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So Long Turner Field...


... we hardly knew ya. The Braves are going to be leaving Turner Field after the 2016 season after their 20 year lease with Atlanta expires. They're building a new ballpark in nearby Cobb County. This certainly is an interesting parallel to the Wrigley situation. Turner Field, while not the most modern nor the most appealing of the "new" ballparks (i.e. ballparks built since the opening of Camden Yards), it isn't even 20 years old. Further, this marks the Braves moving out of downtown Atlanta and apparently building a facility that is going to provide a variety of revenue opportunities.

Keith Moreland Leaving Radio Booth


Article days that the decision was his, to spend more time with his family. Glad that it was his decision, but also glad that he's moving on.

Dbacks Hire Dave McKay


As has been rumored for a few days now, the Diamondbacks hired McKay to be their 1B coach. The Cubs front office likely wanted their new manager to consider McKay for their staff, however McKay had some concerns about remaining with a team in an extended rebuild. He's 64 years old and isn't sure how much longer he'll coach. McKay did a great job bringing some professionalism to the club and also did a good job working with outfielders (see Soriano, Alfonso). This may have been one cost of an extended coaching search. McKay was a Cubs employee until yesterday. Its possible that had the Cubs filled their managerial position already, McKay could have been retained (however there's no guarantee that he would have). Similarly, Chris Bosio has developed some cache and it would not be a shock to see him hired elsewhere. That all said, as important as these coaches are, they need to get the manager hire right.

Dusty out in Cincinnati


There is some question as to whether Dusty was fired or if it was a mutual decision, but Baker is no longer the Reds manager. While his tenure there was not nearly as volatile as his Cubs stint, Reds fans were ready to see him go.

Cubs to Sign Scott Hairston


per Ken Rosenthal tweet Sources: #Cubs in agreement on two-year deal with free-agent outfielder Scott Hairston, pending physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 24, 2013

Cubs Redo Wrigley Playing Surface


At an expense of $400,000, the Cubs have completely redone the Wrigley playing surface. This included replacing sod and dirt. Wrigley's surface has continued to get criticism, with some players calling it the worst field in the game. Of note is that the Cubs are going to evaluate curtailing non baseball related events, though its hard to see them cutting off the revenue from concerts, etc. Lets not forget that the Cubs are not far removed from having the entire field completely redone, installing drainage, leveling the field to remove a significant crown, in what was at the time deemed to be a major improvement.

Cubs Dismiss Pat Listach


The 3b coach was dismissed following today's season finale. Seems like his stock has plummeted over the past few years. Once seen as an up and coming manager, he's now looking for a new job. On a separate note, the Phillies announced today that Sam Perlozzo, their 1B coach would not be retained, leading to speculation that Ryne Sandberg would be joining their major league staff.

Peoria Chiefs Financial Struggles


According to financial audits, the Cubs A team has lost upwards of $2M over the last four seasons. There is some question about the team's long term sustainability. There is a version of the story on ESPN.com

Cubs Announce Minor League Staffs


AAA Iowa Dave Bialas; Manager, Mike Mason; Pitching Coach; Dave Keller; Hitting Coach AA Tennessee Buddy Bailey; Manager, Jeff Fassero; Pitching Coach, Mariano Duncan; Hitting Coach A Daytona Brian Harper; Manager, Marty Mason; Pitching Coach, Desi Wilson, Hitting Coach A Peoria Casey Kopitzke; Manager, Tom Pratt; Pitching Coach, Barbaro Garbey; Hitting Coach A Boise Mark Johnson; Manager, David Rosario; Pitching Coach Mesa Bobby Mitchelll Manager, Frank Castillo; Pitching Coach, Jason Dubois; Hitting Coach Dominican squads detailed in the article. The Cubs also announced their coordinators, too. One rumor via Bruce Miles on Twitter has Bill Buckner possibly serving as the batting coach for Boise.

Another Coach Target: Dave McKay


Buried amidst a story focusing on Carlos Zambrano was this note: "Cubs manager Dale Sveum is looking to bring in longtime Tony La Russa crony Dave McKay as a coach" Nothing beyond that, but for those who feel that, thus far, the coaching staff assembled by Sveum lacks experience, McKay would counter that. McKay coached 1B for the past 26 years for Tony LaRussa, first in Oakland and then in St. Louis. McKay's Bio on the Cardinals Website

Possible Pitching Coach: Chris Bosio


This according to Paul Sullivan, by way of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bosio was named Brewers AAA pitching coach, however Sveum wants him as his pitching coach and the Cubs have asked the Brewers permission to speak to Bosio about the job. Also, if Craig Counsell decides to retire, Sveum is interested in having him join his staff.

Jaramillo Retained


According to the Sun Times, Sveum has made his first few coaching staff moves. Rudy Jaramillo will remain on as hitting coach. Bench coach Pat Listach and bullpen coach Lester Strode, both of whom are under contract are also expected to be asked back. I'd imagine that Strode will remain bullpen coach while Listach could be moved to 3B or 1B coach. Base coaches Bobby Dernier and Ivan DeJesus have been told that they won't be returning. It also appears as if no decision has been made on pitching coach Mark Riggins. He and Sveum spoke this weekend and are expected to speak again soon. In an interview that Sveum had on Friday with WSCR, Sveum said that he had a list of 5 or 6 possible pitching coach candidates, so the chances of Riggins not returning as pitching coach appear high.

