Posted on 08 January 2011 by Lou
The annual Cubs Convention is right around the corner – next weekend January 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue. Festivities starts at 5PM on Friday January 14th. The Cubs anticipate that over 50 current and former Cubs players, coaches and prospects will be present at the 3-day weekend event.
Some of the highlights include:
The Ricketts Family Forum will kick off the activities on Saturday, January 15th. The Ricketts will be there to talk about the current team and they will be available to talk about the club’s plans for the future.
General Manager Jim Hendry, Special Assistant Greg Maddux, Assistant GM Randy Bush and Manager Mike Quade will be available for comments and questions in a session called “Meet Cubs Baseball Management”.
Quade will return for another session called the “Q Factor”. Quade and his staff — Mark Riggins, Rudy Jaramillo, Lester Strode, Ivan DeJesus, Bob Dernier and Dave Keller — will discuss how they plan to tackle the 2011 MLB schedule.
And in the “Dominican Way of Life” session, Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro, Carlos Pena and Oneri Fleita (the Cubs player development director) will discuss their transition from life in the Dominican Republic to life in the United States. Fleita will also offer some insight into how the Cubs scout and develop international players for the major leagues.
All in all it should be another great Cubs convention weekend. Plus, with all proceeds from the convention benefiting Chicago Cubs Charities, what more can you ask for…
Posted on 24 November 2010 by Lou
Could Greg Maddux be the next Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach? With the departure of long-time pitching coach Larry Rothschild to the New York Yankees, the Cubs have indicated that they will promote someone from within the organization to be the team’s next pitching coach. Could that person be Greg Maddux?
While in theory it would be great to have a Ryne Sandberg Manager / Greg Maddux Pitching Coach Dynamic Duo, in reality, that is just not going to happen anytime soon. Maddux took the assistant to General Manager role because it gave him a lot of flexibility to be able to spend time with his family at this stage in his life. It is unlikely that Maddux will give that up right now to take on the difficult task of being a major league pitching coach on a daily basis.
Look for the Cubs to go with one of the following – Mark Riggins is the Cubs minor league roving coach who has a ton of experience and has pretty much worked with every single Cubs minor league pitcher for a long time. Riggins could be the front runner. The Cubs current bullpen coach Lester Strode is also a top candidate. The Cubs could also go with one of the current pitching coach’s at the minor league level – Mike Mason at Triple-A Iowa or Dennis Lewallyn at Double-A Tennessee. Look for the Cubs to make an announcement shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday next week.
Posted on 13 January 2010 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs officially introduced Ryne Sandberg as the new Manager of the Triple A Iowa Cubs on Monday. Sandberg has worked his way up through the Cubs minor league system (2 seasons at Class A Peoria and 1 season at Double-A Tennessee) and appears primed to take over the Cubs major league job in the near future. Sandberg seems very content with his role within the Cubs organization: “I think the best way to become a manager is to actually manage. I think this is the necessary route for what I want to do… It’s a step in the right direction for what I’m doing. This is something I have really taken to, I really enjoy. My goal is to do this at the Major League level, so this is obviously a real nice stepping stone.” While he currently has a losing record as a minor league manager (202-215 in 3 seasons), he did mange Tennessee to the Southern League playoffs in 2009 with a 71-69 record.
Sandberg also had the highest compliments for Andre Dawson who was recently voted into the Hall of Fame: “I just hope he gets to wear the Cubs hat when he goes in. I think that’s the only thing that’s left to be determined… The ’87 season that Andre had was phenomenal to watch. He’s a Hall of Famer from the get go. He’s a class guy on and off the field, and he’ll be a great addition to the group of Hall of Famers.”
Maybe we’ll see Ryno managing with newly-hired assistant Greg Maddux serving as his pitching coach or as the Cubs GM. Could we see the changing of the guard soon – GM Jim Hendry and Manager Lou Pinella leaving- with younger Cubs greats taking over the reins for the Ricketts Family? Should be fun to watch.
Congrats Ryno and good luck in the future…
Posted on 06 December 2008 by Lou
Future Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux is set to announce his retirement on Monday. Baseball will surely miss this gutsy competitor.
Let’s take a quick look at his stats:
4-time Cy Young Award Winner – the 1st time in 1992 with the Cubs when he went 20-11 with a 2.18 ERA. Then he left the Cubs to go to the Atlanta Braves where he stayed for 11 seasons. He won the Cy Young Award 3 times as a Brave (from 1993-1995), and won at least 18 games in 6 different seasons as a Brave.
355 Wins – 8th all-time and 1 more win than Roger Clemens
3.16 ERA with 109 complete games
3,371 strikeouts and 999 walks – the only other pitchers with 3,000 strikeouts and less than 1,000 walks are Fergie Jenkins (a Hall of Famer), Curt Schilling, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez. And Maddux is the only one out of the group to have 300 wins.
18 Gold Glove Awards – from 1990 through 2008 – the only season he did not win the award was 2003 when Mike Hampton won the award.
To top it all off, Maddux is a great person and a great clubhouse guy. He has always been great with young players who are willing to absorb any knowledge that Maddux has to offer. Major League Baseball will surely miss a player and person of Maddux’s pedigree. Here’s to toasting a Hall of Fame induction to Maddux in 5 short years.