Chicago Cubs: Crane Kenney strikes again?

Here’s another weird article from Gordon Wittenmeyer. This time, it’s weird not because of what he said, but because of what he doesn’t say.



In speaking about the Joe Girardi incident, Wittenmeyer surmises that the business side of the Cubs thought there was a legit shot at luring Girardi away from the Yankees, even as the baseball ops side of the club didn’t believe it.

In fact, the Joe Girardi pursuit in the aftermath of manager Dale Sveum’s firing may have underscored an ongoing disconnect between the Cubs’ baseball and business sides of the operation.

In a conversation with two Chicago media outlets, including the Sun-Times, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he knew almost from the start that free agent Joe Girardi would stay in New York – even though he saw the Joe-to-Chicago rumors coming.

“It was expected,” Cashman said of the third time in seven years his guy was linked to a Cubs managerial change. “It was expected after Dale got fired. One that hit, I was like, ‘Oh, boy, here we go.’

“I went to Joe and said, `If this is something you want, let me know. And we’ll let you go.’ But he said he wanted to stay, so we were able to work it out.”

According to multiple sources, back-channel communication between Girardi’s camp and the upper levels of Cubs management led some high-ranking officials to believe that Girardi was interested in a return to his and his wife’s Chicago-area roots, even as he and the Yankees were spending time on details of his new contract in New York.

Well geez, Gordo. If you want to call out Crane Kenney, just do it. Like Phil Rogers did in this April, 2012 piece:

Crane Kenney plays penny ante poker with the ripe tourist business at Wrigley Field but in more than a decade hasn’t figured out a way to make the improvements that will unleash Wrigley’s potential.

The club’s president for business operations just allowed the highly respected Janet Marie Smith to leave the Orioles for the Dodgers when no organization needed her ballpark brilliance more than the Cubs (and, no, that she still consults for the Cubs is not enough).

Someday I might meet someone who can explain how he’s an asset to the organization, but if I do it will be a first. The guy at the top should be on his way out alongside Fleita, Wasserstrom and anybody else who is asked to turn in his copy of “The Cubs Way,” and don’t tell me that this job shuffle has nothing to do with Kenney because he’s not on the baseball side.

When big league coaches are supplementing their salaries hitting grounders to accountants and fraternity boys six hours before a game, what’s the difference, really? Isn’t it all business?

Bwahahahaha. Look. Everyone in Chicago media knows that Crane talks and who he talks to. You can argue that the Cubs didn’t really lose out on a guy who was never available in the first place, but it did make the front office look a little wonky and like they were being played by Girardi’s agent. Not to mention that 80% of the fan base is all disappointed in the hiring of Rick/h Renteria because they thought the Cubs had a shot at Girardi. I don’t know about you, but I would have felt a lot better about the whole thing if the Cubs had said they weren’t interested in Girardi.

I’m surprised it hasn’t happened yet, but someone in the organization (coughTomRickettscough) needs to shut Crane Kenney down. Put a muzzle on him. Tell him to stick to negotiating real estate contracts. Every time he opens his mouth, something goes wrong or it hurts the organization in some way. It’s beyond time for him to find another frat house to play around in, but if Ricketts won’t move him out, he has to shut him up.

6 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs: Crane Kenney strikes again?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      That is simply the most awesome thing I’ve seen in a long time. Wow. Love it. Thanks for sharing that.

  1. Doc Blume says:

    I am dumbfounded as to why Crane Kenney still has a job with the Cubs.

    1. FrankS says:

      I dunno, he must have a good personal relationship with Tom and his siblings. Maybe he’s the Eddie Haskel of MLB,

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I think that is all pretty obvious. There is an assumption that many people have that Crane helped the family, in a significant way, maneuver around the complicated aspects of the sale with the Tribune Company and the family believes the deal would not a happened without Crane’s help.

        But you look at his meddling with baseball operations and the continued botched attempts to finance and renovate Wrigley Field, you just have to scratch your head as to why this guy is still around.

        1. J says:

          Crane Kenney is just smart enough to realize that once you get past 100 years, additional years without a World Series don’t really hurt you. In fact, I’d argue that from a business side the Cubs would rather have the narrative of “huge numbers of years since last we won the World Series” than a trophy. Once the Cubs get a single trophy in the modern era, the fans will start to expect them much more regularly, and that costs money the Ricketts would rather just pocket.

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