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greg madduxWhile we await word on Joe Girardi’s Yankees decision …

Bruce Levine wants you to have a fun Friday night discussing things on the Internet.

That can be the only explanation for tossing out the following tweet just a few moments ago:

I kid, of course, because the other possible explanation is that Maddux (Greg, in addition to Mike, I suppose) really is under consideration for the managerial gig. No one would question Greg’s baseball knowledge and ability to translate that knowledge into productivity on the field. Indeed, I suspect he’d be a very effective in-game manager. What we don’t know is how he’d succeed as a player developer and a coach.

Maddux does have experience in both roles, however, having been a roving instructor in the minor leagues with the Cubs for a number of years, and a special assistant with the Rangers. It’s not the traditional coaching background you’d look for, but if Maddux wants to talk about managing, you’d at least give him a listen. Indeed, upon ending his playing career, many thought Maddux was destined for the bench, but the rigors of a full season (and offseason) of managing can be taxing.

We’ll see if there’s anything real to this rumor. Bruce Levine certainly has his sources, and he’s got to know that tossing out Greg Maddux’s name in the Cubs’ managerial search is the kind of thing that everyone is going to want to discuss. I doubt he’d be so cavalier about it if he didn’t have something solid.

  • Jon

    Bruce Levines motto of journalism is “throw enough sht at the wall, and some if it will stick”

    • MikeW

      Yeah. Really is.

    • CGruegs45

      Hey #bro don’t insult #levin like that. #TonightIsTheNight #GregWillPutHisHandsUp

      • CGruegs45

        #I’manobnoxious#’er #troll #ing #you #on #BN

        • wasssup

          #you’readorkass.

  • dying cubs fan’s last request

    Sweet.

  • jayrig5

    There’s a lot we don’t know about how Greg would manage a team; it’s not like he’s been an open book lately.

    But he’s a once-in-a-generation baseball mind, and he understands the batter/pitcher equation better than just about anyone, ever. Plus you hear great stories about how he helped teammates improve their games.

    If he truly is interested, he jumps right onto the shortlist and gets an interview, and I’d be very excited.

  • On The Farm

    Rusin had comments this year saying how Greg helped him as a pitcher. I would have to think our pitching talent would really thrive under Greg, we would just need to be able to pair him with some to develop the hitting prospects.

    • MoneyBoy

      OnTheFarm… I remember that article. It was fascinating. Greg’s knowledge of how to work a hitter was simply astonishing.

      There was a link here to something about Greg’s time with the Dodgers and San Diego. I think it was called, “How Did This Guy Win…” 356 I think, but whatever.

      You’d suspect he left because his brother wasn’t hired. As good as the minor league coordinator is, I’m sure even he would say, “Bring him!” to the notion of adding a soon-to-be HOF pitcher to the organization.

      • Scotti

        http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3336514

        Maddux wound up and threw. By now, pitching coach Darren Balsley was watching, along with a few other Padres who had received word that a strange experiment was taking place involving a catcher attempting to catch without the benefit of vision. The ball left Maddux’s hand, and Akerfelds yelled “Now!” and Risinger clenched his mitt around the ball.

        He opened his eyes. There it was, in the mitt.

        Arms were raised in celebration. It was a beautifully stupid scene. Risinger laughed so hard he fell down. Akerfelds was doubled over, laughing to the point of tears. Maddux looked on with a wry smile, shaking his head.

        “One of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen,” said Akerfelds, who is 45 years old.

        And so it was proved, once and for all: You really can catch Greg Maddux with your eyes closed.

        • Cubbie Blues

          Ha, when was that? I didn’t see a date on the article. I’m on my phone.

          • Scotti

            No date on it but they referenced “last year in SD” so it would have been his final year, 2008, prior to being traded to LA.

            • Cyranojoe

              I remember that. Was a great article.

        • Scotti

          One day last summer, Greg called reliever Heath Bell into the film room. The Padres were playing the Cardinals, and Maddux wanted Bell to see something he’d picked up from a St. Louis hitter.

