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Curt Schilling on Planet Mikey: Dale Sveum a strong candidate for Red Sox manager 11.03.11 at 9:32 am ET
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Former Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Curt Schilling appeared on Planet Mikey to speculate on the Red Sox manager search and share his thoughts on the prospect of former teammate and coach Dale Sveum getting the managing job in Boston.

“I don;t know the other candidates,” Schilling said. “I just know that Sveum is a guy … he will manage in the big leagues someday. He will get a multi-year big league job at some point because he has that kind of presence and he’s a smart, smart guy.”

Schilling played with Sveum in 1992, when Schilling was beginning to break out in Philadelphia and Sveum was a reserve player in the twilight of his career for the Phillies. Sveum worked as the third base coach for the Red Sox in 2004-05, when Schilling was an ace for Boston in the last years of his career.

Schilling said that Sveum would be a great fit as the Red Sox new manager because of his experience in Boston and his personality.

“He’s not a guy that wants to be out in front and wants people to understand that his team won because of his managing job,” Schilling said. “He’s a guy that goes about his job quietly and does his job professionally. … The players that played around him respected him, and he got more out of his teammates as a bench player and a reserve guy. There are not a lot of guys that can do that.”

Following are more highlights of the conversation. To listen to the interview, go to the Planet Mikey audio on demand page. Read the rest of this entry »

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The aftermath: Chicago’s reaction to Theo Epstein announcement 10.23.11 at 5:30 pm ET
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In the eight days between the time when Theo Epstein accepted an offer from the Cubs to become their next President of Baseball Operations and the day Epstein formally resigned from the Red Sox, Chicago scribes wrote countless stories about how Epstein would be their savior, who the Cubs would lost to compensation, and how quickly Epstein would be able to bring the Cubs a World Series Championship.

It would seem that, when Epstein officially joined the Cubs Friday night, the Chicago media would not have much more to say about him. But after the announcement Friday night confirming Epstein’s departure from Boston, Chicago writers churned out more stories about Epstein’s past and the organization’s future.

Here is a collection of the latest reactions from the Windy City. Read the rest of this entry »

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David Kaplan on M&M: Epstein deal ‘is basically done’ 10.20.11 at 12:03 pm ET
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CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan appeared on the Mut & Merloni show Thursday morning to share the latest news from Chicago on the continuing Theo Epstein saga.

Kaplan, who has been ahead of the curve on most reports from negotiations thus far, said sources told him the Epstein deal should be official by the weekend.

“I think the deal is basically done,” Kaplan said. “I think you will hear the agreement leaked out a little bit later today. I think tomorrow there will be a press conference at Wrigley Field to introduce Theo Epstein as the new president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs . . . I think then what you will see is probably three, four days from now, there will be another announcement that Jed Hoyer is coming in as the general manager.”

Kaplan said he still was not sure who would be included as compensation for losing Epstein, but claimed Cubs top prospect Brett Jackson and star pitcher Matt Garza would not be part of the deal. Kaplan also denied perceptions that the pressure in Chicago is less than that in Boston, saying Epstein has been likened to a god in Chicago because people expect so much out of him. Kaplan denied, however, that the Red Sox had the upper hand in negotiations, hinting that the Red Sox did not want him back.

“They have built Theo up to be the God here,” Kaplan said. “The messiah to come save the Cubs. But he couldn’t go back to work in Boston. There was no chance the Boston Red Sox were letting him back in the front office to make value decisions on that team.”

Following is a transcript of the conversation. To hear the interview, go the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. Read the rest of this entry »

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The latest Theo Epstein news from the Windy City 10.20.11 at 9:27 am ET
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Negotiations between the Cubs and Red Sox seemed to reach a sticking point over the weekend, but according to the Chicago media, talks have progressed since Wednesday, and a deal for Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein seems imminent once more. The newest twist in the Epstein saga includes Padres general manager and former Red Sox assistant general manager Jed Hoyer leaving the Padres to become the Cubs GM while Epstein would be named president of baseball operations.

Hoyer was the assistant general manager in Boston from 2005-09 and was involved in the deal that brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston.

Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com writes that despite a traditional ban on major announcements during the World Series, the Cubs may be able to announce Theo Epstein as their new president of baseball operations with Jed Hoyer serving as his GM. Levine also asserts sources told him the deal could be done Thursday.

David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports significant progress has been made in negotiations between the Red Sox and Cubs and the deal could be announced as soon as Friday as long as MLB commissioner Bud Selig lets the teams make a major announcement during the World Series.

Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago speculates on compensation, saying that the Cubs are overprotective of their farm system because they don’t have many top-end prospects and do not want to lose the few they do have, especially after the Rays took high-end prospects Chris Archer, Hak-Ju Lee and Brandon Guyer in last winter’s deal for Matt Garza.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune examines the possibility of Jed Hoyer joining the Cubs by exploring Hoyer’s relationship with Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and investigating the moves he made both with the Red Sox and the Padres.

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune gives a less optimistic picture of negotiations between the Cubs and Red Sox, saying MLB commissioner Bud Selig may enter talks in order to facilitate a deal because he is fed up with the compensation delays.

At least one man in Chicago is not happy with the idea of Epstein as president and Hoyer as GM. Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune opines that he does not want an interim GM (Epstein) in order to get a real GM (Hoyer). He also wonders why it has to be this difficult to replace former GM Jim Hendry.

The Chicago Sun-Times bucks the trend of suggesting a deal could be completed on Thursday for Epstein when Chris De Luca claims that despite some progression in talks, the deal may not be completed until next week. The Sun-Times also reveals sources who say Epstein may be interested in bringing vice president of business affairs Jonathan Gilula with him to Chicago. Gilula was a key contributor in the Fenway Park renovations.

