Whispers

August 22, 2010|By Phil Rogers

Unless there's a Joe Girardi Hail Mary at the buzzer, the next Cubs manager isn't going to be a big name like Lou Piniella or Dusty Baker. A source close to the search says the focus is on finding someone who can be a teacher as well as push buttons. Ryne Sandberg's hopes could depend on how well-prepared players such as Darwin Barney, Welington Castillo and Sam Fuld appear down the stretch. … Alan Trammell, Piniella's bench coach, is definitely a teacher. Ditto third base coach Mike Quade and outside possibilities Ted Simmons, Fredi Gonzalez, Eric Wedge, DeMarlo Hale and Gary Varsho. … The biggest spenders in the draft were the Pirates and Nationals (not surprisingly). According to Baseball America, the Pirates have spent a majors-high $30.6 million in the draft. They augmented that by winning a bidding war to sign 16-year-old Mexican pitcher Luis Heredia for $2.6 million. … Blame bad luck, not bad scouting, for the Brewers using their 2010 first-round pick on high school pitcher Dylan Covey, who opted not to sign after being diagnosed with diabetes. … Believe it or not, there are fewer three-pitch innings for pitchers than cycles for hitters. The one by Madison Bumgarner against the Padres last weekend was only the eighth by a Giant. … The Cardinals placed backup catcher Jason LaRue on the 60-day disabled list because of the headaches he has suffered since getting a concussion when he was kicked in the head by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto. … Jacoby Ellsbury, on the DL for the second time this year with a broken rib, could miss the rest of the season unless the Red Sox "catch a break," according to manager Terry Francona. He believes Ellsbury returned before he was ready because he was receiving media criticism for not being tough.

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