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Reds drop Cubs, plan to keep GM Jocketty

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Reds drop Cubs, plan to keep GM Jocketty

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
Posted: 8:46 p.m. Updated: 10:31 p.m.

By Patrick Mooney
CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Follow @CSNMooney
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CINCINNATI All sorts of names will pop up on the radar screen as the Cubs search for their next general manager.

It sounds like Walt Jocketty a good friend of Jim Hendry and the architect of the 2006 Cardinals team that won a World Series title isnt going anywhere. The Reds executive, whos working on an expiring contract, wouldnt be an ideal fit anyway.

But less than 24 hours after a Sun-Times report mentioned that the Cubs have discussed the extreme long-shot possibility of maybe bringing in Jocketty to run baseball operations, Reds owner Bob Castellini told The Cincinnati Enquirer on Wednesday that he will keep his management team in place next season.

That means Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker should be back in 2012. Even though the Reds (73-76) have taken a step backward this season, the defending division champs still have pieces to build around, from Joey Votto to Jay Bruce to a surplus of young pitching that would make the Cubs (65-84) jealous.

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Twenty-five-year-old Johnny Cueto who began the day ranked second in the majors in ERA (2.36) left the game in the fourth inning with a strained right lat muscle. But by then, it was already essentially over.

Trying out for the 2012 rotation, Casey Coleman bombed on Wednesday night in his latest audition. Coleman gave up six runs in 3 23 innings as the Cubs lost 7-2 at Great American Ball Park.

Coleman who went 4-2 with a 3.33 ERA in eight starts late last season hasnt capitalized on the opportunity this year. Hes now 2-8 with a 7.06 ERA and will have to impress a new administration in spring training. He says hes not feeling the pressure.

I dont try to think about it, Coleman said. Im out there just trying to give this team the best chance to win. Last year I feel like I was worry-free. I would get myself into jams and pitch my way out of it. My mentality I feel like its the same I just havent had as much luck getting out of jams. The big innings killed me.

Its been a long year for everyone.

Patrick Mooney is CSNChicago.com's Cubs beat writer. Follow Patrick on Twitter @CSNMooney for up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.

What Chicago sports fans should be thankful for

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What Chicago sports fans should be thankful for

Families gather and people talk about things they are thankful for on Thanksgiving, but what are Chicago sports fans happy for now?

Raised expectations on the North Side

Got to be thankful that a “disappointing” season is winning the division and losing in the NLCS. The expectations have skyrocketed, and that’s thanks to a ridiculous nucleus of bats and a steady front office. Not many clubs can say that. Also, though, it’s important to be appreciative of the Wrigley bar stretch. They may charge $8 for a Miller Lite, but it’s always a damn good party.

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Rebuild sparking hope in White Sox fans

Where to begin? Obviously, be thankful for the plethora of young talent that will soon take over the South Side. Be thankful for Avi Time (while you still can). Be thankful that taking your friends or family to a game won’t cause you to take out a second mortgage. Be thankful for the 2020 World Series and, of course, 2020 MVP Eloy Jimenez. But most importantly, be thankful that Rick Hahn’s phone stays buzzing.

Eddie O back in the booth for the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks are having a rough start to the season, but at least Eddie Olczyk is back in the booth. The longtime Blackhawks broadcaster returned to the booth on Oct. 18 after missing time while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer.

With some of the key names from the Blackhawks’ title runs either leaving or being unable to play this season (in the case of Marian Hossa), Blackhawks fans are probably thankful to see a familiar face and hear a familiar voice during games.

Lauri Markkanen leading the Bulls rebuild

OK, there’s not much to be thankful for about the current Bulls team. At 3-13, the Bulls are tied for the fewest wins in the NBA (maybe in the long-term that’s something to be thankful for as well). However, Zach LaVine’s pending debut after his eventual return from injury should help create some excitement.

The thing Bulls fans really should be thankful for this year is the play of rookie Lauri Markkanen. The 20-year-old leads the team in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounds (8.3 per game) while shooting at a high percentage (34.2 percent on threes and 50.6 percent on twos). It’s only the beginning of the Bulls’ rebuild, but Markkanen is a good start.

Mitchapalooza

If a few things broke the Bears’ way, Chicagoans could have been grateful that the team was finally out of the cellar. Instead, we’ll settle for the fact that there seems to be some building blocks already in place. Mitchell Trubisky, Tarik Cohen, Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks seem to fit that category. Also, some may be thankful that this is likely John Fox’s last season at the helm.

Fire ending a playoff drought

After finishing dead last in MLS in 2015 and 2016, the Fire were one of the most improved teams in the league in 2017. After posting the third best record in the league, the Fire made a first playoff appearance since 2012.

The playoff run didn’t last long with the Fire losing a play-in game at home, but the arrival of Bastian Schweinsteiger and the league’s leading goal-scorer, Nemanja Nikolic, helped fill the stadium with six sellouts and gave Fire fans something to cheer for.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Where do Cubs go from here with Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Where do Cubs go from here with Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis?

In the latest CubsTalk Podcast, Kelly Crull and David Kaplan look ahead to Thanksgiving and discuss the official coaching hires for the Cubs.

They also talk about where the Cubs go from here with Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis, whether Alex Cobb could factor into the rotation plans and Kap goes off on the 11:30 a.m. Opening Day start time.

Check out the entire podcast here: