Mike Quade is the Rod Marinelli of baseball, keeping continuous optimism despite long odds in the face of reality.
Marinelli’s Detroit Lions famously finished the 2008 season winless at 0-16. Quade’s crew is racing towards baseball’s equivalent of 100-losses.
Like Marinelli, Quade refuses to face the music, which is admirable to some degree, but the rest of us, including Cubs players, acknowledge this season is long gone…and has been for some time.
Quade’s denial of the real situation–the Cubs stink–is disheartening. And his unwillingness to address reality is reaffirming the notion Quade isn’t cut out for the job, which is tough to swallow for a guy who’s likeable, but seemingly in over his head.
So while Cubs fans discuss whether or not the team should hold a fire-sale, Quade talks about contending, the same way Marinelli stood at the post game podium and spoke of winning ways on Detroit’s horizon.
I’ve been torn on whether or not Quade will return as the Cubs skipper. And to a large degree, that has a lot to do with whether or not Jim Hendry returns as the GM.
However, Quade’s blind optimism has done little to inspire the Cubs play. They’ve followed up the season’s first three-game winning streak with two poorly played games in Milwaukee…the beat goes on.
Marinelli lasted three rounds before his dismissal in Detroit. Quade, however, won’t be as fortunate. His unwavering optimism appears to be the fatal blow to a one-&-done stint on the North Side.
How is it the Cubs pursue Jason Frasor for three years but the White Sox land him in a trade for Mark Teahen?
The hometown kid, Frasor, who grew up a Cubs fan mind you, is a very serviceable right-handed reliever. He’s posted a 2.98 ERA in 44 games…pitching in the AL East, nonetheless.
Teahen, meanwhile, has had trouble keeping up with his $4.75M contract hitting .203, 3 HR, 11 RBI in 51 games. And he’s due $5.5M in 2012!
At first blush, if Teahen was all it took to land Frasor it’s hard to believe the Cubs couldn’t make a better offer this season or in years past.
A real head-scratcher if you ask me.
Corey Patterson A Cardinal
The former Cubs outfielder was traded today from Toronto to St. Louis as part of an eight-player swap.
-Blue Jays get: CF Colby Rasmus, LHP Trever Miller, LHP Brian Tallet and RHP P.J. Walters
-Cardinals get: RHP Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, LHP Marc Rzepczynski and Corey Patterson
Patterson this season:
.252, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 13 SB, 89 games.
-First chance to boo Patterson at Wrigley Field: Friday August 19th.
Sucks to be Kevin Hart today.
The former Cub is officially playing for the armpit of Major League baseball.
‘Pride. Passion. Pittsburgh Pirates’ is the headline on the club’s official web site.
They should be sued for fraud and ordered to change the header to Price. Pathetic. Pittsburgh Cheapskates.
In two days the Buccos have further depleted its entire 25-man roster to just three remaining position players from Opening Day. I don’t care what anyone says, that’s bad for baseball.
Yesterday’s NHL trade deadline had me thinking about what the Cubs’ options might be come July 31.
But unless they’re major injures to overcome, I wouldn’t expect Chicago to be overly aggressive during July given the all-around talent of this club on Opening Day.
Yet, should Hendry find himself in need, he’ll once again be reevaluating which of his players are available and who carries the most trade value.
As of today I think Fukudome tops the list.
Ken Griffey Jr. owes the Cincinnati Reds nothing.
Since returning home in 2000, Griffey has respectfully served as the face of Reds baseball despite seven consecutive losing seasons and a plethora of home-town criticism.
As the game’s greatest player, Griffey bolted Seattle for lil’ ol’ Cincinnati, thumbing down millions of more dollars to play elsewhere for the chance to don the same jersey his father once wore.
And, despite one serious injury after another in Cincinnati, he always returned to the team’s lineup, earning his money the hard way, rehabbing for a perennial loser and serving as the team’s lightning rod for its terrible play.
Plus, considering the seriousness of his many leg injuries, no one would have questioned Griffey had he retired years ago.
Still, Junior humbly took the field time and time again for a frugal organization that never held up its end of the bargain to return championship baseball to Cincinnati.
Reds managers came and went, its pitching staff always subpar and the unveiling of Great American Ballpark was over shadowed by one of baseball’s largest fire sales ever in July, 2003.
And even as Junior neared the historic 600 career home run mark the organization did little to promote such a historic baseball event. Shameful.
Yet, all the while Junior stayed true to himself and to the team he wanted to end his Hall of Fame career with.
However, the relationship between the Reds organizations, its fans and Griffey has unfortunately grown beyond repair.
This became obvious to me when Junior, sitting on 599 career home runs, opted to play the final game of a four-game series in Miami with the Reds returning home a day later to begin a nine-game homestand.
Griffey later stated he’s increasingly felt more fan appreciation playing on the road than in Cincinnati; so be it if the home crowd wouldn’t witness history.
Thus, dealing Griffey to the White Sox is the right move for both parties: Jr. now has a legitimate chance to win a ring with Chicago this year or by signing with a contender next season, and the Reds finally bandage a decade long wound.
Unfortunately, though fittingly, Junior leaves Cincy without a proper farewell celebration.
The culmination of Junior’s work in Cincinnati should have been celebrated one last time in front of the home crowd.
And, as one of the game’s few home run hitters still believed to be untarnished in an era known for PEDs, it would have be nice for Reds fans – for or against Griffey’s departure – to show respect for a player who represented his family, team and city in an honorable fashion.
Of course, that possibility is over, and with it, so is the Junior era in Cincinnati.
- Notes: Junior has hits safely in all 11 games since the All Star break.
- He departs tied for the Reds leads in doubles this season (20).
- For his career, Junior has homered against 389 different pitchers including 12 this year.
- He is the 18th player in MLB history to reach 5,000 total bases.
- Griffey also ranks sixth in career home runs (608), and 16th in RBIs (1,752).