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  • The Cubs are very interested in Joe Girardi, according to Buster Olney. A portion of that interest, understandably, is coming from ownership, says Olney, who view Girardi as the kind of guy who could infuse excitement into a flagging fan base. Olney frames the interest there as ownership making a strong argument to the baseball side that Girardi’s the guy. While I don’t doubt that ownership/the business side would love to have the “Girardi story” to sell to fans, I do doubt that they’d be able to persuade the baseball crew to accept Girardi as manager if they weren’t already interested in him for their own reasons. As I’ve said before, it’s possible that a pursuit of Girardi simply represents a confluence of baseball and business directives where everybody wins. If Girardi doesn’t immediately re-sign with the Yankees, that is.
  • Olney adds, by the way, that even as the Cubs are interested in Girardi, the baseball operations department is not locked in on him as *the* candidate. I don’t take that to mean they might not like him – I think it just means that these guys are process-oriented, and they’re going to go through the process.
  • On Girardi, Bruce Levine writes that adding Girardi may require that the Cubs figure out a way to become competitive (and spend a little more) sooner than otherwise planned. Either way, Girardi is a fit.
  • We heard yesterday that A.J. Hinch, currently in the Padres’ front office, was emerging as a legitimate option for the Cubs’ managerial opening, and that isn’t stopping today. Jerry Crasnick reports that the Cubs have already spoken to the Padres about Hinch, though they’ve not yet formally asked for permission to interview him for their opening. Crasnick expects that request to come soon, though. For additional confirmation, Jon Heyman also throws his hat in the Cubs-are-interested-in-Hinch ring.
  • Additionally, Crasnick reports that the Cubs are not as interested in Brad Ausmus, a special assistant with the Padres, as some have speculated. The Cubs apparently like him, but feel like there isn’t enough experience there. (Indeed, Ausmus has exceedingly little experience as a coach or manager, having only done a stint managing with Team Israel for the WBC.)
  • How about White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper as the next Cubs manager? Well, he was asked about it, and, although he thinks he could do the job, managing isn’t his goal. Cooper is thought of as one of the best pitching coaches in the game.
  • EQ76

    Uggla left off the Braves post season roster..wow.. looks like he may be available.

    • Carew

      pass

    • Jon

      He’d be a nice bridge to Alcantara.

      • CubsFaninMS

        I’d say more of an older, dead tree that collapses over the river instead of a bridge.

        • DarthHater

          heh

        • josh ruiter

          that is sorta what a bridge is…just sayin…jk…but seriously

    • Patrick W.

      If you don’t follow me on Twitter (and really, why would you?) here’s the joke I was attempting to make:

      https://twitter.com/BaseNarcissist/status/385489369529737216/photo/1

      • Jon

        I don’t get it?

        • Patrick W.

          I was sending an email to a friend who is a Braves fan, and we argue every once in a while about the virtues of Dan Uggla (I am not a fan) and when I went to send the email, Outlook did not recognize Uggla (not in dictionary) and suggested to me that I change the word to Ugly.

          This is why nobody follows me on Twitter.

    • EQ76

      wow.. all i put was that he was left off the postseason roster and that he’ll probably be available.. not at all saying the Cubs should get him, that would be dumb… i guess everyone just assumed that’s what i meant. I was more or less shocked that the Braves’ highest paid player got the boot and that he’ll probably be gone next year then.

    • roz

      No thanks. His wOBA is trending down the last 4 years and his K% is trending way up. I’ll pass.

  • Voice of Reason

    Why in the world would a team that is smack dab in the middle of a complete rebuild want to impede the process by bring uggla on board?

    • Andrew

      because we’d be buying low on a guy that has had very bad luck this season (.225 BABIP) while maintaining pretty good peripherals (14.3 BB%, .183 ISO) at a position that is currently a blackhole offensively. If the Braves were willing to take on a good chunk of his salary, I would say why not.

