There's news in baseball to chat about. Here we go!
> The manager of the Chicago Cubs, Lou Piniella, is leaving at the end of this year.
> Talk about why he's leaving. He says it's just time. Maybe it is. I've liked Lou from his time playing for the Yankees. He's fiery, competitive and won a World Series when he managed the Reds. He's been around. He's probably ready to be around the house.
> Do you believe him? It's been a tough season for the Cubs who were expected to contend in some fashion. Instead, the #1 pitcher Carlos Zambrano had a meltdown, went to the bullpen, had another meltdown and underwent a suspension and is working his way back up from the minors.
> Perhaps you can say, "Maybe Lou just had enough." And see what kind of reaction you get.
Who will replace him?
> Joe Torre, formerly of the Yankees and currently with the Dodgers, isn't ruling anything out.
> Ryne Sandberg, currently the manager of the Cubs AAA team and a Hall of Fame 2nd baseman for the Cubs, is VERY interested.
> It's also believed that Bob Brenly, who lead the AZ Diamondbacks to a World Series and is currently a Cubs announcer, says he's interested.
Whew! Let the guessing begin!
Next, Bobby Cox, the manager of the Atlanta Braves is retiring at season's end.
> He's the legendary manager who has lead the Braves from the outhouse to the penthouse (bottom to top) of the division and won a World Series.
> He's known for getting tossed out of games but he's also known as being among the smartest managers in the game. Most players love him and hang around to play for him. Ask Chipper Jones. He's talked about retiring this season along with Cox. Some people just go together.
Enjoy and chat it up!