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Cubs Notes: Girardi gets offer; Maddux brothers interested in managing Cubs -- but interest may not be mutual.

Cubs Notes: Girardi gets offer; Maddux brothers interested in managing Cubs -- but interest may not be mutual.
Greg Maddux interested in Cubs gig

A couple of interesting new names threw their hat in the ring today and we may find out pretty soon if the Cubs will get their shot at Girardi...

UPDATE 11:38 AM: Not really an update because I missed this  last night, but according to David Kaplan, Girardi has no interest in either the Nationals or the Reds.  It's Cubs or Yankees, so if Girardi turns down this latest Yankees offer, it will look pretty good for the Cubs.  Tony Andracki of CSN writes that Joe Girardi would give up all 3 of his Yankees rings for one with the Cubs.  Wow.  That seems to be a pretty good sign he'd prefer to come here, doesn't it?

UPDATE 9:13 AM: Heard from a source that Manny Acta and Sandy Alomar may be the Cubs top two choices after Girardi.  There are some that may even prefer Alomar as the top choice overall.

  • The Yankees made their offer to Joe Girardi and it is believed to be a significant one, which could mean this is their big pitch to land him.  A response is expected to come as soon as this weekend.  If Girardi flat out rejects it, it could mean that "breakdown in negotiations" that the Yankees said it would take for them to give the Cubs permission to talk.  According to ESPN New York, "The Yankees may relax their position on the issue if they are convinced that Girardi is not going to return."  It will be interesting to see how the Yankees play it, will they ask for compensation?  With all teams free to talk to Girardi on November 1st, they don't have much leverage, but with Washington and Cincinnati looming as potential alternatives, maybe the Cubs would want an exclusive negotiating window.  Washington is the bigger threat of the two.  Then again, if the Cubs are confident they can sign him, maybe they just wait it out if the Yankees don't grant permission.
  • There are multiple reports saying that Mike Maddux would be interested in managing the Cubs but it appears his time as a top candidate has passed.  The Cubs criteria is different than it was the last time.  You may remember they were looking for an inefficiency in the market when it comes to keeping pitchers productive and  healthy, and that Maddux had a pretty good track record for that, though that staff did have more than it's share of injuries this year.  The Cubs now look to be focusing on proven leadership experience, development, and communication skills.  For what it's worth, Gordon Wittenmeyer agrees and in fact, he goes a step further and tweets that Maddux isn't even a candidate this time around.
  • Meanwhile, Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says that Greg Maddux is a candidate for the Cubs job and quotes a source that either Maddux brother could be an impact manager.  You also wonder if they would come together.  Maddux would certainly command the respect that many here talked about yesterday.
  • One other argument for Girardi is stated in Patrick Mooney's column which quotes an insider as saying, "This place will chew you up and spit you out."  Girardi can handle New York, so he can probably handle it here, not to mention he'd probably get a longer honeymoon period because of his track record and the fact that he already has respect from Cubs fans and the media.  He also quotes sources who are saying forget the Maddux brothers.  The top 3 candidates (other than Girardi) are exactly the ones we talked about here: Sandy Alomar, Jr., A.J. Hinch, and Manny Acta.
  • Relief pitchers Michael Bowden and Eduardo Sanchez have elected minor league free agency.  Both players were up and down between Iowa and Chicago last year and are likely looking for a more stable situation with another team.  The Cubs bullpen is suddenly getting crowded with some good arms and I can't see the Cubs making a big push to get either one back.
  • As far as potential Cubs major league free agents, there is Ryan Sweeney, Dioner Navarro, and Kevin Gregg as candidates.  The Cubs will certainly look to bring Ryan Sweeney back, who performed well in his opportunity this year.  Navarro may look for a starting gig somewhere after having the best offensive season of his career.  The Cubs have said they'd be interested in bringing Gregg back, but I don't know if that end of year incident changed things.  Gregg wasn't happy about being displaced as the closer and it seems likely the Cubs will want to try Pedro Strop or perhaps Justin Grimm in that role next season.  Other free agents are Scott Baker and Matt Guerrier.  The Cubs may try and bring Baker back on an incentive laden deal.   Baker has indicated he'd like to return.
  • Arbitration eligible players are Pedro Strop, Travis Wood, Darwin Barney, Daniel Bard, Darnell McDonald, Luis Valbuena, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Donnie Murphy and Nate Schierholtz.  The Cubs would like to try and sign Wood to an extension and he indicated interest in that scenario earlier this year.  Samardzija is in the same situation and has been for over the past year, but we'll have to see if the two sides can make better progress this offseason.  Barney is about to get pretty expensive for a defense only player.  Per MLB Trade Rumors, he's a non-tender candidate this year along with Darnell McDonald (who will likely be non-tendered) and Daniel Bard,who has yet to pitch a game for the Cubs.

