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Thursday Headlines: Manager Selection Soon?

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And then there were two



 
Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald seems to think the Cubs could announce their choice for manager soon. As in, today or tomorrow soon. Any reason why, Barry?

It's been apparent for about a month that Mike Quade has been the Cubs' top choice for manager, with Ryne Sandberg second.

We've also heard for weeks that the Cubs wanted to make a decision by about the middle of October, and there's a break in the baseball schedule now with no LCS games until Friday night.

MLB doesn't like these announcements distracting from postseason games, so if indeed it's that simple, the Cubs ought to just make the call and get it done immediately.

 

But Barry, it's precisely because it should be done immediately that it won't. I think Gordon Wittenmyer understands the Cubs' front office better than Barry Rozner.


But the Cubs are in no rush to conclude the process for at least two reasons.

For one, they don't have to. As the most attractive of the seven remaining teams with jobs open, the Cubs don't face any significant competitive heat for their top candidates, especially considering that two of the leading candidates are in-house (Quade and Class AAA manager Ryne Sandberg).

The other reason for the deliberate pace, of course, is New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi. A source close to the process said the Cubs continue to monitor potential signals that Girardi, whose contract expires when the Yankees' season is done, might be interested in the job.


 

That sounds more like it. Let's wait till Girardi might be available, then when he isn't, piss off Quade and Sandberg for making them feel like second fiddle.

Bruce Miles continues his review of the Cubs' roster with an analysis of Alfonso Soriano. First, a look back at the signing.

"He's lean," Hendry said at the time. "He's like a greyhound, this guy. He's some kind of an athlete, and that's a very, very young body for his age. Who knows if somebody is going to be as productive at 38 as they are at 30 or 31? But, like I said, there's a lot of guys in this game right now swinging the bat at a very high level in their late 30s or even early 40s."


Yes, Jim, they were all on steroids. But remember all those insane months Soriano had in which he carried the Cubs?

June 2007
.336/.379/.697 with 11 homers and 18 RBI

September 2007
.320/.354/.754 with 14 homers and 27 RBI

May 2008
.345/.386/.672 with 10 homers and 29 RBI.

 

You might notice the last of those happened two and a half years ago. If you want a month-by-month look at what the Fonz did this year, click on the link. The one positive thing that can be said for Soriano this year is that he never went on the DL. And as Mr. Miles states, the good news is that his contract is half over. That's also the bad news. Oh, Tribune Company, you really stuck it to us, didn't you?


To end on a happy note, Cubs minor leaguer Chris Archer stuck it to some commies yesterday.

Beating Cuba's national team is never easy. It's always a thrill for a pitcher who does it. But few have ever handled the Cubans as effectively as Cubs minor-leaguer Chris Archer did on Monday night in Puerto Rico.


Archer, 22, continued what has been a breakout season for him by throwing six shutout innings in a 4-1 victory that sent the unbeaten Team USA into the semifinals of the Pan Am Qualifier event. He struck out 10 and allowed only two hits, using his mid-90s fastball and a slider to dominate a team that included Yulieski Gourriel, Frederich Cepeda, Alexei Bell, Ariel Pestano and other highly experienced Cubans, along with rising star Michel Enriquez, a 21-year-old third baseman.

"Definitely, without a doubt, that was an unbelievable rush,'' Archer said by phone. "Going into it I knew it was probably the biggest game I'd played in my life.''


Archer is a remnant of the Mark DeRosa trade.

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JulieDiCaro said:

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how can Soriano be considered to have a 'young' body when he's got leg injuries constantly?

Doc said:

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Well, when you consider that in reality, because he lied about his age when he joined major league baseball and is actually 56 years old, in comparison, he does have the body of a 45 year old...which is considerably younger.

JulieDiCaro said:

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So you guys have heard me talk about my friend Mary's band, Chaperone. Their first album just got a really good review!

http://tinyurl.com/2f5bype

Give a listen to 'Witches and Sailors' at the bottom--it's one of my favorite songs of all-time!

sloan peterson said:

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Definitely, without a doubt, that was an unbelievable rush,'' Archer said by phone. "Going into it I knew it was probably the biggest game I'd played in my life.''

I guess that leaves Archer with nothing more to do, right?

JulieDiCaro said:

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he has nothing left to live for.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i would really kill for some day baseball right about now.

sloan peterson said:

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Fun fact-
George W. Bush originally wanted to be Commissioner of baseball:
http://nytimes.com/2010/10/14/sports/baseball/14bush.html?

AndCounting said:

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PEDs > WMDs. He chose poorly.

flyball said:

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can't all these interviews have a fan Q&A portion?

JulieDiCaro said:

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what do you want to ask?

this gives me a diary idea. . .

flyball said:

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let me think about exactly what I think should be answered

sloan peterson said:

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If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

JulieDiCaro said:

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who won the peloponesian wars and why?

sloan peterson said:

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Who was the true identity of Jack the Ripper?

flyball said:

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poor Bob Uecker, heart surgery ain't no laughing matter

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5684118

JulieDiCaro said:

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Joe Borowski thinks the Cubs should hire Wedge.

I think the real story here is that Joe thinks his opinion matters to Cubs fans.

flyball said:

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I like Borowski

I wonder if when they start calling ex players to ask their opinion if it is alphabetical order or reverse chronological

JulieDiCaro said:

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i like him, too, i just don't really care what he thinks about the next Cubs manager.

flyball said:

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fair enough

sloan peterson said:

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But what does Andy Van Slyke think? After all he has written a book where a winning Cub team goes down in a plan crash....

sloan peterson said:

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It's freudian-it's supposed to be "Plane" crash...

JulieDiCaro said:

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no, i think "plan crash" was exactly right.

AndCounting said:

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I miss Lost.

flyball said:

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didn't you hear, The Event is just like Lost

and if by that they mean a show I will not be watching, then yes, it is

flyball said:

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the Vanilla Ice project commercial is pretty much the only commercial I hear on pandora today

and its official, all reality tv ideas have now been thought of, the pure randomness is hilarious

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