      • Jon

        The only thing I could see is that if 2B is going to be Baez’s destination, or Castro’s if he slides over, assuming Baez is ready in June of 2014.

        • Andrew

          then at that point either uggla or baez could move to third, or hell one of them could move to the of. Or when Baez is ready, you just trade Uggla again. The problem with this team is that there simply are not enough good bats in the majors. I think this year is somewhat of an anomaly for uggla and he is a good bat, as shown by him being at or above average offensively every year he’s played but this one. I think Uggla is worth less now than he will be worth in the future and for that reason, it would be a good move to acquire him.

          • Jon

            Yeah, I would definitely consider kicking the tires on him.

          • Part of the Core

            I wouldn’t discount so quickly what Barney’s gold glove brings to the table. He’s got a positive WAR even with his light bat. By putting Castro/Baez at SS/2B, in whatever combination, you’re talking about compensating for 20 errors or so from each of them plus the uptick in ‘seeing-eye’ hits through the middle because both players are out of position (something that Barney is never guilty of). Combining errors plus additional hits, you could be looking at an extra baserunner for the opposition every game you otherwise wouldn’t have just by not having Barney in the game.

        • cms0101

          Exactly. They’re not going to fill the 2B hole now that some of the better prospects are approaching the majors. If Baez, Alcantara, Olt, and Villanueva are all in AAA next year, you can bet at least one of them will break through to the majors and either push Murphy over to 2nd with Barney or take over 2nd themselves. And with Barney, I feel like they haven’t quite given up on him yet, so acquiring another veteran doesn’t seem likely to me.

      • slothinator

        Actually, we’d be taking on a guy who’s overall numbers have dropped 3 years in a row, will be 34 next March, and is considered one of the poorer defensive players at his position. Middle infielders tend to decline rapidly once they hit their 30′s, and that certainly looks like what has happened to Uggla.

        Now he did have lasik in August, so maybe there’s some chance of rebound. I would have to think any gains made on the offensive side would be given right back on defense. Better to just stick with what we have and wait for Baez/Alcantrara next year.

        • On The Farm

          Good point, the only number that has gotten better is his BB%. Outside of that it looks like he is hitting a hard decline. His k% is north of 30, ISO is .03 lower than his career average, his wOBA is .04 lower than his average and he failed to meet league average in wRC+. He could be a good gamble, but I am not sure if it is worth it.I would rather take another shot at Valbuena, he had better numbers (except walk and ISO), but produced 1.5 more WAR.

        • themusicbox

          Didn’t Uggla have two or three errors in an all star game a few years back?

      • Professor Snarks

        The last thing the Cubs need is a low avg, low obp, hitter.
        His BABIP is caused by his his all or nothing approach, not bad luck, and his ISO isn’t that big of a deal when the avg is .179.

        We need good hitters. Either wait for the prospects, or trade the prospects for better hitters, but don’t get more crap hitters.

      • Voice of Reason

        The braves didn’t even keep him on the roster to be a pinch hitter. That shows you what they thought about his bad luck and peripherals.

        This isn’t the same uggla of years back. Let him go, dude.

        • Jon

          I think the “keepers of all BABIP kept sacred” and the “Rizzo protection squad” will have to weigh in on this? Bad luck, or trend?

          • YourResidentJag

            “Rizzo protection squad”–nice.

          • slothinator

            I’d say trend based on his age and 3 years of decline. It doesn’t look like an anomaly.

          • Norm

            Not just bad luck. He’ll be 34, his K rate is all time high, his LD% is all time low (if that’s to be trusted), and even if he did bounce back he wouldn’t have much value.

            • Voice of Reason

              And his defense is absolutely brutal.

      • CubsFaninMS

        Here’s another peripheral: A 38% strikeout ratio. No thanks.

        • Napercal

          Why not get Joe Morgan?

  • Blublud

    AJ Hinch or Brad Ausmus, I’ll pass. If you want Dale Sveum, then they might as well kept Dale Sveum. I’m more interested in a veteran manager.