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    Mostly opposed to either Maddux. But a guy who has won that many games could be an impact manager. I remember reading a great article about how Maddux sets up and remembers every hitter, not just for the next at bat, but for games in the future. Crazy great mental approach. He'd even let guys get hits just to create tendencies in their approach to hitting. The Professor indeed.

  • In reply to Michael Canter:

    I don't think there will be a pitcher with his pitchability and command for a long time. One of a kind.

  • I can't finfd anything there at which to throw rocks., I'm ,still rooting for Girartdi. ,The roster decisions will be up in the air for a while,, I'm ,sure.., Avant!

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    I'm sure I'll have something for you to throw rocks at next time.

  • John- regarding what you called a "significant offer" I think it was Joel Sherman that tweeted the offer was for 3 years and between 13-16 mil. I actually expected it to be more. Although it still may be a little rich for the Cubs. There might be better ways to use those resources.

  • In reply to Rodrigo Ramirez:

    That's what I heard too. I think the Cubs are prepared to beat that offer.

  • In reply to Rodrigo Ramirez:

    I doubt it.

  • I can imagine Greg Maddux as manager IF his communication skills are comparable to his knowledge and experience as the best pitcher in baseball for a lengthy period of time. I can't imagine Theo et al having the same thought process. I would think he would merit at least the courtesy of an interview if the speculation has legs.

  • For anyone who needs a little extra Saturday morning reading, this is one of my all-time favorite articles on G Maddux. Doesn't mean he should be the Cubs coach, but you have to think he'd make a hell of a (pitching) coach someday.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3336514

  • In reply to LBJCubfan:

    His knowledge on pitching is off the charts. Good article.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    If the Cubs could get Mad Dog as Pitching Coach with either Girardi or Alomar Jr. as Manager, it would be an absolute coup!

    That would get the Cubs fans very excited..the Cubs players too.

  • I have something, sorry. Greg Maddux recommennded Blake DeWitt to Jim Hendry in the Lilly deal.

    It's hard to say how this might go. I would want a smart offensive player as a bench coach, like a Jim Tracy.

  • In reply to HackWilson09:

    Maddux not a candidate anyway. Neither one.

  • In reply to HackWilson09:

    Yeah DeWitt recommendation was way off on Greg's part. I'm not buying Greg or in this case the Maddux Bros. as legitimate managerial candidates either. I've settled on Alomar Jr. as the Cubs next victim, Meanwhile let the offseason player shuffling begin. Perhaps more attention is needed this off season on hitting upgrades rather than pitching ,outside of course on landing that Japanese kid,the name escapes me.What can I expect after watching the Cubs for over 6 decades.

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    In reply to TheRiot2:

    Tenaka. And the only reason I remember it is because that was the name of the Japanese guy in Major League 2. lol

  • In reply to TheRiot2:

    Way to go Mr. riot. All things I've read on Alomar is promising. I don't understand the love for Acta. Both teams he managed improved after he left.

  • There is no reason to get into a compensation to the Yankees for exclusive negotiating with Girardi. If he doesn't sign a contract with them soon it means he wants to go somewhere else. The Reds and Nationals jobs are both attractive and I believe he would be crazy not to consider them, especially the Nats if they are willing to pay him as one of the top managers in the league. Still, the Cubs seem poised to make a competitive offer for Girardi, so if that in combination with the Cubs future prospects and his local ties is not enough to entice him then its not meant to be.

    I don't know as much about Mike Maddux, but Greg Maddux would seem to meet the criteria of being able to communicate. He has always been well spoken and has amazing recall of game and pitch sequences from his career. I see no reason he wouldn't be able to bring the same to a managerial gig. If he happened to bring his brother along in a package deal that seems like a good thing. But he does not have any dugout experience at all so that seems to eliminate him (or at least put him way down the list) in the same way it does for Brad Ausmus.

