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GirlieView (09/19/2013)

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GirlieView Definitions

  • Lizzie = A funny, timely quote made on the VFTB site by our writers or commenters.
  • Lizard = The best Lizzie.
  • MVL = Most Valuable Lizzie’er: The person with the most Lizzies in the period under review (usually the past two weeks.)
  • Top 10 of 2013 = The folks with the most aggregate Lizzie points YTD (1 point for every Lizzie, 3 points for every Lizard.)

As you already know, this is all completely subjective and according to my whims.

Lizzies

  • Pat and Keith have Randy Hundley in the booth plugging his fantasy camp…he has yet to mention last season’s top-slugging optometrist.
  • He couldn’t possibly mention all the optometrists at that thing.
  • But he did mention a memorable dinner with Seymour at the Quizno’s in the Mesa View shopping center right next to the Big Lot’s.
  • This just in: The post season will start in October and the Cubs won’t be a part of it.
  • I really think you’re underrating Sappelt. He’s at least a fourth outfielder who can hurl insults at the ladyfolk between pitches.
  • Your football team is the Jets; of course you hang around for baseball’s final pitch.
  • Too true. They’re a tough team to watch or even like right now.
  • As a Bills fan, football doesn’t seem like it will provide me with a more winning product than the Cubs, so I’m still tuning in for the rest of the season.
  • there are positives to watch for each game (please don’t ask me to name any).
  • I passed the NC Bar, first try.
  • I miss your triangle-hole.
  • Raker’s home for soon to be wayward girls.
  • Yea! A game summary!
  • What happened? somebody have a stroke?
  • I’m happy to blame her for a considerable amount of my recent silence here on VFTB.
  • I have a small number of patients who are socially awkward fellows beyond their prime who find at least moderately attractive mates much younger than themselves.
  • Opposed to socially awkward doctors who vacation annually with other socially awkward fellows pretending to be big league baseball players in where they just use their master card or dollar bills to have attractive naked girls rub their bosoms and buttocks onto them.
  • Maybe a common interest in shows about buying dresses will help a relationship, but there are definitely more important things that make people compatible with one another than something like that.
  • I don’t want to burn those ideas now and then be struggling for writing material when there won’t be bad baseball to discuss.
  • Seymour would have gone with the taller blonde Charity at Cheetah’s in Reno.
  • Charity’s mom needs an operation and she is studying for her masters, Seymour is only trying to help her out 1 dollar bill at a time. Very magnanimous of Seymour if you ask the Cheetah ‘students’.
  • A girl’s gotta eat.

Lizard

  • even Job had a limit

Shout Outs

We had no new Lizzie contributors this time around but we’re so grateful for our regular commenters who keep this site flowing with good conversation and hearty laughter. Shout outs all around.

MVL

Congratulations to Seymour Butts our Most Valuable Lizzie’er this time around!

Final In-Season 2013 Standings (one point for each Lizzie, three points for the Lizard) – Standings will reset for the off-season.

1. jswanson
2. Seymour Butts
3. Jedi Johnson
4. Eddie von White
5. Doc Raker
6. Joe Aiello
7. Chuck
8. Jerry in Wisconsin
9. Doug S.
10. Jeremiah Johnson
11. Buddy
11. cap’n obvious
13. Noah Eisner
14. Katie
15. Sean Powell
16. Bryan
16. Gymjok
16. Josh Cornwall
19. Chet
19. LVCubFan
19. Mark_from_Toronto
22. Norm
22. Verncrowe5
24. Darlin_Starlin
24. Sherm
24. Tom C
27. CAPS
27. Dusty Baylor
27. Holden Clark
27. Michael Jimenez
31. Bones
32. wisconsinjpc
33. Aaron
33. Allan
33. Ann Landers
33. Chris
33. Dave
33. Dous Entendre
33. Drew Peterson
33. Hugh Hefner
33. Jim Hickman
33. Josephine
33. Josh H
33. Just Curious
33. mrbaseball2usa
33. Rick Beato
33. Rocco Kavana
33. Scott E. Entsminger
33. Sean_in_Blue
33. Still Curious
33. The Whole Damn Show
33. Troy Maskell

Chit Chat

This is the last GirlieView of the 2013 season. I can’t say that I will miss this season but to me every baseball season is good so I will be looking forward to the next one just as always, whether we have any hope or not. In the meantime we’ve got some administrative details to cover. There will be no GirlieView columns in the month of October. This will give you a chance to enjoy the post season without pressure to be funny or witty. Heh. (Not really the reason, but it sounded good didn’t it?) I will begin tracking posts again on November 1, and will return to my regular every-other-week schedule beginning on November 14. See you then. Meantime, enjoy the post- season! Tell me who you expect in the World Series, and your choice for a winner. By the time I return I’ll know, so I’ll report on how well you all guessed!

