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Cubs Manager Search – Who Do You Want

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Is there anything more annoying than a blog that doesn’t update every day? Of course there is. What? A coaching search, of course. Remember a few years ago when the Bears needed to hire an offensive coordinator and settled on Mike Martz. That search was exhaustive and got way too annoying. Now, it’s the Cubs turn.

We’re going to hear a lot of names, so if you hear one mentioned, let’s just add it to the list. Here are the ones I’ve seen so far.

  • Joe Girardi
  • Mike Scioscia
  • Joe Maddon
  • Mike Maddux
  • Brad Ausmus
  • Don Cooper
  • A.J. Hinch

The quick choice would be for Girardi, but really, what has he really accomplished when you consider the vast amount of talent he’s had in New York for the last few years? Is he the right guy for the job? Personally, I’m a Mike Scioscia guy myself. It’s going to be an interesting and potentially annoying next few weeks. My hope is that whoever we hire, it’s done quickly so the focus can be on other things.


Now that the season is over, it’s time to look at the players who are eligible to go to salary arbitration should the Cubs offer that option to them. Remember, they could elect to just part ways with the player at that point or choose to sign them to a contract before going to the bargaining table. MLB Trade Rumors had a nice roundup summary of the players eligible.

Estimated service time is in parentheses, and estimated 2014 salary follows.

  • Jeff Samardzija (4.028): $4.9MM
  • Nate Schierholtz (5.078): $3.8MM
  • Travis Wood (3.004): $3.6MM
  • Darwin Barney (3.053): $2.1MM
  • Daniel Bard (3.079): $1.8625MM
  • James Russell (4.000): $1.7MM
  • Luis Valbuena (3.148): $1.5MM
  • Pedro Strop (2.156, Super Two): $1MM
  • Donnie Murphy (4.043): $1MM
  • Darnell McDonald (3.130): $700K

Finally, a big thanks goes out to CAPS for taking the time to total everyone’s sponsorship pledge totals for my Tough Mudder fund raiser. If you don’t remember, I’m running in the event on November 4th and as part of the event, I was looking to raise donations for the wounded warrior project. A number of you have pledged support based around the Cubs season, so here is the summary.

Jswan pleged a dollar per win, Cubs won 66 games ($66)

If we count Ian Stewart’s minor league HRs, then gymjok would owe $5, if his Dodgers totals are to be included it would be $7.

Captain Obvious pledged 5 bucks for every Stewart dinger. So it would be $25 or $35 depending on what’s counted. He also pledged 10 bucks for each Gregg save. Gregg had 33 ($330). Soriano had no starts at 3B, and I don’t know what he considers comments that are whoring for Lizzie’s.

Clark98 pledged 10 bucks for every Barney error, Barney had 4 ($40)

Chuck pledged $5 for each win over 50. So $80 for him

Verncrowe5 pledged a dollar for every Starlin Castro walk. Castro had 30 walks ($30)

CAPS pledged a penny per base and wrote that “the Cubs had 2156 bases. So that would be $21.56. I’m going to add $1.15 to it for Soriano’s totals with the Yankees, bringing my total to $22.71, and I’m going to round off and double my pledge to 2 pennies per base, so I owe $46.

For those who pledged, you can either use the Tough Muddle pledge link for me OR e-mail me at joe@viewfromthebleachers.com and I can give you an address where you can send me the check and I’ll pledge it on the Tough Mudder site for you. Thanks for the support, everyone.

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  • cap’n obvious

    pretty sure I was only counting accomplishments for the Chicago Cubs…for whom Stewart did zilch. I’ll happily log into the tough mudder site and kick down for the 33 Gregg saves….which is more than the rest of you cheapskates combined. I’m going to set the number of Lizzie whoring comments at 400…which will take us to an even $350. Even if you don’t finish the race…

  • cap’n obvious

    the Twins clearly knew Gardenhire was in the Cubs mix and locked him up for 2 more years yesterday. I wouldn’t mind Greg Maddux…even without the experience. I see Scioscia and Girardi as very over rated, and not great teachers. The rest of the list is ‘meh.’ Whomever they hire, they need to surround with better pitching, hitting, baserunning, and defensive staff.

  • Jedi

    Not that I’m one to quibble with CAPS’ math – but $22.71 multiplied by 2 ($45.42) and rounded off (commonly understood to be down when below 50 cents) would actually be $45.

    Maybe he’s added in someone’s minor league figures though…

    • PLCB3

      Re-read. I said round off and THEN multiply by 2. 22.71 rounded off is 23. 23 times 2 is 46.

      • Jedi

        My bad – I always thought rounding was at the end of the order of operations.

      • 46 > 0

      • PLCB3

        1. 46>45.42>45
        2. Some have said you round at the end, some have said you round before you end. In one of my math classes, I was doing my homework online, I left the messy decimals in my calculator and then rounded at the end, and the machine said I was wrong because I was supposed to double round. Round when I got that messy decimal, and use that rounded number in the calculations to get the final answer. I told the TA and the professor, the TA said the machine was correct, the professor said no, and told the TA to give me the credit for the correct answer.

      • Eddie Von White

        Never mind.

