Posts tagged "Theo Epstein"

Why the Cubs Wanted Cole Hamels But Didn't Get Him

Why the Cubs Wanted Cole Hamels But Didn't Get Him
My info sez the CUBS put in the waiver claim on Cole Hamels. Would the Phils trade him there now and would Cole accept? — Mike Missanelli (@MikeMiss975) August 7, 2014 @adamnicholas0 @CubsDen @BleacherNation Actually is confirmed. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) August 7, 2014 In case you are just jumping in, doesn’t look like Hamel... Read more »

Cubs Brain Trust In a League of its Own

Cubs Brain Trust In a League of its Own
Occasionally, I feel a pang of stinging disappointment with regard to the Chicago Cubs, a nagging irritation beneath the persistent impatience. You likely feel it, too. These waves of uncertainty can visit at any time, triggered by a myriad of circumstances and conditions. Perhaps you’re watching a Cardinals game, or a duel between warring teams... Read more »

Can Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 3)

Can Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 3)
Here is part one and part two of this series. Platoon Advantage A lot has been written about the Cubs top hitting prospects, but a common concern is the lack of left-handed bats in this elite group. This might actually be an advantage that the Cubs front office can exploit. The explosion in lefty specialists... Read more »
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Can the Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 2)

Can the Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 2)
Here is part one that introduces this three part series. Catchers and Pitch Framing Pitch framing has been a hot topic in the stats community for more than a couple of years now. The research exploring how much catchers can influence the game is staggering. Baseball Prospectus suggests that the best pitch framer, Jose Molina,... Read more »

Can Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 1)

Can Cubs Front Office Still Exploit Market Inefficiencies? (part 1)
Are sabermetrics revolutionary or evolutionary at this point?   That’s the question Christina Kahrl  asked in writing about the end of the annual SABR conference. The consensus seems to be that expanding knowledge of the game was more more the latter than the former. Moneyball, the most often (mis)used term to refer to sabermetrics, was entirely devoted to the... Read more »

Theo and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Will it be Feast or Famine for Cubs?

Theo and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Will it be Feast or Famine for Cubs?
First, let me just say that Daylight Savings and the whole “spring forward” concept sucks.  Whew, had to get that off my chest. In a recent interview with 670 The Score, Cubs president, and card-carrying member of baseball’s intelligentsia, Theo Epstein channeled Bobby Flay: “I was shaking my head at the notion that we should... Read more »
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I Think I Know How Theo Epstein Feels

I Think I Know How Theo Epstein Feels
Dashing good looks, incredible success at a relatively young age, the ability to use big words in an attempt to either sound intelligent or confuse your audience.  Yeah, I think I can relate to Cubs honcho Theo Epstein.  Well, except for the looks and the success. Ah, but I can use big words.  Antidisestablishmentarianism.  See.... Read more »

How Can Cubs Win in 2014?

How Can Cubs Win in 2014?
I’m not trying to link-bait here for my first post on Cubs Insider. I promise. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Reddit is the “front page of the Internet,” a social website where millions of users gather to discuss topics like True Detective, atheism, or slow cooker recipes. Oh, and baseball. There’s a daily discussion... Read more »

Cubs Q and A with ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg: Rooftops, Resources, Prospects

Cubs Q and A with ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg: Rooftops, Resources, Prospects
 Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago has been one of the go-to reads when it comes to big picture Cubs coverage. Greenberg has detailed the Ricketts ownership, rooftop saga, rebuild, Wrigley renovation, and overall organizational outlook with his own unique take.  I was able to check in with him in regards to much of those same... Read more »
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Cubs Can't Rebuild with Kids Alone

Cubs Can't Rebuild with Kids Alone
Nowadays, to be a Cubs fan, you need to have a financial degree to follow the team. When did it stop just being about baseball? When I became a Cubs fan, I was told there would be no math. Debt load, TV deals, rooftop negotiations, missing profits? I was just starting to figure out all... Read more »