  • PLCB3

    Shouldn’t we wait until the field is set for playoff picks?

    • Feel free to skip it if you don’t like it.

      • PLCB3

        I don’t dislike it, I just can’t make my picks until the field is set. Because there might be a team I have in mind to win it all that doesn’t get in.

      • That’s the point of doing it now. Anyone can pick out of a reduced field. Pick now or don’t pick, makes no difference to me!

      • PLCB3

        Fair enough! I’ll make a pick now, and then if the teams I pick aren’t in October, I’ll make another prediction.
        I’m going to go with a Baltimore-Dodgers WS, with LA winning it all

      • Jedi

        You throw a fit and then pick the team that’s essentially already won their division?

      • PLCB3

        Get your eyes checked. Baltimore hasn’t

      • Jedi

        Reading isn’t your strong suit, is it?

      • PLCB3

        Again, is Baltimore guaranteed a playoff spot? I know who I picked to win it all, but the original question was who will be playing for it all. And this was a question for everyone, not just me.

  • AC0000000

    Shouldn’t we wait until the field is set for playoff picks?

    • Feel free to skip it if you don’t like it.

      • AC0000000

        I don’t dislike it, I just can’t make my picks until the field is set. Because there might be a team I have in mind to win it all that doesn’t get in.

      • That’s the point of doing it now. Anyone can pick out of a reduced field. Pick now or don’t pick, makes no difference to me!

      • AC0000000

        Fair enough! I’ll make a pick now, and then if the teams I pick aren’t in October, I’ll make another prediction.
        I’m going to go with a Baltimore-Dodgers WS, with LA winning it all

      • Jedi

        You throw a fit and then pick the team that’s essentially already won their division?

      • AC0000000

        Get your eyes checked. Baltimore hasn’t

      • Jedi

        Reading isn’t your strong suit, is it?

      • AC0000000

        Again, is Baltimore guaranteed a playoff spot? I know who I picked to win it all, but the original question was who will be playing for it all. And this was a question for everyone, not just me.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I am going with the Braves and Oakland in the World Series. As to who would be my choice for winning the WS it will always be the Cubs, unfortunately I fear it will be the Braves.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I am going with the Braves and Oakland in the World Series. As to who would be my choice for winning the WS it will always be the Cubs, unfortunately I fear it will be the Braves.

  • PLCB3

    Off-topic question, I’ve been reading stuff about FA etc, what does a mean a player has to file/declare FA? What would happen if he didn’t, but his contract was up and he had the service time to be a FA? I don’t get it.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I believe that if he did not file he would stay as property of his current team, and that if they did not offer him a contract that he would then become a free agent

      • PLCB3

        What would that contract offer be though?

  • Seymour Butts

    Subs on JSwan, a deserved winner. I hope I didn’t lose by 5 pseudonyms.
    I gonna co with Houston to wrap up the top spot in the MLB… draft that is.

    • Subs on Swanson indeed. Paper napkins printed with logos on Raker for being VFTB’s John Stockton…he has to be the all-time Lizzie assist leader by now.

      I don’t think the buffoonery will stop without the acknowledgement, Liz. Have some fun…catch you in a bit.

      • Doc Raker

        A Lizzie assist should get you a Lizzie, just like in hockey an assist is a point just like a goal.

      • PLCB3

        I would be the runaway leader in Lizzie assists, and I don’t want that title

      • PLCB3

        Finally jswan is paying for the subs!! You know what I want, and don’t skimp on the ranch dressing.

  • AC0000000

    Off-topic question, I’ve been reading stuff about FA etc, what does a mean a player has to file/declare FA? What would happen if he didn’t, but his contract was up and he had the service time to be a FA? I don’t get it.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I believe that if he did not file he would stay as property of his current team, and that if they did not offer him a contract that he would then become a free agent

      • AC0000000

        What would that contract offer be though?

