Tag: Theo Epstein

Anarchists' Brunch: It Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Anarchists' Brunch: It Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means
Back in town today, brunchers, after a fun and wrestling-filled jaunt around the East Coast. But as is the way, I came back to find some turbulence in greater Cubdom. I have to say, as the news spread on Tuesday and I was in New York, I tried to just ignore it and told myself I would just worry about it when I got home late that night. But I couldn't help but be deflated when seeing the Cubs had acquired Daniel Murphy. Not just in the acquisition of that person, and the cold calculation behind it, but because I knew what the cycle would be, both internally for myself and the coverage and reaction around it...

All Stars Show Difference Regime Change Made

All Stars Show Difference Regime Change Made
Okay, the flag flying next to the scoreboard is irrefutable proof that the change from well liked and respected baseball man Jim Hendry to former wunderkids Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer was correct. There has been little doubt of that fact for a while. And sure, Hendry’s first swing at the apple came the closest... Read more »

A Framework for the Off-Season

A Framework for the Off-Season
Real fake baseball is fully back. It is still over a month away from having any meaning, but it is yet another marker to the true start of the year. There is little drama around this as there are few position battles to be determined, and everyone is aware of the trickiness of projecting spring... Read more »
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Yu Darvish Introduction/Spring Training Press Conference

Yu Darvish Introduction/Spring Training Press Conference
It’s finally here! That’s right, Cubs pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training in Mesa. It was one Chicago pitcher that was the center of attention on Tuesday. Yu Darvish was officially introduced as a Cub this afternoon. Watch the full conference here: The tall right-hander said via translator that he was very impressed with... Read more »

Looking Backwards (to look ahead)

Looking Backwards (to look ahead)
The deep freeze of the offseason remains. The Gerrit Cole trade was the latest move that was going to break the impressive logjam in the starting pitching market. But we are less than a month before pitchers and catchers reporting with the four best free agent starting pitchers still unsure whether they are headed to... Read more »

Thoughts About Windows

Thoughts About Windows
Cubs Convention opened this weekend with the usual pomp and circumstance, but there was not the same substance to this celebration as years past. The team is still a very good despite the incomplete grade for the offseason. The team had a World Series trophy to show off last Cubs Convention, and the two years... Read more »
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The Frozen Hot Stove

The Frozen Hot Stove
Mother Nature has provided the perfect metaphor for this offseason with the deep freeze this past week. It is hard to talk about much else since one of our favorite pastimes in the winter months has been so boring, but it isn’t just our imagination that this previous year’s activity was different. # of @mlbtraderumors... Read more »

Brandon Morrow Signs With Cubs

Brandon Morrow Signs With Cubs
The Cubs began the process of rebuilding their beleaguered bullpen on Sunday afternoon. Jon Heyman has reported that the Cubs have a deal with ex-Dodgers reliever Brandon Morrow. Morrow was leaned on heavily by Dave Roberts in the 2017 playoffs. The hard throwing right hander threw 13.2 innings in the Dodgers World Series run. In... Read more »

What Now?

What Now?
The two biggest dominoes fell in less than 24 hours to finally break the logjam that has been the 2017-2018 off-season. The Cubs were reportedly a possibility for each of Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, but instead each went to an AL team as the hot stove might finally heat up. The extent of the... Read more »
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Cubs Make the First Cut for Ohtani

Cubs Make the First Cut for Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani is the most anticipated free agent signing of the offseason. He is perhaps the most unique player of the modern era. Ohtani is one of the youngest Japanese players to come over, and so any comparisons to previous imports is apples to oranges. He can hit 100 mph with his fastball, but is... Read more »