          “I can’t do it, but with your stuff, you can throw your fastball inside and handle this guy,” Maddux told him. Bell started to answer, “But the scouting report says … ”

          “I don’t care about the scouting report,” Maddux said. “I’m saying your fastball can get this guy out.”

          After relaying the story, Bell says, “I listened. I got him out. Maddux knows best.”

  • Lmendez

    I am and always will be a huge Greg Maddux fan, but he definetly is not the right man for this job. Theo and Jed are looking for a spark of energy aside from player development skills and managerial experience. I see in Greg a guy who likes to sit back and enjoy/analyze the game, he would be a tremendous pitching coach down the road.

    • ClevelandCubsFan

      I think you misread Maddux. This is a guy known to swear like a sailor on the mound as he pitched. I think he just knows how to channel it.

    • ssckelley

      If I was hired to be a manager for a MLB team the first call I’d make would be to Greg Maddux for pitching coach. The guy was a pitching coach for teams well before he retired.

  • Die hard

    Brett Now you are toying with us– serious posters only

    • kscubfan

      Sorry Die Hard I have been reading this site for years and for you to say this is about as creditable as Michigan Goats wine selection.

      • MichiganGoat

        What? Are you saying Thunderbird is not good wine selection? ;)

        • http://epicfunhub.com Frank

          Thunderbird goes with everything, especially spam.

        • kscubfan

          Sorry but yes. Zombie monkey porter doing a good job tonight. :-)

          • MichiganGoat

            Delicious I’ve got to find some of those

          • Kansas Cubs Fan

            Hey ks ub fan, where in Kansas are you located?

        • Headscratchin

          If the rest of your collection consists of Annie Green Springs, Wild Mountain Grape, Apple Zapple, and Strawberry Fields, the Thunderbird fits right in!

          • MichiganGoat

            That is my list of spectacular wine… good thing I stick to beer.

      • Die hard

        Some of the best USA wine comes from MI

        • Cheryl

          Agreed, but never heard of Thunderbird

          • MichiganGoat

            Thunderbird is bum/whino drink right up there with MD 20/20, it was a favorite of Jack Kerouac
            [img]http://www.bumwine.com/bumwine/thunderbird.jpg[/img]

            • ClevelandCubsFan

              In Ohio, anything 20% ABV or above must be sold in a state liquor agency which is widely regarded as a racket. (Of course Ohio racketa are laughable by Illinois standards.I digress.) So the powers that be have a special beverage for the neighborhood wino that can be sold in any cornet store. Appropriate named…. Nineteen Nine

            • Cheryl

              Sorry Goat, I’m more traditional in my taste – Blue Moon, Red Stripe, Glen Ellyn and maybe even Guinness, altho with Guinness it’s said that by the time you get to the end of a mug your taste buds are totally destroyed.

          • jt

            famous Playboy cartoon of the ’70’s
            trashcans, gutter, drunk saying; “Thunderbird… not a great wine (burp) but a good wine.

          • jt
      • DocPeterWimsey

        Goat’s beer list, on the other hand, is outstanding.

        • Cubbie Blues

          DragonFly IPA from a Growler is tasting pretty good about now.

          • MichiganGoat

            Indeed that would man I miss Bloomington

        • MichiganGoat

          Why thank you, I’m enjoying some Huma Lupa Licious tonight, it’s a real shame you can’t get that outside of Michigan.

  • Hansman1982

    Damn, those ugly sweaters are gonna be a tad warm inside the dugout at Wrigley.

  • Seth N.

    remember….

    he was a pretty good hitter too….

    just sayin

  • Xavier Gunz

    Wow, now there’s a juicy rumor. I also think Greg could be an effective manager. And yes he can also also be someone that will get people coming back to the ballpark. Can he be an effective manager with the kids? With the pitchers there’s no doubt. As for the batters he might need a lil help. How bout Jody Davis or Hawk as hitting coach? If he’s looking and Eps likes what he hears and Girardis gone why not. Either way it’s a juicy rumor. Whether or not it’s true or credible, well have to wait and see. Go Cubs!!!!

    • ClevelandCubsFan

      Hawk will not be our hitting coach. Career OBP.

  • zach

    is it just me or does this mgr go around have more good names wanting this spot than 2 years ago?

