Obviously the big story from Monday was the Joe Maddon introductory press conference at the Cubby Bear, and most of the stories in today's edition will cover it. In case you missed it, here's a rundown from around the web:
From Comcast SportsNet:
- Patrick Mooney channels the Talking Heads, saying that as the Cubs enter the Maddon Era the same-as-it-ever-was feeling around the Cubs is gone. Maybe this means that Joe Maddon will be living in a shotgun shack...
- And what's the best way to interview your new manager for the job? At an RV park, of course.
- Chris Archer chimes in on his former manager and says that the Cubs are definitely fortunate to get a manager like Maddon.
- What does the betting world think of Maddon as the new manager? After the press conference, the odds of the Cubs winning the World Series dropped from 50:1 to 20:1.
- Carrie Muskat writes that the second time's the charm for Theo Epstein after having interviewed Maddon in 2003 for the Red Sox manager job.
- And one of the first people that Maddon intends to reach out to is Rick Renteria.
- Now this is an attitude I can relate to: You have to have a little bit of crazy to be successful.
- This one's even better: Maddon's going to talk playoffs and the World Series in 2015, and he's going to believe it.
- Mike Bauman adds to the positive vibe, saying that the Cubs are getting a manager that has mastered both the analytical and humanistic sides of managing. It also includes a bit about the time last season when Maddon used his '80s Tommy Tutone lineup, setting a portion of the order to "867-5309." Jenny, Jenny, who can I turn to...
- Phil Rogers talks about what Maddon describes as an "extraordinary moment": managing the Cubs with all of the pieces starting to come together.
- Quashing the subject of tampering, Maddon's agent Alan Nero said on Sunday that in no way did the Cubs tamper, having heard from 10 different teams before the Cubs called. No Addison Russell for you, Tampa Bay!
- Anthony Castrovince takes a look at the NL Central in 2015, saying that while the Cubs might not contend for the Central next year, they are a sleeping giant ready to rise.
- Jon Greenberg gives his take on the Maddon introduction, saying that Maddon promises cheers aplenty for Cubs fans.
- [VIDEO] Jesse Rogers discusses why Maddon is the right person to manage the Cubs.
From CBS Chicago:
- CBS Chicago looks at a handful of random nuggets from the Maddon press conference.
- They also look at five reasons why Maddon is awesome as a person.
- Did you miss Maddon's offer to buy a round for everyone at the Cubby Bear? Here's the video.
- Bruce Levine reiterates that with Maddon now on board, an extension for Epstein could be next.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- Paul Sullivan knows about Maddon's craziness. Now the question is whether or not he can get the Cubs to win.
- David Haugh says that Maddon's energy and optimism make him the right manager at the right time.
- RedEye takes a humorous look at seven ways that Maddon can help the Cubs.
- [VIDEO] Another short clip from the press conference, this time about the meeting at the Cousin Eddie Winnebago in Pensacola.
- Mark Gonzales gives his take on the conference, including the nugget that Epstein feels that RVs are very comfortable.
- He also writes that after the Maddon introduction on Monday, the challenges and expectations for the Cubs start immediately.
- Here's a history of all of the Cubs' managers and each manager's total wins and losses. Interesting that the graphic has losses first.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Gordon Wittenmyer says that not only are expectations on the rise, but also the what-to-expect factor with regard to Maddon's creative tactics.
- He also looks at Maddon's craziness, calling him the hippest 60-year-old man in baseball.
- But every party has a pooper, and this time it's Rick Morrissey.
- Gordo also takes a look at the free-agent market, citing names that have been discussed at length already but also including Yankees closer David Robertson. Or as the story reads, David Robinson.
From the Daily Herald:
- Jumping a bit on the "previous big-name managers" bandwagon, Bruce Miles talks about how the Cubs have been down this road before, with mixed results. At least he added the caveat that times and circumstances are different now, so he didn't go full Mike North. Because you never want to go full Mike North.
- He also compared the press conference to a new-age revival meeting.
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello says that Maddon is an uncommon man, and that's exactly what the Cubs and the city of Chicago needs.
- Anarchists' Brunch plays the role of Evan Altman, rebutting the "previous big-name managers" talk and adding that it's not that the Cubs hired Maddon, but that one of the best managers in baseball wanted to come to the Cubs.
- Mike Moody compares two names that come up regularly in conversation for outfield additions: Giancarlo Stanton and Alex Gordon.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- CCO continues its position analysis with a look at right field.
- In his one inning of work, C.J. Edwards had an impressive outing at the AFL Fall Stars Game.
- In all of the hoopla, this probably went completely unnoticed: the Cubs activated Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney from the 60-day disabled list, bringing the 40-man roster to 37 players.
From Chicago Cubs 101:
- In his weekly Bold Predictions segment, Tim Duxbury predicts that Kris Bryant will hit at least 25 homers in his rookie season.
From Cubs Insider:
- Evan Altman answers the question: What if the Cubs did tamper with Joe Maddon?
Today's food for thought:
- Have you ever wondered why you can see your fingerprints when you look down into a glass of water?
- Historian Ian Mortimer gives his view of the 10 greatest changes of the past millennium.
- Okay, I fully admit to a bit of personal bias for including this one because my daughter plays in her high-school marching band. If you've never seen the Ohio State University Marching Band in action, it's a pretty cool sight. And in this halftime performance, they perform a space-themed number including formations of real and fictional spaceships.