CUBS SHAKEUP FRONT OFFICE
Just a few hours from now there will be a press conference in which the world will finally learn for certain that Dusty Baker is no longer the manager of the Chicago Cubs.
Baker even said so himself on Sunday. “I’m gone.”
But before then, with a line that sounded like it might have been taken from an episode of “Seinfeld”, Cubs CEO Andy MacPhail resigned by saying: “It’s time. The clock on the MacPhail-o-meter has run down to zero.”
I picture Costanza yelling “The George-o-meter is running down to zero!!”.
So what’s next? Lou Pinella? I still think Girardi is the best choice. It’s obvious he demands a high level of work ethic, even participating with his players in spring training runs. He’s young, he knows the city and he did a great job with Florida this year.
The real problem lies in a thread-bare farm system. The best position prospect is Felix Pie and he’s seemingly the 2nd coming of Corey Patterson. They’ve traded many of their pitching prospects and save Rich Hill, the ones remaining don’t look too good.
If Ramirez chooses to leave the Cubs will have quite a bit of money to throw around. As usual the offseason should be interesting. But the reality of it is the Cubs need a closer, another above-average starting pitcher and maybe a 3rd baseman.
There are some things to look forward to in 2007. The Cubs will likely go for the patch method and it could turn them into contenders again next year. But the long term health of the club is poor. That’s the real job that lies ahead. Again.