Chicago Cubs: Young, but focused on analytics and run prevention
Hottovy, just 37 years old, might ring a bell for Cubs fans. The team inked him to a deal back in 2014, but injuries kept him from ever taking the mound at Wrigley Field. Since that point, he’s served as the club’s run prevention coordinator – and has worked closely with Epstein favorite Mike Borzello.
The former big league left-hander is known for his analytical acumen and approach to matchups – something we know this front office demands from its leadership. I have to agree with Epstein, though, in the sense of looking for that familiarity and continuity moving forward.
Make no mistake – the Cubs are still one of the best teams in the National League. Epstein knows that and the players know that, as well. No matter what happens with Maddon moving forward, that expectation is not going to change anytime soon.
As opposed to turning to a big-name outside addition to the coaching staff (which was clearly the name of the game last winter), Chicago seems content to go with what they know – and given the culture that permeates the offices at 1060 W. Addison, that’s probably the right call.