Cubs Oct. 26 Recap

More Cubs prospects are seeing the field and Gioskar Amaya has been added to a roster in Venezuela. Frank Batista, a reliever in the Cubs system, made his second solid start in the DWL and Christian Villanueva had a pair of hits and two RBI. And some more Maddon thoughts.

More on this Maddon guy
Earl Weaver summed it up best when he proclaimed, “show me a good manager and I’ll show you a team with 25 good players.” That hasn’t changed.

I have some questions about the whole situation. If Joe Maddon is the best manager in baseball, why aren’t 28 other teams dumping their manager and getting the top guy? Why are the Cubs the ‘favorite’? If the Cubs would have gotten Joe Girardi would they be getting rid of him to get Maddon? Or would Girardi be ‘good’ enough?

What message are you sending to the rest of the organization? Sorry, we found someone we think is better than you. I realize its part of the business but its poor management when you say your manager and staff are coming back for 2015 and things change because of someone else’s divorce.

Like I wrote yesterday, this is a decision that should have been made some time ago.—”If he becomes available, do we go and get him at all cost?”

Let’s assume the Cubs do hire him as the new manager. The unrealistic expectations for 2015 will be off the charts for a guy who won’t strike anyone out or get a hit to win a game. Expectations were not part of the deal in Tampa. They weren’t expected to win. The Yankees and Red Sox were.

An “in-game” decision in Tampa was just part of the game. In Chicago, it will consume the first five minutes of the post-game highlight show and the next 24 hours of talk radio. Its not fun being a manger in Chicago, its hard to deal with all the negativity on a daily basis, especially when you’ve had it ‘your way’ for quite sometime.

And even if every decision Maddon made was the right one, the players still have to go out and get the job done. Sometimes the right move has the wrong consequences and makes the manager look foolish.

Maddon’s agent said Theo Epstein was “honest and a man of his word”. Earlier this month, he said Renteria was coming back. I’ll go out on a limb and say they won’t sign Maddon. Based on my previous predictions regrading drafts and other Cubs decisions, there should be a press conference by Halloween.

Arizona Fall League
No games on Sunday as the league takes the day off. Cubs 2B prospect Daniel Lockhart is en route to Arizona and should be in uniform on Monday when the Solar Sox (8-7) face first-place Salt River (12-3). C.J. Edwards (1-0, 2.57 ERA) will make his fourth start and its likely Zach Cates and Gerardo Concepcion could see action out of the bullpen. Edwards has 6 K in 7 IP, allowing two runs on five hits and five walks in three games.

Venezuelan Winter League
Gioskar Amaya is on the Aragua roster, the same team as Willson Contreras, but hasn’t played yet this year. Amaya was an all-star second baseman for Daytona in the Florida State League (.276/.379/.369.

Eduardo Figueroa made his second start for Lara and lasted three innings. The right-hander allowed two runs, both coming on a two-run homer. He fanned three and surrendered three hits and a walk.

Dominican Winter League
Sad news out of the Dominican on Sunday as St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, along with his girlfriend, were killed in a car accident in Puerto Plata. The 22-year-old was one of the top prospects in the game and hit a pinch-hit homer in the NLCS.

Frank Batista, Aguilas, made his second start after spending the entire 2014 season out of the bullpen. Facing Licey, the right-hander allowed a run in 4.2 innings on seven hatstand one walk. He fanned three in the 6-1 win and has a 0.93 ERA in 9.2 innings (2 starts). Licey’s Marco Hernandez (.400) double and scored the only run. He finished 1-for-3 and was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 8th.

Alberto Cabrera earned his first hold as the right-handed reliever faced two hitters, getting a groundout and walking the other in Toros’ 4-3 win over Escogido. It was his second appearance (1.2 IP).

Mexican Pacific Winter League
DH Christian Villanueva (.250) went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Obregon’s 12-1 win over Los Mochis. He also scored a run in his second game.

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