About this Maddon guy
Joe Maddon opted out of his contract and a few hours later there were acquisitions of the Cubs tampering. At the time of this writing, Rick Renteria was still the manager of the Cubs but if you believe social media, the Cubs could be holding a press conference within a week to make the announcement. Then again, that’s what we heard about Joe Garardi last year.
Let’s hope the decision whether to hire or not hire Maddon was made long ago before he ever became available. Maddon has some history with Epstein as the “runner-up” when the Red Sox hired Terry Francona in 2004. Chicago is not Tampa. The Rays were not expected to win and were at a financial disadvantage with division foes Boston and New York.
So while he’s considered a great manager, losing three straight playoff series and finishing 19 games out of first like this season won’t cut it in Chicago. I would be surprised if they hired Maddon as the manager but it doesn’t prevent them from talking with him and finding out his intentions. Maddon’s agent, Alan Nero, was on WSCR-670 in Chicago on Saturday morning and said he had been contracted by 15 GMs in the past day. He said Maddon was willing to sit out the season since only one job, Minnesota, was open. And like any good agent he said the Cubs “would be on their radar.”
Arizona Fall League
Bijan Rademacher (.429) doubled home a run in the first and added a RBI triple in the sixth to help lead Mesa to a 14-0 win over Surprise. The right-fielder scored once and went 2-for-6 in the win. tripled, A member of the taxi squad (plays two times per week) Rademacher was the only Cub in the line-up on Saturday.
Venezuelan Winter League
Willson Contreras (.300) slugged his second homer of the season for Aragua but left the game in the bottom of the 6th inning with two outs. According to the Aragua twitter account, Contreras exited the game for “a ligament injury in his left leg”. The solo shot in the 6th gave Aragua a 4-3 lead over La Guaria. The 22-year-old also walked and scored in three plate appearances. LHP Alberto Diaz, La Guaria, made his VWL debut but walked the only hitter he faced in the 7th. La Guaria won the game 8-4
Caracas’ Yoanner Negrin didn’t make it out of the 3rd as four walks and four hits led to three Aguilas’ runs. He gave up a solo homer and didn’t record a strikeout in 2.2 innings. The loss dropped Negrin (0-3, 6.43 ERA) threw 41 pitches, only 18 for strikes.
Dominican Winter League
SS Marco Hernandez made his winter league debut on Saturday night getting the start for Licey. Spending 2014 at Daytona (.270/.315/.351 122 G), the 22-year-old went 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 8th in the 4-3 loss to Toros.
In a battle between Estrellas’ Junior Lake (.259) and Aguilas’ Manny Ramirez (.227), the veteran got the win (8-3) and went 1-for-4 with a RBI. Lake singled, walked and scored. In four at-bats. Former Cubs player Rafael Dolis, who pitched in AAA for the Giants, allowed a hit in a scoreless 7th.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Christian Villanueva made his debut at DH for Obregon on Saturday night. He walked, took third on a single and scored on a sacrifice fly in his first at-bat. He grounded out to third in the fourth, bounced out to second in the fifth, fanned in the sixth, and hit into a 6-4-2 double play in the 8th. Obregon defeated Los Mochis 9-1.