Results tagged ‘ Randy Bush ’

10/23 Bush gets extension & more

Cubs assistant GM Randy Bush received a three-year contract extension, one of several front office changes announced Tuesday. Bush, 54, was assistant general manager to Jim Hendry, and served as interim GM when Hendry was dismissed in August 2011. Bush, who played on the Twins’ two World Championship teams, helped Theo Epstein in his transition as president of baseball operations one year ago.

The Cubs also announced Louis Eljaua has been promoted to special assistant to the general manager and director of international scouting. Paul Weaver, who was the director, will now be an international crosschecker and coordinator for the Pacific Rim. Alex Suarez was promoted to assistant director of player development.

The team also said Mark O’Neal, the Cubs’ athletic trainer since 2004, will stay with the organization but in a different role.

The Cubs named Tim Cossins as the Minor League field coordinator, and were in the process of hiring new Minor League hitting and pitching coordinators. Jose Serra, who had been coordinator of Latin American scouting, was promoted to director of Dominican operations.

— Carrie Muskat

10/4 Cubs promote Rehman

The Cubs promoted Shiraz Rehman to assistant general manager, reporting to general manager Jed Hoyer, on Thursday. The team now will have two assistant GMs in Rehman and Randy Bush, who will continue to serve in the role he has held since December 2006. Rehman, 34, joined the Cubs in November as assistant to the general manager after six seasons with the Diamondbacks, where he was director of player personnel. He also held the titles of director of baseball operations (2009-10) and manager of baseball operations (2007-08) after joining the D-backs as a baseball operations assistant in December 2005.


10/27 Bush expected to stay with Cubs

Although the Cubs are keeping quiet on announcements now that the World Series has resumed play, the team was expected to officially announce next week that Randy Bush will stay as an assistant general manager. Bush took over as interim GM when Jim Hendry was dismissed in August. Bush has been in the Cubs’ front office since January 2005. He also was the Minor League hitting coordinator in 1999.

Expect a news conference next week at Wrigley Field to introduce new GM Jed Hoyer and scouting and player development director Jason McLeod, who were the Cubs’ most recent hires.

— Carrie Muskat

8/21 Business as usual

Randy Bush, promoted from assistant GM to interim GM following the dismissal of Jim Hendry on Friday, met with the baseball operations staff in Chicago this weekend. He also conducted a conference call with chairman Tom Ricketts, the scouts and the player development staff as well. Bush’s message was that he will do everything possible to make the transition smooth to the next GM. He also wanted to try and address any concerns they may have about their future with the Cubs.

“Tom has spoken about how happy he is and impressed he is with our scouting departments and player development,” Bush said Sunday. “He’s happy with [player development director Oneri Fleita’s] leadership and [scouting director] Tim Wilken, and I expressed to them that [Ricketts] has those feelings about the job they’re doing and that we could see a path where a lot of things in place would stay in place.”

What would Bush tell the next Cubs GM?

“I’d tell him I believe we’ve done a great job recently of acquiring talent,” Bush said, “and that Mr. Ricketts has made a commitment both domestically and internationally to pursue the top talent available, and that our player development people are doing a great job of moving those players along at the right pace to get them here so they’ll be here for a long time.”

* If there are any waiver wire trades to be made, Bush will handle that. One thing he made clear to Ricketts was that things happen quickly in baseball. Some teams in the race may need help because of injuries or performance.

“I don’t anticipate anything,” Bush said. “I think it’s the nature of the business that opportunities come up at different times and we have to be prepared.”

The games haven’t stopped because of the change at the top.
“The day to day activity here is probably a good thing,” Mike Quade said. “It doesn’t allow you the time to sit back. You’re just consumed with what goes on here every day. I wind up saying, it’s baseball, and then go about my business. There will be plenty of time for reflection down the road.”
— Carrie Muskat

12/9 Cubs talk to Rays re: Garza

It’s going to be tough to pry right-hander Matt Garza from the Rays. The Cubs have talked to the team about a possible trade but Tampa manager Joe Maddon says his starter isn’t going anywhere. If the Cubs are intent on adding Garza, they’d have to be willing to part with some of their young talent.

“Our farm system is very highly regarded with other teams and any discussions we’ve had, it’s always been made very clear that we have plenty of talent to get a deal done,” assistant GM Randy Bush said Thursday. “It’s just a matter of what part of that talent we’d be willing to let go.”

