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Inside the search: Pete Mackanin talks to the media

The newest Vine Line video brings you snippets from Pete Mackanin’s session with the Chicago media after his interview with Cubs brass. Mackanin currently is bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies. Get an insider’s look into the search by clicking the picture above.

 

Cubs announce that Mike Quade will not be back in 2012

This afternoon, the Cubs organization released a statement that there will be a managerial change under the new Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer regime that began last week. Below is the full release:

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein this afternoon released the following statement after traveling to Florida to inform manager Mike Quade that he would not return to the club for the 2012 season.

“Jed Hoyer and I had an all-day meeting with Mike last Thursday at Wrigley Field, and Mike and I continued our dialogue with a lengthy phone conversation yesterday after the press conference. Today, I flew to Florida to inform Mike in person that the Cubs have decided not to bring him back as our manager for the 2012 season.

“When I joined the Cubs last week, I knew that Mike had a reputation as an outstanding baseball guy, as a tireless worker, and as a first-rate human being. After spending some time with him this past week, it became apparent to me that Mike’s reputation is well deserved. His passion, knowledge of the game, commitment, and integrity stood out immediately. While Mike is clearly an asset to any organization and any major league staff, Jed and I believe that the Cubs would benefit long-term from bringing in a manager for 2012 who can come in with a clean slate and offer new direction.

“The managerial search process begins immediately. We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.

“I want to thank Mike for his nine years of excellent service to the Cubs, and we certainly wish him well in the future.”

1000 Words: Dream Team

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)

Watch the press conference with Hoyer/McLeod LIVE on MLB.com

Beginning at 3 p.m. CT, MLB.com will host a free, live web feed of today’s press conference to introduce Jed Hoyer as EVP/GM and Jason McLeod as SVP/Player Development and Scouting.

Click here to watch. Plus, don’t forget to check out our exclusive offseason coverage in Vine Line.

Cubs to introduce Hoyer and McLeod today

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.

For full coverage, pick up the November issue of Vine Line and grab your subscription today. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty)

Hot off the presses: November 2011 Vine Line sneak peek

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

It’s official: Jed Hoyer to be GM; Jason McLeod heads up scouting/development

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.

Video: Theo Epstein sets out his vision for the Cubs

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.

 

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.

1000 Words: An arrangement for a new age

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)

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