Category: Organizational Philosophy

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 »

Steve Cishek Signs But What About The Closer?

Steve Cishek Signs But What About The Closer?
The Cubs have had a clear cut, top 5 closer in all of baseball since the July 25, 2016 acquistion of Aroldis Chapman. The Cubs managed to pull off the same feat a little four months later in trading for Wade Davis. It is a comforting luxury to have that kind of guy to make a 9... Read more »

The Offseason Through the Lens of the Long Term

The Offseason Through the Lens of the Long Term
Set against the magnitude of what teams like the Angels and Yankees are doing this offseason, the Cubs’ approach to the winter might seem underwhelming or even disappointing to some. They have picked around the edges of the roster, adding Tyler Chatwood, Brandon Morrow, and Drew Smyly so far, but other than being among the... Read more »
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The Balance of Production is Now on the Offense

The Balance of Production is Now on the Offense
The Cubs could rely on their pitching to carry a young and inexperienced offense to success in 2015 and 2016, but that has changed. Their starters have either left the team or are simply aging, and the bullpen is currently lacking a closer. Just a few months after being swept by the Mets in the... Read more »

On Three Seasons of Success...So Far

On Three Seasons of Success...So Far
Last night, the Cubs finished their third season under Joe Maddon’s leadership, and when laid out objectively, the success can’t be argued against: Nearly 300 regular season wins Reached the NLCS in all three seasons World Series championship It’s only when we nitpick in some of the minutiae that we find a different list, one... Read more »

Taking stock, shifting focus and altering expectations for the future

Taking stock, shifting focus and altering expectations for the future
Before we shift our focus to the playoffs later this week, I think it is a worthwhile exercise to briefly reflect on the development of so many talented players who have come up through the Cubs system the past few years that have helped build this club into World Series Champion, and then contemplate what... Read more »
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Tuesday Talking Points: Saying Goodbye, Leading Off, and Some Things to Read

Tuesday Talking Points: Saying Goodbye, Leading Off, and Some Things to Read
The winter meetings are done, and for a while, the stove will cool down, and we’ll be left to settle in and brace ourselves against the long weeks before spring training begins. Or, at least, until the first of the players report to Arizona in very early February and we have something to dream on. That’s... Read more »

WAR, Cost of a Win, and Projections for Position Players

WAR, Cost of a Win, and Projections for Position Players
I enjoy WAR. THIS WAR. Wins Above Replacement is actually my favorite. If you know me, you also know this. If you don’t know me, we’re a bit closer now aren’t we? First, let me start as a I always do when talking about sabermetrics and WAR in general: there is no “best” stat or all-encompassing... Read more »

The Cubs will employ an aggressive strategy under the new CBA

The Cubs will employ an aggressive strategy under the new CBA
One of the interesting little subplots to the season has been the Cubs strategy as to the acquisition of amateur talent.  If you want insight into what the current front office is thinking and how they intend to build a contender, then it’s a good place to start. When it comes to amateur talent and... Read more »
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Cubs Progress Report Part 3: Front Office, Manager, Coaching Staff

Cubs Progress Report Part 3: Front Office, Manager, Coaching Staff
Continuing on with our progress report series, I’m going to move on to the off-the-field acquisitions… In the past several days, the Cubs have made some big changes, moving Tim Wilken and Ari Kaplan while letting Oneri Fleita and a few others go, including 6 scouts just 2 days ago.  I expect more changes to... Read more »