  • Jackalope

    I don’t know what’s more comical about his tweet, the idea of Greg Maddux becoming the next Cubs manager, or the use of the phrase “impact manager.”

    • Die hard

      Greg doesn’t have patience or personality to be mgr– wildcard choice tho could be Shawn Dunston who would be great with Castro

      • Jackalope

        Right. How about Damon Berryhill or Doug Daczenzo? Maybe Paul Assenmacher is bored in his retirement.

        • ClevelandCubsFan

          Daczenzo for pitching coach.

          • kubphan82

            I’m still for Bosio as pitching coach… And McKay in some capacity…

      • Cub Style

        We want Castro to hit. I’m indifferent about attaching a lethal weapon to his right arm.

  • Die hard

    The next long term mgr must be fluent in Spanish given roster will be 75% Hispanic in 3 yrs– so unless either Maddux has taken a cram course in Spanish and lived in Mexico or other Hispanic country long enuf to be fluent then no deal

    • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

      This might be the most idiotic thing you have said, and that is saying something.

      • DarthHater

        No, sorry, but that is not even close to being the most idiotic thing he has said.

        • ClevelandCubsFan

          Ditto.

    • Professor Snarks

      Does Kessinger speak spanish. I doubt he would learn it in Mississippi.

      • MichiganGoat

        He makes up for it in BellyFire

      • DocPeterWimsey

        Come to that, what language do they speak down there? (I fall asleep before they ever finish a word….)

        • Die hard

          You may have just pissed off an entire state in one breath– even a President needs a couple to do so

          • DocPeterWimsey

            Rubbish: if nothing else, then their literacy rate isn’t that high. :-)

            • Hansman

              Ya, at most you’ve pissed off 7 people with that statement.

              • CubsFaninMS

                I’m from Mississippi and I promise you my vocabulary is more extensive than yours. Put your liberal condescending attitude back in your manpurse.

                • MichiganGoat

                  Relax buddy this all good fun, but have you seen the test scores, literacy rates, and curriculum in MS? It’s that bad.

                  • CubsFaninMS

                    I only wish we could model our state after Detroit (aka Babylon) and it’s glorious run of intelligent lawmakers, a bastain of northern ideals. Isn’t that in your state?

                    All in good fun, of course. Ha!

                    • DarthHater

                      From what part of your voluminous vocabulary did you pull “bastain?”

                    • college_of_coaches

                      Okay MS, a few corrections: “…and its glorious run of intelligent lawmakers, a bastion of northern ideals.”

                      Seriously, I like reading your posts, but you’re not helping out your cause here.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Um Detroit is not Michigan, in fact it’s a fairly small part. Of course Mississippi is really bad with geography scores and in my travels and studies of education there are cities and schools in Mississippi that make Detroit look like a model of educational success.

                    • DocPeterWimsey

                      Just like the tornado that will be mentioned in your epitaph…..

                    • Jason P

                      [img]http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&docid=n65gyTa78Hw4oM&tbnid=uvyJHdcuzuwrIM:&ved=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vdare.com%2Farticles%2Faverage-iq-by-state-honest-numbers-at-last&ei=1KFPUqqXJ6eBygG57ICoBQ&psig=AFQjCNHe3vb2E-Us1luO_AMnjON_HXmAHQ&ust=1381036884705039[/img]

                • willis

                  Yeah trashing Mississippi is shitty. There are problems, but there are problems in all states. People love to pick on the dumb ol’ southern states though so they can feel high and mighty with their holier than though liberal bullshit.

                  I’m guessing those trashing have never been. Just spewing dog crap because it’s fun to pick on Mississippi.

                  There’s just really no point. Some of us are from there and we love the state. I guess that means we’re dumb redneck shit heads. Oh well, glad and proud to be one.

                  • MichiganGoat

                    Nah it just means if the South is to rise again it will be done with picture books. And wow I guess MS has no sense of humor.

                    • willis

                      Not when people keep picking and saying dumbass shit about the state. According to y’all all my family are idiots and uneducated. And the funny thing is, as privileged as we are, my family gives shit loads of money and many in my family work their asses off in education to help fix the issues that are out there. Damn us rednecks for trying to do what’s right.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Damn man relax but the “privilege” you have received might be tinting you eyes to the seriousness of the educational deficiencies and discrimination that cloud your state. The same problem happens in Detroit- nobody thinks it is as bad until you’ve actually dealt personally with it.

                    • willis

                      It doesn’t tint my eyes. I see it more than I want to, trust me. There are so many issues, I get that and I know that. Hell I hate that. But those of us that can help are trying to help in whatever ways we can. My aunt is 61 and still teaching every day in Clarksdale, in the public schools. My grandmother taught Spanish in the public schools for decades, even though she didn’t need to, she did it to try and make things better. My mother was an educator in Mississippi public schools (both on the coast and in Batesville). My cousin taught for years in Cleveland. It’s awful, but we try to do what we can to make it better. Not everyone can, and I get that, but there’s plenty good down here and many do work hard to help. Thing is IF you want it, Mississippi can give plenty of kids a great education. There are plenty of opportunities.

                    • CubsFaninMS

                      We have a sense of humor, but we find it ironic how Northerners love to profile Southerners negatively. Then, when few of you know a Southerner personally, you assume that we profile other races and ethnicities and speak of how close-minded and ignorant we are because of it. This is called hypocrisy. If you disagree with profiling, let’s not cherrypick your “darling” ethnic groups and cultures while targeting the others you claim are doing the same. The validity of your argument is then lost.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      I’m afraid to ask what you call ““darling” ethnic groups and cultures.” And are you trying to argue that Southerners are as discriminated and marginalized as much as these “darling” groups? It’s comments and thinking like this point directly to problems of the South.

                    • Ron

                      No what I think he is trying to say is that for some reason it is acceptable to poke fun at southerners as a culture. If the same things were said about others, insert ethic group or religion, people would cry racist or bigot. But for some reason it is ok to say anything you want about a southerner. As an IA kid that has moved to the south and married a southern girl its real. Is it worth getting your panties in a wad…no but real non the less.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Oh Ron what do you and your two teeth know ;)

                    • Ron

                      Ha, i just scrolled down….I am just going to get ready for my kids baseball game and am going to leave all this alone.

                    • Internet Random

                      Those Mississippians and their poor English skills: http://www.olemiss.edu/mwp/dir/_authors/index.html

                    • Internet Random

                      Of course, Faulkner alone is enough to make the point.

                • Hansman

                  Hooray! I was just called a liberal!!!! Now that’s insulting.

                  • Ron

                    Its ok, he could have called you a progressive!

                    • Hansman

                      Ora Marxist, socialist, hippy.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Or a Hamburger Totalitarian

    • Internet Random

      It’s all ball bearings these days.

      • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

        My car just hit a water buffalo. I would have been here sooner, but a manure-spreader jackknifed on the Santa Ana. Gawdawful mess. You should see my shoes.

    • wasssup

      I actually agree with this statement. I work in a profession with a lot of Hispanic workers. They respond better if talked to in their most comfortable language. Plus, if all the greengos can’t understand when Castro is ridiculed for a bone head play, or a ‘mental lapse,’ then maybe he won’t be so quick to lose confidence. Language barrier is definetly a problem for these young kids.

      • Die hard

        Gracias bueno tu comprende mi amigo

        • wasssup

          Cada comentario que hacer no es absurdo. La gente simplemente recurriendo a idiotas en este sitio.

          • Internet Random

            Y’all’s Spanish sucks.

            • wasssup

              Vete a la mierda una cabra michigan Mr. Random

              • MichiganGoat

                Wow…

              • DarthHater

                [img]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5454/10093385584_4b150d0bd0_m.jpg[/img]

                • Internet Random

                  Yep. Wasssup needs to get some Spanish help from all of those Hispanic workmates that he totally didn’t make up.

                • CubsFaninMS

                  I’m responding to your previous post about “bastain”. Your cherrypicking response to my solitary vocabulary mistake humors me. You apparently have little to contribute to the argument. Go back to your bizzaro picture cave, Anakin.

