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The manager-go-round, and other bullets

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Thanks to Terry Forster for the title. Not so much happening in Cubtown today. All the action is elsewhere, as the Cubs are not in the playoffs. They are, as has been mentioned and ever shall be mentioned, word without end, currently manager-less, ramen. Do we go Old-School?

... or Next Gen?

Feel free to proclaim your allegiance. Mark Loretta, David Ross, Max Venable, Joe Girardi, these are the frontrunners. Others are out there. Mark Kotsay, Carlos Beltran, Joe Espada, Sam Fuld, Raul Ibanez, and more have been mentioned as managerial candidates, and there are a few current bench coaches who might move on given a chance at the top job. Miami writers have intimated that Tim Wallach, my personal dark horse, might have happy feet. I like to noodle along, preferably outside the box.

Theo Epstein will be hitting some of the managerial candidates metaphorical fungoes this week and in the weeks to come. We’ll try to keep abreast of developments. A’ight? I’m off to the Mexican buffet. Got to stay in shape. Their café con chocolatl is por muerte, even sugarless.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font.

“It sucks that we haven’t won another World Series,” Rizzo said. “It was the best thing. It’s the most addicting thing. But when you give it everything you have, that’s what makes it sting even more. It’s like it just wasn’t good enough.”

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading.