Should the Cubs really take back Rothschild?

One of the first decisions Piniella made was to name his pitching coach. His choice? Larry Rothschild. This is something I’m not entirely sure about. But then again, it may not have been him that was the problem with the club. We won’t know until next season. Piniella gave Rothschild his first coaching job and he knows him quite well. Benefit of the doubt and I’m a Cubs fan who has a little faith.

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9 comments

  1. mozob@yahoo.com

    I believe the Cubs problem may higher up then Pinella!!! Why would the Cubs repeat the same old pattern? They were not successful with Durocher and Baker, both highly visible managers that had past success but had also been around the block a few times. I fear the same with Lou. The Cubs past on a future when they past on Girardi! (I was upset the first time they traded him, as I had predicted he would make a GREAT manager someday. But who am I? Just an Athletic Director with many years of experience, great success and many failures too. The bigs past on me a long time ago, so those are my credentials.)

    The Rothchild and O’Neil re-hires were the last straw! How can your team be so banged up over the course of two years??? It is from poor preparation and rehabilitation!!! Nearly every pitcher has spent some time on the shelf, and not just from the usual game type injuries! Remember, there was a stretch where a pitcher would pitch in a game and the next day be on the D.L. The same might also be argued about many of the position players. This is not a coincidence it’s a correlation. It’s a correlation to poor preparation! I was never a Baker fan, but he delegated those responsibilities to those individuals and you can see the results!

    The Cubs need new blood. They need new ownership that will bring in quality people that are ALLOWED to BUILD a FRANCHISE, not just a team. Forget the two-year extensions. Perform, or move on. Did you hear me Tribune Company? Why did McPhail really resign? Why was Hendry retained? Curious. Why did Hendry hire Pinella? Sell more seats and provide hope? We have been hoping for a few generations. Cub fans are intelligent and want results. Build a franchise and they will remain loyal and hopeful. Build a marketing gimmick and they will eventually grow tired.

  2. Jenn

    I’ll agree with you that that the problems do reside with the Tribune comapny and it’s unwillingness. Piniella wouldn’t have signed on if he knew the Trib wouldn’t go out and get players. They probably can’t get the top notch players, like Zito.

    But they need pitching. Pitching more than hitting. Why? One of the things I’ve observed over the last few years is that the Cubs were going for the long ball, they weren’t going for the clutch hit.

    As much as I hate to say this, sometimes you have have to spend money to get championships. Taking a page from the Steinbrenner book of owning a team.

    And I’ll agree with you on O’Neill. Who recommends a guy for a surgery only to find out later it wasn’t the most wise thing to do? Injuries with the pitchers? That’s more trainer, than pitching coach.

    As for Rothschild, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, because Lou has a good relationship with him. Not only that I think Rothschild was hindered by the lack of ‘pitching’ within the Cubs organization. You’re only as good as what you got and if 3/4 of your rotation goes down on injuries, you’re left with a rookie starting rotation.

    Is that Larry’s fault? Could be. But I also think that ball rolls down the hill on a lots of folks.

    As for Giradi, I was kinda looking forward to him, but the more I think on it. The more I think that what the Cubs need is not some local boy managing the neighborhood team, but a guy who’ll throw stuff. Who’ll energize the team, the fans.

    Cubs have lacked emotion for the last several years both on the field and in the club house.

    And well all know that Pinella can toss that base and chair prett well.

    I’m looking forward to hopping the train and taking in a few games next summer while on break.

  3. Benjamin

    Sorry, I just had to disagree with the “Cubs fans are intelligent” comment 😉

    In all seriousness, I hope the Cubs start playing better next year because the Cards/Cubs rivalry is starting to lose something… I want to see a 4 game Cardinal sweep of the Cubs in the NLCS next year.

  4. mozob@yahoo.com

    Jenn, I respectfully disagree on the emotion piece. The Cubs need a manager that they can respect for his ability to manage the games, the players and the coaching staff effectively. They do not need someone to come in and throw things around or yell at players. Take a look at two of the best in the business in Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre. Their players and coaching staffs respect them for their abilities to manage a game. They are their best friend or look to have the fans focus on their every move after a play.

  5. mozob@yahoo.com

    Jenn, I respectfully disagree on the emotion piece. The Cubs need a manager that they can respect for his ability to manage the games, the players and the coaching staff effectively. They do not need someone to come in and throw things around or yell at players. Take a look at two of the best in the business in Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre. Their players and coaching staffs respect them for their abilities to manage a game. They are not their best friend or look to have the fans focus on their every move after a play.

  6. sully4545@hotmail.com

    You guys are all nuts. Piniella is a very good player’s manager AND commands respect, something that the Cubs front office felt was missing with Baker. As far as Larry Rothschild is concerned, holy **** what has that guy done but gotten our guys injured and we think he’s a genius because he has guys throw towels in the bullpen to work on their mechanics. GREAT.

  7. beershouldbefree@yahoo.com

    Nothing can stop the cubs tradition, of losing. Doesnt matter who the manager is or what garbage free agents they overpay, still gonna be last in the central. All your fans will still migrate to st.louis to see how a real team plays. still interested on how many cubs fans are still gonna wear those “choke” shirts in my stadium, lol.

  8. Jenn

    A Cardinal fan. How nice.

    I’ve been a Cubs fan since before I was born. It’s a family tradition.

    Cardinals 1 – 3?? Heheh. Got sweeped by the Mets?

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