  • Seymour Butts

    Subs on JSwan, a deserved winner. I hope I didn’t lose by 5 pseudonyms.
    I gonna co with Houston to wrap up the top spot in the MLB… draft that is.

    • Subs on Swanson indeed. Paper napkins printed with logos on Raker for being VFTB’s John Stockton…he has to be the all-time Lizzie assist leader by now.

      I don’t think the buffoonery will stop without the acknowledgement, Liz. Have some fun…catch you in a bit.

      • Doc Raker

        A Lizzie assist should get you a Lizzie, just like in hockey an assist is a point just like a goal.

      • AC0000000

        I would be the runaway leader in Lizzie assists, and I don’t want that title

  • Doug S.

    Dodgers vs. either Tigers or A’s would make me happy, with the AL winning. I swear, if it’s Braves and Red Sox, I’ll turn to (gulp) soccer

  • Doug S.

    Dodgers vs. either Tigers or A’s would make me happy, with the AL winning. I swear, if it’s Braves and Red Sox, I’ll turn to (gulp) soccer

  • Jedi
    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Yeah it was pretty obvious that with all he needed to do to correct his fielding flaws that tinkering with his batting was too much to change in one year. We should be happy with his fielding improvements, and hope that his hitting comes back strong.

  • Jedi
    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Yeah it was pretty obvious that with all he needed to do to correct his fielding flaws that tinkering with his batting was too much to change in one year. We should be happy with his fielding improvements, and hope that his hitting comes back strong.

  • Doc Raker

    Pirates win, Cardinals lose in the bottom of the 15th in Colorado. Helton hit a bomb off the Cardinal closer Mojito to tie the game 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th. Pirates 1 game out. A’s and Atlanta in the WS, A’s win.

  • Doc Raker

    Pirates win, Cardinals lose in the bottom of the 15th in Colorado. Helton hit a bomb off the Cardinal closer Mojito to tie the game 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th. Pirates 1 game out. A’s and Atlanta in the WS, A’s win.

  • Doc Raker

    Pirates verse Reds and Cardinals verse Brewers today. Cardinals, Pirates and Reds all separated by 1 game. 8 games to go.

    • PLCB3

      Go Pirates, Go Brewers, Go Nationals!

  • Doc Raker

    Pirates verse Reds and Cardinals verse Brewers today. Cardinals, Pirates and Reds all separated by 1 game. 8 games to go.

    • AC0000000

      Go Pirates, Go Brewers, Go Nationals!

  • Doc Raker

    Pardon Meat! 9 games to go.

  • Doc Raker

    Pardon Meat! 9 games to go.

  • PLCB3

    If Girardi wants to come here, should we can Svuem and hire Girardi, or do we stay with Dale?

    • Jedi

      The guy who has won a World Series, or the guy with forearm tattoos…tough decision.

      • PLCB3

        I’m for Girardi, but does McJedEp want him?

  • AC0000000

    If Girardi wants to come here, should we can Svuem and hire Girardi, or do we stay with Dale?

    • Jedi

      The guy who has won a World Series, or the guy with forearm tattoos…tough decision.

  • Doc Raker

    Pirates lose in 10 innings, Cardinals win in 10 innings. As a Cub fan is any baseball team I root for doomed? Am I a bad person for dooming other teams?

    • PLCB3

      Why not try to shake it up and root for the Cardinals? On 2nd thought, with Cardinals luck, they would keep winning

    • AC0000000

      Why not try to shake it up and root for the Cardinals? On 2nd thought, with Cardinals luck, they would keep winning

  • Doc Raker

    Why are we not getting write ups on the pennant races, this stuff is exciting. Watching the Pirates is like watching game 7 of the World Series. The Burgh is into the pennant race, PNC is packed with people and electricity, the broadcasters are having a blast and the baseball is exciting. Reminds me of 2003 when Chip and Stoner where broadcasting the Cubs run with such excitement.

    I had the pleasure of watching the Cubs game yesterday via the Braves broadcast. Chip is great, he broadcasts like he is a true fan of the team and game. When Chip was broadcasting for the Cubs I really believed he was a Cub fan, he always gets so excited and broadcasts with such enthusiasm and he does the same thing for the Braves, Atlanta is lucky to have him.

