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chicago cubs logoToday the Chicago Cubs announced their new coaching staff for the 2014 season, the first under new manager Rick Renteria.

As expected, Bill Mueller is the Cubs’ new hitting coach, with recently-interviewed Mike Brumley as the assistant hitting coach. Farm Director Brandon Hyde is being promoted to the bench coach position, which is a pretty exciting move. Hyde is obviously as close as it gets to the Cubs’ top prospects, and, as they emerge on the big club within the next two years, they’ll now be greeted by a familiar face. He’s also got experience, having managed in the minors for five years previously, and was a bench coach with the Marlins for a season and a half.

Gary Jones joins the staff as the new third base coach and infield instructor, coming over from the Padres. Jose Castro will be a quality assurance coach (which appears to be a new gig). If you’re looking for the first base coach, you won’t find one – apparently that’s still an open position. Interesting that the Cubs elected to announce the rest of the staff. I wonder if that means they know it’s going to be a little while on the first base coach?

Chris Bosio indeed stays on as the pitching coach, as does Lester Strode (bullpen coach), Mike Borzello (catching and strategy coach (new title)) and Franklin Font (staff assistant).

In conjunction with Hyde’s move onto the big league bench, Amateur Scouting Director Jaron Madison – who came to the Cubs from the Padres – will slide into Hyde’s vacated position. National Crosschecker Matt Dorey, who came to the Cubs from the Red Sox, will take over as the Amateur Scouting Director. Dorey and Madison are both up-and-comers, and it’s nice to see that they’ve cemented themselves as valuable pieces in an already heady front office.

I’ll likely have more on the coaching staff and the front office changes next week. For now, no real surprises, and it all looks good to me.

  • Isaac

    Bill…Boom.

  • CubFan Paul

    So Renteria couldn’t pick his own staff…interesting

    • jayrig5

      Maybe they weren’t happy with how that turned out under Sveum?

      They may have run a lot of this by Renteria as well, if he’s been “the guy” for as long as it seems.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I believe it was intended to be a joint effort with the front office. He obviously had most input on Jones, and likely Brumley, too. No way to know right now whether he also had input on Mueller and Hyde. And there’s still the first base coach to come.

      • CubFan Paul

        If I’m RR, I’d want someone way more seasoned than Hyde as my #2. The FO is clearly grooming their on ‘guy’

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          He was a minor league manager for five years, and was the Marlins’ bench coach for a season and a half.

          • Isaac

            I don’t really get why people insist the manager should have all of the say, anyway. After all, the FO picks the manager, why not the staff? This was clearly a joint effort, but I see nothing wrong with the FO having strong input and/or final say.

            • CubFan Paul

              “I see nothing wrong with the FO having strong input and/or final say”

              It limits who they can interview and hire

            • When the Music’s Over

              Think about if are the CEO of the firm, and instead of you getting to choose who to hire for other critical positions surrounding you, the Board of Directors makes those decisions. You wouldn’t be happy either.

              • Isaac

                Exactly. All major decisions in a company ARE cleared by the board. Like it or not, it’s how it works. It only makes sense, checks and balances. Not to mention, why hand the reigns to a rookie manager? Why not have the more experienced FO make decisions? Further, the manager is NOT equivalent to a CEO anymore, not even close. More like a COO.

                • When the Music’s Over

                  I was saying the opposite. Either way, funny.

                • When the Music’s Over

                  I do however, agree that major decisions need to be cleared by a BOD. I don’t agree that all major decisions should be concocted and drill down below by the BOD.

                  I think final say is where we agree. I think the flow of decisions is where we don’t.

                  • Isaac

                    Yeah, I got that we were disagreeing. Sorry, sometimes I fail to acknowledge when I disagree and believe you’ve made “my” point.

                    I agree with your summation. And this is more case-by-case in my opinion. In this case, we have an experienced FO, and a rookie manager. I like the idea of the FO directing most of this.

