The Daily CCO: Cubs Give Jason McLeod Permission to Interview for GM Job in San Diego

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

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

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

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  • Theboardrider

    I’m curious. Historically, how do guys respond to demotions when they come back up the next time? I say this with regard to Villanueva. And please I don’t want people just saying he sucks and will never amount to anything. I prefer some educated response on how in the past players perform on their next jump up.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Hopefully they learn and progress from the easier competition. Also can build confidence up. It all depends on the individual. They can take it as the learning process it is or they can be pissed off and sulk. I think Villanueva will take the positive approach and when he gets back to Iowa he will be a better, more confident and improved player.

    • Denver Mike

      I know the Mets recently demoted catcher Travis d’Arnaud back to AAA after he was batting below the Mendoza line in the majors. He tore up AAA pretty well for 2-3 weeks, and since being called back up has 6H 2R 1HR 3RBI in 4 games, and has his average back up above .200. Crazy small sample size, but in the short term it seems to have given him some confidence back.

      • Theboardrider

        Good point. Rizzo too a few years ago.

        • Denver Mike

          Probably not the greatest example, but I’ve followed him through the minors for a couple years as he was a top prospect for while, and he was the first to pop into my head.

  • Theboardrider

    Found this breakdown of Schwarber so far in Boise and Kane County. Neil has told me in the past he didn’t mind a repost like this so I thought I’d share. It’s pretty eye popping what he’s doing. Someone yesterday said he’s striking out a lot but according to to this it’s quite te opposite.

    • Neil

      I do not mind you posting Brett’s stuff, he’s a good man. I will say that I have been posting his walk totals along with his strikeout totals. I have been trying to do that with all of the prospects in order to tell the entire story. Just remember, it is easy for people that don’t like something to only look at one side to try to prove a point and make themselves feel and/or look better. I always do my best, and Tom too, to report all sides … good or those not so good.

      • Theboardrider

        Neil you’re the man. I don’t know how many editors wouldn’t feel threatened by something like that. Guess it helps when you know your head and shoulders above the rest.

        I’ve just recently started even looking at other blogs. Mostly right before bed when I’ve soaked up all that CCO has out out that day. I check a couple others just to see if a headline looks interesting. This one about Schwarbwr was the only article I found last night that I looked at but it caught my attention. I don’t know who but a poster yesterday said Schwarber had an alarming K rate. Then I saw this that uses stats and basically says the complete opposite. By the end of this article my jaw was dropping open at the numbers Achwarber was putting up. Basically doing everything well and blowing away all who came before him. He’s on an insane pace.

        • Theboardrider

          Of course last night he was 0-4. But I agree with the FO that you want to see a guy face an overcome some adversity.

          One other note in Schwarbers numbers was his percentage of fly balls and even what he does when he gets out. He still kills te ball. And walking twice as much as he K’s…sheesh.

          Bryant’s numbers in college were incredible but against much inferior competition that Schwarber. Hitting 18 HR in a season in a big 6 league, while being an overall productive hitter with a gret OBP and low K rate just isn’t happening anymore at college level. Those dead bats have destroyed hitting in NCAA.

          • Neil

            But he walked two times. Not all bad.

          • triple

            Yes, and if I remember correctly, scored a run too!

        • Neil

          You’re too kind, thank you.

        • triple

          I remember reading that post you were talking about and who it was, and wanted to call him out on it, but decided to leave it be. It just goes to show some poor reading comprehension happening at times. I realized fairly quickly he was actually talking about Bryant, who had nothing to do with you talking about Schwarber. Comprehend both posts well, I did. 😉

    • Brp921

      Good read. Thanks for the link. The kid is looking good. It would be nice to see him get a shot at Daytona soon.

  • BigJonLilJon

    Bowden says trading Shark only a 30% chance??? I want some of what he’s drinking!!! Doesn’t matter where he winds up, he or any where… he will test free agency rather than signing. He has stated so and even his agents are famous for this. He’s gone. And as much as I respect his ability’s – good riddance!!

    • Tony_H

      I think he means leading up to the trade deadline. I would put it a little higher but Theo and Jed are not going to trade him unless they get the return they want when he has another year of control left.

    • Denver Mike

      He also says Hammel is a 75% chance, where I would think it’s closer to 99% but who knows.

    • John_CC

      I don’t take anything Bowden says seriously.

  • Ray Koenig

    It’s nice to see that the Cubs have more class than Boston (no surprise) when another organization is interested in one of their employees.

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