Cubs Announce Minor League Coaches

We already knew about Ryne Sandberg's assignment to manage the Triple A Iowa Cubs, and today the Cubs filled in the gaps.

Affiliate Manager Pitching Coach Hitting Coach
Iowa  Ryne Sandberg Mike Mason Von Joshua
Tennessee Bill Dancy Dennis Lewallyn Tom Beyers
Daytona Buddy Bailey Tom Pratt Richie Zisk
Peoria Casey Kopitzke David Rosario Barbaro Garbey
Boise Jody Davis Jeff Fassero Ricardo Medina
AZL Cubs Juan Cabreja Rick Tronerud Desi Wilson
DSL Cubs #1 Manuel Callado Leo Hernandez Alberto Garcia
DSL Cubs #2 TBA Anderson Tavares Leo Perez

The minor league coordinators are: Dave Bialas (Minor League Field Coordinator), Mark Riggins (Pitching Coordinator), Dave Keller (Hitting Coordinator), Carmelo Martinez (Latin American Field Coordinator), Franklin Font (Roving Infield & Bunting Instructor), Bob Dernier (Roving Outfield & Baserunning Instructor), and Marty Pevey (Roving Catching Instructor). 

News like this is why December is the most magical time of the year.


Casey Kopitzke...ha.

How many options does Sandberg have left?

It'll be really nice to have some home grown talent that can produce at the big league level while still under club control

Well he won't be under club control, but hopefully he'll be about $2 to $3 million less per year than Grandpa Lou.

yeah i was kidding, you know, cuz he's a manager and all

but in all seriousness, what are the odds he's managing in 2011 do you think?

I think it would take winning a playoff series to give Loupa the extension he wants

I like that Sandberg has basically reversed his nice-guy reputation and basically been in ass-kicking mode in the minors, but that's a lot easier with kids in the minors.

I think I'd like to see him get a bench job or 1st or 3rd base coach first, to see how he'll relate to the new breed of high maintenance major leaguers before handing him the manager reigns.

This is an interesting point. Joe Girardi, a relatively young guy - and not a HOF - was able to connect with his multi-millionaires who bought into his style.

Ryno is everything Cub. He is a recent HOF inductee. He certainly has "respectability-factor" there.

PErsonally, I had advocated earlier that he get hired for 2010 as Lou's bench coach and learn under him. I am sure Trammell will get an interview - but c'mon now. We are talking Ryno, here.

Would he have the stones to take pt away from players that are not giving it their all?

At this point, it would probably be best for Ryno not to learn anything from Lou.

I suppose so, TRN. But, I don't know - there must be some value in learning under him. He does have one World Series ring.

the dude isn't an idiot, but he's far from most managers.


I fully expect Ryno to manager by All Star break 2010.
Especially if Cubs get rid of Bradley and they start out as bad as they did in 2009 with Lou doing the shrugging act.

I don't think that the Cubs will fire Lou, no matter how bad they start out. The only way there is a new manager during the 2010 season would be if Lou decides to resign. If they wouldn't get rid of Dusty the last season that he was here, there is no way they get rid of Lou.

"If they wouldn't get rid of Dusty the last season that he was here, there is no way they get rid of Lou."

The Cubs are under new managment. So while I don't really disagree, I am not sure we can rely on the past to tell us how the Cubs will react in the future.

Yeah different owners.

I figure Lou will get tired of the media and the losing and will try to get fired.

Like making a pitching change with no pants on or hitting on Ricketts sister.

I'm just saying that Hendry wont make the move unless he is forced too. I am not calling for a change, I am just making an observation. Even when it was obvious that Dusty was not coming back, Hendry wouldn't fire him out of some sort of strange loyality.

so much for damon...

at $13M that Damon wants, no shit

narrowing down his choices this weekend, Nationals a finalist

looks like they screwed up not accepting arbitration...

that foxsports article says Nationals, Pirates and Tigers are only left looking for closers. Nationals and Pirates won't sign either of those except at a heavy discount, Tigers probably not looking to spend more than 5-7M.

