Chicago Cubs: Flies in the ointment, asking ‘where did it all go wrong?’

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Chicago Cubs: Lack of development has crippled this organization

The Cubs like to push their high draft picks through the system. Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ, Nico Hoerner were all first-round picks that succeeded to varying degrees. College bats. Otherwise they rarely promote from within, as their long-term development has been horrific. David Bote is likely the best home-grown product so far – which is downright terrifying to admit.

Let’s don’t even talk any more about the pitching, which is beyond bad. The Cubs haven’t developed a rotation pitcher since… Carlos Zambrano? Let’s say Andrew Cashner, who was a both a starter and reliever during his career.

So what do we have so far? The organization can’t draft or develop pitching, can’t develop position players outside of (sometimes) first-round picks, are not especially good at identifying useful free agents and don’t like to cut their losses.

They are so bungled and mangled that Theo Epstein took a powder with a year left on his deal, and has gone on to work with Rob (the poor) Manfred in hopes of somehow saving baseball.

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The grim specter of the Collective Bargaining Agreement hangs over everything, and there may not be a 2022 season. There’s no light to be blinded by. In fact, it looks like the Cubs are preparing for just that. These next two months are going to be a grim slog through stagnant muck. I feel like Roger looking at the pig head, and sucks to Piggy’s ass-mar.