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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby The Logan » Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:54 am

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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Baez » Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:49 am

There seems to be some support in here for Kapler, but to me that would be a very disappointing hire.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Regular Show » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:47 am

Baez wrote:There seems to be some support in here for Kapler, but to me that would be a very disappointing hire.


Not sure what you mean by that statement? You think there is support for Kapler here on this forum? I doubt that...

I think he got an interview, in part, because he was a member of the Dodgers' FO before being hired by the Phillies. The Cubs desperately want to know the inner-workings and player development secrets of the Dodgers, Astros and Yankees. Partially why we're interested in Joe Espada too.

Kapler is smart, but he's also stubborn and not great at building a strong team culture. I don't care for Kapler and think he's more suited for an instructor/coach role.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Cubswin11 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:02 pm




After an interview Monday with Espada that sources say impressed Cubs executives, insiders suggest it’s a two-man race for the Cubs job, with in-house candidate Ross holding the edge.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby CubinNY » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:02 pm

I haven't paid enough attention and I suppose I don't really care all that much, but Ross seems to me like not a very good choice. On the other hand, what do I know?
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby GaryWoods » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:25 pm

CubinNY wrote:I haven't paid enough attention and I suppose I don't really care all that much, but Ross seems to me like not a very good choice. On the other hand, what do I know?



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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby champaignchris » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:28 pm

I wonder if David Ross is the choice, why they haven’t announced it yet. Yesterday would have been the perfect day to do it with the playoff game postponed. It wouldn’t have overshadowed a game.

I suppose it could just be a contract negotiation thing. But the longer this drags out, the more it looks like Espada is the choice.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:32 pm

I don't give a horsefeathers about the manager nearly as much as I do the abundance of bad players
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Cubswin11 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:47 pm

champaignchris wrote:I wonder if David Ross is the choice, why they haven’t announced it yet. Yesterday would have been the perfect day to do it with the playoff game postponed. It wouldn’t have overshadowed a game.

I suppose it could just be a contract negotiation thing. But the longer this drags out, the more it looks like Espada is the choice.

It definitely seems like at the least Espada asked for a little time to think/wait for Houston to be done and/or they’re still trying to woo him. Seems like Ross is theirs if they want him so makes sense to wait out Espada’s decision, Ross can be hired tomorrow or in 3 weeks or whatever when the WS is done.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby d_money » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:18 am

Has Ross interviewed with any other team? If not - shouldn’t that be a concern?
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Bertz » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:38 am

d_money wrote:Has Ross interviewed with any other team? If not - shouldn’t that be a concern?


Not really. One, it's pretty clear he wants the Cubs job, so it may be that there's no point in interviewing him (at least until the Cubs job is filled by someone else). Two, 90% of a manager's job nowadays is the soft skills. It's entirely possible that given his relationship to our guys he would legit be valuable for us, but just another guy for any other team.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:49 pm

Eno Sarris compiled who he thinks are the best managerial candidates who haven't been managers yet: https://theathletic.com/1302054/

Eduardo Perez
Jayce Tingler
Sam Fuld
Mike Bell
David Hudgens

Will Venable

It’s possible that this is a little early to be touting Venable — who was playing as recently as 2016 — as a manager, but it’s also a good time to get out in front and put him on lists for the future. There might not have been a nicer player in the clubhouse when he put together over 3,000 plate appearances for the Padres, and that’s an important skill for a manager who has to interact with the media, the players, and his front office — and keep them all happy.

“He’s a pro’s pro,” said someone who’s known Venable for a long time. “He has the uncanny ability to connect with everyone he comes across.”

The son of an equally affable major-league player, Venable has been around baseball his whole life, and seems to possess natural leadership skills. Perhaps he needs to steep in some of the numbers and gain some experience putting together game plans, but in terms of communication, likability and leadership, Venable is someone to watch over the coming years.



Joe Espada

The current Astros bench coach has already wowed one team in an interview, if reports are to believed, and it’s easy to see how. Not only does he come from one of the gold-star teams in the business — one that has married analytics and player development like maybe no other — but he’s distinguished himself as a fastidious rock within that team’s day-to-day business.

“The first two words I would use to describe him would be diligent and organized,” said someone who has worked with him. “Always on the ball, always on top of things.”

The Puerto Rican-born Espada was also once an assistant to Brian Cashman in New York, so he’s seen inside at least two top-of-the-line organizations. He’s managed in winter ball and at the World Baseball Classic, and even some others who could be considered for managerial openings had to admit they thought he was a great person. He’s made many friends along the way, and knows how good organizations work.


