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Rick Renteria It Is….

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Our long wait has ended and there was a flurry of Cubs news yesterday so let’s get right to the notes for this morning.

  • The wait for a new manager seemed like it was dragging at the speed of molasses. On Wednesday that wait ended as the Cubs finally filled the most overrated position on the team by hiring Rick Renteria. Renteria, who had been serving as the San Diego Padres bench coach, managed the Mexico squad in the WBC and is a former player in the Majors. To be honest, I could care less about the move. The only thing I care about is that he speaks Spanish, so hopefully he can get inside Starlin Castro’s head.
  • As a way to celebrate, the Cubs also announced that they were exercising their out clause with WGN after this season. I, like probably all of you, grew up on watching day baseball on WGN. It’s sad to see that contract coming to an end, but if it means that the team can make more revenue with a deal for an exclusive Cubs channel, I’m all for it. These days the channel really means little with the vast amount of media options available for consuming the product.
  • Keeping with the WGN news, it was announced that Keith Moreland will be leaving the WGN radio booth. I could care less about this one as I don’t live in Chicago so I never listen to the Cubs on the radio. Moreland is going with the Michael Jordan excuse that he wants to spend more time with his family so expect him to be suiting up for the Birmingham Barons this year and then announce via fax that he’s back.
  • Finally, Outfielder Aaron Cunningham has agreed to a minor league deal.
  • Eddie Von White

    “These days the channel really means little with the vast amount of media options available for consuming the product.” Unless you can’t get Comcast and MLB blacks out all the games b/c of your geographical area. I upgraded my DirectV package just for WGN. Now I am sad.

  • Doc Raker

    I am out of market and listen to the radio feed often on XM, I thought Keith was good. Maybe they are bringing in Mark Grace but I won’t hold my breath, it will most probably be a corporate shill like Len Kasper. If the Cubs radio booth isn’t a legitimate alternative to Len Kasper’s horrible TV announcing this could be very bad. I already tun into the opposing teams TV broadcast whenever possible to avoid Vanilla Len. I miss Harry and Stoner.

    • Fellow WGN audio guy here. Keith really grew on me, especially once I got used to the weird pronunciation things (tuesday = toos dee) he tended to sprinkle around. He knew the game and Pat seemed to like him. I hope his replacement isn’t an underwhelming equivalent to our managerial choice.

    • Fellow WGN audio guy here. Keith really grew on me, especially once I got used to the weird pronunciation things (tuesday = toos dee) he tended to sprinkle around. He knew the game and Pat seemed to like him. I hope his replacement isn’t an underwhelming equivalent to our managerial choice.

  • Apparently Cindy Sandberg never got her hands on Rick or Rich or whatever.

  • Apparently Cindy Sandberg never got her hands on Rick or Rich or whatever.

  • cap’n Obvious

    another loser manager from another loser franchise. blech. It’s embarrassing. This once again proves my theory that Epstein is just not very smart. Having a bottomless checkbook in places like NY and Boston can cure stupidity when you are a GM…but it doesn’t seem to be working here.

  • cap’n Obvious

    another loser manager from another loser franchise. blech. It’s embarrassing. This once again proves my theory that Epstein is just not very smart. Having a bottomless checkbook in places like NY and Boston can cure stupidity when you are a GM…but it doesn’t seem to be working here.

  • Doug S.

    Well, this managerial announcement is certainly splashless. Did Renteria lose a bet or something? Another SD connection. As though they’re something to model after?

    I like my games on WGN. Here in Canada WGN is mostly everywhere. Comcast not. Sure, I can hook my laptop up to the TV, blah, blah..

    • Doc Raker

      I love Hockey Night in Canada with Don Cherry.

  • Jedi

    This whole thing is a replay of the MacPhail/Lynch tenure…Rick Renteria is playing the part of Don Baylor – so tune in the season after he’s canned.

    • PLCB3

      So you’re saying we’re going to be competitive once Rick Renteria is canned?