  • Jon

    Man, just read this

    http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2013/october/dallas-latos-case-shows-the-worst-of-twitter.html

    Tough to cheer for the Pirates when you read shit like this. Act like you’ve been in the post season before, oh wait they haven’t(since Reagen administration at least)

    • OlderStyle

      Bush #1′s administration

    • Carew

      They have no idea what to do and how to act when a team is winning…what a shame

    • ssckelley

      That is awful that she got hit in the head 3 times, and I find it hard to believe that security would not act on it or the police but taking this to social media is going to get this kind of reaction. Twitter is not a good place for these types of issues.

      • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/653cc0c5f0eded621ab13b4f631de7da.png Cizzle

        I agree. Did she think she was going to get any love from Pitt fans?

  • baseballet

    “But sources say that Cubs ownership wants Girardi, is making a strong internal argument to hire him and intends to make him a serious contract offer, if given the chance.”

    Sounds like Ricketts sticking his nose into Theo’s business. What happened to hands off?

    • Wilbur

      There is a big difference to making an argument someone should be hired and mandating that they are hired …

      • baseballet

        Right but Ricketts was supposed to be a hands off owner, not making recommendations to Theo on baseball decisions. Now he’s making a “strong internal argument” to Theo to hire a particular manager that he wants.

        • Brian Peters

          I know I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I don’t think any of this is going to matter. I don’t think Girardi wants to A) manage next year; or B) if he does, he wants to stay put.

          • YourResidentJag

            I agree.

            • Ivy Walls

              Hardly, that is a fan view of the business and profession. Girardi only has so many years left at this value level. NYY is on a downward slide with their entire division on the upward slide.

              There will be only one manager who will be the manager to break the century long wait. This is an opportunity of a lifetime.

              • duck

                Pretty sure yours is actually the fan view of the profession? To say “He must come to our team because we’ve been waiting so long!” as opposed to saying he’ll stay in New York because he likes management and has a family and children to consider.

  • Patrick W.

    Funny:

    [img]http://t.co/LPIdXEJA11[/img]

  • Patrick W.

    Try again:

    [img]https://twitter.com/BaseNarcissist/status/385489369529737216/photo/1[/img]

    • Patrick W.

      screw it.

      • Brian Peters

        Now, THAT’S funny!

  • Kevin

    “Olney adds, by the way, that even as the Cubs are interested in Girardi, the baseball operations department is not locked in on him as *the* candidate. I don’t take that to mean they might not like him – I think it just means that these guys are process-oriented, and they’re going to go through the process.”

    Let’s hope the process works better than the one used when they picked Sveum. This decision could make or break Theo/Jed.

    • http://It'searly Mike F

      It is to some extent problematic. Theo is pretty cocky, if Ricketts indeed wants JG, then the choice becomes more problematic. A slow start by a gamble manager, I really believe could bring down Theo. Crane Kenney apparently is whispering in Ricketts ear. He was always trying to make a splash and used Hendry. To some extent, I feel less sorry for Theo. He had all the leverage when he came here, and has lost himself a little in the process. Anyway we cut it, this next manager has to work, and Theo has let the perception be created that the next manager has to nanny Castro and Rizzo. He has left a real muddled picture to the fan base and is compounded now by the ready to win stuff.

      • hansman1982

        “Crane Kenney apparently is whispering in Ricketts ear. He was always trying to make a splash and used Hendry.”

        Proof?

        • DarthHater

          [img]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8551/8705395082_5a73fb91cd_m.jpg[/img]

          • CubsFaninMS

            Is the guy in the background saying “CANDYGRAM FOR MONGO!”?

        • http://It'searly Mike F

          The guy at Cub’s den reported right away Kenney and Ricketts were wanting JG. And all the Chicago media and scouting department whispered to anyone who would listen when Hendry was fired, Kenney was the one ordering the moves that crippled the team. Under the Tribune Kenney had no real boss. I guess you can blame Zell later, but Kenney has more finger prints on the problems than people often want to accept. If you are going to clean house, the first thing Tom should have accomplished was firing Crane. Instead Crane found a scapegoat in Hendry.