The Chicago Sun-Times also warns that Epstein may not be an immediate hit in Chicago, as sometimes players can be wild cards that unfairly reflect on the GM who acquires them.

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that progress continues in the Epstein talks and says the Red Sox are now considering cash compensation as part of the deal, something they initially refused to consider.

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Chicago’s weekend coverage of the Theo Epstein saga 10.16.11 at 4:49 pm ET
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After a frenzy of news late last week about Theo Epstein’s imminent arrival in Chicago, the presses have been relatively quiet over the weekend as nothing official has emerged about Epstein and the Cubs. In the absence of hard news, here is a look at what the Chicago media offered on Epstein this weekend.

David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com details information from two baseball executives with knowledge of the parties involved in negotiations, writing that Larry Lucchino is playing hardball with the Cubs in compensation talks. Kaplan’s second source went on the record saying, “Larry Lucchino is one of the most unreasonable people I have ever dealt with and because of his frayed relationship with Theo Epstein, he is looking to make a point at the expense of Theo’s happiness and his desire to go to Chicago.”

Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com examines some of the moves Epstein will have to make once he joins the Cubs, including deciding on a manager, dealing with some bad contracts, and handling some of the clubhouse personalities.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune composed a timeline of Cubs history for Epstein in order to further acquaint Epstein with some of the lesser known points in Cubs history, such as when a scoreboard clock was added at Wrigley Field (1941) or when a Cubs fan stole Chad Kreuter’s Dodgers hat and caused a melee in the stands (2000). Read the rest of this entry »

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Taking the temperature in Chicago on Theo Epstein 10.13.11 at 12:18 pm ET
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By now, all of Boston is abuzz with emerging reports of Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein reportedly agreeing to a five-year deal worth between $15 million and $20 million that would make him, at the very least, the new general manager of the Cubs. But how does Chicago feel about the possibility of Epstein’s move to Wrigley? The majority of Chicago news sources are cautiously excited about welcoming Epstein to the city.

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday morning that Epstein has agreed to a five-year, $15 million deal that is still conditional on compensation in the form of either minor league players or cash as well as negotiations on what personnel Epstein would be allowed to bring with him.

A Chicago Tribune poll did not immediately jump to World Series predictions, tempering its optimism to ask readers when Epstein will return the Cubs to the playoffs. The majority (33 percent) said the Cubs will play deep in October in 2013.

Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune writes Epstein will take on his greatest task to date in becoming the general manager of the Cubs. If he is able to bring an end to the 103-year World Series Championship drought, Epstein will be the baseball equivalent of “Alexander the Great”.

The Chicago Sun-Times said the deal for Epstein is not yet done as compensation negotiations and an 11th-hour push by Red Sox owner John Henry to keep Epstein could still stop the deal. The paper also reports Cubs top baseball officials have been told to keep their schedules open in the second week of November for tentative organizational meetings, which could be a sign that the Cubs are close to announcing a new GM.

Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Epstein will have to be a miracle worker to bring a championship to Chicago because Boston’s curse does not hold a candle to Chicago’s.

Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com opines that Epstein will be a franchise-changing hire for the Cubs and will have the power of a baseball czar in an organization where he will be responsible for almost every decision the club makes.

David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reveals a blossoming relationship between Epstein and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts as a huge factor in wooing Epstein to Chicago. Kaplan also writes that Epstein would have near-total authority in the organization and would be able to construct the team from the farm system up.

Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago claims Epstein’s arrival would be perfect timing for a team that is losing fan interest and lacking star power.

Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago instructs Epstein to be patient in winning with the Cubs because of the need to build a farm system and figure out locked-in contracts for declining players.

Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN Chicago is not willing to jump on the Epstein bandwagon just yet because of lingering questions about expectations and personnel issues.

Dan Bernstein of CBSChicago.com notes that while the Epstein hiring is a big deal for the franchise, it is unlikely to yield instant gratification.

Adam Harris of CBSChicago.com agrees that Epstein will become the new Cubs GM and President of Baseball Operations, but asserts that he will not be able to turn the team around as quickly as he did with the Red Sox because the Cubs are starting at a much lower level.

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘This is what happens when you piss people off that are really rich and powerful’ 10.13.11 at 11:18 am ET
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Former Red Sox pitcher and ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to share his thoughts on an article published Wednesday outing some of the gory details of the Red Sox failed season.

Schilling, who sounded emotional when addressing the current Red Sox players’ silence in the wake of the reports, said he thinks the players need to start taking responsibility for their actions that led to the worst September collapse in baseball history.

“My biggest fear is that one or more players is going to come out and try to defend what’s happened instead of just doing a mea culpa and saying, ‘You know what? Wow was this wrong. Wow did we screw this guy. Wow did we cost you. I don’t know if there’s anything we can say or do to make this up, but we’ll do everything,'” Schilling said. “I don’t see anything other than that. Otherwise you can’t come back.”

Schilling said he was especially hurt and disturbed by accusations made about Terry Francona, and he even went so far as to say Francona may have the makings of a slander lawsuit on his hands because of statements made by anonymous sources about a pain-killer issue.

“I wonder legally whether he has recourse because the team trainer, the team doctor and the ownership, the executive people on this team I would imagine are the only people with enough knowledge of Tito’s medicinal habits to make that comment, to have that news out there,” Schilling said. “This was somebody out to ruin this guy’s life. Because now, I look at this almost like I look at a sexual harassment case. It doesn’t matter if he did it or not. He’s going to have to answer questions about this for the rest of his life.”

Schilling also called out Josh Beckett and Jon Lester for their behavior and condemned the leaders of the team for allowing their teammates to act irresponsibly.

Following is a transcript of the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Read the rest of this entry »

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