                  • DarthHater

                    Sure, make a fool of yourself by using an imaginary word at the same time as you are bragging about your vocabulary, then try to change the subject.

                    • CubsFaninMS

                      You make a fool of yourself nightly on here with your pictures that include inside jokes that only yourself can appreciate. I’m entitled to a spelling mistake or two. Laugh. I laugh AT your pictures every day. We’re even.

                      GO CUBS!

                    • DarthHater

                      Fair enough. Mea culpa. :-D

                    • Cubbie Blues

                      I think you misspelled my mistake.

                    • Internet Random

                      “[I]nside jokes that only yourself can appreciate.”

                      But we can all appreciate the incorrect usage of a reflexive pronoun in a hilariously failed attempt to impress others.

                  • DarthHater

                    BTW, your use of the phrase “humors me” is also incorrect. Keep it up and we’ll soon have a whole cherry orchard.

                    • CubsFaninMS

                      Good for you. Make a picture of it, fool. Use that Dos Equis ad that you use every time, Mr. Creative.

                    • DarthHater

                      Darn, I had a good picture ready to go, but now you ruined it. :-P

    • unccubsfan

      Both Greg and Mike Maddux spent a large portion of their childhood in Spain. Their father was stationed there while in the Air Force. Both brothers are fluent in Spanish. Wikipedia. Boom. Lawyered.

      • CubsFaninMS

        Wow, good detective work! That’s good information. While it makes for a very interesting story, I believe the Greg Maddux, Cubs Manager rumor will be just that… a rumor. He certainly has the pitching acumen to be of value to our young pitching staff and minor league hopefuls.

    • Cub Style

      I’m pretty sure Die Hard is Jesse Rogers.

      • Die hard

        Ever consider there are others with intelligence insight forthrightness and good looks besides him?

        • http://It'searly Mike F

          creepy….

  • Die hard

    I said long term mgr– my idea as to Kess was one year only with goal of turning Castro around while Tgeo has year to find long term mgr and fans feel good about Kess at helm — will boost attendance without Jumbotron and be good transition to 2015 when Cubs ready to make a run for the flag

  • Hansman

    Since were clearing the air tonight, let me just say this: IPAs TASTE LUKE PURE GARBAGE FILTERED THROUGH MAD DOG 2020 BLING BLING EDITION.

    • wasssup

      Real men drink Steele Reserve.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Huh, I had no idea garbage could taste that good! (Homer voice: “IPA….” *drool*)

      • Hansman

        If I’m in my savor beer mood, I’d rather drink natty ice.

        • wasssup

          My Steele reserve comment was a hoax. Natty ice is just plain horrible, unless red solo cups and a ping pong ball are involved.

          • Cubbie Blues

            That beer choice would still be highly suspect.

            • wasssup

              Not trying to chug good beer. In no way would that be cost effective.

        • N8theGr8

          “Savor beer mode” = I will gladly consume enough natty ice tonight to pay for it until Tuesday.

    • ClevelandCubsFan

      Wow. That is sad.

    • Internet Random

      How can a man so right about hamburgers be so wrong about beer?

      • MichiganGoat

        Well when your taste buds are 99% hamburger grease it needs Natty Ice to dissolve the fat before it gets stuck in his heart.

        • Hansman

          Ha, I just have yet to find an IPA I like.

          • Headscratchin

            I have to agree with you Hansman. I travel quite a bit and it seems like I’ve hit every micro-brewery in many large cities and I like to get their sampler, just to taste the different beers. I have yet to find an IPA that I like.

            • Internet Random

              I can relate. I have a niece who won’t eat anything but macaroni and cheese.

            • MichiganGoat

              BLASPHEMY – HE’S A WITCH BURN HIM

          • Scott

            Thank You! To me, IPA stands for “It’s Pure A$$”. May as well just pi$$ in a bottle and drink it.. I don’t get why that swill is so popular.. Give me a beer that actually tastes good. Just about anything besides an IPA is welcome.

            • MichiganGoat

              Well obviously you have the taste buds of a witch… BURN HIM

              • kscubfan

                Sorry Goat, you might be in the minority here. IPA’s are not my favorite, give me a farm house ale or Scottish red ale and I will have a very good night.

