Cubs Fire Sveum...Act Surprised Everyone

In a move that everyone should have expected, Dale Sveum was removed of his duties as the Cubs lineup filler-outer. Some new lucky schlub will now get that honor with a very nice paycheck, posssibly $3M or more if their name is Joe Girardi.

In the official statement, TheJedi were their normal political correct selves, wishing Dale good luck in his future endeavors and taking the blame for the record the last 2 years...while not really taking the blame though. Because if they were really upset about it, they'd Samurai Futaba themselves like any honorable G.M.

It's all just P.R. rhetoric, but if there's a statement of hope to hang our hats on, it would probably be this paragraph.

Soon, our organization will transition from a phase in which we have been primarily acquiring young talent to a phase in which we will promote many of our best prospects and actually field a very young, very talented club at the major league level. The losing has been hard on all of us, but we now have one of the top farm systems in baseball, some of the very best prospects in the game, and a clear path forward. In order for us to win with this group - and win consistently - we must have the best possible environment for young players to learn, develop and thrive at the major league level. We must have clear and cohesive communication with our players about the most important parts of the game. And - even while the organization takes a patient, long view - we must somehow establish and maintain a galvanized, winning culture around the major league club.

So far Girardi and Brad Ausmus have been the only names mentioned, certainly more will follow. TheJedi says they'll start the formal process tomorrow morning asking for permissions and so forth. Girardi is technically under contract until November 1st with the Yankees, so they'll certainly get first crack to retain him. The press release says they plan to have a manager in place by the GM meetings in early November, if not sooner, and will be stressing the development of young talent in any hire.

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Davey Johnson retires...Gardenhire re-ups for 2 years.

So far open jobs are:

Yankees, Cubs, Mariners and Nationals.

Jim Harbaugh may be available soon.

"31. St. Louis Cardinals — Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Waiakea HS (HI)"

every time a list gets made he moves more and more up those lists.

if he actually played in a more competitive HS field he would probably be a top-15 pick...and may end up cracking at/near that depending on how many people pay attention to him and how he does next season. deception + velocity and good control. i was hoping he'd fly under the radar and perhaps make it to the 2nd round, but that seems to be less likely as time goes on.

hoffman linked to the cubs on that list...

from an earlier post (which involved medeiros/hoffman/rondon that i made a few weeks ago about another list...

"kodi medeiros is on his list and he's been absent or very deep on a lot of lists even though he's got great stuff. very interesting guy with extremely good fastball + slider combo and unusual mound delivery. he throws between 3/4 and sidearm...very deceptive...especially for a guy who's stuff, alone, doesn't need deception. the biggest hangup for him is it's been hard to gauge how good he is in competition because he plays weak competition in hawaii. it's hard to tell what kinda loot he's gonna want...he's not committed to any college (and it's thought that he doesn't want to go to college), but if he falls too far in the 1st he may go the community college route to raise his value.

btw...i still don't like jeff hoffman as much as some people. he's getting a lot of positive buzz since he's one of an extremely small list of guys who had "sit up and notice" performances with summer ball exhibitions/leagues. still, it's one big crapshoot after c.rondon anyway...who's control/command doesn't excite me very much. killer tools on rondon, though...he's got the parts (fb, cutter, slider, curve, change, kitchen sink, etc)...he just needs to make it repeatable."

...we must somehow establish and maintain a galvanized, winning culture around the major league club.

Really??? Somehow? I think Ryne Sandberg could have done just as badly (or, even better) and he had built solid relationships with many of the former AAA players.

They brought in "their guy" and I really do not see positive progression from any youngsters, save Travis Wood and maybe Castillo.

Yet TheoJed brought in career minor leaguers, waiver claims, and cuts.

The mess continues.

It doesn't inspire confidence, but at least they cut their losses and, by swallowing a year of the contract, are admitting their mistake.

The bigger problem is that just as Hendry staked it all on the Soriano gamble, TheoCorp has really thrown it down on Castro and Rizzo. If they pedal backwards next year, that's 14 years of bad contract. So if nothing else, they really didn't have a choice here.

that's 14 years of bad contract.

They're both gonna be playing their age 24 seasons next year, I have a hard time imagining someone getting paid this

13:$5M, 14:$5M, 15:$6M, 16:$7M, 17:$9M, 18:$10M, 19:$11M, 20:$16M club option ($1M buyout)

and this

13:$0.75M, 14:$1.25M, 15:$5M, 16:$5M, 17:$7M, 18:$7M, 19:$11M, 20:$14.5M

is really going to sink the ship...that's kind of the point of those contracts, you can move on a lot easier and someone will always take a chance on 24-25 year olds with previous major league success.

And if by chance the two really are disasters going forward, most people around here already think the Cubs should trade Castro and finding a 1b-men shouldn't be all that hard. Obviously the media would have a field day with it, but I really don't think it would kill the organization at all.

I actually didn't mean to make it sound like it was a direct comparison to the Soriano contract, more like Soriano-lite. It definitely came out that way cuz I said they are "really" throwing it down but it wasn't quite what was in my head. I didn't object to the contracts at the time - well, the Rizzo one seemed a little hasty to me but I was still pretty ok with it. I still don't, but I also didn't object to the Soriano contract. I saw it for what it was, a huge roll of the dice. Cubbery won. I also think the Rizzo and Castro contracts are big dice rolls. Not as big, but it's still a pain in the ass if they don't perform. Cubbery usually wins gambles. They own the house.

"There has to be tough love, but there has to be love before there's tough love," Epstein said. "You have to be patient with them. There has to be a clear, unified message. You can't be getting different signals from different directions. And collectively — myself included — we failed to provide that."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-1001-sveum-cub...

Someone went off script...

c.bosio + r.deer were also dismissed today...and nothing of value was lost.

Farewell to the advocate of the four strike, strike out.

hire mike maddux...replaces manager + pitching coach issues all in one...

actually, i wouldn't mind seeing mike maddux as manager...though it would probably take $1-$1.5m to get it done.

i still hope they find some sub-$1m guy, ultimately, and puts the loot "saved" back into the product on the field.

rob deer's role was "assistant hitting coach"...for some reason...i guess if anyone has had to hear various people trying to coach various methods of trying to correct hitting, it is him. corey patterson for assistant hitting coach!

I think people forget that Mike Maddux did not want to move due to family.

TB gets it done...TEX fans are stunned silent.

d.price complete game.

Any favorites for World Series MVP? I'm thinking Carlos Marmol.

How AWESOME would that be?!!

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  • 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 6 min 55 sec ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 4 hours 52 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 4 hours 53 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 14 hours 34 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 17 hours 32 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 17 hours 44 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 17 hours 53 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 17 hours 58 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 18 hours 17 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 18 hours 53 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 19 hours 11 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 19 hours 12 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 19 hours 30 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 19 hours 37 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 20 hours 33 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 20 hours 51 min ago view