1:04 PM CDT, August 19, 2011
It's not so much what Tom Ricketts said, but what he didn't.
He said he got rid of general manager Jim Hendry (almost a month ago, actually, but more on that later). Great. Excellent. Good move.
But then the Cubs' Fanboy Owner said he will pursue another GM. Outside the organization, he said. From a winning organization, he expects.
But still, just a GM, not a baseball man as team president. Not a baseball legend as uber-decider. Pffft.
That would be the way to go, of course. But that, of course, is not the way the Fanboy Owner is going.
The Fanboy Owner defended Clown Kenney as team president in charge of business. Just business. Just a crock, is what that is. Kenney has made sure people know he's had a say in major baseball decisions, and if you're looking for the first thing that will run off good candidates, it's the stupidity of Kenney's position and importance.
See Larry Lucchino and Pat Gillick for details of making about 25 percent of baseball franchises winners. They weren't corporate mouthpieces who brought priests into the dugout to spread holy water to break curses.
No, they brought winning organizational philosophies to many franchises.
I'll give this to the Fanboy Owner: That's sort of what he listed as his priorities going forward, even going forward with his wrong organzational model. Ricketts wants someone committed to developing players, someone armed but not brainwashed solely by statistical warfare, and someone with a winning background.
And someone already in that kind of job. Ricketts didn't sound like walking through the garden of potential where assistant GMs live. He wants to pull something off the top shelf. Presumably, that means he'll get get ahold of, I don't know, New York's' Brian Cashman and Boston's Theo Epstein. Big-market guys, big-money payrolls, big success rates.
But perhaps the most likely choice is Tampa Bay's Andrew Friedman, who is one of the decimal heads, but also has overseen the growth of an organization stocked with young and mostly home-grown talent because the Rays have no money, certainly not like the Cubs. Friedman might be camping out at Clark and Addison right now to sell Ricketts on his strengths of math and organizational development --- did you catch that World Series appearance? --- while drooling over Ricketts' strength of a bigger bank.
Whichever way he goes, I have little faith the Fanboy Owner will get it right. He hasn't gotten it right since Day 2, when he should've begun the beheading. And then, when he finally fires a guy, it still takes almost a month.
The Fanboy Owner essentially fired Hendry on July 22, but sat on him at the trade deadline while emphasizing signing draft picks. The idea was, physically removing Hendry would give draftees reasons to remain unsigned.
Two problems with that. First, the Fanboy Owner's Cubs apparently have a healthy streak of dishonesty and deception, just short of flat-out lying perhaps. The Fanboy Owner just admitted it. Remember that, fans (and taxpayers).
And second, the rich kid doesn't understand the No. 1 Rule in Life: Follow The Money. Look, the Cubs admittedly overpaid players even with the fired Hendry acting like he wasn't. I could argue that the Cubs' secret plan didn't really work any different than if they had been honest and gotten started on something more important, which was retooling the baseball side a month earlier.
But what's an extra month when you've already wasted almost two years?
Kind of makes me laugh that the Fanboy Owner says he wants a quick resolution to this process. As head of the Cubs, what has this guy ever done quickly?
Besides, urinals and bison dogs, I mean?
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