Put Me in, Theo. I’m Ready to Coach
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.
2014 AAA: .328/.397/.497
2015 AAA: .300/.391/.429
2016 AAA: .312/.387/.457
Maybe SEA shouldve given him more than 100 MLB PA?
— Cooper (@RushingBaseball) October 25, 2017
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!