I love Joe Girardi. I think Joe Girardi would be a great choice for the Cubs. I think he would be the best fit for the Cubs if Jim Hendry wasn’t operating at the speed of a tortoise. But alas, Jim Hendry is operating at “his own pace” and that makes Joe Girardi my second choice as a result. Instead, i’m going to throw my support toward a man whose name I constantly misspelled for the better part of last season. Thanks go out to Tommy for the corrections. I’m going to go with Brenly for three reasons. There isn’t much to them that hasn’t already been said, but I figured people should know where we all stand.
1. He’s been with the team for two years
A manager has to be in direct contact with the GM about what type of players to bring in. Brenly already has the knowledge of not only what type of players he likes, but also the type of players this team needs. Being around for the past two years, Brenly has had a great chance to evaluate what type of talent is on this team and where the holes are. That knowledge would take any other manage significantly longer to be able to decipher. That, to me, gives Brenly a big notch up.
2. He’s a former catcher
Obviously, this one also applies to Girardi. I feel that Catchers make the best managers and best pitching coaches. They have the experience of being the field general and the knowledge to work with fragile psyches of pitchers. Because of that, Brenly should be able to be the type of leader in the clubhouse the team sorely lacked over the past four years. We need someone in there to kick some tail, not to be everyone’s uncle. Brenly can do that, as evidenced by his critical remarks throughout the season.
3. He’s won a world series
In my mind, the biggest thing on Brenly’s resume is the bling on his finger. He’s been to the big dance and beat one of the most storied franchises in the game. That takes skill. We need that experience. Brenly brings that and Girardi doesn’t. Case closed.