Not taking arbitration is like not taking the 100k in Deal Or No Deal.

I absolutely detested that show until I started rooting against people, then it was kind of fun. Actually, I still hate it (and all game/reality shows) but it was at least more bearable.

I agree, that show is ridiculous.

You can justify making any choice

I didn't know Carmelo Anthony was so versatile.



Now that's a shame.

The worst thing is that so many of us read it and knew exactly who you were talking about.

An AP article on ESPN. It's mostly about Cliff Lee's reaction to the trade but throws in MB acquisition speculation at the bottom.

Seattle might make Hendry an offer HE could never refuse.

"Combine that with a manageable contract and you've got the makings of a decent trade chit."

Whereas Bradley is just a chit.

I'd be good with that. Lopez is owed only 2.3M this year and 4.5M/250K club option.

Cubs would probably have to include a 2B or a prospect to sweeten the pot. I wonder if Figgins means they want to rid themselves of Bill Hall? Not that he'd be much use to the Cubs, but if the deal was Bradley and Baker for Lopez and Hall I'd be good with that. Too bad Hall can't play CF. He could fill in at LF, 3B, even 2B in a pinch.

Lee, Lopez, Theriot, Ram, Soto
Sori, Byrd/FA, Fuku
Hill, Hoff, Hall, Blanco, Font, Fuld

Looks like one too many players. Someone would have to go

This whole thing is probably a really bad idea
Let's just forget I said anything

Didn't Hall try a season in center field? I sort of like it, I forgot he's "wasting" away up there. In your scenario Blanco would go to AAA and Hall would be Theriot's backup at short (Fountainout has played a couple of games there too).

Doesn't make us a better team, particuarly if Byrd plays CF, but it does solve the "Bradley Problem".

Football and baseball can be apples and oranges, but recent interviews with Chris Henry before he died tells a different story concerning an athlete who has a change of attitude toward his team. He said he’d also figured out something that eludes many of the best performers at his position: A realization that individual accomplishments are secondary to the team’s goals.

“I’m just gonna get out here and grind every day, do what I can do to help the team,” he told me. “My stats don’t even have to get sky-high. I just want to win, and to be part of something.”

In the end, Henry most certainly was. Statistically, his impact was understated – he caught 12 passes in eight games, gaining 236 yards and scoring a pair of touchdowns. People in the Bengals’ organization will tell you that, as the team’s only true deep threat, Henry’s ability to stretch the field had been sorely missed during the six games, which is a significant reason for Cincy’s offensive struggles during that span.

While it is sad that his life was snuffed out just when he was "getting it," wouldn't it be just as sad if an organization who has a history of giving up on players too early can't iron out the wrinkles and make oh, let's say a Milton Bradley into such a giver. We want our team to be the best. Getting rid of a Milton Bradley without even trying to heal the wounds all around just makes us look like another Boston or New York. I see moving Bradley as just as much a mistake, not only for the team, but for the man. Maybe we've been thinking that having a "family" run the team would be more helpful for the fans, players and standings. Maybe we were wrong.

~quotes from Yahoo Sports, Michael Silver

Wow...that is some sentimental bullshit. Thanks Michael Silver..

Sieg heil!

Henry was also 26 and had had such severe troubles that he was surely facing a premature end to his career. Bradley, at 31, has had some scrapes and capers but not to the same degree as Henry. He also likely sees himself as a victim of circumstance here, not as someone who needs to reform.

I'd rather the Cubs keep Milton than do a truly crummy deal, but even if they do that, I doubt there'll be much healing.

Never be surprised when a person doesn't change.

The problem is as a player you need to want to change your attitude. Chris Henry looks to have "got it" but Bradley has shown no desire to change who he is as a person.

Thats why all these bullshit comments that Lou didn't manage Bradley properly are exactly that, bullshit. Because guess what? He has had problems at nearly every stop in his career, and the one place where you thought he actually got along with a manager (Texas) he was playing them all for fools by faking injuries and thinking only about himself.