    I can't say I have followed any of Alomar, Hinch or Acta's coaching careers and cannot speak to any specific positives that would make one a favorite in my mind, they all appear to have good resumes and reputations so I also can't say I would have any issue if the Cubs hired any of them. None of the three show any apparent red flags that point toward a foreseeable failure. I can't say all will be good managers, but none would be bad hires.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    Wow. That third paragraph of mine above is terribly written. Train wreck. Proofread before you post, moron. I don't even have the excuse of being at work today.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    I don't think comp will be an issue. I get the feeling Cubs will wait it out if they have to -- but I also have the feeling Yanks will give permission if Girardi doesn't take their offer.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Why wouldn't they other than Cashman being a Dick

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    If Girardi says no but they feel like they can still get it done, then they'd have no reason. If this was the most they were prepared to offer and negotiations break down, then I see no reason why they wouldn't give permission.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    Which is it better tasting or less filling ? I'm thinking Girardi has to be hired at all costs (money wise) or then we get back to the usual names of .the unproven guys No retreads please and certainly no Dusty Baker either. The pressure is on the FO to get their guy.Good luck Theo and Jed with that.

  • Interesting "what if" about compensation for Girardi, but I don't see it coming into play. If Girardi has interested in considering other teams, the Cubs giving compensation to get an exclusive negotiating window would not change that. The Reds situation is interesting. They were probably one right manager away from a true title run. (Baker has always been a close-but-no-cigar, overly player-friendly manager to prepare his teams to weather the mental viscitudes of the playoffs.) But I think the Reds window is closing. Phillips is in declined and owed $50 M over the next four years. Votto has peaked and will soon enter into his injury period (plus his contract ratchets up in 3 years to pay him $25 million annually through 2023, which could cripple future payroll flexibility). But the core starting staff is good, but not enough to keep up with the Cardinals with their great development pipeline, the peaking Pirates and (hopefully) a reborn Cubs.

  • In reply to SkitSketchJeff:

    I actually don't think it will come into play either, more just pondering the idea.

    If I were the Reds, I'd be interested in Acta.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Too bad for Reds fans. The ole Dusty Baker refrain. So close but no cigar. We've known it all too well. His blame-the-fan attitude in 2003 as for the reason why they blew Game 6; his failure to go to the mound to calm things in that infamous 8th inning; and later letting players blame the TV announcers showed his limits as a manager. You've yet to hear any self-reflection from him like Pinella recently did.

  • Girardi is coming home. Delayed only by protocol.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    If I had to bet, I'd still say it'll be Girardi.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I really would like to know what's been said behind the scenes between the Girardi camp and the Cubs.Through back channela of course :)

  • In reply to TheRiot2:

    Of course ;)

    It would be interesting to know.

  • I think there are pros and cons to each candidate.

    AJ Hinch might be Dale Sveum in two years. Terrible first go-around as a manager but maybe he has learned something.

    Alomar might be able to connect with Castro and get him turned around.

    Girardi brings a ton of experience from a big market team that could come into play in a year or two.

    Acta has a long list of attributes that would help this team.

    My choices in order - Alomar, Acta, Girardi, Me, Hinch.

  • John: Theo said he wanted someone dynamic and creative as well. Of the three primary alternative candidates, who has proven to be the most dynamic and creative?

  • In reply to Cleme:

    Alomar reportedly has a great personality and great leadership skills. Acta is a bit more of a calming influence type, but he's creative because of his knowledge of statistics.

  • Off topic here, but anyone following the travails of the 22 year old OF of the Rays. Miscue yesterday and a lazy approach on a single a couple weeks ago in big game vs. Rangers.

    Seems like other young players have issues too.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Part of being young. Luckily he plays in a great organization in a small market, so I'm hoping it will be forgotten. Feel bad for him.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    What, Wil Myers, the "steal of the century" making youngster mistakes and striking out a lot?
    If his name was Starlin Castro and he did that here, a mob would be sharpening pitchforks.

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    In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    The controversy over that baffles me. It was one silly mistake in a 10-run loss. Clearly lots of other Rays made mistakes.

