- Bruce Miles does the unthinkable for a beat reporter: he out-and-out states his belief that it’s time to make a change in the Cubs’ front office. And he makes a very interesting (and sobering) point in the process:
Now comes the hard part. Who is your new GM, and do you trust this organization to pick the right guy if and when it determines a change has to be made?
Ricketts is not a baseball guy. Neither is team president Crane Kenney, a holdover from the Tribune Co., the previous owners.
Before Ricketts took over, I suggested several times the Cubs hire a “baseball man” as president, someone to oversee and advise Hendry. (They could have given Kenney a different title.) Pat Gillick, who built the great Blue Jays teams of the past, would have been my first choice. I also mentioned John Schuerholz of Atlanta Braves fame.
If the Cubs keep Hendry, I’d still love to see them bring in a guy like Gillick or Schuerholz.
The bottom line is that if ownership wants to make a change at GM, it’s going to have to get some expert consultation before making a hire.
- More anger from the local writers about the state of the organization.
- The Cubs are one of nine teams in violation of MLB’s debt service rules (generally prohibiting a team’s debt from exceeding 10 times its annual earnings), but that’s almost certainly simply because of the debt-financed Ricketts family purchase of the Cubs in 2009, rather than an abundance of debt tied to ongoing obligations (like the Dodgers and Mets, for example). I doubt much comes of this.
- Darwin Barney comes in for some fluff, as Gordon Wittenmyer calls him the Cubs’ best player so far this year. Barney’s been much better than expected, and I love watching him play, but his numbers have been in free fall since mid-May. His slash line has gone from an excellent .345/.370/.432 on May 16 to a meager .303/.325/.383 today.
- For his part, Cubs play-by-play man, Len Kasper isn’t burying the Cubs just yet. He does admit that it can be kind of a grind calling all the game: