Alan Trammell

The Future History of Cub Managers, 2010–2013

(Apologies in advance if the readings from my crystal ball prove faulty. It's something about the neighborhood. Even the cable reception is erratic around here.)

 

by Paul Sullivan, Tribune Reporter
2:17 p.m., CDT, May 6, 2010

PITTSBURGH – If you thought that watching his team lose to the perennial doormat Pirates, 9-3, on Wednesday night and plummet into the NL Central basement was the toughest thing Jim Hendry has ever had to do as a baseball man, an hour after the game you were proven wrong.

Hendry informed the assembled media and all of Cub Nation that he was firing his good friend and Cub manager for the past 4+ years and 526 games, Lou Piniella.

"There's no two ways about it. This stinks," said an emotional Hendry, "but after a very disappointing season last year and the awful start we've had this year, we're going to have to take the team in a different direction. Alan Trammell will be taking over the ballclub for the rest of the year, and I know that he and the other coaches are going to do everything humanly possible to turn this thing around.

"There's still time to make this a special season, but the ballplayers have to start doing the things they're capable of. I know that, Alan knows that, and the ballplayers know that."

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  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 4 hours 31 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 4 hours 32 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 4 hours 44 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 4 hours 45 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 4 hours 45 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 4 hours 53 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 5 hours 6 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 5 hours 39 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 5 hours 43 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 5 hours 55 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 6 hours 14 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 6 hours 36 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 9 hours 35 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 9 hours 48 min ago view
  • Eh, I read it as tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek. VEB seems to have good heads on their shoulders.

    Brick 10 hours 56 min ago view