run and two stolen bases … .480/.480/.840/1.320.
Andrew Ely also made his pro debut Friday and went 1-foor-3 with the AZL Cubs.
The top five affiliates in the Cubs system won their games Friday … Iowa 16-3, Smokies 6-5, Daytona 1-0, Cougars 3-2 and Boise 11-1.
This Day In Cubstory
2010 – The Cubs honored Ron Santo for his 50 years in baseball with the Chicago Cubs
1999 – Hack Wilson is credited with one more RBI in his historic 1930 season. The history books are changed from 190 RBI for Wilson in 1930 to 191 RBI. The missing run batted in was found in a doubleheader between the Cubs and Reds on July 28, 1930 when Charlie Grimm was credited with an extra RBI and Wilson did not receive credit, at the time, for a RBI.
1995 – Cubs traded Rick Wilkins to the Astros for Luis Gonzalez and Scott Servais
1991 – Cubs signed free agent Dave LaPoint
1988 – Cubs held a telephone lottery for 13,000 seats for the first night game scheduled at Wrigley on August 8. More than 1.5 million fans tried to buy seats
1983 – Cubs signed free agent Rick Reuschel
1979 – Cubs purchased Ken Henderson from the Reds
1972 – Athletics purchased Art Shamsky from the Cubs
1970 – Cubs were swept in a doubleheader in the final games at Forbes Field, 3-2 and 4-1. Forbes Field was the home of the Pirates since 1909
1968 – Cubs traded Lou Johnson to the Indians for Willie Smith
1967 – Dodgers signed free agent Von Joshua
1964 – Mark Grace, born
1950 – Roy Smalley hit for the cycle and Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko homered in a 15-3 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field
1949 – Don Baylor, born
1933 – Billy Herman recorded five hits and set a Major League record with 16 put-outs at second base in a doubleheader, 11 in the first game, as the Cubs swept the Phillies 9-5 and 8-3 at Baker Bowl
1929 – The Cubs hit five home runs, three in the second inning by Hack Wilson, Pat Malone and Rogers Hornsby. The Cubs took over first place with a 9-5 win over the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park. Wilson hit another home run in the fifth.
1916 – Cubs catcher Bill Fischer set a Major League record by catching all 27 innings of a doubleheader
1910 – Joe Tinker stole home twice as the Cubs beat the Reds 11-1 behind Mordecai Brown at West Side Grounds