UPDATE: False alarm, apparently.
Pat Gillick will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend alongside Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, but now there’s some speculation that the Cubs are interested in hiring the 73-year-old former Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners, and Phillies general manager.
Details are scarce in terms of which role the Cubs are interested in Gillick filling, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that team chairman Tom Ricketts has spoken to the Hall of Famer within the past week. Gillick was last a GM with the Phillies in 2008, holding the position for four seasons before Ruben Amaro Jr. took over.
Ricketts hasn’t commented on the report yet, but did give current general manager Jim Hendry a vote of confidence last month. Chicago has the second-worst record in baseball at 39-59 and Hendry as been GM since 2002, during which time the Cubs have made just three trips to the playoffs.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.