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The Lukewarm Stove is coming up later this morning, and that will have some bullets, so, between this, that, and the Obsessive New Manager Watch round-up earlier, you’re going to have approximately 40 bullets hurled at you this morning. I’m five short of a powerpoint presentation.

  • Ron Santo is one of ten “Golden Era” candidates for induction into the Hall of Fame, which process serves as an additional route to enshrinement. A 16-member committee will vote on the candidates on December 5, with the candidates needing 12 votes to be admitted. Obviously, I’m thrilled for Santo’s family (and Ronnie, somewhere), but I remain disgusted that Ronnie was deprived of having his moment of enshrinement in the living years.
  • This came in too late for the Managerial round-up, but Phil Rogers continues to beat the Joe Maddon drum, despite all evidence to the contrary. In the new Ricketts era, I won’t rule anything out, but it just seems so very, very unlikely given what Theo and Jed have said. Theo, himself, has essentially confirmed that the Cubs aren’t even looking at any sitting managers.
  • Cubs’ management, among scouts from other teams, will be monitoring Carlos Zambrano’s outings in Venezuela this Winter. President Theo Epstein, who is hoping to speak with Zambrano next week, said, “I think it’s a good thing [that he's pitching], under the circumstances. He probably needs the innings. It could be good for his state of mind to get out there and perform.” That’s right, Theo. Play it cool.
  • Theo didn’t have much of an update on progress in the compensation talks between he and Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. But that’s because, “We haven’t made a ton of progress.”
  • Doug Glanville offers a treatise on loyalty in the wake of the Cubs’ refusal to interview Ryne Sandberg for their open managerial spot.
  • Junior Lake keeps hitting in the AFL, and Bryan LaHair keeps hitting in Venezuelan Winter Ball.
  • A watchdog group in Mesa isn’t crazy about the Mesa/Cubs’ stadium/Wrigleyville West plans.
  • It looks increasingly likely that the Astros’ sale to Jim Crane will be approved in two weeks at the upcoming Owners Meetings, which should pave the way for the Astros to move to the American League.
  • Relatedly, collective bargaining talks are progressing, but hard slotting in the draft (i.e., pick number 1 gets $X, no negotiation, pick number 2 gets $Y, no negotiation, etc.), which would be terrible for the sport (it could push elite athletes into other sports) and bad for the Cubs (who are all too happy to nab some great, overslot talent), remains a sticking point. A resolution is expected next week at the earliest.
  • Fishin Phil
    • This came in too late for the Managerial round-up, but Phil Rogers continues to beat the Joe Maddon drum, despite all evidence to the contrary. In the new Ricketts era, I won’t rule anything out, but it just seems so very, very unlikely given what Theo and Jed have said. Theo, himself, has essentially confirmed that the Cubs aren’t even looking at any sitting managers.

    Phil has never let the facts stand in the way of a good rumor.

     

    • JasonB

      I wonder if he’ll acknowledge that he was wrong when, you know, we actually hire one of those three?

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the morons in the Chicago media would crucify Joe Maddon as soon as one of his “unconventional” moves didn’t work.  When that happens, they will also likely ignore the five that did work.

    • Todd

      Phil Rogers needs to give it up. Maddon or any other sitting manager won’t be here next season or any other season that Theo and Jed are running the show.

      Part of being very intelligent and excellent at what you do also requires some “positive” arrogance. I’m thinking Theo and Jed won’t to find the next great manager. They want that satisfaction from having complete ownership of all things successful with the Cubs, moving forward.

      At least, that’s my opinion.

  • Chop

    So you are saying I can dodge bullets?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Only in the Matrix.

    • JasonB

      He’s telling you that when you’re ready, you won’t have to

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Yeah, I should have gone with the next line. Nicely played.

    • Joe Cartwright

      I’d say you just got hit by 9 of them.

    • Hawkeye

      Well said.

  • TWC

    Glanville’s article is a bit of a re-tread of a (much better) article that he wrote for the NY Times a few years ago.  Question:  was he juicing?  I can’t remember if he was on the list.

  • BD

    Man- totally agree about Santo. It’s such a joke that he didn’t get in, especially when you compare his numbers to the 3Bs already in the Hall.

  • die hard

    Why not former Cincy 2B Joe Morgan as mgr…he would kick tail and take names later…

    As for Ron Santo, he undeservedly received more than his share of blame for 69 collapse and this lingers to today…many of other 3B in Hall may not deserve entry but thats no argument for opening door for Santo…He should get in on his own merit which is considerable…I hope he gets in which would be good omen for start of season.

    • TWC

      “Why not former Cincy 2B Joe Morgan as mgr…he would kick tail and take names later…”

      Seriously.  Weak troll, man.

  • Toosh

    Carpenter, Lake, and McNutt can be watched Saturday on MLB.

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