A Season of Change: McDonough Steps Down

Chicago Cubs team president John McDonough will be moving to the West Side and become the Blackhawks new man in charge. McDonough had been with the Cubs organization since 1983, although most Cubs fans hadn't heard of him until last year when he took over as team president from Andy MacPhail. According to our wonderful readers from various radio reports, Crane Kenney will step in to take over his Cubs duties. With ownership in limbo and McDonough supposedly not working with any contract, it's probably a smart move on his part as chances of him remaining with the club under new ownership were slim. Kenney was the guy that McDonough reported to as is, so it's doubtful this will change much of the Cubs offseason plans.

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Hmm - So we can plan on a Beanie Baby giveway at the UC when we go to a back hawks game?

Rob,

I have to disagree that most Cub fans hadn't heard of McDonough until last year. I'd be willing to bet he was the most well-known team Marketing Director in all of professional sports, partly because some of his innovations, e.g., the fan convention and the Beanie Baby giveaway (good call, Rory), got so much attention and partly because McDonough was never shy about going on the air and letting radio hosts shower him with compliments. (Dave Kaplan, who I normally love, is sickening with McDonough; Chet Coppock, who I normally despise, is almost as bad.)

All in all, this is a bigger win for the Hawks than it is a loss for the Cubs. The idea that McDonough drove the Tower to up the payroll last off-season is preposterous. He was under-qualified for the President's job and was smart to get out before the new owner showed him the door. With the Blackhawks, he'll get to impact Marketing, which is what he knows.

Just in case Manny is busy during the holiday week:

Another Cubs Executive is gone but Teflon Jim stays!!!! AMAZING!!!

throw in a donut joke and I think we'd be set

Rest assured BBlue,
Hendry will saddle us with at least 3 more crippling, backloaded deals on his way out the door.

Ya, but at least it looks like Matsui isn't going to be one of them.

Ya, but at least it looks like Matsui isn’t going to be one of them.

who says?

Does anyone here know anything about Crane Kenney?

Dr. Aaronb - "Hendry will saddle us with at least 3 more crippling, backloaded deals on his way out the door."

Hendry has to offer backloaded deals...how else could we afford to sign potential starters, coming off of the DL, hoping to make a comeback...

touche DJH

LATEST from Crane Kenney:

From ChicagoSports.com

"Originally posted: November 20, 2007
McDonough leaving Cubs
UPDATED 12:09 p.m.

Cubs president John McDonough will be introduced as the new president of the Blackhawks at a noon news conference at the United Center. Full story here.

In a statement, the Cubs said Crane Kenney, who took over marketing the team when McDonough was promoted to president in October 2006, will oversee the team's business operations while general manager Jim Hendry will lead the baseball side.

"It has been a privilege to be associated with the Chicago Cubs and to be identified with one of the greatest franchises in all of sports," McDonough said in a statement. "Cubs fans truly deserve a World Series Championship and I hope they realize it in 2008."

"We will not let the ownership transition distract us from our primary goal: to see a championship come to the Chicago Cubs in 2008," Kenney said in statement. "Jim Hendry has a well-constructed plan in place and is already working to strengthen our roster for 2008."

Biz as usual, folks.

how else could we afford to sign potential starters, coming off of the DL, hoping to make a comeback…

Like who?

“Jim Hendry has a well-constructed plan in place and is already working to strengthen our roster for 2008.”

SHENANIGANS!!!

When has Jim Hendry ever had a plan? :)

oh for fuck's sake, Rollins wins the NL MVP 353 to 336 over Holliday. 5 more first place votes but Holliday had 11 more second place votes. Somebody thought Holliday was no better than 6th.

I give up....

Rollins, Holliday, Fielder, Wright, Howard, Jones, Peavy, Utley, Pujols, Ramirez, Byrnes

Soriano 12th (got a 3rd place vote), Ramirez 13th, Marmol got a 10th place vote

Kobayashi deal to Indians is for 2 years with a 2010 opion.

To get to the next level the Cubs need:

a right fielder with fielding skills, a strong arm and some pop in his bat

Get stronger up the middle with:
a wide-ranging center fielder who can hit for average
a shortstop with some power
a catcher, if Soto turns out not to be "the one"

Plus some pitching:
one more quality SP
a new closer

Hendry's plan: Load up on marginal second basemen and let them "fight it out" for all those jobs

With the final NL MVP standings out, the final scores are compiled in the predictions contest.

http://www.stanford.edu/~boptholt/TCR_predict...

Re: #15..

Hanley Ramirez finished 10th, Aramis Ramirez finished 13th if that wasn't clear.

Any one else starting to think Andruw Jones is a possibility for the Cubs now? With Fukudome leaning towards the Yomunri Giants leaving us with a pile of free agent cash for an OF and Jones not having alot, if any suitors at the moment. Boras has said he will not look for a one year deal for Jones, but would that change if we threw 20 mil his way? If Hendry does have 30 mil to spend it still leaves him another to sign Wood and bench upgrades. Plus he could save cash by dumping Demp or Marquis. I would love our line-up of:

Sori
Theriot
Lee
Ram
Jones
Soto
Dero
Murton
P

I would not love Andruw Jones.

I'm sorry. I just don't think that posting 222/311/413 in a contract year in over 500 AB's can be dismissed as some odd quirk that magically fixes itself.

Jones would be great on a 1 year deal. He plays like hell to max his value. Cubs reap the rewards. Plus they get the Type A free agency compensation when he leaves to sign long term with Baltimore next year. Win/Win

I'd take Andruw on a one year deal, he won't hit 220 next year. If he just raises his BA to 250, his line goes up to 250/340/450 which is decent at least. Chances are I think he'll do even better than that...

Kenney on the sale...

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

"The process is one that we control a part of, and [Major League Baseball] controls a part of, and the various bidders who have an interest ... control some of the timing," Kenney said Tuesday. "My expectation is that there will be some clarification of team ownership by the middle of next year. It's gone slower than we thought it would, but we're also comfortable with the pace."

Soriano 12th (got a 3rd place vote), Ramirez 13th, Marmol got a 10th place vote

Can someone please explain a few things:
- How Soriano got a 3rd place vote
- How Soriano was the most valuable player on the Cubs
- How a middle relief pitcher can get mvp votes
- How Soriano and ARam got MVP votes, but not DLee.

Jay Mariotti and Phil Rogers get votes. I'm shocked that Kerry Wood or Jack Jones didnt get votes

well Soriano led the team in homers and if you looked at your RSS feed for Chadball, you'd know that team went as Soriano went..

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 10 hours 40 min ago view
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    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 10 hours 46 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 10 hours 51 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 11 hours 2 min ago view
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    Craig A. 11 hours 14 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
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    Rob G. 11 hours 39 min ago view
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    crunch 12 hours 19 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 13 hours 31 min ago view
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    billybucks 13 hours 48 min ago view
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    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 13 hours 52 min ago view
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    Eric S 14 hours 37 min ago view
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    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 19 hours 28 min ago view
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    VirginiaPhil 20 hours 41 min ago view
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    VirginiaPhil 20 hours 45 min ago view
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    Jackstraw 22 hours 4 min ago view
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