Former Cub Manager Gomez Critically Injured But Improving
Catching up on day-old news here, but former Cubs manager Preston Gomez was critically injured Wednesday morning when he was struck by a pickup truck in Blythe, California.
The 84-year-old Gomez, who has been a special assistant for the Angels for many years, was on his home from spring training at the time of the accident. Gomez stopped for gas and after refueling his car, "stepped out around the end of the gas pumps and into the path of a large pickup truck," according to the Blythe police.
Gomez suffered major head injuries and was airlifted to a hospital in Palm Springs, where he was placed in intensive care.
According to Angels exec Tim Mead, as reported by the L.A. Times on Thursday:
"The situation is much more encouraging than it was [Wednesday] morning. His vital signs are positive. He was squeezing his wife's hand."
Gomez is a beloved figure in the Angels organization and news of the accident reached the team before it took the field for Wednesday afternoon's game with the Cubs.
After the game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia had this to say:
"Preston means a lot to all of us here. As the day went on, we were getting better news. Hopefully he can keep improving, but it's definitely something that's weighed heavily on our minds today."
Gomez's tenure with the Cubs was brief and unsuccessful. With previous managerial experience at San Diego and Houston--and four last-place finishes in five seasons--he was hired by Cubs general manager Bob Kennedy following the '79 season. Gomez only lasted 90 games in the pilot's chair. The Cubs were a woeful 38-52 in 1980 when Gomez was canned and replaced by third-base coach Joey Amalfitano.
Gonfalon Cubs has quite a fine analysis of Gomez and the tragicomic goings-on of the 1980 team.
Regardless of his performance as a field general, Gomez is clearly a respected and well-liked figure in baseball circles--"one of the warmest and friendliest figures in the game," according to the Times--and it is good to hear encouraging news about his condition.
video of Maddon.
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.
#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
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.
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.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#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)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k
he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.
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.
Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...
joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1
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.
Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.
Classic Scully - great stuff.
Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)
Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:
"And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."
When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.
If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.
cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.