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I can't begin to see what the Cub front office saw in Dale Sveum.
Beyond malleability, of course.
Agreed with others that this has less to do with the W-L record and more to do with the supposed cornerstones of what's supposed to be the next contending Cubs team failing to make progress.
FWIW, when Sveum was managing in the minors for the Pirates, he had a good rep as an instructor. One of the few guys genuinely concerns with player development in an instructional staff that was at least 75% stupid, apathetic, or misguided.
Ned Yost is also a free agent. I recommed him for the Cubs job. Or any job that is not managing the Kansas City Royals.
I think we all saw this coming the day he was hired.
While I appreciate the criticisms from Brewers and Royals fans, Yost's supposed strength - developing young players - would actually be a good fit for the Cubs at this point
As soon as Ryne Sandberg was not available they fire Sveum-not a coincidence. The excuse for hiring Sveum over Sandberg two years ago was, what, Sveum had mjor league experience? What a crock. I don't know if Theo hates Sandberg, but he sure doesn't want him as Cub manager.
David Kaplan tweeted (relayed via Bleed Cubbie Blue) that Girardi is "far and away the #1 choice." I can believe this.
And maybe it isn't his fault that Rizzo and Castro had the years that they did. But I can't see the Cubs doing nothing and hoping it fixes itself.
I just don't see this... Girardi's penchant for the bunt, for over-managing whenever the opportunity presents itself... It's just not something I imagine Hoyer/Epstein want, unless they have metrics indicating that Girardi's approach would have a net positive impact in a NL setting (but a mixed impact in an AL setting).
Also: why on Earth would Girardi take a job that's liable to present non-playoff baseball for at least the next two years?
Yep, in 2014, the Cubs will enter 106 years without a World Series, which happened while they were still on the West Side. Come 2014, Washington will have not experienced such joy for a mere 90 years.
I may be misremembering, but I seem to recall another MLB team -- perhaps it was in New England? -- that had experienced a long World Series drought but then had a Manager who won not one but TWO World Series. Did that guy get a lifetime contract? No, and if I'm remembering correctly, he was FIRED a few years later, with the team leaking unflattering information about him on his way out. Girardi, or anyone else, would be foolish to turn down a better deal elsewhere for the special honor of skippering the Cubs.
In fairness, though -- the Cubs 106 years is uninterrupted.
Girardi would be a natural contender, but I've heard Epstein is eyeing Brad Ausmus
Hell, I say this as a Cubs fan -- but I almost dread it happening just because the pink caps, the movies, the books, the columns, etc would almost drive me nuts... almost enough to wonder if I should just say "Well, that's done... now it's time to find a new rooting interest".
But - not before the team did a silly music video that has been aped time and again since, made himself a staple of local media, started a restaurant that still packs 'em in, even with a pedestrian menu while other establishments fail, spawned a long-running SNL skit that really isn't far from the truth, and saw his name forever to be remembered with reverence at tailgates, bars, on talk radio, etc for time immemorial.
oh hey, and since you guys are far more "in the know" than i am.... what's the chance that WOO CUBBIES!!! nation gets their ultimate act of appeasement via the appointment of ryne sandberg as manager?
Ditka waffles for ages before finally deciding he'd rather hold court at his restaurant and enjoy being Ditka. Ryan wins the nomination, but the Trib gets an LA court to unseal his divorce records (Jeri Ryan, the attractive actress from Star Trek: Voyager). Word gets out that Ryan tried to get his ex to do some kinky stuff, he withdraws his nomination, and Obama waltzes into a Senate seat -- and history.
Act like White Sox fans in 2005 and don't make a big deal of it.
Zero, because he's already the Phillies' manager.
Word gets out that Ryan tried to get his ex to do some kinky stuff, he withdraws his nomination, and Obama waltzes into a Senate seat -- and history.
Harvey, the Cubs were terrible, but they had terrible players. Actually, for much of the season they were playing surprisingly well, but the little bit of momentum they had was lost when the team traded away core players. Overall, a team with bad players and a 66-96 record having bad stats doesn't tell me it's the manager's fault.
Your memory really sucks donkey dick recalling this race.
Oddly, I believe the final choice came down to Alan Keyes and a lady who once professionally sucked donkey dicks. They made they wrong call there, obviously.
I think it's fair to say that truly special managers don't lose 197 games over two years, regardless of who got traded mid-season.
That's one-time all-star Brian Bogusevic...
That's one-time all-star Brian Bogusevic...
Minor league all-star games don't count.
And how did I forget the Cubs had picked up Gamel? And once Valbuena pumpkined, why was I not pining for him to be healthy?
Because the season was over when they claimed him?
Casey Stengel once lost 231 games over two years. Was he a "special manager"?
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