Cleveland Steamers wrote:I agree. Baker should be fired. If he isnt fired, the Cubs will very well lose my fanship until a new manager and upper administration is found. They (McPhail, Hendry, Baker) have run the Cubs into the ground. I personally liked the Pierre move which hasnt worked out thus far. I thought signing Jones was absolutely ridiculous and turning down Tejada for Prior wasnt that smart either. The sooner Baker is fired, the happier I will be since they may have a chance at reducing the lopsided losses enough to lure me back into watching such a pitiful team.
I have to respectfully disagree with firing Baker.
I really think the guys respect him and play hard for him. The problem is a little higher up (McPhail, Hendry). They failed to prepare (again) for Wood and Prior's injuries. They've sold out most of the good talent in their farm system, and the rest simply didn't pan out. In their defense, the Tejada for Prior trade was never accepted by either side. It was pure spec.
If the axe falls, which it will, it should land on the neck of Larry Rothschild. He's killed the two best pitching prospects the Cubs have had in the last 20 years by not teaching them how to pitch. Maybe there are problems in the minor league system, too (evidence: Angel Guzman). Either way, Roths' gotta go.
At least Wood's contract is up after this year. I think Prior's competitive nature and desire to get paid will have him coming back healthy as a solid number two to Zamby this year and next. Now that Jones is playing well, we might be able to dump him on the Yanks and get Pie up.
If it were up to me... Hendry and Rothschild get the axe.