The search for the next manager of the Chicago Cubs is stalled while waiting for Torey Lovullo to interview. Even if it weren’t, MLB doesn’t like for teams to make announcements during the World Series, so we shouldn’t expect any news until for awhile. You know what that means? A lot of the same crap we’ve been seeing for the past few weeks. Sorry in advance. We’ll start out today with a couple quotes from an anonymous former AL general manager who talked to Dave Kaplan about the candidates for manager. First up, A.J. Hinch:
“No way can they hire him. He did a very poor job in Arizona and he would be a terrible fit in a pressure cooker like Chicago. Theo has to get this hire right and risking it on Hinch would be a huge mistake. He is a good guy and he has good baseball intelligence but managing the Cubs? No way would I do that.”
Is this actually Doc masquerading as a baseball insider, feeding Kaplan information? I hope it is. The rest of the candidates get standard responses, but this guy wants someone for the Cubs who hasn’t been interviewed: Brad Ausmus.
“They better hurry if they want to land him because Detroit and Washington both love him. I think he has the most upside of all of the candidates on their list because while he hasn’t done it, he looks to me to have star written all over him. Intense, educated and a great understanding of the game. His passion should excite the Cubs fan base once they get some of the kids from the system to the big leagues. He needs time to develop as a manager but that’s exactly what the Cubs can give him. They aren’t winning next year so why not take a shot on hitting a home run.”
Hit a home run for the vacation of your life.
In Arizona Fall League news, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant continue to hit the ball well, but Jorge Soler had to leave town to deal with some residency issues. Soler is the one most in need of at bats in Arizona, having missed so much time this season due to a stress fracture. A couple scouts in Arizona are starting to question his abilities.
“He’s kind of raw for me,” one scout said. “His bat speed isn’t there.”
“He’s not the player I saw in spring training,” one scout said. “I know he was hurt, but he just looks different.”
But we shouldn’t be worrying our pretty little heads.
“He’s getting into baseball shape,” Cubs Triple-A hitting coach Brian Harper said. “He wasn’t running as he normally does. He was a little tentative. Now he’s starting to run better and feels better.”
“I’ve spent time with him the last couple of weeks,” Harper said. “He’s a good kid who works hard and loves the game. At times when he doesn’t do well, he feels a little embarrassed, and his body language might portray some of the things they are saying. That’s not him at all.”
Considering how much baseball he’s missed over the last few years, I won’t lose sleep over how he’s looked in several games in the Arizona Fall League.