      • SalukiHawk

        I don’t think the next managerial choice is going to “bring down Theo.” Ricketts knows the team stinks, and he knows why…he hired Theo not just to change the team, but to change a culture, and that is happening. If you look at the total work, not just the performance of the big league, it’s hard to argue that the culture of the organization isn’t changing; significantly and for the better. Theo hasn’t put a winner on the field, but has also had to manage a smaller budget and had to “clear the books” of bad contracts. I think Tom is completely on board with the Jedstein plan, and I doubt how anything has gone down surprises him at this point. When Nate Shierholtz is your offensive MVP, you’ve got problems. I honestly think Theo has done about as well as possible given the budget (save perhaps EJackson, but I had more problems with the years than the money, but we got about what we thought we’d get there too). I think Theo has at least another five years. GMs just aren’t measured by the same criteria as managers, and I really think Tom understands that to see this through, his brass need another 2 years minimum to see improvement, 3-5 years to realize that perennial playoff-contending success Theo talked about when hired. By the way, I think Sveum wouldn’t have been given the quick hook if the club had felt he was better on the player development end. I really don’t think Dale’s record doomed him. It was his handling of the young players. If we had seen 96 losses but .280/35/100 out of Rizzo and .320/18/90 (.340 OBP) out of Starlin, no doubt in my mind Dale is still wearing Cubbie blue.

        • http://It'searly Mike F

          The sole responsibility for the MVP being Nate S, rests with Theo. I am and continue to be a Theo guy, but he has made some mistakes and is arrogant. That is obvious. I would have agreed with you about his position, until 2 weeks ago. The most revealing part of Theo’s score interview and what followed was opening the door to having wanted to make moves he couldn’t because of resources. Ricketts immediately clearly contradicted that indicating he had more than enough. Anyway you cut it you never want to throw the boss under the bus.

          More importantly, if JG is who Ricketts wants and he lets Theo do his thing, it won’t be forgotten. It never is. The thing will play itself out, but I think we delude ourselves if we think Theo isn’t expendable. That’s not how the Ricketts family got where they are. If the owner is willing to spend what it takes to get the best, Theo should not let his “process” get in the way. There is a time to let the owner make the decision and this may well be that time.

          • Hee Seop Chode

            Couldn’t disagree more. If Rickets proves to be a good CEO, he will hire the right people and let them do their jobs. If TR believes JG should be hired, he should make a note of it, see how things play out, and weigh that single decision along with the many other decisions Theo makes over a period of time.

          • Ivy Walls

            They are arrogant because they thought they could field a team that would finish 8-10th from the bottom and not 4th. They said so with their analogy of 70 versus 78 wins earlier this year.

            But the decision of a manager goes all the way to the top, as they will have to buy off and therefore approve. It is a consensus. Now Girardi appears to be the obvious choice because all the stars align.

            • Chef Brian

              It really doesn’t matter what TR wants if who he wants isn’t even available. I really think this is much ado about nothing. Ownership is making a suggestion, not a demand. Theo/Jed will pick the manager that they want and it has nothing to do with arrogance. They are in charge of Baseball Ops and paid thee big bucks because they are more knowledgeable than the Business side of the team.

  • Brian Peters

    I agree, Kevin, but what defines “success”? A manager with a better record than Dale? A world series ring? We’ve gone 105 years….what are *realistic* expectations for the next guy?

  • Kyle

    This front office has a history of blaming (through proxies) ownership pressure for decisions that go wrong. The seeds are beginning to be sown.

    • Carew

      when?

      • Jon

        John Lackey, Carl Crawford, are some of the examples I think Kyle is referring to.

      • Kyle

        When they left Boston and threw the ownership under the bus for Epstein’s free agency failures in the later half of his run there.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I seem to remember credible denials on that one.

      • YourResidentJag

        Meh, depends on which channels you were willing to believe.

