The Cubs new skipper writes, ‘Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure’ on top of his lineup cards and Saturday Joe Maddon told Ed Randall on Remember When (MLB Network Radio) that he lives in the present tense and one day at a time.
“It’s all about present tense stuff. I’m eager about Spring Training, the new facility, my kids are right there. My daughter is having a grandbaby, another grandbaby coming in the middle of March. So I’m looking at it from all of these one day at a time perspective beautiful moments that are going to occur.”
“The initial conversation with team and espousing your philosophy on the group and seeing how it’s received. I talked to David Ross the other day, beautiful conversation. I talked to Jon Lester, beautiful conversation,” Maddon said. “That’s the kind of stuff that really excites me. It’s the team building. It’s the culture building. It’s the getting your philosophy out there among the group and seeing how it plays, that’s what is really exciting to me.”
“And of course you are talking about the fan base. I have been approached, I can’t tell you, even in Ava, nightly. I swear at least 15 people were Cubs fans in that restaurant last night or knew somebody in Chicago. So it’s a little bit different from that perspective, it’s very exciting. But man I’m telling you, and I hate to disappoint people, I’m about one day at a time.”
Joe Maddon is a positive person and does not like being around negative people. Maddon sees the Cubs as a challenge, one that he didn’t want to pass up.
“I’ve talked about the Baseball Camelot situation in the Tampa Bay area and it’s true. We had the unique situation for almost 10 years here. I’m very grateful for that opportunity and it was wonderful. I see the same thing happening in Chicago.”
“Everybody is excited about that, working with the Cubs or me working with the Cubs. To go there under the situation, under the circumstances having not won in a long time, the wonderful infrastructure that has been built there by Mr. Ricketts, Theo [Epstein], Jed [Hoyer], the players are fabulous. There are so many positives going there. I understand the Cubs, we haven’t won in a long time, but I go from Baseball Camelot to this Cubs situation. If you’re really in to challenges within this industry, there’s not few better places to go to.”
Javier Baez was back in the starting lineup on Saturday for Santurce. Baez batted in the two-hole, played the entire game at shortstop and went 0-for-4 with a stolen base and a strikeout.
Baez grounded out to third in his first at bat and flied out to left in the second inning. Baez reached base in the fourth inning on a fielding error by the third baseman. Baez swiped second with Ruben Gotay at the plate, but was stranded when Gotay rolled one to second base.
Baez struck out swinging in his fourth at bat in the seventh inning.
Santurce beat Mayaguez 3-1.
News, Notes and Rumors
Miguel Montero is three longballs away from 100 career home runs.
Former Cubs’ top prospect, OF Felix Pie appears to have found a home in Korea. After struggling mightily with the Cubs at the big league level (.223/.284/.331 in 130 games), Pie could not catch on with the Orioles or Pirates, for whom he last played in the big leagues for in 2013. Pie batted .326/.373/.524 in 119 games for the Hanwha Eagles in the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) last year with 33 doubles, 17 home runs and a .897 OPS. Pie was such a hit in the KBO that he’s being featured on posters.
According to a report from Joe Frisaro, Dan Haren has told the Marlins he prefers to pitch on the West Coast, in Southern California, despite the fact the Dodgers traded him to Miami last month. Haren said after he was sent to the Marlins along with his entire $10 million salary for next season that he would likely retire if he was unable to pitch for a team on the West Coast. And from all indications neither team in Los Angeles is interested in a reunion with Haren. Frisaro added “it is not clear if the 12-year big league veteran will retire.”
Buck Showalter was scheduled to meet with OF Colby Rasmus on Saturday. Details of the meeting have not been leaked yet.
According to John Manuel, the Cubs sent John Mallee to the Dominican Republic. Manuel did not provide any information as to why or which player he may be working with while he’s in the DR.
Jim Bowden reported Saturday night the Red Sox met with James Shields during the Winter Meetings “but haven’t had substantive talks with him or his agent.”
The Yankees finally have prospects to make something happen according to Ken Rosenthal.
This Day In Cubstory
2012 – Cubs signed free agent Joe Mather
2008 – The Cubs received approve from the Landmarks Commission to add 70 bullpen box seats and to incorporate additional signage at Wrigley Field.
2005 – Ryne Sandberg was elected to the Hall of Fame. Sandberg received 393 votes after putting up the numbers and passing previous marks for second basemen. During his 16 year career and returning to the team in 1996 after walking away from the game in June of 1994, Sandberg batted .285/.344/.452 with 403 doubles, 76 triples, 282 home runs and a .795 OPS. Sandberg was the NL MVP in 1984 and represented the Cubs in the Mid-Summer Classic each year from 1984-1993.
1999 – Cubs signed free agent Derrick White
1992 – Kris Bryant, born
1976 – Ted Lilly, born
1935 – Cardinals purchased Don Hurst from the Cubs
1918 – Cubs traded Larry Doyle, Art Wilson and $15,000 to the Boston Braves for Lefty Tyler
1914 – Herman Franks, born
1889 – The Spalding Baseball Tourists played their final game in Australia and the Chicagos won 5-0.