Epstein sets out to build a new “Cubs way”

Theo Epstein made his vision clear: The Cubs will start with scouting and player development, and they’ll be infusing the game’s best and brightest minds into a front office working toward one common goal.

A new “Cubs way,” starting with a focus on fundamental play, would be taught everywhere from the Dominican Summer League to Chicago.

It was a statement that sold Tom Ricketts immediately.

“After 10 or 15 minutes of our conversation, I knew that this was the guy that we needed here.”

Ricketts clarified that he didn’t go into his GM search with a specific name—or list of names—in mind but rather used an analytical process that looked at major league then minor league success. Through various metrics, as well as advice from around the game, Epstein’s name kept coming up.

Now Epstein comes to the Cubs in the newly created position of president of baseball operations, and he said that the Cubs were a dream place to make his next move. The tradition. The classic baseball setting. Day baseball. The fans. And the commitment from ownership to preserve all of that while building a consistent winner that plays in October.

“That does not happen over night, and it certainly does not happen because of any one person,” Epstein said in his opening remarks. “Over time and together, we will build a solid foundation that delivers sustained success for the Cubs.”

Stay tuned to the blog for more from the press conference and Vine Line’s one-on-one interview with Epstein, including video clips. And subscribe to Vine Line for the insider’s pass into the Epstein era in Chicago.

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