          • http://Theymaynon-tenderBarney Mike F

            Well boys… Brett I think a lot of you I hope you know that, but you’re apologizing too much here. It is what it is and that’s clearly they are micro-managing. If Rick fails they clearly and I mean clearly fail with him and need to be held to account. If he succeeds then they get all the accolades. Bluntly this move should end all the discussion of bridge manager. Theo’s ass should be on the line if he intends to try the case for the lawyer as judge. Great line and analogy from the Verdict….

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              You, uh, do know that front offices now routinely have input on coaching staffs, right? How many consecutive managers didn’t get to pick their own pitching coach because the Cubs had Larry Rothschild?

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Also … what’s wrong with the front office helping pick a chunk of the coaching staff? They’re kind of smart.

              • http://Theymaynon-tenderBarney Mike F

                The reason it is overboard, is simple accountability. You want your employee accountable and want to hire people who can function on their own completely and totally accountable for their actions. Ultimately when you evaluate them you want to evaluate them, not an extension of you. Sure they should work hand in hand and together. But we are both too intelligent Brett not to know Theo has been taking this to a different level. I understand what you are saying, but it is bad management to start assuring this kind of control. It complicates everything. Honestly, if Theo wants to be this involved in the day to day, he should put Hoyer in a uniform. I was one of the worst on the bandwagon and still respect Theo a great deal, I just think he believing and drinking too much of his own kook-aid. This setting up a situation where Rick could reasonably say if you intend to run my team don’t lose games at some point…. bad management in theory if not in practice.

                • MichiganGoat

                  Do you honestly believe that RR wasn’t included in these decisions? That they just said Fark You here is your stag now shut up and win.

                  • Mike F

                    No not at all, I think they are just micro manager’s micro manger types. It creates real management problem. If it all works and magic fairy dust is sprinkled things are fine. But when hitters fail and pitching fail it really complicates evaluation. They have removed all arms length and are not practicing good control, rather Jimmy Carter is scheduling his one White House tennis courts.

                    • Mike F

                      And none of this is meant as disrespect for Brett, I have the highest respect for him. I just think it increasingly seems that every step Theo takes that is viewed controversial seemingly draws an apology.

                      As to Rick he’s clearly on board, why wouldn’t he be got the job, whether it is sound theory is another matter. Whether it works is another matter entirely.

                  • jon

                    I believe RR’s involvement was minimal at best. I mean, he’s can even leave his home now because of his back. They might have conferenced him in a few calls and that’s it.

                  • When the Music’s Over

                    Yes, I 100% think there’s a decent chance part of his interview process was making sure he was cool with decisions being made on a more top down vs. collaborative basis. If true, I don’t think Renteria probably cared too much when taking the big picture into account (he could have been thinking f*ck that in his head, but smiling and saying cool to their faces). He finally gets the opportunity to manage a MLB team, and a previously large market one at that (I joke, kinda).

              • TK

                It is smart. Its a way to ensure that every piece is a good fit for the organization, instead of a good ol boys club. Its also a good sign in that Renter is not too egotistical for such a collaberation. On the other hand, IMO, it further suggests that Renter is another band-aid/stopgap manager.

              • Alex

                Honestly I think it makes more sense for the front office to choose the staff as long as they align with the managers beliefs, which in turn should really align with the FO’s beliefs anyways, besides they did just hire him. You certainly would like to maintain as much stability as possible while you feel around for the right guy, such as keeping bosio. Maybe renteria isn’t their guy, and after 3 years they let him go but maybe someone like bosio or even Hyde proves he can handle the position and Brett pointed out Hyde already has ties with the upcoming prospects. What better scenario then to promote a coach within. The cubs are developing players at all levels, is it too far to think they might want to groom some coaches along the way too?

              • When the Music’s Over

                I can’t get behind this statement because it in itself suggest Renteria is dumb or at the very least not smart enough to make proper decisions on his own.

