Posts tagged "Joe Maddon"

Random thoughts on La Stella while waiting for a big move

Random thoughts on La Stella while waiting for a big move
It is an anxious tension that this entire offseason has brought me. The Cubs jumped the start of the offseason with the managerial swap of Joe Maddon for Rick Renteria. This felt emblematic of a crescendo of good vibes spreading from Wrigley for the first time since perhaps the Theo Epstein hire. The Cubs major... Read more »

Adherence to the Plan is Key for Cubs

Adherence to the Plan is Key for Cubs
As the first portion of the off-season winds away and we move into Thanksgiving, a seemingly pervasive attitude among some fans is that the Cubs are losing on their quest to be competitive for the first time in the Theo Epstein era.  Stemming from losing Russell Martin to the Toronto Blue Jays and not signing... Read more »

GM Meetings Underway

GM Meetings Underway
The Chicago Cubs are in Phoenix along with just about everyone else in baseball as the general manager meetings chug along.  Have we learned a lot so far?  Well, the rumors have been buzzing but aside from one major deal, nothing really has happened yet other than the Rays pushing a tampering investigation of the... Read more »
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Shots Fired! Theo Epstein: "Come at us, Bro..."

Shots Fired! Theo Epstein: "Come at us, Bro..."
Shortly after the news of Joe Maddon becoming the new Chicago Cubs manager came to light, there were rumors that the Tampa Bay Rays, Maddon’s former team, would explore and pursue tampering charges against the Cubs for stealing Maddon away from them.  Never mind that from all accounts, it seems like Theo Epstein and Jed... Read more »

The Beauty of Having Options

The Beauty of Having Options
Once upon a time, give or take three or four years ago, the Chicago Cubs didn’t have a lot of options. They were an aging club, bereft of impact talent, operating on fumes at the major league level while the minor leagues rested on the hopes of guys like Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, now... Read more »

I like this Joe Maddon guy

I like this Joe Maddon guy
If you were hiding under a rock, Joe Maddon is the new Cubs manager: His inaugural Cubs press conference was a hit.  I like him a lot.  I mean, I’ve heard great things from folks around baseball and especially from Tampa Bay Rays fans, but it’s easy to see why he’s so likable and respected... Read more »
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Tampering? Prove It

Tampering? Prove It
On football Sunday, you’re probably getting ready for some handegg action, but the baseball offseason keeps going.  In between salivating over free agents and checking out C.J. Edwards in the Fall Stars Game, the Cubs are also getting set to introduce Joe Maddon as their new manager on Monday.  And of course, there’s the tampering.... Read more »

No Trick, Plenty of Treat for the Cubs with Joe Maddon

No Trick, Plenty of Treat for the Cubs with Joe Maddon
Today was a bit hectic.  I had an in-service day at school (no students, yay! But work anyway, boo) which I used, with the help of the wife, to clean up most of the lab storage room.  Then we had to go collect the kid from his school, walk two dogs in the crazy wind... Read more »

UPDATE: Joe Maddon reportedly to become new Cubs manager, Renteria put on notice

UPDATE: Joe Maddon reportedly to become new Cubs manager, Renteria put on notice
It’s been obvious to all but the least connected of humanity, but just now, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Chicago Cubs have been talking to Joe Maddon and have also put incumbent manager Rick Renteria on notice that they are exploring the option of hiring Maddon.  The article is full of typos... Read more »
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Pondering the ramifications of a Cubs-Joe Maddon partnership

Pondering the ramifications of a Cubs-Joe Maddon partnership
There are a few thoughts running through my head late tonight as I prepare for teaching next week while basking in the glory of a superb World Series Game 4.  First, Mo’ne Davis: I don’t care who you are, if you can get the ball over the plate AND throw a strike on national TV... Read more »