There are a number of things to discuss with respect to the Chicago Cubs’ GM search, and those will be coming in short order. Until then, here are some other notable bullets.
- The 2011 Cubs’ postmortems are out in full swing. Gene Wojciechowski says no one could have predicted how things went on each side of town. Rick Gano chronicles the obvious problems. Carrie Muskat blames the rotation injuries and the Cubs’ slow start (of course, the Cubs were near .500 for most of April, so…). There are plenty more if you’re interested in dissecting the misery of the season.
- Ultimately, you don’t need to read these – or to have me tell you – to know what the problems were this year. The starting pitching outside of Matt Garza was abysmal. Carlos Marmol blew 10 games. The Cubs had the worst defense in baseball. The Cubs couldn’t take a walk. The Cubs couldn’t hit with men on base. End of season.
- Bruce Levine invites you to grade each of the Cubs’ players this year (and Mike Quade)
- Looking ahead, Carrie Muskat runs down some of the decisions the next GM will have to make.
- The deadline for renewing Cubs’ season tickets is moving up – by a lot. Previously in January, the deadline will now be November 16. You’ll have to drop 10% by that date, with full payment due in January. If you don’t commit by November, your spot will be made available to those on the sizable wait list in December. The Cubs are expected to add some season ticket holders this year, but ticket prices are next expected to increase (and bleacher prices might even go down). Single game tickets go on sale March 9, 2012.