                Also, as smart as they are, they f*cked up the first hire (including Theo leaving a trail of tears in Boston upon his departure), so clearly they don’t always make the optimal decision.

                • Alex

                  No I agree they don’t I could go on for awhile with all of the decisions I second guess, but I think the responsibility is on them. But I think the front office will survive past their original contract even if the next few years don’t go well. With that being said if they decide rr is not the guy going forward I don’t think it hurts to have some in house options as well as some roll overs for the new staff. And that isn’t gonna be done by having the coach solely bringing in his own guys. I agree the coach deserves consultation, but i believe the search should lie more with the front office, at least in the position the cubs are currently in.

            • Whiteflag

              I’d guess most front offices have a say in a managers coaching staff, so I wouldn’t call it micromanaging. I will agree, they need to be held accountable for the staffs failures\successes.

              • TK

                I think its about getting WINNERS on board, instead of familiar names, or Renter’s “buddies”

                • MichiganGoat

                  I still can’t imagine RR is not happy with these coaches and I’m sure he was consulted.

    • jon

      Looks like Theo and Jed got themselves another “yes” man.

  • North Side Irish

    Hyde was also previously the Minor League IF coordinator with the Marlins. Between him and Jones, I think the Cubs focus is obviously on making sure Castro, Baez, Alcantra, Olt, Bryant, etc. are prepared…

  • James Smith

    Here is a new article talking about the possible prospect swap with the marlins…
    http://www.fishstripes.com/2013/11/22/5132300/miami-marlins-trade-target-cubs-prospect-swap
    Could it be that the cubs having a stock pile of middle infielders and thrid basemen and solers un-productivity and injury filled season they could be looking to move Javy and Soler?

    • Austin8466

      Screw prospects. Give them Baez and Almora for Stanton.

      • James Smith

        i would rather keep Javy and send Castro Almora I can agree with but i dont think that castro will be the kind of player he once was i think he will be a .270 hitter with 10 homers 50 rbi’s and a .320 OBP Javy has the potential to be an MVP caliber player with his power speed and he not bad on defense and doesnt have the in game lapses castro has plus i dont think that their pitching prospects are good enough for the cubs to send that much that way becasue stanton is not someone the cubs would be looking for

        • Chad

          I would guess Castro’s contract may not be what they are looking for in return. They are probably a bit behind the cubs in their rebuild as well. The only one of the top 4 I consider doing this is with Soler at this point (again his contract would be an issue I think). I would send Alcantara if they were interested. As the article mentions hitting prospects are more valuable than pitching prospects and I doubt the cubs want to give up on Baez yet, and since Almora was this FO’s first pick for the cubs I doubt he goes anywhere yet. I think he’ll be given every chance.

          • James Smith

            I completely agree, i just said Castro because with the rebuild still in progress they aren’t going to send close to MLB ready prospects for prospect who more than likely not all will pan out and are not near as close doing so would push the rebuild time back a little bit. I wouldn’t mind sending Javy and Soler for Stanton and one top prospect and one lower level prospect. But that is a huge asking price and i doubt the marlins would do it.

            • Chad

              I’m not a fan of trading any of our prospects for Stanton. He has knee issues. To me that is like dealing two of your top prospects for a pitcher that has arm issues (see David Price argument). I don’t think it is a smart gamble at this point. If you are going to send Baez and Soler you might be able to do better. I’m just not a Stanton fan due to injury alone.

              • James Smith

                Thats a good statement too. I just know if i were going to send top prospects and more than one. I would need a stanton or more proven player with potential.

    • http://Theymaynon-tenderBarney Mike F

      I think trading Baez would ultimately be insane if the return is not a sure thing. Baez has a chance to something the Cubs simply don’t have… and exciting [player and game changer. Trade him and he proves he is exactly that and the Cubs lose 100 again and the Theo regime will fall. They have far oversold the rebuild to rebuild and if they make mistakes of any kind with prospects it will be devastating.