      • Jedi

        Yes CAPS – that’s precisely what I’m saying. You nailed it. In fact, let’s fire him today.

      • Doug S.

        The warm VFTB embrace for our new manager. Love it!!

      • Eddie Von White

        The warm VFTB embrace for each other. Love it!!

      • Jedi

        I was only being slightly facetious to CAPS – since he took my analogy so literally.

        I’ve said in other posts that I’m quite hoping Renteria to be a success. If he’s cast aside after 2 years like his predecessor, that’s not just bad news for him – it’ll be bad for the franchise.

  • Jedi

    This whole thing is a replay of the MacPhail/Lynch tenure…Rick Renteria is playing the part of Don Baylor – so tune in the season after he’s canned.

    • AC0000000

      So you’re saying we’re going to be competitive once Rick Renteria is canned?

      • Jedi

        Yes CAPS – that’s precisely what I’m saying. You nailed it. In fact, let’s fire him today.

      • Doug S.

        The warm VFTB embrace for our new manager. Love it!!

      • Eddie Von White

        The warm VFTB embrace for each other. Love it!!

      • Jedi

        I was only being slightly facetious to CAPS – since he took my analogy so literally.

        I’ve said in other posts that I’m quite hoping Renteria to be a success. If he’s cast aside after 2 years like his predecessor, that’s not just bad news for him – it’ll be bad for the franchise.

  • PLCB3

    By opting out of the WGN deal, it allows the Cubs to get more revenue and synch it with the CSN deal that will expire after the 2019 season. Had they not done anything, they would have been stuck with WGN through the 2022 season at the rate of 20M a year. I see nothing wrong with it.

    • More like $40M / yr after Tunney gets his cut.

      • PLCB3

        Better than the 20M they’re getting right now. By the time Tunney has been given the boot and the renovations are underway and the rooftops eliminated, the Cubs will have negotiated a TV deal that will make the Dodgers deal look like a bargain.

      • Doc Raker

        Which he then gives a healthy cut to Don Obama.

      • PLCB3

        But once the deals are synced, the Cubs can start negotiating a mega-contract. I do wonder when they should start doing it though. Because right now sports TV rights are in a bubble.

  • AC0000000

    By opting out of the WGN deal, it allows the Cubs to get more revenue and synch it with the CSN deal that will expire after the 2019 season. Had they not done anything, they would have been stuck with WGN through the 2022 season at the rate of 20M a year. I see nothing wrong with it.

    • More like $40M / yr after Tunney gets his cut.

      • AC0000000

        Better than the 20M they’re getting right now. By the time Tunney has been given the boot and the renovations are underway and the rooftops eliminated, the Cubs will have negotiated a TV deal that will make the Dodgers deal look like a bargain.

      • Doc Raker

        Which he then gives a healthy cut to Don Obama.

      • AC0000000

        But once the deals are synced, the Cubs can start negotiating a mega-contract. I do wonder when they should start doing it though. Because right now sports TV rights are in a bubble.

  • mastrick

    I wish Rick the best of luck, he looks like a good baseball man. That having been said, I feel sorry for him because the cancer in this organization starts at the top. The New PK Wrigley is in charge (Joe Ricketts and his pimp son Tom) and things will be done on the cheap; the Cubs are and will be a second class franchise for the indefinite future. Wake me up when the Ricketts family is gone.

    • I thought Tom Tunney and his aldermen cronies were the issue. I guess I should have been looking for something more obvious, like the evil gum dudes and other non-crazy stuff like that.

  • mastrick

    I wish Rick the best of luck, he looks like a good baseball man. That having been said, I feel sorry for him because the cancer in this organization starts at the top. The New PK Wrigley is in charge (Joe Ricketts and his pimp son Tom) and things will be done on the cheap; the Cubs are and will be a second class franchise for the indefinite future. Wake me up when the Ricketts family is gone.

    • I thought Tom Tunney and his aldermen cronies were the issue. I guess I should have been looking for something more obvious, like the evil gum dudes and other non-crazy stuff like that.