Semi-OT: White Sox name Robin Ventura Manager


Just reported on 670 AM, the Score. Not Sandy Alomar Jr... Not Dave Martinez. The Sox have hired Robin Ventura to replace Ozzie Guillen. Ventura has been working as a special assistant to Buddy Bell, White Sox director of player development. Needless to say, this will create quite a bit of discussion as this was not a guy who was seemingly on the radar.

Semi-OT: Red Sox and Francona expected to part ways


As soon as tomorrow (Friday 9/30). according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The team isn't firing him, however they are not expecting to pick up the 2012 and 2013 options on his contract. Obviously this will be further fodder for the Cubs current situation, with the possible firing of Quade that may accompany the GM change. IMO, the bottom line is that the Cubs need to allow their new GM to hire a manager, whether its Francona or someone else. I also hope that Ricketts doesn't rush the GM hiring, something that I see as much more important than the field manager.

Brewers Extend Braun's Contract


According to a few tweets by Ken Rosenthal...Braun has received a five year extension between 2016-2020 for $105M. Its hard to imagine the Brewers allocating $20M to Braun if they also intend to give Fielder a big contract.

Radio Commentator Seach Down to Four?


According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, there are four candidates for the radio color job; Gary Matthews, Keith Moreland, Dave Otto and Doug Glanville. I caught a bit of Levine on the radio this morning mentioning the four, while also lobbying for the idea of having a 2nd PBP person and no color commentator. I like the idea, but again Levine touted Judd Sirott, who he feels is an excellent broadcaster. I'd love Bruce to find others who agree with him. The Trib mentioned the above list minus Matthews.

Cubs Broadcaster Search Update


A few stories here. The first from Chicagosports.com says that Grace and Sutcliffe are unlikely to join the WGN radio booth. Grace was described as "doubtful" and Sutcliffe "questionable". Bruce Levine's Blog on ESPN Chicago says that both Sutcliffe and Dan Plesac are out of the mix completely. Sutcliffe is rumored to be on the verge of signing a new contract with ESPN to broadcast 40 games and Plesac remains with MLB Network.

Alomar, Blyleven Elected to the HoF


No post on this yet... This year's inductees will be Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven. Barry Larkin fell short, recieving 62% of the vote. The much discussed Rafael Palmiero only recieved 11%.

Semi OT: Mets Hire Terry Collins


Not a surprise as Collins had been the rumored front runner for the last week or so. It will be interesting to see how the Mets fans respond to the first major decision of the Sandy Alderson era in NY. I can't imagine that very many of them will be terribly excited about this.

Pirates Fire John Russell


Perhaps by the end of the day the entire NL Central will be looking for new managers, save the Reds.

Cubs to Interview Wakamatsu


Someone needs to tell Hendry and Ricketts to get on the same page as it makes everyone look foolish when Ricketts says he wants a manager who gets Cubs history, only to have Hendry interview this guy. Maybe his season playing for the Sox qualifies.

Fake Press Release Circulated at Miller Park


Included in the game day press notes was a fake press release ripping Jim Hendry. The release touted a so called book written by Jim Hendry titled "How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in the League." It will be interesting to see what comes of this. Definitely humor in this but pretty unprofessional coming from another major league team.

Semi OT - Pat Burrell DFA'd


Of course, Burrell was one of the big names discussed in a potential deal for Milton Bradley before he was traded for Carlos Silva. Burrell was hitting .202/.292/.333 with two HRs and 13 RBIs for the Rays. The Rays did this to make room for Hank Blalock, who has been hitting very well at AAA and had some out clauses in his contract if the Rays didn't bring him up and other teams were interested.

Aaron Miles Lives!


Signed by the Cards to a minor league contract. Knowing TLR's love for Miles, there is a good chance that he'll be on the active roster by the time the Cards come to Wrigley in July.

Cubs Looking at Braden Looper


Tweeted by Ken Rosenthal... Looper threw for the Cubs today and is willing to be flexible if the Cubs are interested.

OT: Lake County Fielders' Ballpark May Miss Deadline


Scheduled to open June 11th, construction on the 4,000 seat ballpark has yet to begin. The city of Zion, where the ballpark is to be build, has not yet paid for the land. Some of that money is to come from the state, but the mayor of Zion says that they have yet to receive said money. For those of you not familiar with the northern suburbs of Chicago, Zion is far north, more or less on the Illinois-Wisconsin border.

Is Corey Patterson's Career Over?


Patterson opted to leave the Mariners when the M's decided to give their back-up OF position to Eric Byrnes. Patterson batted .216 on the spring with two HRs. I can't see anyone giving him a major league job after that spring, so it begs the question why not stick with the Mariners and play the season for their AAA team? Perhaps Patterson is going to need to head over seas if he wants to establish himself as a full time player and make some decent money.

Slightly OT - WGN Dropping Sports Central


This isn't intended to be a "pile on David Kaplan" post, but WGN has decided to replace him and Sports Central after a 28 year run. Starting April 12th the sports show is no longer and Kaplan will be reassigned to other station duties. Amongst those duties will be his role as host of an expanded Cubs post-game show. No word on what this means for BCB favorite Jim Memolo. I am mixed on Kaplan, but I will say that in the middle of the winter, it was nice to be able to turn on 720 from time to time and hear some Cubs talk.

MLB Fires 3 Umpire Supervisors


This as a result of the 2009 playoff blown calls.

Chip Caray stays with Braves


While he's been fired by TBS, he has been hired by Fox Sports South and Sports South and will call about 105 games for the Braves.

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