    Texas and Cub pitchers. Last year Texas picked up Ryan Dempster from the Cubs and Dempster proceeded to pitch like caca for Texas and Texas took a big tanker in the standings to lose the AL West. This year Texas picks up Matt Garza from the Cubs and Garza has had a pretty poor run until yesterday. Will Texas lose faith in trading with the Cubs? Maybe we can reactivate Kerry Wood and trade him to Texas for prospects.

    • Eddie Von White

      Thanks for the great write up.

    • Eddie Von White

      Thanks for the great write up.

    • I believe we are too busy talking about football or Daytona Cubbies’ swing velocities to pay attention to real baseball, Doc. It’s all about the velocities.

    • I believe we are too busy talking about football or Daytona Cubbies’ swing velocities to pay attention to real baseball, Doc. It’s all about the velocities.

  • Doc Raker

    Six games to go and the Pirates and Reds are tied 2 games out chasing St Louis for the Nl Central title. The Pirates are in Wrigley playing our hapless Cubs, Washington is in St Louis and the Mets are in Cinci. Washington is still holding on hope of a Wild Card birth chasing Pit/Cin by 5 games.

    Here is to Washington making a run on the Cardinals dime and the Cubs keeping their hapless ways for Pittsburgh to take advantage. The Cubs finish the season with the Cardinals. How sweet would a Cubs sweep of the Cardinals be to ruin the Cardinals NL Central title hopes, could the baseball Gods be that generous?

  • Doc Raker

    Pittsburgh will finish the season in Cinci. How great will that be, the Cubs playing the Cardinals while Pit and Cinci battle it out. Hopefully the NL Central will still be up for grabs come Friday.

    • Seymour Butts

      Is this blog still active?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Yes, Raker gives us daily updates.

    • Jedi

      Even if the Cubs don’t win, at the very least they could put Samardzija on the mound with the green light to plunk as many Cards as his heart so desires.

      • Doc Raker

        That would be enjoyable!

      • Doc Raker

        Pirates, Reds and Cards all win on Monday. The Pirates and Reds clinch a playoff birth. Cardinals are up 2 games on both Pirates and Reds with 5 to go. Magic number is 4 for the Cardinals. Here is an interesting scenario. Let’s say it is the weekend, the Pirates are 1 game out with 2 to go. Do they pitch their ace to try and win the division or save their ace for the more probable wild card game? Losing the wild card game is caca, you want to get to the divisional playoffs. Winning the division gets you there but pitch your ace and you don’t win the division you might be shooting yourself in the foot for the wild card game. Dusty Baker must be very confused right now trying to figure this out.

      • PLCB3

        This is my dream result: Dusty does as you described, Reds and Cardinals meet in wild-card round, Dusty pulls a Homer and brings about CED

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Hail to Raker the last analyst standing!!

  • Doc Raker

    Pittsburgh will finish the season in Cinci. How great will that be, the Cubs playing the Cardinals while Pit and Cinci battle it out. Hopefully the NL Central will still be up for grabs come Friday.

    • Jedi

      Even if the Cubs don’t win, at the very least they could put Samardzija on the mound with the green light to plunk as many Cards as his heart so desires.

      • Doc Raker

        That would be enjoyable!

  • Wins are the best way to gauge a pitcher’s worth.

    • Doug S.

      No takers, Swanson. Can you spice it up a bit?

    • Doug S.

      No takers, Swanson. Can you spice it up a bit?

    • Seymour Butts

      WAM (wins against mediocre) more accurately reflects the value of a 2-3 slot starter, but not a 1-2 or 3-5 starter.

  • Batting average alone provides the best insight into a batter’s value.

    • PLCB3

      Are walks overrated unless you can run?

    • Seymour Butts

      I’m going to disagree with that. The value of a batter is best discerned by how often they play hard.

      • Doug S.

        I think body fat is a way better gauge. Dan V > rest of Cubs

      • Doug S.

        I think body fat is a way better gauge. Dan V > rest of Cubs

      • Very observant. On that note, I’ve noticed that since it has been getting colder out, we have been seeing a lot less of the old Johnsons.

  • Batting average alone provides the best insight into a batter’s value.

    • AC0000000

      Are walks overrated unless you can run?

  • PLCB3

    PIRATES WIN!!!

