John Arguello contributed to this article
With the election upon us, let’s look back to this time last year.
The Cubs were looking for a new leader and to some surprise a new team president as well. They found their man last November in President Theo Epstein.
So the question we have to ask ourselves as Cubs fans is: Are we better off than we were a year ago? I don’t think there is much doubt the answer is yes. It can be debated a bit however.
All of President Epstein’s moves haven’t been wildly popular among his constituents. The painful rebuilding maybe necessary in the administration’s eyes, but not to all Cubs fans.
Some would argue the Cubs are a big market institution and don’t have to endure this agenda. Maybe Epstein and his VP Jed Hoyer could have thrown some money at the problem. Instead they are taking a more conservative route if you will.
They want to spend money on the team’s infrastructure and hope it leads to long term growth rather than a short-term fix. Some of this maybe rhetoric but this model has been proven to work in other parts of the baseball world.
And they're job creators. They doubled the number of Assistant GMs -- Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman, not to mention 5 different special assistants to the GM. Where once they had Tim Wilken basically do all the scouting, now they have Jason McLeod, Jaron Madison, Joe Boehringer...and they still have Wilken chipping in. They also created a new dedicated position by putting Brandon Hyde specifically in charge of player development. Additionally, there are plans to keep adding more scouts in the field. Now that's what I call growth in the employment sector.
Epstein inherited quite a mess from his predecessor. He shouldn't be judged so quickly on what has been a clean up job on such a grand scale. The previous administration left Epstein with huge debt and what could certainly be considered a system wide depression.
Epstein recently gave his state of the organization and claims they have made great gains since he took over. He says the long term assets have been increased by six times and hopes to double that number by next year.
This administration has always preached patience and claims progress won’t always be linear.
So what do you say, are the Cubs moving forward?
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