        • hansman1982

          It all depends on what your viewpoint is on the front office.

          • YourResidentJag

            Or it depends on whether you want to to take a balanced approach to the situation from the understanding that there was plenty of blame to go around on both sides (ownership and baseball operations). And usually is in a baseball organization when things go awry.

            • hansman1982

              I agree, I don’t doubt there was blame to be placed on the ownership and business side in Boston but more blame to be placed on Theo (since he did actually sign those players).

              For me, there isn’t, usually, enough information in to the inner discussions of the FO to really get too worked up about the “Ownership pushing for Girardi” bit. There are so many possibilities of what is happening in there.

              • YourResidentJag

                Oh, I agree with Girardi part but I don’t agree with “credible denials” when it comes to Theo’s last situation.

              • DarthHater

                I don’t care who pushes for whom. All that matters is that they get somebody good. He could be hired on the recommendation of Die hard, and I wouldn’t mind, provided he helps the team. :-P

                • Hansman1982

                  Odds are, die hard has recommended the next manager.

                  If ricketts is merely arguing for the guy he likes, fine. If he dictates Girardi, even if it works out is not a good thing.

      • Kyle

        I seem to recall disagreeing with you on that point, not that that’s unusual.

    • Chase S.

      I think we’re all over-reacting to a small sentence that can be analyzed in a variety of ways. Let’s just wait and see what happens.

  • cubmig

    A.J. Hinch for Cubs Manager??? I know it was mentioned in someone’s post somewhere, but it may be worth taking note of this once more, and I quote from Wikipedia:

    “Hinch was fired from the Diamondbacks on July 1, 2010, following a 31-48 start to the 2010 season.[3] Overall, Hinch compiled an 89-123 record in 212 games. His .420 winning percentage ranks as the second lowest in Diamondbacks history, just ahead of Al Pedrique.”

    I don’t know shit as much about baseball as others, but hey, the guys in the FO get paid BIG Bucks for knowing enough to look at that and say—”No thanks.” I don’t get he mindset of those in charge of searching for the best—especially after they lay out the prerequisites for qualifying. Someone please explain that…….am I missing something?

    • cubmig

      ^ the mindset

  • cubsklm

    Does it really matter who the next manager is? Does the manager really play that big of a role in player development? Isn’t MLB baseball On The Job Training?

    What days or timeframes are established during the season, where the manager works directly with each player on development?

    You can’t put Castro and Rizzo out there everyday and surround them by mediocre players at best. I don’t care who the manager is!

    • cubmig

      “Does it really matter who the next manager is?”

      When *the* guy who comes in and takes this Cubs franchise to the World Series, you’ll have your answer cubskim.

      • cubsklm

        So I guess all the previous Cub managers also failed at player development.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Really, the only Cubs “failure” of recent memory (which for me means since the late 1980′s) who I think could have become a good player under different managers was Kevin Orie. If you recall, he actually posted a decent OBP (due to an above average walk-rate) at a time when people looked only at BA.

          Obviously, Prior and Wood might have lasted a lot longer if they had had managers who accepted that pitch counts rather than innings were what wore down a pitcher’s arm: but for all the crap we give Dusty, most managers at that time were like that. Unfortunately, Prior is the one who made everybody finally pay attention to this.

          All of the other Cubs prospects of whom I can think simply lacked a fundamental tool (usually pitch recognition for batters). Hee-Seop Choi was the exception there: however, his contact skills were awful (which might have been a side-effect of operations on his wrists to remove benign cysts).

          I really do not think that there is a manger out there who could teach Castro or Lake how to recognize a pitch 10′ from an MLB pitcher’s hand. Certainly nobody can teach Rizzo how to have a better BABiP. There simply is no panacea here, folks.

          • slothinator

            As I recall, didn’t Orie also have surgery on his wrist(s)? I always thought that’s what was blamed for him not developing into the power hitter he was expected to be.

            • cubsklm

              All I’m saying is: “Is it really the manager’s job to be in charge of player development?”

              What is the hitting coach for?
              Isn’t there a coach on the bench whose responsible for fielding/defense?

              The entire talk is about player development. I don’t think that is on the manager.

              What is really going on here is:
              1.) Girardi is available.
              2.) Friction between Castro and Sveum.
              3.) Dwindling crowds, need a Big name to bring the fans back.

            • Napercal

              Shouldn’t player development occur in the minor leagues? How does a player ascend to the major leagues and not understand that you have to pay attention to the game situation (Castro not knowing the number of outs)? Do they just learn how to throw the ball to the right base in the majors? Come on! I’ve coached youth baseball for years and we went over game situations every practice. That can’t be a major league manager’s job. At least Sveum and his coaches taught Soriano how to catch a flyball.

  • Chase S.

    I know I brought this up on yesterday’s post about Hinch, but would it be appropriate to speculate that Hinch could be a candidate for director of scouting and player development? As discussed on here before, it’s a very real possibility that McLeod could land himself a GM gig somewhere so maybe they’re being preemptive or perhaps are in close-to-the-chest (fits their MO) discussions with someone about McLeod as a GM. As said before, Hinch’s run as manager (given the relatively small sample size) was questionable at best, so perhaps they want to extend his current duties he has with the Padres to bring him to the Cubs. Maybe they’re talking to him but not about managing. Just curious I suppose.

  • DarthHater

    Hinch looks like, if necessary, he could also serve as Theo’s stunt double.

    • YourResidentJag

      I wonder how he looks in a gorilla suit.

      • DarthHater

        Probably like a gorilla. :-D But if you have a look-alike underling, there’s less need for gorilla suits.

        • YourResidentJag

          True on both accounts. :)

  • Patrick G

    Brett,

    Just heard on ESPN NY that a Chicago Cubs blog mentioned the Cubs are willing to pay $6M a year for Girardi. Wasn’t sure if you wrote about that or if you heard anything about that.

    • MichiganGoat

      That’s what I believe he expects now the years is the real question.

    • aCubsFan

      Scioscia is making $5 million/year for 10 years. So, Girardi is easily equal to that if not more.

  • Gutshot5820

    If somehow the Cubs end up snagging Girardi for 6-7M that would mean with the FO “dream team” (smirk) and the manager, they have invested close to $30M on upper management alone. That’s more than the payroll of some MLB teams. Add to that the payroll of all the board members of the entire Ricketts clan and you can see why our payroll has declined into small or mid-market territory. Meanwhile our on-the-field payroll has declined into small market territory and record losing seasons. I’m not sure how much of all this “brain” power actually translates into wins.

    Was there reasonable options that would have provided similar results while spending a lot less of our baseball resources on management? To me there is way too much money being spent on redundant management. Money that should be going into payroll. As I have said before, the farm was largely built on record losing seasons (high draft picks), trading/selling off our entire MLB roster and leftovers from the Hendry era. If you look at each of our top farm players, it didn’t take a genius to accomplish what Theo did and could have been replicated by a competent young GM without paying the hordes of suits the Cubs now employ.

    • 1060Ivy

      Cubs haven’t signed Girardi so wouldn’t include his $6-7 MM in that management pot, yet.

      One issue with the premise that the Cubs are paying too much for management is that I don’t believe that we know the compensation for Tribune cronies and old management team nor the current ownerships, the Ricketts, and his cronies compensation. Nor have I seen this figure for other MLB teams so it would be fairly difficult to say that the Cubs are over or underpaying.

      From reports, the front office has greatly expanded from the Tribune days who were known to keep a extreme lean crew on scouting and other baseball operations. Again, we don’t know if they were fat in other parts of the organization.

      Regarding what changes have we seen attributable to this increased staff, the positioning and shifts players have used in the last couple of season have dramatically improved but other than that I would be hard pressed to site on field improvements.