  • Doc Raker

    Pirates, Reds and Cards all win on Monday. The Pirates and Reds clinch a playoff birth. Cardinals are up 2 games on both Pirates and Reds with 5 to go. Magic number is 4 for the Cardinals. Here is an interesting scenario. Let’s say it is the weekend, the Pirates are 1 game out with 2 to go. Do they pitch their ace to try and win the division or save their ace for the more probable wild card game? Losing the wild card game is caca, you want to get to the divisional playoffs. Winning the division gets you there but pitch your ace and you don’t win the division you might be shooting yourself in the foot for the wild card game. Dusty Baker must be very confused right now trying to figure this out.

    • AC0000000

      This is my dream result: Dusty does as you described, Reds and Cardinals meet in wild-card round, Dusty pulls a Homer and brings about CED

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Hail to Raker the last analyst standing!!

  • Doc Raker

    Also, how hard do you party when you are the Pirates? You haven’t had a winning season for 20 years, you clinch one of the wild card spots but you want to win the division. You can’t go party hard and then start the B team the next day while still chasing the division.

    The clubhouse attendants for the visiting club at Wrigley Field have been working overtime. On Sunday the Braves clinched the NL East at Wrigley and celebrated in the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley. Reports from the Pirates where the clubhouse was still drying out when they arrived to the point of delaying their entry into said small cramped clubhouse. The very next day the Pirates clinch a play off spot and party in the not even dry yet clubhouse. When was the last time that the same clubhouse hosted two clinching celebrations on consecutive days?

    Don’t these ballplayers know how ridiculous they look wearing ski googles while shooting champaign all over each other. I would expect ski googles to be worn by the over privileged Little Leaguers in Newport Beach with Sally Mom passing them out before the celebration starts, “I brought everyone eye protection so they don’t get any Perrier in their eyes.” I can just hear the douche bags at Oakley seizing the marketing opportunity. “Let’s supply all the clinching teams with our new Oakley X1S ski google, we will get great coverage on all the sports networks.” Douche!

    • Peyceyn and Brayden and Kinlee and Graysen would probably like that a lot.

  • Doc Raker

    Also, how hard do you party when you are the Pirates? You haven’t had a winning season for 20 years, you clinch one of the wild card spots but you want to win the division. You can’t go party hard and then start the B team the next day while still chasing the division.

    The clubhouse attendants for the visiting club at Wrigley Field have been working overtime. On Sunday the Braves clinched the NL East at Wrigley and celebrated in the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley. Reports from the Pirates where the clubhouse was still drying out when they arrived to the point of delaying their entry into said small cramped clubhouse. The very next day the Pirates clinch a play off spot and party in the not even dry yet clubhouse. When was the last time that the same clubhouse hosted two clinching celebrations on consecutive days?

    Don’t these ballplayers know how ridiculous they look wearing ski googles while shooting champaign all over each other. I would expect ski googles to be worn by the over privileged Little Leaguers in Newport Beach with Sally Mom passing them out before the celebration starts, “I brought everyone eye protection so they don’t get any Perrier in their eyes.” I can just hear the douche bags at Oakley seizing the marketing opportunity. “Let’s supply all the clinching teams with our new Oakley X1S ski google, we will get great coverage on all the sports networks.” Douche!

    • Peyceyn and Brayden and Kinlee and Graysen would probably like that a lot.

  • PLCB3

    “I felt normal,” Cueto said via translator Tomas Vera. “Actually I talked to Dusty after that last inning and I told him, ‘I want to go, I want to go out one more inning. I can pitch the eighth inning.’ But because I had close to 100 pitches, he said, ‘No, no. That’s it. That’s enough for you.'”
    Looks like Dusty is learning

    • Como se dice “clog up the bases” en Espanol, Sr. Vera?

      • PLCB3

        obstruir las bases

  • AC0000000

    “I felt normal,” Cueto said via translator Tomas Vera. “Actually I talked to Dusty after that last inning and I told him, ‘I want to go, I want to go out one more inning. I can pitch the eighth inning.’ But because I had close to 100 pitches, he said, ‘No, no. That’s it. That’s enough for you.'”
    Looks like Dusty is learning

  • Doc Raker

    So our hapless Cubs are doing their best to give the Pirates a shot at the division but the Cardinals won’t lose. The Pirates are still 2 out with 4 games to go. Cinci lost putting them 3 out. I was glad to see the Pirates didn’t celebrate too much on Monday night and came out on Tuesday relaxed and ready to play. A Pirate win and a Cardinal loss on Wednesday can make the last series of the season very interesting.