      • Jedi

        My bad – I always thought rounding was at the end of the order of operations.

      • 46 > 0

    • Doc Raker

      I think you would quibble about anyone’s math, you seem to enjoy making sure the order of operations is followed correctly by society as a whole.

      • PLCB3

        I thought he’d be happy I’m donating an extra dollar. But I guess not because I did improper math. I know that rounding is the last step. But because it’s for charity, I rounded and then doubled. I am donating $24.44 more than I originally intended.

      • cap’n Obvious

        I ended up donating $300 more than I intended…Gregging Gregg.

      • PLCB3

        How? Did you mean to pledge a dollar per save and hit the 0 by accident? And I never made a brain fart when making my pledge. I pledged based on the Cubs bases, but then I decided that that was a low figure, so I added Soriano’s Yankees totals and doubled my pledge.

      • No, he expected Gregg to have no saves.

      • PLCB3

        God how stupid am I? I completely forgot about everyone bitching and moaning when we signed him. That’s how good he was this year lol

  • Jedi

    Not that I’m one to quibble with CAPS’ math – but $22.71 multiplied by 2 ($45.42) and rounded off (commonly understood to be down when below 50 cents) would actually be $45.

    Maybe he’s added in someone’s minor league figures though…

    • Doc Raker

      I think you would quibble about anyone’s math, you seem to enjoy making sure the order of operations is followed correctly by society as a whole.

      • AC0000000

        I thought he’d be happy I’m donating an extra dollar. But I guess not because I did improper math. I know that rounding is the last step. But because it’s for charity, I rounded and then doubled. I am donating $24.44 more than I originally intended.

      • cap’n Obvious

        I ended up donating $300 more than I intended…Gregging Gregg.

      • AC0000000

        How? Did you mean to pledge a dollar per save and hit the 0 by accident? And I never made a brain fart when making my pledge. I pledged based on the Cubs bases, but then I decided that that was a low figure, so I added Soriano’s Yankees totals and doubled my pledge.

      • No, he expected Gregg to have no saves.

      • AC0000000

        God how stupid am I? I completely forgot about everyone bitching and moaning when we signed him. That’s how good he was this year lol

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Is Joe Maddon going to be available? I can’t believe he’d abandon a consistent contender for a glacial rebuild, even if we doubled his salary. I know he’s a little offbeat, but he’s not a masochist, is he? I’m running short on the kind of Cubs fan hubris that assumes he’d want to come to us.

    My pick then would be Scioscia. I’d also settle for the Madduxes, since they seem to be a package deal.

    Unfortunately, my first choice is managing the dadgum Phillies.

    • Jedi

      I’d pass on Maddon – I don’t know that his oddities would translate to Chicago. It’s one thing to have a magic show or petting zoo in the clubhouse before a game when you’re in Tampa – but something tells me the media would have a field day with his stunts when they were followed by a bad day at Wrigley.

      • Jeremiah Johnson

        Indeed. You can’t break out the weird until you’re winning enough to shut up the critics.

    • Jedi

      I’d pass on Maddon – I don’t know that his oddities would translate to Chicago. It’s one thing to have a magic show or petting zoo in the clubhouse before a game when you’re in Tampa – but something tells me the media would have a field day with his stunts when they were followed by a bad day at Wrigley.

      • Jeremiah Johnson

        Indeed. You can’t break out the weird until you’re winning enough to shut up the critics.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Did anyone see the story where the Cubs tossed out some banners and Ron Santo memoribilia? Someone should be fired, and if it happens again someone major should get fired!

  • Check’s in the mail, coach A. Well, will be once I buy a stamp and figure out if I still have a checkbook. I did find an envelope in a cupboard near a printer, so progress is being made. Go Cubs.

    • cap’n obvious

      the mudder website is actually quite easy and user friendly. As convenient as can be, whilst coughing up $350. I only ask for a photo of Joe at the end as payment…

      • Joe Aiello

        You got it

  • Seymour Butts

    Sucks to be Ohio

    • PLCB3

      Tell that to a 17-game winning streak, Brady Hoke

  • Seymour Butts

    Sucks to be Ohio

    • AC0000000

      Tell that to a 17-game winning streak, Brady Hoke

  • Doc Raker

    The Pirates were rocking on Tuesday night. The broadcast team was excited and PNC Park was loud and electric. It reminded me of the early innings of game 6 of the NLCS in 2003, Pat and Stoner were so excited on the radio when the Cubs went out to a 3-0 lead.

    Here’s to the Pirates creating CED as soon as possible.

    • Jedi

      I like the Pirates chances in a short series.

  • Doc Raker

    The Pirates were rocking on Tuesday night. The broadcast team was excited and PNC Park was loud and electric. It reminded me of the early innings of game 6 of the NLCS in 2003, Pat and Stoner were so excited on the radio when the Cubs went out to a 3-0 lead.

    Here’s to the Pirates creating CED as soon as possible.

    • Jedi

      I like the Pirates chances in a short series.

  • PLCB3

    Will we get a weekly post of fat people now that we are in the off-season?

  • AC0000000

    Will we get a weekly post of fat people now that we are in the off-season?