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Monthly Archive: June 2006

Friday

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June 2006

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Coaching

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Some years ago I went to work for a company that was based upon a philosophy called Total Quality Management (TQM.) The main precepts of this company were as follows: 1. Superior quality products; 2. A belief that customer satisfaction was *the* minimum criterion for success; 3. Employee empowerment and 4. A belief that customers should be given good value for their money. The company didn’t have “managers” per se, they had “coaches.” When you asked them about that they told you that “managers manage, coaches lead.” Before I left I learned some good things from that company, particularly insofar […]

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June 2006

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What’s your least favorite Cubs team in your lifetime?

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With today’s 6-2 drubbing at the hands of the best baseball team in Chicago, our Cubs stand at 29-50. For me this has been the most miserable Cubs season of my lifetime. I was born in ’71 and probably didn’t become aware of standings until probably 1982 or ’83, so I’m counting the last 25 years. It’s just awful this season; we can’t hit, can’t pitch, can’t play defense, and there’s little hope around the bend. We can hope the Trib will sell to a passionate, knowledgeable owner, but we can also hope Prior will heal magically, that Neifi follows […]

Thursday

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June 2006

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Former Cubs prospect takes Prior to school

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Today’s action featured two pitchers who have spent quite a bit of time on the disabled list – I remember Geremi (then spelled Jeremi) as a hard-throwing Cubs prospect with a potentially high ceiling. Then along came the arm injuries and the Cubs decided to cut their losses and Gonzalez went elsewhere. Today he came back to Wrigley and showed Mark Prior how to pitch effectively in Wrigley Field, something Prior has apparently forgotten how to do. Granted, Prior had 9 K’s and it’s nice to see a Cubs pitcher mow down the opposing side. However, in 5 2/3 innings […]

Thursday

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June 2006

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A Bite of the Onion

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This comes from The Onion and is very funny. Disabled List Offers Mark Prior Two-Year, $8 Million Extension CHICAGO—Mark Prior, the right-handed pitcher who has spent the first few years of his career on the disabled list, is now considering accepting a recent two-year, $8 million offer from the DL that would keep him not playing through the 2008 season. “I couldn’t even imagine the DL without Mark Prior—over the years, he has become the face, stiff right elbow, strained subscapularis muscle, and inflamed Achilles tendon of our organization,” said Kirk Gibson, manager and longtime former member of the DL, […]

Wednesday

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June 2006

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Well what do ya know

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Today the Cubs reversed a trend and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat (instead of vice versa.) Marmol looked very strong, striking out seven and he held the opposing team to one earned run, which was given up after he had left the game. But what really made the game enjoyable was the two homers by Pierre and Lee and the five-run rally that put the game away. Too often we have seen the Cubs squander chances (although they did some of that today as well) and they’ve lacked the ability to hit in clusters. Dempster came in and […]