                • MichiganGoat

                  You are all dead to me

                  • MightyBear

                    I like IPA’s.

                  • DocPeterWimsey

                    In the summer, IPAs are my favorite beers. (And summer in the DC area lasts a long, long time!) I cannot even tell you which one is my favorite: there are too many good ones. (Either that, or it’s the one that I steal from Goat!)

                    (Of course, I might be reduced to trying to brew IPAs using garden weeds as hops if the shutdown goes too long…..)

  • Cubbie Blues

    Ace, you really should have used the Christmas sweater pic for this one.

    • TWC

      Totes.

  • Brian Peters

    Rattle up a June Bug, Daddy shot a bear/
    Shot him in the ___hole, never touched a hair….

    A little diddy from my gpa, who’s been dead for 36 years. A great Cubs fan, he was four years old when the Cubs last won a World Series. He was a great man!

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Good grief: your grandfather was younger than my dad. I feel… old….. (His only grandson is all of 5, too!)

      • Brian Peters

        LOL!!

  • Reality Check

    Bulldog would be great, but so would of Sandberg who could of brought Greg to be pitching coach. Sandberg has managed, Greg has not; so makes no sense; but then again neither did Dale Quade. Ryno and Bulldog at least would understand when this team is good again, if that happens, the fanbase will be out of their minds, with 106-108-110-?? years of no championships every game will be playoff like atmosphere. One thing is for sure, Ryno, Tito could of been hired 2 yrs ago, so the rebuild already has a crack, and considering the mgr is a HUGE hire; a really bad sign Thoyer blew it. If Girardi wants to come to Chicago, Greg would be great for pitching coach, if he wants to to that. This hire is HUGE for Thoyer; they won’t get another chance in their 5 yr deal.

    • Satch Dobrey

      I agree. If Thoyer is afraid of ruining the legacy of former Cub players why not hire both Girardi and G. Maddox. Hell, they would cancel each other out.

  • Katie

    Every time I see that picture I think “Heeeeey. How YOU doin?”

    • MichiganGoat

      What’s up with you

    • Hansman

      So you’re saying this is a dating site?

      • Katie

        Dammit! I thought for sure it was a dating site. However, unless D Lee (my future ex husband) is hanging around, I’m not interested.

        • MichiganGoat

          Well you did meet a goat on here so it is a match making site for the twisted and perverse.

        • Hansman

          There’s hundreds of Douche Lee’s around these parts.

          • Katie

            Not with an ass like his.

            Le swoon.

            And yes goat, tis a strange and perverse place.

            • MichiganGoat

              [img]http://i.imgur.com/dL8PpA2.jpg[/img]

              • MichiganGoat

                Too much a Huma Lupa

                • Katie

                  Yes but I want a meme actually showing his ass!

                  • MichiganGoat

                    See below my dear

    • Internet Random

      It’s the jacket-and-T-shirt combo.

  • MichiganGoat

    Dammit here you Katie
    [img]http://i.imgur.com/dL8PpA2.jpg[/img]

  • Oswego Chris

    What the Hell is going on here? What is this Kessinger talk?….and Mississippi? And D-Lee?

    • Headscratchin

      Everyone is bored on a Friday night and too far into their booze of choice??

      • Katie

        Um no, sober as a nun.

      • Scotti

        Booze, what a great idea!

    • Cubbie Blues

      Well, diehard wants Kep, Mississippians don’t have a sense of humor Nd apparently D Lee has a nice ass.

      • Internet Random

        I suspect that the person claiming to be from Mississippi is not. I.e., trolling.

    • Cubbie Blues

      We can switch to cigars if you would like. I have a nice Rockey Patel going right now.

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    Thank god the season is over by a few days. Atleast people are calming the hell down finally.

  • Scotti

    For what it’s worth, Maddux’s title with the Cubs for three seasons was Assistant to the GM. He worked with pitchers throughout the organisation (majors and minors) but also took his turn in some scouting and evaluations. The reason given for him not taking a full time role with the team was always that he needed to be home for extended periods because he had some family health issues. Hendry allowed him to work when he was able. I don’t know that those issues have resolved themselves.

