The Daily CCO: Pat Hughes is the Voice of the Chicago Cubs

The Cubs partnership with 720 WGN is set to expire at the end of the season and the team is expected to announce 780 WBBM-AM will broadcast Cubs games for the 2015 season. The Cubs have been on WGN since 1924 and the exclusive radio home of the Cubs since 1958.

Pat Hughes is under contract through the 2015 season and will move to the Cubs new radio station, for at least next year, according to a report from the Tribune. Paul Sullivan reported Hughes cannot sign an extension until the new broadcast partner is announced. During the convention last January, Crane Kenney and Tom Ricketts assured those in attendance that Pat Hughes would stay with the Cubs regardless of which station is broadcasting the games.

As Paul Sullivan pointed out, change has been the only constant for the Chicago Cubs over the last five years, but Pat Hughes is the Voice of the Chicago Cubs and the organization should do everything possible to make sure that 162 times a year Hughes’ familiar voice, the one that will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame one day, is there to greet us all with those seven wonderful words … Chicago Cubs Baseball is on the air.

Javier Baez

Javier Baez did not play on Monday night against the Sounds. Baez was hit in the right hand/wrist area by a pitch in the third inning of Sunday’s game and left the game in the sixth inning. Baez was penciled in the original lineup for Monday’s game but after taking batting practice, he decided his hand/wrist was too sore to play. Randy Wehofer reported during the game that the injury is not considered serious and he could be back in the lineup for Tuesday afternoon’s finale against the Sounds.

Rick Renteria

The Cubs’ front office is not going to judge Rick Renteria by wins and losses. And as the Sun-Times reported, there have been positives over the first two months on the team with the worst record in baseball.

Jed Hoyer “absolved the manager and staff of responsibility for the record” on Monday and Hoyer acknowledged that no one steps into big league jobs without having to learn how to manage a game. Hoyer told the Sun-Times, “He’s shown that aptitude to keep learning and keep getting better, and he’s done a nice job.”

The Sun-Times pointed out the things that have been out of Renteria’s control (Jose Veras, short-bench) while also pointing out that Renteria has “raised eyebrows, at times, for going to a short-bench early in games, for some of his game strategy (bunt decisions) or some of his bullpen tendencies and decision making.”

News and Notes

Patrick Mooney posted a report card on the Cubs season after two months.

Beyond the Box Score provided a list of the best rotations in baseball over the last 14 days by FIP and the Cubs topped the list … Cubs (3.24), Braves (3.29), Cardinals (3.34), Nationals (3.42) and Marlins (3.54).

The Marlins signed two-time former Cubs closer Kevin Gregg to a minor league contract on Monday, pending a physical. Gregg will receive a prorated salary of $2.1 million ($1.4 million) and will be added to the big league roster once he is ready. Gregg’s salary is exactly the same as the comp-pick the Fish traded to the Pirates ($1.4 million) for Bryan Morris.

Jesse Rogers thinks Javier Baez and Kris Bryant can fill the inevitable void on the Cubs roster once players like Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija are traded.

Minor News and Notes

According to Patrick Mooney, Manny Ramirez reported to the Cubs facility in Mesa on Sunday. Ramirez will “likely need about a week” of extended Spring Training before he is added to the Iowa Cubs’ roster as a player-coach.

Kris Bryant collected two more hits on Monday (2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored), the same day he was named Southern League Hitter of the Week. Bryant reached base three times and ran his hitting streak to six games. Over his last 10 games, .441/.578/1.029/1.607 with two doubles, six home runs, 11 walks and 10 strikeouts.

This Day In Cubstory

2003 – Sammy Sosa is ejected from the game in the first inning after he shattered his bat and the broken pieces exposed cork. Further inspection of the bat revealed it was loaded with cork. Sosa was ejected and the run was taken off the board. The Cubs beat the Devil Rays 3-2 at Wrigley Field. Sosa’s eight- game suspension was appealed down to seven games.

