Buckner Named The Chicago Cubs Class A Hitting Coach

Bill Buckner will return to Boise, Idaho, and act as the team's hitting coach this season! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

ESPNChicago.com confirmed on Wednesday that Bill Buckner will be the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate, (Boise Hawks) this summer, and won’t be returning to Fenway Park to assist the Boston Red Sox newest manager, Bobby Valentine.

Originally, there had been rumors swirling around Boston that Valentine and Buckner, who have known each other since their playing days with the Los Angles Dodgers in ’68, would reunite as coaches. However, ESPNBoston.com learned that the Red Sox front office was “resistant toward it.”

Bucker spent the past spring and summer coaching the Brockton Rox in the Can-Am League, and led the squad to a 51-42 record. However, the eventual league champions, Quebec Capitales, swept the Rox in the opening round of the playoffs, which ended his stint as the team’s manager.

Buckner’s last job held in the big leagues was with the Chicago Sox in ’96-’97, as the hitting coach.

Daily Noontime – December 16, 2011

Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons flew past Jacksonville on Thursday, 41-14! (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

Good Friday to all, and welcome into yet another tremendous rendition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines, and news to jump-start the day! 

Headlines: 

* Matt Ryan tossed three touchdowns on Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, which helped the Atlanta Falcons win their ninth game of the season, 41-14.

* According to reports — former Dallas Cowboy and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd is expected to face drug charges1000 pounds of marijuana per week.

* After losing to the Falcons on Thursday, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew expressed that this particular game was “embarrassing.”

* According to an article from the Denver Post, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has apparently inspired office workers and bosses to be a tad bit nicer these days.

* The Chicago Cubs are heating up their interest in pursuing former Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder.

* NHL.com has confirmed that Philadelphia Flyers defensemen Chris Pronger is expected to be out for the remainder of the season, as well as the playoffs too.

Games to Watch: 

* Toronto at Buffalo (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Dallas at New Jersey (NHL) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Anaheim at Chicago (NHL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s another stupendous video about Tim Tebow, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – December 1, 2011

More information continues to be revealed about Jerry Sandusky! (Photo Credit: Global Grind)

Happy Thursday and of course, Happy December too! Let’s kick-off the final month of 2011 with some headlines and news, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* According to a recent report regarding Jerry Sandusky, a new victim recently admitted that he was abused 100 times by the former Penn State assistant football coach.

* Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was handcuffed and detained on Wednesday after a misunderstanding due to a $142 cab fare.

* According to a report from the Cleveland Dealer — Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs admitted that he’s tired of being associated with a losing team.

* The Chicago Cubs have officially signed former Oakland Athletics outfielder David DeJesus, who agreed to a two-year deal, but according to a report via Yahoo! Sports, his wife admitted that she’s a “tad bit happy” that he’s headed to the Windy City.

* Washington State has officially agreed to terms with former Mike Leach to be their head coach of the football team next season.

Games to Watch: 

* Pittsburgh at Washington (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Ottawa at Dallas (NHL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Nothing  better than seeing a young boy smooth talk Heidi Watney!

Daily Noontime – November 17, 2011

Vince Young doesn't seem to be a happy camper these days!

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some kick-butt news, headlines and much more! 

Headlines: 

* After deeming the Philadelphia Eagles the so called, “dream team,” back-up quarterback Vince Young has admitted that he’s not happy with his current situation.

* According to Gorden Edes of ESPNBoston.com — the Chicago Cubs have made an offer to Dale Sveum to be their manager for the upcoming season.

* Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona admitted that he won’t manage a ball club next season.

* According to Yahoo! Sports — NBA commissioner David Stern will be hosting a conference call on Thursday to discuss with team owners the next phase in the lockout.

* More information was revealed late Wednesday evening about the entire Penn State saga in regards to a lawyer’s client is planning to testify against Jerry Sandusky.

* Former Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson, who is now a free agent, is looking for a six-year, $120 million contract for the upcoming season.

Games to Watch: 

* Columbus at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* North Carolina at No. 8 Virginia Tech (NCAA Football) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Detroit at San Jose (NHL) – 10:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is probably one of the most bizarre interception you’ll ever see! 

Daily Noontime – November 3, 2011

Could Dale Sveum become the next Manager for the Red Sox?

It’s Thursday, which means… the weekend is almost here, wahoo! Here’s the most recent edition of the Daily Noontime, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith recently turned down a contract extension, which possibly means the organization could “clean house” once the season concludes on January 1, 2012.