But all of a sudden its Lou's fault for not getting Bradley on board. The organization gave him a shot, gave him his financial security like he asked, and he still layed a giant turd in the clubhouse. All those lies about trying harder for a team that commits to him, and he didn't change one bit.

I have told you guys from day one, he doesn't give a damn about anyone else but himself. You can baby him and he will take advantage of it, you can be a hard ass with him and he will claim racism or play the victim.

You could have someone wipe his ass, jerk him off between innings, and laying roses between the dugout and homeplate and he would still be unhappy. They didn't use the right toilet paper, the girl strokes him too hard, or the roses are red instead of yellow. Boo hoo no one cares about poor old Milton.

Honestly, even if all those things you said were true who cares? I don't have to work with him or interview him. As long as he plays baseball, which he is likely to do better than anything we get back for him, let him play.

How about when he refuses to play? Remember the fight he got into with Von Joshua about pinch hitting.

When a player says they're injured and playing is going to aggrevate the injury, then they shouldn't play. Odds are it was Joshua, not Bradley who started that fight.

How do you know the trainers didnt tell Pinella and Joshua that Bradley was full of shit? People in and around the Rangers in 08 were mentioning he would pull himself out of the lineup to preserve his stats. Also Joshua seems like the most milquost person on that staff last year, I seriously doubt he would be the one starting shouting matches that lead to threats of physical violence.

"How do you know the trainers didnt tell Pinella and Joshua that Bradley was full of shit?"

Common sense? If the trainer is going to determine whether he's good to go by what Milton tells him.

" I seriously doubt he would be the one starting shouting matches that lead to threats of physical violence."

So this is your theory. Milton says to Lou "My knee's not 100%, I probably need another day." Then he turns to Joshua and starts screaming at him. Seriously?

Good point. It's not like Bradley has a history of irrational anger.

Ok Neal..your hero, and internationally known man of peace Milton Bradley was right again.

Well put.

I know it's very hard for some of you to use reason in your thinking process, just showing you how.

CCO reports Bradley will be traded to Seattle.

Is the deal immindent?

I won't believe it until Bruce Levine reports it.


I hope not, that's proved to be a deal killer.

Of all of the guys, he's usually the most reliable.

He's in a slump. What can we do?

He's been announcing the trade "any day now" since November.

"Monsters of the Midway" is doing the reporting actually...

is it North and Jiggetts?

fwiw, FoxSports says nothing is close

Yes, that is the idiot Mike North.
They signed on to do a 5-7 am show on local CBS TV station in February with a financial advisor.

It will be a mix of sports and financial advise.

North lost a mint on a local Ponzi scheme in 2009, sounds like he will be as good as that as he is on sports.

LIGHT 'EM UP!!!!!!!!

Oh Jesus, did I just perpetuate a Mike North rumor? I thought he might he dead.

CCO reports that Mike North is dead.

According to Cot's, the Brewers are on the hook for as much as $7.15 million of Hall's $8.4 million salary in 2010, so there isn't much motivation for the M's to move him in exchange for MB. Hall's buyout in 2011 is only $500,000.

Is there any chance that Carlos Silva might be a bit more healthy now and could approach being at least a competent long man in the pen? (grasping for straws...)

Even a healthy Silva is just a pitcher who goes with the "hit em where they are" pitching strategy. He'd probably get murdered at Wrigley. To me it would make more sense just releasing Bradley and calling up Atkins if that is what it comes down to.

So to recap.... The plan is to

1. Trade Bradley for Silva

2. Heavily backload a deal to Byrd

3. Heavily backload a deal to Capps

Sounds like it. Then release Silva if he is late to a meeting and have Capps unhappy because Marmol is blowing 2 saves a week and he's still a setup guy. Spend the season wondering why the pitching isn't as good as we thought and why Byrd isn't going to get 100 RBI's batting 5th. Eeke into the playoffs then get outed in three games by a team with power throwing right handed starters, and have Lou complain that if he had Cameron and Ibanez they would have won it all. That just about cover it?


