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Running with the Bulls!!

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

The Chicago Bulls are back and ready to take the court Christmas day against the Los Angeles Lakers.  I don’t know about anybody else, but I wasn’t too worried about missing the season since I still have fantasy football, and the Blackhawks to watch.  I knew the Players and owners were far apart in negotiations, so I wasn’t giving my hopes up for having a season.  Since the deal is reached I couldn’t be anymore excited for the Basketball season to start, and fantasy basketball to begin.

Derrick Rose won’t have to miss a year of his prime now that the lockout is over, and that only benefits the Bulls.  The Bulls come in the second favorites to win the NBA Championship only below the hated Miami Heat.  Free agency is set to begin soon later this week, and everybody will be watching to see what the Bulls do to address the shooting guard position.  I actually like having the rotation of Kyle Korver, Keith Bogans, and Ronnie Brewer, call me crazy but I actually think it worked to our benefit.  Most of the free agents such as Jamal Crawford, O.J. Mayo, and Aaron Afflalo don’t play defense like Bogans, and Brewer do, where they play both ways.  I say keep it the way it is and let the bench mob play out the year, without bringing in some offensive minded ball hog.

I will be putting up the 2011-12 Fantasy Basketball rankings up soon, and will be talking about whether Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, or Carlos Pena are the better fit for the Cubs at first base.

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One Step Closer for Cubs, Two Steps for Theo Epstein

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

The news has finally broke that Theo Epstein is coming to the Chicago Cubs, with a deal of 5 years, around 20 million.  The deal has not been finalized yet since the Rickett’s are trying to get him a title for his duties.  The one thing Theo wanted to happen was that he wanted full control of the team, as he didn’t have full control in Boston.  Tom Ricketts wanted to find a GM who could take control of this team, and was a winner.  No one has been proven more a winner than the man of Theo Epstein.  He turned the Red Sox around right when he got the job in 2002, to almost making the World Series in 2003, to winning it in 2004, and 2007.  Although the collapse this September was completely not his fault, since the clubhouse had no chemistry from what it sounds like, he understands what it means to be a winner, and a contender.  This is what the Cubs have been missing for a while here, over paid players all around this club, and hopefully Theo can figure out some way to get us out of this hole.

I love this situation because Theo is left with a lot to do here, the only real pieces we have in place is Starlin Castro at short, Matt Garza is our ace, and there is not much else in place at this moment.  I am looking forward to what he does with this team, he’s going to have enough money to go after the big free agents such as Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, and C.J. Wilson.  If he pulls the trigger on those deals remains to be seen, he needs to resign Aramis somehow, fill the hole at first base, clean up the mess in the outfield, and find some decent pitching in the bullpen and the rotation.  I’m not worried because I have all the faith in the world in Theo to do the job, as he has been my idol for quite sometime.  He is every young sports fans idol if they want to become a GM one day, and I can say the same for me.

Who will be the Manager?

Now the question next that needs to be answered is who will become Theo’s manager to lead this ball club next year which finished a disappointing 71-91.  There is no way that Epstein will be keeping Mike Quade as manager, as many wouldn’t have even put him as a manager, unlike Jim Hendry (which is why he got fired).  If it was my decision I would finally love to see Ryne Sandberg get his chance to manage here in Chicago, where he has wanted too for a while now.  After Hendry saying that Sandberg wasn’t ready for the big leagues yet it probably was gonna keep away Sandberg until he left, but now that Epstein is here, I believe he is number 1 on his list.  Epstein tried to get Sandberg to coach at Pawtucket last year, the triple A affiliate of the Red Sox, but Ryne ultimately went to go coach with the Leigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Phillies triple A affiliate.  Sandberg had a great reputation as a player, and now has it as a coach, all he has done in managing is win.  Sandberg in 5 season’s in the minor leagues, 2 in Triple A, 1 in double A, and 2 in single A, he has a combined record of 364-341, which is a .516 winning percentage.  Now some people may not think that is good, but he was never able to be with a team for more than two years, what that record shows is what he did right away, and that was win.  This is what the Cubs need is to win right away to get every game to sell out again like it was in 2007 and 2008.

Terry Francona is also a possibility, but not likely since they just had the break-up in Boston.  I would look to see that Francona will take some time off managing if he doesn’t get a job that he likes, and will probably stay in the announcing booth for the year.

