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Theo and Jed’s Excellent Adventure

November 17, 2011 Leave a comment

      Dale Sveum was named the Head coach of the Chicago Cubs today, as Theo was hinting on Wednesday that the closer was in the game for the managerial job, meaning it was almost complete.  The presser will be tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and I’m pretty excited to wake up early on my only day to sleep in to watch the final press conference for the time being, unless Prince Fielder, or Albert Pujols are on their way to the north side.

I like the hire in Dale Sveum, unlike most people who don’t like that he doesn’t have the experience, well neither does Alomar, or Mckanin.  Alomar was said to not be in the running anymore after he told Theo and co. that he did not believe in the stats side of business, and that the old school way is the way to go.  Sveum on the other hand likes the way that stats is taking over the game, and that it is the new way to do business in building a team.  It also helps that Sveum receives praise from Terry Francona, and Theo as he was the 3rd base coach for the World Series Red Sox team in 2004.  Sveum is a players coach, many like him in the Brewers organization, where he has been the hitting coach this past season, he also took over for Ned Yost when he was fired in 2008, and led the Brewers to a playoff run the last part of September, but ended up losing in the first round to the Phillies.

One thing that Sveum might be able to bring to the Cubs is not just being such highly regarded by others in the front office, but he might be able to convince Prince Fielder over to the North side of town.  Since Sveum has been his hitting coach, he probably knows Fielder’s swing inside and out, after the press conference tomorrow, Theo and Jed will probably sit with Dale and go over the possibility of bringing Fielder over here.  It’s going to be interesting to see what is going to happen now that the manager is finally in place, we might see some moves get done sooner rather than later.  Let Theo and Jed’s Excellent Adventure begin!!!

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The New Cubs Culture is Underway

November 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod are well underway in running things differently here on the North Side of Chicago.  Mike Quade was told yesterday that he would not return as manager of the Cubs.  This is not shocking at all to anybody who follows the Cubs closely, Quade was not ready to become a big league manager, keeping pitchers in too long, not putting the right pitcher in the right situation, and not pinch-hitting the right person.  His decisions made you think that anybody could run this team better than he could.  Anyways here is a list of my top candidates to fill in to this new Cubs managerial role, and have a good time knowing that there is good people in the front office running things  The List is as follows:

Terry Francona-  Nothing would excite me more than get the Beatles even more reunited with Jed, Theo, and Jason already reuniting here in Chicago.  Theo said today to the media that Tito would not need an interview for the job here for the Cubs, since they are already familiar with each other.  The only questions that linger is are they both over the collapse that happened to Boston in October, and are they ready to get back together.  Those are the only two possible things that would keep Theo from hiring Terry again, also Tito might want to stay in the broadcast booth for a year, and take some time off.

Mike Maddux- Maddux is a pitchers dream to work with, he’s built one of the best rotations in the league, getting C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, and Alexi Ogando.  He’s worked with these guys over the past couple of seasons, and has worked with them to become one of the most feared rotations in the league.  Maddux is also appealing to me because he’s worked in the NL Central before with the Brewers also as their pitching coach, and there could be a slight chance he asks Greg Maddux his brother to be the pitching coach.

 

 

Joe Maddon-  Maddon is probably one of my favorite managers in the game today, he is such a players coach, he knows when to push the right buttons, and he gives the players hope of winning everyday they go to the ballpark.  He seems to be a guy that Theo would want to run the ball club everyday, although he is still under contract their still might be a way to get him.  The Rays have the second lowest payroll in the game, year in and year out for the past 4 seasons, Joe Maddon has carried them to winning seasons, and put in a winning culture in Tampa Bay.

Dale Sveum-  I’ve heard nothing but good things about Dale since the manager job has opened here in Chicago.  I remember when he took over as the interim manager a couple of years ago for the Brewers for the last part of the season.  He is supposed to be another locker room guy, who can be loose off of the field, but serious when it’s game time.  Also Sveum was part of the Red Sox organization in 2004, 2005, when the Beatles were running things in Boston, so there is some familiarity.

 

These are probably my top four right now to take over for Mike Quade, there is also of course other candidates that are being thrown around out there such as Sandy Alomar Jr. Dave Martinez, and Pete Mackanin.  Let me know what you think about my list, and who you think should be the new coach of the Cubs.