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I ran across a snipit in the Daily Southtown today that mentioned a possible replacement for Baker, should something happen to his job security with the Cubs organization.

The rumor mill isn’t solely focused on outfielders the Cubs may obtain before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Rumors are circulating about a replacement for Baker — even though Cubs officials have stated publicly and privately that Baker’s job is safe.

Newsday in New York reported in Sunday’s editions that an unidentified source said Lou Piniella, who is unhappy about his situation in Tampa Bay, could end up with the Cubs or back in Seattle.

Baker is in the third year of a four-year, $14 million. Cubs brass might not want to pay off his contract and hire another high-priced skipper.

I haven’t decided my feelings on this one as of yet. I decided to pull up Pinella and Baker’s career managerial records to compare them and this is what I found. Dusty and Pinella seem to both be “good” managers in the eyes of the people, but if I had to choose one, I think i’d actually choose Pinella. He’s won a World Series, something that Dusty has not done. He’s firey and seems to command respect. He also seems to have no issue with playing younger guys in the lineup on a regular basis. Take a look at the ages of the WS team he managed in Cincy. He had essentially the same team that Pete Rose had but led the kids to the title. Look at the ages to the right of their names. Only one starter over 29. It was team with a .322 OBP as a team and a solid young pitching staff. Sound familiar to a team we know?

C Joe Oliver – 24
1B Todd Benzinger – 27
2B Mariano Duncan – 27
3B Chris Sabo – 28
SS Barry Larkin – 26
OF Paul O’Neill – 27
OF Billy Hatcher – 29
OF Eric Davis – 28

SP Tom Browning – 30
SP Jose Rijo – 25
SP Jack Armstrong – 25
SP Danny Jackson – 28

CL Randy Myers – 27
RP Rob Dibble – 26
RP Tim Layana – 26
RP Norm Charlton – 27

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail