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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.

Is this catch by Reed Johnson the best of the last decade?

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Is this catch by Reed Johnson the best of the last decade?

Ten years ago today, Reed Johnson had one of the best catches in a Cubs uniform.

On April 26, 2008, the Cubs outfielder made a spectacular diving catch off of Nationals' Felipe Lopez's liner to center field. Johnson had to run to his right in what felt like a mile to track down. He then dove for it on the warning track going head first into the wall. Remember this?

How he caught it? Not sure. And how he didn't get hurt? Don't know that either.

But a lot of members on the Cubs at the time raved about the catch (Len Kasper's call was also phenomenal), and joked that they're happy it didn't happen on W. Addison St.

"At Wrigley Field they might have had to call a timeout to find his head in the vines," manager Lou Piniella said after that game.

There have been some outstanding catches since that catch in 2008. Jason Heyward's diving grab in San Francisco, Javier Baez's catch against the Miami Marlins where he dove into the crowd, Anthony Rizzo's tarp catches. There are a handful of them. 

But where does this one rank?

How often do the Cubs think about Game 7?

How often do the Cubs think about Game 7?

CLEVELAND — Diehard Cubs fans probably think about that epic Game 7 every day, right?

It was — arguably — the greatest baseball game ever played given the stakes (a winner-take-all to end one of the two biggest championship droughts in the sport) and all the wild moments.

The highlights still have the power to give Cubs fans chills 18 months later:

But how often do the guys who took part in that game think about those moments?

This week, as the Cubs split a series with the Cleveland Indians and walked the same steps and sat in the same seats and put their stuff in the same lockers as they did almost exactly a year-and-a-half ago, the nostalgia was undeniable.

The first thing Addison Russell noticed was how he was at the same locker (many Cubs were) as the World Series and the visiting locker room carpet was redone.

He also admitted it felt surreal, almost like a dream.

Kyle Schwarber made that Hollywood-style comeback to be able to DH for the four World Series games at Progressive Field, but he doesn't think about his journey back from a devastating knee injury.

No, he preferred to focus on the Cubs' comeback from down 3-1 in the series.

"I like to think about the World Series," Schwarber said. "I really don't think about all that other stuff. I just think about the games that we played. Pretty much all the resiliency and everything right there that we had and how we faced adversity.

"I don't think anyone here doesn't think about it, because I always think about it all the time. It's that moment that we all live for and it's an addicting feeling and we want to get there again, so we just gotta take it a step at a time."

On the other side of the coin, Cubs manager Joe Maddon insists he doesn't spend time looking in the past.

"Not unless I'm asked about it," Maddon said. "I think I'm really good about turning pages and not even realizing it. I often talk about present tense and I think I'm pretty good about it. Unless it's brought up, I don't go there."

Admittedly, a lot has changed for these Cubs since then.

With World Series MVP Ben Zobrist currently on the disabled list, only 13 of the 25 active Cubs were also active in Game 7.

And given this 11-10 team has "World Series or bust" expectations on the 2018 campaign, there's work to be done and not much time to focus on the past.

Take David Bote — a 2012 Cubs draft pick who was just called up to make his MLB debut last weekend — who watched the road to end a 108-year title drought from afar, but is now in the midst of a bid at a new iteration of Even Year Magic.

"The organization does a great job of being all together and we're in one spot [in spring training], so you get to see and experience it with them," Bote said. "Here, what we're talking about is today and how we can win today. We don't really talk about what happened in the past in '16."