In this episode, Sitrick, Myles, and I discuss
More college basketball than we intended
Wrigley Renovation ‘news’
The likely 25 man roster
Guesses at the opening day lineup
Kris Bryant and the CBA – a moral issue?
Our favorite Cubs of the Jim Hendry era
Innings pitched by the fifth starters
How everything could go horribly wrong
When Jim Hendry traded for Matt Garza in 2011, he did so thinking that the addition of a playoff-tested arm would be what finally got the Chicago Cubs past the NLDS, perhaps even to a World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, were simply doing what they did best. They were trading an ace pitcher at his maximum trade value, and building a constant flow of young talent for years...
Chicago Cubs News – This off-season the Chicago Cubs fired team Psychologist Marc Strickland who was a Jim Hendry era holdover. It was former GM Hendry who actually wanted to fire him and it was new Cubs ownership that wanted to keep him around. There were problems with the Cubs players understanding his role, valuing his role and understanding his odd behaviors.
Players Did Not...
Now that the Jim Hendry era is over, we can now assess that he overpaid for many players.
The Chicago Cubs had one of the highest payrolls in baseball, yet failed to win. Jim Hendry spent a lot of money on a few players in particular that didn’t play at the level of their monster contracts. It was after they signed their big contracts that they began to start declining.
There were times in the early days of the Ricketts family ownership where fans (myself included) might have thought that they didn’t know what they were doing. Maybe that is still true to an extent today. The Cubs had a small front office, possibly the smallest in the majors. They had a general manager who was a good scout but a poor evaluator of future talent, if that made...