  • MichiganGoat

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/nsF2x3P.jpg[/img]

  • arta

    8 years 7 figures?

  • rich

    Levine should just ride away into the nite and take all his self made B.S. rumors . He will make up more crap just to keep his name out there . The only thing you can believe is that he keeps his lips firmly planted on managements butts !

  • Mat B

    Well, that would make sense. This ownership & management team intent on insulting Ryne Sandberg as much as possible. What happened to the major league management requirement?

    • MichiganGoat

      How did they insult Sandberg? Because they didn’t give him the job? If anything the Cubs saved Sandberg the embarrassment of managing the team over the last few years.

      • Reality Check

        ‘cuz they made up some BS excuse of having experience in a major league clubhouse or you won’t be interviewed; forgetting Ryno had been a spring training instructor for years or he played 15 in the majors and now they are looking at Ausmus who has even non. They could of least interviewed him. The embarrasment is to this team is on Theo and Ricketts. Sveum embarrassed himself for being incompetent. Both JH and Theo blew off Ryno. The entire process of the 1st mgr being hired was poor; how Sveum was the best they could find is mind-boggling. I would not say insulted by Theo; just blown off. JH did insult him, but Ricketts let it happen.

        • King Jeff

          I believe Theo called Ryno and told him he wasn’t in the running. I don’t know how you can construe that as being “blown off”. Ausmus is not in the running according to most, and it’s mostly because he has no experience.

        • MichiganGoat

          Agreed that Sveum was a mistake (of course hindsight makes that easy to say) as for not giving Ryno the job I think everyone knew the first manager wouldn’t end well. The team was built to fail and if Ryno was at the helm we’d be faced with him being on the chopping block (or chopped) right now- not exactly what you want from a Cub manager. The dream of Sandberg is still a possibity in the distant future but right now we have a shot at Girardi and is question the seriousness of anybody that would prefer Sandberg over Girardi.

      • Mat B

        How about hiring someone with 12 games under his belt as a major league manager. Lots of experience.

    • Hansman

      Why does everyone forget that the FO that insulted Sandberg was Hendry. Sadberg was all but promised the managerial job and then Jimbo snubbed him for Quade. This front office doesn’t owe ryno jack squat.

      • MichiganGoat

        Well I hope the snubbed “Sadberg” that guy sucks

        • MichiganGoat

          And is a real Debbie Downer

          • Hansman

            Ya, he hasn’t stopped crying since it happened. Damn phone.

  • Eric

    I imagine this rumor originated in a bar of some sort. It went something like this: “I’ll bet you $100 that I can make Cubs fans talk about Greg Maddox all weekend…”

  • Brains

    I would love to see Mad Dog with the Cubbies. That’s it, the end of my analysis.

  • cubs2003

    Reading through this comment section this morning has been pretty funny. My 2 cents:
    1. I’m not sure I like the idea of Greg Maddux as manager. Pitching coach, maybe. I do wish he remained in the organization, though. It seems like he loves teaching when he sees something he can fix, but I don’t get a sense he’d like to put up with all the BS a manager has to go through.
    2. I like IPA’s, but I totally get why people wouldn’t. Any more than 3 and I feel like I just ate a loaf of bread.
    3. I have no problem with people from MS or the South, but y’all talk very slow. I grew up in Chicago where people talk pretty fast. I guess I’m just not used to it. I could say the same for many Midwesterners and Canadians, though.
    4. I do think all pro baseball coaches and managers should be able to speak Spanish. An offseason with Rosetta Stone a couple hours a day will get you conversational. If a coach doesn’t have that level of commitment, I don’t want to employ them. We’ve all seen guys like Starlin Castro in interviews. Imagine if he was trying to explain complicated and detailed hitting mechanics to you in English and it’s pretty easy to see it from the other side.
    5. If you’re not a homeless alcoholic, you shouldn’t drink Steel Reserve.
    6. I know DLee has a “nice, high butt” but I’d prefer not to see it.
    tl;dr that is all.

  • Afinch

    One of the funniest strings I’ve read in awhile. I need to get on here more on Friday nights.

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