What Was All That?

aramis ramirez 7 21 What Was All That?

A strange day in the Wrigley catacombs has left some people drawing strange conclusions.  Leave it to the Trib’s Phil Rogers to come away with the correct take, only to use it to formulate the wrong opinion:

“Hendry is signed to be the Cubs’ general manager through 2012, but there’s a perception on the streets — both those in Wrigleyville and through the traffic of trade conversations and other baseball business — that he carries the same expiration label as a loaf of wheat bread.

What does Ricketts’ assessment of Hendry mean?  That’s open for interpretation, and your guess is as good as mine in regard to the phrase “going into next year.”  Does that mean he has job security through November, through December 15, through New Year’s Eve?  What does it mean?  Ricketts, it appears, is giving himself wiggle room…”

Too bad, though, that Rogers ruins his good day by expressing the belief that Hendry deserves to stay.

We’ll talk about the fallout from yesterday, as well as other baseball business, such as the first-place Sox:  now 3.5 games ahead of Detroit and Minnesota and sending Gavin Floyd out to face Felix Hernandez tonight in a delicious matchup.

John Danks was brilliant last night, though the Mariners’ lineup has a way of making pitchers look better than they are.  And Alexei Ramirez has been making highlight plays in the field, but the better news is that his consistent concentration has made him reliable on routine plays — his current UZR/150 of 15.4 ranks him as the best-fielding shortstop in baseball.

Second Half at 3:30, Roar of the Day at 5:30, and surprises to come.  “Who You Crappin?” tomorrow at 5:30, and Friday finds us in Lincolnshire for the Bud Light “Who Needs Two?” Tavern Tour.  Join us at the Cubby Bear North — 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave.

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    I just read the booyah’s take on the NFC North… funny item from that: The Bears are tied for the lead in Pro Bowl receivers within the division. Of course, neither of their Pro Bowl receivers actually got there by receiving, but still…

    • Zombie Chris Henry

      I’m looking forward to a blathering David Haugh piece about Tommie Harris with his usual “he looks to be back in 2005 form” type of empty bluster. Then another piece about how an aging middle linebacker that doesn’t really account for any sacks or takeaways is going to be the difference because he can make the proper calls for a defense that has already been figured out 4 years ago. Mark your calendars.

      Anything is preferable to this month of crap. On the booyah opening page is the Piniella story. Yeah, the whole country is on the edge of its seat waiting to hear about the next manager of this overpaid and washed up bunch that will be here for at least another 2 years. It will be so tough to fill those shoes.

  • bronzo

    Glad to see Dan give Alexei Ramirez credit where credit is due. I can’t tell you how many times he and Boers have patently dismissed him as a good shortstop. I don’t think it is an accident that his stellar play coincides with him playing next to Omar Vizquel.

    As a big time Sox fan I couldn’t be happier.


    Lou Piniella’s retirement announcement isn’t exactly breaking news. To be very honest, this baseball season has aged the Cubs’ manager some 25 years since the season began. Listening in to yesterday’s press conference, I got the impression reading between the lines that while Cubs’ Chairman/Owner Tom Ricketts plans on having General Manager Jim Hendry lead the search for a new manager, I’m not so sure Hendry will necessarily hire the successor.

    One of the names that I heard FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal mention 2 weeks ago during the network’s national broadcast of the Cubs/Dodgers’ game in Los Angeles about current Dodger skipper Joe Torre as a possibility to replace Piniella here. While Torre’s contract is up after this season, I’m not so sure the Cubs are in the business of opening up the wallet again to hire a proven World Series Champion, dating back to his years in the Bronx with the Yankees. I’ve also heard the name Joe Girardi, who currently has the hardware in the Bronx. I know he’s got Cub ties dating back to his playing days, but why would he want to leave the World Champions? I’ve got to think Girardi has a great deal of leverage. Last but not least, I know that Ryne Sandberg was a really good second baseman during his playing days with the Cubs and has made no secret of his desire for the job. I’m not so sure the current Iowa skipper is as ready for the job as he thinks he is. I think Sandberg should be brought in as a coach, not necessarily as the team’s next manager. Whoever eventually gets the job will have his work cut out for him. Can the next Cub manager tolerate a lot of losing for the next couple of years if it ultimately means ending the team’s 102 years and counting without a World Championship? That’s the real question.

    • WILSON!

      I think you pull the latest Tampa manager, or the Rangers manager. I really don’t know. Torre might have some gas left in the tank.

    • bigtime sucker

      with contracts well over 120 million heading into next year, you need a manager that is used to managing players with huge contracts. i don’t like freddie gonzalez. soriano and zambrano probably make more than the entire marlins roster combined. it’s easy to manage hungry young poor by mlb standards kids trying to make a break. the marlins are a AAA++ team. i like joe torre, he can get spoiled players to play. i also like bob brenly for the same reason.


    refresh my memory (maybe I never knew). . .
    What did Reggie Bush do in USC? Did he throw games like a certain member of a Big Ten Basketball team?
    Is he a button man for the Corleones?

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      He basically accepted a house from an agent.

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        Per Wiki:

        Just before the 2006 draft, reports surfaced raising questions about whether Bush’s family received gifts in violation of NCAA policies. The school requested that the conference investigate the matter, and Bush denied any impropriety.

        In November 2007, fledgling sports agent Lloyd Lake sued Bush and his family for not repaying over $290,000 in gifts. Lake also agreed to cooperate with the NCAA.[6] In April 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported that the NCAA merged its investigations of Bush and former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo into a single probe of the Trojans’ athletic program.[7] On December 28, 2009 it was announced that Bush had lost his bid for confidential arbitration in this matter and that the case would proceed to trial.[8]. The case was settled in April 2010.[9]

        On June 10, 2010, the NCAA announced major sanctions against USC. The NCAA found that Bush had received lavish gifts from Lake and his partner, Michael Michaels, from at least December 2004 onward, including a limousine ride to the 2005 Heisman Trophy presentation. As a result, USC was slapped with four years of probation and forced to vacate its last two wins of the 2004 season (including the 2005 Orange Bowl) as well as all of its wins in the 2005 season. The Trojans were also banned from bowl games in 2010 and 2011 and will lose 30 scholarships over three years. Running backs coach Todd McNair is banned from off-campus recruiting for one year after the NCAA determined he’d known about Bush’s dealings with the agents. The NCAA also forced USC to permanently disassociate itself from Bush.[10][11]

        The NCAA found that given Bush’s high-profile status, USC should have invested more effort in monitoring Bush’s relationships. In announcing the penalties, Paul Dee, chairman of the NCAA infractions committee, said, “High-profile players merit high-profile enforcement.”[12]

        Since the NCAA ruled that Bush lost his eligibility in December 2004, it is likely that USC will lose the 2004 BCS title. It is also possible that Bush will have to vacate the many awards he won in 2005, including his Heisman Trophy.[10] On July 20, 2010, incoming USC president Max Nikias stated that the school would remove jerseys and murals displayed in Bush’s honor from its facilities, and would return the school’s copy of Bush’s Heisman Trophy.[13]


    Thanks, guys.
    You know who that is embarassing? The NCAA.
    Most college sports fans would’ve speculated that those USC teams could have given the Detroit Lions a run for their money (for, at least, three quarters).
    It might be a little extravagant, but all I can say is “what took them so long?” Next thing, they’ll be telling us that there are problems on (mmmmmmm) Tobacco Road.

  • The Fire & The Passion

    2 words why Hendry shouldn’t be back.
    Bob Howry

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