Wait Till Next Year!

As September brings another disappointing season to a sorrowful end, we can take a look back and wonder what went wrong in 2010.  The Cubs struggled all year long and never really snapped out of it.  It was a season of frustration. 
thumbnailCA15OFX9.jpg As the season began, it didn’t take long to realize that it was going to be a long year.  Indeed it was.  Cubs fans are supposed to be used to it. 

The only hope that Cubs fans can hang on to is that next year will bring another season and another opportunity to set the world right.  The 2010 baseball season is far from over but it is not too early to look ahead to next year. 
thumbnailCAWZTYEX.jpg What else do we have to look forward to?

The search for a new manager is under way.  Jim Hendry is compiling a short list of candidates that he would like to interview for the position.  This will be a critical stepping stone for Jim Hendry.  In building a solid foundation for a winning ballclub you have to have the right coaching staff in place.  The coaching staff, particularly the manager, sets the tone for the players.  The coaching staff is the light that leads the way.  Indeed, this is probably the most important piece of the puzzle.  Jim Hendry has many difficult decisions ahead of him.  As he considers the many possibilities, I would like to offer a suggestion that I believe most Cubs fans would endorse. 

Consider the possibility of hiring Joe Girardi as Manager.  Why?  Jim Hendry prefers a candidate to have experience at the major league level.  Not only does Joe Girardi have experience managing the Florida Marlins and the New York Yankees, he has had success.  In addition, Joe was a former Cub and he knows the heartache and pain that Cubs fans have endured.  He knows how bad we want to win a world series.  With the right coaching staff, Jim Hendry would have a solid foundation from which to build a solid team. 

There are two other pieces to this part of the puzzle.

What if, in addition to hiring Joe Girardi as Manager, Jim Hendry brought in Ryne Sandberg to be the Bench Coach?  Ryno could mentor the younger players that he developed in recent years and bestow his wisdom on the veteran guys as well.  He would be a great presence in the dugout.  Think about it!  It would also allow him to get his managerial feet wet at the major league level.

The final piece of the puzzle that would lead Cubs fans to baseball bliss would be if Jim Hendry brought Greg Maddux in as Pitching Coach.  Who knows how to pitch better than Greg Maddux? 

Attention!  All Cubs Fans! Jim Hendry, are you listening?  Think about it.  What if the Cubs had a coaching staff that consisted of Joe Girardi, Ryne Sandberg, and Greg Maddux?  How cool would that be?  Who would be more deserving of a World Series ring than former Cubs players that we all know and love, who are true blue Cubs, who know how badly we want a championship.  Yes, Jim Hendry, we want to win. 
thumbnailCA87FO6Q.jpg However, we want to win with True blue Cubs at the helm.  The answer that you’re searching for is right there in your own backyard.  The Cubs need the right chemistry of coaches.  The Cubs need coaches that we can support and rally behind.  These three guys would be perfect.  Alright, Cubs Fans!  Let me hear ya!!

Who’s with me? 



  1. Michael David

    The Cubs already have a great bench coach in Alan Trammel. He is a World Series MVP, and one of the best baseball guys around. He was thrown into a bad situation managing the Tigers, but I’m sure learned a whole lot from Lou. I’m not sure Ryne would give up managing in Triple A just to be a bench coach, anyway. My thoughts are that they’re grooming him to become the boss. Just my opinion, though.
    ‘Minoring In Baseball’

  2. diehardcubsfan4ever

    Thanks Michael for your insight. You raised some valid points and I must admit that you may be right, however, Jim Hendry has stated that he wants someone with major league experience so I threw Joe Girardi into the mix. As far as Ryne Sandberg goes, he has to obtain major league experience somehow and placing him in an active role could open the door for him. He has proven that he can manage and I would be okay with him winning the job outright but that is up to Jim Hendry and the Ricketts family. I just think a coaching staff of Joe Girardi, Ryne Sandberg, and Greg Maddux would be a killer combination.

  3. born2seethecubswin

    I would have to agree with this article on the basis of Joe Girardi, Ryne Sandberg, and Greg Maddux being TRUE cubs. I like Alan Trammel but he is a tiger not a cub. Ryno needs to be in the majors next season in some capacity for many reasons. The biggest being he more than likely wants to be in the majors by any means possible, even leaving the cubs. Ryno would be a perfect number two in the clubhouse under Girardi. It would give him his much needed major league experience under a proven manager.

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