    And they only reason they had an opportunity to take a 10-run loss in the playoffs is because of the season that said 22-year-old put together as a rookie in a new organization.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Myers's raw misplay opened the floodgates for the early 5-run inning that put the Rays in a huge hole.
    I'm not impressed with his wacky and sometimes lackadaisical play in the OF. Maybe he'll figure it out as he grows, but he's caused a lot of headaches in the field. And the strikeouts are a yellow flag.
    But each team got what it wanted in the trade.

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    In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Yes, the defense meant he was only worth 2.4 WAR in half a season. You can live with it, easily, given the bat. Hopefully they'll be able to move him to left soon, where he really belongs.

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    In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    And I would argue that the Royals did not at all get what they wanted in that deal: they're sitting home right now.

    They have one more year to make the playoffs, or that deal was an outright disaster.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    The Royals got their #1 starter who won big games as advertised. They will have him next year and then can decide to extend him or trade him.
    Mike, I know you have repeatedly stated that the Royals lost this trade from the minute it was made. However, I know the position they were in and it made sense for both parties.
    I prefer to see how it plays out down the line, as most trades can't be judged until 3-4-5 years later. I just am holding any unqualified endorsement of Wil Myers until he cuts the mustard for another 2-3 seasons. For a prospect parallel, look at the aforementioned Mike Moustakas.

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    The cynical part of me sees "There are some that may even prefer Alomar as the top choice overall" and thinks, "Yeah, Jed and Theo."

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Ha...it was given to me vaguely, so could be anyone but it's reportedly Theo's decision, so we'll see.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    With every day that passes my man crush for Alomar Jr. for manager gets stronger. Would he be willing to interview for the same job that he was passed over for the 1st time around? I'm not as high on Acta or Hinch but that's primarily because of their previous managerial experiences. Any chance Robby would come to Chicago with Sandy?? He's a HOF second baseman who could help Baez, Alcantara, even Castro. Just a thought...

  • http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/cubs-front-office-believes-foundation-has-been-laid

    Nice video about the FO and the Kane County Cougars, as well as a nice article.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Thanks, Tony Andracki and David Kaplan did a great job with that series.

  • I think Girardi leaves NY even if Theo and Jed prefer someone else. The ARod suite is going to get really ugly. If he does sign here I hope that mess doesn't follow him to Chicago.

  • For some reason, the very best players do not usually make the very best managers.

    Ted Williams was perhaps the smartest, if not the best hitter ever. He was able to transfer his knowledge in a useful manner to his players.

    Perhaps the best hitter among the current managers was Dusty Baker, but there are a great many in Chicago who question his ability as a manager. Frank Robinson had his successes, but for the most part, managers tend to come from the career mediocre, such as LaRuss and Girardi, and it seems the same with pitching coaches.

    Just being the best pitcher in history (such a claim could be made for Maddux) doesn't guarantee, or even promise success as a manager or coach.

  • In reply to DaveP:

    Good point. Just because you have a lot of knowledge, doesn't mean you are proficient at imparting that knowledge to others.

    I had a trigonometry teacher in high school who was a certified genius, but he was an awful teacher and even admitted it. He did not give any grade lower than a C as long as you did the work. I basically had to learn trig on my own that year.

  • In reply to DaveP:

    I agree it doesn't mean you wil be a great coach. But I think if you are one of the best pitchers to play the game without having the physical tools to do so deserves a shot at being a manager. Greg had to have the right preparation to get guys out and that translate into strategy thinking by a manager.

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    Among the big stories this spring: the Girardi-Samardzija "You need to cut your hair" confrontation.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Somehow I don't believe Shark will be around this spring. Just a feeling I have, mainly based on his alleged demand for a NTC. That's like a big FO to the FO. And word has it the Yanks have made an offer to JG that will make him the second highest paid mgr. If that's true and it's for 4/18M, I think Girardi will be a Cub next year. Big difference between 4/18M in NY & 5/30 in Chicago.

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    In reply to Paulson:

    What Samardzija wants and what he gets could be two very different things. At the moment, he has ZERO leverage, as he still has two arbitration years before he can become a free agent. Any offer the Front Office makes now is going to be on their terms. Time is on their side. Of course, if Shark rebounds next year to go 18-8 with a 3.30 ERA, the momentum would be in his favor entering his final arbitration year.

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    In reply to Mike Partipilo:

    Samardzija can simply turn it down to become a free agent and, if he does, his value in trade drops rapidly as free agency approaches. If they can't work out an offer on both parties terms, they'll have little choice but to trade him.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Samson?

