Category: Manager

Buddy Bailey Takes Over

Buddy Bailey Takes Over
As the press gathered on a sunny media day in South Bend, they were greeted by a new sight. Emerging from the dugout was the leathery visage of Buddy Bailey, like a well broken-in baseball mitt. As Bailey gathered his team in a semicircle behind him and had them introduce themselves to the crowd, a... Read more »

Steve Cishek Signs But What About The Closer?

Steve Cishek Signs But What About The Closer?
The Cubs have had a clear cut, top 5 closer in all of baseball since the July 25, 2016 acquistion of Aroldis Chapman. The Cubs managed to pull off the same feat a little four months later in trading for Wade Davis. It is a comforting luxury to have that kind of guy to make a 9... Read more »

Guest Post: Dave Martinez's tutelage under Maddon makes him an intriguing candidate

Guest Post: Dave Martinez's tutelage under Maddon makes him an intriguing candidate
Jake Larsen is a Cubs Den reader and a “Free-lance Rays/General Baseball Blogger” who is always known for putting his 2 cents in(and likely more).  I’ve had many great conversations with him on Twitter and he is an advocate for Dave Martinez as the Cubs next manager.  He has a deeper knowledge of the Rays... Read more »
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Renteria background, coaching ability makes him the safe choice

Renteria background, coaching ability makes him the safe choice
You’ve heard me talk about both Manny Acta and A.J. Hinch at length and that is simply because with all the people I have spoken with recently, they have drawn the most support. Renteria is the third candidate on the list and while he seems to be well-respected as a coach, he simply hasn’t generated... Read more »

A.J. Hinch would be the outside the box choice and quite possibly the best fit

A.J. Hinch would be the outside the box choice and quite possibly the best fit
Mention A.J. Hinch and you’re sure to draw negative reactions.  By some accounts, he didn’t do well in his first stint as a manager.  David Kaplan talked to a GM who said he was the worst manager in the past 10 years. But was he? He took over for Bob Melvin in 2009 as a... Read more »

Cutting to the chase: Cubs feel good about candidates. My thoughts on the favorites.

Cutting to the chase: Cubs feel good about candidates. My thoughts on the favorites.
This blog isn’t one that goes with the grain.  We don’t strive to be first.  We aren’t trying to pander to popular opinion.  We’re trying to get things right.  Period.  When people were shouting Michael Bourn, we said Scott Feldman and Scott Baker.  When people wanted Prince Fielder, we said it wasn’t going to happen.... Read more »
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Is Joe Girardi really the best guy to develop Cubs prospects?

Is Joe Girardi really the best guy to develop Cubs prospects?
I really want to get excited about Joe Girardi.  He’s a local guy and a former Cub.  His speech on Darryl Kile moved us all.  He’s a big name in a city that loves their celebrity managers.   He’s been a successful manager for the most storied franchise in baseball.  He led an undermanned Florida... Read more »

If not Girardi, then whom? 5 names to watch and 5 that may not be the right fits at this time

If not Girardi, then whom?  5 names to watch and 5 that may not be the right fits at this time
The Joe Girardi situation doesn’t look quite as promising with the Yankees making a strong push to retain him, but the Cubs are confident they can find the right guy. Disclaimer!  This is not the Cubs candidate list.  This is a list drawn up based on our knowledge of the Cubs criteria, a source with... Read more »

Okay, so Sveum is gone... is Joe Girardi next?

Okay, so Sveum is gone... is Joe Girardi next?
The conversation lately has been about Dale Sveum and whether he would be fired.  After much speculation, most of which revolved around his impending doom, Sveum has indeed been “relieved of his duties”.  I’ve said my final piece on Sveum earlier today.  It is time to start looking forward. So what now? The focus now... Read more »
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Is Sveum really to blame? A balanced look at the beleaguered Cubs manager

Is Sveum really to blame? A balanced look at the beleaguered Cubs manager
I’ve never been one to think that managers have that much impact one way or the other on a game to game basis.  There is lots of data to show this is true.  Yet whenever something goes wrong, the manager is to blame.  It goes with the territory. I tend to have a mixed opinion... Read more »