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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Friday, October 20, 2006
Cubs - Signed Piniella
Chicago Cubs - Signed manager Lou Piniella to a 3-year contract.
I’m shocked that they didn’t go with Joe Girardi, but they’re definitely taking the safer route by going with Piniella. I don’t think Sweet Lou is a great manager, but his style of orchestrated outbursts might pay dividends for at least a couple of years with this team full of incompetence and a bunch of players who quit by the first of May. Though the Marlins did have a good record, Girardi’s credentials are still very limited - Larry Beinfest put that team together, not Girardi and there were serious questions about Girardi’s handling of pitchers, most notably Josh Johnson, and his communication skills, both with his team and the front office.
The Twins also extended Ron Gardenhire, which is understandable, though I find it a bit disappointing. The Twins may have staged a great second-half comeback, but part of the reason they were there was the hole they dug themselves in the first half. For a team with a lot of young players, Gardenhire sure doesn’t seem to have a lot of confidence in them, as seen by his handling of Johan Santana at the start of his career and Jason Bartlett last spring.
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