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Wednesday Headlines: Eric Wedge Strikes Again

WINTER HAVEN , FL - MARCH 3:  Eric Wedge, Manager  of the Cleveland Indians, sits in the dugout before a Spring Training game against the Houston Astros on March 3, 2005 at Chain O Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida. The Indians won 7-3. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

 


I can't tell you why, but Tom Ricketts interviewed Eric Wedge yesterday for the Cubs managerialopening. The only interesting thing I find about Eric Wedge is that he resembles the Zach Galafianakis character Seth:

 


As for the interview, no one is commenting on the substance:

Sources said Wedge met Monday with Ricketts in Chicago and that second interviews already have taken place with Quade and Sandberg. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has interviewed former big-league manager Bob Melvin, and Melvin also may get a sit-down with Ricketts.

 

Bob Melvin? Really? Can't we all just agree that Quade or Ryno should get the job?

Of Wedge, Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted: "A friend of Eric Wedge says this about his meeting with Cubs' owners: 'He is a very convincing guy, so this can only help his chances.'
 
"Very convincing" sounds a bit too much like "an offer you can't refuse" for my taste. Is Wedge blackmailing or threatening Ricketts?
 
Finally Bruce Miles talked about the 2010 seasons of Geovany Soto and Tyler Colvin. First up, Geo. Mr. Miles compared the bloated/dopey 2009 version against the svelte 2010 version (there was a difference of two PA between the two seasons).

2009

.218/.321/.381 for an OPS of .702
Soto's OPS-plus was 80. The ISO was .163 and the BABIP was .246 (here's where we're going to talk "luck").

2010
.280/.393/.497 for an OPS of .890
Soto's OPS-plus was 131. The ISO was 217, and the BABIP was .324.

Next up, Colvin:

During the season, Colvin went .254/.316/.500 for an OPS of .816. The ISO was .246, and the BABIP was .296. The OPS-plus was 109. He hit 20 homers and drove in 56.

Just to repeat, as an aside, Colvin's .254/.316/.500 line was virtually identical to Alfonso Soriano's line of .258/.322/.496. Colvin came a little cheaper.

There's more discussion about some stats and what to look for next year from each of these players, so check out the blog when you have time.

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Doc said:

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My pointless dream of having Fredi Gonzalez as our manager will finally come to an end tomorrow when he will be announced as the new manager of the Braves.

Stupid Braves...taking our manager.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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It'll be okay, Doc. The Braves love us anyway. We gave them Maddux, they gave us the ALDS in '03, we gave them D-Lee. It will all work out. I do have to admit, having Fredi as our manager would have been sweet!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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wait, is Bruce insinuating that Colvin is fat?

flyball said:

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all I got was "please Hendry no more big free agent contracts"

but that may have been the voices in my head

Doc said:

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I think he's expecting Colvin to start smoking a lot of pot this winter.

HackWilson09 said:

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Why are the Cubs talking to a Wedgie and a Melvin? Don't we have enough problems without hiring the league nerds?

If we hire Wedgie, can we have Grundy for our bench coach? Maybe a Texas Twister to coach third, across from Wet Willy at first.

Next season is just going to be one big Cleveland Steamer anyway.

flyball said:

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so here's the question, do you hire a young manager that will (hopefully) be with the Cubs for awhile, or a more experienced manager that is (again) using the Cubs as his last hurrah?

I think it should be a reflection of the team philosophy (hopefully one that changes to developing players that actually play for the Cubs) but I have a bad feeling they are going to go opposite directions with the player philosophy and the manager idea

HackWilson09 said:

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Here, I'll go ahead and say this, for the first time in my life:

There should be no hopes for next year.

I repeat...

There should be no hopes for next year.

This team needs to rebuild and shed bad contracts. If we can't afford Cliff Lee, then we should waste money on NO man this winter, especially Adam "Three Whiffs And" Dunn.

In 13 months, we can take a shot at Adrian Gonzalez. Or in 13 months, we'll see if Colvin is playing first base, and if Brett Jackson is an MLB leadoff man. We'll be free of Fukudome and Silva, and the team has the option on Ramirez. We'll be closer to the end of Soriano's contract, making it easier to swallow most of it and send him the hell away. What a terrible player he is. Probably the worse value of any player in history besides Mike Hampton.

So we need a manager who can live with failure for one more year, while keeping the kids in the game. I only think that our internal options, Quade and Sandberg, are going to be able to stomach this process.

flyball said:

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you sir are a scholar and a gentleman

I just hope the Cubs are listening to someone with your philosophy

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ha--he totally does look like Seth, which kind of makes me hope he gets it now, because we could make Seth jokes all season long.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Whenever I look at the "Most viewed" items on the sidebar, I weep for mankind.

sloan peterson said:

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I hope that somewhere,people have zero interest in "Teen Mom," and Kim K.......

Teebob2000 said:

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WHAT exactly is wrong with Kim Kardashian naked?

JulieDiCaro said:

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I want to buy the Joliet Jackhammers and use them as a pipeline to funnel talent to the Cubs.

Who's with me?

JulieDiCaro said:

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It would be our chance to prove that online fans really CAN do a better job!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Can I sing the national anthem?

flyball said:

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you go right ahead, in that league its all about the Schaumburg Flyers

Boo Jackhammers, Yay Flyers!

JulieDiCaro said:

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but I live a lot close to the Jackhammers. . . and they're for sale.

flyball said:

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but I like the Flyers, they've been my independent Northern League team for years

sloan peterson said:

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Think of the tiein possibilites and what kind of mascot could you have......

flyball said:

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I wonder how much a minor league team costs these days

Doc said:

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In this recession, they go for about $29.95.

flyball said:

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is there tax on that?

Doc said:

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8.5% sales tax

flyball said:

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thank goodness its not in Cook County

the Flyers would have much more tax to be paid

Doc said:

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I've got about $.50 to contribute. I'd have more to give except for the ticket price increases for next season.

sloan peterson said:

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Can they take a post-dated,out of town check?

Doc said:

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probably.

flyball said:

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this is the same league that allowed for the trade of a player for beer, a lot of beer, but beer

sloan peterson said:

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I'm not willing to pay one penny more than $50.00 USD.....

Dmband said:

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"what does it cost to buy a mexican baseball team, like ten dollars and a burrito?"

"Thats racism bro. I love to racism".


(excpert from Eastbound and Down)

Dmband said:

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excerpt. Thats a tough one.

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