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Live at CubsCon: Front office panel

In front of a nearly full ballroom, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Shiraz Rehman, Randy Bush and Rick Renteria took the stage Saturday morning. The first set of questions were pointed at Epstein and Hoyer, discussing the current state of the organization and the hope for playoff baseball.

“The only way to make [the fans] happy is by playing October baseball on a regular basis, and that’s the plan,” Epstein said.

Hoyer continued that idea by saying World Series are won with sustained success, reaching the post season more times than not over the period of a decade, and that history has shown you don’t get there by spending a ton of money one season and hoping to get lucky.

“You don’t win a World Series with the lightning in the bottle, you win because you get there a lot and catch some good breaks,” Hoyer said.

New manager Renteria made some early believers of fans, demonstrating his appreciation for the team, even as it stands right now. He says he used to look over to the other dugout during his time in San Diego and think “I’ll take this team right now, and I know what’s coming behind them.”

“My personality is suited to young players, I’ve been raising young kids my whole life, they’re my kids now,” Renteria said.

Not a ton of new information regarding Japanese pitching phenom Masahiro Tanaka, as expected, as they don’t discuss the progress of signing situations.

Though Epstein said they weren’t going to spend for the sake of spending, he did say that if money wasn’t fully utilized this offseason, that it would be used at some point.

Epstein is also adamant that the Ricketts are in it for the long haul and not wavered by the criticism they’ve received thus far.

Finally, when asked about bringing up former top prospect Brett Jackson, Epstein admits it might have been a mistake to bring him up. At the same time, former manager Dale Sveum wanted to work exclusively with him on his swing.

Cubs add Shiraz Rehman to develop player evaluation database

The Cubs continued their rapid evolution of the team’s baseball operations, today adding Shiraz Rehman to develop a new evaluation database and to provide advice to GM Jed Hoyer on player acquisitions. Full press release below:

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today named Shiraz Rehman as the club’s assistant to the general manager, reporting to Jed Hoyer.

Rehman, 34, joins the Cubs after six seasons with the Diamondbacks, most recently serving as the club’s director of player personnel. He also held the titles of director of baseball operations (2009-10) and manager of baseball operations (2007-08) after joining the organization as a baseball operations assistant in December, 2005.

Rehman will support the general manager on potential player acquisitions and will assist in providing scouting, financial and statistical information to support trade and player evaluation. He will also develop the club’s evaluation database and coordinate the department’s technological efforts.

Before joining the Diamondbacks, Rehman interned for the Boston Red Sox during the 2005 season in the baseball operations department.

Rehman is a 1999 graduate of McGill University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting and was a starting infielder on the baseball team for four years. Prior to joining the Red Sox, he spent time as a commodities trader and financial consultant for more than five years and obtained his MBA from Columbia Business School in 2006.

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