Not having any baseball between Thursday and Sunday was about eight different kinds of stupid. We need to bring back the old school Pacific Coast League that used to play 190-game schedules and only knock off for a couple of weeks on either side of Christmas. Put the Oakland Oaks, Hollywood Stars and Portland Beavers back on the field, give them a national TV contract and let us enjoy ourselves, OK?
Oh well. Probably not happening because The Man doesn’t want us to have nice things. In the meantime, all we can really do is relive the highlights of the playoffs:
Or, wait — we can watch Tom Seaver toss a no-hitter against the Cardinals in 1978. Yes, that’s what we should do:
David Robertson is gonna make a lot of money one way or the other next year. Here’s one possible way:
Another way: rejecting it and hitting the free agent market.
That has been a dicey path for some free agents recently, with guys like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew and Nelson Cruz taking lower-than-expected contracts and/or not even making spring training due to teams not wishing to burn a first round pick in addition to the money on the free agent.
It’s hard to say where Robertson falls on that scale. On the one hand, lots of teams experienced bullpen failures last year which harmed their chances. On the other, most teams aren’t of a mindset to go so rich on a closer that it impedes them in other areas.
Whoever winds up with Robertson will have a good pitcher, though. He saved 39 games in 44 chances while posting a 3.08 ERA and a 96/23 K/BB ratio while taking over the Yankees’ closer job from Mariano Rivera.
In the wake of the Rick Renteria firing, the Cubs are going to announce the hiring of Joe Maddon on Monday, Jon Heyman reports.
All of this is as orchestrated as a May Day parade, of course, but the Cubs are at least trying to get it all in the right order. And while none of it makes the sad lot of Renteria any better, at least give the Cubs some credit for honesty for admitting that they’re ditching Renteria for Maddon. For what it’s worth, Renteria is under contract with the Cubs for the next two seasons, so he will be paid while he considers other options.
Overall, not the finest hour for the Cubs, but one that they’re willing to endure to get the guy they want for the job. It’s not unlike the way in which the Tigers hired Sparky Anderson back in the day, casting aside Les Moss in May 1979. That eventually brought the rebuilding Tigers a World Series title. The Cubs are obviously seeking the same results.
The one outstanding question is whether or not the Cubs’ interest truly came after Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays, as their press release says. Some may suspect — and MLB may ask, I presume — whether or not some communication induced Maddon to exercise his opt-out as opposed to doing so merely because Andrew Friedman’s departure allowed him to.
I don’t suspect much will come of that. No one, in all likelihood, has an interest in pressing the issue.
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