* The Boston Red Sox managerial search continues, but according to recent repots – former third base coach Dale Sveum appears to be a possible favorite.

* Due to an increasing amount of concussions in football, the NFL has apparently decided to educate their referees on various symptoms, so they’ll be aware of future head injuries.

* Sports Illustrated confirmed on Wednesday evening that the Chicago Cubs fired manager Mike Quade.

* University of Georgia’s football team will be without leading rusher Isaiah Crowell Saturday against New Mexico State , who was suspended for failing a recent drug test.

* Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brett Connolly recently scored his first goal of the 2011-12 season, and it was felt around the world.

Games to Watch: 

* New Jersey at Philadelphia (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Florida State at Boston College (NCAA Football) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Pittsburgh at San Jose (NHL) – 10:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is rather cool – shattering a goal camera! 

Daily Noontime – October 26, 2011

Ben Cherington is in and Theo is out!

Happy Wednesday to everyone and welcome into another splendid edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some great news and notes to kick-start your day! 

Headlines: 

* The Boston Red Sox introduced the team’s new General Manager on Tuesday, Ben Cherington, while the Chicago Cubs named Theo Epstein their president of baseball operations.

* According to the Red Sox, John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and will most likely not pitch again until the 2013 season.

* Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell has made it clear – he’s staying with his team, and won’t relocate to Boston or Chicago.

* Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and quarterback Joe Flacco admitted they both deserve the blame for Monday’s loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

* Apparently Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden are interested in obtaining the Miami Dolphins head coaching job next season.

Games to Watch: 

* Philadelphia at Montreal (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Texas at St. Louis (MLB/World Series/ Game 6) – 8:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

What’s better – the broadcast or Hail Mary? 

Theo’s Out, Ben’s In – Time For Cherington To Lead The Red Sox To Victory

Ben Cherington will officially become the next Red Sox GM on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011! (Picture courtesy of MassLive.com)

By Matt Noonan 

I think it’s fair to say, we won’t be seeing Theo Epstein anymore, as reports on Friday evening confirmed the Red Sox General Manager has officially packed up and departed Fenway Park for good. And now that Theo’s left the building, (sorry Elvis), I think it’s time to begin the next phase with Ben Cherington.

Cherington will officially be introduced to the media on Tuesday, as he’ll be sworn into office, but after every handshake, smile and question, he’ll need to hunker down and get his team back on track. And the first order of business is finding a new manager.

Terry Francona won’t be coming back, and neither will John McNamara or Don Zimmer, but what Boston needs is a hard-nosed tough guy that can make an immediate impact, and help players understand that the clubhouse isn’t a country club.

They need someone who’ll throw out the empty boxes of chicken, and pour the beer down the sink. They need someone who has dealt with “head cases” before and is ready to take on the great Josh Beckett and John Lackey, but really, they need someone who can turn this sinking ship around immediately.

For the past two seasons, Boston fans have watched their team suffer, and finish in third place, which isn’t exactly where Theo and his cronies imagined they’d be after 162-games. However, Cherington knows what it takes to win. He’s been apart of this organization since 1999 and has experienced two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, so I’d imagine that he’d like to win another championship soon.

Hopefully Boston fans will adopt Cherington’s methods, especially since his former co-worker won’t be stirring up media drama in Boston, but instead, Chicago. Cherington will certainly need to reshape this roster, as well as find a way to get rid of players that aren’t committed to winning.

The drama on Yawkee Way will certainly continue for the next few months, but at least the men and women who work for this fine organization can say, “We’ve officially found our new GM.”

Noonan: This Red Sox Team Is A Mess

The 2011 Boston Red Sox was a complete disaster!

By Matt Noonan 

Let’s face it – the Boston Red Sox are a complete disaster.

General Manager Theo Epstein constructed this mess and now, he’s most likely headed to Chicago to resurrect the “Loveable Losers,” but it’s not exactly certain.

Yes, sources have confirmed that he’s gone, and have packed his bags, which leave many Sox fans quite disappointed, especially since we all adopted the idea that in Theo we trust, right? OK, he’s not Bill Belichick, but he did win two World Series titles, so I am sure some believed he was the man who was going to turn two back-to-back losing seasons into gold, as well as another championship too.

Yet, while Theo played hardball with the media, beat writers, correspondents and bloggers fired back at the front office and their team.

