So here's the latest in the Cubs managerial search. Dave-man Actareinez is coming in for a second interview this week. A-Rich Rent-in-Hinch will get his second interview after that. Then Theo is going to blindly open baseball media guide and point to three different names., which will be placed on a dart board that Jed Hoyer will throw darts at, whichever one gets hit first will then get leaked to the press. Whoever was not hit, will actually get interviewed. Then Epstoyer will have DNA removed from AJ Hinch, Manny Acta, and Rich Renteria and they will try to clone and grow their own manager using select traits of each candidate- AJ Hinch's use of sabremetrics, Renteria's communication skills, Manny Acta's lack of hair. Then they'll interview Torey Luvullo.
What exactly is going on here?
I have been and continue to be a giant Epstoyer fan. But this search for a manager, or, judging by this list, should I say "Meh"-nager of the Cubs has been very unsettling. And I wouldn't have a problem with it as much if I felt that Epstoyer had a plan. Because these guys have plans for everything. But right now it seems like they don't. Didn't they say they wanted this done quickly? The Reds needed all of five minutes to promote the pitching coach to manager and Detroit looks pretty close to hiring Lloyd McClendon. Not hearing a rotating list of people or any kind of leader board in those cities.
Now let me say right off the bat that I don't think Epstoyer fired Dale Sveum with the idea that Joe Girardi was available. I think they fired Dale on his own merits. But the idea that Girardi somehow could become a candidate has really gummed up the works. One, it pushed everything back for a few weeks while they waited and hoped and sent ravens back and forth because they weren't even allowed to talk to him. But it really took the shine off the other candidates. When you find out Stevie Ray Vaughn ain't coming but you're going to interview the drummer from Double Trouble.....I mean...Ok......but jeez.
And haven't they had enough time to vet Hinch, Acta and Renteria? What more do we need to know? Kind of arguing between sedans here. Yeah, there are some plusses and minuses to each but in the end they're kind of the same car. They're not the Mercedes that Girardi would have been with the higher insurance and the bigger "ooh and Ahh" factor and the higher lifestyle demands.
I don't think Epstoyer likes any of the candidates. At least that's the impression that I'm getting. Or at least there's differing opinions within the front office on each one. Maybe they're just killing time until they can talk to Lovullo. Maybe he's the real play here. But if I'm sensing anything from this search, it's very similar to last year's draft: They're not looking at who could possibly be the best manager for the Cubs. They're asking who has the smallest chance of not going the Dale route where they're looking for their 3rd manager in less than 5 years and serious questions are being asked... And I don't think they like the answer on any of them.
If and when they ever do pick the new "meh" nager of the Cubs, I want to hear Theo at the press conference. I doubt he'll say anything like " When we agreed to let Dale go, we didn't have a plan for his replacement...." or "Boy we underrated the managerial pool, let me tell you....." He'll talk about being thorough and finding the best possible candidate. and then talk about the next guy- Lovullo, Hinch, Renteria, whoever as if they're Miller Huggins reborn. Which will lead to the question nobody will ask: If this guy is all that, why did it take so long to hire him?
ODDS AND SODDS.
The Cardinals are too good a team to have the both the Red Sox and the Umpires gift them a game like last night's. I guess by the "letter of the law" that was obstruction. But gimme a break. By "the letter of the law" the strike zone is from the shoulder to the knees, from the "letter of the law" you have to actually step on second base with the baseball in your glove. Umpires brag all the time about how they have multiple decisions to make during any single play and how human element is part of the game. So now we're hiding behind "the letter of the law" Horse. Hockey.
Of course, as someone who picked the Cardinals in 5 this comes as no surprise to me.
It also comes as no surprise that the dolt catcher, Jerrod Saltalamatchia, who's now cost his team two games with errant throws to third, is on the radar of both teams here in town. I'm gonna need a new 2X4 to smack myself in the head with for Christmas if any of you are looking for a gift.
Although it looks like Elsbury might be pricing himself right out of the Cubs range.
Nobody asked me, but here it is: the only name that even peeked my curiosity meter was A.J. Hinch. Certainly has the most to prove. I would have gone with him weeks ago and given him a head start winning over everybody. All the other guys feel like they have the same pedigree as Dale Sveum, and that exactly didn't work out too well.
I can't tell you how happy I am to know that we are 3-5 games away from being Tim McCarver free.
I rank Lightning Bolt just below the self titled album with the avocado and right above Yield. Which kind of makes it the second best of the second flight of Pearl Jam albums.
"You won't see Me" is the Beatles song running through my head. So that makes "Rubber Soul" are Sunday music of the week.
Think I'm getting over my "Breaking Bad" withdrawal. Would have helped if Homeland was any good this year. Oh well...
Boy Michael Wacha sure would look good in the Cubs rotation right now. If only the Cubs could have won 25 more games and had the 19th pick and chosen him.... Ha ha ha.
Eventually, (Hopefully) Albert Almora can make me eat those words.
Cardinals are going to have to finish this series off fast, or they risk of having to ask their fans to take a second, possible 3rd shower within a week. and that has deep ramifications.