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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Why Theo Epstein believes Cubs offense will click on all cylinders | CSN Chicago

On MLB Now Dan O’Dowd constantly makes the point that one of the most difficult parts of being a GM is having patience in player development. He says a GM has to believe in talent because player development is not a linear process. Theo gets it.

Here’s one quote but the article has a few others.

“We need time,” Epstein said. “Over time, our guys are going to continue to progress. And when that gap (between talent and performance) exists, it’s a better position to be in than not having the talent, because then you’re fighting and scratching and clawing to get more talent because you’re not good enough.

“But we are plenty talented. It’s on us to figure it out, sooner rather than later.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

Monday, May 22, 2017


Sunday, May 07, 2017

60 Minutes: How the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series after 108 years

Epstein devised a five-year-plan to go all the way from worst to first. Starting with the draft.  Most teams take young pitchers but Epstein chose hitters. He said hitters don’t get hurt as much. 

Theo Epstein: Not only were they safer bets, but we also felt we could change the culture a little bit easier by building around talented position players with high character.

Bill Whitaker:  So you’re looking for more than just their skills. You’re looking for character.

Theo Epstein: Yeah. Because baseball’s a game with a ton of adversity inherent in it. And players that tend to respond to adversity the right way, and triumph in the end are players with strong character. If you have enough guys like that in the clubhouse you have an edge on the other team.

Bill Whitaker: You said, “I used to scoff at character.”  What changed?

Theo Epstein: I just saw over the years that the times that we did remarkable things, it was always because players didn’t want to let each other down. Players wanted to lift each other up. 

Bill Whitaker: So how do you determine which player has the character traits you’re looking for?

Theo Epstein:  Find out how he treats people when no one’s looking. You go talk to their girlfriend. You go talk to their ex-girlfriends. You go talk to their friends. You talk to their enemies.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2017 at 10:31 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: 60 minutes, cubs, theo epstein

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fortune magazine crowns Theo Epstein ‘world’s greatest leader’

Theo Epstein is the world’s greatest leader.

So said Fortune magazine, which published its annual list on Thursday morning.

The Chicago Cubs’ president of baseball operations finished in the top spot, ahead of Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Pope Francis at No. 3, Melinda Gates at No. 4 and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos rounded out the top five.

In a text to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Epstein said, “Um, I can’t even get my dog to stop peeing in the house. That is ridiculous. The whole thing is patently ridiculous. It’s baseball—a pastime involving a lot of chance. If [Ben] Zobrist’s ball is three inches farther off the line, I’m on the hot seat for a failed five-year plan. And I’m not even the best leader in our organization; our players are.”

How many championship rings does Pope Francis have?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2017 at 03:18 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

 

 

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