On Thursday, the Boston Globe’s Bob Hohler provided the ultimate press-pass to  his readers, which had plenty of dirt and information on this so-called “collapse.” Hohler reemphasized the drinking issues, which was mentioned in a Boston Herald article recently, as well as highlighted Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey’s fraternity parties in the team’s clubhouse during games. Finally, we also learned that team owner John Henry bribed his bunch of ignorant brats with $300 headphones and night on his yacht, but that didn’t help Boston overcome their September swoon.

So, while the days get shorter and the nights get longer, Red Sox fans are faced with many tough questions and thoughts.

Why exactly did Theo decide to interview for the Chicago Cubs General Manager position?

Why didn’t anyone in the Red Sox front office consider re-signing Manager Terry Francona to a new contract?

Can someone explain to me, why Beckett, Lester and Lackey felt it was necessary to play video games, drink beers and play videogames during Sox games?

Finally, where do we go from here? Also, who’s going to manage this club and who’s most likely to be the squad’s next GM?

Well, for starters, it seems most likely that Ben Cherington will be Boston’s newest version of Theo, yet that leaves one big void… a manager.

Don’t try to convince me by saying, “Joe Torre or Tony La Russa are the right guys for this team” because really, they’re not.

The Red Sox need a Bill Parcells or a Bobby Knight to come into this disgruntled clubhouse and change things around. Hey, maybe Knight would be the right guy, especially since he’s a master at throwing chairs.

Yet, while we wait patiently and ponder, what will the next move be in this epic game of “baseball chess,” I think it’s fair to state once again, this Red Sox team is a complete dysfunctional family. They need help. They need someone who can clean house, and press the restart button. Yet, unfortunately, this isn’t a videogame or monopoly, so we can’t avoid take fake money and throw it out the window, but the Sox do need someone who’ll get the team back on the right tracks.

It’s going to be a long off-season, so put on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride because come February and March, we’ll have a brand new ballgame.

Daily Noontime – October 13, 2011

Good Bye, Theo!

It’s Thursday the 13th, but sadly, it’s  not Friday – tear, tear! Here’s our latest edition of the Daily Noontime, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The Chicago Cubs have indeed gotten their man, as former Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein will now be calling the shots in the Windy City.

* The Texas Rangers recorded four runs during the 11th inning, and defeated the Detroit Tigers in Game Four of the ALCS, 7-3.

* New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips was fined $20,000 by the NFL for his hit on Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller last Sunday.

* According to NFL.com – Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll apparently is very intrigued about possibly having LeBron James play football.

* Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz recently spoke with ESPN.com about Boston’s drama, as well as the possibility of joining the New York Yankees.

* According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Philadelphia Flyers fans booed a handful of rival players, who appeared in a fight against cancer public service announcement on Wednesday at their home opener against the Vancouver Canucks

Games to Watch: 

* Texas at Detroit (MLB PLayoffs/ALCS) – 4:19pm eastern 

* Washington at Pittsburgh (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Vancouver at Detroit (NHL) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Milwaukee at St. Louis (MLB Playoffs/NLCS) – 8:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Theo Epstein has officially left Fenway Park! Here’s an interesting reel from a local New England news station on Wednesday about the former General Manager and his departure! 

Daily Noontime – October 12, 2011

Doug Fister was a major reason why the Tigers defeated the Rangers on Tuesday!

It’s officially “hump day,” which means the week is halfway over, wahoo! Here’s the latest news, headlines and more! 

Headlines: 

* According to sources – the Oakland Raiders have begun a search for their next General Manager.

* Detroit experienced some quality “home cooking” on Tuesday, as the Tigers defeated the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALCS, 5-2.

* It seems according to various sources that Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein is likely to accept a position with the Chicago Cubs.

* Denver Broncos head coach John Fox announced on Tuesday that he’ll start second string quarterback Tim Tebow against the Miami Dolphins after their bye week.

* Apparently Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura is interested in making Paul Konerko the team’s player manager for the upcoming season.

* Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had a few things to say recently about what it will take for a NFL team to move to Los Angles.

Games to Watch: 

* Texas at Detroit (MLB Playoffs/ALCS) – 4:19pm eastern 

* Vancouver at Philadelphia (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Boston at Carolina (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* MIlwaukee at St. Louis (MLB Playoffs/NLCS) – 8:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is quite embarrassing!