Tag: Theo Epstein

The Beauty of Having Options

The Beauty of Having Options
Once upon a time, give or take three or four years ago, the Chicago Cubs didn’t have a lot of options. They were an aging club, bereft of impact talent, operating on fumes at the major league level while the minor leagues rested on the hopes of guys like Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, now... Read more »

Tampering? Prove It

Tampering? Prove It
On football Sunday, you’re probably getting ready for some handegg action, but the baseball offseason keeps going.  In between salivating over free agents and checking out C.J. Edwards in the Fall Stars Game, the Cubs are also getting set to introduce Joe Maddon as their new manager on Monday.  And of course, there’s the tampering.... Read more »

Something About Free Agents

Something About Free Agents
OK, so the Chicago Cubs are going to name Joe Maddon the new manager on Monday.  Until then, we have a stream of roster moves as a relatively big trade happened as the Milwaukee Brewers traded for Adam Lind and sent noted Cub-killer Marco Estrada to the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Jays also announced a... Read more »
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UPDATE: Joe Maddon reportedly to become new Cubs manager, Renteria put on notice

UPDATE: Joe Maddon reportedly to become new Cubs manager, Renteria put on notice
It’s been obvious to all but the least connected of humanity, but just now, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Chicago Cubs have been talking to Joe Maddon and have also put incumbent manager Rick Renteria on notice that they are exploring the option of hiring Maddon.  The article is full of typos... Read more »

Pondering the ramifications of a Cubs-Joe Maddon partnership

Pondering the ramifications of a Cubs-Joe Maddon partnership
There are a few thoughts running through my head late tonight as I prepare for teaching next week while basking in the glory of a superb World Series Game 4.  First, Mo’ne Davis: I don’t care who you are, if you can get the ball over the plate AND throw a strike on national TV... Read more »

Cubs Will Look to Fortify the Roster to Compete in 2015

Cubs Will Look to Fortify the Roster to Compete in 2015
As the season winds down, with the World Series getting set to begin, the most anticipated off-season of the Epstein/ Hoyer era is just around the corner.  Next season will be the first that the Cubs make a conscious and concerted effort to win, with the expressed goal being to win the NL Central.  While... Read more »
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The Markakis Conundrum

The Markakis Conundrum
First of all, congratulations to the American League champion Kansas City Royals, who dispatched the Baltimore Orioles in a four-game sweep and gave Cubs fans a bit of hope.  Next year. The flip side of the Royals grabbing a trip to the World Series is, of course, the fact that the Orioles are done and... Read more »

Cubs 40 Man Roster Likely to See Significant Turnover

Cubs 40 Man Roster Likely to See Significant Turnover
This off-season is one that the Cubs, front office and business operations alike, and the team’s fans have been pointing to as a time to step forward.  The business staff is getting their much needed Wrigley renovation and the WGN portion of the games will be contracted at some point.  As far as the baseball... Read more »

The One Where Tom and Theo Stuck to the Plan and It Might Be Working

The One Where Tom and Theo Stuck to the Plan and It Might Be Working
The Cubs were eliminated from the playoffs earlier this week, but the future on the baseball and business sides seem very bright as it appears that both branches of the franchise are synchronizing at around the right time.  We keep hearing those buzz words and live with the uncertainty/quasi-likelihood of a Cubs contender in the... Read more »
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While My Agent Gently Weeps...

While My Agent Gently Weeps...
As recently as maybe in the last minute (okay, so it was probably just a few days ago), super-agent Scott Boras was stumping for his client (that’s his job, so that’s reasonable) to get called up to the majors in September.  Of course, you probably know the client, Kris Bryant, by his $6.7MM smile and... Read more »