    It looks like the Reds are holding Matt Latos back for the Wild Card game on Oct 1. I am assuming AJ Burnett will pitch for the Pirates if they are involved in the Wild Card game.

    It is officially YED, the Yanks are 5 out of the Wild Card with 4 games to go. Sam Adams all around, double your salami and toast your sub, no Yanks in the post season in 2013!

    • PLCB3

      It is not yet officially YED. Their elimination number is at 1

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      What is with the Nats they have played with less life than the Mets.

    • Seymour Butts

      5 games to play in the AL wildcard, Yanks not quite toast…. but soon.

  • Doc Raker

    In the AL Wild Card Tampa Bay and Cleveland are holding on with Texas 1 game out and the Royals still alive by the skin of their teeth out 4 games. The Royals had a nice resurgence and it is good to see these perennial losers like the Pirates and the Royals contend and play some exciting baseball. I always rooted for Texas but Cleveland is certainly worthy of a Wild Card spot. May the best team advance!

    • Eddie Von White

      Keep the commentaries coming. I like your metaphors like “still alive by the skin of their teeth.” I am torn between Cleveland and Texas but leaning toward Cleveland for two reasons: 1. They are perennial losers; and 2. The Rangers have had their chances the last few years and have blown it. You gotta seize the day. I’ve always liked the Royals ever since George Brett.

      • A must-view for any George Brett fan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU9xz2FpQc0

      • Eddie Von White

        That sounds like a load of crap.

      • A must-view for any George Brett fan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU9xz2FpQc0

      • RootCanal0069

        Teeth don’t have skin… I guess you missed that lecture in eye school.

      • Eddie Von White

        It just sounds better than: “still alive by the depth of the yellow gue on their teeth.”

      • Doc Raker

        You must be related to Seymour, never seeing the horizon of wisdom through your vast forest of medical factoids. One does not need to attend eye school to see the wisdom.

      • RootCanal0069

        Teeth don’t have skin… I guess you missed that lecture in eye school.

      • Eddie Von White

        It just sounds better than: “still alive by the depth of the yellow gue on their teeth.”

      • Doc Raker

        I am with you EVW, I feel bad for Texas, especially after blowing two 2 run leads in the 9th and 10th inning of the WS clinching game, OUCH! But Cleveland has battled and I respect that so I am with you, Seize the day and let the team that has the most skin on there teeth advance!

      • I drove right past Cleveland’s stadium yesterday so that’s worth a root, especially like you said since they rarely get to celebrate anything like that. Go Indians!

      • I drove right past Cleveland’s stadium yesterday so that’s worth a root, especially like you said since they rarely get to celebrate anything like that. Go Indians!

  • Seymour Butts

    Cubs Win, Pirates lose…Dag nab it.

  • Eddie Von White

    I see they are going to tell Sveum on Monday if he still has a job with the Cubs or not. Since Theo has not yet contacted me, I will give him my opinion via VFTB – let him go.

    • PLCB3

      My opinion: Wait until the Yankees make a decision on Girardi

  • Doc Raker

    WIth a Pirate loss and a Cardinal win the Cards clinch a tie for the NL Central with 3 to go. One Cardinal win or one Pirate loss and Wrigley will host the third playoff clinching party within a week, this has to be a MLB record.

    I have a hard time evaluating Swammy with the roster he had to work with. How do we blame the manager for this lost season, I can not.

    • PLCB3

      News flash: The Cubs-Cardinals series is in St. Louis

    • Eddie Von White

      I don’t blame him either. It just seems to me that he lacks what is needed to be a major league manager. I prefer Earl Weaver and Leo Durocher types – get excited, kick a little dirt, get up in their grill. For what its worth, Sveum’s winning percentage is about 70 percentage points lower than Mike Quade’s was as a Cub manager.

      • Doc Raker

        I think most of what a manager does is done off camera. Managing 25 big league ego’s is the main part of the job, writing line ups and making pitching changes are important and obvious parts of the job but so much managing is of personality’s and ego’s which happens out of our sight. I don’t have an opinion on if Swammy should stay or not. I will assume if he stays he has the players respect and if he gets fired he doesn’t have the players respect.

      • PLCB3

        Or he could be fired because better candidates are available such as Girardi or Gardenhire