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The New Year signals a new era for Cubs faithful. We’ve got a new front office, some new players and a new reason to celebrate.
The first Vine Line issue of 2012 salutes the life and career of Cubs great and newly minted Hall of Famer Ron Santo. Thanks to a vote from the Veterans Committee, the iconic third baseman finally earned his rightful place alongside teammates Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams in Cooperstown. Baseball Prospectus’ Jay Jaffe explains why the nine-time All Star and five-time Gold Glover not only deserved his enshrinement long ago, but also might be the sixth or seventh best third basemen of all time. Vine Line subscribers also get a one-of-a-kind, commemorative tear-out poster of Santo and his Hall of Fame teammates.
Although the weather might be a bit chilly for baseball, we also get back on the field in this issue with a look at the Cubs first moves of the Hot Stove season, the signing of outfielder David DeJesus and the trade for third baseman Ian Stewart. These moves say a lot about what the new Cubs brain trust values and where the team is headed in the future.
“I tend to like [well-rounded] players. The totality of their contributions can be equal to or more than the player who does one thing extremely well,” Epstein said. “If we have a club full of well-rounded players, we’re going to far exceed the expectations because the subtle contributions really add up.”
Finally, Cubs.com’s Carrie Muskat talks to right-hander Andrew Cashner about what he’s doing this offseason to prepare the help the team in 2012. After an injury plagued 2011, Cashner is feeling strong and ready to go–no matter which role the Cubs ask him to play.
You’ll find these stories and more in our January issue. If you want to be part of all the exciting Cubs action in 2012, subscribe to Vine Line today. And watch for our minor league prospectus issue in February, profiling the top talent rising through the Cubs farm system.
Last Friday, the Cubs interviewed former big league catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. for the managerial job, concluding meetings with four candidates that team brass suggested may encompass the set they talk to. If you missed the video over the weekend on Cubs.com, click the image above for another Vine Line look inside the manager search, and subscribe for your insider’s pass to the new era at Wrigley Field.
The field: Sandy Alomar Jr., Pete Mackanin, Dale Sveum and Mike Maddux.
Continuing the intensive interview process to find the next manager, the Cubs talked to current Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux over the last two days. The elder brother of former Cubs pitcher Greg then fielded questions from the media about family, key decisions facing the club and working with the new front office. Click the image above for another Vine Line video inside the manager search, and subscribe for your insider’s pass to the new era at Wrigley Field.
Continuing to bolster the front office with some of the “best and brightest” from around the game, the Cubs today named Joe Bohringer director of pro scouting. His position covers professional players and clubs, both major and minor league, under general manager Jed Hoyer, while Tim Wilken will continue to operate the club’s amateur scouting under Jason McLeod.
Full press release below:
CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today named Joe Bohringer (pronounced BOHR-in-jur) as the club’s director of pro scouting, reporting to Executive Vice President/General Manager Jed Hoyer.
Bohringer, 41, joins the Cubs from the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he most recently served as a pro scout the last five seasons after joining the club in 2006. Prior to joining Arizona, he served as an area scouting supervisor for the Seattle Mariners for five seasons from 2002-06, first in California and then in the upper Midwest.
The 2012 campaign will mark Bohringer’s 23rd season in professional baseball with major league and minor league organizations. He began his professional career with internships with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates followed by opportunities in team operations with minor league baseball clubs during and upon graduation from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Before beginning his scouting career, Bohringer spent three seasons as senior manager of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2001), giving him experience on both the scouting and player development sides.
Bohringer and his family reside in Dekalb, Ill.
Theo Epstein talks about how Jason McLeod (left) and Jed Hoyer will be key to turning the Cubs into baseball’s best organization. (Photo by Stephen Green)
The building of a dream team in the Cubs front office continues.
New General Manager Jed Hoyer and Executive Vice President of Player Development and Scouting Jason McLeod will be introduced to the media in a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m.
Hoyer and McLeod were both most recently in San Diego, where they helped build up the Padres farm system in a couple years on a limited budget. And the pair were part of Theo Epstein‘s most trusted advisors in Boston—including with two championship teams—before that.
Vine Line will bring you quotes, video and more from the press conference later this afternoon. An exciting era in Cubs history continues.
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The stories continue to develop in Chicago, as the Cubs and Padres made it official that Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod will join the team immediately. Vine Line will be there for the press conference, date still TBD.
CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres jointly announce today that Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod will leave the Padres, effective immediately, to accept positions with the Cubs. The Cubs have agreed to send the Padres a player to be named later as compensation.
Both the Cubs and the Padres intend to hold press conferences after the World Series. The Cubs intend to announce Hoyer as Executive Vice President/General Manager and McLeod as Senior Vice President/Scouting and Player Development, while the Padres intend to announce Josh Byrnes as Hoyer’s successor.
Out of respect for the World Series, both clubs have agreed to forego further comment until holding their respective news conferences after the World Series is complete.