The Cubs finalized their front office on Tuesday, as President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein introduced new General Manager, Jed Hoyer, and Senior VP of Scouting and Development, Jason McLeod. All three had rather interesting things to say, with Hoyer and McLeod continuously emphasizing the need for building the club from the bottom, through the draft and with scouting and development.
The notion of the "Cubs Way" was prevalent in Epstein's presser a week ago, and thankfully is far more intelligent and coherent than the Ricketts' version: "A Way of Life". As McLeod alluded to, the Red Sox teams that they assembled through amateur scouting were remarkable, which proves that a franchise-wide model for scouting talent and addressing development works.
Just in case you missed it, here's the full video of press conference from Wrigley Field, via Comcast SportsNet.
Afterwards, Hoyer joined David Kaplan, David Haugh, Paul Sullivan, and Todd Hollandsworth on Chicago Tribune Live. Here, Hoyer emphasized the need for the "Cubs Way" to be more focused on manufacturing runs, rather than relying on a three-run homer, like the Cubs have notoriously relied on for decades. He also is bombarded by Kaplan's questions on Zambrano and Soriano, and never denies the possibility of the Cubs cutting ties with the high priced duo. Here's the full segment:
Now, other than Sullivan's signature douchey questions, what's not to love about hearing Hoyer talk about his plans? The Cubs are finally in good hands.
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