Is next year here yet?

With all this news surrounding Cubs, I’m sure most fans are anxious for this MLB postseason to get over with, so the winter meeting’s can start, and free agency begin.  I know I’m already looking forward to next year, which usually doesn’t happen until around Christmas time when Fantasy Football ends.  This year Christmas has come early with all of this news, and I cannot wait for Theo to start making moves in the Cubs organization.

Epstein To the Cubs?? Cubs fans have hope

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

This is the man  many want to see including myself running the day-to-day operations of the Cubs, not only does it give us hope that the 104 year curse can come to an end in the near future, but he might be able to build a dynasty here in Chicago.  Look at what he did with the Red Sox, they weren’t winning anytime soon before Epstein took over as General Manager.  He brought in all the key pieces of the 2004 World Series Champions, Keith Foulke, Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez, Dave Roberts, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Mark Bellhorn, Bill Mueller (two former Cubs before joining the Red Sox), Johnny Damon, and Kevin Millar.  Not only was that team good, that team had character and chemistry.  Being down 3 games to none to the ever hated Yankees, they made the miraculous comeback we all know about, then the rest was history.

I don’t see how that can’t happen here in Chicago with some of the pieces we already have here, don’t get me wrong we have a long way to go to get into contention but it can be done with the right moves.  The one key part I love about the Cubs moving forward are the prospects and the young kids we have in the system, and already on the ball club.  Starlin Castro is an absolute monster, and will become a household name around the MLB in no time, has to work on his defense but that’s the least of my worries.  We need to resign Aramis after that season he had this year, producing like he did 3 or 4 years ago.  We have Bryan Lahair who had an extraordinary year in Triple A for the Iowa Cubs, and was hitting .300 at the end of September with the Cubs.  Either give him a shot in Right field or if we don’t sign a big named first baseman, stick him there.  I love Tony Campana, I wish he was more able to swing the bat, his speed is ridiculous, and haven’t seen anything like it on the cubs since Kenny Lofton in 2003.  Campana or Lahair starting in Left Field next year could happen if Soriano’s contract is eaten up but I don’t see that happening. Then there’s Brett Jackson, he is supposed to be the next big thing in Center Field for us, and would love to see him up sooner rather than later.  Supposed to develop all 5 tools, and has a chance of being a good major league player.

As for the pitching rotation we are a mess, Matt Garza is the no doubt number 1 pitcher of this staff, I knew he was going to be after we gave up 3 key prospects for him to the Rays.  Then after that is a mess, with Randy Wells who I still have faith in becoming a solid number 3 guy, Ryan Dempster who is a free agent, Don’t know if he’ll be back, Andrew Cashner will most likely be back in the roation if there are no set backs with his injury, and I hate to say it but right now it looks like Samardizja will have another shot at getting in the rotation.  The bullpen is not as worrying to me as many people think that it’s so bad, we have a young Chris Carpenter who throws extremely hard, the experience in the majors this year will help him in the long run, Sean Marshall of course was our best pitcher in the bullpen as expected, Carlos Marmol hopefully can get back on track next year after this horrible year, and Kerry Wood might or might not be back depending on the new management.

After looking through the whole club Pitching is my biggest concern and I think that has to be addressed first before you look at position players.  The potential free agents I would love them see go after is C.J. Wilson, who is a phenomenal Lefty for the Texas Rangers, Edwin Jackson wouldn’t be a bad add not costing too much money, I don’t think CC Sabathia would come here so I’ll dream about that one, and Javier Vazquez is out there also. I would love to see them go after Johnny Damon who can still hit for power and average, doesn’t have the speed that he used to, but would be a great clubhouse guy.   Now for the Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols discussions, I don’t think we should even worry about Pujols, he will be on the decline of his career in no time, and why would we over pay a guy who has the phenomenal numbers over his career, that won’t put up those same numbers when he’s 38.  Fielder is the right choice out of those two, he is young still in his upper twenties, he is sub par at defense which still I am not worried about, he is the Left handed power bat the Cubs have been looking for the last 5 years, pay that man his money and have a deadly top of the order lineup is what we’ll get here in Chicago.

So if the Cubs are smart we will bring along Epstein, Fire Quade, bring in a new manager, and let the free agent frenzy begin here in the Windy City.