After a four year stint with the Chicago Cubs, Dusty Baker (the manager) is finally ousted. Yes, he did manage to lead the team into the playoffs, but it’s also debatable whether or not he mismanaged them right out of a certain World Series bid. And after this year’s team performance, which measure up to the worst record in the National League, there’s no mistaking the inevitable…Dusty Baker had to be dismissed.

At this point his successor is unknown. Reports have been made that if Lou Piniella wants the job, it’s his for the taking. Cub fans would be more pleased if the executives of the organization did whatever it took to get former Florida manager, and former Cubs catcher Joe Girardi here. The first year manager led a team comprised of mostly rookies (Florida Marlins) to a respectable 78-84 record, twelve games better than the Cubs’ 66-96 record. An even better candidate, with more baseball knowledge than all of the front runners is Steve Stone. If he were chosen to manage this ball club, the Cubs could post a 100 loss season, and fans would still flock through the turnstiles. He has too much knowledge, however, for this to happen. He would, in effect, make the Chicago Cubs infinitely better. But, given the bad blood between the two (which is mind-boggling, not to mention frustrating, in and of itself); such a fantasy will never come true. Bob Brenly is a viable option, and allegedly a front runner to inherit the job. He’s a former broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs, and he managed the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks to a World Series title.

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