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Observations on Chicago Baseball Managers

Mike Quade started off his MLB managerial career off with a bang, posting one of the best beginnings in Cubs franchise history. I wonder now if some of the luster has worn off. He’s lost Geovany Soto, Tyler Colvin, and Carlos Silva for the year. Now two of the club’s most dependable starters get blown […]

September 25, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, coaching, controversy, game of baseball, Jim Hendry, manager, observations, rivalries  No Comments

Bob Dernier finds his way back to the Cubs

When Dallas Green came to the Cubs from the Phillies organization, he systematically plucked ‘his guys’ from the Phillie system to stock the Cubs for a playoff run. Within a year or two, the Cubs acquired Larry Bowa, Gary Matthews, Keith Moreland, Dickie Noles, Warren Brusstar, a young third baseman named Ryne Sandberg, and outfielder Bobby […]

August 24, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, biz of baseball, coaching, Jim Hendry, manager, observations, photo of the day  No Comments

Mike Quade gets an audition

With Lou stepping aside early, this allows the organization to get on with player evaluation and for coach Mike Quade, an opportunity to audition for the Cubs managerial position in 2011 and beyond. When I first hear Tribune beat writer Paul Sullivan say Quade is a leading candidate for the job, I started talking to myself, alone […]

August 23, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, coaching, Jim Hendry, manager, observations  No Comments

Lou Piniella rides off into the sunset

Lou Piniella has called it a career. He came to Chicago saying this would be his final managerial job and yesterday morning it was announced he would retire following what would be a 16-5 drubbing by the Atlanta Braves, the exact same outcome from Cubs vs Braves on opening day this year. Ironic how that […]

August 23, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: announcement, biz of baseball, coaching, Jim Hendry, Lou Piniella, manager, news, photo of the day  No Comments

Bobby Dernier works with Peoria Chiefs

One of the heroes of the ’84 Cubs and one of the few solid leadoff men in recent Cubs history, Bobby Dernier is with the Peoria Chiefs today. His role with the organization is Baserunning Coordinator, travelling throughout the ranks, teaching the Cubs hopefuls a thing or two about the game. In the press box […]

May 8, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: coaching, feature, fielding, game day, live report, Minor League Baseball, observations, oldschool  One Comment