Bruce Levine reporting on Cubs brass meeting with corporate sponsors yesterday

Hendry pretty much said Bradley will not be on 2010 Cubs
Ricketts talking to Naples and a couple of other AZ sites

all of it so 3/44 I want to push pencils through my ears

MLB Trade Rumors reporting that Crisp may sign a one-year deal with the Padres.

In this game of musical chairs for CF's, I'm afraid there won't be anywhere for Hendry to sit when the music stops.

That beats sitting on Coco Crisp or Marlon Byrd's lap for millions of dollars. Pick up some DFA center fielders at the end of spring training or the first weeks of the season.


Why do we need a Cfer exactly?

worked in 2007

Hendry has been patient this off season.

oh, Scott Podsednik will always be available...

Hendry didn't actually say that. He said "the plan" is for Fukudome to play in right and we get a new CF.

Hendry probably has lots of plans.

"Perhaps the Cubs feel he (Silva) can regain his form"

Regain what form, exactly?

Jody Davis was managing in the Cubs organization before Ryno, right? He hasn't exactly climbed the ladder. Wonder what the story is there.

Not trying to start rumors about animosity. Maybe Jody is perfectly happy where he is.

Does anyone notice that Silva makes more than Bradley over the next 2 years?

It will be cheaper to release Bradley than it will be to trade Bradley.

Kick the tires on Derek Lowe if you are going to go this route.

I, for one, completely oppose Ryno being promoted to manager in Chicago. It would just be too confusing for me in TCR comments to discern between Ryno me or Ryno the manager.

is confirming a Bradley-Silva swap. As someone who hated the Bradley signing to start with and really wants him off the team, this is horrible. He gets payed more than Bradley and sucks more than Bradley.

If that's true (and that's a big if), I don't think it's all that terrible. Milton Bradley is no big prize, my friends.

If you say so, but I like the Mariners chances of making the playoffs better than I do the Cubs right now.

The Boise manager is also the Extended Spring Training "Boise/Mesa" (EXST Cubs) manager April-June, so Jody Davis will have those duties, too.

Larry Stone says the Cubs will get Carlos Silva from the Mariners for Bradley.

Did he say if it was imminent?

No he says it "is a done deal".

Muskett confims:

I hope the "merry christmas" is sarcastic or it means she's going on holdiay/

The Cubs might make the Bradley for Silva deal just so they can spread the $$$ loss over three years instead of over two and to release $1.5M in payroll for 2010 to help pay for a CF and/or a RHRP, perhaps paying Silva $7.5M in 2010, $11.5M in 2011, and the $2M buy-out in 2012, with the Mariners paying Bradley's $9M salary and $4M of Silva's salary in 2010, plus Bradley's $12M salary in 2011. (The Mariners otherwise owe Silva $25M 2010-12, including the 2012 buy-out).

I would also hope that the Cubs would get a prospect back as part of the deal, since Silva would (at best) probably be the 12th man ("garbage man") on the staff in 2010-11, presuming he doesn't get released.

but the Cubs have 21 million reasons not to release him

Let's hope retardo got at least $4 million, and a decent prospect. Hopefully he got more like $6 million, with a big enough chunk of that coming this year so he can waste it on Byrd.

I doubt it... and I doubt he got a prospect.

Silva is pitching for the Caribes this winter.

9.0 IP so far
16H 9R 8ER 3HR 3BB 2K .410 BAA


Sounds like he's back to his '08 form.

As expected, I'm thrilled by this news...

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  • Good thing the Cubs have 4 left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties

    Eric S 19 min 59 sec ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 33 min 37 sec ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 29 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 32 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 42 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 4 hours 25 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 9 hours 10 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 9 hours 11 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 18 hours 52 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 21 hours 50 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 22 hours 2 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 22 hours 11 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 22 hours 16 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 22 hours 35 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 23 hours 11 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 23 hours 29 min ago view