Dave Martinez is returning to the Cubs, the organization he broke in with back in 1986 and was drafted by in 1983. Martinez spoke with Carrie Muskat about his homecoming.
Martinez called the Cubs his second home and predicted Joe Maddon “will make it very interesting with the Cubs.” Maddon is going to rely on Martinez’s knowledge of Wrigley Field.
Martinez said that Maddon “likes to make sure his guys get plenty of rest” and he’s “been watching video to familiarize himself with the players.”
Maddon and Martinez have been side-by-side on the same bench for seven seasons. Maddon depends on Martinez, which made his hiring a lock as soon as Martinez was no longer being considered for the managerial opening in Tampa.
Joe Maddon and his staff are scheduled to attend next week’s convention. The session with Maddon should be very informative and entertaining.
Javier Baez went hitless in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Carolina. Baez started at second, batted third and went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
Face of the Cubs
The MLB Network is accepting votes for the player Cubs fans think is the face of the franchise. Click here and submit your vote on Twitter.
So who is the face of the Chicago Cubs … Anthony Rizzo? Starlin Castro? Jon Lester? With as much press as he’s getting, it would not come as a surprise if Kris Bryant received several votes.
The tweet states player as the face of the franchise, but should Joe Maddon or Theo Epstein be considered?
Updated 8:54am CST – Anthony Rizzo was voted as the face of the Chicago Cubs.
News, Notes and Rumors
Cubs envision Jon Lester becoming their Andy Pettitte according to Patrick Mooney.
Former Cubs’ second baseman Mark Grudzielanek was named the manager of the Kane County Cougars on Wednesday.
The Boise Hawks, the former Short-Season Class-A affiliate of the Cubs, announced Agon Sports & Entertainment officially purchased the franchise from Todd Rohr. The Hawks are the Short-Season affiliate for the Colorado Rockies.
Jerry DiPoto said Wednesday the Angels are “not engaged with any free agent pitchers at all.” According to Mike DiGiovanna that includes James Shields and Max Scherzer.
According to Bob Nightengale, the Marlins, Blue Jays and Orioles are interested in Ichiro Suzuki.
Jim Bowden found the missing link for every American League team.
The Braves officially added A.J. Pierzynski and Jason Grilli to the roster and signed LHP Josh Outman. To make room on the roster, INF Tyler Pastornicky was designated for assignment.
And speaking of the Braves, according to a report from the Score citing the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as its source, the Braves are interested in re-signing Brandon Beachy. Atlanta non-tendered Beachy, but would like him back. Beachy is reportedly deciding between offers from six teams and is expected to make a decision this week. The Rangers were in on Beachy at one point just not any longer according to Evan Grant.
This Day In Cubstory
2014 – Greg Maddux was elected to the Hall of Fame. Maddux’s career began in Chicago and he bookended an 11-year run in Atlanta with the Cubs. Maddux was 133-112 over 10 seasons with the Cubs and posted a 3.61 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 3.52 FIP. Maddux recorded his 300th win and 3,000th strikeout in a Cubs’ uniform.
2011 – Cubs acquired Matt Garza, Fernando Perez and Zac Rosscup from the Rays for Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer, Hak-Ju Lee, Robinson Chirinos and Sam Fuld
2008 – Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame. Gossage pitched only one year with the Cubs. In 1988, Goose was 4-4 in 46 games with a 4.33 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 3.52 FIP with 13 saves.
2003 – Cubs signed free agent Felix Martinez
2003 – Cubs signed free agent Dave Veres
1998 – Cubs signed free agent Ben VanRyn
1997 – Cubs signed free agent Ben VanRyn
1993 – Cubs signed free agent Dave Smith
1992 – Cubs signed free agent Jamie Moyer
1991 – Ferguson Jenkins was elected to the Hall of Fame. Jenkins was acquired from the Phillies along with John Hernstein and Adolfo Phillips for Bob Buhl and Larry Jackson on April 21, 1966. Jenkins had two stints with the Cubs (1966-73, 1982-83) and was 167-132 in 401 games, 347 starts, for the Cubs. Jenkins posted a 3.20 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 3.06 FIP during those 10 seasons with the Cubs. Jenkins is one of only four pitchers in the history of the game (Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling) to retire with at least 3000 strikeouts (3192) and less than 1000 walks (997).
1986 – James Russell, born
1975 – Geremi Gonzalez, born
1958 – Cubs signed free agent Ted Tappe
1953 – Bruce Sutter, born
1921 – Marv Rickert, born
1915 – Walker Cooper, born