David Ross

Dugouts everywhere are managed by former catchers, and it’s easy to see why. They are the center of the action on nearly every play, and see the game from the perspective of a manager on the field. And it’s not only X’s and O’s — which are determined by front offices more with every passing year anyway — it’s more than that. The catcher has to manage the personalities in his rotation and his bullpen, and be an effective communicator with them as they game plan.

“He’s just got an incredible ability to engage with people, hold them accountable, but be likable,” said one source. “He can just fit into any room and situation easily.”

Analytically, the game took off at the end of Ross’ career, and he’s been learning to keep up ever since. As a person and a leader, he’s already launched himself into the conversation.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Regular Show » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:23 pm

I think it's down to those 2 candidates now (David Ross and Joe Espada).

My odds are like 70:30 in favor of Ross. I like Espada a lot, but Ross is fine if that's the direction they go with.
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Postby Irrelevant Dude » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:42 pm

I suppose Ross could have already quietly had a second interview, or the Cubs know him well enough that it wasn't necessary. I'm thinking the job might be Espada's to lose though.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby CyHawk_Cub » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:15 pm

UMFan83 wrote:https://twitter.com/feinsand/status/1185941636934705154?s=21

Joe Esperanto splitting time between being Cubs manager and Sec of Defense...not sure how that would work.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Cubswin11 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:17 pm

Irrelevant Dude wrote:I suppose Ross could have already quietly had a second interview, or the Cubs know him well enough that it wasn't necessary. I'm thinking the job might be Espada's to lose though.

Yeah I’m guessing they either did a second interview/have had follow up stuff with Ross or spent more time with him in the first interview. Also wonder if Espada maybe only had a few hours in his initial interview because of the CS/travel so maybe a two part interview was already planned.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Deeg » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:22 pm

UMFan83 wrote:https://twitter.com/feinsand/status/1185941636934705154?s=21


Things that makes you go "Hmmm..." for $500, Alex.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Bertz » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:19 pm

Cubswin11 wrote:
Irrelevant Dude wrote:I suppose Ross could have already quietly had a second interview, or the Cubs know him well enough that it wasn't necessary. I'm thinking the job might be Espada's to lose though.

Yeah I’m guessing they either did a second interview/have had follow up stuff with Ross or spent more time with him in the first interview. Also wonder if Espada maybe only had a few hours in his initial interview because of the CS/travel so maybe a two part interview was already planned.


Yeah I think it's probably something like this. Second interviews are generally to get the candidate a chance to talk with people they didn't speak with the first time. Ross might still go through one, but it also might be that, for example, Espada is going to do some meet and greet with Tom Ricketts whereas Tom already knows Ross well enough.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby biittner77 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:22 pm

I'd like to believe that interviewing Girardi and Ross were for the portion of the fan base (and maybe the owner) that would think that those guys were good hires but that they want someone who is a better match as far as baseball philosophy. That being said, I'm ok with them hiring Ross since that will force them to make the roster more foolproof so that even someone like Ross could win 96 games.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby HawkeTrackler » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:25 pm

Deeg wrote:
UMFan83 wrote:https://twitter.com/feinsand/status/1185941636934705154?s=21


Things that makes you go "Hmmm..." for $500, Alex.


There are no $500 clues in Jeopardy
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Banedon » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:11 pm

HawkeTrackler wrote:
Deeg wrote:
UMFan83 wrote:https://twitter.com/feinsand/status/1185941636934705154?s=21


Things that makes you go "Hmmm..." for $500, Alex.


There are no $500 clues in Jeopardy


Umm...yes there are?

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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby mul21 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:36 pm

Banedon wrote:
HawkeTrackler wrote:
Deeg wrote:
Things that makes you go "Hmmm..." for $500, Alex.


There are no $500 clues in Jeopardy


Umm...yes there are?

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Nope. Not since like 2010 or something when they doubled everything. It's $200-$1,000 in round 1 and $400-$2,000 in round 2 now.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby Andy » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:49 pm

mul21 wrote:
Banedon wrote:
HawkeTrackler wrote:
There are no $500 clues in Jeopardy


Umm...yes there are?

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Nope. Not since like 2010 or something when they doubled everything. It's $200-$1,000 in round 1 and $400-$2,000 in round 2 now.

It was around the time of the Ken Jennings run when they made that double. Probably due to do it again soon.
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Re: Cubs Manager Search

Postby SouthSideRyan » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:08 pm

Jeopardy amounts changed in ‘01. The big change for Jennings was they removed the 5 day max.

Winnings have exploded of late, they have no need to double.
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