Carlos Pena, who signed a one-year deal with the Cubs on Wednesday, wouldn’t mind seeing his Tampa teammate join him in Chicago.

“Matt Garza is one of those pitchers that wherever he goes, he’ll be an incredible asset,” Pena said. “I think he’s got Cy Young potential, to be honest with you. He’s a great kid. He leaves the window open for great things to happen. Who knows? I think any team would love to have a guy like Matt.

“It’s a lot of fun to play with Matt — he’s so intense, I think you feel the heat radiating from him when you go to the mound,” Pena said.

— Carrie Muskat

9/23 Hendry meets with Ryno

Cubs GM Jim Hendry met with Ryne Sandberg Tuesday and Wednesday in Arizona to discuss the Cubs’ manager vacancy.

“The process is continuing the way I said it would,” Hendry said Thursday.

Sandberg is the second person to be formally interviewed for the Cubs job. Hendry also has talked to former Indians manager Eric Wedge and was expected to interview Pat Listach and former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, among others.

Sandberg may be a popular candidate for other teams also looking for a manager. The former Cubs second baseman was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year this season after guiding the Triple-A Iowa Cubs to an 82-62 record. However, teams must contact the Cubs first to get permission to interview Sandberg, and so far, no team has requested that.

Since Lou Piniella retired, Mike Quade has taken over and led the Cubs to an 18-8 record. Quade also is a candidate for 2011.

“I’m very pleased with how he’s run the club and handled himself,” Hendry said of Quade. “The players are playing hard for him. It’s a really positive environment going on in our locker room and it’s a very solid blend of using the veterans properly and getting the kids the development we need to see toward the end of the season. It’s very positive. He’s doing an outstanding job.”

Hendry said he can see players fighting for jobs next season and also sees a lot of confidence.

“I see nothing but positives,” he said. “Let’s not forget, we traded quite a few players and now we’ve got a couple significant guys injured and we’re not playing any different and Mike hasn’t skipped a beat and given everybody a fair chance to earn their stripes.

“Hopefully we can finish it off and continue to get out of the development part of it and the knowledge that [assistant GM] Randy Bush and I need going into the offseason. So far, [Quade] has done an outstanding job.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/26 Dinner with Carlos

Carlos Zambrano had dinner Friday night with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who said the Cubs pitcher regretted his actions. However, the Cubs weren’t happy to hear that Big Z was out on the town.

“I’m disappointed in that from Carlos’ perspective,” assistant GM Randy Bush said. “Nothing against Ozzie. I would’ve thought with the events of yesterday that Carlos would’ve gone home, spent some time reflecting on what happened, thought about his career and his teammates and where he was at. I’m disappointed to hear he was out yukking it up at dinner.”

It didn’t appear that Zambrano was taking the incident very seriously. Guillen tweeted: “Having dinner whit carlos and his family. Great dinner a lot of fun and talk”

This isn’t Zambrano’s first run-in, and he’s always come back and apologized. This is his first suspension issued by the team.

“I don’t know if he’s taking it seriously or not,” Bush said. “I thought he would’ve gone home and thought about the events of the day and where his career was at and what his standing was with his teammates and the organization.”

Said Lou Piniella: “I would’ve hoped he would stayed private and reflected on this. That’s just my thought.”

— Carrie Muskat

4/20 Lilly to start this weekend

Lou Piniella says Ted Lilly has passed all the tests and will start for the Cubs this weekend in Milwaukee. The left-hander could start Saturday or Sunday, and Piniella said they are leaning toward Saturday, which would be the second game of the three-game series.

Lilly tuned up by throwing 88 pitches over seven innings on Monday night for Class A Peoria. He also singled and tried to steal a base but was thrown out. Was Piniella OK with Lilly running like that?

“No, not really, but what can I do about it?” Piniella said. “He asked if he could hit, and we said sure. He got some at-bats and obviously got on base.”

Lilly is coming back from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder last November. On Monday, he struck out nine and gave up one run on three hits and one walk. Of his total 88 pitches, 63 were strikes.

