The Den Podcast - Ep 39: Jared Wyllys on Cubs Post-Mortem, Girardi vs Ross, and the Looming KB Decision

Jared, as always, joined me to chat about what went wrong this season (there was a lot). Plus, who's the the Cubs next manager? And some thoughts regarding Kris Bryant's future in Chicago.

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  • No matter who ends up with the top job, I hope Hottovy and Iapoce are kept within the organization. Hottovy IMO, has done a great job. The pitching lab, seems ahead of the curve in the details of studying pitching mechanics. I give him much credit in salvaging Chatty and Wick, in particular- as well as others down the line and yet to come.
    And I don't blame Iapoce for some of the hitters who maybe were hesitant to change some habits. I think Maddons loose culture, didn't encourage a few people to buy into Iapoce, immediately.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Whoever they hire is gonna have to make his own choices with regard to that. Frankly, considering the way most, if not all the pitching staff, as well as the line-up (excluding Rizzo), were generally inconsistent all season, I don't see how either of those guys did their jobs and should come back.

  • Paralysis by analysis. I think we can all see the issues with the front office now. They certainly knew a month ago that Joe wasn't coming back. Now they're like kids looking in the store window hoping that something better comes along. Get on with it. Either hire Ross or not but quit trying to decide MP-4 or X-Box. If all else fails flip a coin. If you are happy how it lands you have a winner. If unhappy hire the other guy and be happy also.

  • In reply to veteran:

    Jeez, I thought veteran was synonomous with patience...

    MLB doesn’t like off-field news taking attention away from the playoffs. Maddon’s hire by LAA took place on Wed when there were no games (NLCS finished, ALCS rained out). As just one example.

    If Ross is the choice, I expect an announcement when the ALCS is finished. If Espada is the choice, they well may wait until HOU is eliminated or the WS is over, whichever comes first. In fact, if Ross is not announced between the end of the ALCS and the WS, then I’ll be very surprised if Espada is not hired.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    They could very well hire either guy on Monday if they wanted to. MLB allows a guy to be hired by another team and coach in a WS for their current one. Joey Cora was the most recent example. The difference would be if Espada has multiple offers he might want to take some time after the Series to deliberate.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Ok, I was uncertain if that was the case. I erred on the side of giving the man space to finish his current gig, rather than divide his attention.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    That could very well be. I think your original guess is probably right. I was just pointing out that Espada could be hired Monday

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Patience my butt. Anyway, at my age, I won't be unhappy for long.

  • In reply to veteran:

    Haven't you considered the possibility that Espada has other choices available to him? It might not be as cut and dried as you see it.

  • Poor Aroldis.
    Now there's no one to hate in the WS.

    FYI... Hector is going for his 3rd ring in 4 years.

  • No Cardinals, no Yankees - about as satisfying as it gets without the Cubs in it. Houston is the team the Cubs were supposed to be. I wonder if we'll get an announcement for new manager between now and Tuesday.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    If we don't get a managerial announcement in the next couple of days, one could read that as a pretty strong hint about who it's going to be.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    I think the urgency of flying Espada in for a second interview on a Sunday night indicates they want to name a guy tomorrow rather than have to wait until the end of the WS. Espada could very well be named tomorrow. Alex Cora was in the same situation two years ago. Makes sense if the guy is a hot commodity like Cora was or Espada is.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I hope Espada is the new cubs manager, the cubs need to shake it up some. He also worked with Báez on team pr which is a plus.

  • In reply to bolla:

    I am also leaning toward Espada...would he accept Ross as bench coach? Would Ross be willing?

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    I would guess that they would want either guy to have a veteran presence as a bench coach as that's usually the dynamic, inexperienced manager with experienced bench coach or vice versa. They'd likely give them a list of 2-3 names to choose from.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Don't forget... no Dodgers, either!!

    This could be Houston's last stand.
    Cole's going to leave and their other starters are older than the Cubs old pitchers.

    They'll be paying 37 and 36 year old (happy birthday tomorrow, Zack... Verlander's is in February) pitchers $65 million in each of the next two years.

    They're not bad contacts yet, but they could be.
    If Father Time decides theirs is up, then Houston has a big problem.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    I'm glad the Dodgers are out, but I could accept it if they won. No so for the birds. As for Houston, we'll find out if they are able to retool on the fly.

  • It is Ross.

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