The Return of UmpShow

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A funny thing happened in Tuesday’s Cubs game… You don’t need technology to know that pitch was way inside, and umpire Lance Barksdale wasn’t exactly positioned properly to call that pitch regardless.  We did talk a bit about the fallibility of both umpires and technology on the Dreamcast, but here Continue reading The Return of UmpShow

Joe Maddon Will Not Cure What Ails the Cubs

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Removing ourselves from the pep rally press conference introducing Joe Maddon as the new manager of the Cubs by a day, one thing remains true about this team…they’re not ready to compete as constructed. That shouldn’t be an insane statement.  After all, today is the first day of free agency.  There Continue reading Joe Maddon Will Not Cure What Ails the Cubs

Joe Maddon: Your NEW Cubs Manager (Announcement Monday)

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We saw this coming as a legitimate possibility since last week Friday when Joe Maddon officially resigned as Tampa Bay Rays manager. Many smart people around the game quickly connect the Chicago Cubs to Maddon, citing they would be a perfect match. Quickly, rumors spread that the Cubs were in Continue reading Joe Maddon: Your NEW Cubs Manager (Announcement Monday)

If the Cubs Hire Maddon, All Bets Are Off

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With the World Series set to end tonight, unless Mother Nature decides to wreak havoc and delay tonight’s game, all eyes will turn to the Chicago Cubs and the developing situation with former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon who resigned last Friday. According to the Chicago Suntimes, the situation Continue reading If the Cubs Hire Maddon, All Bets Are Off

Joe Maddon to the Cubs All but Done?

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The past four days have been a whirlwind of rumors. Ever since Joe Maddon announced his resignation from the Tampa Bay Rays managerial job, the Cubs were immediately connected to him, being labeled as the most likely landing spot for him in 2015. The only problem was, the Cubs already Continue reading Joe Maddon to the Cubs All but Done?

Joe Maddon a Cub? Poor Rick Renteria

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Yesterday afternoon, news broke that Joe Maddon resigned as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. In no time at all, the Chicago Cubs were quickly connected to the new hot free agent manager. My guess on Joe Maddon: He eventually winds up with the Cubs. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October Continue reading Joe Maddon a Cub? Poor Rick Renteria

Top Ten List: Organ Intros For Rick Renteria’s Manager Moonwalk

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I kept thinking about this last night as challenge after challenge and review after review continued to slow down the pace of the game, which the Cubs did win but could have won sooner.  You know of which I speak…there’s a bang-bang play, the umpire makes the initial call, the Continue reading Top Ten List: Organ Intros For Rick Renteria’s Manager Moonwalk

Periodic fun with the Cubs numbers

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The Cubs had just dropped another series to the division rival Cincinnati Reds.  It’s almost as though the Reds think of Wrigley Field as their home away from home, but there was enough positive to think that eventually the Cubs will start using their homefield advantage again.  I’m a bit Continue reading Periodic fun with the Cubs numbers

Create your own Rick Renteria meme!

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In Tuesday night’s victory over the Cincinnati Reds, Cubs manager Rick Renteria called for not one, not two, not three, but FOUR relievers to get three outs in the top of the eighth inning.  Shades of Tony LaRussa!  Fortunately it worked out as the four relievers combined for three outs Continue reading Create your own Rick Renteria meme!

Bullpen Use Baffling Rick Renteria

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Allow me to preface all of this by saying that managing a bullpen is very difficult for a manager. Relievers need off-days, they need to be used fairly consistently, they might have minor arm issues that allow them to work, but on a strict pitch limit…the list of things that Continue reading Bullpen Use Baffling Rick Renteria