When he is activated from the disabled list, one of the Cubs starters will be bumped and someone from the ‘pen also will be headed to the Minor Leagues. Piniella said he will sit down with pitching coach Larry Rothschild, GM Jim Hendry and assistant GM Randy Bush Friday to discuss their options.

— Carrie Muskat

3/21 A scout's view

On Saturday, Greg Maddux tried on a scout’s cap. The four-time Cy Young winner, who is an assistant on GM Jim Hendry’s staff, joined Randy Bush and Gary Hughes to get a scouts’ view of the game. He was in Phoenix to watch the Cubs’ game against the A’s.

“He said that’s the first time he’s sat in the stands and watched a game since he was 10 years old,” said Bush, the Cubs’ assistant general manager.

Scouts like to joke that there are some unwritten rules such as not missing a press room meal, not missing the first pitch, and making sure they turn in expense reports on time. But Maddux taught Bush and Hughes a few things about what to watch for with pitchers. For the rest of spring, Maddux will spend time with the big league team, in the Minor League camp and scouting. On Sunday, he was in Tempe to watch the Angels with Hughes.

What’s next for Maddux?

“I think he’ll pick up whatever he wants to do in the game,” Bush said.

— Carrie Muskat

2/22 The bench & Monday notebook

Lou Piniella, Alan Trammell, GM Jim Hendry and assistant GM Randy Bush met Monday at Fitch Park to discuss the Cubs’ bench and bullpen.

“There’s different ways we can go with our bench,” Piniella said. “We’ve got some decisions to make, whether we go a little more defensive-minded bench or offensive-minded. We’ll see how Spring Training plays itself out.”

The Cubs did talk to Korean pitcher Chan Ho Park, who reached an agreement Monday with the Yankees. Hendry is still looking at trade options but right now, the young pitchers in camp have a shot.

“This gives them a really great opportunity to establish themselves and get themselves in roles,” Piniella said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the rotation with the [Ted] Lilly situation but possibly one or two of those kids can work into the bullpen situation, too. Then we have the kids like [Justin] Berg, [Jeff] Gray who we got from Oakland, and maybe another young kid who wants to pop up and get in the mix. You hate to get too young but that’s what we have in camp here.”

Those pitchers in the rotation mix include Jeff Samardzija, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall and Carlos Silva. Rule 5 Draft pick Michael Parisi also could be in the ‘pen.

Rain on Monday forced the Cubs pitchers to throw again in the batting cages. Some of the team went to HoHoKam Park to get their work in.

* The Ricketts family was expected in Mesa on Tuesday for the first full squad workout.

“It’ll be a new start for Cubs baseball,” Piniella said. “I think it’s going to be a really good thing to have a family-owned team. They’re going to care, they’re going to take pride in it. The short conversations I’ve had with Tom Ricketts is he wants to win and that’s what we want to do for him.”

Chairman Tom Ricketts was expected to speak to the players. Piniella also will deliver a message to the team.

“First of all, we’ve got some good talent here,” Piniella said. “Last year, this baseball team finished second in this division with a whole lot of injuries and some problems. I’m proud of the way they hung in there. The message [to the team] is basically, ‘Let’s stay healthy and let’s work hard this spring and let’s tack on another 10 or so wins and give ourselves a chance in postseason again.’ That’s going to be the message.”

* Rudy Jaramillo said he’s encouraging Kosuke Fukudome to communicate with him about hitting, adding “I want more feedback.” The two met Sunday and Jaramillo made a few suggestions. Fukudome applied a few of the tips on Monday.

“I think we’re getting somewhere,” Jaramillo said.

Piniella has seen nothing but positives in the batting cages.

“Rudy’s available, he’s knowledgable about what he’s talking about, he’s had success with hitters,” Piniella said. “He’s got a regimen that the players seem to like. I know when I played, I had a guy like Charlie Lau and I learned as much as I could under his tutelage.”

* Ryan Dempster hosted a few of his teammates on Sunday night to watch the U.S. hockey team play the Canadians in the Winter Olympics, and bet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the outcome. He lost a few bets.

“It’s a lot of peanut butter — trying to figure out who wants crunchy and who wants smooth will be the tough part,” Dempster said.

Dempster’s Canada team lost, 5-3, but the game lived up to the hype.

“That game yesterday was as good a game as I’ve seen in a long time,” Dempster said.

— Carrie Muskat