      • Die hard

        Baez is not a sure thing either.. Trading him for an innings eater makes sense

        • James Smith

          How many of the pitchers the marlins have are innings eaters none of them are even major league ready

  • dumbledoresacubsfan

    Legitimate question. How do these people get into positions like these? haha

    Like, I want to be an Amateur Scouting Director, so I’m going to do ________?

    • fromthemitten

      you’ve either gotta “know” a scout who is willing to show you the ropes and help you get hired or be a failed minor leaguer with FO connections and work your way up

      • dumbledoresacubsfan

        Gotcha. It just seems like all the jobs in baseball (like scouting directors, player devel specialists, etc) are really odd. Makes me wonder sometimes how some of these really young guys start making a name for themselves enough to be deemed “up-and-comers”

    • Kyle

      You are going to start out as an area scout, the lowest on the totem pole.

      In order to get that job, you need baseball experience, at a minimum playing and/or coaching in college, and connections inside pro baseball from that experience.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Or you could be an area scout for Baseball Prospectus for a little while … http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=22289

        • jeff1969

          Thanks for that excellent response. Getting these jobs are work and you have to be professional & hard working & smart. Guys like you & Luke could wind up in positions like these. Not the trolls. They’re just trolls. Maybe there’s an old stone bridge somewhere with an opening for them.

      • Edwin

        Well that’s really not fair.

        http://www.seinfeldscripts.com/TheRevenge.htm

        • RD

          +1

          “Maybe I could be talkshow host?”

    • cubfanincardinalland

      You start out as an assistant to the traveling secretary.

  • Die hard

    Makes me sick as already undermining the mgr.. Players know that they can go around him to one of Theos hand picked coaches.. Season tkt holders still have time to bail before another 90 loss season.. Ricketts has made the Cubs worse since buying team and that is quite an accomplishment

    • James Smith

      You don’t know for a fact they went around him. This might be the case of the manager and front office actually discussing the team. Rick very well could have been included in the interviews and selecting them.

      • Die hard

        Pigs flying by your window? Not mine…. Yet

        • James Smith

          Nope they aren’t flying but you got to be an idiot to think that he had no say since a few of them are people from the padres. It was most likely a joint effort with the FO go up a bit and look at Brett’s comments and stop talking out your ass

          • Die hard

            Another shill heard from– joining Darth and Goat-good company

            • MichiganGoat

              Ah welcome to the club.

            • James Smith

              so are you a brewers or cardinals or white sox fan anytime you post something its an asinine comment that is 100% of the time negative.

        • Carew

          you are so dumb

    • http://waittilnextyear.net Nate

      What’s it like to never see the positive in anything?

    • Spoda17

      Undermining the manager with by hand picking the coaches..? First of all, you have no way of knowing how involved RR was in the decisions, and oh by the way… Theo and Jed HAND PICKED the manager…

    • MichiganGoat

      So die hard are you saying Dick Tidrow has no influence or input with SF coaching staff. Hmmmm guess he’s just eye candy over there.

  • Senor Cub

    I vote for Sammy Sosa as the Director of Sharp Needles!

    • Cubbie Blues

      I thought he preferred needleless injections.

      • Senor Cub

        It’s a new skill and a promotion.

  • Aaron

    I am viewing new manager Rick Renteria as no more than a 3 year placeholder who can help our young players grow and develop. After the 3 years are up, we’ll see if he is the right manager to take the team into the playoffs, and perhaps compete for a championship.

    • jon

      And we will be saying the same thing about the next manager, 3 years from now.

    • Crazyhorse

      Realize that is a total of 5 years under this front office and owner .

