Dec 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Scott Boras talks with reporters during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
Apparently, it’s not just Cubs fans that are getting fed up with how long this exhaustive top-to-bottom rebuilding effort has taken. The latest person to speak out against it? Sports agent Scott Boras, who represents some of baseball’s top talent.
"“It appears that we’re looking at the all-day sucker,” agent Scott Boras said, leaving the interpretation to linger until he was eventually asked to clarify. “All-day sucker meaning that it takes a long time [like a lollipop] to dissolve.’’"
Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times detailed Boras’ remarks earlier this week, which set off the short fuses of many who follow the organization.
"“The real thing is it has nothing to do with the baseball people or how the organization’s run,” Boras said. “It’s just the fact that you have a major-market team that has dramatically more revenues than most clubs that do take this type of approach.”"
Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein offered a simple response to the remarks when asked about them.
"“We’re not going to get into a war of words with Scott other than to say the folks who work for the Cubs probably have a better understanding of our situation than he does.”"
Well said, Theo.
When Epstein ascended to the helm of the baseball operations side of things in Chicago, he inherited an organization that was strapped with an aging, overpaid roster, a depleted farm system and a stadium that was in dire need of major renovations.
Two-plus years later, the Cubs are significantly younger, has a farm system that is widely regarded as being in the top three in all of Major League Baseball and is just two rooftop owners away from the largest renovation to Wrigley Field in decades.
In other words, it’s working.
The Cubs won’t be able to field a big league team ready to annually contend for a World Series until the business model begins to take effect, a large portion of which unfortunately hinges on the renovation process, which recent reports indicate won’t begin until after the 2014 season due to the ongoing conflicts with rooftop owners.
Scott Boras can make as many comments as he likes about the Cubs. These things take time and just because Boras wants to expand the market for his players – including Shin-Soo Choo – doesn’t mean that the Cubs are on the wrong track.
It’s the path less traveled. And it’s the right one.