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Monday night the Cubs came through in a big way on Andre Dawson night. Last night was Harry Carry relocation night, and the Pirates came through in a big way, beating the Cubs 14-7. Where was Jim Hendry amidst all this madness? In Albuquerque, interviewing Ryne Sandberg for the managerial opening.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was in Albuquerque on Tuesday, and it wasn't only to watch the Cubs' Class AAA Iowa team as they try to make the playoffs.

Hendry also was there to talk with Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg about the Cubs' managerial job.


You might remember that Hendry interviewed Eric Wedge in Cleveland last week. Are things so bad that Hendry's just finding random people to interview so he can get out of town, even if it means going to Cleveland and Albuquerque?


Despite having two in-house candidates and already interviewing another from outside, there may be a frontrunner for the job that will make doc_blume quite happy.

Don't be surprised if former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez winds up a leading candidate to replace Lou Piniella within the next few weeks.

Sources say that Gonzalez is at the top of general manager Jim Hendry's wish list in the early stages of the process and that he prefers a manager with major-league experience -- with Class AAA manager Ryne Sandberg considered the strongest, if not

Gonzalez's communication skills with Latin players he has managed, as well as his swift and decisive handling of Marlins star Hanley Ramirez's loafing earlier this season, are considered significant strengths in his favor.

Oh, and Hendry knows him. But Gonzalez won't confirm or deny any interest on his part or the Cubs'.

"I don't have anything I can tell you,'' he said, ''except Jim and I go back to my high school days. He coached one of the opposing teams when I played. And we worked together with the Marlins.''

Asked specifically whether he had interviewed or expected to, he declined comment. But indications are he's in the first group of candidates on Hendry's interview list.

With the circus that is the Cubs going on around him, Starlin Castro just continues to hit.

Rookie Starlin Castro officially became eligible for a batting title Monday and found himself ranked fifth in the National League Tuesday with a .313 average.

Castro began the night hitting .362 since July 10, second-best in baseball to the Braves' Omar Infante's .369. His 68 hits in that span are the most in baseball.

"He has plenty of adjustments to make, a lot to learn ... but that's a really good sign," manager Mike Quade said.


The hits just keep on comin' for Carlos Zambrano, too.

Carlos Zambrano, who hit his first homer of the season Monday, became the first pitcher to hit homers in eight straight seasons since Gary Peters did it in nine straight for the White Sox and Red Sox from 1963 to '71. Zambrano pinch-hit Tuesday and grounded out, advancing a runner.


And I'll leave everyone with good news to finish up today's headlines.


The Cubs don't plan to add anybody from the minors when rosters expand today as they let Iowa fight out the final week for a playoff berth. Outfielder Sam Fuld and pitcher Jeff Samardzija are among the half-dozen or so in line for possible September call-ups.

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Doc said:

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gravedigger said:

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Cleveland and Albuquerque? Jim's itinerary will then include Buffalo, Albany, Flint, and Newark.

Doc said:

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He must make a stop in Sheboygan as well.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i heard he's coming to naperville next.

sloan peterson said:

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Is WGN filming all this? This could be a great reality show,complete with tryouts in all 50 states:"So You Think You Can Manage The Cubs?"All they need is a phone/text number for Cub fans to pick their choice....

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I like that!! Hope he comes to KY so I can audition. Hopefully, I won't make the gag reel.

JulieDiCaro said:

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hee--nice job with the standings, pat. :)

Doc said:

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That picture with Voldemort and K-Fuk is probably the best comedy prop available to any Cubs fan right now.

plamorte said:

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figured it needed some spicing up!

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Nice job, Pat!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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even phineas & ferb isn't cheering me up today.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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If Phineas and Ferb can't cheer you up, that's bad!!

HackWilson09 said:

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If Colonel Kurtz can get through to Fukudome... if he had an army of ten thousand Killer Kosukes...

As much as I want John Locke to succeed as manager, it would really be a good thing if the Cubs remained near the bottom so they keep that top 15 pick. I look forward to seeing what Wilkin can do with a high pick.

So ease up on the stellar managing techniques, George the Animal Steele! Now is not the time.

berselius said:

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I remember hearing rumblings a while ago that the Braves were interested in hiring Gonzalez to replace Cox. He was in that org for a long time so they know him well.

gravedigger said:

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If Gonzalez has half a brain, he'd chose the Braves over this pack of losers.

cadarnell said:

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"Gonzalez's communication skills with Latin players he has managed, as well as his swift and decisive handling of Marlins star Hanley Ramirez's loafing earlier this season, are considered significant strengths in his favor."

..if not understanding what makes your best player tick is a strength in Hendry's opinion, then I think we're in a lot of trouble.

Teebob2000 said:

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Gonzalez bitch-slapped Ramirez, which is exactly what he needed, by all accounts.

cadarnell said:

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I think managers and coaches need to remember that there are a whole lots of people that can do what they do and do it just as well. On the other hand, there are very few EXTREMELY talented players, and you might want to think twice before you show one of them up by pulling him out of a game for loafing on a play. That, much like the Zambrano blow up, should have been dealt with later, and far away from the media. In my opinion.

If I was managing a bunch of high paid, ego driven athletes, I'd always ask myself one question before dealing with issues like loafing or adult temper tantrums. What would Phil Jackson do??? After all he is the most successful "adult babysitter" (manager/coach) in the history of pro sports.

Teebob2000 said:

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Doesn't seem that Ramirez suffered too much long-term damage.

cadarnell said:

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yea but Gonzalez may have still been there if not for that and now he's looking for a job. And it's possible he might get the Cubs job ... now that's long term damage ...hahaha ... GO CUBS !!

flyball said:

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DAY GAME!!!!!!!!!!!
and I made it just in time
Lineups

Pirates
McCutchen CF
Tabata LF
Walker, 2B
Jone, 1B
Alvarez, 3B
Doumit, RF
Cedeno, SS
Snyder, C
McDonald, P (2-4, 5.65)

Cubs
DeWitt, 2B
Darlin Stalin, SS
Fukudome, RF
Hufflepuff, 1B
Tylermania!, CF
Soriano, LF
Blaneystone, 3B
Hill, C
Gonzelanny, P (3-8, 3.98)

HackWilson09 said:

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Wow... That might be the worst lineup since Willie Greene led off in front of Shane Andrews.

I'm glad Colvin isn't going to debut at first base today, because the pressure of doing that - MY GOSH - at HOME... and in the deciding game of the series between the Cubs and Pirates... Any kind of mistake could scar him for life!

flyball said:

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its against the pirates, they have to make it sporting

JulieDiCaro said:

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rought roh.

isn't that like the 3rd time that's happened to Gorzelanny?

Teebob2000 said:

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He seems to have a target on him, doesn't he.

plamorte said:

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a Gorz injury prob makes room for Spellcheck. I hate this season.

JulieDiCaro said:

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no--you forgot about Silva! We may be saved!

flyball said:

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um, what happened to Gorzy?! Pirates why are you hurting one of our players?

flyball said:

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I think the team took personal affront to that liner back to Gorzelanny

JulieDiCaro said:

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I just realized Huffelpuff is hitting cleanup.

YIKES.

secdelahc said:

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Hey, we're winning!!!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I can't believe what I just saw. During the celebrate and rededicate Harry's statue celebration extravaganza, Tom Ricketts wore big Harry glasses. http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11600231

gravedigger said:

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The Nats have dismissed Rob Dibble as their color commentator. A few days before Strassburg's injury was announced, Dibble criticized him for not pitching through pain. Oops.

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