      • Mike F

        3 more years o practice would give them a total of 7 years of practicing. It is exactly this belief that he is a placeholder that is both insulting and the strongest critical argument about this FO and regime. When people make it by way of apologizing for the front office and situation they make the argument for those who want to see Theo fail. If there is truth to the argument, it is then the reason to go ahead and start to plan for an early exit of Thep

        • YourResidentJag

          This ^^^

  • cubfanincardinalland

    How exactly do you go from rob deer to bill Mueller working with your hitters?

  • jon

    Here is what we do know…and I don’t care what they say about working from home, you are not as effective in meetings by phone, as you are in person, in the office. So RR’s influence was defiantly hamstrung a bit due to the fact he was working remotely from home vs being in the “war room” with the rest of the guys.

  • Aaron

    Jon – at least in 3 years many of our talented young players will be on the major league team. Perhaps then we will be able to attract a proven manager who can take the team to the promise land in the subsequent 3 years.

  • Blackhawks1963

    I like that coaching staff. And I really like Renteria. Good stuff. And I have no problem with the front office having major say about the staff makeup.

  • Bret Epic

    I’m pretty excited to have Bill Mueller and to have kept Bosio. That, as well as promoting Hyde to the new bench coach, we’re going to have a staff that I have high expectations for. It’ll be great to have these young players coming up and working with someone who they’re familiar with. The only guy I’m a little bit bummed about leaving is McKay, but I think they’ll find a decent replacement for him. Between hiring a manager who I think will succeed and what I believe will be a drastically improved coaching staff, I’m really excited to see what the Cubs do in 2014, even prior to transactions taking place. Will the Cubs finish with a .500 record or above? Probably not, but I think we’ll see Rizzo, Castro and perhaps Barney bounce back, as well as other players continuing to develop and improve their game.

    Not that my opinion matters, but if there are two guys I’m really looking to have a breakout season this year, it would be Jake Arrieta and Junior Lake. Bosio has done a great job with Travis Wood, as well as Samardzija and I think that Arrieta is a diamond in the rough. As far as Junior Lake goes, I think he’s going to work hard to try to keep his place in the outfield. Considering that no one is a lock out there, I think he’s going to be fighting his hardest for a starting gig. There’s a lot to like about him and he’s got bellyfire. If he can improve his defense and work with Mueller on his approach, I could imagine him becoming a player that Cubs fans can get really excited about.

    Maybe I’m a little optimistic, but aren’t most Cubs fans?

    • http://comicsandcardsupplies.com cms0101

      Screw coaching… Can Mueller still play a little 3rd?

      • Bret Epic

        Considering what we’re likely to throw out on the field this year, he might be an improvement.

        • Bret Epic

          I should also mention though short lived, Mueller was one of my favorite Cubs players. It’s rare these days to find a player who has a BB/K ratio that’s near even, if not better. Also why I was a huge Mark Grace fan.

    • Ron

      Optimism! I love it. Spoken like a fan that believes that every seasaon, every year there is a chance. It is good to read with all the synics and arm chair GM’s on here.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      I usually hear and read us described as masochistic, not optimistic.

  • Sizau1

    I am sure the Front office had a ton of say on who they wanted to hire but i’d doubt they did this would alot of say from Ricky Renteria.
    If the front office had the only say I’d guess that Dave McKay would have feel good enough about his job to stay on regardless of the hire rather than leave for a sure thing job in Arizona.

  • bbfan

    How many of the coaches are bilingual now?

    • North Side Irish

      Three…Castro, Font, and Renteria…

  • itzscott

    Mueller as batting coach tells me that the Cubs are going to try to do with their other players what they tried to do, and failed, with Castro.

    Could get interesting

    • Mike F

      I think it tells you more. It tells you Sveum took the blame but it is an organization philosophy to work counts and take an intelligent intellectual approach to hitting. It also tells you if Castro is on the roster, Theo will a third time with Rick and Bill try other faces to changing Castro’s approach.

  • Jim

    My questions are… Who is left in San Diego? Are they now our minor league system for coaches and management?

    • Die hard

      Vice versa

  • Bilbo161

    I’m with you Epic. Would love to see Lake take a leap this season and Arrietta may only need a tweak or two to get a little better command and control of the strike zone. There are many players that could get us excited on the big league club if we can just stop crying in our beer all the time. Grimm and Strope in the pen for the whole year already makes this years bullpen way better than last years’ early season fiasco. Plus…the big talent prospects will start showin up as well. Been a long time since things looked this good to me. Very excited about the next few years.

  • waffle

    every single thing that Brett posts from below minor signings to off the wall trade scenarios posted by team aligned web sites to now the naming of the coaching staff gets ungracefully twisted into “another thing that the FO scr*wed up”. The merits or content of the original topic are not really even taken into consideration.

    But obviously I am a FO apologist

    • MichiganGoat

      Obviously and you also hate freedom :)

    • Brains

      Yeah some distinctions need to be made:

      1) FO with minor leagues drafts: A

      2) FO managing expectations about amount of time to improve (more like 7 years instead of 3 years): D-/F

      3) FO preparing the major league roster to be a supportive and fruitful environment for minor leaguers to transition and succeed: F

      4) FO being creative with trades and waiver line signings to help the team now and later: F

      it’s a dire situation, but the degree to which they’ve done a terrific job preparing the team for a potential upside is notable. will we actually be able to piece everything together into something beyond a bunch of rookies in 2016? no evidence yet.

      • Stinky Pete

        LOL at “Supportive and fruitful environment”. Did hippies right this report card? Really, where else have you seen major publications write about the supportive and fruitful environment for minor leaguers to transition and succeed? Don’t get me wrong. You paint a beautiful picture with your words. Maybe if they had a Hug o war ( http://hug-o-war.com/hug-o%27war_vs._tug-of-war_-_poem_by_Shel-Silverstein.html ) and handed out trophies for participation, it would create a supportive and fruitful environment.

      • Larry Horse

        How does #4 get an F? The waiver moves that they’ve made have been perfectly fine and pretty much in line with the production everyone gets out of waivers if not a little above average(not many platoon players have been as productive as Sweeney, Murphy, and Valbueana the last couple of years). Also the haul they got in the Garza trade alone should be enough to bump the grade up to a C, then adding in the fact that Rizzo was optained through a trade, all the money obtained for the international draft(which I found very creative), Wood for Marshall, actually getting value back Soriano.
        I personally would give the office about a B+ as far as trades and waiver wire stuff and really can’t see how you could possibly justify an F. But what do I know, by all means, give me 10 teams that have been better and support it with waiver moves and trades.

      • TK

        “Brains” (sarcasm?) showing what a clown he is . . . A+++++++

        • MichiganGoat

          I’d say he gets a grade of A S S

          • TK

            Im just gonna mark him absent all the same.

            • MichiganGoat

              Agreed I rare see what he says got him blocked.

              • Brains

                you guys dwell in last place as though it’s the best you can do in life

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                A reminder: responding to certain comments empowers people who only want to see those responses. Fight the urge. Don’t post anything at all.

                • Crazyhorse

                  Yes I agree , your love affair with the front office and its lack of critical attention to certain failures of the 25 man roster is almost laughable,

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                    Thanks for the example.

                    And thanks for making me feel like an idiot for complimenting you yesterday on a constructive comment you made.

  • waffle

    it’s hardly about freedom, eh?

    It’s such a kneejerk reaction for some folks it’s tiresome. It’s not an argument, it’s just being negative for negative’s sake.

  • waffle

    but those grades should be in context of what theo and team have said from the get go.

    Where we are is about where he said we would be.

    I wish the big league team was better but I’d be hard pressed to point to any individuals that have been moved or could be pried away that would be likely to be useful 2-3 years from now when we hope to be truly competitive. And gutting our minors is no way to go, so really we are talking about FA signings. Exactly WHO should we have scored?

    Given a pretty miserable hand I think the FO has made the most of it. I think they have done a very good job with the little moves.