2003 – Cubs selected Jake Fox in the third round of the draft

2003 – Cubs selected Sean Marshall in the sixth round of the draft

2003 – Dodgers selected Wesley Wright in the seventh round of the draft

2003 – Cubs selected Casey McGehee in the tenth round of the draft

2003 – Cubs selected Tim Lincecum in the 48th  round of the draft, but was not signed

1997 – Cubs selected Jon Garland in the first round (tenth overall pick) of the draft

1997 – Cubs selected Scott Downs in the third round of the draft

1997 – Cubs selected Michael Wuertz in the 11th  round of the draft

1997 – Mariners selected Joel Pineiro in the 12th  round of the draft

1993 – Cubs selected Brooks Kieschnick in the first round (tenth overall pick) of the draft

1993 – Cubs selected Jon Ratliff in the first round (24th  overall pick) of the draft

1993 – Cubs selected Kevin Orie in the first round (29th overall pick) of the draft

1993 – Cubs selected Bo Porter in the 40th  round of the draft

1992 – Jalisco (Mexican League) purchased Rick Renteria from the Detroit Tigers

1991 – Cubs selected Doug Glanville in the first round (12th overall pick) of the draft

1991 – Indians selected Manny Ramirez in the first round (13th overall pick) of the draft

1991 – Cubs selected Ozzie Timmons in the fifth round of the draft

1991 – Cubs selected Steve Trachsel in the eighth round of the draft

1991 – Cubs selected Jon Lieber in the ninth round of the draft

1987 – Three grand slams are hit in a Cubs 22-7 victory over the Astros. Keith Moreland and Brian Dayett went deep for the Cubs, Billy Hatcher for Houston. Jody Davis scored five runs.

1985 – Cubs selected Rafael Palmeiro in the first round (22nd overall pick) of the draft

1985 – Cubs selected Rick Wrona in the fifth round of the draft

1985 – Cubs selected Kevin Tapani in the ninth round of the draft

1985 – Cubs selected Doug Dascenzo in the 12th round of the draft

1985 – Cubs selected Mark Grace in the 24th round of the draft

1980 – Cubs selected Don Schulze in the first round (11th overall pick) of the draft

1980 – Cubs selected Craig Lefferts in the ninth round of the draft

1978 – Cubs and Braves tied a Major League record for the most pitchers used in a single game. The two teams used 14 pitchers, seven each, in a Cubs 8-6 victory at Wrigley Field

1975 – Cubs selected Lee Smith in the second round of the draft

1971 – Ken Holtzman pitched his second no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Reds at Riverfront Park. Holtzman scored the only run in the game, and it was unearned.

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  • John G

    Steve Goodman must be rolling over in his grave. Are they going to rewrite the song too?
    “You can catch it all on WBBM” doesn’t quite click the same way.

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  • cc002600

    Can’t lose Pat. He is one the the best. Wish he was the TV play by play man.,

  • Bryan

    I wonder when we’re going to hire a manager under this regime that’s actually expected to win. Every person they hire seems to “get a pass”.

    • DWalker

      How can you hold a manager accountable for wins and losses when you give him a joke of a team? they have plenty of ways to screw up without having to worry about wins and losses when they aren’t expected to win anyway.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I certainly hope they bring up Bryant and Baez soon like Jesse Rogers said but they probably won’t.

    • DWalker

      effieciancy is the name of the game with the FO. they won’t bring them up now because they want the extra year of control. And to be fair, both still have things to work on. I do think we’ll see at least one of the two this year though, i jsut wish sooner rather than later. I’d much rather watch them struggle then watch our current crop of trade bait has beens and never was’s struggle. If nothing else it would be a lot more interesting to watch.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        I understand about the extra year of control but if a player is ready. Then he should be brought up regardless. Bryant appears to be ready. Olt IS still hitting below the mendoza line.

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      In Baez last 6 games he has 3 hits, all singles. 14 K’s and 1 BB.
      .208 OBP

      he was on a tear there for a little while, but has reverted back to previous form.

      I don’t see anyone at AAA that is close to earning a promotion. Alcantara has an .890 OPS. I guess he is closest. His OBP is only .303 though.

      Maybe Logan Watkins could come up and get on base in front of Rizzo and Castro.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        I’m more interested in seeing Bryant up here than Baez. Bryant is much more polished.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Bryant has earned a promotion at least to AAA. Christian Villanueva has done nothing this year.

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