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Monday Headlines: Crazy Uncle Phil Does it Again


(Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune)


Crazy Uncle Phil had one of those ideas that's so crazy it just might work. He proposed a Jim Hendry for Kenny Williams trade.

For starters, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf (the man who was willing to allow the Marlins to talk to Guillen if they would give up the aforementioned outfielder-first baseman Morrison) should swap general manager Ken Williams to the Cubs for Jim Hendry.
This GM-for-GM switch would position both men in positions where they could have the most positive impact.

Consider that, as the White Sox's GM the steady Hendry immediately would end the organizational dysfunction that has arisen from the Williams-Guillen feud, which has arisen out of the unusual level of nepotism allowed under Reinsdorf.

The wackiness doesn't stop there, as an 11-player megadeal accompanies the GM-for-GM swap.

With the GM deal complete, the second step to a new and improved offseason for both Chicago teams is one mind-blowing mother of a trade -- specifically, the Cubs sending Carlos Zambrano, Kosuke Fukudome, Jeff Samdardzija, Geovany Soto, Randy Wells and Chris Archer to the White Sox for Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, Mark Teahen, Scott Linebrink and Tyler Flowers.

This 11-player swap not only would awaken the senses on both sides of town but also accomplish myriad purposes for Chicago's teams. The cash is essentially a wash, with an estimated $35 million going from the Cubs to the White Sox and $32 million going the other way. No-trade clauses could be an issue, but let's be honest -- what member of the Cubs would be desperate to stay on the North Side, and vice versa?

I don't even know what to say about this idea. I really don't.

While we were away over the weekend, the Yankees swooped in and stole Larry Rothschild out from under the Cubs' noses. But don't expect a big-name replacement.

According to a major league source, the Cubs will stay within their organization to replace Rothschild for the Cubs' pitching coach position. Top candidates will include minor-league pitching coordinator Mark Riggins, Cubs bullpen coach Lester Strode, Triple-A pitching coach Mark Mason and Double-A pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn.
Although there is no clear favorite at this time, Riggins is highly thought of throughout baseball and may have a slight edge with his 26 years of coaching experience. Rothschild's time in Chicago was spent working for five managers, including Don Baylor, Bruce Kim, Dusty Baker, Lou Piniella and the team's present manager, Mike Quade.


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JulieDiCaro said:

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Hell, at this point, I'd take the entire White Sox organization. Just ship 'em on up here. Oh, but I want to keep Z.

Doc said:

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Wow...and Z would be the first person I'd trade.

FrankS said:

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I did find out that people post all sorts of ads on the Trib site, write all kinds of racist claptrap, but if you post something scatological it gets removed pretty quickly. Really, what's offensive about "Phil, urine idiot"?

Doc said:

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Well...in support of the Trib, they only allow falsehoods and exaggerations to be posted...that description of Phil was a little too close to accurate.

AndCounting said:

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How could he not include a Wrigley-for-the-Cell trade along with it? As long as he's listing things that would never ever ever ever (ever x100) happen, why not?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Also, I'd like to replace Hawk and Stoney in the broadcast booth.

Doc said:

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Good luck removing their bloated heads from their perches.

AndCounting said:

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I heard a rumor about a deal that would send 10,000 deluded hipster Cubs fans to the Sox for 30,000 skeptical, psycho, Cub-obsessed Sox fans. Its apparently going to help attendance go down at Wrigley and lower the pressure to win along with it.

Edelweiss said:

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with Joe Morgan.

Doc said:

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While they've made some pretty nice improvements to the Cell, compared to most other ballparks right now, it isn't all that great. I'd prefer a renovated Wrigley over the Cell. I'd really prefer a new stadium, but that's a dream I'll never see happen.

JulieDiCaro said:

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hey, they've got WAY better food and I dig their club seats.

Doc said:

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It's no Target Field (or Yankee Stadium).

Doc said:

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Woot!!!!

Styx is following me on Twitter!

JulieDiCaro said:

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oh for the love of. .

Karen said:

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That just gave me the biggest belly laugh in a long time. But seriously, you must be in heaven over this...

Doc said:

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I wouldn't go that far...they probably do remember me from my time on a Styx fan message board that that they once posted occasionally on.

sloan peterson said:

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Which version? With or without DeYoung?

Doc said:

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This would be the non-DeYoung Styx...yes. So I'm being a little hypocritical being happy that they are following me, but I'm fairly sure old man DeYoung has no clue what Twitter is.

sloan peterson said:

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Now that you have Styx following you, are there any other bands you wish to do likewise? Kansas?Chicago? Boston?

Doc said:

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no...just Styx.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Carrie Muskat gives us a list of potential pitching coach candidates. No, Cubs fans, Greg Maddux is not among them: http://muskat.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/11/1120_pitching_coach_candidates.html

Doc said:

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That is a long list of "blah".

jarowcliffe said:

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yep...I like the Mazzone idea but I dont know why he would want to go from playing golf in retirement to pitching coach for this team...both are equally frustrating, I can imagine.

Doc said:

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Either way, it looks to me like the Cubs aren't willing to pay for a top-of-the-line pitching coach like Mazzone.

sloan peterson said:

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Maybe since the Yankees took Rothchild, they could give us their old pitching coach. Or the Cubs could try to steal Dave Duncan....

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