    I like where we are right now so much more than I did a couple of years ago. I think the foundation and strategy are both sound. 1 year? 2 years? even 3. I can live with that. I simply want to see a well run team that wins consistently and plays good ball

    We are closer to that than we have been in quite a while.

    • TK

      Jesus wouldve signed 1 top FA, then turned him into many. So our FO must suck, bc they havent yet performed such a miracle.

  • Rich H

    I personally love the idea of promoting from our scouting ranks for positions on the staff.
    To get the best talent lower on the totem pole you have to show a chance at upward mobility. Think of it like a Fortune 500 company. When you see the guy that was your boss move up the ladder you bust your butt a little more so it can be your turn next.

    As far as Team Theo picking the staff I would think that Renteria’s suggestions and input were included on all the guys. It is not like these people exist in a vacuum. They all know each other, some of them better than others, but for the most part they are all familiar.

  • JulioZuleta

    Maybe I missed this way back in June but something just came over me and I decided to check on the guys that the Cubs lost in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft last year and apparently Matt Cerda retired. Kinda sad, rooted for him since he was 11 years old. Also, Michael Burgess had a horrendous year, if anyone was wondering.

    • Good Captain

      Thanks JZ! If I remember correctly, the Cubs lost 5 minor leaguers last year in that draft but Cerda and Burgess were among the more notable.

  • Funn Dave

    They’re just waiting for a special occasion before they announce me as 1st base coach.

  • Aaron

    A retired longtime scout once said that if you’re waiting for prospects to develop and contribute to your major league ball club, then you’re waiting to get fired.

    • TK

      Did he say that or tweet it? Oh wait, things were very different back then. What am I thinking. They didnt have twitter. What a silly thing to say.

  • waffle

    fine quote but

    look at the teams that have won recently and look at the % of players that they have developed inhouse

    Yes, FA’s are VITAL but they are the gas in the car. If you don’t have a car to begin with, gas really isn’t a priority.

  • JeffR

    I’m a little concerned about Mueller’s lack of coaching experience. Knowing the trade is one thing, having the patients and persistence to teach it to others is not easy.

  • http://BN Sacko

    They are gonna need all the coaches we have to make a decisions on the cluster, which is nice, Villanueva, Watkin, Vitters, Olt, Bogusevic, BJax, Lake, Scczur and might as well throw in Murphy. Trades are very possible. Do we still have Barney?

  • Crazyhorse

    The Cubs spent a combine total of 18 million dolars for the services of E. Jackson and S. Baker. Those two signing was terrible. 18 million dollars for a poor ass pitcher and broken arm. Please explain how this help the team

    • MichiganGoat

      The way the pitcher market is developing EJax’s contract doesn’t look as bad and Baker was a cheap gamble that did work. Many teams gamble on reclamation players every year get over it.

      • Crazyhorse

        I dont have to get over it . I think a reminder is in order when this team makes foolish and dumb baseball descions that contribute to a bad baseball team especially when this Front Office prides itself on cost effective players .which they have not done.

        • mjhurdle

          so basically you are saying that you have no clue what is actually going on and by said fact cannot be held to any standard of “getting over it”?

  • Fastball

    It seems to me like the staff meetings will be one big group grope. Theo leads the coom by ya. Get a bunch of yes men in place. Its one thing to have everyone on the same page. When they all report to Theo it it won’t be long before his little ass kisser in the group will be a tell all. Rick did this and Bill did that. Shit will blow up soon enough. When that happens it will be Ricketts who steps in and fires Theo. Face it Theo has a job you get fired from. Nobody retires from these positions. When Ricketts sees his business continuing to fail on the money side because the ML team sucks and his stadium looks like a Rays game. The long blade will come out and the Boys Club will be wacked on a Friday. Cuz it always happens on a Friday.

    • MichiganGoat

      Yeah that is sooo what going to happen you are soooo wise.

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