If the Cubs / Epstein / Hoyer have any real interest in Ryne Sandberg as Cub Field Manager they may have to move fast and decisively - The World Champions have asked for permission to speak to him about their managerial opening:
I personally am intrigued by the idea of Sandberg as Cub Manager, he seems to be a winner whether playing or leading. Of course he may be the next Bart Starr but most decisions have risks involved.
[Edit: As most of you probably know Sandberg will Not be the next Cubs Field Manager:
" ...The shocking news was that Sandberg would not be considered. In a statement, Epstein said the next Cubs manager "must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level." ... "
Another decision with risks would be the signing of Prince Fielder. This is one big-bucks decision I would like the Cubs to say yes on, however. It seems such a fine fit to me, primarily because he is the sort of fellow you build a batting order around and he is just entering the statistical prime of his career. Go for it ! Bat fielder 4th and build around that.
I think Castro may be ready to bat 3rd as well. To me he's a young N. Garciaparra. I do have to wonder if he's a true SS, however. Is he ? Who bats 1st and 2nd ?
And who backs up Fielder if he were signed (in the batting order, not at the bag - that should be LaHair and Soriano) ? Who bats 5th and 6th ? It would be great if LaHair were the "real deal" - but is he ? Where does he play on the field (RF - 1B) ? He's not in the game for his glove. He might be prime trade material.
Aramis Ramirez won't be the #5 hitter, that seems apparent. #6 will be Sluggo Soriano that does seem certain. Bummer ! Maybe Epstein / Hoyer can pull off a miracle and get him a DH job as far away from Wrigley as possible. Could happen.
The 3rd base market is extremely thin. Two guys that interest me for the Cubs infield are Kevin Youkilis ( http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...ouklke01.shtml
) (bat #2) and Jimmy Rollins ( http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...olliji01.shtml
) (bat #1). I's sure somebody out there has something nasty to say about those thoughts.
A Fielder (1B) - Castro (2B) - Rollins (SS) - Youkilis (3B) infield intrigues me. In fact:
5. RF - LaHair ?
6. Soriano - ( boo ! )
really excites me.
I'd re-sign Wood and the crazy back-up CF who's is not coming to me. (Reed Johnson)
Someone foolish suggested the Mark Buehrle might become a Cub. ( http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/1...n-buehrle.html
) A snowball stands a better chance of surviving in Hell than that happening !
Maybe if this post gets any response we can all insult each other about our ideas for Cubs pitching. I hear Zambrano may actually pitch another year for the Cubs. Whoda thunk it ?