The next week or so should be pretty quiet. Bud Selig has his gag order on MLB clubs so they won't distract from the World Series and the Cubs organizational meetings aren't until November 7th I believe.
- Paul Sullivan getting itchy about the Cubs
not signing Aramis yet. Best part is that even if they do agree on something in the next week, there's a good chance we won't know about it until after the World Series ends. There's also this little tidbit.
Although the Cubs can't force him to sign at their price, they can, and already have, let him know they have a contingency plan in case he decides to leave.
That of course is being smart, you should always have a contingency plan, but I'm not so sure you should let Ramirez know that.
- So much for John McLaren following Lou Piniella in as bench coach of the Cubs. He was offered the deal, but him and his wife like to play 20 questions
or something and decided that Seattle was a better place for them, where McLaren will take up bench duties under Mike Hargrove.
One of the Lou's previous bench coaches was Lee Elia, so that could be fun. I don't know the full history of bench coaches under Lou, the only other name I could dig up was Jackie Moore who was his bench coach in 1990 with the Reds and he's managing the Round Rock Express right now.
- A bit of humor from a Barry Rozner article
to get you into the weekend:
Comedian Alex Kaseberg, on Lou Piniellaís new job as manager of the Cubs: ìThe pay is good, you get to travel, and you always have the month of October off.íí
Enjoy the weekend folks!