Just about everybody offered their input on the resignation of Bill Mueller as hitting coach, and with most of the stories revolving around his resignation and not much more than that, I figured I'd spare you the links of what has been covered pretty extensively already. But there were some other things that were talked about over the past couple of days, so here's the Thursday scoop:
From Comcast SportsNet:
- David Kaplan says that Manny Ramirez has a future with the Cubs, but not as their hitting coach.
- Patrick Mooney wonders where the Cubs go from here after the resignation of Bill Mueller.
- Whoever takes over will have to get through to Javier Baez.
From Cubs Den:
- Despite taking different approaches, John Arguello thinks the Cubs may see results similar to the Kansas City Royals by 2016.
- Here are some notes and thoughts from the Arizona Fall League and the Instructional League.
- Mike Moody takes a look at the Cubs' needs among the position players this winter.
- The Cubs need to strike a balance with their lineup.
- The stars of tomorrow are ready to start shining as the 2014 Arizona Fall League begins.
- Jesse Rogers weighs in on the storylines off the field this offseason, namely the renovations and the television situation.
- And he agrees that Manny won't replace Mueller.
- As for the next hitting coach, Rogers says it's more important to avoid hiring the wrong guy than believing that there's someone out there who can transform the offense.
From CBS Chicago:
- Bruce Levine looks at who the Cubs should pursue if they don't land one of the big three pitchers this offseason. I can only imagine what BCB will be like if that happens.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- Chris Coghlan won't be left out in 2015.
- The role that Arismendy Alcantara will play with the Cubs next season will depend a lot on his ability to adjust. I think the buzzword of the offseason is quickly coming into focus.
- And the Cubs hope that their stockpile of candidates at catcher will lead to quality depth.
- Given the choice between a top hitting and top pitching prospect, which would you choose? And why is the Cubs farm system the envy of general managers?
From the Chicago Sun-Times (well, it involves Rick Telander at least):
- I hesitate to put this out there as a story, but Rick Telander replied to a story from John Arguello at Cubs Den last week (by making his own comment there), and John still thinks Rick's wrong despite his thoughtful (and long) response. It's on Cubs Den and the entire thing is extremely verbose (fancy words for "bordering on TL;DR"), but it does give some thoughts on their views about the past four years.
- Aside from that, still nothing new at the Sun-Times itself.
From the Daily Herald:
And still nothing new here either.
Today's food for thought:
- Did you know: Ancient Egyptians crafted long and skinny coffins for... snakes.
- Now, you see, this is truly food for thought: the preparation of mathematically precise pancakes.