In this Sports Thought Thursday Blog, we are going to get into the new hiring and firing of their managers. After another year of losing and celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field, it was time for some more changes on the field and managing team. There was some good things that happen under Rick Renteria. Let’s get into the 2014 year.
The Chicago Cubs record was 73 – 89 record. Winning percent was .451. They had a winning record at home. They started out the season really slow and former pitcher Jeff Samardzija struggled to get his first one in the first month of the season. He gave the Cubs some good to excite games. They were below .500 for the first half of the season but as soon as the trade deadline came around and they traded off some key pieces. They kind of turn their season around. You saw the growth of Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro and a come back year and career of Jake Arrieta. They saw part of their second half season with long winning streaks. They saw some of their top prospects come up to the majors and help them win. The sad thing is Rick earn to come back and he helped the growth of the kids. This is what the front office wanted.
This is a business decision and there is no way to be loyal to someone when the goal is to win the World Series. When a top five manager in the game comes available, you hire him. This goes for any business or any sport. They are not saying this is going to happen or not. This does not guarantee a World Series but this sends a huge message to their fans and rest of the teams in baseball. They were entering free agency looking to sign a top pitcher for their rotation. More kids are coming to the majors in a few years. Joe Madden experience young but talented team a few years ago with Tampa Rays. He won AL East when the Red Soxs and Yankees were still really good teams along with Orioles team up and coming. He also took a team to the World Series for the first time in team history. He was manager of the year. Joe Madden left the Rays because of his former GM, who was Andrew Friendman, now works for the LA Dodgers.
Closing, I agree with everyone and the front office of the Chicago Cubs. Yes, it sucks and unfair. He does deserve better. However, when a coach of his standards and elite comes available, you go and hire him. This improves the Chicago Cubs. This makes it easier for free agents to come to Chicago to play for Cubs. They have not won the World Series in over 100 years. The attitude of the team has changed since Theo and company came to aboard. Joe completes the message from the front office to the dugout. The players of the Chicago Cubs are going to have so much fun on the field that is something Joe brings to the field. This is something that has not been there on the Northside in a long time. I feel better being a Chicago Cubs fan. The front office is not saying it but I believe this is the coach that will bring my Chicago Cubs a World Series. I cannot wait for next season and beyond. Go get yours Cubs and Go Cubbies! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser