A round of applause for Arizona Phil and his Cubs ST coverage!
I thought I knew a little about baseball til I started reading your posts here at TCR, Arizona Phil. The depth of your knowledge and your frank, watchful eye have kept us all deeply in the loop of our favorite team. Thanks.
And now...2012! Whatever the hell it turns out to be.
Submitted by CubbyBlue on Wed, 04/04/2012 - 8:34am
"No one should confuse Manny with Midas -- Cubs minor-league hitting coordinator Anthony Iapoce, Double A hitting coach Desi Wilson and Triple A hitting coach Brian Harper all played significant roles in the young hitters’ developments. Still, Ramirez’s impact was undeniable."
Whenever you fire someone, it's not pretty. But in Sveum's case, there was a dangerous situation in baseball terms in that Castro and Rizzo were not just having bad adjustment sophomore years, but seemed to be regressing rather badly. Rizzo maybe not so much regressing as not moving forward in a way that satisfied the men who had just handed him a hefty contract. Look at this way. If you fire Sveum and those two still have suck years the next year, then you know the problem is quite a bit deeper than you thought.
disagreement on the way to handle things and that a better manager was needed for the next step. The number of meaningless wins is an irrelevant point. They hired someone and it wasn't quite what they were expecting or what they think they need going forward.