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October 2017



Put Me in, Theo. I’m Ready to Coach

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The dust has settled on the 2017 Chicago Cubs season as the Dodgers take game one of the World Series. Offseason discussions are in full swing with the cubs wasting no time shaking up their coaching staff. Chris Bosio is out, and it is looking more and more like Jim Hickey is the guy to replace him. Erik Hinske has moved onto bigger and better things with the Anaheim Angels. He goes from assistant to head hitting coach for Mike Trout and the ghost of Albert Pujols. Thanks for the memories and best of luck to both in their future endeavors (I doubt it will ever be as fun as their time with Joe Maddon’s Cubs). Maddon’s right hand man and Wade Davis at bat enthusiast, Dave Martinez, is and will be in the news regarding the vacant National’s managerial role. It would be a no brainer to take the keys to that roster; I don’t care what you think about the revolving door that is the top step of their dugout. I read plenty of rumors about who could and should fill that vacancy for the Cubs. David Ross’ name comes up, but I’m not sure he’s ready to go back to the grind after just one season off. He hardly had any time to be a dad, and a coach’s salary isn’t much to justify diving back in so soon. I think they promote from within with first base coach Brandon Hyde, who knows this current roster well, has minor league managerial experience as well as a brief stint with the Marlins (for one whole day).

The hot stove is sure to heat up after the World Series, and while the general consensus is for teams to wait until next season’s free agent class, there are certainly still some holes to fill and some big fish to fill them. Who do you guys seem them taking a shot at? Does Theo finally pony up for 30+ year old pitching? Will it be starting rotation or bullpen? One thing I will say I am anticipating is a big young name being traded from the 25-man roster to bolster the rotation. What are everyone’s feelings towards this? Do you have a hunch it will be a certain player, and why?


World Series Update

Clayton Kershaw continues to show the world that the “Bad in the postseason” narrative is dead. With 11 strikeouts and just 3 hits over 7 innings, the man surely made the most of his World Series debut. Chris Taylor and Justin Turner continue to wreak havoc in October, both homering in last night’s contest. With all the talk about Chris Taylor’s “random” rise to greatness, I found this tweet to be very interesting.

When you take into account that his progression to the majors comes at a time where hitters are obsessing over launch angle, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that this kid has been able to do what he’s done.

The best thing about last night is that World Series aren’t won in game 1, so we at least get 3 more of these intense contests, and I don’t know about you but I don’t see this Astros team rolling over and going belly up. Regardless of where my team is at the moment, I’m not ready to call it on the 2017 season. So game 7? Please and thank you!

  • Djuro Jebi

    If anyone gets dealt . . . and it’ll kill me to see it . . . has to be Schwarber to an AL team. Unless Baez absolutely refuses to change his focus.

    • Doc Raker

      It is gonna kill me to see Schwarbs hit 83 jacks as a DH for an AL team

      • Bryzzo1744

        The NL needs to move into the 21st Century and use the DH

  • Seymour Butts

    If Martinez goes, he should be replaced by Ryno.The irony would be epic.

    • cap’n realist

      I actually like that idea. Could help with some fundies.

    • Doc Raker

      What would Cindy do?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        She has probably moved on from both of them and is now hanging out at gyms looking for anyBODY that comes along.

      • Contreras.

  • Doc Raker

    Who are the stud pitchers going into a contract year that Schwarbs could be traded for?

  • Doc Raker

    What a game. That was one fun World Series game. This is what I expect from the two best teams in baseball. It is very warm here in SoCal, unusually hot with Santa Ana weather conditions. A neophyte global warming zealot will take this small sample size opportunity to argue about this global warming hoax. Santa Ana weather means the desert air is blowing west instead of east so we get desert conditions at the beach. The ball is just jumping off the bats in these conditions because there is no marine layer, the air is thin and the ground is so hot during the day there is a lot of upward air currents from the ground after the sun sets. I always loved playing softball in the desert, the ball carried an extra 50 feet for me and an extra 12 feet for the Capn especially after the sun went down, balls just fly like they never have off your bat.

    Dave Roberts did his best Joe Maddon impersonation and removed his starer Rich Hill after just 60 pitches in 4 innings. He went with his bullpen for 5 innings + extras. Bad move, the Astros got to the pen. It was 3-1 Dojers in the 8th and the game ends 7-6 in 10 innings. Wild game, fun.

    • Karen Hirsh

      I told everyone today that Roberts was imitating Maddon. Why these managers take out good pitchers in the 4th or 5th inning is unreal. Your bullpen can’t do it every night. Too bad we can’t have Girardi as manager.

  • Bryzzo1744

    The Yankees are not bringing back Girardi. Dumb move on their part

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