  • http://Bleachernation.com Frank

    Rumor has it if Hinch is the new manager then Aaron Miles will be bench coach. The front office were overheard saying”if they give us A. Hinch we’ll take A.Miles.”

    • Chris S

      Hiyoooooooo!!! We’ll played, sir.

    • mjhurdle

      bada ching!
      well played, i laughed :)

  • iowacubs

    What about Bob….Brenly that is???

    • aCubsFan

      Yes, it’s surprising Brenly hasn’t been mentioned in the discussion of potential manager.

      • Chris S

        I don’t know if Brenley has the young talent development part down. I seem to remember him having an older squad when he won the WS. Although I’m sure someone will come back with an average age and prove me wrong.

    • ssckelley

      You mean that guy who used to be in the broadcast booth for the Cubs? The one who has a son that got cut soon after his dad bolted for Arizona?

      I think it will be a cold day in hell before you hear of Brenly getting an interview for any position with the Cubs.

      • iowacubs

        Or the guy who managed Arizona to a Championship!!

        • ssckelley

          With a team that had no starters under the age of 30 along with Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson anchoring the rotation. You want to hand this guy a team that is getting young?

        • DocPeterWimsey

          And who’s managing had very, very little to do with it, at least in the WS: indeed, Brenly’s managing did more to get the Yankees to Game 7 than Torre’s did!

  • Aaron

    Gutshot5820 – great points and you are right the large amount of monies going towards salaries…not to players but upper management and now possibly Girardi included in that mix.

    However, it may take all of these resources to turn this losing franchise around and turn it into a winner. If Joe gets the job, I hope he brings in some top talent coaches who are also going to want a pretty penny. If they get the job done in the next 3-5 years, a championship caliber Cubs team will be PRICELESS.

  • Die hard

    Again — if Cubs don’t feel will be competing next yr why not Kessinger for one year to see what happens- no risk and high reward

    • http://ehanauer.com clark addison

      That ship sailed 20 years ago.

      Didn’t he manage the White Sox to a disastrous season?

      • MichiganGoat

        That’s only yesterday in die hard time

  • CRAZYHORSE

    If the Cubs sign Girardi that would be great I doubt any person can complain of the signing. The real question would Girardi actually sign with Chicago.

    Girardi is a manager he is not a puppet. The man has good instincts and has a proven record of handling young players with the Marlins team and it seems he has the professionalism to manage high egos on a 25 man roster. as with the Yankees. But more importantly he carries himself as a leader not a puppet for the front office.

    i doubt the Cubs can sign him. but his name will shift the focus away from the disastrous 2013 season and the price alone to hire Girardi is what the Cubs need so finger pointing is less for Little Theo. and king Jed.

    .

  • Southside Cubs Fan

    If the FO chooses to hire a unproven Manager, It should be Mike Maddux.

    • Chris S

      Mike Maddux would be a great pitching coach.. Not sure about manager.. Remember Larry Rothschild (another guy who is supposed to be one of baseballs’s premiere pitching coaches) was the manager of the Rays for a short time, and that went over like a lead balloon.

      • Cedlandrum

        well in fairness to Larry it was an expansion team he managed.

  • http://mccarronlegal.com jmc

    major league players went major league games. it is not exactly rocket science

  • http://mccarronlegal.com jmc

    sorry win major league games

  • Gutshot5820

    My favorite choice as Manager… Greg Maddux. Would make an excellent Manager. Great mind, would know how to handle a pitching staff. have respect from the players and peers, even tempered emotionally, would probably stay out of the way of the hitting coach. Possibly bring his brother as a pitching coach.

    • aCubsFan

      Nice thought but he doesn’t fit the criteria. No managerial experience and not even any coaching experience. So not going to happen.

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ch1town24

    Shoulda woulda coulda been ryne “ryno” sandberg…. A true blue cub…

    • praying the cubs get ready to win

      Agreed, he did everything the Cubs asked. A hall of gamer who did the minor leagues and won at every level deserved to be the Cubs manager vs Quade and should be the manager now, if we can put egos aside.

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