I actually kind of hate “clever” headlines, preferring instead to be a little more straightforward (and (try to) do the clever stuff in the body of the post). But I had to.
In any case, on to the latest Joe Maddon stuff …
- Gordon Wittenmyer reports that Rick Renteria still hasn’t heard anything from the Cubs, which suggests that he’s not going to hear anything until it’s all settled and done one way or another (which is likely will be by the end of this week). To the extent you were reading anything into the Jose Castro departure, by the way, because of the former Cubs quality assurance coach’s connection to Rick Renteria, Wittenmyer’s sources say there’s no connection between the Maddon rumors and Castro leaving for the Braves, because that move had been in the works for weeks. In other words, Castro leaving is not necessarily the canary in the coal mine, signaling Renteria’s departure.
- Renteria issued a statement on the situation last night, in case you missed it.
- Bruce Levine was on with Mully and Hanley this morning on The Score, and among his comments: (1) The World Series is complicating things because no major announcements; (2) The Cubs have had ample time to put out a statement, so clearly they’re kicking the tires; (3) No matter how good Renteria was this year, when you have someone like Maddon out there, you have to check it out; and (4) If Maddon comes, he’s not going to want to be part of a rebuild. Levine intimated that, if the Cubs get Maddon, they’re even more likely to add pieces to be competitive in 2015. (For me, I think that was always going to be true, but, hey, if Maddon makes it all the more likely, then fine.)
- Patrick Mooney takes a fun look at 10 selling points the Cubs could offer to Joe Maddon. I really don’t think it’s homerism to say that being a part of the Cubs at this moment in time has to be one of the top few gigs in baseball. They have so much going for them, and the story of being part of THE TEAM that finally wins is the cherry on top.
- Mark Gonzales suggests a resolution on the Maddon/Renteria situation should come shortly after the end of the World Series.
- At Beyond the Box Score, Scott Lindholm attempts to analyze something folks have taken for granted throughout this process: is Joe Maddon a good in-game manager? We’re pretty sure the answer is yes, but is there data to back that up? Short version: it appears that Maddon does a very good job at making the moves that put his teams in the best position to succeed.