Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Reader Blog: Out with Lou, in with Ryno

It's time for a change in the Cubs' dugout. It's not that they need to "inject life" into the clubhouse, as they always say; this team was DOA when the season began. It's also not a desire to see Lou Piniella punished or called out. In fact, I think Lou deserves the opportunity to resign. But the point is, he's not coming back next year, and the second half of the season will be as pointless as the first if he's still at the helm.

Wave the white flag, Jim Hendry. I know, it's embarrassing. The third highest payroll in the majors yet only a half game better than the Royals. It's bad. It's pathetic. But what's worse: yelling "Charge!" to your troops and sending them to certain defeat, or admitting that it's time to reorganize and regroup before the next battle?

I personally feel that Ryne Sandberg should get a chance to be the next Cubs' manager, whether it be today or starting in November. The organization gave him a chance to prove that he was serious about the whole managing thing back in 2007, and now he's in Iowa. He's going to get a shot with a major league team, and soon. While he certainly wasn't management material back in his playing days, he and those around him acknowledge that he's a much different person now. He knows how to communicate, how to lead, and how to work with young players. The Cubs' 2011 roster will include Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin, Geovany Soto, Andrew Cashner and other youngsters, making it the perfect time to give Ryno a shot.

By making the change now, Hendry can give Sandberg a chance to get his feet wet in a virtually pressure-free situation. This team's cooked, anyways. Will anyone care if he goes 30-50 the rest of the way? You could argue that hiring him in the offseason gives him a clean slate, a fresh start. But there's pressure with every new season, and high (if unjustified) hopes with each Opening Day.

And this way, Ryno will have a three-month head start on evaluating the Cubs' talent, their strengths and weaknesses. He can play an integral role in forming the team's offseason plan rather than stepping in in November with more knowledge about dining out in Des Moines than which trades or free agents the Cubs should pursue.

We knew back in March the sun could be setting on the current era. The sun shone through a window of opportunity over the past few years, but aging veterans and a decimated bullpen have brought the team to a turning point. Turn the corner, Jim Hendry. It's time for the native son to rise to his dream job. Give Ryno a chance, and do it now.

I agree

Not only would I bring in Ryno, I'd plug the old guy into the lineup. I'm sure an aged Ryno can still hit better than most of the 2010 Cubs lineup!

Ryno

For those who want Ryno to manage the Cubs, myself not included, remember. The Cubs next year will still be full of bad player contracts, players who will tune Ryno out as they have Lou, or anyone else.Ricketts will not buy out contracts. Does Ryno really deserve this, and if he thinks he does, he is nuts. Ask yourselves, in 3 yrs. do you really want to be angry with Ryno, and want him run out of town?

Leave Ryneberg in Trip A

So Ryneberg is the new manager. While we're at it; Don Zimmer becomes the new GM, Rick Sutcliffe is the new bullpen coach, Greg Maddux the new pitching coach, Andre Dawson is the new hitting coach, Shawon Dunston is the new 1st base coach, Jody Davis is the new 3rd base coach, Ron Santo & Mark Grace become the newest broadcasters. The team could always save a spot for Jim Hendry as a peanut vendor I'm sure.

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