Archive for October, 2009

You Don’t Think He’d…..Right?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Mark posted yesterday that the Cubs finalized the deal with Rudy Jamarillo to be their hitting coach. In the ESPN Chicago article on the signing, it mentioned “The 59-year-old Texas native coached both Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley during their time with the Rangers. Bradley had his best major league season in 2008 under Jaramillo’s tutelage when he lead the AL in OPS.” – (Source)

You don’t think Hendry would be dumb enough to think this signing might be the missing piece to making Bradley work in Chicago, do you?

Marc Silverman of ESPN 1000 went as far as to say that if Hendry makes that decision, he’s not going to any of the games this year.

Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you Jim Hendry!

Please tell me you’re not dumb enough to bring Milton back. Just say game over.

If it’s not, it will be over for me.

As a lifelong suffering Cubs fan who has enjoyed Wrigley Field hundreds of times starting with my first game in 1975 against the San Francisco Giants, I hereby announce that I will NOT attend a game in 2010 as long as Bradley is on this team. I will not pay for tickets, will not accept comps, will not sit on the rooftops, won’t give them my seven bucks for a beer — or many beers.

What difference will this make? Who knows? The only other boycott I’ve taken on was in 2006. Others joined me and seats were empty. Enough for the Tribune to notice. They dismissed the team’s president Andy McPhail and spent a ton of money. Division titles followed in ’07 and ’08.

I know the economy is bad now, Tom Ricketts, but it’s time to cash out of the Milton Bradley investment or you lose me.

Some may call me a bad fan, so be it.

Many others will follow me. If you’d like to be one of them, please join my Facebook group. (Source)

I don’t think we’ll see Bradley back in 2010, but I’m not 100% certain. There were rumors at one point that the Padres were possibly interested, but the GM at the time, Kevin Towers, is gone. There are rumors that the Padres are close to signing Jed Joyer as their new GM. Hoyer was an asst. GM in Boston, where they have said they value players who don’t make outs and play hard. Milton fits that bill. Perhaps Hoyer will want to take a chance.

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Cubs sign Jaramillo

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Today the Cubs signed the best hitting instructor available to a three-year contract. I think this is a positive move because it shows that the club realizes a specific weakness and it is taking concrete steps to try to rectify things. At the same time I have to recognize that just changing management personnel won’t be a magic wand either. Soto, Fontenot, Theriot and Soriano had major drop-offs in production – each of these guys is going to have to step it up if they are to rebound in 2010. Soto looked heaver in 2009, much like he did in 2007 – if that is the case weight can be lost in the offseason. Hopefully Soto, Soriano and Ramirez will also rebound from nagging injuries that undoubtedly affected their performances in 2009 as well. There is also the question about what to do with Micah Hoffpaiur and I’d be willing to wager that a young player like Jake Fox could benefit from Jaramillo’s approach and experience as well.

It was interesting to note that no mention was mentioned of Milton Bradley in the article, Muskat simply said that Jaramillo had “worked with current Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano.” Although Carrie is not an official mouthpiece of the Cubs organization her lack of mention here was noticeable. My sense also would be that the hiring of Rudy would not indicate a willingness on the Cubs part to rehabilitate Bradley. Another off-season issue will be what to do with Derrek Lee; the Cubs first baseman had an outstanding year and is entering the final year of his Cubs contract. The same can be said for Ted Lilly.

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Would You Rather

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I love listening to Waddle & Silvy on podcast from ESPN 1000. They play a game called would you rather in which people pose two options for the boys to choose from. Let’s give it a try with this one.

Would you rather see the Cubs win the World Series, but do so after moving to a new stadium OR never see a World Series win, but stay in Wrigley Field forever?

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Who is this masked man?

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Orton

I’m starting to wonder what the heck is going on – Cutler put up solid numbers in Denver last year and Orton was mediocre at best. Switch the guys around and the numbers reverse. One QB looks like an over-achiever, the other is a very talented guy who seems to make mistakes. So what gives? Normally I don’t like to blame coaching, unless it is totally incompetence like we saw with Johnny Baker. Take the Titans – they are the laughingstocks of the NFL but I’m not blaming Fisher as much as I am the team (which doesn’t seem to care too much) and a tight-fisted owner.

But in this instance I have to wonder if Ron Turner is way out of his league. And what the heck are the Bears doing staying with Orlando Pace at left tackle after four games? This guy is clearly nearing retirement age, he holds all the time and he gets confused by cadence.

The Bears are still in the hunt only two losses behind Brett Favre and the Vikings. So all is not lost, despite injuries in the linebacker corps this team still has a chance. We just need smarter and better production from the offense.

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Monday Morning Cup O’Joe

Monday, October 19th, 2009
  • Rudy Jamarillo on the radar screen (Source) – “Jaramillo, 59, spent 15 seasons as the Rangers’ hitting coach and earned a reputation as one of the best in the game. He left the Rangers this week because he wanted a multiyear contract.” I’m not a big believer in the hitting coach, but after the slump we saw last year, it can’t hurt, can it?
  • So Taguchi shown the door (Source) – I wondered why he was on the roster all year last year anyway, but this one simply becomes a move to make room on the 40 man roster heading into the off-season. Taguchi is 39, and my guess is that he’ll retire.
  • Jason Marquis leaving Colorado? (Source) – Tracy Ringolsby mentions that former Cub, Jason Marquis has it in his plan to sign with the NY Mets this off-season. My question is if you had the chance to sign him back, would you take him on the Cubs? I think I would. Every team he’s ever been on has been in the post-season. Think about that for a second. That’s insane.
  • Opening Day Lineup Quiz – I took this quiz and had a blast. I scored something like 123, which wasn’t bad, considering I generally don’t remember much about the current season, let alone the past seasons. Take the quiz and post your score.
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