Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011
Clutts for Bears
Fullback Tyler Clutts has been waiting for a chance to try out the fullback position. Clutts, who said he has played every position except receiver and defensive back was signed to the Browns' practice squad with two weeks to go in last year's season. "It wasnt in their plans right away but playing through the preseason allowed me to realize I have the ability to play here and be effective," said Clutts. (Chicago Tribune)
2,000 mark for Pierre tonight?
Juan Pierre is the only left handed hitter in the White Sox's lineup vs Indians tonight. Pierre needs one more hit to make it to the 2,000 mark with the White Sox. He goes up against left-hander David Huff tonight. (Chicago Tribune)
Manning may be out for the season
After consulting with half dozen doctors who all told Peyton Manning to get a cervical neck fusion, he had surgery this morning. The Colts could get Manning back in the season but it may be too late. Meanwhile, Kerry Collins is going to have to keep the team up. (ProFootballTalk)
No preseason for NBA?
The NBA preseason games aren't considered to be money makers since the teams play in different areas trying to pick up fans. Therefore the NBA owners seem like they're OK without having a preseason. It was a different story for the NFL because their lockout concerns were about saving the training camp. And the preseason games for the NFL are played in the same stadium as regular season games and the tickets are still full price.(ProBasketballTalk)
David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.
Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season.
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Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?
According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.
McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011).
Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014.
In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.
For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs.
“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.
"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”