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.