8:21 AM CDT, June 21, 2013
Taking a quick break from the Stanley Cup Final to vent about the Cubs and White Sox:
The Sox are a joke, but rookie General Manager Rick Hahn is doing nothing to stop the losing.
In fact, he’s doing nothing, period.
I think he got the idea from Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.
Those Cubs guys are pros at killing a season. They kill it before it starts. Heck, they kill seasons two and three at a time.
That’s the plan. It’s rigged. The Cubs are trying to lose, and they are excellent at it. Just look at their play.
No. Don’t. Sorry.
Just know that the baseball plan is working because the Cubs can’t play baseball. Good going, guys.
Epstein and Hoyer would rather have the highest possible draft pick. That’s what they live for. That’s their World Series.
That also apparently is why Dale Sveum foolishly uses Carlos Marmol to close games while admitting he knows that Marmol can’t close. But Sveum used him anyway. Nuts.
Any other arm would’ve been a better choice, including TV broadcaster Jim Deshaies. Sveum already knew that Marmol can’t pitch the ninth inning and couldn’t if he was the only one in Wrigley Field, so anybody else stood a better chance.
But no. Sveum went with a dead-bang loser.
A franchise with some pride might’ve fired the manager for that kind of moronic move. But not the Cubs. Because it fits their plan. Because it IS their plan.
Let that be a lesson to you youngsters out there: You can’t just hope to lose games through stupidity, you have to plan it.
But what’s Hahn’s excuse?
The Sox didn’t come into the season trying to throw it. Actually, they can’t throw it, field it or hit it.
Trade someone already.
Hahn said something like there’s still time to turn it around. Seriously, dude? Does this season go until 2018 or something?
Memo to Hahn: The "Wake and Bake Club'' meets at 8 a.m. Saturday on WSCR-AM 670.
The rookie GM looks like a Keppinger in headlights right now. Hahn said recently that they held meetings with some players to make it clear this kind of stink wasn’t acceptable.
Um, nothing has changed. Including Hahn’s clubhouse. Hahn looks like a lot of useless talk right now.
Release somebody. Trade somebody and eat some salary. Do something that shows you’re alive, awake, adept.
Or just do something that gets the Sox to next year. Hoping that things turn around is not a plan. It’s dithering.
If Hahn has a vision of the way the Sox will look if they ever become competitive again, then he ought to start that rebuilding. Shedding any and all of Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Gordon Beckham, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro de Aza would be a start.
In fact, I’d happily dump anybody except Chris Sale and Addison Reed, and I could dump Reed for a decent starter because closers last about 20 minutes before needing replacement.
The Sox unintentionally stink and are unintentionally competing with the Cubs for next year’s top pick in the amateur draft. Chicago baseball: It doesn’t matter how you get to the bottom of the baseball sewer just as long as you get there.
OK, now back to the Stanley Cup Final and two teams and organ-I-zations that get it right.
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