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oi_5lXIT5AY

  • Sorry if it has been mentioned but...

    Wasn't Alomar at least the 3rd choice last time, behind both Maddux AND Sveum?

    Does that not sit quite right with anyone else?

    Don't get me wrong, I'm a HUGE Sandy fan, I wanted him to get the job the first time around, but he wasn't deemed the right fit for the job two years ago, what changed? Just the player development aspect?

    I'm sure Theo called/will call Tito to see if he thinks he can handle the job.

    Count me in on the "not crazy about Greg Maddux as a coach" side. Just because you are a great player doesn't mean that will translate to coaching.

  • In reply to Yemi:

    It's simply possible they felt they made a mistake, but one thing that has changed is the criteria (which fits him better) and the fact that Alomar did get some managing experience. I wouldn't take 3rd place too literally, he's very well respected by the Cubs people.

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    In reply to Yemi:

    What changed was Theo realizing that just because a guy like Sveum comes in with a great attitude and gives you a smoking interview, doesn't mean he is the right guy for the job at hand.

    I can feel that many folks are setting up for Girardi as the next Cubs manager. But the Cubs fan in me feels I should prepare myself for Hell to freeze over. It's never been a smooth ride as a Cubs fan and I hope to God there is a great choice to turn to when/if Girardi uses his leverage to his advantage and chooses the Yankees over us.

    Sandy Alomar is that guy, imo.

    I don't think we could go wrong with either choice. This is a 2 horse race imo. Girardi and Alomar.

  • Great insight in this article of the new way to build a winner in MLB:

    http://itsaboutthemoney.net/archives/2013/10/05/spend-smart-baseballs-new-blueprint/

    The Cubs are accomplishing all but #4 right now...

  • In reply to Paulson:

    2b.) Says it all about the Cubs and the Shark. He's proven absolutely nothing about being a #1 picture and he's been demanding a no trade clause along with #1 money. After he hits free agency, they should let him walk unless he signs a Cubs-friendly contract. Otherwise, trade him while he has some value.

  • My gut still says Girardi is not coming, I think he has not made a final decision , but I think he will pay it safe and stay in NY. My guess is Alomar will be the guy with Hinch as a darkhorse. I love Greg Maddux and think he will be a great manager but like Brad Ausmus, he's not ready yet.

  • One thing is for sure, that Girardi has a lot of teams wanting him. So he is either really good at what he does, or hes over-hyped.

  • Sorry John, but you have a typo in your first sentence. Through is the wrong word. It should be threw.

    I have to agree that the Maddux brothers as good as they are and have been aren't a good fit for the Cubs. One day, they maybe a top manager/pitching coach team, but neither has the experience necessary today. And, I believe Mike really hurt his future opportunities by backing out of the Cubs job when he was the, or a, leading candidate.

    Respect is important. That is why Sandberg has made believers of his minor league players with the Cubs and Phillies. Respect comes from the fact he is a HOFer who started at the very bottom and worked his way up. Winning with whatever players he was given.

    This is why I think the Maddux brothers, especially Greg, isn't fit. Greg for as good a player he was, and he may have been a good mentor to a few Cubs' pitchers, he seems to want to skip the necessary steps needed to become a Manager.

    I'm not sold on Manny Acta or Hinch, but I really like Sandy Alomar, Jr. He's a catcher so he understand the strategy aspect of the game and handling a pitching staff. He has played in Chicago, LA and NY so he has an understanding of what the Chicago media is like. While he hasn't won a World Series ring he has played for one. Additionally, he has earned his strips as being a coach and interim manager. Lastly, he is Latin and many of the Cubs players coming up and part of the 'core' are mostly Latin so he would be able to relate to and communicate with these players effectively.

    The comments about being eaten up and spit out were brought up by David Kaplan earlier in the week. He mentioned that Lou Piniella had said he truly didn't know what he was getting into when he came here, and that the fan base and media really wore him down. Dusty Baker in ways has said the same thing.

    So I believe the Cubs are right at setting their sights on Girardi. He's a 4x World Series champion, so he have the respect of his players. For as much as many have attempted to dismiss his time in Miami, he got the best out of the players he had. He's worked in NY as manager —played there too— and has dealt with the Cubs fan base and Chicago media as a player, he's also played in St. Louis under Tony La Russa, and he was a draftee of an upstart expansion team in Colorado, so he has a strong grasp on what is needed to be successful in a variety of situations, especially since the current Cubs team is something like an expansion club at the moment.

