Posts tagged "Theo Epstein"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

You Suck: Greatest Hits from Comments on my Cubs Articles

You Suck: Greatest Hits from Comments on my Cubs Articles
If you’ve read my work, you know that I’m often a sarcastic and self-deprecating guy.  Part of that is a defense mechanism, a way to sort of protect myself from the slings and arrows of outrageous (mis)fortune.  I like to think of it as the B. Rabbit-from-8-Mile strategy, except without super-dope rhymes or Mekhi Phifer.... Read more »
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Beer and Cubs Baseball Pt. 2: Breaking Bad

Beer and Cubs Baseball Pt. 2: Breaking Bad
Beer is big business and it’s not as if this new pact is the first time we’ve ever seen Bud associated with the Cubs. It was back in 2006 that Bud Light bought the naming rights to the bleachers at Wrigley. I couldn’t find the figures on that deal, but I’m sure one of my... Read more »