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Cubs rally past Rockies in Baker's likely final game

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Andy MacPhail is out. Is manager Dusty Baker the next to go after another dismal season for the Chicago Cubs?

An emotional MacPhail stepped down as president and CEO of the Cubs, a post he's held for 12 years, right after Chicago beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 and finished with the worst record in the National League.

"This is the first thing I've ever done in baseball that I didn't have a high level of success at," MacPhail said, his voice cracking at the end of a news conference.

Baker's future after four years will be announced Monday following a meeting with general manager Jim Hendry.

The Cubs have made just two playoff appearances since MacPhail joined them in 1994 after he spent nine years with the Minnesota Twins, leading them to two World Series titles.

"The clock on the MacPhail o-meter has run down to zero," said MacPhail who told reporters he broached the subject of resigning during a team review in midseason. "It's not just that we had a terrible season. I've been here 12 seasons and only two postseason (appearances) and to me that's not what I came here to do. Obviously, I've not been as effective as I wanted to be."

Marketing vice president John McDonough will take over the day-to-day operation on an interim basis. MacPhail will stay on through the transition and also do his work for the major league baseball negotiating committee.

MacPhail's grandfather and father were longtime baseball executives and both are in the Hall of Fame.

"I've been in the business my entire life. I was born to it," Andy MacPhail said. "There is one rule that applies to everything. You got to win and if you don't win, it's subject to change."

Since MacPhail took over the operation, the Cubs won the NL wild card in 1998 and the NL Central in 2003, when they fell five outs short of making the World Series.

The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908 and haven't been in one since 1945. They were 66-96 this season.

"This is a baseball decision. It's an issue of making sure our fans know that we are committed to winning," said Tribune Co. chairman, president and CEO Dennis Fitzsimons, adding his company has no plans to sell the Cubs. "Andy MacPhail has been committed to winning. For whatever reasons, it didn't work out."

The Cubs did win Sunday and now Baker will learn of his future. He's not expected to be retained after a miserable season of injuries and poor play.

"It's not like I'm walking death row or something. You're always relieved when you know the direction," Baker said. "Not only in my baseball career but in life period."

McDonough said Sunday he was not aware if Hendry had made a decision on Baker.

In the game, Juan Pierre hit a go-ahead single in a three-run seventh inning for the Cubs, who rallied from an early 4-0 deficit.

Baker's four-year record with the Cubs is 322-326. He was booed in the seventh inning when he went to the mound to change pitchers.

Colorado scored four in the third off Wade Miller on Kaz Matsui's two-run homer and Brad Hawpe's two-run, bases-loaded single.

Aramis Ramirez, who can opt out of his contract after the season, hit a two-run homer in the fourth to get the Cubs within 4-2.

Scott Moore singled with two outs in the seventh and Henry Blanco walked to finish Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who had given up just three hits in his first major league start.

Ronny Cedeno hit an RBI single off reliever Jeremy Affeldt (4-2) to make it 4-3, and Chicago tied in when Rockies shortstop Clint Barnes fumbled pinch-hitter Angel Pagan's grounder for an error.

Pierre followed with an RBI single to left to put the Cubs ahead.

The Cubs added three in the eighth on John Mabry's RBI single and a two-run triple by Cedeno. Garrett Atkins hit his 29th homer in the Rockies ninth.

David Aardsma (3-0) got the win, getting two outs.

Miller, in his fifth start, gave up six hits and four runs in four innings. He spent most of the season on the disabled list recovering from shoulder surgery.

Notes

  • The Rockies finished 76-86, a nine-win improvement from 2005.
  • Jimenez was 14-4 in Double-A and Triple-A combined this season before being called up. He made his major league debut in relief last week.
  • Cubs rookie pitchers started 78 games this season.
  • The Wrigley Field grounds crew sang during the seventh-inning stretch.
  • A crowd of 39,609 pushed the Cubs' season home attendance to 3,123,215 -- second largest in team history. The most well attended home season came in 2004 -- 3,170,184.
 
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Cubs manager Dusty Baker waves to the crowd as he leaves Wrigley, possibly for the last time.  (AP)
Cubs manager Dusty Baker waves to the crowd as he leaves Wrigley, possibly for the last time. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

R. Cedeno
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B5112021
Jeff Salazar, CF3110110
    Cory Sullivan, CF1000010
Garrett Atkins, 3B3231200
Matt Holliday, LF5000046
Todd Helton, 1B3000111
Brad Hawpe, RF3012110
Clint Barmes, SS4000002
J.D. Closser, C4000011
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3110010
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000
    Jose Mesa, P0000000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1000001
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000
    Tom Martin, P0000000
Totals3557551212 
a-grounded out for Mesa in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (, W. Miller)
HR - Kaz Matsui (, W. Miller), Garrett Atkins (, Howry)
RBI - Kaz Matsui 2 (), Garrett Atkins (), Brad Hawpe 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins (), Brad Hawpe 2 ()
SB - Garrett Atkins (, 2nd base off W. Miller/Blanco)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Clint Barmes (, Throwing), Matt Holliday (, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez 6.2343331
Jeremy Affeldt (BS,; L,-)0210000
Jose Mesa 0.1000000
Manuel Corpas 0.1222000
Tom Martin 0.2211010
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 92-55, Jeremy Affeldt 5-5, Jose Mesa 1-1, Manuel Corpas 20-11, Tom Martin 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 8-8, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Jose Mesa 1-0, Manuel Corpas 1-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 25, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Jose Mesa 1, Manuel Corpas 3, Tom Martin 4
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF4021000
Ryan Theriot, 2B3100103
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4112000
Jacque Jones, RF3110100
Matt Murton, LF4110001
Scott Moore, 1B3110011
    John Mabry, 1B1111000
Henry Blanco, C3100113
Ronny Cedeno, SS4123000
Wade Miller, P1000010
    Les Walrond, P1000000
    David Aardsma, P0000000
   a- Angel Pagan, PH1000000
    Will Ohman, P0000000
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000
   b- Freddie Bynum, PH1000011
    Bob Howry, P0000000
Totals33897349 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Aardsma in the 7th
b-struck out for Dempster in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jacque Jones (, Corpas)
3B - Ronny Cedeno (, Martin)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (, Jimenez)
RBI - Juan Pierre (), Aramis Ramirez 2 (), John Mabry (), Ronny Cedeno 3 ()
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (), Ronny Cedeno 3 ()
SB - Ryan Theriot (, 2nd base off Jimenez/Closser), Jacque Jones (, 2nd base off Jimenez/Closser)
CS - Juan Pierre (, 2nd base by Jimenez/Closser)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Scott Moore (, Missed catch of throw), Matt Murton (, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Wade Miller 4644341
Les Walrond 2.1000140
David Aardsma (W,-) 0.2000000
Will Ohman0000100
Ryan Dempster (H,) 1000010
Bob Howry 1111031
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miller 94-56, Les Walrond 35-19, David Aardsma 5-3, Will Ohman 7-3, Ryan Dempster 10-7, Bob Howry 28-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miller 5-4, Les Walrond 1-2, Ryan Dempster 2-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miller 22, Les Walrond 8, David Aardsma 2, Will Ohman 1, Ryan Dempster 3, Bob Howry 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39609
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Bill Welke