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It’s an issue you won’t want to miss. Theo Epstein graces the cover of our November issue, and we begin our offseason coverage with an in-depth look at a new era in Cubs baseball operations. Along with our cover feature—which includes exclusive quotes from our one-on-one interview with Epstein—we also take a look at the example Theo set in Boston and how his tack to modernize the Cubs organization echoes the circumstances in which Dallas Green did so 30 years ago.
We also continue our look from top to bottom of the Cubs organization with a pair of features. Marlon Byrd lends Vine Line readers an introspective look at his 2011 season and place in the game today in a series of blog posts by the Cubs center fielder. For those of you who have enjoyed Doug Glanville’s “The Game From Where I Stand” and other columns, Byrd offers an insight and competitiveness that sets an example worth following.
It’s one you hope is set for the next generation of Cubs, almost 50 of whom were getting one-on-one training in the Arizona instructional league last month. Cubs.com’s Carrie Muskat and Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Parks give an in-depth look at the work being done with some of the organization’s youngest players.
All that and more in the November 2011 issue of Vine Line hitting mailboxes this week. Be a part of an exciting new chapter at Wrigley Field by subscribing to or giving the gift of Vine Line today.
More inside this issue:
- Picnic in the park: Fans fill Wrigley Field for a Ferris Bueller Movie Night.
- Inside Pitch: Addressing the rotation.
- Glory Days: 9 innings with Todd Hollandsworth.
- The Profile: DJ LeMahieu.
- Stretching Out with Martin Sheen.
- Farm Report: Daytona Cubs win the Florida State League championship.
- Minors Tracker: 2011 season statistics, plus Future Watch by Kevin Goldstein
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.
Theo Epstein talks about the first steps in baseball operations under his new regime. Click above image to watch the video, and subscribe to Vine Line today for all the upcoming coverage of a change in the Windy City.
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.
Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein quickly found common ground that will set forth a new “Cubs way” of doing things in Chicago. (Photo by Stephen Green)
Tom Ricketts introduced Theo Epstein as the team’s new president of baseball operations today in the United Club at Wrigley Field. (Photo by Stephen Green)
We’re all set for Theo Epstein’s introduction as president of baseball operations. Live press conference on Cubs.com — watch beginning shortly before 11 a.m. Central this morning.
We’ll have video clips and exclusive photos later this afternoon.
Vine Line will have much more in the coming days. Via press release:
CHICAGO – The Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs jointly announce this evening that, effective immediately, Theo Epstein has resigned from the Red Sox in order to become the new President of Baseball Operations for the Cubs. The Clubs also have reached an agreement regarding a process by which appropriate compensation will be determined for the Red Sox and that issue will be resolved in the near term.
Both the Red Sox and the Cubs intend to hold press events on Tuesday, October 25 during which the Cubs intend to announce Mr. Epstein, and the Red Sox intend to announce his successor as General Manager.
Out of respect for the World Series, both clubs have agreed to forego further comment until Tuesday, the next scheduled non-game day. Further information on each club’s media availability for Tuesday will be distributed on Monday.