    In my opinion the FO needs to do whatever they can to hire Girardi.

    I also believe the FO while trying to be respectful to Sandberg made a very crucial error when they summarily dismissed him as a candidate when they first came on board. Even if they thought he managed more old school, but they don't know if Sandberg would have accepted the Sabermetric style that the FO wanted to install. Many thought Sandberg would never start at A ball and work his way up. Many thought he couldn't be a manager because he was too quite as a player, but as everyone has found out Sandberg is now quite talkative and handles the media quite well. I believe Sandberg could have produced .500 or winning clubs while at the same time the FO was knocking everything to the ground and starting over.

    For all the positives of Dale Sveum, I don't think he truly had the respect of his players no matter how hard they played for him. He clearly didn't know how to handle a pitching staff and he wasn't the best tactician. And, the Chicago media chewed him up and spit him out.

  • In reply to JeffK:

    Thanks on the typo!

    I still think Girardi is the number one choice but I think the Cubs will be happy with Alomar or possibly Acta. To me it seems, Hinch is 4th right now.

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    Nice to hear Girardi isn't shooting down the Cubs possibility.

    I'm not sure who I want, but I want Theo to gave as many options as possible.

    And as was said a little earlier, I'm not sure G Maddux would be a good choice. He may have been the greatest ever, but its just not possible to TEACH greatness.

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    Especially, when you've never been a TEACHER before and haven't had the education or the on-the job training, like a student teacher. If Greg Maddux wants to be a manager, let him do it the right way and start in the minors as an instructor/coach and work his way up. Even Bud Black started out as the Angels' pitching coach for 6 years before becoming the Padres manager.

    This is the same reason why I find it insane that people are talking about Cal Ripkin Jr becoming a manager when he has done nothing since he left baseball.

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    In game six of the '96 WS, Girardi had an RBI triple off Greg Maddux.

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    In reply to Mike Partipilo:

    Not necessary relevant, but rather an interesting little piece of trivia.

  • Greg Maddox is special. Plain and simply, he took baseball to a new place and no one since has even come close. He did it as much with his mind as his his arm. The fact that he eschewed baseball for a few years for his families sake only raised my opinion of him. If Greg (don't give a fig about Mike) Maddox was in anyway interested I'd jump all over that.

  • Girardi is the safest choice.

  • While Sandy Alomar Jr. is well regarded, and he and his family actually live in Chicago, I am wondering why we aren't hearing about Chip Hale as a leading candidate. Hale's resume as a manager and coach significantly dwarfs Alomar's. He has been the bench coach for the vaunted Oakland A's for the last two seasons (both division championships), plus he has had a very distinguished seven-year career as a minor-league manager, winning championships in rookie ball, AA and AAA in the AZ organization, and he has coached for Team USA. So, talk about player development.

    Yet, other than his stint as an interim, Alomar has never managed at any level, and his ML experience is one year as a catching instructor, two years as a 1B coach and two years as a bench coach.

    In addition, if you're looking at the hot pitching coach candidate who is well-known for being energetic and creative, how about Roger McDowell for manager. He has been the Braves pitching coach for the last eight seasons and under his guidance the Braves team ERA has gone down in each of the last six seasons.

  • In reply to Cleme:

    Roger McDowell is the new Dave Duncan. Miracle worker, and certainly MLBs top pitching coach right now.

  • I have thrown the name Jose Oquendo out and haven't heard anything. Would he be a serious candidate for the job or is he lacking a skill?

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Well, Oquendo has been a Cardinal for so long that it's hard to imagine him in another uniform. Also, he has been passed by a few times including the Cards, so his window may have closed. He may be one of those guys who has found his calling as a coach.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    McKay left the cards to help with the cubs and I know he was popular in St. Louis. I just figured he fits the bill for what we are looking for. And he may not even be interested.

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    I swear I saw Girardi on one of the VIP boxes at last night's Blackhawks game but I couldn't get close enough to get a picture.

  • well at least it isn't a Starbucks lol , seriously that would be awesome if it was Him. If He hasn't accepted the Yanks offer by mid week or so I believe He wants to hear the Cubs offer or already has and is waiting till Nov 1 to sign on the dotted line.

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