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Orval Overall is one of the forgotten names of a bygone era. He was a stellar pitcher back when Chicago ruled baseball. Overall played for the Chicago Cubs from 1906-1913. He won two games in the Cubs last World Series victory in 1908. His career numbers include a record of 108-71, 2.23 career ERA, and 935 strikeouts.
So, Happy Birthday Orval. If you were around today, you’d be 131. You might have a chance of making the Cubs though, if your sabremetric numbers were good enough. Ole Theo makes a lot of decisions I don’t understand.
Until later friends….
- Orval Overall (Baseball HP 1141: Orval Overall)
I like Mike Quade. He is a stand-up guy. He shoots from the hip when talking with the media, and I like that. He is a great bench coach/assistant coach. He was, however, not ready to manage at the Major League level. Happy Trails Mike. I hope you find a great job elsewhere in baseball.
Ryne Sandberg is exactly what the Cubs need. He is a superb baseball player and manager. He has done exceedingly well managing in all levels of minor-league ball, and he is ready for the MLB.
Ryne Sandberg Stats:
9x Golden Glove
.989 Career Fielding Percentage (Number 1 all time of Second Basemen)
7x Silver Slugger
1984 NL MVP
2005 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee
To quote an earlier post:
Ryne Sandberg is the perfect candidate for the new Cubs manager. They should sign him for ten years and let him work his magic. Ryne Sandberg is one of the classiest guys to ever pick up a bat. This picture is when he signed a ball for me while coaching for the Tennessee Smokies. He should have been hired as the manager last year, but Jim Hendry went with the emotional decision…Mike Quade. Ryno has proven that he can manage – and manage well. He is the best second baseman of all time, and Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro would quickly stop making errors under this .989 lifetime fielding percentage player. He also has a thing or two to teach these modern players that don’t want to sign autographs and are more concerned with making money than playing ball. He is a fan favorite, and his hiring would rejuvenate the Cubs team and fan base. Mr. Ricketts, make Ryne Sandberg the manager now. Thank you.
Until later friends…